This candy apple red measuring tape is in excellent condition! The steel tape is white and perfectly legible with no worn spots or creases. No rust on the case or tape. This one has the 1/8ths inch graduations and 16"s are marked in diamonds on the tape. Even the pop release on the winding handle is in great condition and makes a satisfying "POP" when you push it! The tape end loop is also in perfect shape.
Roe was a Long Island based company who first started producing measuring tape in the 1870s- only a couple of years after it's invention (a by product almost of the crinoline skirt industry!). Roe was even the producer of the, now more common, Stanley tape measurers.
It's hard to judge the actual year of it's make, but given that 16" became a common stud distance about the end of WWII, I would put it around the 1950s or 60s. Especially with it's model name, "Comet"! And that candy apple red color!
This is certainly a collectible tool, as quality small tapes like this are no longer made today. By a well known toolmaker in the mid-1900's era! A tape of this quality would cost well over $100 for this size if it were being manufactured today. A classic collectible tape measure! A great gift for builders and gardeners alike- I use mine to lay out my row crops!