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Dolland / Richard Patten Leather Barrel TelescopeDollond / London 45" Leather Barrel Telescope w Queen Anne Brass Folding Tripod Base What a graphic and commanding looking instrument this is!!  Dollond is the most widely known and well respected English maker of telescopes and spyglasses in the 18th & 19th century.  The firm was begun in the mid 1700's and the original owner, John Dollond, is credited with the development of the Achromatic Lens which solved problems associated with colors being off in earlier optical telescopes.  You can find a much more detailed explanation of that idea / patent and development here.   http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/History_of_telescopes.   I found one site on the internet having to do with Lewis & Clark, and it mentioned that Thomas Jefferson had a similar telescope by Dollond, and that it made the trip cross-country with the Lewis & Clark expedition in 1803.

The Smithsonian has a short history of the firm and the various Dollond family makers.  They have a couple of their instruments, but no telescopes like this on brass Queen Anne tripod bases.  Here is a link to that information.  If it does not work just paste the address into your top browser window. http://americanhistory2.si.edu/collections/surveying/maker.cfm?makerid=10

The telescope is 45" long without the tailpiece. Overall on the Queen Anne style folding brass tripod base this Dollond telescope stands approx 16" tall.   This telescope can be used with or without the tailpiece as it is designed to erect the image for use on land or sea.  Without the tailpiece the image appears to be inverted as is typical with celestial telescopes even today.  The first section of the tailpiece is a different color from the rest as though it has been buffed or the lacquer has worn off.    There is one eyepiece with a very dark lens and another with a clear lens.  There are holes in the box for three lenses.   

The leather covering on the telescope barrel is in nice condition noting a few nicks, dings and some cracking.  The makers name, Dollond / London is marked at the end of the tube on the brass fitting.  I could find no info on a time line for dating this from that marking, but other aspects indicate it is from the first quarter of the 19th century. 

The telescope is in a fitted mahogany dovetailed box.  It has a label from the well known American Surveying Instrument maker and dealer in surveying and scientific instruments, Richard Patten of NY.   Patten first opened his shop in 1813 in NY as an  importer and dealer in charts, maps, and imported instruments before starting to offer his own line of instruments.  He is only lasted in NY until the 1830's.   I assume that this is the period that this telescope dates from, approx 1813 to 1830.  Here is the Bio and write-up on Richard Patten that can be found on the Smithsonian site.  http://americanhistory2.si.edu/collections/surveying/maker.cfm?makerid=21   If the link does not work just paste the address into your top browser window.

This Dollond Telescope came from an old time estate here in the Western states and has been in the same family for as long as they could remember.  This telescope is fresh to the market and deserves a place in a collection and to be prominently displayed.  It is a wonderful piece of history. 

Good ++. . . . .$2000.00        SOLD!




J. Roach Surface GaugeJ. Roach Surface Gauge I have no written or verbal provenance for this nice looking surface gauge, but the name is right, and it did come out of California.  It could well be the surface gauge that John Roach the early to mid 19th century surveying instrument maker from California used when producing fine scientific instruments when he was set up in San Francisco during the height of the gold rush days.  Note the fine detailing, and the elongated acorn finial top.  A super piece for the California history / surveying  or mining display. 

Excellent . . . . .$150.00       SOLD!



K & E Keuffel & Esser AlidadeK & E Keuffel & Esser Alidade   The alidade is like new.  The flap on the leather case is gone.   Nice!!

Fine . . . . . $25.00     SOLD!!







Gurley Auxiliary Scope for Surveying CompassGurley Auxiliary Scope for Surveying Compass The auxiliary scope is designed to fit on one compass sight vane of a surveyors compass.  It is in nice condition and just shows minor box tarnish.  It is marked Gurley on the mounting block and on the label inside the box.   It is also marked with a 1878 patent date.  The optics are good and the crosshairs are there.  It is a slight variation of the one offered with a compass above.  A graphic looking instrument that will display very nicely and make a standard looking compass by any number of makers be a stand out addition in any collection.

