Scottish "Ell-Wand", inscribed, Burgh of Kirkwall

Made:
1668 in Kirkwall
Scottish Ell-Wand', dated 1668 inscribed for the Burgh of Kirkwall, Orkneys. Round rosewood rod with 1/26th divisions,

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Scottish Ell-Wand', dated 1668 inscribed for the Burgh of Kirkwall, Orkneys. Round rosewood rod with 1/26th divisions,
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© The Board of Trustees of the Science Museum

Scottish "Ell-Wand", dated 1668 inscribed for the Burgh of Kirkwall, Orkneys. Round rosewood rod with 1/26th divisions, capped in brass each end, 37 3/8-inch overall by 1 1/8-inch diameter rod. The Scottish Ell is derived from the length of three Rhine feet (3x12.356=37.068-inches or 941.4mm ) but was abolished in 1835 in favour of the Imperial Standard Yard.

Details

Category:
Weighing & Measuring
Object Number:
1932-327
Materials:
brass, complete and rosewood
type:
linear measure standard (scottish ell)
credit:
Rochelle Thomas, J.