VINTAGE LINK SURVEYING CHAIN - SURVEYORS & ENGINEERS
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Sold Date: 11/06/2006
Channel: Online Auction
VINTAGE LINK SURVEYING CHAIN - SURVEYORS & ENGINEERS Made by Chesterman - Sheffield, England circa late 1800's with 100 open links, 3 rings per link, 1 swivel, wire links, brass handles, non adjustable. Tally tags at 10, 20, 30, 40 and 50 feet marks. This is a massive chain with 100 links each one foot long, making 100 feet in total. Some refer to it is a Ramsden's chain or engineer's chain. The middle or center brass tag has Chesterman Sheffield England with a J C logo stamped on it. The firm, based in Sheffield became Rabone Chesterman in recent years. Surveying chain, 100 links, 100 feet, 9 tallies, brass handles, marked Chesterman Sheffield with JC logo, both brass handles marked 100F on the ends. Chain is in excellent condition, no breaks or repairs, 100% original, very light rust that would clean easily, beautiful display piece for home or office. Would be good for classroom use at teaching aid or for use in re-inactments. This is a SUPERB iron and brass engineer / surveyor / railroad / builder's land measurement / surveying chain. Chain measures 100 feet in length, with 100 1-foot iron links - each connected by three oval rings. Chain has one mid-way, in-line, anti-kink, anti-twist swivel, brass tellers / tallies or tally tabs every 10th link of 1, 2, 3, and 4 notches (2 of each) with the middle tab rounded containing the marker's mark. Chain has two brass "D" shaped swivel handles each marked "100F" for 100 ft. and weighs about 8 pounds. This large chain is signed by the maker "CHESTERMAN / J C / SHEFFIELD / ENG D" by James Chesterman of Sheffield, England, an important maker of surveying chains for over 100 years and the largest maker of surveying chains for over 100 years, known to have made chains for other surveying instrument makers in America and England. This old survey chain is in OUTSTANDING little or lightly used condition - very little rust, no pitting on iron links, a fine well-preserved chain for being well over 100 years old. A great eBay opportunity to add a very good-looking chain to your collection of survey artifacts / instruments OR your dealer inventory. Would make excellent Christmas gift for that hard to buy for surveyor or civil engineer on your list. Surveyor's 100 link, 100 foot long chain with brass D-handles, brass tags, and a swivel joint in the center. The chain has 3 rings between each link and the joints are not welded. The brass D-handles are marked "100 F" on each end and one handle has additional markings "AEUM" and "27" on it; the tag on the swivel joint is marked "J C CHESTERMAN, SHEFFIELD, ENGD."; and the chain is complete with all 9 of its original brass tags with an additional small, round tag at one end marked "10 A 61". The chain is in very good overall condition, with only very light rust on some of the wire links and a few connecting oval rings, and showing little evidence of use. An opportunity to obtain a very attractive example of a classic 100' surveyor's chain for your surveying instrument collection.
Chains and tapes have been used to measure horizontal distances since the early 17th century, if not before. In England in 1616, Aaron Rathborne mentioned "the making and use of the Decimal Chayne, used only by myself." This chain had ten links and measured 1 pole (16.5 feet) overall. In 1620, Edmund Gunter introduced a chain with 100 links that measured 66 feet (4 poles) overall. For convenience, surveyors sometimes used a Gunter's chain with only 50 links, that measured 33 feet (2 poles) overall. In 1664, Vincent Wing introduced a chain with 80 links, that measured 66 feet overall; shorter versions with only 40 links were also known; in the late 19th century, a Wing chain was sometimes known as a Pennsylvania chain. An engineer's chain has 50 or 100 links, and measures 50 or 100 feet overall; this form came into use in the 19th century and was very popular in the early 20 th century. A vara chain has 50 or 100 links, and normally measures 10 or 20 varas. A metric chain has 50 or 100 links, and usually measures 10 or 20 met...
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