This old wooden folding rule was probably very inexpensive since is cheaply made. It appears to be is marked; Made in U.S.A. and No. 22 but there is perhaps another number at the end which I can’t quite make out. It has four sections. It is hinged at two joints and the center is hinged with an arch type joint which allows it to open to the 24” length. The hardware is cheaply made and attached and although it looks like brass it is a magnetic metal with a plating. Both side are marked for measuring with one side having 8th in increments and 16th inch on the other. The narrow edge has a pin for lining up the edge when closing and there are two pins on the flat surface that serve the same purpose.
It measures about 6 ¼” long in the closed position including the hinge and the rule measures about ½”. The wood has wear and discoloration where the pins go in and it does have a warp which doesn't show very well in the photos. One side is more faded than the other and the plating is partially worn which shows the steel color.
The pictures are not shown at actual size. Please refer to the description for actual measurements.
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