Fine  . . . . . . $895.00    SOLD!!




Auxiliary Scope for Mining TransitAuxiliary Scope for Mining Transit   This Auxiliary Scope is unmarked as to maker.  It has been suggested it may be a Young or Queen product.   It is meant to mount onto a male stud on the end of the transit axle, or on a stud mounted on top of a transit scope.  The female mount measures approx 3/8 "  x  ?? TPI  It is approx. 9" long  The optics are OK.   There is no way to exactly date it, but it looks to be from near the turn of the century or before. 

Auxiliary Mining Scopes / Transits were developed for use when in locations or situations where the operator had to shoot a line where the plate would interfere with the work at hand.  That is why they were mounted over or outside of the plate line.

A nice example of a rare piece that will make an otherwise standard looking instrument into a rare and desirable instrument that display well.  

Good +  . . . . . . $795.00       SOLD!!





Articulated MagnifierArticulated Magnifier for Surveying Instrument  This little magnifying glass with jointed arm came with the Buff Mining Transit I have listed elsewhere.  It was attached with a string for use when reading the vernier scales.  There was no place it would properly fit.  I have seen similar mounted on other instruments.   Kind of a rare little thing.

Good + . . . . . .$125.00       SOLD!!



K & E / Keuffel & Esser 10 Paragon Proportional DividersK & E / Keuffel & Esser 10" Paragon Proportional Dividers   These are a well made set with the mechanical gear driven rack & pinion adjuster.  They will make for a good user at  fraction of the price of new ones. 

Good + . . . . .$150.00       SOLD!




8 Right Angle Proportional Dividers8" Right Angle Proportional Dividers  These 8" dividers are unmarked but look to date from the early 1900's and are a quality product.  They have the upgraded rack & pinion adjustment feature.   I have never had a set with the tips at right angles like this before.   There is some minor rust on the point.  Different & Nice.

Fine . . . . .$75.00      SOLD!!






J. Hale Patent 1885 Surveying InstrumentJ. Hale Patent 1885 Surveying Instrument / Circumferentor    John Hale was from Scranton PA., the heart of coal mining country on the east coast in the late 19th century.  Mr. Hale had a better idea for conducting surveys in mining related situations, and was granted a patent in 1885 for that idea.  The patent # is 313,494 and it was granted on March 10th 1885. He simply called it a "Surveying Instrument". This form of instrument is commonly referred to as a semi circumferentor and can be used in the place of a typical magnetic compass in certain situations where a magnetic instrument would not be as accurate. It took me a while to find the patent the first time as it looks like he mis-stamped this with a 6 and then corrected it, or his stamp was worn out, or??.  This piece is stamped #25 in several places, and the 5 in that number is crystal clear, but the 5 or 6 in the patent info is not as clear and so we have a bit of a mystery here.  I believe that is the serial number, but may be an assembly number. 

All of that aside, this is a great looking and very interesting surveying instrument.  Hale correctly identified the problem associated with conducting surveys using standard magnetic compasses in areas where large ore deposits would affect the results using a magnetic compass.  He invented and produced this wonderful looking piece to be used in those areas whit large ore deposits, and also claimed this was an instrument that could be offered at reduced cost and was less complex than other instruments in use.  .

This example is almost an exact copy of the patent drawing illustration with the exception of lengthening the sight vane arm and an added level vial (original & good) attached to this lengthened arm that is not shown in the patent drawing or discussed in the patent itself.  The semi circle is approx 11" across and the sight vane arm measures a bit over 12"

Note that the knuckle joint is present, and is also stamped with the #25.   Mr. Hale must have been making these one at a time to require each piece to be stamped with a number.  There is no box. 

Excellent . . . . . . .$1250.00      SOLD!!




HeliographHeliograph These types of instruments were used for communication and for surveying long lines or over long distances.  Mirrors could be used to communicate or be sighted on 20-30 miles out in the right conditions. The piece on the left could be set in front of the mirror on the right and the user could send Morse code utilizing the shutter set up.  There were two mirrors in the event you needed to direct the light from a different angle, you could use one to catch then redirect the light.  These are unmarked as to maker, in super condition and probably English.  

