Brown Auctions Here comes my RSS info 1970-01-01T00:00:00+01:00 FeedCreator 1.7.3 B59-577 1970-01-01T00:00:00+01:00 1970-01-01T00:00:00+01:00 /auction/list-auctions/viewbids/7987/b59-577 B59-577 GRAVITY INCLINOMETER. Frambes Patent. One of the rarest and most complicated of the gravity inclinometers, patented in 1884 by Richard Frambes of Bakersville, NJ, with a distinctive sliding locking mechanism and beveled vial cover. 24" long, there's a largish chip from the top rail but otherwise very clean, all original and working smoothly. From the collection of Don Rosebrook. Fine 1000-2000 B59-576 1970-01-01T00:00:00+01:00 1970-01-01T00:00:00+01:00 /auction/list-auctions/viewbids/7986/b59-576 B59-576 LEVEL. Federal Level Co. 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, but this is the version before they started putting light bulbs in which is actually rarer. Porthole level and plumb, with a sight in the top to allow the user to access the level vial, and Federal's distinctive magnifying porthole covers. 24" long, super clean, with a "union made" label. From the collection of Don Rosebrook. Fine 80-150 B59-575 1970-01-01T00:00:00+01:00 1970-01-01T00:00:00+01:00 /auction/list-auctions/viewbids/7985/b59-575 B59-575 GRAVITY INCLINOMETER. Hight Micrometer Level. These distinctive levels, with a hanging plate in large semi-circular central enclosure, are always marked "Patent Applied For, and although Albert Hight of Toledo had other level patents, none for this design has ever been located. This is one of the nicest examples we've seen, noting a couple of small chips around the central compartment. It also has a paper "Union Made" label on the underside of the top plate which we haven't previously seen. From the collection of Dennis Fisher. Fine 300-600 B59-574 1970-01-01T00:00:00+01:00 1970-01-01T00:00:00+01:00 /auction/list-auctions/viewbids/7984/b59-574 B59-574 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 28" version, which we believe was the longest, and in very nice condition. From the collection of Don Rosebrook. Fine 400-800 B59-573 1970-01-01T00:00:00+01:00 1970-01-01T00:00:00+01:00 /auction/list-auctions/viewbids/7983/b59-573 B59-573 BRASS SIGHTING LEVEL. John W. Harmon. Extraordinarily rare cast brass example of Harmon's "artificer's level", marked with his original 11/23/80 patent. Cast iron versions are uncommon enough, but brass versions are practically unknown. The japanning along the top edge is 75% complete with remnants of the red pinstriping, original vial, missing its compass as usual, one small dent in the sighting tube. Good+ 1200-2400 B59-572 1970-01-01T00:00:00+01:00 1970-01-01T00:00:00+01:00 /auction/list-auctions/viewbids/7982/b59-572 B59-572 SIGHTING LEVEL. Unmarked but looks English and we've seen similar ones. 12" long, ebony, fully brass strapped, with a brass adjustment mechanism designed to be mounted on a tripod. Sighting is through the stock. Fine 100-200 B59-571 1970-01-01T00:00:00+01:00 1970-01-01T00:00:00+01:00 /auction/list-auctions/viewbids/7981/b59-571 B59-571 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. This is the 12" version, worn but undamaged, one plumb vial is cracked and dry. From the collection of Dennis Fisher. Good 80-150 B59-570 1970-01-01T00:00:00+01:00 1970-01-01T00:00:00+01:00 /auction/list-auctions/viewbids/7980/b59-570 B59-570 CAST IRON SPINDLE LEVEL. L.L. Davis. Shortest 6" version of the first type of Davis's carpenter levels, sometimes called the skeleton levels. Unsigned as they all were, 6" long, good vials, japanning 95% with traces of gold underlayer peeking through. From the collection of Dennis Fisher. Fine 300-500 B59-569 1970-01-01T00:00:00+01:00 1970-01-01T00:00:00+01:00 /auction/list-auctions/viewbids/7979/b59-569 B59-569 INCLINOMETER. This looks user made, but we've seen at least one other, so either the same guy made both or it's manufactured. 