Wye Level

Wye Level

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This instrument isinscribed "Young & Sons, Philadelphia 5867" and dates from around 1875. The mark on the telescope-"Patented July 28th 1874"-refers to the patent (#153,494) granted to J. W. Nystrom and Alfred Young. It describes a method of regulating the focus of a telescope by moving the erecting lenses back and forth while keeping the object glass and cross hairs at a fixed distance from one another.
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Object Name
wye level
Young & Sons
place made
United States: Pennsylvania, Philadelphia
telescope: 19 in; 48.26 cm
overall: 10 in x 21 in x 5 7/8 in; 25.4 cm x 53.34 cm x 14.9225 cm
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