Object Detail


Description
Length of chain made of steel rods connected by steel rings with a handle at each end.
Classification
CH classification SURVEYING Terrestrial chain
Measurements
L7000 mm
Media/Materials description
Brass, steel
History and use
Surveyors chains were the basic tool used for measuring distance in the 19th century. They could sometimes be inaccurate as wear and tear on the links could cause considerable errors over long distances. Chains have now been largely replaced by electronic equipment.

Uploaded to the Web 27 May 2011.
Registration number
H44195

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