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Antique Surveying Levels

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Bradshaw's Patent Sighting LevelBradshaw's Patent Sighting Level   This sighting level is in super original condition.  Although the idea of using a wooden level as a sight level is well known I have never seen this maker and set-up before, and a Google search did not turn up anything on the inventor / patentee, Bradshaw, and just a few entries on the English maker Harling of London.  The level and the worm drive adjuster are in near mint condition and still sport most of the original finish.  The cloth over board carrying case is nice as well.  The tripod is an odd offset affair and it has a tapered post at the top to receive the level.  This will display nicely, and is quite showy in its own right.

Good . . . . .  $695.00       SOLD





Stockpoole & Brother Wye LevelStackpole & Brother Wye Level   This early level is in nice condition.  This was a New York firm that was in operation as this partnership during the 1850's   It has seen use, but still looks good and will display very nicely.   Nice!!

Good . . . . .  $975.00       SOLD








Berger Wye Level Berger Wye Level   This Wye level is in nice condition.    It has seen use, but still looks good and will display  nicely.  

Good . . . . .  $295.00       SOLD








Keuffel & Esser 11" Scope Architect's Level / Convertible TransitKeuffel & Esser 11" Scope Architect's Level / Convertible Transit     This well made and interesting instrument is by one of the best know and trusted names in this field.  The instrument itself is in excellent condition and the optics are clear.  These levels were designed to be used by builders and architects and were a versatile and  popular tool in their day.  The tattered instructions are dated 1923, and give just the basic idea on how to adjust and set up the instrument.  The idea with this style of instrument was that in addition to being a standard level, you could take it out of the base, attach the auxiliary post arms near the middle and then reinserted back into the base and could be used as a transit as well.  Also included is an aux. triangular plate for use setting this up on a table or off of the tripod which is not included.  The tripod would have an 1 3/8 Dia threaded hole.  These good looking tools make for an affordable display piece for the budding collector or an interesting addition in the decorators scheme for the workingman's / builder's /architect's leisure room.

Good . . . . .  $345.00       SOLD





Keuffel & Esser # 5120 Engineers Railroad Y Level Keuffel & Esser # 5120 Engineers Railroad Y Level     This is a very nice condition instrument.  Note that the base and scope are stored in the box as separate pieces.  The scope measures 20" and the optics are clear and bright.  The finish, a green bronze lacquer is 95% or better, and looks great as well.  These earlier instruments without the heavy coats of crinkle black or green finish are so much nicer to display and look at, and this one is no exception.  This Y level has seen little use in the field and shows little sign of use and has not been abused in any way.   Also included is a very nice stiff leg tripod that is properly marked K & E.

Good . . . . .  $695.00       SOLD







Lietz Convertible Level / TransitLeitz Convertible Level / Transit  This small builders level / transit is in good condition.  The red finish is original and proper.  The optics are bright and clear.  The crosshairs present.   I would estimate it dates from before WWII.    It is a precision built instrument that will be a great user for layouts, lines, and corners or serve as a nice example of a simple instrument from the little known west coast maker A. Lietz..  It is set up so that the scope can be removed and then set back in 90 degrees for what you see and it could then be used as a rough transit as well.  Hence the name convertible to describe this style instrument.  It will make a good user, or look great as part of the display.    The stiff legged tripod is included in the price as well. 

Good + . . . . . . . $245.00    SOLD!






Buff Engineers 20" Y or Wye LevelBuff Engineers 20" Y or Wye Level    This instrument has seen a lot of careful use.  It is completely functional and was carefully used during its years of service here in the Gold Rush country of California.  It dates from the first quarter of the last century it looks like to me.   It has a nice patina and will display well in the den or office or in any room with a Western Theme as this style of instrument or level was primarily used to lay out railroads, roads or long survey lines in the field.

Good . . . . .  $325.00       SOLD






Buff & Berger Precise LevelBuff & Berger Precise Level     This is a very graphic and unusual instrument.   The form has been around since the late 1800's and was developed for the US Coast and Geodedic Survey.  There is a lot of information on this form of instrument at the Smithsonian site whose link is below.  They have several similar instruments by other makes on display in their virtual museum found there. It is designed for very precise work, and hence the name.  The dial at the bottom is a micro adjust for the altitude and the bar across the top is a mirror so that the person using the instrument could view the bubble below at the same time he was viewing through the scope.  It takes a special tripod to accommodate the three point leveling base.

