From the Collection of Warrnambool and District Historical Society Inc. 2 Gilles Street (south of Merri St) Warrnambool Victoria
- This is a metal tape measure (in inches) enclosed in a circular-shaped leather
covering. In the centre of the leather cover is a metal mechanism for rewinding the
tape. The tape has a metal ring at its end. The leather is very rubbed and the tape is
rusty. There is printing embossed on both sides of the leather cover.
- Diameter of cover: 9 cm.
- household items warrnambool
- This tape measure was probably produced for, and used by, tradesmen such as
carpenters and builders. In 1821 James Chesterman patented a tape measure that used
a spring for rewinding the tape and the makers of large tape measures have used this
method for nearly 200 years now.
- Early 20th century
- This item has no known local provenance but is retained as an interesting example of
a common household and industrial item from the past but one which in an updated
version is still in use today.
- ‘Chesterman Ltd Sheffield England’
- 12 Feb 2018 at 3:42PM