Brown Auctions Here comes my RSS info 1970-01-01T00:00:00+01:00 FeedCreator 1.7.3 b61-577 1970-01-01T00:00:00+01:00 1970-01-01T00:00:00+01:00 /auction/list-auctions/viewbids/9524/b61-577 b61-577 SURVEYOR'S WYE LEVEL. W & L.E. Gurley. 21" long, all brass, with 7" hanging level. Never polished. Missing the pins that hold the clamps closed, otherwise very clean. In its original wooden box, beat up but intact. Good+ 200-400 b61-576 1970-01-01T00:00:00+01:00 1970-01-01T00:00:00+01:00 /auction/list-auctions/viewbids/9523/b61-576 b61-576 SIGHTING LEVEL. Edvard Jungers. 8" brass telescope with striding level that stores separately and locks onto the body of the scope. Two point adjustable base. In original box with "Prof. E. Jungers' Mechaniske Etablissement" label pasted in the lid. Jungers was one of the leading manufacturers of scientific instruments in Copenhagen in the last half of the nineteenth century. However, the instrument itself is engraved "construert af (constructed by) E.O. Wederkinch" so it may have been designed by Jungers but not made by him. There is also a label for E.B. Patton of Providence. Good+ 200-400 b61-575 1970-01-01T00:00:00+01:00 1970-01-01T00:00:00+01:00 /auction/list-auctions/viewbids/9522/b61-575 b61-575 FARMER'S SIGHTING LEVEL. The Contour-O-Scope. A modern(ish) version of the water level, first invented by the Romans and developed during the Renaissance before spirit vials were common. It consists of two upright glass cylinders connected by a glass tube that allows water to flow between them; a line sighted across the water levels in both cylinders will be level. This version uses a solid aluminum body with the tube contained in it and a based to attach it to a tripod. Patented in 1938 by one Price Grieve of Sigourney, IA, and manufactured by the Farmers' Contour Co. of Denison, IA. 18" long, clean and complete with its original label and in what looks like a user made plywood box. Only one we've ever seen. From the collection of Don Rosebrook. Fine 300-600 b61-574 1970-01-01T00:00:00+01:00 1970-01-01T00:00:00+01:00 /auction/list-auctions/viewbids/9521/b61-574 b61-574 GRAVITY INCLINOMETER. Bradford Union. Patented in 1899 by Clinton Hodge of Watertown, NY, and manufactured by the Bradford Union Co. of Bradford, PA. The indicator is a mercury-filled tube with a needle end, suspended between two plates of glass. One of the rarest and most attractive of the gravity inclinometers, in the very uncommon 12" length. Cherry stock with a few small scratches, some light rust on the nickel. There's an old faded label on the bottom that is illegible but looks like a hardware label. A must have for any serious level collector. From the collection of Don Rosebrook. Good+ 1000-2000 b61-573 1970-01-01T00:00:00+01:00 1970-01-01T00:00:00+01:00 /auction/list-auctions/viewbids/9520/b61-573 b61-573 GRAVITY INCLINOMETER. Deck Patent. The inclinometers patented in 1905 by Thomas Deck of Toledo and manufactured by Deck's Gravity Level Co. have an unusually elaborate balancing mechanism to support the needle that tends to make it very sensitive but not very practical. This is the uncommon 24" version of a very uncommon and collectible level, a little dirty but complete and undamaged; needle moves freely. From the collection of Don Rosebrook. Fine 300-600 b61-572 1970-01-01T00:00:00+01:00 1970-01-01T00:00:00+01:00 /auction/list-auctions/viewbids/9519/b61-572 b61-572 INCLINOMETER. Not marked but clearly manufactured and looks familiar. 6" base with mantle clock shape, adjustable vial assembly (2" diameter) is scaled and rotates to indicate the angle, locking knob. Japanning nearly complete, very clean. From the collection of Don Rosebrook. Fine 200-400 b61-571 1970-01-01T00:00:00+01:00 1970-01-01T00:00:00+01:00 /auction/list-auctions/viewbids/9518/b61-571 b61-571 BRASS-BOUND LEVEL. Stratton No. 10. Type 5 of Stratton's iconic machinist's level, 6-1/2" version with no plumb vial. Corners very very slightly rounded, otherwise like new . Fine 200-400 b61-570 1970-01-01T00:00:00+01:00 1970-01-01T00:00:00+01:00 /auction/list-auctions/viewbids/9517/b61-570 b61-570 LEVEL. L.B. Watts. 