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Rare Georgian Pedometer by Spencer & Perkins of London
1700 to 1800 England
Offered by Finch & Co
With a white enamel face with three dials: 1/1000th of a mile, (one click of the mechanism) 1/10th of a mile and 1 – 12 miles. With a fob hook, the case of shagreen and gilt brass. In good overall condition
Circa 1775 – 1794
Size: 5.5cm dia., 3cm deep, 15cm long (with arm) – 2¼ ins dia., 1¼ ins deep, 6 ins long (with arm)
The ancient Romans used a hodometer calibrated to steps to measure distances for military and civil purposes. The definition of the international mile comes from the Roman military method of keeping track of how far a soldier had travelled on foot. The Latin 'mille passus' means a 'thousand paces' where one pace equals two steps.