Surveyor's Tape

Surveyor's Tape

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This steel measuring tape has a brass case, handle, and folding crank. It measures 25 meters long, and is numbered every meter. The "A. LINGKE & CO IN FREIBERG" inscription refers to an instrument firm that was in business, as such, from 1859 to 1889.
Albert Joseph Seligman (1859-1935) probably bought this tape 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.
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Object Name
Measuring Tape
measuring tape
August Lingke & Co.
place made
Germany: Saxony, Freiberg
overall length: 25 m; 82 1/32 ft
overall: 1 5/8 in x 9 1/4 in x 8 3/4 in; 4.1275 cm x 23.495 cm x 22.225 cm
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accession number
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Credit Line
Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute, Department of Civil Engineering
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National Museum of American History
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