Carter, Howard (1874 – 1939)

The tape measure almost certainly used by Carter on Tutenkamun 

Howard Carter’s personally owned 100 foot antique tape measure, leather, approximately 6″ X 6″, with ‘Chesterman, Sheffield, England’ embossed on both sides. At the centre is a brass catch which is used to draw the tape back in; at the side is a brass tag, which is used to draw the tape out. The tape itself is rather toned, and has clearly been put to much use — one can safely assume that it was used to measure Tutenkhamun himself! The leather casing is marked and scuffed in a few places, otherwise is in fine condition.

Originating from Howard Carter’s estate, sold at Bonhams in 2012. Together with a signed letter from Carter’s great nephew, attesting to the provance. An extraordinary artifact.