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Tape Measure

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.
Object Registration
household items warrnambool
Historical information
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.
When Made
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.
Inscriptions & Markings
‘Chesterman Ltd Sheffield England’

‘66 ft’
Last updated
12 Feb 2018 at 3:42PM