Chesterman Tape Measure - 1

chesterman bakelite tape measure
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Reviewed By: I.Ball

Manufacturer: Chesterman

Tool Type: Tape Measure

Model No: 1 (Bakelite)

This Chesterman tape measure hasn't got a model number on it anywhere, so for the purpose of reference, we have given it the reference '1' until the time comes when an official Chesterman reference number surfaces.

This Chesterman tape measure has a woven linen tape, a brass winder and a bakelite case.

The bakelite case is a dark colour with a slightly mottled effect. Bakelite is an old form of plastic.

The Chesterman 1 leather tape measures were made in many different lengthed tapes.

The tape typically measured with the measurement commencing from the outside of the ring at the end of the tape, i.e. ring is included in the measurement. It was possible to custom order a different arrangement.

The tapes measures which surface most regularly today are 33ft, 66ft, and 100ft with measurements on both sides. It does seem James Chesterman and Co Ltd were happy to make certain custom changes from their catalogued tapes so it is entirely possible there are variations to these measurements and lengths.


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All the materials used in the manufacture of the Woven Tapes were of the very finest quality.

The weaving, and all the preliminary processes to weaving were entirely carried out by skilled people in their factory.

The woven tapes were protected by special paints and varnishes which were made in-house by Chesterman, to ensure long life and prevent, as far as possible, shrinking and stretching.

To secure the longest possible life for a woven tape, it was most important that the tape was dried, and not wound up in a damp state inside the case.

The leather cases are not metal lined like some competitor lines of the time, as Chesterman found that in the event of the case getting crushed with the tape out, it is impossible to re-wind it in the case, and in the same way, if the tape is in the case, it is impossible to get it out as it becomes tightly jammed.


Tape Measure Construction

chesterman bakerlite tape measure



woven linen

'JC, Chesterman, Sheffield, England' on the front side.
[the size] on the brass winder (usually 33ft, 66ft or 100ft).

Sometimes there are additional marks such as a company name, goverment department or an owners name/mark.


Manufactured Dates

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Are There Any Problems / Issues With This Tool?

Due to the age of these tape measures, it is quite common to find the first 6-10 inches of the tape heavily worn with fraying or the numbers barely visible.

It is also fairly common to find the brass pull missing or replaced.

Another less desirable fault which can occur is the winder handle no longer holds shut; it flaps about when held upside down.


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