Here is a link to Wikpedia where you can lean more  http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Heliograph

Excellent . . . . . .$650.00      SOLD!



Wayweiser / WaywiserWayweiser / Waywiser This is a early form of measuring device used by surveyors, map makers, cartographers, city planers, engineers and the like.  They are an early design and when researching them on the internet the first thing you read about is Ben Franklin having and using one.  

The idea here is that there is a clockwork type mechanism that works off the wheel rotating and records the distance.  This one has three ranges I can see.  Yards, furlongs and miles.  The counter is original, and the top lid is a well done replacement that allows the entire geared works inside to be viewed.  I do not see any makers marks on the machine itself or the handles. 

It could be French or English, and probably dates from the early 19th century.  The wheel construction and spokes look very early.  A rare and desirable piece of survey related memorabilia that will display very nicely.

Good . . . . . .$495.00        SOLD!



Antique Drafting SetWooden Boxed Architect's / Draftsman's Drafting Set  Early drafting sets in wooden boxes have pretty much disappeared from the marketplace and are very hard to find.   I can remember buying and selling many smaller sets in wooden boxes 20 or so years ago, and then they just disappeared almost overnight.  In all of the time I have bought and sold antique tools I have seen, but never had a set as large or nice as this. 

The Mahogany box  is approx 16" x 7 x 4" and  is in super condition w/ original finish.  The inside is covered in padded green felt, and the makers name is still in the corner on the ribbon you see.  The top lid folds out, and the tray pulls up to reveal additional storage underneath.  The plaque on top is dated 1901 with the owners name.  The tools are all  in nice condition. It has a geared proportional divider that is very nice.  There are also a set of trammels.  There is also a ivory (faux?) sector that was under the tray.   It seems complete except for one oval hole in the top right which could have held a magnifier, or a glass cup for points or lead.   The pieces are marked and all appear to be original and not married up.

Good+  . . . . . . .$450.00  SOLD!



1859 Gordon's Patent Goniometer / Protractor1859 Gordon's Patent Goniometer / Protractor  This early patented measuring and layout device was designed for use by surveyors, map makers, cartographers, city planers, engineers, architects and the like to aid in their work.. Charles Gordon of Washington DC was the the inventor and patentee. The name and patent info is engraved into the bottom leg of the brass triangle. It seems in the application he called it a Goniometer, and in the description refers to it as an improved protractor. I suppose it serves both uses and a few others as well. The patent was granted on March 29 1859 and the number is 23,365. This unusual device incorporate several different known tools to create a "new improved" and unique tool for use in the trades mentioned earlier. The patent, and the drawings can be found puktting that number into Google Patent Search.  .

The idea incorporates a heavy brass 30/60/90 triangular base acting as the base and meridian and allows the user to find and keep his bearings on a map or drawing, Attached just above the heavy triangular base is a finely engraved silver protractor capable of swinging up to 90 in either direction when it bottoms out against the vertical riser. Above that and attached to the protractor is a silvered parallel rule w/ 7 1/2 inch arms that can be used at any time to draw parallel lines or extend an angle out. Both the arm of the rule, and the protractor are marked with a tiny # 6 which may be either an assembly # or a serial # of sorts. Mr. Gordon's description goes on to say this device will be found to be near indispensible in use when drawing surveys and plots and all manner of other uses.

The tool is housed in a fitted sharkskin covered wooden box.. Overall the box is nice, and has a great shape. There has been some losses to the sharkskin covering as one would expect.


Excellent . . . . . . .$1500.00      SOLD



Keuffel & Esser #4236 Planimeter Keuffel & Esser #4236 Planimeter   This Planimeter is in very nice condition.  Used to figure out the volume or area measurements of very large objects that are drawn to scale.  A calculator of sorts from the era when engineers, draftsmen and the like were still standing over a drafting table instead of in front of their computer.

