Brass measuring instruments, with callipers and slides, France, 1850-1900

Made:
1850-1900 in France
maker:
Unknown

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Brass measuring instruments comprising calliper and item with 9 sliding scales, in lined leather-covered case, possibly anthropometric, not Bertillon's system, French, 1850-1900

A calliper and nine sliding scales are inside this leather-covered case. It was made in France and is marked Brevette SGDG. It was possibly for anthropometric use. Anthropometry measures individual bodies to compare populations. It was used in the late 1800s to explain human evolution and justify the colonisation of countries populated by ‘less evolved’ peoples.

Details

Category:
Psychology, Psychiatry & Anthropometry
Object Number:
1979-220
Materials:
case, brass, case, cloth, case, horsehair, case, leather, case, wood and instruments, brass
type:
anthropometrical measure
taxonomy:
  • furnishing and equipment
  • tools & equipment
  • anthropometric equipment
credit:
Sotheby's (Belgravia)