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Tape measure

Tape measure

  • Place of origin:

    Europe (made)

  • Date:

    1700-1750 (made)

  • Artist/Maker:


  • Materials and Techniques:

    Silver with pink silk ribbon with green borders

  • Museum number:


  • Gallery location:

    In Storage

Physical description

Silver-coloured sphere with a central spindle inside. A yard measure of pink silk ribbon with green edges, which emerges through a slit on one side of the sphere, is wound round the spindle. The ends of the spindle are visible on the outside of the sphere, but lack terminals. The border of the slit, and the two holes over the ends of the spindle, are decorated with a simple engraved pattern of stylised petals.

Place of Origin

Europe (made)


1700-1750 (made)



Materials and Techniques

Silver with pink silk ribbon with green borders


height: 28 mm, diameter: 25 mm

Descriptive line

Spherical silver tape measure container with engraved decoration holding a silk ribbon, Europe, 1700-1750.


Silver; Ribbon


Jewellery; Metalwork


Metalwork Collection

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