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Ell measure

Object Number: 
ca. 1800-1850
Overall: 32 x 1 x 1 in. ( 81.3 x 2.5 x 2.5 cm )
Pine ell measure with four tapering sides and cylindrical handle; decorated all over with chipped carved geometric designs.
Gallery Label: 
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.
Credit Line: 
Gift of Mrs. Charles Stone Voorhies and Mrs. Arlene Brooks Voorhies
Due to ongoing research, information about this object is subject to change.
Creative: Tronvig Group