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Larry and Carole
Meeker

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Antique & Vintage
Drafting & Engineering Instruments & Tools


Drafting / Engineer Rules / Rulers


Philip Stanley Book / Boxwood & IvoryBoxwood & Ivory / Philip Stanley Book The definitive book on the subject of Stanley & other maker rulers and folding rules. Long out of print. Phil was a fixture at all the tool meets and tool auctions back in the day and an interesting guy. We did a fair amount of business back then. I miss those days and times as I am sure he does.

BOIS-RULE-BK

Good + . . . . . $75.00

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Micronta Architects / Engineers Scales / Rules in Case Micronta Architects / Engineers Scales / Bamboo Rules in Case  An extra nice set of Japanese Engineers / Architect / Drafting scales / bamboo rules are in the original wooden box.

There are 6 full size scales and 6 of the smaller offset rules. All are near mint without bends, warping, or other damage. They are Bamboo which is very stable and a good product for this application. Each is marked. Very Nice

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HG-MICRONTA-SCALES

Fine . . . . . $225.00

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J. Long Proof Slide RuleJ. Long London Proof Slide Rule  An interesting slide rule for calculations having to do with determining the alcohol content, or proof, of liquids like wine of hard liquors or spirits. Such rules are oftentimes found in Sykes Hydrometer sets. The maker name J. Long, and location, 20 Little Tower Street London are on the top rail. It is in very nice condition.

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HG-PROOF-RULE

Fine. . . . .225.00

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Troughton & Sims/ London 6" Ivory Protractor / Scale / RuleTroughton & Sims/ London 6" Ivory Protractor / Scale / Rule  A nice example. Most sellers call these off as an navigation tool, and many are found in cased Maritime / Navigation sets, or as an architect scale / rule.

This rule is marked Troughton & Sims/ London a well known English maker. It is configured similar to a Architects Rule with numerous scales and a protractor on the perimeter. Rules like this are usually found in boxed drafting sets, or traveling Shagreen cases associated with navigation or architects. It has developed a nice even yellow Patina, and the overall condition is good.

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HG-I-6SIMS

Good + . . . . . $100.00

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J. Waterhouse / London 6" Ivory Protractor / Scale / RuleJ. Waterhouse / London 6" Ivory Protractor / Scale / Rule  An interesting example configured a bit different from the norm. It has a very small chip along the top rail, and a chip at one corner. The overall condition is OK.

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HG-I-WATRHOUSE-PRO

Good . . . . . $75.00

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English 6" Protractor / Scale / RuleEnglish 6" Protractor / Scale / Rule  An interesting example in Boxwood that is in fantastic condition.  There is no maker name, just a "Made in England" . It is in near mint condition.

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HG-BOX-6-PRO

Good . . . . . $60.00

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2 Stanley Offset Bone Rules2 Stanley Offset Bone Rules 2 Different short ivory rules from an early Stanley / London English drafting set. Each has different scales from the other.  Very nice condition.

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HG-2STAN-OFF

Fine . . . . . $20.00 each / $30.00 the pair

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L. Lumley & Co. Ltd, Makers London. Spile Rod Liquid Measure Rule / RulerL. Lumley & Co. Ltd, Makers London. Spile Rod Liquid Measure Rule / Ruler A six piece 19th century boxwood Gauger's Rod, Ullage Rod, or Spile Rod marked L. Lumley & Co. Ltd, Makers London.  Spile rods are rulers that are passed through the spile hole in a bung and used to measure the contents of a cask.

This one is compete in its nice leather case.  All markings on boxwood sections are readable.  The rods are in succession and can be screwed together, Each rod is 10" long,  Some of the rods have warped a bit but are solid.  Very unusual. 

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HG-LUMLEY-RULE

Good + . . . . . $225.00

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6" Ebony Parallel Rule6" Ebony Parallel Rule  Another even nicer example.

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HG-EBONY-PR-N

Fine . . . . . $20.00

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No. 036 The Chapin - Stevens Carpenters Boxwood Rule with Bevel & LevelThe Chapin - Stephens No. 036 Boxwood Architects Rule with Bevel & Level  Marked as the title indicates. A very nice example.

