An adaptable marking gauge made of beech with the advantage of a partially brass fronted headstock. With spurs either side of the beam, a single pin for simple marking, and to the reverse a pair, one of which may be independently adjusted upon a brass slide allowing for the quick and accurate laying out of mortises. Made by Joseph Marples Ltd of Sheffield, who since 1840 have specialised in the production of fine joiners hand tools. Some of their methods may have changed, many have not, but their commitment to quality both in manufacturing and materials remains undimmed. The overall length is just over 18cm.