8" mahogany stock, full brass top plate with good clear eagle stamp; vial wet, all screws original. Watts was one of Boston's earliest level makers and this is a very clean example of his work. From the collection of Hank Allen. Fine 100-200 b61-569 1970-01-01T00:00:00+01:00 1970-01-01T00:00:00+01:00 /auction/list-auctions/viewbids/9516/b61-569 b61-569 LEVEL AND PLUMB BOB. User made, 16" steel body with a level vial with brass cover plate; the body is pierced by a cutout and has notches at the end to suspend a plumb bob. In a custom made mahogany clamshell case with a pushbutton catch that has come loose and doesn't work very well. A gorgeous level. From the collection of Dennis Fisher. Fine 200-400 b61-568 1970-01-01T00:00:00+01:00 1970-01-01T00:00:00+01:00 /auction/list-auctions/viewbids/9515/b61-568 b61-568 INCLINOMETER. Davis Level & Tool. Later version of the L.L. Davis inclinometer after the formation of Davis L&T. 18" long, delicate filigree, no gold highlights. Like new. Fine 300-500 b61-567 1970-01-01T00:00:00+01:00 1970-01-01T00:00:00+01:00 /auction/list-auctions/viewbids/9514/b61-567 b61-567 INCLINOMETER. Patent Level Co. The second version of this design, marked as having been made by the Patent Level Co. of Bridgeport, CT, and with 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. Like most has a dry vial, otherwise nice and clean. The level shown in Figure 13-7 of Rosebrook. From the collection of Don Rosebrook. Good+ 1000-2000 b61-566 1970-01-01T00:00:00+01:00 1970-01-01T00:00:00+01:00 /auction/list-auctions/viewbids/9513/b61-566 b61-566 BENCH LEVEL. Possibly Disston. Cast iron with brass level surround, 7" long. Unmarked, but resembles those made by Disston & Morss and Don's label says "Disston?" A few dents in the vial surround, original vial. From the collection of Don Rosebrook. Good+ 100-200 b61-565 1970-01-01T00:00:00+01:00 1970-01-01T00:00:00+01:00 /auction/list-auctions/viewbids/9512/b61-565 b61-565 SIGHTING LEVEL. Ward & Bedworth. These levels, with tilting vial in the center, are very similar to, and often mistaken for, those that are usually marked O. Hanks patent, but was separately patented by Ward and Bedworth, of Mohawk, New York, in 1877, and is much less common. Unlike the Hanks design, it does not have a folding cover to protect the vial, and the sights are cast into the body. This is one of the nicer examples we've ever seen, with original green backed vial and 75% japanning. From the collection of Don Rosebrook. Good+ 100-200 b61-564 1970-01-01T00:00:00+01:00 1970-01-01T00:00:00+01:00 /auction/list-auctions/viewbids/9511/b61-564 b61-564 INCLINOMETER. Dornacker & Schaefer. These aluminum bodied adjustable mantle clock style inclinometers are always found marked Dornacker & Schaefer Mfg Co. of Milwaukee, but no patent or additional information has ever been found. A handful are known, and this is the nicest we've seen. From the collection of Don Rosebrook. Fine 150-250 b61-563 1970-01-01T00:00:00+01:00 1970-01-01T00:00:00+01:00 /auction/list-auctions/viewbids/9510/b61-563 b61-563 GRAVITY INCLINOMETER. Duffy Patent. Extremely rare example of the level patented in 1887 by Edward Duffy of Pawtucket, RI. 7" cast iron base with 2-3/8" diameter silver dial with delicate pointer and very detailed fine divisions. Marked "Pat. Apld For." Traces of red and gold pinstriping on the top. The actual level shown on pages 215-16 of Rosebrook, and one of only a couple of examples known. From the collection of Don Rosebrook. Fine 2000-4000 b61-562 1970-01-01T00:00:00+01:00 1970-01-01T00:00:00+01:00 /auction/list-auctions/viewbids/9509/b61-562 b61-562 ELECTRIC LIGHTED LEVEL. Federal Level Co. No. 1030. Federal Level of Chicago produced a whole series of lighted levels in the beginning of the twentieth century based on Daniel Frank's 1912 patent. This is the deluxe version, 30", cherry, with four separate bulbs, one in each of three portholes (level, plumb, and adjustable inclinometer) and one in the transverse mounted top vial. Complete with all bulbs, vials and magnifying porthole covers, pop-up sights (one stuck}, decent wood with some minor dings. From the collection of Don Rosebrook. Good+ 200-400 b61-561 1970-01-01T00:00:00+01:00 1970-01-01T00:00:00+01:00 /auction/list-auctions/viewbids/9508/b61-561 b61-561 GRAVITY INCLINOMETER. Melick Patent. Wooden versions of William Melick's inclinometer are less rare than the cast iron mantleclock version but still uncommon. This is a nice one, with a 24" cherry stock that's immaculately clean, smoothly working mechanism, nickel on metal casing has some light surface corrosion. The unusual feature is that there is no second locking button on the rear of the stock. The second button wasn't part of the patent, and we've seen a couple of prior examples. From the collection of Don Rosebrook. Fine 200-400 b61-278 