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Object ID # 2011.059.004
Object Name Reel
Title Surveyor's Steel Tape Line
Lexicon category 10: Unclassifiable Artifacts
Date 20th-century
Made Chesterman
Place of Origin Sheffield, England, United Kingdom
Description Surveyor's reel, used for measuring in the field. It is made entirely of metal, and has a round and cross-framed reel with a steel measuring tape wound on it. There are two brass handles, and each has "4P" impress-stamped at the top. On the inside of the steel tape, a subtle manufacturer's mark is visible. Also impressed on the outside of the tape, near one handle end, is a "CHESTERMAN / SHEFFIELD" mark. There is a brass knob to provide a grip, to help wind the tape. The tape's rivets and oval-shaped tallies helped the user determine distance.
Makers mark If you look inside the reel at the inner side of the steel tape, you can see a subtle manufacturer's mark. Also, impressed on the outer side of the tape near one handle end, is a "CHESTERMAN / SHEFFIELD" mark.
Provenance Manufactured by Chesterman, in Sheffield, England. Dates to the 20th-century. Belonged to John "Jack" MacDonald Blyth. He was born on March 1, 1887, and was one of the children of John and Jean Blyth (née Peter). His father served as M.P.P. He was raised on his family's farm on the 2nd Concession of Normanby Township, Grey County. He graduated from the University of Toronto in 1914.

Over the course of his career, he surveyed in Hamilton, Detroit, Creighton Mines, on the Bruce Peninsula and in Grey County. He did not marry, and returned to the Blyth family farm later in his life. He died in May of 1959. His will stated that he wanted James Peter, his relative and colleague, to be his Executor.

Last owned by James Peter of Durham, Grey County.
Collection Miscellaneous Tools & Equipment Collection
Material Steel/Brass
Dimensions D-7.5 Dia-27.8 cm
Found Normanby Township (formerly), Municipality of West Grey, Grey County
People Blyth, John MacDonald