Surveyor's Transit

Surveyor's Transit

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This transit is marked "F. E. BRANDIS, SONS & CO. NEW YORK 1569." The firm, which was in business as such during the period 1890-1916, described it as an Engineers' Transit with Level Attachment, Gradienter, and Vertical Arc. The horizontal circle is graduated to 20 minutes of arc, and read by opposite verniers to 30 seconds. The vertical arc is graduated to 20 minutes of arc, and read by vernier to single minutes. New, it cost $239.
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), p. 163.
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Object Name
surveyor's transit
date made
ca 1890-1916
F.E. Brandis, Sons and Company
place made
United States: New York, New York City
overall: 16 in; 40.64 cm
horizontal circle: 6 3/8 in; 16.1925 cm
needle: 4 3/8 in; 11.1125 cm
telescope: 9 7/8 in; 25.0825 cm
hanging level: 5 7/8 in; 14.9225 cm
overall: 15 in x 12 1/2 in x 9 1/2 in; 38.1 cm x 31.75 cm x 24.13 cm
ID Number
accession number
catalog number
Credit Line
Conrad S. Ham
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