Brass novelty tape measure in the form of a Victorian bathing box
Please refer to our stock # 4447 when inquiring.
This brass novelty sewing tape measure in the form of a Victorian bathing box. It stands 47 mm (just under 2 inches) high, is 32 mm (1.25 inches) wide and 70 mm (2.75 inches) long. It has lost the base of the box and the tab on the end of the tape. It would date from the last quarter of the nineteenth century.
Sea bathing was popular in the late Victorian through to the Edwardian age. With ladies modesty a drawback to enjoying a dip in the ocean, bathing boxes, or bathing machines, became popular. A lady could enter a box on the beach fully clothed and get changed whilst being wheeled out into the sea, where she could enjoy a swim away from prying eyes. When she had finished, the procedure was reversed.