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Spirit Level I&D Smallwood Brass and Wood Military Marked Antique 1917

Ref: 4BN7

$ 85

Discover a piece of history with this I&D Smallwood spirit level from 1917. Crafted from durable oak wood and brass, this level bears the marks of craftsmanship and time. Its two brass legs provide stability and precision. Adorned with the maker's logo and military markings, including the broad arrow, it's a testament to its service in the past.

Dimensions: 22.5cm x 2.5cm x 2.5cm / 9-inch x 1-inch x 1-inch

Weight: 176 g / 0.4 lbs.

Preserved in excellent antique condition, this spirit level stands as a unique collectible, combining functionality with a rich historical narrative.

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Civil Engineer Gift Idea

Give the gift of engineering history with the I&D Smallwood 1917 Military Marked Antique Spirit Level. A timeless brass and wood piece, embodying precision and craftsmanship. Ideal for civil engineers, it's a unique symbol of heritage and dedication to accuracy in construction—a tangible piece of engineering legacy.

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Unveiling History: I&D Smallwood's Legacy of Precision Tools from Birmingham, 1912

Spirit Level I&D Smallwood Brass and Wood Military Marked Antique 1917

Spirit Level I&D Smallwood Brass and Wood Military Marked Antique 1917

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In 1858, I&D Smallwood established their niche at 66 Moseley Street, Birmingham, crafting precision tools like iron squares and metallic rules. By 1861, the company relocated to Ryland Street 45 (Darwin Street by 1861), expanding its repertoire to include boxwood, ivory, steel, metallic folding rules, countermeasures, timber gauges, cistern rods, and more.

Their diverse range solidified their presence in the industry. Spanning from 1875 to 1879, their listings showcased an extensive array of offerings. The legacy endured, marking the closure of the last I&D Smallwood factory in Leopold Street, Birmingham, in 1999, signifying the end of a longstanding era in precision tool manufacturing.

Timeless Craftsmanship: I&D Smallwood's 1912 Birmingham Catalog, Embellished in Golden Elegance on Rich Red Leather. A Treasury of Precision - Rules, Squares, Spirit Levels, Gauges, Tapes, & More.
Image: Timeless Craftsmanship: I&D Smallwood's 1912 Birmingham Catalog, Embellished in Golden Elegance on Rich Red Leather. A Treasury of Precision - Rules, Squares, Spirit Levels, Gauges, Tapes, & More.
Source: The Cooper’s Tool Museum - https://cooperstoolmuseum.com/i-d-smallwood-rulemakers
1912: Title Page of I&D Smallwood's Birmingham Catalog, Rules, Squares, Spirit Levels, Gauges, Tapes, &e.
Image: 1912: Title Page of I&D Smallwood's Birmingham Catalog, Rules, Squares, Spirit Levels, Gauges, Tapes, &e.
Source: The Cooper’s Tool Museum - https://cooperstoolmuseum.com/i-d-smallwood-rulemakers
1912: I&D Smallwood's Birmingham Catalog Featuring Boxwood Rules
Image: 1912: I&D Smallwood's Birmingham Catalog Featuring Boxwood Rules.
Source: The Cooper’s Tool Museum - https://cooperstoolmuseum.com/i-d-smallwood-rulemakers
1912: I&D Smallwood's Birmingham Catalog Displays Masons' and Steel Squares
Image: 1912: I&D Smallwood's Birmingham Catalog Displays Masons' and Steel Squares.
Source: The Cooper’s Tool Museum - https://cooperstoolmuseum.com/i-d-smallwood-rulemakers
1912: I&D Smallwood's Catalog Page Featuring Straight Steel Bench Rules
Image: 1912: I&D Smallwood's Catalog Page Featuring Straight Steel Bench Rules.
Source: The Cooper’s Tool Museum - https://cooperstoolmuseum.com/i-d-smallwood-rulemakers

Broad Arrow Mark

The broad arrow, a symbol adopted in England since the 14th century, marked items purchased with royal funds or designated as government property. Widely used from the 16th century onward, it notably signified ownership by the Office of Ordnance, responsible for supplying weaponry, ammunition, and naval provisions. This distinct mark served as a visible stamp denoting the crown's ownership and was integral in identifying assets allocated for military use, particularly within the King's Navy.

The Broad Arrow Mark
Image: The Broad Arrow Mark.
Source: By Asanagi - Own work, CC0, https://commons.wikimedia.org/w/index.php?curid=27139195

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