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Antique & Vintage
Surveyor's Transits & Related Surveying Instruments



Keuffel & Esser / K & E Transits
Architect, Engineer, & Surveyor


K & E / Keuffel & Esser TransitK & E / Keuffel & Esser Transit   This c. 1911 Keuffel & Esser transit is in fine condition.  The serial # 23919 is on the plate. It is a light duty recon or preliminary survey size instrument and has a 9" scope.  All motions are free and smooth.  Good optics w/ crosshairs.  Compass points north.  Nice original finish noting one area on the plate where a label was peeled off and it took some finish with it.  The standards have a factory tan crinkle finish on them. Note it also includes a factory K & E marked rain shield or cover. A nice piece.

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TM-KETRAN-23919

Fine  . . . . . . . $595.00

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Young / K & E TransitYoung / K & E Transit   This antique surveying transit is in nice overall condition.  It is a light duty recon or preliminary survey size instrument and has a 9" scope.  It is marked both Young and Keuffel & Esser under the glass on the compass face.  K & E bought out the old time PA maker Young in 1918 and had them continue to produce instruments under their name for several years before phasing out the line and name altogether.  Thus dating this instrument from that period shortly after 1918.

All motions are free and smooth.  Good optics w/ crosshairs.  Compass points north.  Nice even patina.  An overall nice piece in nice condition that will display nicely.

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SR-KE-YOUNG

Good +  . . . . . . . $275.00

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K & E / Keuffel & Esser # 5081 1/2 Engineers Mining Transit w/ 5Aux Scope & AttachmentsK & E / Keuffel & Esser # 5081 1/2 Engineers Mining Transit w/ Aux Scope / Tripod & Attachments in Original Box  This is a very nice condition Engineer's Mining Transit.  It is in near mint original condition. The black crinkle finish is 95% or better and near pristine noting just a few minor scuffs.  It looks to have seen little use.  All motions operate smoothly. The silvered compass face is flawless, and the 3 1/2" Gold compass needle swings north.  Cross hairs are present in both scopes. 1 white plastic vernier scale cover is missing.  NO other apologies. The nice collapsible leg tripod is included as well.

The serial # 124,320 is found on the box, the horizontal plate of the instrument and is on the second scope as well.  That dates this mining transit from 1952 according to the charts available at www.surveyhistory.org.  The K & E marked loupe, plumb bob, oiler and more are all present. Note how the plumb bob comes apart and is made to hold a second tip.  An unusual  feature that is not seen very often. 

Mining transits were developed for use in mines or places where the user would need to shoot a line where the plate would be in the way.  The scope could be mounted on either the top over the main scope, or on the outboard side.  The counterweight is also present.    

 This graphic, rare & desirable surveying instrument will display very nicely in a mining related collection or a number of other settings.   Very Nice!!

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SR-KE-5081-HF

Fine +  . . . . . . $1995.00

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K & E / Keuffel & Esser c. 1919 # 5070 Engineers Mountain & Mining TransitK & E / Keuffel & Esser c. 1919 # 5074 Engineers Mountain & Mining Transit  This style transit with its unusual 3 screw leveling base is very rare. In catalogs it gets an asterisk with explanation that it is only available through special order.   K & E called this style of transit off as "Extra Fine".  The serial # is 38611 dating it from 1920 or so.  The tag on the door says the needle is calibrated for Buenos Aries Argentina.  There is a tag on the box that also indicates it came from South America.  Note that it has 2 auxiliary magnifiers to allow for a more precise reading of the extra fine scales on the different vernier scales. 

All motions and thumbscrews operate smoothly. The silvered compass face is near flawless, and the 3 3/4" compass needle swings north. The black oxidized finish is mostly fine.  All three level bubbles are good and appear to be original. The optics are clear and good.

