No book of this
size could hope to describe in detail every type of measuring device
so it is those measuring items likely to be found and collected today
that have been included. Some are included because they are regularly
encountered; others because they reflect important historical trends
or developments. Still others pose intriguing intellectual challenges.
Finally, many are simply attractive objects. It is a truism that to
measure accurately the measure itself must be finely made and in this
can lie great appeal. Special features include illustrated appendixes,
a checklist of rule makers and dealers, a full index, and separate
index of names.
About the Authors:
Jane and Mark Rees started work on this book ten years ago. Sadly,
Mark did not live to see its completion but it is still very much
a book written by them both. Jane has worked to complete this since
Mark’s passing in 2001 – this book is a fitting memorial to him. Jane
Rees trained as an architect, concentrating during her working life
on the restoration and renovation of historic buildings. She and Mark
were founder members of the Tools and Trades History Society and she
is now a Vice-President of the Society. She is a historian of technology
and trades and is the author of several publications in the field.
Together, they were also dealers in the hand tools and artifacts of
many trades, most of which are now only a memory. This book is a combination
of their academic and commercial expertise and their passion for sharing
knowledge. Over 1,000 illustrations - 100s in full color.