Hello All, Could any of you help to identify these? A friend has suggested that they are either composing sticks or rules but i have looked on google images and i cant find anything that looks like these. The bottom three have numbers on them but the top three dont. Thanks in advance Karen.
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Sorry please ignore as i cant get the photo to upload will try again another day :(
They are setting rules. Back in the days when large amounts of type were set solid (no spacing) they would be used between lines that were being set to keep each line accurate with no binding on the line above it (or below it in the stick). The projection was used to pull out the rule, and then set over the freshly justified line, ready for the next. I have several sets of rules in brass, steel, and a very nice chromed steel set with pica measures on the top of each rule. The numbers of course correspond to the length of the line set for the composing stick. They are not to be confused with correcting rules which had a projection on each end, used to remove a line from a form for corrections.
Thank you very much for all the info on these it is very much appreciated. :)