Overall: 3/4 x 4 5/8 x 4 1/2 in. ( 1.9 x 11.7 x 11.4 cm )
Square green cardboard box lid, with label affixed to the top.
Gift of the Estate of Isidore L. Rosenzweig, in Memory of Bessie and Isidore L. Rosenzweig, 1978
printed: across label on obverse of lid: "PAINE'S PATENT / STEEL MEASURING TAPES / ...Feet, No. ... divided to ... / IN LEATHER COVERED CASES, / WITH FLUSH HANDLES."
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.
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