Brown Auctions Here comes my RSS info 1970-01-01T00:00:00+01:00 FeedCreator 1.7.3 B59-724 1970-01-01T00:00:00+01:00 1970-01-01T00:00:00+01:00 /auction/list-auctions/viewbids/8134/b59-724 B59-724 BUILDER'S LEVEL. Bostrom-Brady Co. No. 2. Bostrom-Brady of Atlanta was a major manufacturer of "farm levels" which were simplified versions of the surveyor's instrument intended for rough use by farmers and other artisans. This is a good clean example of the No. 2 level, based on Ernst Bostrom's 1905 patent, in its original box with plumb bob and instruction sheet, tattered by complete. From the collection of John Sindelar. Good+ 100-200 B59-723 1970-01-01T00:00:00+01:00 1970-01-01T00:00:00+01:00 /auction/list-auctions/viewbids/8133/b59-723 B59-723 BOXWOOD RULE. No. 22P. Four fold, two foot, unbound. Marked "No. 22P" and "Made in USA" but no hint as to maker. We've seen a couple, but they are very uncommon. Unusual hinges, especially the inside hinges which are like door hinges. Not the most attractive rule, but definitely unusual. Good+ 50-100 B59-722 1970-01-01T00:00:00+01:00 1970-01-01T00:00:00+01:00 /auction/list-auctions/viewbids/8132/b59-722 B59-722 ENGINEER'S RULE. Stephens & Co. No. 27. One of Stephen's premier rules, two-fold, two-foot, brass bound, arch joint, slide caliper, Gunter's scales. Marked "U.S. Standard." Some fading and a few stains, but straight and undamaged. Good 60-120 B59-721 1970-01-01T00:00:00+01:00 1970-01-01T00:00:00+01:00 /auction/list-auctions/viewbids/8131/b59-721 B59-721 FRAMING SQUARE. Unmarked but very well made. The steel framed, rosewood filled handle is 9-5/8" long and a very unusual 1-5/8" thick which gives it real stability. Unruled 18" blade. Fine 200-400 B59-720 1970-01-01T00:00:00+01:00 1970-01-01T00:00:00+01:00 /auction/list-auctions/viewbids/8130/b59-720 B59-720 CLAPBOARD MARKING GAUGE. Nester Patent. The rare and gizmoish gauge patented by John Nester of Portland, OR, on New Year's eve of 1867, and manufactured by him. It's primary function was to score clapboards, but it included a level vial and rule and could also serve as a conventional marking gauge. In very nice condition, mahogany with brass plating. Originally from the Don Rosebrook collection. Fine 150-250 B59-719 1970-01-01T00:00:00+01:00 1970-01-01T00:00:00+01:00 /auction/list-auctions/viewbids/8129/b59-719 B59-719 INCLINOMETER. Attributed to Vandegrift. Some of the levels with this design are marked as having been made by the Patent Level Co. of Bridgeport, CT, and have a May 8, 1866, patent date. The only level patent on that date was issued to Arthur Vandegrift of Cincinnati, so it has been attributed to him although it doesn't look that much like the patent. However, we have located a drawing of this level in an old Scientific American labelled "Shay's Level." Who was Shay? No idea. In any case, they are rare as hen's teeth, this is the older version with the elaborate eagle casting, marked only "Patent Applied For", and is the actual level shown in Rosebrook, Figure 13-5 and 13-6. From the collection of Dennis Fisher. Fine 600-1200 B59-718 1970-01-01T00:00:00+01:00 1970-01-01T00:00:00+01:00 /auction/list-auctions/viewbids/8128/b59-718 B59-718 IRONMONGER'S RULE. Rabone & Son. Boxwood with brass ends and caliper, 1-foot, three-fold, has scales for rounds, flats, and more. Very light wear, one small chip next to a hinge. Fine 150-300 B59-717 1970-01-01T00:00:00+01:00 1970-01-01T00:00:00+01:00 /auction/list-auctions/viewbids/8127/b59-717 B59-717 DECORATIVE BRASS PLUMB BOB. Heavy cast brass body with three heraldic-looking