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Vintage Leather Tape Measure John Rabone Hockley Abbey

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A 33ft leather cased tape measure by John Rabone & Sons Hockley Abbey, Made in England.

Brass winder
Cloth tape is marked in feet and inches, and links to reverse side.
Marks on tape reverse: Hockley Abbey Metalic Tape
Marks on brass winder: 33ft no. 250; "Wind this way" on the underside.
The cloth tape itself is clean, clearly readable and marked out but in vintage condition.
Leather casing in aged condition.

The screw on the back side of the winder appears to be a later addition.

J. Rabone & Sons, rules and tools manufacturer, dates back to 18th century Birmingham. It moved to Hockley Abbey, Birmingham, in 1871, and remained a family business until 1963 when it merged with James Chesterman &Co. becoming Rabone Chesterman. The tape measure dates before 1963.

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Vintage Leather Tape Measure John Rabone Hockley Abbey