James Chesterman: Articles of Association of Messrs Cutts, Chesterman and Bedington 1848 and 1859; ledgers 1864-1874, 1884-1919 and 1937-1964; balance sheets 1892-1935; petty cash book 1951-1963; wages and salaries book 1872-1910; salaries books 1926-1947; register of shareholders 1923-1936; register of directors' holdings c1955; product specifications for spring measures 1898; datal books for rules c1925; list of rule graduations 1929; patents 1847-1862; trade mark registrations 1968; laboratory reports 1948; papers concerning the production of rules; product notebooks for costings c1955; training programme for operators of screw dividing machines; book of patents and recipes, work diary; stock sheets, price lists; pattern book; letters concerning patents and trademarks c1965. Production and assembly drawings for various precision tools including callipers, height gauges, rules and scales 1926-1981 [TD1-66]. Also firms history [FH.058].
John Rabone: Three scrapbooks containing papers and correspondence including papers relating to court case Rabone & Son v Davies & Madden concerning pattern books 1867-1868; wages and the formation and work of the Operative Rulemakers Society 1871-1880; American competition 1878; the Melbourne exhibition 1880; trade reports, articles and newscuttings about rules, tapes and the supply of ivory and boxwood; the bankruptcy of George Adlam c1850-1967; the use of Bakelite 1931; saw mill book c1884; work notebook 1936; measure book of comparative measurements world wide for different woods, etc c1880-1950; accounting notebooks relating to wages and leather cases for tapes 1913-1915; private ledger 1930s; production notes and drawings relating to tapes and tape retractors; production drawings for folding boxwood rules and tapes; index of lineal type modes: tables of comparison for various countries' scales of measurement with directions for setting machines to calibrate the scales of different rules, c1925; measure books with different comparative scales c1950; papers about trademarks and names (Minerva, Bow, Treble, etc) 1949-1966. Also technical drawings [TD1-66].
Rabone Chesterman: Ordinary dividend account 1970; accounts 1967; statements of accounts 1967-1968 including plant schedules 1968-1970; machinery and suppliers papers c1940-1959; Vernier height gauges and tapes; work sheets; calliper gauges; production notes and details relating to sonic measures; laboratory reports for spring measures and other items c1965; specifications for products including gauges, steel rules, and electronic height gauges 1977; machine tools list 1978; papers relating to the merger 1970-1972; correspondence 1971-1989; pensions papers 1971; terms of employment 1979; company policy 1989; reports of Stanley 1988-1989. Technical drawing of tape and spring 1970 [TD208]. Also firms history [FH.219-221].