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Antique & Vintage

Misc. Surveying Tools
Tripods / Plumb Bobs / Chains & More
for Architects / Engineers & Surveyors


K & E / Keuffel & Esser # 12 Surveyor's 66' Link ChainK & E / Keuffel & Esser # 12 Surveyor's 66' Link Chain  Marked handles.  There might be a talley tag missing. It has a joint in, or near the middle that I do not remember ever seeing on a 66' chain before. Nice condition.

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SACB-KE-66

Good +  . . . . . . $275.00

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Chesterman 20M Metric Surveyor Link ChainChesterman 20M Metric Surveyor Link Chain  Marked handles.  Marked tally tags. Some light rust overall nice condition.

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GV-20M-CHAIN

Good +  . . . . . . $295.00

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The Hammer The King of Tools by Ron Baird & Dan ComerfordThe Hammer "The King of Tools" by Ron Baird & Dan Comerford   A classic.  Long out of print. 5-1/2" x 8-1/2" 352 Pages. Tons of illustrations and photos.  Lightly used.

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OAK-HMR-BK

Good + . . . . . $95.00

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Internal Reel Surveyor's Plumb BobInternal Reel Surveyor's Plumb Bob  Unmarked, which is typical.  This has a easy to use and hard to jam up internal reel design.  Tubes, not wheels.  Better than some more complicated models wheels that tend to jam, and can take half the day to get strung back up. Nice condition.

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SACB-REEL-BOB

Good +  . . . . . . $175.00

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Stanley No. 1 Surveyor's Plumb Bob w/ ReelStanley No. 1 Surveyor's Brass Plumb Bob w/ Reel  Unmarked, which is typical.   Nice used condition.

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OAK-SREEL-BOB

Good +  . . . . . . $95.00

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World War II Era Mark V English HeliographsPair of World War II Era Mark V English Heliographs This Pair of World War II Era Mark V English Heliographs are in pretty nice condition and pretty complete. Heliographs were used as a means of communicating over long distances by reflecting light back and forth between the mirrors.  Morse code, or other codes were used.  Esarly versions date from the mid 19th century.  The English were still using them into the 1960s.  Wikipedia has a long detailed write-up that fully explain their history and use. 

The entire setup includes two tripods, 2 mounting brackets, 4 mirrors, 2 leather cases, 2 cans of replacement mirrors, and 3 articulated arms - w/ one being an extra. The tripods are marked as shown in the pics. Note how the legs are shaped in such a way that when folded up they form a circle.  The original leather cases are also marked.  One case has dividers inside, the other no longer does. 

A very nice and interesting piece of surveying history that are becoming very hard to find!

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TIDD-HELIO

Good +  . . . . . . $895.00

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Post Cast Iron Rod TargetsPost Cast Iron Survey Rod Targets   These are cast iron not sheet metal or other.  Like new condition.  NOS w/ scuffs. 

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TIDD-D-ABNEY

Fine . . . . . . . $10.00 each

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K & E / Keuffel & Esser 4101 20 Inch Stadia RuleK & E / Keuffel & Esser 4101 20" Stadia Rule   K & E offered these Stadia rules aimed specifically for use by surveyors and engineers in two sizes, a 10" model and this the much harder to find 20" version.  The cursor is a bit dirty, but solid.  I think the few dirty spots on the rule will clean.  Overall very nice.  A hard slide rule to find. 

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TIDD-KE-4101

Fine . . . . . . . $75.00

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Wooden Fixed Warped Leg Tripod & Builders TransitWooden Fixed Warped Leg Tripod & Builders Transit   Yard art or man cave display.  Looks like it fell over, got run over, and then left out. Sears and others sold this sort of thing to casual users. You are basically buying this for display or to refinish and repurpose the tripod.

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TIDD-SEAR-TPOD

Fair . . . . . . 25.00      HOLD!!

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W. & L. E. Gurley No. 545 Folding Rod LevelW. & L. E. Gurley No. 545 Folding Rod Level  Nice condition.  Solid brass with stipple finish.  Early model patented in 1885.  Later versions were much more cheaply made.  A very nice  piece. 

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AMN-RODLVL

Good + . . . . . $95.00 

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Misc. Surveying Instrument Tripods
for Architects / Engineers & Surveyors


Quick Release Fixed Leg Antique Surveyor TripodQuick Release Fixed Leg Antique Surveyor Tripod Nice condition.  I see no maker info anywhere, but have another similar I know is by Lietz.  The release on this is a bit different so that might not be right.  A nice condition tripod that will repurpose well.   

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AMN-TPOD-PETER-SF

Good + . . . . . $175.00 

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Young Wooden Fixed Split Leg Surveying Instrument TripodYoung Wooden Fixed Split Leg Surveying Instrument Tripod   Mount size is 3 7/8  x 12 TPI.  One leg is marked Young, and Parrish chart lists 3.9" as a Young Size.  Green usually indicates ex-military.  Nice!!

