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Wonderful Rabone 1206 Rope Gauge - Gourock Ropework Co

22nd August 2016

A lovely boxwood and brass rope gauge by John Rabone & Sons of Birmingham.

Wonderful Rabone 1206 Rope Gauge - Gourock Ropework Co

This example appears to be unused and retains the vast majority of its original finish to the boxwood and brass.  The No.1206 gauge is the smaller 4 inch version, Rabone also produced a 6 inch No.1207.

Wonderful Rabone 1206 Rope Gauge - Gourock Ropework Co

These gauges were produced to assist the measurement and sale of rope which was typically sold by weight.  Both sides have various tables including manila and galvanised hawser steel.

Wonderful Rabone 1206 Rope Gauge - Gourock Ropework Co

This particular gauge is also marked 'THE GOUROCK ROPEWORK CO. LTD PORT GLASGOW' on the brass caliper head.  This company began in 1777 and supplied both the Clyde and worldwide shipyards with rope and sails, finally closing its operation in the 1970s.

Wonderful Rabone 1206 Rope Gauge - Gourock Ropework Co

One of the best we have seen.

Enjoy the photos.

Robert Leach

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