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TX-R-CS036-2

Fine . . . . . 120.00

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Chapin - Stephens No. 036 Boxwood Architects Rule with Bevel & Level The Chapin - Stephens No. 036 Boxwood Architects Rule with Bevel & Level  A very nice example.

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BOIS-036

Fine . . . . . 120.00

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Chapin - Stephens No. 036 Boxwood Architects RuleThe Chapin - Stephens No. 036 Boxwood Architects Rule with Bevel & Level  Same as above and an even nicer example.

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BOIS-036-2

Fine . . . . . 125.00

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Chapin - Stephens No. 78 1/2 Boxwood 2' Four Fold Rule Chapin - Stephens No. 78 1/2 Boxwood 2' Four Fold Rule Brass bound double arch.  Pretty nice!!

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BOIS-RULE-CS78HF

Fine . . . . . 95.00           SOLD!!

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The C. S. Co. / Chapin - Stephens No. 7 "Nearsite" Boxwood RuleThe C. S. Co. / Chapin - Stephens No. 7 "Nearsite" Boxwood Rule Chapin Stevens was a Stanley competitor that put out a quality product. Stanley called their similar rule with its extra large numbers the Blindmans. Chapin Stevens went a step further and colored the inch increments red. A pretty nice example of a seldom seen rule.

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BOIS-R-CS-7

Good + . . . . . 95.00           SOLD!!

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Stanley No. 15 2 Foot 2 Fold RuleStanley No. 15 2 Foot 2 Fold Rule  A pretty nice example of a hard to find rule.

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ALA-S15-R

Good + . . . . . 75.00

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Lufkin No. 42 Ship Carpenters Rule w/ BevelsLufkin No. 42 Ship Carpenters Rule w/ Bevels  A pretty nice example of a hard to find rule.

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ALA-LUF-42-R

Good + . . . . . 50.00

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Stanley No. 62 Boxwood 2' 4 Fold Brass Bound RuleStanley No. 62 Boxwood 2' 4 Fold Brass Bound Rule A very nice example.

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BOIS-S62-RULE

Fine . . . . . 40.00           SOLD!!

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Stanley No. 32 1/2 Boxwood 1' 4 Fold Brass Bound Caliper RuleStanley No. 32 1/2 Boxwood 1' 4 Fold Brass Bound Caliper Rule A very nice example.

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BOIS-S32HF

Fine . . . . . 55.00           SOLD!!

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Rabone No. 1206 Rope Gauge / Boxwood Caliper RuleRabone No. 1206 Rope Gauge / Boxwood Caliper Rule For sizing and calculating wire rope strengths and limits. A pretty nice example.

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BOIS-RABONE-ROPE

Fine . . . . . 125.00

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Bridge City Tool RulesBridge City Tool Rules  There are several different models here.  All look to be unused.

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BCT-RULES

6" SR Rule - - - -  Fine . . . . . $25.00

12" SR Rule - - - -  Fine . . . . . $20.00

18" CR Rule - - - -  Fine . . . . . $15.00 / Ea.

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T. A. / Theo. Alteneder & Sons
Drafting Sets & Tools


Theo. Alteneder & Sons 12" Stainless Steel 10 Point DividerTheo. Alteneder & Sons 12" Stainless Steel 10 Point Divider  A very nice example in the original box. The company opened in the 1850s and operated out of Philadelphia up till the 1970s. This style divider will create 10 equal spaces over a wide range. Useful in any number of trades besides drafting.

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HG-10PT-12-DIVIDE

Fine . . . . . $140.00

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Bow Compass 2 Theo. Alteneder & Sons Bow Compass Need to fill a hole in an Alteneder drafting set you have? Or just need a nice small drafting compass. Here you go. Each is a bit different from the other.

