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Surveyors' Chains & Arrows For Sale:

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Rare 2 Pole 40 Link Wing Chain 

$995.00

This is NOT your ordinary Gunter chain, as a matter of fact it is not a Gunter chain at all!

Most surveyors and collectors are not aware that this style chain even existed and that they were used in early American surveying. While these chains were offered by some makers in their catalogs as late as the early 1900's they were not as popular as the Gunter chain. They are however, important in our history since most of the early surveys on the east coast were done in measurements known as the "Perch".   Because these chains were mainly used on the east coast they are not well known to most surveyors and collectors from the central, mid west and western states.

This is called a Wing chain and they were introduced in 1664 by Vincent Wing.  The design was a chain with 80 links, that measured 66 feet (4 Pole) overall, and a shorter version with only 40 links at 33 feet (2 Pole).  In the late 19th century, a Wing chain was sometimes called a Pennsylvania chain by W. & L. E. Gurley and in the early 1900's they even dropped the Pennsylvania name entirely and just called it a 66' chain with 80 links or a 33' chain with 40 links.   Each link measures 9.9" and Wing stresses the value of this chain when surveying tracts in rods or poles.

In the early eastern US deeds, lengths where given in perchs and tenths of perchs. In a Wing chain two links are equal to a tenth of a perch so the conversion was easy.   Because it wasn't so easy to convert from a Gunter chain to a perch some early compasses had L T tables for conversion from links (surveyors) to tenths of perches. 

1 chain (66') = 4 perches

1 perch = 16.5'

1/10th of a perch = 1.65' or 2 even links on a Wing Chain

1 link on a Gunter chain = 0.04 perches

1 link on a Wing chain = 0.05 perches

This chain is a #9 .149 inch thick steel chain that is 33 feet long. This chain has all its tally markers which are actually rings and has all 40 links present.

I have been told by several collectors that chains with wire handles are older than their cast counterparts. Both claims date them to be older than 1830 but I have not been able to verify so use this information as you will.

For those collectors looking for unusual early survey items this chain fits the bill.

This chain has been oiled for a long lasting finish minimizing the chance of additional rusting.

     


 


 
Nice Chesterman 50' Engineers' Chain 

$375.00

This is a nice Chesterman 50' Engineers' chain.  This chain is a #7 .18" steel engineers' chain that is 50' long with 12" links.  This chain has been very well taken care of as it has all of the links, tally markers, and handles.  

This is a heavy chain that could literally pull a car.

This chain has been lightly oiled for a long lasting finish minimizing the chance of rusting.

 

  

 


 


 
Nice William Stieren (Chesterman) 100' Engineers' Chain 

Sale Pending

This is a beautiful William Stieren 100' engineers' chain.  This chain is a #12 .10" iron engineers' chain that is 100' long with 12" links.  This chain has been very well taken care of as it has all of the links, tally markers, and handles.  

William Stieren was in business in Pittsburg from 1863 until 1888 so this chain would be from that time frame. 

This chain has been lightly oiled for a long lasting finish minimizing the chance of rusting.

 

  


 


 
Nice Set of Wire Chaining Arrows 

$65.00 Set

Your purchase will be for the set of 4 chaining arrows with tags.

These arrows are 14 1/2" long.


 

  

 


 


 
Set of Flat Chaining Arrows 

$95.00 Set

Your purchase will be for the set of 5 chaining arrows with tags.

These arrows are 14" long.


 

  


 


 
Nice Set of Wire Chaining Arrows 

$65.00 Set

Your purchase will be for the set of 6 chaining arrows.

These arrows are 14 1/2" long.


 

  


 


 
Nice Set of Wire Chaining Arrows 

$75.00 Set

Your purchase will be for the set of 5 chaining arrows.

These arrows are 16 1/2" long.


 

  


 


 
Very Nice Weighted Hand Hammered Chaining Arrows 

$105.00 Each (Two Available)

Your purchase will be for one old weighted hand hammered chaining arrows. 


These arrows are 13 1/2" long.


 

  


 


 
This Appears To Be A Copper Set Of Arrows 

$?????

We have never seen a set like these so we do not know if this is a one of a kind item or if they are just rare.  We weren't sure where to set the price on this set so if you have any additional information please let us know and we can set the pricing accordingly.

This is a set of 11 with a belt clip.  Each arrow is 12" long.


 

  


 


 
Nice Set of Wire Chaining Arrows 

$75.00 Set

Your purchase will be for the set of 8 chaining arrows.

These arrows are 14" long.


 

  


 


 
Very Nice Set of Wire Chaining Arrows 

$95.00

This is a set of 11 nice wire chaining arrows.  It also has a rope loop to keep them all together.

These arrows is 14 1/2" long.




 

  


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