Dutch El

This octagonal wooden rule has a handle and a measuring part that is broken off at the end. Both parts are crudely but prolifically carved with Xs, triangles, curves, and diamonds. One face is carved with a number: 1756. Another face is notched with measuring marks. These are placed 4, 6.3, 10.8, 19.4, 26, and 53.5 cm from the base of the handle. Compare to MA*318246, MA*318247, and MA*318248.
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Object Name
scale rule
date made
ca 1756
Physical Description
wood (overall material)
overall: 2.3 cm x 75 cm x 2.8 cm; 29/32 in x 29 17/32 in x 1 3/32 in
place made
Netherlands, The
ID Number
accession number
catalog number
Scale Rules
Science & Mathematics
Measuring & Mapping
Rule, Measuring
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Medicine and Science: Mathematics
Scale Rules
Data Source
National Museum of American History, Kenneth E. Behring Center
Credit Line
Gift of F. & G. Staack
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