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Old 7th Oct 2019, 4:47 pm   #1
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Iím not sure if this is appropriate for discussion but I thought it might be of interest to someone.
I came across a flat thin 3í stainless steel Ruler in junk shop, it was marked in imperial and Agate, Iíve never seen such a scale, whatís Agate all about?
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Old 7th Oct 2019, 5:00 pm   #2
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It's a typesetter's/signwriter's ruler;

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Agate_(typography) )
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0.55 agates to the millimetre. An agate is the smallest newsprint type used for legal notices and stocks and shares in newspapers.
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Old 7th Oct 2019, 6:14 pm   #4
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Thank you for your replies, I had never heard of that measurement, surprising what you can find when you visit a junk shop and how you can learn from that visit.

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Old 7th Oct 2019, 8:10 pm   #5
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I’m not sure if this is appropriate for discussion but I thought it might be of interest to someone.
I came across a flat thin 3’ stainless steel Ruler in junk shop, it was marked in imperial and Agate, I’ve never seen such a scale, what’s Agate all about?
Cheers
John
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As the typesetter is a long extinct species this is definitely vintage technology!

Rabone Chesterman made typesetters' rules amongst other things. The factory in Birmingham is long gone. Their popular typesetters' steel rule was of the 12" variety featuring measurements in mm and a 12 pt scale on one side and 8pt and 10pt scales on the other.

I remember seeing on the back of a display board at a college some art student graffiti: "Rabone Chesterman rules OK".

(Well it would do as long as it was 20ļC )
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