Excellent . . . . . . .$75.00        SOLD



K & E #5334 Surveyors CompassK & E #5334 Surveyors Compass  This compass is in very nice condition overall.  The 2 level vials are dry but these are easily replaceable and not a big concern.  The ball joint is here, and the mahogany box is original and has a great bubbly patina to the finish making it look 200 years older than it is.  The needle is approx. 4" making this a #5334

Good+  . . . . .$195.00        SOLD




Keuffel & Esser #80 0200 Topographical Adjustable Abney Level / Grade Finder   The instructions were last printed in 1964 and I would guess that this is from right around that time period.  It is Mint NOS.  The backhoe guy I use to use laid out things with one of these and made it look easy.  Everything came out right. 

Good+ . . . . . . .$85.00      SOLD


Antique Drafting SetAntique Drafting Set This drafting set is very nice and complete w/ an ivory architects rule as well as the flat ivory sector. 

Good+ . . . . . . .$795.00       SOLD





Gurley Aluminum ScaleGurley Aluminum Field Scale This scale was made of aluminum to keep the weight down to allow it to be used in the field or other places where it might have to be carried over long distances.  It is an unusual choice of material for this type of scale.  The condition is like new  

Good+ . . . . . . .$350.00      SOLD



D. W. Brunton's Pocket Transit This example is in the nicest condition one could ask for, as it still retains nearly all of its light green matte finish.  The leather case is in exceptional condition as well. These devices were used by foresters, surveyors and others out in the field for rough positioning and mapping.  These handy and good looking devices are now being widely reproduced in India and Pakistan, but this is guaranteed to be a real one and to please. A nice piece in an unusual material, by a well known company.

Excellent . . . . . . .$150.00      SOLD



Buff & Berger of Boston AnemometerBuff & Berger of Boston Anemometer This finely made c 1900 or before precision instrument by the well known maker Buff & Berger of surveying related instruments is in super condition as is the well constructed dovetailed Mahogany box that it is in.  This partnership was begun in the 1870's and was disbanded near the turn of the Century when both parties went off on their own to start new firms.  These devices were used to measure the wind velocity in tunnels & shafts and the on/off feature on this operates correctly and has a long cord attached to it leading one to believe that this instrument was held overhead on a pole or mounted up high, or lowered into the shaft, or something similar when taking the measurement with it.  I can not find a reset feature as on later models of these devices.  The bronzed anodized finish is great and inside the lid of the box the label is present along with the info that this once belonged to the Minneapolis  Mill Co.

Excellent . . . . . . .$295.00       SOLD



Marine Navigation Tool / Octant / SextantMarine Navigation Tool / Octant / Sextant  This is English in a box with an American label on it.  That would be typical as many of these were imported and sold by distributers here in the US.  Note the stepped top box which I believe is an indication of it being early.  Also note the early repair to the box lid.   The body of the octant is made of ebony and the wear strips ivory or bone.  It is marked across the arch with the maker and location.   A nice piece.  

Good+ . . . . . . .$750.00  SOLD




Early Cased Architect's / Draftsman's Drafting SetEarly Cased Architect's / Draftsman's Drafting Set   These early drafting sets in wooden boxes have pretty much disappeared from the marketplace over the last 15 years or so.  I can remember buying and selling dozens, and seeing more at all the tool shows we use to attend, and then they just disappeared as if overnight.  This nice looking set is approx 10" x 6" and is in a leatherette covered Mahogany box.  The box is in nice condition and the original keys are present to operate the lock.  Inside it seems complete except for one hole for a tip for the compass or divider.  None of the pieces seem to be marked, but they are a high quality and the Ivory handles on some are a nice touch as well.  There is a tear in the top fabric from pulling this down where additional rules or layout tools could be stored.  Under the tray is another compartment as well for additional storage

Excellent . . . . . . .$275.00      SOLD


K & E / Keuffel & Esser Simplex Section LinerK & E / Keuffel & Esser Simplex Section Liner   Need to draw a series of parallel angled lines on a drawing.  Plop this down on the paper and go. 

