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​Early Carved & Inlaid Burl Tape Measure

This outstanding carved burl-cased tape measure dates to the early 19th C. The burl body is embellished with stacked carved heart, diamond, spade, and club decoration, and initials and date "JAC/F.28/10," with chip-carved edges and whalebone mounts. Measuring 5 1/2 " in length by 2" wide. Fine working condition. Cloth tape is worn but secure. 

Provenance: Carolyn and Tom Porter