Misc. Surveying Instrument Tripods
for Architects / Engineers & Surveyors
& Dietzgen 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, or bottom 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.
Dowsing Rod w/ Power Tube Every serious gold seeker or treasure hunter needed one of these back in the
day. It is not just a dowsing rod for water as is normally thought of, this version is a
near magical POWER model if you believe the hype.
is similar in concept to a Gold or Treasure seekers Spanish dip Compass that
also have a
power tube filled with magic nuggets to help in the search for treasures. There is one of those Spanish dip Compasses pictured and described in my
past sales archives
This version looks more like a water dowser in design with its twin handles.
The power tube is filled with a special gold looking material that enhances its
abilities. The original handles are included but have suffered over
the years and are now very fragile and have a tape repair. A past owner / user made a replacement pair
of handles that
look good and work just as well.
I heard one could take a course in using
this sort of thing at Trump University but they are now closed, or at PT Barnum's
continuing education site if you can find it. Better yet just send me the money
and I will enroll you in either.
On a more serious note though there
are current day
versions of these offered today for the incredible price of over 2K and a 3K
model that has the added feature of a small wire antenna to further enhance
power tubes ability. Oh Lordy!! Here is the address to view that
Other versions are offered on eBay for somewhat less for the bargain
treasure hunters out
there. P. T. Barnum and Don the Con would
C. L. Berger & Sons "Successor to Buff & Berger" The
Buff & Berger partnership broke up in 1898 and so this is the 1st edition
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!!
With 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!!
The Makers Of Surveying Instruments In America
by Charles Smart Volume 1. Published by The Regal Art Press in Troy, New York in 1962. It contains approx.
182 pages and has many photos and illustrations.
It measures approx. 9 1/4" x 6 1/4" x 3/4". A must have for surveying
instrument collectors. Nice!!
Chaining 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 son now operates. Contains appendices and an index, and black-and-white illustrations throughout. Nice!!