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A very unusual Inclinometer found at our last Melbourne, Australia tool sale November 2004

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The nice haul from the swap meet includes a Stratton Bros. No. 1 brass bound level, a late model #2 Stanley smooth plane, a dovetailed non adjustable #2 Norris smoother, a Marples gouge with a London pattern boxwood handle, a boxwood handled Mathieson screwdriver....and finally the mystery tool...

An Inclinometer of unusual configuration.

with a translation below

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inclino.jpg (104006 bytes)   inclino_box.jpg (82254 bytes)

It is 11 3/4 inch long (299mm) looks like Cuban Mahogany, with brass and nickel plated steel. 

A small pin is pulled to release the curved arm, then the bubble piece which pivots on a brass pin can move. The thumb screw is loosened and the scale arm is lifted and the screw can then be is tightened in it's slot where it can be fixed at the desired angle..

The scale has the expected 90 degree markings, and also a another that I'm not familiar with.

The other scale indicates rise/run or pitch. For example, 6/1 on the scale would be about 80.5 degrees and 1/1 would be 45 degrees, which is where they line up with the degree scale. ( thanks to Jeff Grothaus, another GALOOT )

inclino_side.jpg (104152 bytes)

inclino_scale.jpg (161849 bytes)   box.jpg (91369 bytes)

There are 3 Japanese (I think) characters branded onto the side of the tool (above). I was told by the seller that it came from Japan soon after WW2. It looks very British to me, and maybe the box is owner made, and all the Japanese characters are owner marks. I can't be certain of this, and would love some help...
box-_inside.jpg (89630 bytes) The box is finger jointed and multiple screwed. Inside the top are 4 or 5 more small characters, and on top of the lid 6 large characters.
box-_lid.jpg (94086 bytes) The top in the correct orientation to read, or have I got it upside down ???
Below is a translation of the Japanese kanji characters on the box, and the inclinometer. Kindly done for me by my nephew's Japanese language instructor Kaneyo : it turns out she shares my passion for old tools. Kaneyo's father was a builder, she tells me she loves tools and would play with nails (hitting them into the ground!) when she was little.

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