Rare SMALLWOOD 4 foot 4 fold Coachmakers Rule
A scarce coachmakers' or coachbuilders' 4 foot 4 fold boxwood rule by I&D SMALLWOOD of Birmingham.
I&D SMALLWOOD were the last of the Birmingham rule makers, active from the early 1800s and finally closing in 1999.
4 foot coachmakers' rules are listed in both the PRESTON and RABONE catalogues but for some unknown reason neither show images.
Marked 'I&D SMALLWOOD MAKERS BIRMINGHAM WARRANTED BEST BOX'.
Divided into quarters.
13/16 inch wide sections.
Arched joint and brass tipped.
Some patches of the original lacquer finish remain.
Retains its four brass locating pins.
A few minor surface knocks and scratches.
An interesting and unusual rule.