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  • OT: Antique Surveyor's Transit?

    Today I picked up an old K&E surveyor's transit and I would like to know more about it. It has one plaque that says "Keuffel & Esser Co. NY Pat. 83181 Pending".
    I did an Internet and Ebay search to find out what I could but came up empty. The patent number is bogus. That number relates to a lathe improvement for another company. I have found several pictures that are close but not identical. Does anyone have any knowledge of old K&E transits? I would just like to know the model number and approximate manufacture date. Any input would be appreciated

    Here is a picture http://i640.photobucket.com/albums/u...ps9de7562a.jpg

    Thanks
    Randy
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  • #2
    Randy,

    Do a Google search for "Dumpy Level" and you'll find lots of info on them...

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    • #3
      What you have is a level rather than a transit.
      A transit rotates both horizontally and vertically.

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      • #4
        but you need to know exactly where you are....

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        • #5
          Thanks Guys, that helps alot.

          Randy
          Do yourself a favor and see if your TV carrier has America One News Network (AONN). 208 on Uverse. It is good old fashion news, unlike the networks, with no hype, bias or other BS.

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          • #6
            I think that may actually be a Wye level: check out the second from the bottom at this site: http://www.antiquesurveying.com/Wye%20levels.htm

            They want $400 for theirs. These were quite common back in the day, so they may be waiting quite a while to get that amount. However, even if it is only really worth $200, you made a killing....

            DanL
            Salem, Oregon

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            • #7
              As Mike says, it's a dumpy level. In these modern times any surveying instrument has become a transit. Look for the serial number and look it up here: http://www.surveyhistory.org/how_old...Instrument.htm. The rest of the site is good to look over as well.

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              • #8
                It looks exactly like the old Dietzgen I have.

                JL..............

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                • #9
                  Originally posted by Danl View Post
                  I think that may actually be a Wye level: check out the second from the bottom at this site: http://www.antiquesurveying.com/Wye%20levels.htm

                  They want $400 for theirs. These were quite common back in the day, so they may be waiting quite a while to get that amount. However, even if it is only really worth $200, you made a killing....

                  DanL
                  No, not a Wye level. A Wye level has quick release clamps that allow the telescope and its attached level vial to be removed from the frame and turned end-for-end.

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