August Linke Surveyor's Tape

Description
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.
Location
Currently not on view
maker
August Lingke & Co.
place made
Deutschland: Sachsen, Freiberg
Measurements
overall length: 25 m; 82 1/32 ft
ID Number
2001.0300.06
accession number
2001.0300
catalog number
2001.0300.06
Credit Line
Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute, Department of Civil Engineering
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Data Source
National Museum of American History, Kenneth E. Behring Center

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