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1855 Article Tailors Measure Tailoring Measurement Coat Victorian Invention YSA2

1855 Article Tailors Measure Tailoring Measurement Coat Victorian Invention YSA2

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This is an original 1855 one-page black and white print article from Scientific American, with in-text wood engraving illustrations, describing an improved tailor's measure for taking the measure of a human body for a coat and to cut out the various parts of the coat from the cloth. This device is the invention of John M. Krider of Middletown, Virginia.


This 159+ year old Item is rated Very Fine +++. Light wrinkling. No tears. No water damage. Please note that the small white spot in the top margin is just a reflection on our digital image -- it is NOT on the item.

  • Product Type: Original Print Article; Black / White
  • Grade: Very Fine +++
  • Dimensions: Approximately 10 x 14.75 inches; 25 x 37 cm
  • Authentication: Serial-Numbered Certificate of Authenticity w/ Full Provenance
  • Protection: Packaged in a custom archival sleeve with an acid-free black board (great for display, gift-giving, and preservation)

The mid-19th century might well be labeled the Age of Invention. New technologies and scientific discoveries prompted an explosion of new inventions which were duly described in the pages of Scientific American --the Advocate of Industry and Journal of Scientific, Mechanical and other Improvements. Some of these inventions were undoubtedly useful such as improvements to farm plows, seeders, mills, woodworking machines, hospital beds, etc. However, a number of them, at least to our 21st century eyes, border on the ridiculous to the merely goofy. Perhaps this collection will awaken your creative muse in addition to simply amusing you.