Measuring Stick

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.
Currently not on view
Object Name
scale rule
date made
ca 1727
Physical Description
wood (overall material)
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
ID Number
accession number
catalog number
Rule, Measuring
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Medicine and Science: Mathematics
Science & Mathematics
Measuring & Mapping
Scale Rules
Data Source
National Museum of American History, Kenneth E. Behring Center
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