For Glen Majury of Southampton, his passion for collecting began as a young boy in Paisley when he would visit his uncle Clifford during harvest time and he became fascinated with a ruler that folded and was in the pocket of his uncle’s work overalls.
That began a lifelong interest that continues today and that folding ruler has evolved into 1,800 rulers and measuring tools of every description.
From a Doyle Scale ruler used by woodsmen to determine the number of planks that could be obtained from a tree to an old English measuring cup that measures a dozen different items from flour to tapioca on the ‘inside’ of the cup, Majury has a fascinating collection of measure tools of all kinds.
Yardsticks line the walls and rulers hang from the ceiling and, as with most who are passionate about their collections, he knows the history behind each and where it hangs so that he can readily lay his hand on the one he is explaining – for each has a story.
Ever wondered how much spaghetti to serve? Majury has a measuring tool for that too.
While rulers were his first collecting passion, Majury also has others.
Today, he has one of the largest collections of original Dundee Marmalade pottery jars from the company that was founded in 1797. “They are very hard to find,” says Majury, “and I now have 103.”
He also has more than 100 ‘Church’ plates from across Canada with community names such as as Eden, Ballantrae, Kersdoyle and many others.
“Collecting is something I enjoy,” says Majury. “When my wife Dorcas was living, we used to go on country drives after church and go into little antique shops to see if there were any collectibles. One day, we went up the Bruce Peninsula and stopped in at a little shop. I went in and asked if he had any yardsticks. The owner said no … but he knew of a fellow in Southampton that had lots! It was me!” he laughs.
“I always thought I would like to set a Guiness Book record but I think there’s a couple in Germany who have more rulers.”
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