Pine ell measure with four tapering sides and cylindrical handle; decorated all over with chipped carved geometric designs.
According to the donor, this rod was used by the Hubbard and Williamson families of Gravesend, Brooklyn, to smooth feather beds. Its original use was probably as an ell measure, a device used in the home for measuring lengths of fabric.
Gift of Mrs. Charles Stone Voorhies and Mrs. Arlene Brooks Voorhies
Due to ongoing research, information about this object is subject to change.
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