Pedometer by Spencer & Perkins

Made:
1775-1794
maker:
Spencer & Perkins

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Pedometer with fob hook by Spencer and Perkins, 1775-1794. One method of measuring distance is to count the number of
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Pedometer with fob hook by Spencer and Perkins, 1775-1794. One method of measuring distance is to count the number of
Science Museum Group Collection
© The Board of Trustees of the Science Museum

Pedometer with fob hook by Spencer and Perkins, 1775-1794. One method of measuring distance is to count the number of
Science Museum Group Collection
© The Board of Trustees of the Science Museum

Pedometer with fob hook by Spencer and Perkins, 1775-1794. One method of measuring distance is to count the number of
Science Museum Group Collection
© The Board of Trustees of the Science Museum

Science Museum Group Collections
© The Board of Trustees of the Science Museum, London

Science Museum Group Collections
© The Board of Trustees of the Science Museum, London

Science Museum Group Collections
© The Board of Trustees of the Science Museum, London

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© The Board of Trustees of the Science Museum, London

Pedometer or waywiser with fob hook, made by Spencer & Perkins, 1775-1794.

Pedometers counted a wearer’s paces and provided an estimate of distance walked. This pedometer, made by the London watchmaking firm Spencer & Perkins, was hooked over a belt or strap and the user’s steps registered by a weighted mechanism inside the watch case.

While instruments such as these may have had a useful and practical purpose – for example for a landowner to determine quickly the size of their estate – they were also desirable novelties at a time when demand was growing for devices for entertainment and leisure.

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Details

Category:
Surveying
Object Number:
1916-80
type:
pedometer
taxonomy:
  • furnishing and equipment
  • measuring device - instrument
credit:
Mr. Evan Roberts

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