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Antique & Vintage
Surveying / Surveyors Tripods



English Military TripodEnglish Military Tripod  This small light fixed leg tripod is marked near the top.  An interesting design the way the inside of the legs are bevel cut so that when folded up it is circular.  Like new w/ minor scuffs. 

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JF-ENG-TPD

Fine  . . . . . $95.00

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Dietzgen U. S. C. E. Johnson Head Plane Table TripodDietzgen U. S. C. E. Johnson Head Plane Table Tripod   NOS / Never been used. Missing the ball stud & innards to make it work.  USCE stands for United States Corps of Engineers.  Very  Nice!!

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SR-POD-DJH2

Good . . . . . $150.00 

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Vintage Surveying Instrument TripodJohnson Head Split Fixed Leg Plane Table Tripod   Well used condition.  Repairs, taped legs etc. Hard to find large size Johnson swivel head for large plane tables.

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SR-TPOD-4

Good -  . . . . . $95.00

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Lietz Quick Release Surveying Instrument TripodLietz Quick Release Surveying Instrument Tripod  Excellent little used condition.  Lietz offered this style in addition to threaded styles.  You would pull on a pin and one leg would move allowing the user to lower the instrument into place.  You do not find these very often, even here in CA. 

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SR-TPOD-29-L

Good  . . . . . $225.00

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Surveying Compass TripodSurveying Compass Tripod   Used but nice condition.  The post tapers from 7/8 to 1"  The plate is marked  Boeringer & Klein St Louis MO. a little known obscure but documented Midwest maker.

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SR-TPOD-30-BK

Good  . . . . . $175.00

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Surveying Instrument TripodSurveying Instrument Tripod   Used but nice condition.  The plate is approx. 3 9/16 x 14 TPI.

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SR-TPOD-31-BK

Good  . . . . . $175.00

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Wooden Surveyors Compass / Instrument Staff2 Surveyors Wooden Jacob Staffs for Compass / Surveying Instruments    The wooden Jacob Staff on the left or top is a NOS marked Lietz that was probably made by K & E.  It still has nearly all of its original finish and has just minor scuffs from storage. It is a tapered 6 or 8 sided pole with a tapered tip waiting to be sized to fit your compass or other surveying instrument.  Very nice!!

On the right is a round pole marked Dietzgen with a decorative tapered top mount that has never been sized and is waiting for that instrument you have to be fitted to it.  Either of these would be the perfect piece for historical reenactments or similar uses.  Both of these wooden surveying Jacob staffs are in excellent / NOS condition and ready for use or display. 

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CC-3HX8-TP-1               CC-3HX8-TP-2 

Top . . . . . . Fine  . . . . . $125.00

Bot . . . . . Fine +   . . . . . $125.00

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Sub Grade Rod #218 by L. A. Batham Oakland Cal."Sub Grade Rod #218" by L. A. Batham Oakland Cal.   I have never seen or heard of this "Sub Grade Rod" before, and neither has Google. This unusual measurement device is NOS in its case.   Google does recognize the maker, and he was Oakland's official draftsman back in the 1920s.  He also lived in Chico and applied for the chief engineer job there about the same time.  That is all the info I could find.  No mention of a patent or reference to this type of device would come up. 

I am guessing that Mr. L. A.  Batham was sent out to a lot of job sites to measure footings and got tired of bending down to read the tape to see if they were the proper depth.  Below the name stamp is a window with a ruler that one would read the depth of the footing or trench - below grade while holding it in the trench and reading the scale while standing erect.  The total travel range of the two sliding sticks is less than 2 feet.  That is about what code here calls for with footings and stem walls.  That is my guess anyway. 

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SR-SG-ROD

Fine  . . . . . $275.00

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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


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