There are a few minor apologies.  The door on the box has been remounted on the opposite side of the opening.  Not sure why and no apparent reason.  There is one vertical and 2 horizontal crosshairs. One crosshair above the center horizontal crosshair is broken or unattached.  Also, the protective outer cover or guard for the vertical circle / vernier scale is broken.  I see no damage to the wheel itself.  Finally, there is a small dent on the end of the scope as pictured.

This transit is complete with its rare 3 point tripod. (last pic)  Please look at all the pics to see the condition and features.  This rare & desirable surveying instrument will be a highlight of the well rounded surveying instrument collection and will display very nicely in any number of settings.

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ARG-KE-5074

Good +  . . . . . . $1095.00

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W. & L. E. Gurley Transits
Architect, Engineer, & Surveyor


c. 1919 Gurley Engineers Transitc. 1919 W. & L. E. Gurley Engineers Transit  This large W. & L. E. Gurley transit is offered as seen without a box.  It is in overall good original un-cleaned condition.  It is a large and graphic instrument that will make for a great display piece. The scope is 11" and it has a 5" half circle vernier.  All three level bubbles are good, and the 5" compass need swings north as it should.  The serial # begins with a 19 would date this transit from 1919.

All motions operate freely and smoothly. The optics are good, and crosshairs are present.  It will make for a great display piece.   Nice!!

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GS-G-ENGT

Fine  . . . . .  $495.00

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Buff & Buff / Berger / Dietzgen & Others
Architect, Engineer, & Surveyor Transits


Weiss & Heitzler Prismatic Scope TransitWeiss & Heitzler Prismatic Scope Transit This is a very unusual transit.  The maker mark, Weiss & Heitzler Instrument Co. Denver Colo. and the patent info of June 1908 can be found under the glass on the compass face.  Paul Weiss was born in Switzerland, and moved to the United States in 1881. From 1906 to 1910 he worked in partnership with Frank Heitzler, whose patent (#891,773), dated June 23, 1908, described a telescope with two prisms making it substantially shorter than telescopes ordinarily used with surveying instruments at the time.  The scope on this transit measures under 7" and is of the type described.  There are short Bio's on both Weiss and Heitzler in Smarts book on surveying instruments, and all of that info was derived from that.

The Smithsonian has a transit / instrument that looks very similar to this one marked Weiss & Heitzler in their online collection. They show, and refer to the binocular style scope like this transit has, but get the patent date / number wrong.  The correct patent for the offset scope with prisms, much like a binocular is Pat. 891773 - June 23 1908.  Heitzler pulled another patent,  US Pat. 946602 - Jan 18, 1910, for a mining transit with a very unusual feature of a sliding standard so that the transit could be used for mining purposes when the standards were shifted to the edge of the plate.  There are no known examples of that transit known.

The overall condition is fine.  Parts of this transit like the screw base and parts of the scope are made of Aluminum.  Most of the rest is brass.  The scope is approx. 7" long.  The compass needle 3 1/2" and working.  The finish, a mottled bronzing, is factory and in super condition.The optics are clear and not inverted.  The crosshairs, 3 horizontal and one vertical, are present.  The vertical circle is 4" Dia.  All motions are free, and operable and smooth.

This is an interesting and rare transit that would be a fine addition to any collection of surveying instruments.  Opportunity Knocks.

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FOS-WEISS

Good +  . . . . . . . $1295.00         SOLD!!

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G. W. Wilson Concord New Hampshire c. 1877 Transit TransitG. W. Wilson Concord New Hampshire c. 1877 Transit This unusual Engineer size Surveying transit is in very nice condition. Smarts book has a short Bio on G. W. Wilson, an early New England maker, but scant other info comes up with Google searches.  He is not in the Smithsonian 's list of makers, nor listed in the Compass Makers Directory.

