Antique Stanley Surveyors Level Theodolite

Antique Stanley Surveyors Level Theodolite


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Stanley Theodolite

Circa 1909

Superb example of an early 20th Century Surveyor's Level complete with its original wooden box and protective leather case. 

The Theodolite itself has a gun metal finish and is made from lacquered brass with brass fittings. It is engraved with "Patent. Stanley. Great Turnstile. Holborn. London. 108292" It is a high quality instrument with an extendable telescope, a spirit level and three adjustment screws in the base to ensure it is exactly level. 

It is also engraved with, presumably, the previous owner's name "E.G.Braddon". This is also stamped on the top of the leather case.

The theodolite packs away in a sturdy wooden box which is fitted out to transport it safely and securely with compartments for the different accessories. There is a paper 'Stanley' label inside the lid of the box which is dated Oct '09 for 1909. 

Not only is there a wooden box but it also comes with an outer protective leather case with leather straps and a large strap which buckles around the whole box and acts as a carrying handle. 

Approximate Measurements : 

Box width : 17 1/2" (44cm)

Height : 9" (23cm)

Depth : 7" (18cm)

Length of Level : 15" (38cm)


The whole piece is in very good condition. The theodolite lenses are undamaged and have the cross-sight. They focus well with an incredible range and clarity. There are some small marks and some tarnishing to the brass but nothing detrimental. The box is strong and sturdy with a nice aged patina. There is a small piece of wood missing from the inside but it isn't detrimental. The leather case is in good condition with some general wear but nothing major. The strap has been replaced and the end flaps of the lid have also been replaced.  

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