cast decorations, unsigned, 7" long with steel tip. From the collection of John Sindelar. Fine 200-400 B59-716 1970-01-01T00:00:00+01:00 1970-01-01T00:00:00+01:00 /auction/list-auctions/viewbids/8126/b59-716 B59-716 IVORY CALIPER RULE. Z. Belcher & Sons. 4" with brass caliper slide, ruled in both inches and centimeters. Marked "Z. Belcher & Sons, Makers, Sheffield" and also marked "London" and "Metre." Zachariah Belcher started his rulemaking business in 1797; three of his sons subsequently emigrated to New York and formed Belcher Bros. Slightly yellowed but undamaged. Good+ 200-400 B59-715 1970-01-01T00:00:00+01:00 1970-01-01T00:00:00+01:00 /auction/list-auctions/viewbids/8125/b59-715 B59-715 IVORY RULE. Stanley No. 90. Four-fold, one-foot, narrow unbound rule. Not marked Stanley as many No. 90s were not. Straight and clean with all its pins, outer face moderately yellowed, inside clean. Fine 100-200 B59-714 1970-01-01T00:00:00+01:00 1970-01-01T00:00:00+01:00 /auction/list-auctions/viewbids/8124/b59-714 B59-714 IVORY ARCHITECT'S RULE. A.G. Thornton. Four fold, two foot with German silver hinges. Inside face beveled on both edges. Very clean and mellowed to a cream color, very slightly sprung with all its pins. User name "P. Bibby, Flint" engraved on hinge. From the collection of John Sindelar. Fine 300-500 B59-713 1970-01-01T00:00:00+01:00 1970-01-01T00:00:00+01:00 /auction/list-auctions/viewbids/8123/b59-713 B59-713 IVORY CARPENTER RULE. Stanley No. 87. Fourfold, two-foot, German silver bound. Straight and clean with all its pins, moderately yellowed. Fine 200-400 B59-712 1970-01-01T00:00:00+01:00 1970-01-01T00:00:00+01:00 /auction/list-auctions/viewbids/8122/b59-712 B59-712 COMBINATION IVORY RULE, PENKNIFE AND COMPASS. Unsigned but looks English. Two-fold, six inch unbound narrow rule, one leg includes a knife blade and the other a slide-out compass point. Very clean, ivory only slightly yellowed. Fine 200-400 B59-711 1970-01-01T00:00:00+01:00 1970-01-01T00:00:00+01:00 /auction/list-auctions/viewbids/8121/b59-711 B59-711 IVORY ARCHITECT'S RULE. Uncommon small size, four-fold, one foot, with German silver hinges and inside face beveled on inside edges only. Unsigned but almost certainly English. Clean and straight with all its pins, ivory only slightly yellowed. Fine 250-500 B59-710 1970-01-01T00:00:00+01:00 1970-01-01T00:00:00+01:00 /auction/list-auctions/viewbids/8120/b59-710 B59-710 SPEED INDICATOR. French made and scaled in "dizaines" (tenths) and "centaines" (hundredths). Includes all of its accessories, including a plumb bob, in original plush lined box with some loss of covering. Fine 100-200 B59-709 1970-01-01T00:00:00+01:00 1970-01-01T00:00:00+01:00 /auction/list-auctions/viewbids/8119/b59-709 B59-709 SET OF TRAMMEL POINTS. Cast brass with steel points, user made, bodies are 2" by 2" with decorative cutouts, 5-1/4" long with elaborate knurled brass locking screws and solid brass keepers. Have the name "S. Usher" marked lightly on both. On a 20-1/2" keeper bar. From the collection of Hank Allen. Fine 100-200 B59-708 1970-01-01T00:00:00+01:00 1970-01-01T00:00:00+01:00 /auction/list-auctions/viewbids/8118/b59-708 B59-708 2010 BEST IN THE WEST FAVOR. The miniature tool favors produced by the Pacific Northwest Tool Collectors to commemorate their biannual Best in the West meets are legendary and collectibles in their own right. The 2010 favor was an elaborately decorated bench level. From the collection of Dennis Fisher. Fine 60-120 B59-707 1970-01-01T00:00:00+01:00 1970-01-01T00:00:00+01:00 /auction/list-auctions/viewbids/8117/b59-707 B59-707 LOT OF TWO TAPE MEASURES. Lufkin Nos. 686 and 986 IOB. A No. 686 "Wizard" and a No. 986 "Donut"; both 6', unused in mint boxes. Fine 60-120 B59-706 1970-01-01T00:00:00+01:00 1970-01-01T00:00:00+01:00 /auction/list-auctions/viewbids/8116/b59-706 B59-706 TAPE MEASURE. Keuffel & Esser "Tip Top Tape.". 