This extraordinary piece is an antique Cobbler's Measuring Stick from France. It is shows the Shoesize in Paris Point. It is made out of carved wood and brass. It dates to circa 1820-1840.
Gabriel Mouton, a French abbot, first introduced the metric system in 1670. In 1801 after several modifications the French officially adopted the measurement system. The French system does not support half sizes. Infant sizes start at size 15 (equivalent to 0) and each size then progresses by two thirds of a centimetre. By 1875 several nations had got together to discuss adoption of the Paris Point System and whilst countries like North America legalised the use of the metric system, the industry refused to adopt it as the only means.
It is in very good condition with a beautiful Patina (Please see Pictures)
Size: Folded: 8 by 1 1/4 Inch Unfolded: 13 1/2 by 3 Inch
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