Chesterman Tape Measure - No. 1527-CFH

chesterman tape measure 1527-cfh
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Review By: I.Ball

Manufacturer: Chesterman

Tool Type: Tape Measure

Model No: 1527-CFH (Leather)

The Chesterman tape measure number 1527-CFH is an old leather cased tape measure with a hand stitched seam and a plastic coated woven internal tape.

The tape is wound using a brass winder located on the top of the tape measure. The folding winder handle extends for winding and tucks neatly back into a hidden position when not needed.

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 are usually marked out in inches with quarter increments on the front side and links on the rear side.

chesterman tape measure 1527 cfh

The number 1527-CFH leather tape measures were made in many different lengthed tapes.

The tapes measures which surface most regularly today are 33ft, 66ft, and 100ft with measurements on both sides.

I believe other sizes of this tape may have been produced. Certainly with the earlier James Chesterman tape measures, James Chesterman offered a service offering custom lengthed tapes.

The Chesterman 1527-CFH tape measure hasn't a model number marked anywhere on the tape or case.

The Chesterman 1527-CFH tape measure was presented in a black and yellow Chesterman box.

The tapes on these tape measures are more durable than the non-plastic coated versions.


Additional Information

chesterman 1527-cfh tape measure

" To users of Woven Measuring Tapes

We occasionally receive complaints of inaccuracy in our Woven Measuring Tapes. This almost invariably rises from the fact of too much being expected from this class of article.

For precise and accurate measurements nothing but a Steel Tape should be used, but very good work can be done with a Woven Tape if it is tested with a Steel Tape, and allowance made for errors. If a Woven Tape is used in damp or wet conditions, it should always be allowed to dry FIRST before being wound into the case – by doing this, the life of the Tape is lengthened considerably, and the Tape is less liable to shrink.

Woven Tapes are standardized with a tension, or pull, of 2lbs., and, to avoid stretching, care should be taken not to exceed this tension when using the Tape.

James Chesterman & Co Ltd.
Sheffield 11 ,England. "


Tape Measure Construction

chesterman tape measure 1527 cfh



plastic coated woven linen

'JC Chesterman Sheffield Made In England' on both sides.
[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.

Rear of tape (on a dark green plastic support) says: 'Non-Metallic'.

Box Lid Markings: 'Chesterman Woven Measuring Tape, Plastic Coated'.

Box Label Markings: 'Chesterman’s, Plastic Coated Measuring Tape, In Leather Case, No. P 1527CFH, Made In England'.


Manufactured Dates

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Are There Any Problems / Issues With This Tool?

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

The case stitching can sometimes be coming apart at the seams.


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