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Tape measure

Object Number: 
INV.8671q
Date: 
1860-1865
Medium: 
Metal, string
Dimensions: 
Overall: 3 x 8 x 6 in. ( 7.6 x 20.3 x 15.2 cm )
Description: 
Coiled flat metal tape measure tied with string; loop handles at both ends.
Gallery Label: 
This tape measure was among the items found in the footlocker of William H. Paine, who served as a Col. with the Army engineers 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.
Credit Line: 
Gift of the Estate of Isidore L. Rosenzweig, in Memory of Bessie and Isidore L. Rosenzweig, 1978
Due to ongoing research, information about this object is subject to change.
Creative: Tronvig Group