Measuring Stick

Description
This European triangular wooden length measure is crudely carved on all three sides with letters, suns, a girl, fish, and geometric figures. One side reads: MD 1727. Another side reads: P q R S T V W X | Z. Each side has seven wooden pegs, roughly evenly spaced at approximately 7.5 cm. The side with the partial alphabet has two additional pegs (one missing) at the ends of the rule. The Smithsonian acquired this object in 1960.
Location
Currently not on view
Object Name
rule
scale rule
date made
ca 1727
Physical Description
wood (overall material)
Measurements
overall: 2.5 cm x 60.3 cm x 2.5 cm; 31/32 in x 23 3/4 in x 31/32 in
place made
Europe
ID Number
MA*317638
accession number
231062
catalog number
317638
subject
Scale Rules
Science & Mathematics
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
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