This unique, decorative cylindrical glass Rolling ruler or Ledger ruler was produced in England during the Victorian era, circa 1850 to 1870. This is a highly unusual item; Rolling rulers are used by artists and draughtsman to mark parallel lines. This example is decoratively filled with alternating packed bands of silk thread, suggesting that the ruler was likely used by perhaps a pattern design artist or someone in the textile trade (rag trade). Complete with red wax end stoppers. This is a rare example; we have not seen another like it.
For an example of a glass rolling ruler please see Object Number: ELYGM:2008.12.9b in The Stained Glass Museum’s Online Collection. Measuring: Width 14 inch (35.5 cm). Diameter 0.75 inch (2 cm).
Condition: Good undamaged condition
This is a rare and decorative item that is perfect for anyone who loves all things Victorian, has a passion for textiles or for quirky 19th century objects.
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