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Needle wire gauge

Needle wire gauge is derived from the Birmingham Wire Gauge. #1 = 18½ B.W.G.; #2 = 19 B.W.G., and so on to #14 = 31 B.W.G. See S. S. Wheeler, Electrical World 12 November 1887

On September 20, 1994, Rowland Carson posted a list of the 39 most used gauge systems in use worldwide:

Of these Birmingham still features with the following:

  • Birmingham Gauge BG ~ iron hoop & strip, steel sheet
  • Birmingham Wire Gauge BWG ~ iron & steel telephone wire
  • Birmingham Wire Gauge for Silver & Gold ~ silver & gold
  • Stubs Iron Wire Gauge ~ iron wire
  • Stubs Steel Wire Gauge ~ steel drill rod

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