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Surveying / Surveyor Instruments
Compasses / Solar Compasses / Levels / Telescopes

Survey Compasses

S. Browning & Son Boston Survey CompassS. Browning & Son Boston Survey Compass  Here is a very nice looking and at just over 12 inches a smaller than usual surveyors compass. The compass is in fine overall condition.   The box has a label inside the lid that gives information about what types of instruments Samuel Browning was making at the time.  The list included what he calls off as a Rittenhouse Nonius compasses. Nonius being another word for vernier.  Samuel Browning's' working dates in Boston span from approx. 1813 to the early 1840s.  After that he spent time in Baltimore until his death in 1864. 

The compass face is 4" Dia. and the needle approx. 3 1/2" long.  The face is very nicely engraved with a floral motif and a large Fleur De Lie at the North Point.  Note that the compass mid points are called off and not North, South, East, and West.  An interesting variation.   The sight vanes fit well and are approx. 5" tall" tall.  The compass needle measures swings to north and the lock operates. There are no levels, and I saw an ad for Brownings  instruments saying he offered them as such.   It comes with a nice knuckle joint staff adapter.  The two thumbscrews to hold the sight vanes are the same size and interchangeable with a slightly different look.   The box is nice.  A nice looking early 20th century surveying instrument that will display nicely.

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KP-BROWN-COMP

Fine  . . . . . . . $995.00

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K & E / Keuffel & Esser Survey CompassK & E / Keuffel & Esser Survey Compass  Here is an interesting and unusually small and lightweight surveyors compass at just about 12 inches long. The box has a brass label with a serial # 28958 that matches the # under the glass. That would date this compass from shortly after the turn of the century.  It is in fine overall condition. 

The compass face is 4" Dia.  The plate or arms are cast brass with an turned edge that gives it depth, and added strength as the arms are so thin.  The sight vanes fit well and are 4 1/2" tall.  The compass needle measures just under 4" swings to north and the lock operates.  The level vials are located under the glass and are full.   It comes with a nice knuckle joint staff adapter.  The box is nice.  A nice looking early 20th century surveying instrument that will display nicely.

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KP-KE-COMP

Good +  . . . . . . . $695.00

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Gurley CompassW. & L. E. Gurley Survey Compass The box has a label for an outfit called Williams & Brown of Philadelphia.  The compass bears only the Gurley name.  I could find few references to them in references or online.  They must have been an early and small Pennsylvania instrument distributer that were not around for long.

The compass measures approx. 15 inches long.  The compass needle swings to north and the lock operates.  The level vials are full.  The tally keeper is good. The sight vanes fit well. It comes with a nice knuckle joint staff adapter.  The box is nice and the Williams & Brown label there is protected with a piece of plastic.  A nice looking early 19th century surveying instrument that will look nice on display.

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MT-GUR-COMP-3

Good + . . . . . . $695.00

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William Stieren Vernier Surveyor's Compass w/ Original Purchase ReceiptWilliam Stieren Vernier Surveyor's Compass w/ Original Purchase Receipt   William Stieren was a little known Pittsburgh PA instrument maker & dealer of surveying instruments and other related scientific articles. (see pic of original receipt ).  He is not listed at the Smithsonian site and there is just a very short bio on him in Smarts book on surveying instrument makers.  Information on the internet about him is scant, but all is not lost as this survey compass comes with its original receipt dated 1890 with a wealth of further  historical info included.  It lists Wm. Stieren primarily as an optician on the receipt but there is so much more.

An interesting thing to note is that Stieren died in 1887 when the receipt is dated 1890.  The receipt gives us a clue as to how that is possible as it lists two other partners in the firm, also with the name Stieren who continued the business for an unknown amount of time after the founders death.  The receipt also gives us the price of the compass at $42.00, and tripod for $8.00.  There is the further notation that the buyer was allowed a credit of $23.00 for the instrument he traded in at the time.  One can only wonder if that compass was by Rittenhouse, Chandlee or some other 18th century instrument maker.   

The compass measures approx. 15 inches long and the compass has a 5 1/2 inch needle. There is just the points, maker and location name engraved on the silvered face. The compass needle swings freely and points north.  It has a nicely engraved Fleur d' Lei at the North point  The compass face shows no wear or tear and is like new.    The body shows little or no wear as well and there is a lot  of the original lacquer finish remaining.   The crack seen in the glass has been repaired.  While both level bubbles are good and look original, one is blue / green, and one clear.  There is no box, but does come with the display stand shown.  All in all a nice looking and relatively rare surveying instrument by an obscure maker from western PA.

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RT-STIER-COMP-1

Fine . . . . . . $795.00

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Levels & Inclinometers



C. F. Richardson Survey Level Scope w/ Extra Level, Tripod & BoxC. F. Richardson Survey Level Scope w/ Extra Level, Tripod & Box    An unusual piece by a relatively obscure level and tool maker that was ultimately bought out by Goodell Pratt and Starrett.  It is in very nice condition and dates from the late 1800s.

