W. & L.E. Gurley Engineer's chain
A 50 ft engineer's chain with 50 12" links of No. 12 steel wire, with oval rings and brazed links. The brass handles are marked "W. & L.E. Gurley" and "50 ft steel No. 12". The handles are mounted on a threaded rod with double round nuts for precise adjustment. Brass tags every 10 ft. Very good cond.
Gurley offered brazed steel chains in their 1878 catalog, at a somewhat higher cost than the bottom line open link iron chains. In their 1884 catalog, they claim that this lighter weight brazed chain is almost incapable of being broken or stretched, and that it has almost entirely superseded the heavier chains for use upon railroads and canals. Of course, open link iron chains were still offered well into the 20th century, as were the steel chains, alongside modern steel tapes.
markings on the handles
adjustment of the handles
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