Brown Auctions Here comes my RSS info 1970-01-01T00:00:00+01:00 FeedCreator 1.7.3 B60-568 1970-01-01T00:00:00+01:00 1970-01-01T00:00:00+01:00 /auction/list-auctions/viewbids/8758/b60-568 B60-568 CAST IRON LEVEL. Fitchburg Level Co. These levels, with their distinctive central compartment housing one level and two plumb vials, were patented in 1886 by Edward Webb of Fitchburg. The short versions are uncommon but the long ones are genuinely rare; this one is 24", unmarked as almost all are; japanning 90%, all vials original and wet. From the collection of Dennis Fisher. Fine 250-450 B60-567 1970-01-01T00:00:00+01:00 1970-01-01T00:00:00+01:00 /auction/list-auctions/viewbids/8757/b60-567 B60-567 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 (although the patent is unknown). This version was separately patented by Frederick Ward and Thomas Bedworth, of Mohawk, New York, in 1877, and is much less common. This is a nice clean version, with original vial and 80% japanning, clearly marked with the patent date and "Ilion, NY" where it was manufactured. Fine 150-250 B60-566 1970-01-01T00:00:00+01:00 1970-01-01T00:00:00+01:00 /auction/list-auctions/viewbids/8756/b60-566 B60-566 LEVEL WITH PAPER LABEL. James McCoskrie. McCoskrie is one of the earliest level makers, working in Cambridge from 1848 through 1850. Most of his levels are Cuban mahogany, like this one, and many of them still have their paper labels. This one is 30" with no sideviews for the level vial and one plumb. Wood is in near fine condition, brass and screws all original, good original vials, paper label is 90%. From the collection of Hank Allen. Fine 200-400 B60-565 1970-01-01T00:00:00+01:00 1970-01-01T00:00:00+01:00 /auction/list-auctions/viewbids/8755/b60-565 B60-565 LOT OF TWO LEVELS. Lambert, Mulliken & Stackpole. Two nice clean examples from one of Boston's earliest level makers, both Cuban mahogany with very clear eagle stamps. One is 28" with brass tips, the other 30" with full end caps. Wood very clean, brass has some dents but all screws proper and never polished. All vials original and wet. Fine 120-240 B60-564 1970-01-01T00:00:00+01:00 1970-01-01T00:00:00+01:00 /auction/list-auctions/viewbids/8754/b60-564 B60-564 STRING LEVEL. A.G. Thornton. Tubular brass level, 5-1/4" long, with hanging hooks on the top and feet on the bottom, vial windows on both sides. Marked on the end, in its original plush lined box. Thornton was a Manchester maker of optical instruments. Good+ 100-200 B60-563 1970-01-01T00:00:00+01:00 1970-01-01T00:00:00+01:00 /auction/list-auctions/viewbids/8753/b60-563 B60-563 LEVEL. A.E. Young. Young was an early Boston maker, whose levels are rare and known for their elaborate brass trim. This one is 26", dark Cuban mahogany, with ball shaped brass inserts on the top and square level sights. Good original vials, clearly marked and very attractive. From the collection of Don Rosebrook. Good+ 200-400 B60-562 1970-01-01T00:00:00+01:00 1970-01-01T00:00:00+01:00 /auction/list-auctions/viewbids/8752/b60-562 B60-562 INCLINOMETER. Brooks Patent. Stanley's rarest level, patented by Lebbeus Brooks in 1854 and marketed in the early 1860s as the No. 26 Universal Level. The vial assembly rotates and a long pointer housed in the hollow stock indicates the angle on the end. Mahogany, both vials original, has about 50% of its original paper label partly legible. From the collection of Don Rosebrook. Good+ 800-1500 B60-561 1970-01-01T00:00:00+01:00 1970-01-01T00:00:00+01:00 /auction/list-auctions/viewbids/8751/b60-561 B60-561 TRIANGULAR LEVEL. These things show up often enough to make it clear that they were manufactured, but the maker has always been a mystery. A few years ago one showed up with a partial label describing it as "Fritschler's Right and Left Hand Plumb with Level, Square and Mitre", but the identity of Fritschler has remained a mystery. This is the largest