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HG-2ALTENDER-COMP

Fine . . . . . $10.00 each / $15.00 the pair

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Drafting & Draftsman Tools


K & E / Keuffel & Esser 10" Paragon Proportional DividersK & E / Keuffel & Esser 9" Paragon Proportional Dividers Here is the tried and true real thing. This Proportional Divider set is in their original lined hardshell case and is in fine condition!! Scales are circles & lines.  Rack & pinion adjuster. None better.

I also have a set of Bridge City Tool proportional dividers that are bigger and heavier with different scales listed below for the true believers.

At the other end of the spectrum I see the Pakistanis and Indians are doing what they do best to the user and collector market for popular items, offering fake, poorly made garbage in an effort to profit from genuine items of value that are in demand. I see they even offer really cheap plastic ones. TI imagine they last as long as plastic Swanson speed squares that laid out in the sun do.

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HG-KE-DIV

Fine. . . . . $100.00

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Charvoz / Germany 10" Proportional DividersCharvoz / Germany 10" Proportional Dividers Single proportional scale instead of the more typical circles & lines.  With original instructions. A quality set with rack & pinion adjuster. Very nice!!

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JF-PROP-DIV

Fine . . . . . $75.00

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K & E / Keuffel & Esser Both's Patent No. 1160 Section LinerK & E / Keuffel & Esser Both's Patent No. 1160 Section Liner These patented section liners / angle dividers are hard to find, and this is an early one in the marked wooden box.  The condition of the box and instrument are both about as nice as one could ask for.

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HG-KE-BOTH-SL

Fine . . . . . $395.00

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Reifler & Other German
Drafting Sets & Tools


Riefler No. A 59  19 Piece Drafting Instrument SetRiefler No. A 59  19 Piece Drafting Instrument Set A 19 piece draftsmen / engineers drafting set in leatherette covered wood case by Riefler the well known and respected German maker. Complete and very nice set of draftsman drafting instruments / tools.

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HG-RIEF-DS-19P

Fine . . . . . $75.00

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Hago Co. No. 240 / West Germany Drafting Instrument SetHago Co. No. 240 / West Germany Drawing / Drafting Instrument Set A post WWII draftsmen / engineers drafting set in leatherette case by Hago a German maker. Complete and very nice set of draftsman drawing / drafting instruments / tools.

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HG-HUGO

Good + . . . . . $25.00

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Tripods & Misc.


Bogen No. 3246 Camera Tripod w/ No. 3047 - 3 Way Tilt HeadBogen No. 3246 Camera Tripod w/ No. 3047 - 3 Way Tilt Head Nice overall condition. Lightly used. All screw and adjustments are good. Level bubble is good. The black finish is very good. No issues or problems.

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LCM-TPOD

Good + . . . . . $75.00

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Planimeter / Steam Indicators


A. Lietz San Francisco No. 2022 PlanimeterA. Lietz San Francisco No. 2022 Planimeter This c. 1900 Planimeter was made in Germany for the A. Lietz Co. It is in its original case and in fine condition!

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HG-LIETZ-P1

Fine. . . . . $40.00

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A. Lietz San Francisco No. 3651-30 Compensating Polar PlanimeterA. Lietz San Francisco No. 3651-30 Compensating Polar Planimeter The Compensating Polar Planimeter is a tool used for measuring the area of irregular shapes on maps, blueprints, and technical drawings. In its original case and outer box. Includes instructions. It is in fine unused condition!

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HG-LIETZ-CPP-NOS

Fine. . . . . $40.00

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K & E / Keuffel & Esser 62-0015 Compensating Polar PlanimeterK & E / Keuffel & Esser 62-0015 (old # 4242) Compensating Polar Planimeter The Compensating Polar Planimeter is a tool used for measuring the area of irregular shapes on maps, blueprints, and technical drawings. In its original case, outer sleeve box, and includes the instruction manual. It is in fine unused condition!

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HG-KE-CPP

Fine. . . . . $60.00

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K & E / Keuffel & Esser  # 4242 Compensating Polar PlanimeterK & E / Keuffel & Esser  # 4242 Compensating Polar Planimeter The Compensating Polar Planimeter is a tool used for measuring the area of irregular shapes on maps, blueprints, and technical drawings. In its original case. It is in fine little used condition!

