August Linke Surveyor's Tape

This steel tape has a brass case, handle, and folding crank. It measures 25 meters long, and is numbered every meter. It is signed "A. LINGKE & CO IN FREIBERG." Albert Joseph Seligman (1859-1935) probably bought it in the late 1870s, when he studied mining engineering at Freiberg. He probably donated it to the Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute, his alma mater, around 1899, when he obtained a seat on the New York Stock Exchange.
Currently not on view
Object Name
surveyor's tape
August Lingke & Co.
overall length: 25 m; 82 1/32 ft
place made
Deutschland: Sachsen, Freiberg
ID Number
accession number
catalog number
Measuring & Mapping
Surveying and Geodesy
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Surveying and Geodesy
Data Source
National Museum of American History, Kenneth E. Behring Center

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