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Calipers

A caliper is a device used to measure the distance between two opposite sides of an object. A caliper can be as simple as a compass with inward or outward-facing points. The tips of the caliper are adjusted to fit across the points to be measured, the caliper is then removed and the distance read by measuring between the tips with a measuring tool, such as a ruler.

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Lady Leg Calipers

This device dates back to the 18th century as was used to measure distances. The same type of model was used on cowboy spurs, tongs, and tweezers.

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