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Surveying Transits & Related Surveyor Instruments



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


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 +  . . . . . . $1750.00

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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 model and 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


W. & L. E. Gurley #30 Light Mountain Transit Equipped w/ Burt Solar Attachment & Side Mount Auxiliary Mining ScopeW. & L. E.  Gurley #30 Light Mountain Transit Equipped w/ Burt Solar Attachment & Auxiliary Side Mount Mining Scope  This Gurley Light Mountain Transit is set up to be used as both a Solar and Mining transit. It is in nice used condition with the instrument and solar showing more wear than the aux. mining scope which looks to have seen little use at all.

There is no serial # dating it from prior to 1908. It is dated 1889 under the plate.  It also has the makers initials and other info there. (see pics).  The original purchaser ordered bells and whistles for this transit that are rarely seen on one transit and make it a very rare and unusual instrument.  In addition to the Burt Solar Attachment & #161 Auxiliary Mining Scope this transit is also equipped with a 4" half circle vernier scale. The compass needle is 4" and operates properly. The silvered face of the compass is nice.  All level vials are full.  The opaque sun shields is present.

The auxiliary mining scope attaches using the large knurled thumbscrew on one side.  On the opposite side the scope axle is threaded to accept a solid brass counterweight. The Burt solar attachment is marked Gurley.  The optics are good and the crosshairs in the main scope are 3 horizontal and one vertical. The crosshairs in the mining scope are a simple cross. The extendable leg tripod looks good with a repair to one clamp.

This unusual form Gurley transit is a rare variation.  This unusual instrument will display very nicely and be the highlight of any instrument collection related to surveying, mining or engineering.  An unusual and super piece in nice overall condition.  Recommended!!

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KB-G-SOLAR-MINE

Good + . . . . .  $3495.00

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W. & L. E.  Pre 1890 Gurley Engineers TransitW. & L. E.  Pre 1880 Gurley Surveying Transit  This large Gurley Surveyor's Transit is in nice overall condition.  There is no serial # dating it from prior to 1908. The standards are a straight leg A further dating it prior to 1880.  The rear eyepiece for the crosshairs focus has to be held or the gear skips when focusing the crosshairs.  The optics are good.   The scope is 11".  The box is correct but only has Elliot markings. 

This early Gurley instrument will display very nicely in any instrument collection.  Nice

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AMN-GURLEY-EBOX

Good + . . . . .  $695.00

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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

Good + . . . . .  $495.00

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



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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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 + . . . . . $695.00 

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



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.  Their use was made necessary when there was a danger of ore deposits affecting the accuracy of a magnetic compass.  Each surveying instrument maker developed or adapted one or more different designs for use on their instruments.  Other patented versions of solar attachments 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 transit into a rare and desirable solar instrument that will display well.   

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NET-BB-SA

Good +  . . . . . . $1750.00

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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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