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Details about  Chesterman Sheffield Surveyor's Chain Measure - 22 Yards - 66 Feet - Very Rare

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Chesterman Sheffield Surveyor's Chain Measure - 22 Yards - 66 Feet - Very Rare
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08 Nov, 2011 20:44:39 GMT
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Ely, United Kingdom


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Chesterman of Sheffield England

This is a real rarity. It's an old chain measure that was used by surveyors or farmers or ploughmen or others whose job it was to measure land (or a cricket pitch). A chain - literally, in this case, a chain - is 22 yards or 66 feet.

This chain measure is made of steel links and it has brass fittings - the two brass handles, one at each end, and different brass tabs linked to the main chain at intervals along its length. In addition, the middle tab (the one that is round) has the makers' name and logo stamped on it: CHESTERMAN - J C - SHEFFIELD ENGD.

I have been minded to dispose of this piece for some time. It has sat under my desk in a heap doing nothing. I looked on eBay - nothing quite like it. I looked on Google (as one does) - I found some mention of these things making good money in the U.S. and I also found the following website, which suggests that this chain could date from the mid-1800s:


So far as condition is concerned, the brass fittings are in first-class order but they are tarnished. The steel has surface rust only: there is no pitting worth mentioning. It appears that someone at some point has had a little accident with some white paint (see my pictures): it would come off easily.

There's a problem with posting this item in that it weighs around 4 kgs, which means that posting it in a parcel to North America might cost up to about £60.00. Posting to a UK address appears to be much less at about £13.00. These are the maximum posting costs I will charge and the buyer must pay the relevant posting cost. However, if I can post it to either a North American or a British address for less than the figures I have here, I will make a refund of the difference.

Please examine my pictures carefully. They are of the chain that you will receive.

The starting price is £99.99.

Please note: PayPal only.

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