calipers use to gage and transfer measurements
Photo: Erika Larsen
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Calipers, descendants of the straight-legged compass, are curved-legged tools for gauging and transferring measurements from three-dimensional objects. Whimsical dancing-master calipers first emerged from workshops in the 18th century. Now considered folk art, their shapely steel legs can still accurately take the measure of inside (toe-to-toe) as well as outside (heel-to-heel) dimensions.
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