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18th – Early 19th Century
Size : 74 cm long – 29 ins long
Until the 19th Century the ell was a popular measure, particularly for cloth both abroad and in Britain. However, they varied considerably in length in different countries. In England an ell was officially a yard and a quarter ( 45 inches ), in Scotland 37 inches, whilst the Flemish ell measured 26 inches to 27½ !
This superb and rare Indian example is particularly finely made and was most probably used for measuring lengths of silk, perhaps by mughal princes for their turbans.
|Height||74.00 cm||(29.13 inches)|