Stanley Folding Rule with Caliper

This four-fold boxwood rule has a brass arch joint at the center and two brass hinges. Unfolded, it measures 31.2 cm W x 1.2 cm D x 0.5 cm H. Both sides are marked: No 32. The scales on both sides are numbered by ones from 11 to 1. On one side, the rule is divided to 1/16" along the top edge and to 1/12" along the bottom edge.
The other side is divided to 1/8" along the top edge and to 1/10" along the bottom edge. A brass caliper slides out from the right end of the rule. Both sides are divided to 1/16" and marked: 1, 3/4, 1/2, 1/4. The underside and the slot in the rule are also marked: 58. The divisions are all roughly made; the instrument does not appear to be machine-divided.
The Stanley Rule & Level Company of New Britain, Conn., offered model number 32 from 1859 to 1941. The shape of caliper jaw found on this instrument was introduced between 1888 and 1892. An illustration from a 1919 Stanley catalog indicates that the company name was stamped on the ruler by that time. A similar folding pocket rule with caliper is advertised as model number 1752 in Catalog of Eugene Dietzgen Co., 7th ed. (Chicago, 1904), 167. Its price was 60¢. The Department of Entomology at the National Museum of Natural History used this rule to study its collections.
Reference: Philip E. Stanley, Boxwood & Ivory: Stanley Traditional Rules, 1855–1975 (Westborough, Mass.: Stanley Publishing Company, 1984), 95–96.
Currently not on view
Object Name
scale rule, folding, with caliper
date made
ca 1892
Stanley Works
Physical Description
brass (overall material)
boxwood (overall material)
overall: 1 cm x 8.6 cm x 2.8 cm; 13/32 in x 3 3/8 in x 1 3/32 in
place made
United States: Connecticut, New Britain
ID Number
accession number
catalog number
Scale Rules
Science & Mathematics
Rule, Measuring
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Medicine and Science: Mathematics
Scale Rules
Data Source
National Museum of American History, Kenneth E. Behring Center
Credit Line
Transfer from National Museum of Natural History, Department of Entomology
Additional Media

Visitor Comments

6/6/2015 10:59:22 PM
Paul Davini
I have a folding rule that is identical to the Stanley 32 that is marked with the Craftsman logo. Did Stanley make these rules for Sears Roebuck? If so, what year(s)?
6/30/2015 2:43:30 PM
National Museum of American History
You may wish to attempt to consult Sears Roebuck catalogs. A list of where these are available on microfilm is available at:
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