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TIDD-YOUNG-G-TPOD

Good + . . . . . . 175.00

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Keuffel & Esser 3 Point Fixed Leg Tripod Keuffel & Esser 3 Point Fixed Leg Tripod  This is a tripod you rarely see.  It fits under the K & E Transit I have listed above.  3 point leveling heads were either a special order or came on the most advanced and expensive instruments different makers offered. Nice!!

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AMN-KE3PT-TPOD

Good  + . . . . . . $225.00

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Fixed Leg Survey Instrument TripodFixed Leg Survey Instrument Tripod   I believe this is by and for Young instruments.  The head measures approx. 4 1/4 x 12 TPI.   Nice!!

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AMN-YNG-TPOD

Good  + . . . . . . $225.00

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Fixed Split Leg Surveying TripodFixed Split Leg Surveying Tripod    Great condition.  Head Size is 2 3/4 x 12 TPI.  It is not a listed size in the chart of Tripod sizes found on Parrish's site.   Nice!!

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TIDD-234-TPOD

Good  + . . . . . . $150.00

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Wooden Fixed Split Leg TripodWooden Fixed Split Leg Tripod   Mount size is approx. 3 5/8 x 12". According to the Parrish chart this size or things close to it were offered by a number of makers including Dietzgen, K & E, & Gurley.  Nice!!

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TIDD-358-12-TPOD

Good + . . . . . . $150.00

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Dietzgen Wooden Fixed & Extendable Split Leg TripodDietzgen Wooden Fixed & Extendable Split Leg Tripod   A hermaphrodite. 2 fixed legs and one adjustable.  I have seen this variation offered in different catalogs and while it looks right, it might be an aftermarket modification as the legs are slightly different from each other.  Just the thing for really steep hillside.  3 1/2 x 8 TPI".    Nice!!

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TIDD-HERM-TPOD

Good + . . . . . . $175.00

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English Military TripodEnglish Military Tripod for Heliograph  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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Plane Table Johnson Head Fixed Split Leg TripodPlane Table Johnson Head Fixed Split Leg Tripod   Mount size is 5/8" male stud.  The standard for this type tripod for plane tables.   A good looking tripod for use or to be repurposed.  Nice!!

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TIDD-JHPT-TPOD

Good  + . . . . . . $150.00

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Antique wooden Surveying Instrument TripodWooden Tripod w/ 3 Point Quick Release Mount  This antique wooden tripod has a removable 3 point mount. The quick release 3 point head unscrews to leave an approx. 1 1/4" male threaded stud. The legs extend and lock as they should. I do not know what it fit under, and it is unmarked save a few numbers on the head.  It looks to have seen little use and is in very nice condition. It would be a perfect candidate for a repurposed lamp base.

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TIDD-3PT-TPD

Fine . . . . . $175.00

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Antique Wood Gurley TripodW. & L. E. Gurley Extendable Leg Wooden Tripod  This antique wooden tripod has a head size of 2.8" x 18 TPI a known Gurley size for earlier and smaller instruments. The legs extend and lock as they should. The leg clamps are marked Gurley. One leg has old repairs to cracks. Dirty with little finish left. Still solid and is usable with the repairs, or will display well after an easy refinish.

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TIDD-G-2.8H-TPD

Good . . . . . $125.00 

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Keuffel & Esser / K & E Extendable Leg Wooden TripodKeuffel & Esser / K & E Extendable Leg Wooden Tripod  This wooden tripod has a head size of 3 1/2" x 8 TPI the standard size for many later instrument makes.  Given the color I assume the Government owned it at one point in time before selling it as used surplus for .10 on the dollar.  It looks to have seen little if any use.

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TIDD-GRN-KE-TPD

Fine . . . . . $175.00

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Aluminum & Wood Surveying Instrument Tripod  This later wooden tripod is unmarked as to maker. The head and fitting are made of an non magnetic material that looks like Aluminum. The mount indicates it is for a later instrument that has a 5/8 female thread as found on most later instruments. Has seen considerable use, and is still usable.

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TIDD-ALUM-TPD

Good . . . . . $60.00      SOLD!!

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David White Fixed Split Leg Surveying TripodDavid White Fixed Split Leg Surveying Tripod    Great condition.  Lightweight metal tube construction.  Head Size is 3 1/2 x 8 TPI.  Like new.  Good solid user   Nice!!

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TIDD-DW-MTPOD

Fine . . . . . . $120.00

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David White Wooden Split Leg TripodDavid White Wooden Split Leg Tripod   Mount size is 3 1/2 x 8".  Will fit under many later make instruments as this was the standard adapted by most makers.  A good user.  Nice!!

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TIDD-DW-TPOD

Good + . . . . . . $75.00      HOLD!!

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Wooden Split Leg TripodWooden Split Leg Tripod   Mount size is 3 1/2 x 8".  Will fit under many later make instruments as this was the standard adapted by most makers.  Painted to make it easy to find, and hard to steal.  A good user or candidate to repurpose!!

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TIDD-YRED-TPOD

Good  . . . . . . $50.00      HOLD!!

