Various instruments for measuring distance, 2000 BC-1854 AD.
3 1 c m
40cm
actual image size: 32cm x 23cm

Various instruments for measuring distance, 2000 BC-1854 AD.

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Description

From bottom to top: a Chinese bronze 'foot' (Chi'h) measure, made during the period of 'Warring States', BC 500-250, 9 inches long, and marked with hard white water-patina like enamel showing divisions into 10ths; an Egyptian wood cubit rod, divided into 7 palms, from the XII Dynasty (Kahun), 2000 BC; a copy of the provisional metre; a bronze end-standard yard, 'Mr Baileys metal no.69', with agate and gold centre plugs, Royal Commision, 1854.
 

Image Ref.

10306127
 

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