War Dept. Surveying Tape c. 1944
By John Rabone & Sons of Birmingham. 100' Surveyors' tape measure. Leather cased with brass fittings and very neat fold-out/hinged winding knob. The actual measure is marked in feet/inches only. The case has fairly minor blemishes/marks and is in very good condition with a lovely patina. We haven't pulled the tape out all the way but the end 'ring' is probably a replacement and the initial 4' or so is rather worn but it improves steadily after that. The case is also War Department Broad Arrow embossed with a 1944 date. This is the type of measure used for marking out foundations/buildings and could have been used in RAF station building and runway construction work among many other possibilities. A lovely item in good overall condition. Stock code M20799.