This is a linen tape measure on reel with measurements in inches one side and centimeter on the other. It is enclosed in leather case made by John Rabone and Sons under the trade name Hockley Abbey in Birmingham. The product model number is marked as 260. The overall length is 50 feet. This object comes from Lee Shui Nam Personal Collection. This tape has a woven linen tape, a brass winder and a solid leather, hand-stitched case.
The object is made with linen as ruler and fitted with brass winder, covered with solid leather.
John Rabone and Sons was firstly established in 1784 in partnership in Birmingham as a rule and tool markers. The active period was between c1784 to 1953. The company changed its name to the said title in 1877 when Arthur John Rabone joined the company. The company is still active in Birmingham.