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April 7, 2010

Blast from the past: 100-year-old level


"c. 1910."


"A fully functioning, antique Stanley level with a lovely heft, shiny brass inlay and protective end caps."


With any luck and some care, there's no reason it shouldn't be equally functional come 2110.



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I have recently and unintentionally started collecting old tools, because they are beautiful and remarkably inexpensive (mostly). I bought a similar level without the brass end caps, made of mahogany, for $5.

Posted by: Mark | Apr 8, 2010 6:58:39 AM

What a beautiful tool.


Posted by: JoePeach | Apr 7, 2010 5:32:01 PM

Nice. Great shots!

Posted by: Shelly | Apr 7, 2010 3:06:50 PM

My father was a brick mason. I remember several of these in our garage growing up. Brings back so many memories. I also have his 3rd degree Mason ring. Oh, how I wish I had known he was so high up in the Brotherhood. So many things I would ask him but alas, way to late now.

Posted by: lt | Apr 7, 2010 2:32:00 PM

Beautiful. Makes one think. What have we really achieved during the last one hundred years, except to learn how to make these in plastic.

Posted by: Zack | Apr 7, 2010 11:54:46 AM

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