Scale RulesTriangular Rules
To help users place the scales as close to their drawings as possible, makers sometimes placed open divided and chain scales along the sides of a triangular prism. Significant American manufacturers and retailers represented on this page include Darling, Brown & Sharpe of Providence, R.I.; James W. Queen & Company of Philadelphia; Keuffel & Esser of New York; and the Eugene Dietzgen Company of Chicago.
"Scale Rules - Triangular Rules" showing 11 items.
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- These 6-3/4" aluminum triangular rules are each a different color (gold, silver, red, blue), but they all bear the same scales. The first side has an inch scale, divided to 1/16" and numbered by ones from 1 to 6, along one edge. The other edge has scales for 3/32" and 3/16" to the foot. Between these scales is a scale divided to 3/32", numbered from left to right by fours from 0 to 60 and from right to left by twos from 0 to 28. The gold and silver rules are marked: ARCHITECT ALUMICOLOR Code 121 made in El Salvador (3).
- One edge of the second side has scales for 1-1/2" and 3" to the foot. The other edge has scales for 3/4" and 3/8" to the foot. Between these scales is a scale divided to 3/8", numbered from right to left by twos from 0 to 12 and from left to right by ones from 0 to 6. The red rule is marked: Cod. 121 ARCHITECT. The blue rule is marked Cod. 121 made in El Salvador.
- One edge of the third side has scales for 1" and 1/2" to the foot. Between these scales is a scale divided to 1/2", numbered from right to left by twos from 0 to 8 and from left to right by ones from 0 to 4. The blue rule is marked: ARCHITECT ALUMICOLOR. The order of the second and third sides is also reversed on the blue rule, compared to the other three rules. All four rules are photo-anodized to make the scales a permanent part of the surface.
- Alumicolor refers both to a manufacturer of drafting tools, length measures, and promotional items, and to the company's proprietary process for anodizing aluminum. The firm's headquarters are in the United States, and its factory is in El Salvador. In 2012 Alumicolor offered these architect's scale rules as model number 3010 for $6.50 each. Hearlihy & Co., a Springfield, Ohio, supplier of drafting instruments and developer of technology education curriculum modules founded by the donor's parents in 1969, continues to distribute these rules.
- References: Alumicolor: Made to Stay, Promotional Products Catalog, vol. 12 ([Fort Collins, Colo.], 2012), 3, http://www.alumicolor.com/Alumicolor_promo_catalog_v12_web.pdf; "About Hearlihy," http://www.hearlihy.com/about/; accession file.
- Currently not on view
- date made
- ca 1985
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- Data Source
- National Museum of American History, Kenneth E. Behring Center