Brandis Wye Level

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This "Engineers' Wye Level" is marked "BRANDIS MANUFACTURING CO. NEW YORK NO 1065." It was made around 1890 when the firm was trading as the Brandis Manufacturing Co. It incorporates the center spindle attachment described in Brandis's patent (#201,155) of 1878. New, it cost $140. A card in the box identifies its owner: "George C. Ham, C. E., Sanitary Inspector Connecticut State Board of Health."
Ref: F. E. Brandis, Sons & Co., Illustrated and Descriptive Catalogue and Hand-Book of Instruments of Precision for Civil Engineers, Surveyors and Astronomers (New York, 1902), pp. 72-74.
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Brandis Manufacturing Co.
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United States: New York, New York
telescope: 17 in; 43.18 cm
level: 8 in; 20.32 cm
overall in case: 4 15/16 in x 21 1/2 in x 11 3/4 in; 12.54125 cm x 54.61 cm x 29.845 cm
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Conrad S. Ham
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