John Rabone Battle of Britain dated Air Ministry tape measure
This is the first one of these we have had here. The brass handle folds out and is marked ‘100 ft’. The tape scale is in feet on one side and metric on the other and winds back into the brown leather case. The case is embossed with the AM (Air Ministry) property mark and crown and the all important 1940 date. Around the centre is embossed with makers details ‘John Rabone & Sons, Birmingham, England’. On the reverse side is stamped ‘Rabone’s Metallic wired tape’. Whilst we have not removed the full tape from the reel it appears to be in decent issued condition with normal service wear as you would expect for a 74 year old measure, so is offered for sale as a collectors item and not warranted for its original use! The leather case has a nice antique patina again with signs of service use. Sadly no history with this one but no doubt would have had a variety of uses on a wartime RAF base. Diameter of case 6"(16 cm).