Keuffel & Esser Abney level with compass and pentaprism

Keuffel & Esser described this as a "Universal Instrument," noting that it gives bearing, grade, and distance with sufficient accuracy for military reconnaissance and preliminary surveying. The clinometer scale is graduated to degrees, and read by vernier to 10 minutes. This example is marked "KEUFFEL & ESSER CO N. Y." New, it cost $34. The University of Missouri at Columbia gave it to the Smithsonian in 1972.
Ref: Keuffel & Esser, Catalogue (New York, 1921), p. 434.
Currently not on view
Object Name
level (Abney)
Keuffel & Esser Co.
case: 5 3/8 in x 3 3/8 in x 2 1/2 in; 13.6525 cm x 8.5725 cm x 6.35 cm
level: 2 5/8 in x 5 in x 1 3/4 in; 6.6675 cm x 12.7 cm x 4.445 cm
place made
United States: New York, New York
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Data Source
National Museum of American History, Kenneth E. Behring Center


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