Good + . . . . .$35.00       SOLD!




Dietzgen Drafting CurvesDietzgen Drafting Curves  These are associated with road layout and similar.  I have seen them called ships curves as well.  There are a lot of them in here, and some others that do not have a place.  More than enough to get it right when laying out that special curve by hand. 

Good + . . . . . .$45.00       SOLD!



K & E 10 Inch Proportional Dividers in CaseK & E 10" Proportional Dividers in Case  This 10" set of rack & pinion adjustable proportional dividers by Keuffel & Esser date from near the turn of the century.  They are in like new near perfect condition.    The box is marked and nice.   Nice!

Fine . . . . .$145.00    SOLD!




Dietzgen Dotting Set w/ 6 WheelsDietzgen Dotting Set w/ 6 Wheels  The catalog I have from 1915v show this device with just 3 wheels and the price was almost $5.00.  A lot of money for something like this back then.  It is marked Dietzgen and Germany on the body on one side, and Gem Union with the Dietzgen Logo on the other..  The condition is like new.  An interesting device.  

Fine . . . . . .$75.00       SOLD!



Negretti and Zambra pocket sextantNegretti and Zambra Pocket Sextant The English instrument seems to be in nice condition.  It dates from near the turn of the century.  The leather case has seen better days and is falling apart.  The inner brass case unscrews and screws back on as a cover.  All motions operate.  The mirror is OK.  There are two dark lenses inside that swivel into place.  The scales are silvered and there is a magnifier to help read them.  Nice!!

Good +. . . . .$175.00      SOLD!!




K & E / Keuffel & Esser # 5093A High Post AlidadeK & E / Keuffel & Esser # 5093A High Post Alidade  This alidade is in excellent condition and saw little use.  The serial #  is 172908 which would date it from the early 60's.  It was bought by the engineering department of a local community college and spent most of the last 50 + years sitting on a shelf in a storage closet. 

The optics are crystal clear, and the image is inverted. Cross-hairs are present. The striding level is nice and all bubbles full. There is a spare bubble inside the box.  It still has the original screwdriver, and even a K & E marked Loupe.  It has a stadia arc on the side.  The label inside the box says it is also equipped w/ a 4097-CG which the catalog calls off as a diaphragm. The small compass on the base is operational as is the level bubble on the base. The one apology would be the name of the college inscribed on the base in electric pen.  It is otherwise in excellent condition. 

Fine + . . . . .$350.00       SOLD!!




Lietz Surveyors Plane TableLietz Surveyors Plane Table  This is a nice condition plane table that measures 24 x 30. The original canvas carry case is marked with the last owners name.  It is otherwise very nice and ready for use. These were used in the field with different style alidades when mapping or surveying and drawing at the same time.

Note: I do have alidades from the same era listed for sale on another page.

Fine  . . . . .$225.00      SOLD!



Lietz Surveyors Plane TableLietz Surveyors Plane Table  This plane table measures 24 x 30 and saw little actual use.  There are some minor scratches and scuffs on the face side.  Also some tape residue.  The finish is original.  The first pic shows the underside with the 5/8 female mount for a Johnson Head tripod.  The table is marked Lietz above the disc.  The canvas cloth case is marked with the last owners name.  It is very nice and ready for use.  There is one paper hold down missing, but the rest are here.  These were used in the field with alidades when mapping or surveying and drawing at the same time. 

Note: I do have alidades from the same era listed for sale on another page.. 

Fine  . . . . .$350.00      SOLD!


Sextant / Octant w/ Several ScopesCircle Frame Sextant / Octant / Quadrant w/ Several Scopes   This interesting maritime or nautical piece dates from near the turn of the century.  It is housed in a close fitting Mahogany box that is in nice condition.  I am not sure if the proper term is Sextant, Quadrant or Octant.  The label inside the top indicates that it is a sextant, and that it was calibrated, or certified by the National Physical Laboratory back near the turn of the century.  I believe it is English, but I see no maker ID anywhere.  Note the swinging magnifier over the outer scale when viewing all the pics.  All in all a nice condition piece of Maritime history that will display even better w/ a lite cleaning.

