A Source Book for Rule Collectors with Rule Concordance and Value Guide (Paperback)
Rule collectors rejoice In A Source Book for Rule Collectors with Rule Concordance and Value Guide, Philip Stanley has crafted a masterfully comprehensive illustrated reference guide to the history, uses, and values of measuring instruments. A Source Book for Rule Collectors includes reprints of the best articles from the past 100 years dealing with rules and measurement; extensive coverage of the materials, construction, graduations and uses of rules; a detailed table of the European measures used before the metric system, for identifying rules by size and county of origin; a thorough cataloging of rule accessories; and a complete bibliography of reprints, articles, books, and publications dealing with measuring instruments. The included Rule Concordance and Value Guide gives complete information for identifying and comparing all rules by all major American makers; estimates for each rule's value based on condition and maker; extensive information on rule value, including condition, selling environment, and charisma. This book is an essential reference. Rule enthusiasts will find the combination a pleasure to read. Mr. Stanley's breadth of knowledge and his regard for the rules he discusses are apparent throughout. For the antique tool dealer, rule collector, and student of the history of technology, this book is essential.
Philip E. Stanley is a computer designer and programmer with degrees from Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute and Ohio State University. He holds more than fifteen patents. A full-time dealer in antique tools and scientific instruments since 1975, he has written four books on antique measuring instruments, a guidebook for researching US patents, and numerous papers on tools and instruments. He researched and created a database describing all 10,000 US patents and donated the database to the US Patent Office. He has appeared on the Antiques Roadshow as an appraiser in the category of Science and Technology. Stanley is a member of the Early American Industries Association, the Mid-West Tool Collectors Association, the Oughtred Society, and Antique Tools and Trades in Connecticut. Now in retirement, he researches and writes about antique tools and scientific instruments and searches for them at antique shows, auctions, and flea markets. He lives in Worcester, Massachusetts.