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Hartford Fire Insurance Promotional Ruler and Paper Cutter

1998.6079 (RS233671)

Description

Tin, green coated, combination ruler and paper cutter with one side a nine inch straight edge ruler and the other shaped into a tube to serve as a handle while cutting or tearing paper. A small hole punched at one end for hanging. The ruler is printed with "Compliments of the Hartford Fire Ins. Co., Hartford, Conn" with the insurance company's stag logo. Additional text promotes insurance company's losses paid, a list of cities and dates receiving payment for major fires, patent information, etc. Manufactured by Chicago Stamping Company.

Details

Maker
unknown
Date
1885-1900
Inscriptions
"Compliments of the Hartford [stag logo] Fire Ins. Co. Hartford, Conn. / Losses Paid $33,000,000 at New York 1835 / Nantucket 1846. / 1849. Saint Louis / 1866. Portland / 1871. Chicago / 1872. Boston / 1877. Saint John and other places / Agencies in all Cities and Towns Throughout the Country / Commenced Business 1794 / Charter Perpetual / The Chicago Stamping Co. / Combination Rule and Paper Cutter, Patent Sept 8th 1885. Hartford Fire Ins. Co. Sole Owner adn Manufacturer. All Infringements prosecuted." (printed)
Location of origin
Chicago, Illinois
Material
tin (metal)
Object type
Weights & Measures T&E
Places
Chicago (Cook county, Illinois)
Descriptive terms
Ruler
rulers (measuring devices)
tin (metal)
Dimensions
9 1/2 x 1 1/2 x 1/4 (HxWxD) (inches)
Accession Number
1998.6079
Credit Line
Sarah Moore Field Collection
GUSN
310537

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