Overall (as found): 5/8 x 3 1/2 x 21 in. ( 1.6 x 8.9 x 53.3 cm )
Coiled flat metal tape measure in circular case with hinged tab which rotates (no longer moves tape); tape stuck in an extended position, with metal loop at the end.
This tape measure belonged to Lt. Col. William H. Paine, who served as a surveyor in the Army during the Civil War. Paine was responsible for devising systems and tools to better facilitate the surveyor's tasks, including patenting a coiled steel tape measure. It was found among the items in his footlocker.
Gift of the Estate of Isidore L. Rosenzweig, in Memory of Bessie and Isidore L. Rosenzweig, 1978
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