Interesting promotional item from the Vernon Company, Newton, Iowa. In mint condition, the cardboard protector says it's "easier to hold, easier to read, easier to pick up". It goes on to say "Combines a handy pencil holder and paper weight. The gleaming finish will never tarnish or dull". Done in a beautiful gold tone, it is a promotional giveaway and the ruler is imprinted with: Commercial Plumbing Supply Co., Inc, New Britain, Conn & Meriden, Conn. Great nostalgic piece and very useful in the office. The ruler is 12" long and comes in a yellow sleeve and both are in mint condition. Always packed and shipped with care. Thank you for looking.