Vintage Lufkin Rule Co. 100 Foot "Challenge" Leather Covered Steel Tape

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This Lufkin 100 ft. steel measuring tape is the "Challenge" model is a real gem! Wrapped in real leather, it was made circa the 1910's to 1920's by the Lufkin Rule Co. out of Saginaw, Michigan. The body under the leather casing is steel, and the hand crank area is nickel plated steel and brass. This one also has the push button feature that causes the folding exterior tape crank handle to pop out so one can wind the tape back in cranking it sort of like a fishing reel. Perfect for the guy in your life who collect vintage tools or appreciate old vintage items as decorative pieces! The front or face where the crank is embossed with the text "The Lufkin Rule Co. 100 FT. Saginaw, Mich., U.S.A." and the back is embossed "Challenge Steel Tape Made in U.S.A."

This tape is in fair vintage condition. There is some visible surface wear and scratches to the leather casing and the metal mechanisms on top and bottom due to use and its very old age. The tape fully extends while the push button and hand crank mechanism still work easily. It measures 4 3/8" in diameter with a thickness of 5/8"

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