Fauth Theodolite

This was made between 1878 when the U. S. Coast Survey became the U. S. Coast and Geodetic Survey, and 1887 when Saegmuller began putting serial numbers on Fauth instruments. It was described variously as a Reconnaissance and Mining Transit or a Complete Transit Theodolite. Its horizontal and vertical circles, each of 4 inches diameter, are divided on silver, and read by opposite verniers to single minutes. New, it sold for $200. The marks read "Fauth & Co. Washn D.C." and "U.S.C.&G.S. No. 122."
Ref: Fauth & Co., Catalogue of Astronomical and Surveying Instruments (Washington, D.C., about 1877), p. 33.
Currently not on view
Object Name
Fauth & Co.
overall: 9 1/2 in; 24.13 cm
horizontal circle: 4 1/4 in; 10.795 cm
vertical circle: 3 1/2 in; 8.89 cm
telescope: 7 1/4 in; 18.415 cm
place made
United States: District of Columbia, Washington
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
Fauth & Co.. Catalogue of Astronomical and Surveying Instruments, 1877

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