Usually a generic name preceded by the form if not standard linear length - e.g. Pocket Enhanced Mannheim. For special models often supplemented by its function/use - e.g. meteorology. Sometimes a suffix is needed to distinguish between different versions - e.g. early or late.
L/C/D/T/W/X where L=Linear, C=circular, D=Drum, T=tubular, W=watch, X=miscellaneous (i.e. the rest)
Basic construction form of the body i.e. Closed/solid frame or Open frame or Duplex or Other
Basic description: ivory/bone/wood/bakelite/plastic/metal/cardboard or combinations e.g. wood/veneered, wood/painted, etc
Mostly length in cm or ” (inches) of the D scale but excluding any scale extensions. But for circular or watch slide rules it is the diameter & for tubular or drum slide rules it is the overall linear scale length. For other mechanical aids it is the physical length.
Standard (not maker’s) symbols for scales on front face e.g. A = X² (1-100) but § = generic symbol for any non-standard scale. Scales between solidi (/ /) are on the slide(s) whereas a vertical line ( | ) or reversed solidus ( \ ) + a symbol denotes scale(s) on a straight or bevelled side edge.
||A / B / D|
Standard (not maker’s) symbols for scales on back face e.g. S = sine (5° to 90° & 85° to 0°) or sin(x) but § = generic symbol for any non-standard scale. Scales between solidi (/ /) are on the back of the slide(s).
||/ cm,inch /|
Basic description (incl. material) + no. of hairlines, etc on any cursor(s) or alternative to a cursor - e.g. a stylus
||metal/glass - 1 hairline|
Cn where n = 0-6 based on Herman van Herwijnen’s condition/quality scale
YYYY for year(s) of production or an approximation/range of years
Basic description of any accessories - e.g. case or stand + where relevant, an accreditation for image, etc
||black linen covered box with Vollmer-Werke A.G. printed in gold - image courtesy of PHOTOCALCUL|
Details like “on back of rule” and/or language of instruction sheet/booklet - generic or instructions for common layouts usually not listed
||German courtesy of ISRM|
Downloadable .PDF copy of unusual or uncommon model specific instructions
| Comments ||?
Any special or noteworthy traits + significant use-related facts + pertinent details of scales/tables in well of stock + any significant tables, etc on the back of the stock
For all aspects of timber industry (round & square timber ) - same model used by Albert Nestler (1851-1901) to calculate raw material needed for making wooden slide rules - cm & inch scales + 3rd party name Vollmer-Werke A.G.
MM-YYYY / MM-YYYY of the date added/left the collection or <YYYY if exact MM-YYYY no longer known