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Name and Model Number Faber c.1892
Country of Origin Germany
Date of Manufacture c. 1892
Front Scales cm / A [B, C] D \ inch
Back Scales Meter scale to 50 cm on reverse of slide; inch - cm conversion scale on back
Scale Length 25 cm
Type of Rule Slide Rule
Construction Boxwood, cursor equipped with one hairline, two screws for adjusting the glass and on both sides two chisel points used in older all metal cursors
Area of Use Generic
Comment On the bottom there is Austrian retailer stamp of Gebrüder Fromme, Vienna and on the bottom wall the cyrillic initials V.Sh. of its Russian owner. According to the article Krebs Erich: Die Rechenstäbe und Rechenmaschinen einst und jetzt, p. 147-162 in Matschoss Conrad (ed.): Beiträge zur Geschichte der Technik und Industrie, Dritter Band, 1911, Faber's first glass cursors had chisel points and were introduced at the end of 1880ies. On the other hand Peter Holland writes in his Faber-Castell book that the production of Faber slide rules began 1892. Internet page www.sliderulemuseum.com page presents another Faber rule having cursor with chisel points, but there are some differences:
- cm scales are here called mètre and not meter
- the bevels of the slide rule and the cursor are here fully symmetric
- here the cursor does not have any spring.
Rarity RR
Donor Collection of Timo Leipälä
Match Number 371
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In conjunction with our 'donors' we assign a rarity rating to each item, based on the system devised by Herman van Herwijnen
(1929 - 2004), renowned Dutch collector, author, and creator of Herman's Archive, a collection of 5,000 slide rule images on CD.
• RR = Rare - 1 of 25 collectors has one; it may take a year to find an example in the marketplace.
• RRR = Very Rare - only a few known to collectors; may be several years before it comes up for sale.
• RRRR = Extremely Rare - a museum piece; unlikely that an example will come up for sale.