Catalogue Number: 1948
Sub-Category: Dispensing tool
Year Of Publication/Manufacture: 1930s
Time Period: 1900 to 1939
Place Of Publication/Manufacture: England
Publisher/Manufacturer: M Wiseman and Co Ltd
Description Of Item: Polished silver/grey coloured metal rule, 173 x 50 mm, with a number of scales engraved on both sides for measuring interpupillary distance and other dimensions for fitting spectacle frames. Name of maker M Wiseman and Co Ltd, with the makers logo and place of manufacture on one side.Engraved:'MADE IN ENGLAND/ ACCURIST HANDIRULE/ M. WISEMAN & CO LTD.'
Historical Significance: The book L S Sasieni Spectacle fitting and optical dispensing 1950 (Cat nos 776 )2243) has an informative chapter (ch 2) on frame rules and one (ch 5) on devices for face measurements.
How Acquired: Donated by Pamela Sutton, purchased from BOA Museum, London
Date Acquired: July 2011
Condition: Very good
Location: Archive office. East wall shelves unit 3. Drawer 5