Good + . . . . .$195.00       SOLD!!




Lietz #1805 Beam CompassLietz #1805 Beam Compass   These will make for a good user at  fraction of the price of new ones. Look at all the different tips and options.

Fine . . . . .$50.00  SOLD!!




19th Century English Drafting Set in Sharkskin / Chagrin Case19th Century English Drafting Set in Sharkskin / Shagreen Case   This is about as nice as they come.  The pieces all fit together, and the ivory sector is very nice.  The parallel rule is ebony.  The outer sharkskin case is very nice, and the closing latch is still operable.  Check all the pics to see what is included.  Special!!

Fine . . . . . .$49500       SOLD!




Brown & Sharpe Drafting Protractor in Leatherette Covered Wooden CaseBrown & Sharpe #510 Drafting Protractor in Leatherette Covered Wooden Case   This Draughtsmen's" Draftsman's Protractor is a #510. Patented December 2, 1890.  The patent date as well as the B & S name and location are on the blade and body.  It is called off as reading to 5 minutes. The protractor is in very good working condition. It is 10.25 inches long, and 6 inches wide. It comes in a velvet lined box.  The box covering has seen better days with the leather peeling off.

Good + .  . . . $25.00          SOLD!!




Improved Willis PlanimeterImproved Willis Planimeter  This unusual planimeter is in like new condition.  There are three patent dates from 1896 thru 1901 inside the box on the purple cloth liner.  The body is also marked w/ info.   It was made by James Robertson & Sons of New York.  Planimeters were used to compute volumes of different objects from drawings.  This one has a wooden ruler with several different scales.  There are many write-ups with detailed info to be found on the internet for this model.  Very Nice!!

Fine . . . . . $125.00           SOLD!!




Buff & Buff Saegmuller Type #1 Solar Attachment in Original BoxBuff & Buff Saegmuller Type #1 Solar Attachment in Original Box  This rare Saegmuller type solar attachment is for use on a surveying transit and looks to have never been used.  The hard leatherette covered carry case is like new.  The original instructions are like new.  The finish on the instrument is near pristine.    Please look at all the pics to see the exceptional condition.

Solar attachments were developed for use in the field to facilitate finding ones location using the sun and horizon much as seafarers would do with sextants or octants.  There use was made necessary when there was a danger of ore deposits affecting the accuracy of a regular compass. Each surveying instrument maker developed or adapted one or more different designs for use on their instruments.  Other patented versions were named after the inventor such as Burt, Smith, Pearson, and others.   A nice example of a rare piece that will display very nicely on any number of instruments.

Fine +  . . . . . . $1295.00     SOLD!!




Dietzgen Saegmuller Type Solar AttachmentDietzgen Saegmuller Type Solar Attachment  This Dietzgen Saegmuller type solar attachment is for use on a surveying transit and looks to have little if any use.  It is still in the remains of its original box, and comes with its original receipt dated 1934.  It appears it was owned by the government at one time and meant for use laying out the Mexico / US border. Probably in preparation for a wall like Trump now proposes. The original black finish on the instrument is near pristine.  It is marked Dietzgen on the base.  It is called off as # 6098 in a catalog from that era.  Note that the base has a scope mount attached meaning that this attachment could be adapted to fit different transits.   Please look at all the pics to see the exceptional condition.

Solar attachments were developed for use in the field to facilitate finding ones location using the sun and horizon much as seafarers would do with sextants or octants.  There use was made necessary when there was a danger of ore deposits affecting the accuracy of a regular compass. Each surveying instrument maker developed or adapted one or more different designs for use on their instruments.  Other patented versions were named after the inventor such as Burt, Smith, Pearson, and others.   A nice example of a rare piece that will display very nicely on any number of instruments.

Fine +  . . . . . . $850.00    SOLD!!


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