1970-01-01T00:00:00+01:00 1970-01-01T00:00:00+01:00 /auction/list-auctions/viewbids/9225/b61-278 b61-278 INCLINOMETER. Pool & Son. Very rare example of the cast iron inclinometer with tilting head shown in Figure 3-1 of Rosebrook. "Pool & Son" is a mark used by John Pool after he and brother Horace went their separate ways. This one is marked "Patent Pending" on the 4" brass vial cover; other known examples are marked "Pat. Applied For" but no patent has been found. Missing the top brass locking knob, and the japanning is so smooth we suspect it may have been redone. From the collection of Don Rosebrook. Good+ 1000-2000 b61-277 1970-01-01T00:00:00+01:00 1970-01-01T00:00:00+01:00 /auction/list-auctions/viewbids/9224/b61-277 b61-277 SIGHTING LEVEL. Hanks Patent. These are always marked "O. HANKS PATENT 1847" Oscar Hanks was a prominent member of the Hanks family of instrument makers, but no one has ever found the patent. Manufactured by M.W. Atkins of Bristol, CT. Lid folds out to protect the level vial. This one is in well above average condition, with much of its gold pinstriping and both sights, japanning 75%, original vial. From the collection of Don Rosebrook. Good+ 100-200 b61-276 1970-01-01T00:00:00+01:00 1970-01-01T00:00:00+01:00 /auction/list-auctions/viewbids/9223/b61-276 b61-276 CAST IRON LEVEL. Wm. Nicholson. Nicholson's original patent design, in which the level vial is encased in a rotating assembly that covers the vial when not in use. This was the first thing Stanley got rid of when they purchased Nicholson's business in 1867, and pre-Stanley levels with the original mechanism are rare. 13-3/4", with the original brass medallions on both ends of the plumb vial, level vial assembly looks repainted. Fine 300-600 b61-275 1970-01-01T00:00:00+01:00 1970-01-01T00:00:00+01:00 /auction/list-auctions/viewbids/9222/b61-275 b61-275 GRAVITY INCLINOMETER. Johnson Pendulum Level. Patented in 1931 by Delbert Johnson of Bloomington, CA. 24" aluminum body with shafting groove and hanging semi-circular indicator. The patent describes the central compartment as being filled with a liquid to magnify the scale and dampen the movement of the indicator, and the handful of other examples we've seen contained a viscous fluid. This one is completely dry with no trace of ever containing any fluid. Marked with the patent number and the words "Pendulum Level." A rare inclinometer in immaculate condition. From the collection of Don Rosebrook. Fine 1000-2000 b61-274 1970-01-01T00:00:00+01:00 1970-01-01T00:00:00+01:00 /auction/list-auctions/viewbids/9221/b61-274 b61-274 INCLINOMETER. L.L. Davis Tall Frame. Very clean example of the mahogany version of Davis' original large diameter inclinometer, 30" long, 3-3/4" tall with all original brass. The wood has some minor dings and scratches and has been cleaned and waxed; the dial is perfect with original pointer. The wooden versions of the tall frame are actually rarer than the cast iron filigree versions. From the collection of Don Rosebrook. Fine 500-1000 b61-273 1970-01-01T00:00:00+01:00 1970-01-01T00:00:00+01:00 /auction/list-auctions/viewbids/9220/b61-273 b61-273 LEVEL WITH OUTBOARD VIAL. J & H.M. Pool. This type of level, with the plumb vial contained in a heavy brass holder mortised into the side of the stock, is generally unsigned but was attributed to the Pool brothers by Don Rosebrook (see Figure 3-2). Mahogany stock, 27", some scratches and one chip from bottom edge, rounded corners, vial cover plate has been polished, original vial. From the collection of John Sindelar. Good+ 100-200 b61-272 1970-01-01T00:00:00+01:00 1970-01-01T00:00:00+01:00 /auction/list-auctions/viewbids/9219/b61-272 b61-272 IRON FRAMED LEVEL. Stanley No. 49. One of Stanley's least common levels, and almost never marked. 18" long, cast iron frame with walnut infill, plumb level on the end. There are a few chips and dings in the walnut and one crack in the iron frame on the plumb end, vials may be replaced but well done. From the collection of Don Rosebrook. Good+ 150-250 b61-271 1970-01-01T00:00:00+01:00 1970-01-01T00:00:00+01:00 /auction/list-auctions/viewbids/9218/b61-271 b61-271 GRAVITY INCLINOMETER. Texas Clinometer Co. Patented in 1908 by two guys from Santa Anna, TX, and one of the rarest of the gravity inclinometers. 24" long, brass tipped, with a brass hanging weight in a central compartment, clearly marked on both sides the manufacturer and patent date. From the collection of Don Rosebrook. Fine 1000-2000