Note the very unusual pillar style round standards. They have a great look and are a near unique feature for transits.   All the bubbles are good.  Compass points north and the compass face is nicely engraved.  Nice even patina. Also included is the correct and proper taper leg tripod (not pictured).  You must view the pics to see how nice and different this instrument is from the typical instruments from this era.  The compass is clearly marked with the maker name and location as well as the 1877 date.   A nice piece that will fi into many different collections.

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TM-WILSON-T

Good +  . . . . . . . $1995.00

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Dietzgen Engineers Transit in BoxDietzgen Engineers Transit in Box   This is a nice looking Engineers size transit by Dietzgen.  The serial number of 14,236 would date it from the late 20's, a period they were producing approx. 500 instruments a year.

The overall condition is nice. The black finish is well over 90%.  Cross hairs are present, and the optics are good.  All bubbles are full.  All motions are free and smooth.  The compass points north.  Nice!!

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SR-DIET-ENG

Good +  . . . . . . $395.00

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George Shilling - Washington DC Surveying TransitGeorge Shilling - Washington DC Surveying Transit  An interesting instrument made by a little known but documented maker who was born in Norway in 1844 and first opened up his own shop in Washington DC in 1875.  There is a short bio on him at the Smithsonian site who own several of his instruments, in Smarts book on Surveying instruments, and some more info at the SurveyHistory.org site.  The info found indicates the government was his best customer, and that he died about the time of WWI. 

The optics are OK, but one of the 3 horizontal crosshairs has broken. That has affected the vertical crosshair.  All the motions are free and move well enough. The level bubble on the plate is broken, the one on the plate is OK.  It came in a box, but it is not original.  For some reason the vertical circle is not marked off in degrees.  The edge is silvered and tarnished, but there is no increment markings on it.  A mystery.  It has a nice patina, and will display nicely as it sits.

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C-SHILLING

Good  . . . . . $395.00        SOLD!!

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 Dietzgen Solar TransitDietzgen Solar Transit   This c. 1900 Dietzgen Solar transit is in nice condition.  It is a light mountain or preliminary survey size instrument and has a 9" scope.  It has a female threaded mounting point on the top of the scope for a solar attachment.   It is being sold w/o the attachment.  All motions are free and smooth.  Good optics w/ crosshairs.  Compass points north.  Nice even patina.  An overall nice piece in nice condition.

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SR-DSOLAR

Good +  . . . . . . . $495.00 w/o attachment

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Bausch & Lomb Solar TransitBausch & Lomb Solar Transit   Solar transits are a an unusual form of surveying transit. They were introduced or developed because of issues using compasses that could be thrown off by mineral deposits where they were being used.  The basic idea is to allow the user to find his location using the horizon and sun, much as mariners use a sextant to find their location out on the open seas with no other reference points.

Bausch & Lomb are most famous for their line of binoculars and other optics but ventured in to the surveying instrument field after George N. Saegmuller joined the company in 1905.  This solar transit has the logo the company adopted after 1907 and dates from right around there.  They stopped making things for the general public during WWI so they were not in the surveying instrument business for long.  There is a nice history on the company at the SurveyHistory.org site. 

The transit is in overall very nice condition. All level bubbles are good, and motions are smooth.  The transit optics are good.  A nice instrument by a maker seldom seen on the market. 

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TIDD-BL-SOLAR

Fine  . . . . . . $750.00 w/o Attachment

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Breithaupt / Kassel Mining Suspension Theodolite in BoxBreithaupt / Kassel Mining Suspension Theodolite in Box   This unusual instrument is NOS never been used.  It appears it was sold through K & E and dates from the 70's.  There is a translated set of instructions for use and a K & E bulletin announcing their carrying the product is included.  Basically it is a theodolite designed to be hung upside down from preset points installed in mines or tunnels. 

I found another in a collection with a good description http://www.sage.unsw.edu.au/currentstudents/ug/projects/f_pall/html/t11.html.   I did not do a good job of showing the knuckle joint like attachment on the bottom that one would use to mount it from the ceiling of the mine or tunnel.  Different, Unusual, and Very Nice!!

