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Drafting Tools / Catalogs & Plumb Bobs & More
for Architects / Engineers & Surveyors



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       SOLD!!

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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       SOLD!!

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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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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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Holtzapffel & Co. 64 Charing Cross London Ivory Rule / Protractor for Architects / NavigationHoltzapffel & Co. 64 Charing Cross London 6" Ivory Rule / Protractor 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 TubeTreasure 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.  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  . . . . . $225.00

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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 + . . . . . $50.00  or free with purchase of the above Dowsing Rod. 

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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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Keuffel & Esser / K & E 1901 Surveying Instruments CatalogKeuffel & Esser / K & E 1901 Surveying Instruments Catalog   Surveying only.  Unusual.  Nice!!

LCM-KECAT-1901

Good + . . . . . $75.00

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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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Buff Surveying Instrument CatalogBuff Surveying Instrument Catalog   Hardbound.  Nice!!

LCM-BUFF

Good + . . . . . $95.00

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Illustrated Price Guide to Antique Surveying Instrument by Bud UzesIllustrated Price Guide to Antique Surveying Instrument by Bud Uzes   An early effort w/ lots of valuable info.  The book you want to take with you and show the owner / seller when out buying something.  Nice!!

LCM-UZES

Good + . . . . . $50.00

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1895 Gurley Manuel / Catalog1895 Gurley Manual / Catalog  Nice!!

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LCM-1895G

Fine . . . . . $150.00

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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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1923 C. L. Berger & Sons Catalog1923 C. L. Berger & Sons Catalog  Cover a bit wavy, Interior nice!!

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LCM-1923-BERG

Good + . . . . . $45.00

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Antique Surveying Instrument CatalogDieterich - Post  Catalog  Based in CA they sold Drawing Materials and Engineering Supplies. It says it is the second edition.  Looks to be from the 40's.   Nice!!

LCM-1940-DP

Good + . . . . . $30.00

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Antique Surveying Instrument Catalog1918 Berger & Sons "Standard Instruments of Precision"     Nice!!

LCM-1918-BERGER

Good + . . . . . $75.00

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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 and carries all the products the partnership offered including the ultra rare Double Standard Mining transit offered as the centerfold.  Rare and Nice!!

LCM-1918-BERGER

Good + . . . . . $295.00

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Antique Surveying Instrument Catalog3 Dietzgen Catalogs 1926 -1935 - 1955  As a lot.  A 3fer  Nice!!

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LCM-3DIETZ

Good + . . . . . $75.00 Lot

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Antique Surveying Instrument Catalog12 A Lufkin Machinist Tool Catalog   Nice!!

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LCM-LUF-12A

Good + . . . . . $15.00

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Antique Surveying Instrument Catalog12 B Lufkin Machinist Tool Catalog   Nice!!

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LCM-LUF-12B

Good + . . . . . $15.00

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Antique Surveying Instrument Catalog1938 Starrett Tool Catalog   Nice!!

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LCM-STAR-1938

Good + . . . . . $15.00

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Antique Surveying Instrument Catalog5 Kern Instrument Catalogs   Nice!!

LCM-5KERN

Good + . . . . . $20.00 Lot

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Antique Surveying Instrument Catalog2 Brunson Surveying Instrument Booklets   Nice!!

LCM-2BRUNSON

Good + . . . . . $15.00 Lot

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Antique Surveying Instrument CatalogZeiss 1932 Telescope Catalog   Nice!!

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LCM-Z-TELE

Good + . . . . . $50.00

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Antique Surveying Instrument CatalogZeiss Field Glass / Binocular Catalog   I do not see a date.  Nice!!

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LCM-Z-BINOC

Good + . . . . . $30.00

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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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