The Legacy Unfolded: V&R Blakemore's Folding Rule & C.W. Grist

Boxwood Folding Rule with Brass Slides Two-Feet Two-Fold V&R Blakemore Birmingham Antique 1880s

Boxwood Folding Rule with Brass Slides Two-Feet Two-Fold V&R Blakemore Birmingham Antique 1880s

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Uncover the remarkable tale of craftsmanship and legacy with V&R Blakemore's Folding Rule and its connection to C.W. Grist. Journey through time as we explore the intricate details of this antique relic and the fascinating story behind its ownership.

Prepare to be captivated by the intertwining narratives of craftsmanship and history. Delve into the world of V&R Blakemore's Folding Rule, a testament to precision and artistry, and discover the enigmatic figure of C.W. Grist. Join us on a journey of discovery as we unveil the hidden gems of the past and unravel the mysteries behind this timeless artifact.

Rare military-marked V&R Blakemore, Birmingham & London, muzzle-loading smoothbore percussion musket
Image: Rare military-marked V&R Blakemore, Birmingham & London, muzzle-loading smoothbore percussion musket.
Source: http://www.deactivated-guns.co.uk/obsolete-calibre-firearms/rare-british-military-marked-v-r-blakemore-percussion-muzzle-loading-musket-/prod_5245.html

Villiers (1823-1883) and Ramsey (1836-1891) Blakemore were export merchants known for dealing in an assortment of goods from 1867 to 1895. Their diverse inventory included guns, locks, hardware, folding rulers, locks, and buttons. Offices in London at 46 Leadenhall Street (1867-1874) and Birmingham at 38 Charlotte Street (1870-1895) served as pivotal centers for their operations. The Blakemores, deeply entrenched in Birmingham's gun trade, once ran a small factory, possibly assembling firearms from trade components.

V&R Blakemore's Australian exports encompassed diverse supplies. They furnished Tasmania Local Forces (1878-1884), H.M. Gaol Hobart, and Queensland's Native Mounted Police (1870-1895) with buttons, rifles, pistols, and specialized Post & Telegraph buttons.

Vintage Australian Post & Telegraph button crafted by V&R Blakemore, Birmingham, showcasing brass craftsmanship.
Image: Vintage Australian Post & Telegraph button crafted by V&R Blakemore, Birmingham, showcasing brass craftsmanship.
Source: https://www.britishbadgeforum.com/south-african-constabulary-uniform-button-1901-1908/

Beyond retail, V.&R. Blakemore excelled as Military Outfitters and trusted distributors, leveraging their expertise and wide-ranging merchandise to earn acclaim in military supply circles.

The owner of the folding rule Mr. C.W. Grist

Charles William Grist (C.W. Grist) was born in 1888 in the UK. He worked as a carpenter and jointer. On 13th November 1913, he married Daisy Maud. They had one son Ronald Charles, born on 26th May 1918. Charles Grist was enlisted in 1916 and served in the UK Air Force (RAF/RFC) during WWI.

Source
Imperial War Museum London

Lives of the First World War

We remember: Charles William Grist - https://livesofthefirstworldwar.iwm.org.uk/lifestory/6660974

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