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Ruler (Arshin-Werschock)

Folding arshin made in London at the end of the 19th century is stored in the Sholokhov Museum-Reserve in the fund “Real Monuments”. It is a four-section ruler made from boxwood. The sections are interconnected by a brass element, at the ends of the line there are metal tips. It has three measuring scales: metric, inch (English) and Old Russian (arshin). The total length is 16 werschocks = 4 quarters = 28 inches = 71.12 cm = 1 arshin. When folded – 1 quarter.

On one side of the line there is an inscription: “Trade mark Hockley Abbey” around the stylized image of the mountains, as well as “Metre” and “London”.

On the other side there is “Archine Werschock”.

This item was used by masters when working with wood.

Marina Pribytkova