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SR-DOWN-MINE

Fine . . . . . . $795.00

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William Young / Maker Philadelphia TransitWilliam Young / Maker Philadelphia Transit  A very early and nice example of William Young's work. Young is credited with producing the first surveying instruments known as transits in the 1830s.  The serial # of this transit is 3859.  The Smithsonian has a very similar instrument in their collection with a serial # in the three thousands that they date as being from the 1850s. 

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AH-YOUNG-T

Good + . . . . . $985.00 

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Solar & Mining Attachments
for Architects, Engineers, & Surveyor's Transits & Related Surveying Instruments


Buff & Buff Saegmuller Patent Solar AttachmentBuff & Buff Saegmuller Patent Solar Attachment   This Saegmuller Patent solar attachment is in near pristine condition.  The Saegmuller style solar attachment was used by several different instrument makers including K & E, Dietzgen Warren Knight, Lietz and others to name a few.  Some are marked some not.  This one is in its originla carry case that has a label  It also comes with a set of original instructions.

Solar attachments were developed for use in the field to facilitate finding ones location using the sun and horizon much as seafarers would do with sextants or octants.  There use was made necessary when there was a danger of ore deposits affecting the accuracy of a regular compass. Each surveying instrument maker developed or adapted one or more different designs for use on their instruments.  Other patented versions were usually named after the inventor such as Burt, Smith, Pearson, Saegmuller, and others.

A nice example of a rare piece that will make an otherwise standard looking instrument into a rare and desirable instrument.   None nicer!!

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DNDK-BB-SOLAR

Good +  . . . . . . $1295.00

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Lietz Saegmuller Patent Solar AttachmentLietz Burt Patent Solar Attachment   This solar attachment is marked with the Lietz name and a serial #.  It is in fine condition.  The Burt style solar attachment was used by several different makers for their instruments.  Most notably Gurley who first purchased the patent rights.  Some are marked some not.  Some have minor design differences or looks.  This one has a quick release feature I have not seen before.  The base could be screwed into place and then the top half was dropped down onto the tapered post eliminating the typical problem of not being able to turn the entire unit due to the vertical circle getting in the way.  An interesting design feature. 

Solar attachments were developed for use in the field to facilitate finding ones location using the sun and horizon much as seafarers would do with sextants or octants.  There use was made necessary when there was a danger of ore deposits affecting the accuracy of a regular compass. Each surveying instrument maker developed or adapted one or more different designs for use on their instruments.  Other patented versions were named after the inventor such as Burt, Smith, Saegmuller, and others.

A nice example of a rare piece that will make an otherwise standard looking instrument into a rare and desirable instrument that display well.  

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RNO-LIETZ-SOLAR

Good +  . . . . . . $950.00

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Buff & Berger Pearson Patent Solar AttachmentBuff & Berger's Pearson Patent Solar Attachment  The Buff & Berger partnership first appeared in the 1870's and was dissolved in 1898 when both principals opened firms under their own names with the addition of other family members, hence the later instrument maker names Berger & Sons, and Buff & Buff.  That would date this rare Buff & Berger solar attachment as pre 1898.  

Pearson was first granted the patent for this telescopic solar attachment in 1875, and Buff & Berger offered an improved version after 1878.  Also note the handwritten instructions that are glued into the top of the box.  Faded but legible. 

Solar attachments were developed for use in the field to facilitate finding ones location using the sun and horizon much as seafarers would do with sextants or octants.  There use was made necessary when there was a danger of ore deposits affecting the accuracy of a regular compass. Each surveying instrument maker developed or adapted one or more different designs for use on their instruments.  Other patented versions were named after the inventor such as Burt, Smith, Saegmuller, and others.

A nice example of a rare piece that will make an otherwise standard looking instrument into a rare and desirable instrument that display well.  

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NET-BB-SA

Good +  . . . . . . $1250.00

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