Brandis Wye Level

Description
This level, which dates from the period 1875–1890 when F. Brandis & Co. was trading as such, is similar to the "18 Inch Patented Improved Wye Level as Made for U.S. Engineer Corps" that Brandis advertised in 1881, and that cost $140. The patent in question (#201,155), granted to Brandis on March 12, 1878, described a spindle attachment that connects the telescopic level to the leveling head. The compass on this example is marked "F. BRANDIS & CO., NEW YORK 531." A label in the box dates from the period 1878–1879 when Brandis was in business with Richard Teckritz. It reads: "BRANDIS & TECKRITZ, MAKE in the most accurate manner, ALL KINDS OF MATHEMATICAL & ASTRONOMICAL INSTRUMENTS. Theodolites, Transits, Leveling Instruments, Sextants, Quadrants, Etc. Etc. All kinds of Instruments re–divided, re–paired and adjusted. No. 55 FULTON ST. NEW YORK."
Ref: F. E. Brandis, Illustrated and Descriptive Catalogue of Instruments of Precision for Field and Astronomical Purposes (New York, 1881), p.38.
Location
Currently not on view
Object Name
level (wye)
maker
F. Brandis & Co.
Measurements
telescope: 17 in; 43.18 cm
level: 9 in; 22.86 cm
place made
United States: New York, New York
ID Number
PH*337013
accession number
1979.0214
catalog number
1979.0214.01
337013
subject
Measuring & Mapping
Surveying and Geodesy
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Medicine and Science: Physical Sciences
Surveying and Geodesy
Data Source
National Museum of American History, Kenneth E. Behring Center
cited
Brandis, F. E.. Illustrated and Descriptive Catalogue of Instruments of Precision for Field and Astronomical Purposes

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