The box is original and OK.  There are two of the special design 10" levels w/ cast in mounting points, and one 12" nickel plated scope that attaches to the top.  The levels and scope are in fine condition.   It will make for a nice display piece in a number of settings or would be perfect for re-enactments or things of that sort!!  Graphic & Nice!!

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TX-R-LVL-BOX

Good + . . . . . . $595.00

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W. & L. E. Gurley Wye Level in BoxW. & L. E. Gurley 20" Wye Level in Box   A nice looking large wye level by W. & L. E. Gurley the premier makers of surveying instruments in America.  It is in very nice condition. The green lacquer finish is quite nice with a few rough spots.   Crosshairs present, optics good.  The scope is approx. 20" long.  Box is nice noting the swinging hooks have gone missing.   It will make for a nice display piece in a number of settings or would be perfect for re-enactments or things of that sort!!  Graphic & Nice!!

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MT-GWYE

Good + . . . . . . $395.00

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Keuffel & Esser / K & E Wye Level in BoxKeuffel & Esser / K & E 12" Wye Level in Box   A nice looking smaller wye level by Keuffel & Esser one of the premier surveying instruments makers in America.  The serial # of 1403 would date this from pre 1900. It is in very nice un-cleaned condition and has developed a nice even patina. Crosshairs present, optics good.  The scope is approx. 11" long.  It will make for a nice display in a number of settings or would be perfect for re-enactments or things of that sort!!  Nice!!

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SR-KE12-W

Fine . . . . . . $175.00

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Alidades



Gurley Expedition Size Alidade in Leather Covered BoxGurley Expedition Size Alidade in Leather Covered Box   The serial # of 272026 would date this from 1927. It is in good condition. Crosshairs present, optics good.  Good bubble. Compass works.  All motions are free and smooth.  The scope is approx. 10" long. The box is solid and shows age and wear.    Nice!!

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SR-G-ALI-27

Good +  . . . . . . $225.00

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Gurley High Post Alidade in Box Gurley High Post Alidade in Box   The serial # of 522385 would date this from 1952. It is in good condition. Crosshairs present, optics good.  Good bubble. Compass works.  All motions are free.  The scope is approx. 10" long. The box is good.   The striding level is present and OK, noting the release button is missing.   Nice!!

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SR-G-ALI-52

Good +  . . . . . . $225.00

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K & E Keuffel & Esser High Post Alidade Plane Table & TripodK & E - Keuffel & Esser High Post Alidade w/ Plane Table & Tripod   The serial # 84214 dates this High Post Alidade from 1943. The instrument is in nice condition with good clear optics.  All motions are free.  There are two eyepieces.  It has been in storage for years, and there is some green tarnish showing on brass parts that will easily clean. The striding level is present and OK.  

The K & E Johnson Head collapsible leg tripod is in fine condition showing little if any signs of use.  The 18 x 24" Plane Table is in like new condition.  The alidade box is OK, but lost one layer of its Oak veneer  ply cover on the top.   Nice!!

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STOG-KE-AL-TP-PTBL

Good +  . . . . . . 3 Pieces as a lot . . . . . . $575.00

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Union Instrument Co. Alidade & Compass in Leather Covered BoxUnion Instrument Co. Alidade & Compass in Leather Covered Box   A nice looking set-up where both the folding arm alidade and compass fit into the leather covered box. These were used in the field w/ a plane table.   Nice!!

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SR-UNION-ALA

Fine . . . . . . $50.00

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Pocket Compasses & Transits

Brunton Pocket Transit / Compass by AinsworthD. W. Brunton Pocket Transit / Compass by Ainsworth    Brunton Pocket Transit, by W.M. Ainsworth & Sons, Denver Colorado, Made In USA.  This pocket transit is in good operating and cosmetic condition. The serial number #43759. This pocket transit has not been cleaned or touched-up in any way.  It comes in a proper leather case that is OK but well used. 

A history of Brunton and Ainsworth, including instruction on use can be found on line at the site / link  https://oldtopographer.net/the-topographers-tools/brunton-pocket-transits/  A small snippet of Info from there is that Brunton the inventor contracted with Denver-based instrument maker William Ainsworth & Sons to produce the first pocket transits. Ainsworth remained the primary manufacturer of Brunton pocket transits until after WWII. In 1972 the Ainsworth company folded and the Brunton company was formed to continue production. Original Brunton compasses are still manufactured today in Riverton, Wyoming.

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JF-BCOMP-AIN

Fine . . . . . . $150.00

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K & E / Keuffel & Esser  Brunton Pocket Transit / CompassK & E / Keuffel & Esser  K & E / Keuffel & Esser Brunton Pocket Transit / Compass   A Brunton Pocket Transit / Compass instrument  offered by K & E.  It is identical in operation and design.   This pocket transit is in good operating condition noting the mirror could be replaced.

A history of Brunton and Ainsworth, including instruction on use can be found on line at the site / link  https://oldtopographer.net/the-topographers-tools/brunton-pocket-transits/

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JF-BCOMP-KE

Good + . . . . . . $100.00

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