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Hem Measure (USA)

This is a Hem measure. It was manufactured by William B. Kerr & Company. It is dated ca. 1894 and we acquired it in 1976. Its medium is silver. It is a part of the Product Design and Decorative Arts department.

This object was donated by Mrs. Earle F. Hiscock. It is credited Gift of Mrs. Earle F. Hiscock.

  • Protractor (USA)
  • sheet steel.
  • Smithsonian Institution, National Museum of American History, 1977.0460.01.
  • 14.2012.66
  • Ruler
  • nickel-plated wood.
  • Courtesy of Thom Browne.
  • 74.2015.11

Its dimensions are

H x W : 11.5 x 3.1 cm (4 1/2 x 1 1/4 in.)

It has the following markings

Pat. "Oct 2, 1894" fleur de lys (ken mark?)

Cite this object as

Hem Measure (USA); Manufactured by William B. Kerr & Company (United States); silver; H x W : 11.5 x 3.1 cm (4 1/2 x 1 1/4 in.); Gift of Mrs. Earle F. Hiscock; 1976-108-1

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