Cricketers' tape, date unknown

Object Type
Sporting equipment/Accessory/Measuring device/Tape measure/Cricketer's Tape
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Brief Description
Retractable tape measure with wind-retraction mechanism. Tape is encased in a solid round case which has brass around the edge and is covered in a red leather-like material on the top and bottom. The wind-retraction mechanism is operated by pulling up the metal hinged lever in the centre and turning it clockwise. The tape is linen with a brass ring at the end, and is printed with an inch scale (in black ink), and feet (in red), and links on the side of the tape (in black) . Stamped on the edge near the tape opening is the length of the tape, '66 FT.' Inscribed in what appears to be ink on the other side of the tape-opening is '5/6'. This tape, known as 'Cricketer's Tape', was used to measure out the length of a cricket pitch, 66 feet (22 yards), which is the exact length of this tape. It was also used to measure the other distances needed to set up a cricket wicket, such as the distance between bails, the bowling, popping and return creases, as well as the length and width of the bats.
Measurements
0 - Whole: H: 100 W: 100 D: 35mm (H: 3 15/16 W: 3 15/16 D: 1 3/8")
Media/Materials
Location
In storage
Registration No
1992.2543.2
Credit Line
Kindly donated to the Australian Gallery of Sport and Olympic Museum by Mr Len King.

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