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Small Measuring Tool
Posted: Tue Nov 11, 2008 1:38 pm
This little object was made in 1901 by Saunders and Shepherd; it has inch markings on it. What was it used for measuring?
Posted: Tue Nov 11, 2008 9:19 pm
My guess is that it's used when sewing.
Posted: Tue Nov 11, 2008 9:53 pm
Thanks for that, Pat. I did a little bit of surfing to see if it has a name, and came upon "knitting gauge" which might fit the bill.
It seems to be narrower at one end, but my knowledge of knitting is so poor that I can't think of an explanation for it.
Posted: Tue Nov 11, 2008 10:29 pm
Maybe a hem or hemming gauge ?
Don't ask me what it's for, just remembered the name.
Posted: Wed Nov 12, 2008 11:38 am
Desk item? Letter opener and six inch rule.
Posted: Wed Nov 12, 2008 11:52 am
It could be, Tom; but it's only three inches and isn't very comfortable to hold.
Posted: Wed Nov 12, 2008 12:42 pm
Thought is was a sixer. Although I have seen 3 inch sterling desk rules, I have to admit that, in this form, the idea does not make much sense.
At this size, I'm with Patrick and guess it is some arcane sewing related implement.
Posted: Wed Nov 12, 2008 3:28 pm
Yes, perhaps something sowing related. Possibly shirt collars and cuffs?
Posted: Sat Nov 15, 2008 1:24 am
I think it is a tongue depressor (measurer) used by a doctor of speach therapy. ;-)