Chapin - Stephens No. 36 Combination Folding Rule Square Level Inclinometer
Patented January 12, 1858
An interesting combination boxwood Rule Level Inclinometer Bevel Gauge Tool
folding rule with added features including slope function, square and level, first made under a patent to Stephens & Co., and later by this maker, Chapin - Stephens & Co. with the No. 36 model number
This example shows average wear, but all markings visible and importantly, the elaborately marked blade is not corroded but does have a tad of pitting and rust, which can be removed
The level works with a clear bubble
Boxwood and brass 12-inch ruler with inclinometer blade and level with bubble intact
Shows wear but with good patina
It also functions as an inclinometer, protractor and a plumb
Sometimes known in the trade as a Miners Combination Rule
Very popular in its day, it was one of the most universal measuring tools ever made
Unlike many "combination" tools, this one actually works well at all of its tasks
This is an early pre 1900's example marked "No 36 The Stephens & Co. Riverton Ct."
It is best described as a 1 foot 2-fold combination rule with a built-in level and a 4-1/2" graduated blade on the inside of one leg
This rule is in good condition and could easily be redeployed just as it sits
It has not been cleaned (nor repaired) and the brass has NOT been polished.
It is strongly incised, and the numerals are well (hand) stamped and completely readable
The joint is tight, and the pin is in place
The level bubble is fully functional and original
The overall condition is quite good, with nothing of consequence to take from the beauty of this highly desirable rule
Blade and brass could be cleaned to bring out the beauty of this piece
No other issues noted
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