version, 24" across, and four vials, one in each of the shorter legs, a curved one along the interior side of hypotenuse, and a round adjustable inclinometer vial carried in one corner, and with a boxwood scale. Unlike some, it does not have a brass protruding edge. All vials are intact, very clean. From the collection of Don Rosebrook. Fine 500-1000 B60-560 1970-01-01T00:00:00+01:00 1970-01-01T00:00:00+01:00 /auction/list-auctions/viewbids/8750/b60-560 B60-560 SIGHTING LEVEL. Fairchild & Joyce. Patented in 1860 by George Fairchild and Thomas Joyce of New York and described as a "collimator" (which it wasn't), this was one of the earliest sighting levels to use an angled mirror in the stock so the user could sight by looking down through a hole in the top rail. 28" long, mahogany, level vial with wide brass sideview and "Hudson river" style plumb vial. The stock has some wear, but has the inventors' names and patent date stamped clearly, the protective brass cover from the end sight has broken off. From the collection of Don Rosebrook. Good+ 300-600 B60-559 1970-01-01T00:00:00+01:00 1970-01-01T00:00:00+01:00 /auction/list-auctions/viewbids/8749/b60-559 B60-559 WOODEN LEVEL. D.M. Lyon. 30" mahogany stock with side mounted plumb vial in the "Hudson river" pattern as well as a top mounted level vial. The brass plumb vial plate has nice knurling around the edge and all both vials are original and wet. Very attractive grain with the corners bumped but no damage. Good clear stamp. Fine 80-150 B60-558 1970-01-01T00:00:00+01:00 1970-01-01T00:00:00+01:00 /auction/list-auctions/viewbids/8748/b60-558 B60-558 LEVEL. Unmarked but definitely early and manufactured, with a "25" model number on one end. If I had to guess I'd say William Ward, an early New York planemaker who also made occasional levels. It's 29-1/2", looks like rosewood, with a top vial in narrow plate, two side mounted vials in adjustable plates, and brass tips. There's a spot that could be the remnants of an old label, or just of a old piece of tape. From the collection of Don Rosebrook. Good+ 200-400 B60-278 1970-01-01T00:00:00+01:00 1970-01-01T00:00:00+01:00 /auction/list-auctions/viewbids/8468/b60-278 B60-278 BENCH LEVEL. Wm. Mathieson & Son. Unusual model with scalloped ebony body, 9" long, full brass top plate and feet. Wood and brass both worn but intact. Good 50-100 B60-277 1970-01-01T00:00:00+01:00 1970-01-01T00:00:00+01:00 /auction/list-auctions/viewbids/8467/b60-277 B60-277 MACHINIST'S LEVEL. Stratton Bros. No. 10. Stratton's signature product, the 10" version of Type 2 with end mounted plumb vial, in immaculate condition, noting that a prior owner has scribed a faint line across the top plate as many users did. From the collection of Dennis Fisher. Fine 200-400 B60-276 1970-01-01T00:00:00+01:00 1970-01-01T00:00:00+01:00 /auction/list-auctions/viewbids/8466/b60-276 B60-276 MACHINIST'S LEVEL. South Bend Lathe. 12" long with rotating vial cover and shafting groove. Near new condition with some slight loss of japanning, in original sliding lid finger jointed box. From the collection of Don Rosebrook. Fine 100-200 B60-275 1970-01-01T00:00:00+01:00 1970-01-01T00:00:00+01:00 /auction/list-auctions/viewbids/8465/b60-275 B60-275 MACHINIST'S LEVEL. Stanley No. 37. 18", type with solid web and concave ends, eclipse style vial cover with sweetheart. The No. 37 was one of the workhorses of the Stanley line for over a century and they're not rare, but this one is absolutely mint; the nickel plating is blinding. Fine 60-120 B60-274 1970-01-01T00:00:00+01:00 1970-01-01T00:00:00+01:00 /auction/list-auctions/viewbids/8464/b60-274 B60-274 CAST IRON INCLINOMETER. Davis Level & Tool. The 24" version with the heavier filigree, no gold highlighting, japanning nearly intact, no breaks in cast iron, good dial and pointer.From the collection of Dennis Fisher. Good+ 100-200 B60-273 