Gurley Metric Chain

Description
This chain bears the inscription “W. & L. E. GURLEY TROY, N.Y." and "10 M STEEL No. 12.” Gurley began making metric chains in the 1870s, later explaining that the French meter was "very generally used as a standard in South America." This chain has 50 links made of No. 12 steel wire, brass handles and tallies, and measures 10 meters overall. The links and rings are brazed shut.
Ref: W. & L. E. Gurley, Manual of the Principal Instruments Used in American Engineering and Surveying (Troy, N.Y., 1878), p. 9.
W. & L. E. Gurley, Manual of the Principal Instruments Used in American Engineering and Surveying (Troy, N.Y., 1893), p. 254.
Location
Currently not on view
maker
W. & L. E. Gurley
place made
United States: New York, Troy
Physical Description
metal (overall material)
Measurements
overall: 2 1/2 in x 9 1/2 in x 6 in; 6.35 cm x 24.13 cm x 15.24 cm
ID Number
1994.0280.02
accession number
1994.0280
catalog number
1994.0280.02
Credit Line
Gift of Gurley Historical Services
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Medicine and Science: Physical Sciences
Measuring & Mapping
Surveying and Geodesy
Metric System
Data Source
National Museum of American History, Kenneth E. Behring Center

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