5' tape marked in inches on one side and centimeters on the reverse, 1-5/8" in diameter, push button retraction. Fine 50-100 B59-705 1970-01-01T00:00:00+01:00 1970-01-01T00:00:00+01:00 /auction/list-auctions/viewbids/8115/b59-705 B59-705 SPEED INDICATOR. E.S. Greeley & Co. Based on Pratt's 6/3/84 patent, in immaculate condition in its original plush lined box with some water stains and one loose hinge, and which originally included a spare rod. Fine 80-150 B59-462 1970-01-01T00:00:00+01:00 1970-01-01T00:00:00+01:00 /auction/list-auctions/viewbids/7872/b59-462 B59-462 TRANSIT. Queen & Co. All brass, 13" high, compass as 4-3/4" needle and marked "Queen & Co. Makers. Philada 6924". Queen introduced transit instruments of this form in the late 1880s, and kept them in production for about a decade. The serial number indicates that this example was made soon after the introduction of the Queen & Co. signature in 1896. The horizontal circle is graduated both clockwise and counterclockwise, and read by opposite verniers to one minute. The vertical arc covers 150 degrees, and is read by vernier to one minute. The telescope has stadia wires for distance determination, and a clamp and tangent screw to the axis. In its original case with plumb bob and sun screen. Fine 500-1000 B59-461 1970-01-01T00:00:00+01:00 1970-01-01T00:00:00+01:00 /auction/list-auctions/viewbids/7871/b59-461 B59-461 WYE LEVEL. Warren-Knight Co. Black lacquered brass, 18" long, hanging level, mounted on a four point adjustable base and case includes two other bases and sun screen. Serial number 8395. In its original wooden case, well worn but intact, with a Warren-Knight label in the lid and a second label indicating that it was serviced and resold in 1977. There are a few scrapes in the lacquer but otherwise very clean. Fine 300-600 B59-460 1970-01-01T00:00:00+01:00 1970-01-01T00:00:00+01:00 /auction/list-auctions/viewbids/7870/b59-460 B59-460 DUMPY LEVEL. Keuffel & Esser. Serial number 158016 which dates it to 1958. Brass with black crinkle finish, plastic eye optics, like new in original case with web strap. Fine 200-400 B59-459 1970-01-01T00:00:00+01:00 1970-01-01T00:00:00+01:00 /auction/list-auctions/viewbids/7869/b59-459 B59-459 SURVEYOR'S PLAIN COMPASS. G.J. Heisely. Silvered brass card, fleur-de-lis at north, "G.J. Heisely, Harrisburg" at south; 5-1/2" blued-steel needle, circular tally counter. Includes its original monopod Jacob's staff. The needle has a bent tip, the glass has putty that looks like a repair, and the only level is missing its vial. George Jacob Heisely was the elder son and apprentice of Frederick Heisely. Good 600-1000 B59-458 1970-01-01T00:00:00+01:00 1970-01-01T00:00:00+01:00 /auction/list-auctions/viewbids/7868/b59-458 B59-458 TIME TABLE. Dring & Fage. A 17" boxwood rule with two years of calendars and a sliding scale numbered from 1 to 105. According to the Reeses, these were used to determine the number of weeks between any two dates to calculate dock rent. See Rees, page 279, top. Marked with the Stamford street address that Dring & Fage occupied from 1903 to 1946. Some small scratches and chips at the top end. Only one we've seen. From the collection of Dennis Fisher. Good+ 120-240