Keuffel & Esser Stadia Hand Transit

Description
This instrument is based on patent #975,682, granted to Philip Ferber in 1910 and assigned to Keuffel & Esser. According to the patent, Ferber intended "to combine in one readily portable instrument facilities for measuring distances, ascertaining vertical angles and slopes and taking compass bearings, the combined angle, grade and stadia readings being read simultaneously in the same field of view."
The instrument consists of an achromatic terrestrial telescope with cross and stadia hairs, and a circular box that serves as either a magnetic compass or a clinometer. Keuffel & Esser proclaimed that the Stadia hand Transit "gives more accurate results than any similar portable instruments, and gives them in less time," and they were still offering it in the 1930s. This example belonged to the University of Montana. The inscriptions read “KEUFFEL & ESSER Co NEW YORK" and "Pat. Nov. 15, 10.”
Ref: Keuffel & Esser, Catalogue (New York, 1913), p. 425.
Location
Currently not on view
Object Name
stadia hand transit
maker
Keuffel & Esser Co.
Measurements
transit: 2 in x 3 1/4 in x 10 3/8 in; 5.08 cm x 8.255 cm x 26.3525 cm
case: 2 3/4 in x 6 in x 13 7/8 in; 6.985 cm x 15.24 cm x 35.2425 cm
ID Number
1984.0636.07
catalog number
1984.0636.07
accession number
1984.0636
subject
Measuring & Mapping
Surveying and Geodesy
See more items in
Medicine and Science: Physical Sciences
Surveying and Geodesy
Data Source
National Museum of American History, Kenneth E. Behring Center

Visitor Comments

Add a comment about this object

**Please read before submitting the form**

Have a comment or question about this object to share with the community? Please use the form below. Selected comments will appear on this page and may receive a museum response (but we can't promise). Please note that we generally cannot answer questions about the history, rarity, or value of your personal artifacts.

Have a question about anything else, or would you prefer a personal response? Please visit our FAQ or contact page.

Personal information will not be shared or result in unsolicited e-mail. See our privacy policy.

Image CAPTCHA
Enter the characters shown in the image.