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Larry and Carole
Meeker

Purveyors of Americana
Patented & Mechanical Antiques
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Antique & Vintage

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


Two Hand Held Grade Levels / Abney Two Hand Held Grade Levels / Abney  The one with the leather case is a Dietzgen, the other is unmarked.  Both are in nice condition.

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AMN-ABNEY-D                   AMN-ABNEY-SQ

Dietzgen - - - Good +  . . . . . . $20.00

Unmarked - - - - - Good   . . . . . . $12.00

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SUUNTO KB - 14 / 360 RD Precision Global CompassSUUNTO KB - 14 / 360 RD Precision Global Compass  Made in Finland. The SUUNTO KB - 14 / 360 RD Precision Global Compass is a liquid filled sighting compass. Suunto KB-14 hand-held precision compasses are used by foresters, surveyors, engineers, cartographers, geologists, miners, architects, and many others to measure bearings quickly, reliably and easily.  New they retail for $150 - 185.00. 

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AMN-SUNNOTO-KB14

Good +  . . . . . . $60.00

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SUUNTO PM-5 / 360 PC Clinometer / Inclination ToolSUUNTO PM-5 / 360 PC Clinometer / Inclination Tool  Made in Finland. Used by foresters, surveyors, engineers, cartographers, geologists, miners, architects and others to measure heights, vertical angles and slopes quickly, reliably and easily.  New they retail for  $150 - 200.00. 

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AMN-SUNNOTO-PM-5

Good +  . . . . . . $70.00

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Gammon Reel & Steel Plumb BobGammon Reel & Steel Plumb Bob  A user. 

AMN-BOB-R

Good +  . . . . . . $10.00

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Gammon Reel & Brass Plumb Bob w/ HolsterGammon Reel & Brass Plumb Bob w/ Holster   A user. 

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AMN-BOB-BB

Good +  . . . . . . $15.00

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Hewlett Packard ReflectorHewlett Packard Reflector I have little understanding of,  or knowledge about how it works, or what they are actually for. 

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AMN-HP-REFLEC

Good +  . . . . . . $50.00

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Holmes, Booth & Haydens No. 755 Daguerreotype Camera LensHolmes, Booth & Haydens No. 755 Daguerreotype Camera Lens Holmes, Booth & Haydens is a well known maker of camera lens dating from pre Civil War Daguerreotype era. There is a website online (gordonmoat.com) that has a registry of known lens. They also have a history of the company there. Holmes, Booth & Haydens were also makers of other brass products like oil lamp burners, silverware, and the like.

This Daguerreotype Camera lens dates from the 1850s. It is complete and in nice overall condition. Lens are good, the knob adjusts the length properly, The 4 hole mounting collar is original and good. The lens cap is present. The engraving on the side is clear and bold. The lens measures approx. 6 1/2" tall and is approx. 3 1/2" dia. It was cleaned / polished years ago by a previous owner and has now begun to age back to a mellower patina.

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AMN-HBH-LENS

Good +  . . . . . . $1595.00

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British WWII Era Mk 5 Heliograph MirrorsBritish WWII Era Mk 5 Heliograph Mirrors  2 Replacement mirrors for your heliograph set-up.  Marked as seen on the tin lid.  Nice condition.

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SACB-HELIO-M

Good +  . . . . . . $95.00

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L. S. Starrett C507 Tank Gauge w/ Plumb BobL. S. Starrett C507 Tank Gage w/ Plumb Bob  For determining the level or capacity of tanks.  Probably for water given the steel bob. These usaully have brass bobs to reduce the spark / fire danger.    Operational. Clean & Nice!!

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GIL-STAR507

Good + . . . . . $40.00

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Antique Stanley Plumb BobStanley # 5 Iron Plumb Bob w/ Reel  Lite rust that will clean.  Unmarked that I can see, but that is typical.  Operational.

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LA-S5BOB

Good  . . . . . $60.00

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Misc. Surveying Instrument Tripods
for Architects / Engineers & Surveyors


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  . . . . . $95.00

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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 + . . . . . $20.00

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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 . . . . . $30.00

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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.

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 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.

BACK to Surveying


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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