Tape measure

Tape measure
Title
Tape measure
Date 
1860-1865
Medium 
Metal
Dimensions 
overall (as found): 5/8 x 3 1/2 x 21 in. ( 1.6 x 8.9 x 53.3 cm )
Description 
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.
Credit Line 
Gift of the Estate of Isidore L. Rosenzweig, in Memory of Bessie and Isidore L. Rosenzweig, 1978
Object Number 
INV.8671p
Gallery Label 
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.
Due to ongoing research, information about this object is subject to change.
Creative: Tronvig Group