An old, we believe quite early James Chesterman leather tape measure.
The style of this old tape measure and with the brass winder having 'patent' inscribed on it leads us to believe this is quite an early tape measure.
This old tape measures cloth tape is marked out in feet and inches on one side and links on the rear. The rear of the tape is also marked 'Chesterman, Sheffield, England, Constantia, JC, 40'.
Our hunch is this tape measure possibly dates to the late 1870's or possibly earlier.
Condition: a few cm of the seem stitching has come away (see photo), the printing of the numbers on the cloth tape seem to have been printed a little too high or there has been some fraying to the top of the cloth tape, the cloth tape is possibly a very old replacement if the tape measure is as old as we think it possibly could be, please see photos for condition.