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Antique Surveying Levels

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Early W. & L. E. Gurley 16" Surveyor's or Engineer's LevelEarly W. & L. E. Gurley 16" Surveyor's or Engineer's Level   This dumpy style level dates from approx 1860-1870 and is an example of Gurley's early design with the level vial mounted above the scope instead of under it as is typically found on later instruments of similar design.  I do not have any catalogs from this early so I can not give you the exact model #.  The Gurley marking is found on the center of the main support and is almost covered by the instrument it sits so low to this support piece.  Note the distinguishing large nuts at both ends to mount the vial, thus giving this type of instrument a very distinctive and early look.

This dumpy style level is in nice condition overall.  I am not even sure if they were making Wye levels like the model above where you could reverse the scope in the standards by lifting it out and re-inserting it the other direction this early.    Two of the turnbuckle screws holding the rear lens inside have been replaced but they look fine even though a slightly different style, and the interior lens is fine.  The base and all the motions and screws there are nice.  The optics are clear and the crosshairs are present. The scope measures just under16" and the level vial is full.

There is no tripod available for this level, and the base is smaller than the 3 1/2 one would typically expect to find.   The box is a replacement, craftsman-made and a nice job, as it is a perfect fit and was probably copied from the original it is so nicely done.  This is a very unusual and early model that is not seen nearly as often as ones like that offered above or elsewhere.  It has a look and sense about it that is different from the norm and will be a highlight of the collection focusing on early levels.

Good . . . . .$1050.00       SOLD




W. & L. E. Gurley Surveyor's or Engineer's # 376 Y Level W. & L. E. Gurley Surveyor's or Engineer's # 376 Y Level   This Wye level has a serial # of 6952.  It is in overall very nice condition.  The optics are clear and the crosshairs are present.  I could count the woodpecker holes in the tree trunk a couple hundred yards away with no trouble.  The tripod is OK as well and the top protector is present as well.  The leather strap on the box is present, original, and fragile.  There is an additional sun shield, but no other accessories in the box.

Good . . . . .$750.00       SOLD




W. & L. E. Gurley Wye LevelW. & L. E. Gurley Wye Level   This Wye level  is in overall very nice condition. The scope is 24" long.  Levels this size were used to lay long straight lines like for railroads and general surveys.   The optics are clear and the crosshairs are present.  The box is nice.

Good . . . . .$650.00       SOLD



W. & L. E. Gurley Surveyor's or Engineer's # 376 Y LevelW. & L. E. Gurley Surveyor's or Engineer's # 376 Y Level    It is in overall very nice condition.  The optics are clear and the crosshairs are present.  This level is later and probably dates from the 20's or later.  It has a green lacquer finish to help with the glare. 

Good . . . . .$550.00        SOLD






W. & L. E. 18" Gurley Dumpy Level W. & L. E. 18" Gurley Dumpy Level   This level is in overall  nice condition.  From the look and the serial # I believe it dates from the 60's  The optics are sharp & clear and the crosshairs are present. The scope measures approx 18" and the level vial is full. The Green Crinkle finish is near perfect and from the look of the box and the color this was once the property of the military or forest service.. Levels like this are referred to as Dumpy levels when they do not have the provision to reverse the scope in the standards like the Wye Level pictured at the top of the page. It will make a good user or a nice addition to the collection of later instruments by this well known, respected, and most famous of American instrument makers.

Good . . . . .$250.00        SOLD




Gurley Wye LevelGurley Wye Level  This 22" Gurley Wye level is the largest size Wye Level Gurley made.  It has a great look and will display nicely.  The patina is great and it has a commanding presence.   The level vial under the scope is broken and there is no tripod. or box.  The optics are clear, and the cross hairs present.  There is a serial # and the first 2 digits are 15 so this may have been made in 1915.  It is a very graphic piece and will look great as it sits on display in the office or shop. 

Good . . . . .$650.00       SOLD!


Gurley Wye or Builders LevelGurley Wye or Builders Level  This 18" Gurley Wye level is in good condition. It is a precision built level that will be a great user for layouts and lines or will make a very nice and graphic display piece for the shelf or in the cabin.  The optics are clear, and the cross hairs present.  There is no tripod.

Good+ . . . . .$450.00      SOLD!!







Gurley Wye LevelGurley Wye Level  This Gurley Wye level was sold as surplus from school that either discontinued their engineering program or upgraded to more modern instruments.  It dates from the early 60's given the serial # that starts with 61.  The overall condition is excellent and it appears to have led an easy life spending most of its time on the shelf and not in the field.  The optics are clear, and the crosshairs present.  All motions are free and I see no issues.   It takes a 3 1/2 x 8 tripod, and I have several designed for this instrument listed for sale on another page at this site.   It will make a great casual user for layouts and the like, or be a welcome addition to the growing collection. 

Good +  . . . . .$175.00   SOLD!!



Gurley 7" Explorer Level   This unusual size Gurley surveyors level is not shown in either of my Gurley Manuals from the period that it was manufactured, but I have been told that it does appear in some catalogs.  Mine only speak about levels ranging in size from the small 12" Architects Level to 22" Engineer models used for laying out huge projects like railroads and large lines.  This size unit was offered as an accessory or companion instrument for the Explorer Size Transit that Gurley produced for use in the wilds.  The Explorer size instruments were made as small and lightweight as possible so that they could be carried further into the field to accomplish more exacting tasks that were being called for as this country was developing and being divided up.

Good . . . . .$895.00       SOLD





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This is just a sample of the many antiques & collectibles we have sold.
Click link to see other Sales Archive Pages on this Site.

We can help you sell quality Surveying Related Antiques  Contact Us.

For further info on consigning / selling your antiques with us please see our FAQ page, the Appraisal / Selling Page and the Selling Your Collection Pages.

Our current offering of Antiques for sale are at our sister Website Patented-Antiques.com.


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