Antique spirit level by John Rabone & Sons in brass and wood, a rare collectable woodworking tool made in Birmingham England

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A rare antique woodworking spirit level in brass and wood by John Rabone & Sons, Birmingham, England.

A very collectable tool from early 1900s.

What makes this tool so unusual is that it has a sliding brass protector for the display bubble.

It is made of hardwood and brass with a viewing window on the top and one either side. The underside is bound by brass corners.

It is showing signs of being a much loved and used item. Although not damaged the brass has scuff marks from use.

This fine level was made and signed "John Rabone & Sons Makers," the famous English toolmaker from Birmingham, England. "Warranted Correct" is also impressed into the brass.

The company began production in 1877 under this name until 1948.

It is no longer perfectly level and so is ideal for a collector of antique tools.

It is a handsome example of the fine carpentry tools made by John Rabone during the 19th and 20th centuries.

23cm or 9" in length

2cm or 3/4" wide

2.5cm or 1" tall


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Why not have a look around my shop to see If you wish to purchase more than 1 item, since to ship more than one item is significantly cheaper. Just message me to let me know, so that I can re-calculate your shipping fee.

IMPORTANT: Please read the shipping and policies for my shop before purchasing an item.

**You will find, in the true spirit of recycling, that your item will ,if possible, arrive packaged in a pre used box. I make no apologies for this as I believe that we should not waste earth's resources.
So don't be surprised if you receive your item in an Amazon box!! **

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Shipping & policies
Preparation takes 1-3 business days
Arrives from France
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Unfortunately there has been a change in the French postal system which means that all items with a thickness more than 3cm have to be posted by Colissimo. This means that for most items the postage has increased enormously.
The only suggestion I can make is if you are interested in more than 1 item, then please contact me for the shipping price. The cost for 2 items posted together will be significantly cheaper than posted separately.

For all items shipped with Colissimo International, you will be given a tracking number so that you will be able to track the parcel on their website. The price of shipping also includes insurance. Once the parcel has left France, buyers can track them on online.

In the rare case of damage during shipment, please save all parts of your item plus all packaging. We will need it to file an insurance claim. Please contact me right away with photos of damaged items and their packaging. If packaging is discarded, this voids shipping insurance and I will be unable to issue a refund or replacement.

Deliveries with Colissimo usually take 8 to 10 days to reach any place in the world.

**You will find, in the true spirit of recycling, that your item will ,if possible, arrive packaged in a pre used box. I make no apologies for this as I believe that we should not waste earth's resources.
So dont be surprised if you receive your item in an Amazon box!! **


It is possible to pay by instalments/layaway for more expensive items. This way you can split your payments over a period of time between 1 and 3 months. We will agree the payments at the beginning and then your first payment reserves your item.

Please note that after you begin your payments I am unable to refund you or cancel the transaction as the item is reserved for you and unavailable for sale to anyone else. The item will stay on reserve until you finish your final payment.

The total amount of the item (item price + shipping) will be the total price of the layaway item. Negotiated payments will be invoiced and paid by Paypal.

Please contact me for more details.

I ship to the address listed on PayPal or Direct Credit Card connect. It is the buyers responsibility to let me know if this address is incorrect.

I am most careful when packing items, but advise you to check the parcel's contents in front of the postman, so to be able to refuse it if it were damaged.


I accept payment by paypal or credit card through Etsy.

Returns & exchanges
I gladly accept returns and exchanges
Contact me within: 14 days of delivery
Ship items back within: 30 days of delivery
I don't accept cancellations
But please contact me if you have any problems with your order.
The following items can't be returned or exchanged
Because of the nature of these items, unless they arrive damaged or defective, I can't accept returns for:
  • Custom or personalized orders
  • Perishable products (like food or flowers)
  • Digital downloads
  • Intimate items (for health/hygiene reasons)
Conditions of return
Buyers are responsible for return shipping costs. If the item is not returned in its original condition, the buyer is responsible for any loss in value.
Additional return information
~ Import duties and related fees and/or taxes are not included in the item price or shipping charges. These costs are the buyer's responsibility.

I describe all items, through both photographs and description as accurately as possible. Vintage items are being listed and sold as seen with no warranty or guarantee. I will do my best to describe the item accurately, note any defects, flaws, or issues with a given item.If you have any queries or require further photographs, please contact me.
I will never try to mislead you, nor shall I ever misrepresent, falsify, or fraudulently list any of the items I sell.

Returns are accepted within 14 days once you have received the object. Please contact me as soon as possible to let me know there is a problem.

*Please Note:

The shipping costs to and from your country remain at your cost, As well as any customs duties incurred. *

The cost of the item will be refunded as soon as i get it back, unless it comes back damaged.

Additional policies

Please note silver oxidizes or shows tarnish when exposed to air. You may need to polish from time to time.

Please note.......most vintage items are fragile. Please always handwash your item carefully, do not use a dishwasher.