Keuffel & Esser Transit

This is marked "KEUFFEL & ESSER CO NEW YORK." The firm termed it an Engineer's Mountain and Mining Transit, Model 5076. New, it cost $220. Its Solar Attachment, Model 5090, which is based on the design patented by G. N. Saegmuller in 1881, cost an additional $50. The serial number corresponds with a date of about 1908. By 1913, Keuffel & Esser had changed the design of this transit in several small ways.
Ref: Keuffel & Esser, Catalogue of Drawing Materials, Surveying Instruments (New York, 1906), pp. 30-31 and 372.
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Object Name
date made
Keuffel & Esser Co.
overall: 14 in; 35.56 cm
horizontal circle: 5 1/2 in; 13.97 cm
needle: 3 1/2 in; 8.89 cm
vertical circle: 4 1/2 in; 11.43 cm
telescope: 9 in; 22.86 cm
hanging level: 4 1/2 in; 11.43 cm
place made
United States: New York, New York
ID Number
accession number
catalog number
Measuring & Mapping
Surveying and Geodesy
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Data Source
National Museum of American History, Kenneth E. Behring Center
Keuffel & Esser. Catalogue of Drawing Materials, Surveying Instruments

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