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Title I-scale, plotting, flat, metric, 30 cm long, made for U.S. Govt. (Navy?) by Keuffel & Esser Co., N.Y., n.d., ca. 1930s-1940s.
Object Name Scale, Navigational
Catalog Number 2009.006.0265
Collection Keuffel & Esser Company Collection
Description I-scale [rule], plotting, flat, metric, 30 centimeters long, made for U.S. Government (Navy?) by Keuffel & Esser Co., New York, no date, circa 1930s-1940s. Degame (stated on envelope) wood with black printed graduations, both edges beveled, overall 12-1/2" (31.5 cm) long x 1-5/16" wide x 3/16" thick; bottom is blank. With: original paper sleeve (treated, apparently water-resistant or water proof) imprinted with description and product information plus an inner plain paper sleeve.

Imprinted in the center is: U.S. | Keuffel & Esser Co. N.Y.

Top scale identified at left: 1:10,000 Meters
Rule is inverted for using scale on other edge - 1:50,000 Meters

Text printed on paper sleeve:
P.O. #4903726-27; REQ. N-EP-6704
I-SCALE, PLOTTING, FLAT, METRIC
LENGTH 30 CM, SCALE 1/10,000 -
1/50,000; MADE OF DEGAME WOOD WITH
PLAIN EDGE AND PRINTED GRADUATIONS
SNL #18-6900.300-110; ITEM #3.

It has not been established for what agency this scale was made or its actual use. It has been reputed, but not verified, that this type of scale was used in the European Theatre of operations during World War II by the U.S. Army (Marines, Navy?) for reading charts (maps); additional comments have been seen that it was for intelligence operations.

K&E had their main office and factories in Hoboken when it was made.
Date 1930-1950
Year Range from 1930
Year Range to 1950
Search Terms K & E
Keuffel & Esser Co.
World War II
Caption I-scale [rule], plotting, flat, metric, 30 centimeters long
Imagefile 071\20090060265.TIF
Notes Degame is also known as lancewood.
Classification Business & Commerce
Manufacturing
Military