Hartford Fire Insurance Promotional Ruler and Paper Cutter

Collection Type

  • Ephemera

Date

1885-1900

GUSN

GUSN-310537

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

Descriptive Terms

rulers (measuring devices)
tin (metal)
Ruler
Ruler

Inscription

"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)

Maker

Unknown

Location of Origin

Chicago, Illinois

Object Type

Weights & Measures T&E

Dimensions

9 1/2 x 1 1/2 x 1/4 (HxWxD) (inches)

Credit Line

Sarah Moore Field Collection

Accession Number

1998.6079

Places

Chicago (Cook county, Illinois)