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The Copp family of Stonington, Connecticut used this wooden rule during the 18th and 19th century. Without the measuring lines, rules like these were owned to draw straight lines, necessary for practicing geometry and navigation.
The Copp Collection contains a variety of household objects that the Copp family of Connecticut used from around 1700 until the mid-1800s. Part of the Puritan Great Migration from England to Boston, the family eventually made their home in New London County, Connecticut, where their textiles, clothes, utensils, ceramics, books, bibles, and letters provide a vivid picture of daily life. More of the collection from the Division of Home and Community Life can be viewed by searching accession number 28810.
Currently not on view
date made
1750- 1800
place made
United States
United States: New England
Physical Description
wood (overall material)
overall: 3/8 in x 15 1/2 in x 1 5/8 in; .9525 cm x 39.37 cm x 4.1275 cm
ID Number
catalog number
accession number
Credit Line
Gift of John Brenton Copp
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Home and Community Life: Domestic Life
Domestic Furnishings
Copp Collection
Data Source
National Museum of American History


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