Good . . . . .  $1500.00       SOLD


Here is the link to the Smithsonian site. It goes to one of the similar instruments they have in their collection.  From there you can go to others, either by type or by maker.  If you have the time you can spend hours there as it is very extensive and informative. 

http://americanhistory2.si.edu/surveying/maker.cfm




Gurley Explorer AlidadeGurley Explorer Low Post Alidade  This Gurley Alidade is in good condition. The leather covered case is nice.  These are referred to as the Explorer model and were typically used in the field.  Alidades were intended for use with plane tables and used in mapmaking and plan drawing.   The optics are good, and the level bubble full.  The small compass needle seems to be OK as well.

Excellent . . . . . $450.00     SOLD






K & E High Post AlidadeK & E High Post Alidade  This Alidade is in good condition. There is no box but it looks to have spent most of its life in one.  Alidades were intended for use with plane tables and used in mapmaking and plan drawing.    The optics are good, and the level bubble full.  The small compass needle seems to be OK as well.

Excellent . . . . . $295.00     SOLD







Buff & Berger AlidadeBuff & Berger High Post Alidade   This early Buff & Berger Alidade is in good overall condition.  The vial on the striding level is broken, but it is otherwise in nice condition.  It has an interesting look to it with all the mixed metals in natural finish which I believe is original.  There is original lacquer finish on the tail piece still flaking off.   Sometimes when you find instruments like this it indicates the original finish has been stripped and the maker did not care if he used different types or color material, but I do not think that is what is going on here.  I think they just decided to use the contrasting colors to make a visual statement.  The box is original and OK.   Alidades were intended for use with plane tables and used in mapmaking and plan drawing.    The optics are OK.  Buff & Berger began operations in the 1870's and split off into separate companies near the turn of the century which would date this from the 1880's or so. 

 

Good + . . . . . . $395.00       SOLD






High Post AlidadeA. Lietz Alidade w/ Box   This well made and interesting instrument is by one of the best know and trusted names in the field of surveying instruments.  The instrument itself is in excellent condition and the optics are clear.  It has three horizontal lines.  These instruments were designed to be used by surveyors and mapping parties.  They were used in the field on a table and map.  Inside the top there is writing and names of different groups that used this over the years.  The earliest I see is from 1924, and I would guess that this piece dates from right around then.  It is clean damage free and operational in all respects.  The separate level pictured was meant to lay on the top of the scope.  The base appears to be made of German Silver or some similar material.  All bubbles are good.  The box is scuffed and scratched but would look much better with a simple cleaning and wax job.

Good+ . . . . . . . $295.00     SOLD






K & E #5095A Expedition Size Alidade w/ Leather covered CaseK & E #5095A Expedition Size Alidade w/ Leather covered Case  This K & E Alidade is in like new, never used condition.  The serial # 97975 indicates it was made in the late forties.   It came from the same stash as the plane tables and other NOS K 7 E pieces I am offering.  It would go perfect with the K & E Plane Table and Tripod I have listed on a separate page.  These were used in topographical and map making and this size was typically used in the field.  The removable striding level is present and nice and all motions are free and smooth. The optics are bright and clear.  The crosshairs present.    

Excellent + . . . . . . . $575.00    SOLD!



Wild Herrberg N-2 Automatic LevelWild Heerbrug N-2 Automatic Level   This instrument was top of the line and cutting edge in its day..  The Swiss maker Wild / Heerbrugg produced some of the best known and widely respected optical surveying instruments ever offered.  This level dates from the 60's and saw little use in the field.  It was purchased during a time of changing technologies and priorities and spent most of its life sitting on a shelf rather than being used on the job.  The serial # is 90887.   The optics are crystal clear, and all motions are operable and seem right.   The image is inverted.  The previous owner did scratch their name into the base with an electric pen. It is not distracting.  There are no other issues or problems   A nice piece for use or the collection.

Fine . . . . . $325.00     SOLD!!


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

We can help you sell quality 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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