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    Yeah it could be civil war era. H. Chapin started making rules in 1835. They then became Chapin and Sons in about 1860 and in 1901 they were bought out by Stevens to become Chapin-Stevens.

    DiggerKid2003, you might get a clue as to the manufacturer or date of manufacture by the number of pins in the edges, the style of pivot, or the style of hinges. It'll take a lot of research, good luck.
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    Quote Originally Posted by TheCannonballGuy View Post
    The modern-era one at the link posted by 50bmg has a (single) brass hinge-body, but it doesn't have the brass "frame" (brass-bound) around the wood like we see on the one found by DiggerKid2003. Being brass-bound would make it significantly more expensive to mnufacture. So, I still think DiggerKid's find is more likely to be from the 1800s than the 1900s. Of course that doesn't mean it's defiitely from the civil war... but the brass frame and being found near a civil war Virginia State Seal button at least gives it more than just a slight possibility of being a civil war one.
    I only posted that because someone said they don't make 4 fold rulers anymore that was form a 30 second search on Google. I'm sure I could find the same one the op posted if I try
    I have seen the same ones before and they were in too good of condition to have any more than 50 years on them

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    Quote Originally Posted by 50bmg View Post
    I only posted that because someone said they don't make 4 fold rulers anymore that was form a 30 second search on Google. I'm sure I could find the same one the op posted if I try
    I have seen the same ones before and they were in too good of condition to have any more than 50 years on them
    I typed in "brass bound four fold rule new" and all that came up were antiques. Have at it though, I'm in the market for a two-footer.

    Edit- Garrett-Wade sells refurbished antique ones for about $65. I'll bet a modern manufactured one is a hundred bucks.
    Last edited by Duckshot; Mar 10, 2018 at 09:41 PM.
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    Wow this is getting a lot more feedback then I thought it would. Thanks everyone and I guess it's time to sit back and do more research.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Duckshot View Post
    I typed in "brass bound four fold rule new" and all that came up were antiques. Have at it though, I'm in the market for a two-footer.

    Edit- Garrett-Wade sells refurbished antique ones for about $65. I'll bet a modern manufactured one is a hundred bucks.
    https://www.ebay.ca/sch/i.html?_saca...+folding+ruler
    bunch of old ones for sale prices are all over the place
    https://www.etsy.com/market/folding_wood_ruler
    more older ones
    I know I have seen new ones just recently in a store I frequent

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    I managed to get it open. The inside looks better than the out side and still has a lot of the numbers. How would I go about preserving the wood? Click image for larger version. 

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    Quote Originally Posted by 50bmg View Post
    Not brass bound. Thanks for looking for me.
    "There can be no self-government without self-discipline. There can be no self-government without self-control. There can be no liberty unless it is grounded in moral discipline and the ability to do what is right." ~ Dr. Alan Keyes

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    Quote Originally Posted by DiggerKid2003 View Post
    I managed to get it open. The inside looks better than the out side and still has a lot of the numbers. How would I go about preserving the wood?
    You might be able to do something with high viscosity marine epoxy. I seen wood-epoxy strip canoes that were clear coated nice as varnish.
    "There can be no self-government without self-discipline. There can be no self-government without self-control. There can be no liberty unless it is grounded in moral discipline and the ability to do what is right." ~ Dr. Alan Keyes

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    Here is 3 that I have
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    I got them several yrs ago at an estate auction.Something like $20- for the lot.
    No longer politically correct

 

 
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