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HG-KE-CPP-4242

Fine. . . . . $35.00

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K & E / Keuffel & Esser Compensating Polar PlanimeterK & E / Keuffel & Esser No. 4236 Polar Planimeter The Compensating Polar Planimeter is a tool used for measuring the area of irregular shapes on maps, blueprints, and technical drawings. In its original case. It is in fine little used condition!

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HG-KE-CPP-4242

Fine. . . . . $30.00

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Misc. Maker
Drafting Tools


Bone Handle Drafting Pens3 Bone Handle Drafting Pens  Need to fill a hole in a nice drafting set you have?  Or want to start working on your penmanship?  Here you go. Each is a bit different from the other.

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HG-3PENS

Fine . . . . . $15.00 each / $30.00 the lot

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Surveying & Other Catalogs


A. Lietz San Francisco 1893 CatalogA. Lietz San Francisco 1893 Catalog Nice!!

LCM-LIETZ-1893

Good + . . . . . $250.00

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A. Lietz San Francisco 1899 CatalogA. Lietz San Francisco 1899 Catalog Nice!!

LCM-LIETZ-1893

Good + . . . . . $325.00

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1908 C. L. Berger & Sons Catalog1908 C. L. Berger & Sons Catalog Nice!!

LCM-1908-BERG

Good + . . . . . $175.00

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Antique Surveying Instrument Catalog1898 C. L. Berger & Sons "Successor to Buff & Berger"  The Buff & Berger partnership broke up in 1898 and so this is the 1st edition Berger Catalog. It is a rebranded Buff & Berger Catalog and carries all the products the partnership offered including the ultra rare Double Standard Mining transit offered as the centerfold. NOT A REPRINT!! Rare and Nice!!

LCM-1918-BERGER

Good + . . . . . $250.00

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K & E / Keuffel & Esser 1921 Reprint CatalogK & E / Keuffel & Esser 1921 Reprint Catalog   Nice!!

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GV-KE-RP

Good +. . . . . . $10.00

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With Compass & Chain Early American Surveyors and their Instruments by Silvio A. BediniWith Compass & Chain Early American Surveyors & Their Instruments by Silvio A. Bedini  Published 2001. Bedini was a prolific writer and has a long history researching and studying surveying instruments. This classic book was published shortly before he died in 2007. Long out of print and very hard to find. His life and works are documented at Wikipedia. Nice!!

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GV-BEDINI-BK

Good + . . . . . . $175.00

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The Makers Of Surveying Instruments In America by Charles SmartThe Makers Of Surveying Instruments In America Since 1700 by Charles Smart A valuable reference. This is the foremost index of American Surveying Instrument Makers from the early 18th century to the mid 20th.  A must have for surveying instrument collector

Volume 1. Published by The Regal Art Press in Troy, New York in 1962.Hardcover, issued without dust jacket. 6.5 x 9.25 inches, 282 pages, approx. 50 b/w photographs and illustrations. Approximately 1,200 companies and individuals are listed, with their working dates, location, and company histories. Interior fine, some stains on cover.

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GV-SMART-BK

Good + . . . . . . $75.00

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Chaining The Land: A History Of Surveying In California By Francois D. UzesChaining The Land: A History Of Surveying In California By Francois D. Uzes  Francois D. Uzes began his surveying career in California in 1954. As head of the Boundry Determination Unit, he was responsible for inventorying, surveying, mapping and determining the boundaries of four and a half million acres of state-owned land. He was a collector of old surveying instruments, books and maps. He ran the website CompleteSurveyor, that his Russ son now operates. Contains appendices and an index, with black-and-white illustrations throughout. Nice!!

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GV-UZES-BK

Good +. . . . . . $75.00

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Dating Your Surveying Instrument

Here is a link to a website that can help you date your Transit / Level or other Surveyor's Instrument.
http://www.surveyhistory.org/how_old_is_my_instrument.htm

We buy quality Antiques in this and other categories of Antiques.

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