Surveyor's chain is made of 11" long iron wires linked together with 2 1/2" links. The end pieces are short and have a large, stirrup-shaped opening. Small metal tags mark every 10', with forked tags marking every 20' and helping to hold chain to ground. Chain belonged to Samuel A. Maverick (1803-1870) who came to Texas from South Carolina in 1835. Maverick was active in purchasing and developing land.
approximately 100 ft. long (30.48 m) ; L. 11 [wires] x L. 2.5 in [links] (L. 27.94 [wires] x L. 6.35 [links] cm)
Place of Origin
Gift from Mrs. W.P. Webb (Maverick's granddaughter-in-law) to Texas Memorial Musem, 1966
Artisan or Artist
Maverick, Samuel A.
iron ; surveyors' chains
Materials Facet -- Materials (Hierarchy Name) -- materials (matter) -- inorganic material -- metal -- iron (metal) ; Objects Facet -- Furnishings and Equipment (Hierarchy Name) -- Measuring Devices (Hierarchy Name) -- measuring devices (instruments) -- distance measuring devices -- linear distance measuring devices -- measuring chains -- surveyors' chains
Tools and Equipment for Science and Technology -- surveying and navigational tools and equipment -- surveying equipment -- chain, surveyor's
measuring devices -- surveyors' chains
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Texas Memorial Museum Collection, Dolph Briscoe Center for American History, The University of Texas at Austin
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Dolph Briscoe Center for American History, The University of Texas at Austin
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