6" by 21-1/2" with a hanging needle inside its hollow body and two feet with screw adjustments. Wood has a few dings but overall very clean. From the collection of Don Rosebrook. Fine 300-600 B59-568 1970-01-01T00:00:00+01:00 1970-01-01T00:00:00+01:00 /auction/list-auctions/viewbids/7978/b59-568 B59-568 INCLINOMETER. Toledo Indicating Level Co. There are a few of these things around, but they're rare, and nobody has found a patent for it. According to contemporary ads it had "fiery" red liquid in 3" circular inclinometer compartment, but they are always found dry as this one is. If you ever seen one with fluid in it it's probably a modern replacement. This is otherwise a nice clean example, 24" long with a single plumb vial mounted next to the circular vial and brass end caps. A copy of an ad from the 1915 American Carpenter and Builder is included. From the collection of Don Rosebrook. Good+ 200-400 B59-567 1970-01-01T00:00:00+01:00 1970-01-01T00:00:00+01:00 /auction/list-auctions/viewbids/7977/b59-567 B59-567 INCLINOMETER. Davis Level & Tool No. 09. 24" cast iron level with Davis's inclinometer in one end and a plumb vial in the other. This level was subsequently marketed by M.W. Robinson as the No. 49, and is uncommon, but the original version by Davis L&T is rare. It has the original brass plates under the level vial, undamaged cast iron, japanning original and nearly complete, original vials. Fine 300-600 B59-566 1970-01-01T00:00:00+01:00 1970-01-01T00:00:00+01:00 /auction/list-auctions/viewbids/7976/b59-566 B59-566 GRAVITY INCLINOMETER. Wm. Melick. The rare and very collectible cast iron mantle clock style. The version with the gold pinstriping, 80% complete, good lettering on the back, japanning 95%, good clean and working dial. From the collection of Dennis Fisher. Good+ 500-800 B59-565 1970-01-01T00:00:00+01:00 1970-01-01T00:00:00+01:00 /auction/list-auctions/viewbids/7975/b59-565 B59-565 GRAVITY INCLINOMETER. Ewing Patent. Patented by Alvan Ewing of Lewisburg, TN, in 1889 and features a weighted pendulum that acts both as level and plumb. All of them are rare, but this is an example of the 12" version; we've seen only one other. Very clean hardwood stock; the pointer is a little short and hard to see in the plumb window but works smoothly. From the collection of Dennis Fisher. Fine 300-600 B59-564 1970-01-01T00:00:00+01:00 1970-01-01T00:00:00+01:00 /auction/list-auctions/viewbids/7974/b59-564 B59-564 MACHINIST'S LEVEL. Stanley No. 43. One of Stanley's least common levels. 9" long, cast iron with brass level plate and plumb vial in leg, unmarked as all were, japanning 100%, good vials. From the collection of Dennis Fisher. Fine 150-250 B59-563 1970-01-01T00:00:00+01:00 1970-01-01T00:00:00+01:00 /auction/list-auctions/viewbids/7973/b59-563 B59-563 GRAVITY INCLINOMETER. Rufus Porter. Very rare example of the inclinometer invented around 1847 by Porter, noted inventor, painter and founder of Scientific American. All known examples have an engraving, presumably by Porter, showing two masons using the inclinometer to build a brick wall; in this example the engraving is clear and complete; one of the nicest examples we've seen with no tears and only a couple of faint stains, with "R. Porter" and "Patent Applied For" lettered in red although no patent has ever been located. In a 9-1/2"" square frame, glass looks original. Destined to be the highlight of any advanced collection of inclinometers. From the collection of Dennis Fisher. Fine 3000-6000 B59-278 1970-01-01T00:00:00+01:00 1970-01-01T00:00:00+01:00 /auction/list-auctions/viewbids/7688/b59-278 B59-278 CAST IRON INCLINOMETER. Davis Level & Tool. The uncommon 7" version of Davis's classic cast iron inclinometer with the intricate webbing. No chips to the cast iron, all corners present and undamaged and no loss to webbing; japanning 98%; good vial and pointer. From the collection of Dennis Fisher. Fine 200-400 B59-277 1970-01-01T00:00:00+01:00 1970-01-01T00:00:00+01:00 /auction/list-auctions/viewbids/7687/b59-277 B59-277 BENCH LEVEL. Unmarked and probably user made. 7-1/4" long, cast iron with brass top plate, deocrative scalloping along sides. Very nice. From the collection of Dennis Fisher. Fine 100-200 B59-276 1970-01-01T00:00:00+01:00 1970-01-01T00:00:00+01:00 /auction/list-auctions/viewbids/7686/b59-276 B59-276 ROLL-TOP LEVEL. Wm. Mathieson & Sons. Very uncommon Mathieson level with heavy rotating brass top to protect the vial. 12" long, ebony, brass base plate, top plate marked "Mathieson Glasgow Warranted." Original vial, wood has a few dings but no damage. From the collection of John Sindelar. Fine 100-200 B59-275 1970-01-01T00:00:00+01:00 1970-01-01T00:00:00+01:00 /auction/list-auctions/viewbids/7685/b59-275 B59-275 MANTEL CLOCK INCLINOMETER. Davis Level & Tool. The least common version of Davis' iconic mantel clock design, without the locking screw. Don Rosebrook has speculated that Davis hoped to simplify the production by eliminating the locking screw, but the experiment was not a success and very few are found. This version never had gold highlighting, japanning 95%, very clean working dial and pointer. Fine 200-400 B59-274 1970-01-01T00:00:00+01:00 1970-01-01T00:00:00+01:00 /auction/list-auctions/viewbids/7684/b59-274 B59-274 INCLINOMETER. Davis Level & Tool. Later version of the L.L. Davis inclinometer after the formation of Davis L&T, with the more delicate filigree. 18", super clean, never had gold highlights. Fine 250-450 B59-273 1970-01-01T00:00:00+01:00 1970-01-01T00:00:00+01:00 /auction/list-auctions/viewbids/7683/b59-273 B59-273 MACHINIST'S LEVEL. Stratton Bros. No. 10. Stratton's signature product, the 10" version of Type 2, wood near perfect, slight brass tarnish, edges and corners crisp and clean. Fine 200-300 B59-272 1970-01-01T00:00:00+01:00 1970-01-01T00:00:00+01:00 /auction/list-auctions/viewbids/7682/b59-272 B59-272 LEVEL. Unsigned and user made, 13-1/2" long with triangular wooden body, single vial in central porthole, brass plates on both ends. Some moderate dinging to the wood. Good+ 80-150 B59-271 1970-01-01T00:00:00+01:00 1970-01-01T00:00:00+01:00 /auction/list-auctions/viewbids/7681/b59-271 B59-271 MACHINIST'S LEVEL. Stratton Bros. No. 10. Stratton's signature product, the 12" version of Type 5 with the porthole rather than end mounted plumb vial, in absolutely immaculate condition. One of the best levels ever made. From the collection of Hank Allen. Fine 300-600 B59-270 1970-01-01T00:00:00+01:00 1970-01-01T00:00:00+01:00 /auction/list-auctions/viewbids/7680/b59-270 B59-270 MODERN MAKER. Barry Weaver Level. An homage to the Stanley No. 98 level by modern master Barry Weaver of Rhode Island, 6" long in very dark ebony, ivory vial covers and fully brass bound. Like new. Fine 300-600 B59-269 1970-01-01T00:00:00+01:00 1970-01-01T00:00:00+01:00 /auction/list-auctions/viewbids/7679/b59-269 B59-269 NAVIGATION INSTRUMENT. Boyce-Meier Pelorus. Manufactured by the Boyce-Meier Equipment Co. of Bronxville, NY, and marketed as a kit to yachtsmen in the 1930s. A pelorus, sometimes called a "dumb compass" because it lacks a needle, is used to take sightings on other vessels or landmarks; this one has a brass counterweight to keep it level and a clear paper label. From the collection of Dennis Fisher. Good+ 50-100