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Measuring stick, 1762

Period:
18th Century
Description:

This measuring stick was found in the Midsteeple, Dumfries, and would have belonged to the Dean of Guild of the Town Council.  It measures 2 feet and is marked in 3 inch graduations by steel pins.  It is hand carved on one side.

 

Detail:

side - crown motif / JR / 1762 / 7/2 / 38
reverse  - squared "M" motif

 

All stallholders in the town had to calibrate their scales and measuring sticks according to the Town Council's set of weights and measures.

Materials/Media:
wood, iron alloy
Dimensions:
length 760mm, width 30mm, depth 25mm
Source:
Dumfries Museum & Camera Obscura
Accession number:
DUMFM:1948.150
Digital Number:
DMWM036a-d
Creation Date:
1762
Copyright:
Dumfries & Galloway Council


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