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Box lid

Box lid
Title
Box lid
Date 
1850-1870
Medium 
Paper
Dimensions 
Overall: 3/4 x 4 5/8 x 4 1/2 in. ( 1.9 x 11.7 x 11.4 cm )
Description 
Square green cardboard box lid, with label affixed to the top.
Credit Line 
Gift of the Estate of Isidore L. Rosenzweig, in Memory of Bessie and Isidore L. Rosenzweig, 1978
Object Number 
INV.8671t
Marks 
printed: across label on obverse of lid: "PAINE'S PATENT / STEEL MEASURING TAPES / ...Feet, No. ... divided to ... / IN LEATHER COVERED CASES, / WITH FLUSH HANDLES."
Gallery Label 
This box lid belonged to Col. William H. Paine, who served as a surveyor in the Army during the Civil War. It was found among the items in his footlocker. Paine was responsible for devising systems and tools to better facilitate the surveyor's tasks, including patenting a coiled steel tape measure.
Due to ongoing research, information about this object is subject to change.
Creative: Tronvig Group