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C. L. Berger & Sons Wood Extendable Leg Surveying Instrument TripodC. L. Berger & Sons Wood Extendable Leg Surveying Instrument Tripod  This wooden tripod is marked on the head w/ the 3 1/2 x 8 TPI size and with the Berger name on the leg clamps. Has seen use and is in good condition.

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TIDD-BERGER-TP

Good + . . . . . $150.00

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Lietz / Sokisha Aluminum & Wood Surveying Instrument TripodLietz / Sokisha Aluminum & Wood Surveying Instrument Tripod  This later wooden tripod is marked on the head and legs. The head and fitting are made of an non magnetic material that looks like Aluminum. The mount indicates it is for a later instrument that has a 5/8 female thread as found on most later instruments. Has seen use and is in good condition.

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TIDD-L-SOKISA

Good + . . . . . $125.00

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Wooden Surveying Instrument TripodWooden Surveying Instrument Tripod   It looks like it sat out in the weather too long.  Warped, dry, flimsy etc. A candidate for repurposing and refinishing. 

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TIDD-DG-TPOD

Fair . . . . . . $30.00

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Wooden Surveyors Compass / Instrument Staff2 Lietz 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.  I have two of them.  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     SOLD!!

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Light Duty Wooden Camera TripodLight Duty Wooden Camera Tripod  This small antique light duty wooden tripod is unmarked as to maker. The legs extend and are locked with brass level clamps  Very nice condition noting the top is beginning to delaminate.

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TIDD-CAM-TPD

Good + . . . . . $25.00

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Scovill & Adams Wooden Camera TripodScovill & Adams Mfg. Co. Wooden Camera Tripod  This light duty antique wooden tripod is marked on one leg with the maker info.   One leg has a period repair with a brass plate.  The legs extend and are locked by turning the large thumbscrew.  The top plate is brass and has a 1/4 opening.  Displays and works well even with the repair.

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TIDD-SCOVILL-TPD

Good . . . . . $40.00

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ANTIQUE SURVEYING TOOL-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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10' Sliding Surveyor's Rod10' Sliding 2 Piece Surveyor's Rod   10' long.  Nice!!

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TIDD-10FT-ROD

Good  + . . . . . . $30.00

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Primitive 2 Piece Surveyor's RodPrimitive 2 Piece Surveyor's Rod   8' long.  It looks like it has the ability to extend, but I could not get it to.  Nice!!

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TIDD-Prim-ROD

Good  + . . . . . . $30.00

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Holtzapffel & Co. 64 Charing Cross London Ivory Rule / Protractor for Architects / NavigationHoltzapffel & Co. 64 Charing Cross London 6" Ivory Rule / Protractor / Sector for Architects / Navigation  This Ivory Rule is marked with the famous English engine, lathe, and tool manufacturer' name Holtzapffel & Co. 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. The overall condition is very nice.

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AMN-HOLTZ-SECTOR

Fine  . . . . . .$125.00

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Treasure Hunters Dowsing Rod w/ Power TubeGold & Treasure Hunters 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.

It 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 on www.AntiqBuyer.com.  The address for that page is https://www.antiqbuyer.com/all_archives/misc-archives/miningarchive.htm 

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.  Just send me the money and i will enroll you.  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 https://www.simmonsscientificproducts.com/pmr_ii.html   Other versions are offered on eBay for somewhat less for the bargain treasure hunters out there.  P. T. Barnum and Don the Con would be proud. 

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C-DOWSER

Good  . . . . . $175.00

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Jacob's Rod - Dowsing GuideJacob's Rod - A Dowsers Guide  A reprint of the original French instruction book from the 1600's on how to use the above Dowser and get rich quick.

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DKDC-BK

Good + . . . . . $40.00  or free with purchase of the above Dowsing Rod. 

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Surveying & Other Catalogs


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

LCM-LIETZ-1893

Good + . . . . . $275.00

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

LCM-LIETZ-1893

Good + . . . . . $395.00

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

LCM-1908-BERG

Good + . . . . . $195.00

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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 + . . . . . $295.00

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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 +  . . . . . . $295.00

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The Makers Of Surveying Instruments In America by Charles SmartThe 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!!

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GV-SMART-BK

Good +  . . . . . . $150.00

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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 son now operates.  Contains appendices and an index, and black-and-white illustrations throughout.  Nice!!

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GV-UZES-BK

Good +  . . . . . . $125.00

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Illustrated Price Guide to Antique Surveying Instruments By Francois D. UzesIllustrated Price Guide to Antique Surveying Instruments By Francois D. Uzes  Published in 1980.  Prices are dated, but info is worthwhile.  A good reference.  Nice!!

GV-UZES-PGBK

Good +  . . . . . . $25.00

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The Hammer The King of Tools by Ron Baird & Dan ComerfordThe Hammer "The King of Tools" by Ron Baird & Dan Comerford   A classic.  Long out of print. 5-1/2" x 8-1/2" 352 Pages. Tons of illustrations and photos.  Lightly used.

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OAK-HMR-BK

Good + . . . . . $95.00

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

To view examples of the types of antiques and collectibles we have previously sold
and are always interested in buying please visit our Past Sales Archive Pages at our sister website www.AntiqBuyer.com.

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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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