1970-01-01T00:00:00+01:00 1970-01-01T00:00:00+01:00 /auction/list-auctions/viewbids/8463/b60-273 B60-273 MACHINIST'S LEVEL. C.F. Richardson. Type 1 of Richardson's 6" level, unsigned as usual but unmistakable, japanning 90%, all vials original and intact. Fine 80-150 B60-272 1970-01-01T00:00:00+01:00 1970-01-01T00:00:00+01:00 /auction/list-auctions/viewbids/8462/b60-272 B60-272 GRAVITY INCLINOMETER. Union Gravity Level Co. Patented in 1923 by James Reed of Sioux City, IA, and manufactured by the Union Gravity company of Sioux City, it featured a solid aluminum body and brass dial and was sold in various lengths. This is the 12" version which is probably the rarest. Some moderate corrosion to the aluminum body but the dial is immaculate. From the collection of Don Rosebrook. Good+ 500-1000 B60-271 1970-01-01T00:00:00+01:00 1970-01-01T00:00:00+01:00 /auction/list-auctions/viewbids/8461/b60-271 B60-271 COMBINATION BEVEL AND LEVEL. Emil Marx. Based on Marx's first 1914 patent but marked Patent Applied For, with steel rails and columns and suspended vial holder. The folding bevel blade is original, and sliding pencil holder has the remains of a pencil. 15" long, very clean and complete. From the collection of Don Rosebrook. Good+ 300-600 B60-270 1970-01-01T00:00:00+01:00 1970-01-01T00:00:00+01:00 /auction/list-auctions/viewbids/8460/b60-270 B60-270 PRECISION LEVEL. Starrett No. 199 IOB. Starrett's finest level for leveling machinery, 15" in its original finger-jointed box. A new one will run you at least $700, and this one is near mint. Fine 300-600 B60-269 1970-01-01T00:00:00+01:00 1970-01-01T00:00:00+01:00 /auction/list-auctions/viewbids/8459/b60-269 B60-269 LEVEL. Ketchum Patent. The patent received in 1905 by Robert Ketchum of Detroit was for an adjustable vial assembly, which was marketed separately for users to insert into the wooden stock of their choice. This one is mounted in a 32" stock of laminated rosewood and satinwood, very nicely made, and also includes a top mounted level vial. The vial is marked with the patent date and a manufacturer that is partly obscured but looks like "Rooman." From the collection of Don Rosebrook. Good+ 150-250 B60-268 1970-01-01T00:00:00+01:00 1970-01-01T00:00:00+01:00 /auction/list-auctions/viewbids/8458/b60-268 B60-268 SIGHTING LEVEL. Craftsman made and very well done. 34-1/2" cherry stock with bone sights and adjustable feet at both ends. The only problem with it is that the top vial plate was probably taken from another level and is a little too wide, so that the wood on either side of it has chipped away. From the collection of Don Rosebrook. Good+ 200-400 B60-267 1970-01-01T00:00:00+01:00 1970-01-01T00:00:00+01:00 /auction/list-auctions/viewbids/8457/b60-267 B60-267 BRASS BOUND LEVEL. Keen Kutter KK50. Cherry, 26", marked with James' 1904 patent for glass tube enclosed level vials, and and has such vials, indicating that it was made for KK by Baker-McMillen. Wood has wear and a couple of small paint splotches but no major damage and vials are intact and wet. One of KK's less common levels. Good 60-120 B60-266 1970-01-01T00:00:00+01:00 1970-01-01T00:00:00+01:00 /auction/list-auctions/viewbids/8456/b60-266 B60-266 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, and this one is absolutely mint with a 28" cherry stock and no trace of rust or peeling to the nickel. A must have for any serious level collector. From the collection of Don Rosebrook. Fine 1200-2400 B60-265 1970-01-01T00:00:00+01:00 1970-01-01T00:00:00+01:00 /auction/list-auctions/viewbids/8455/b60-265 B60-265 LEVEL WITH SIDE VIALS. J.W. Andrews. Two side vials, level and plumb, in heavy cast brass adjustable vial holders, marked with eagle and "J.W. Andrews Albany." 29" Cuban mahogany stock, very clean. The side vials have scribed lines and may be later replacements; if so they did a great job. From the collection of Hank Allen. Good+ 100-200