William Ford Stanley, London: c. 1900
Brass instrument, wood box
8.25 x 19.5 x 6.5 inches, instrument; 10 x 21 x 8 inches, box
This instrument is offered primarily for prop rental, but is also for sale upon request.
Antique English surveying instrument in its original wood storage box, made by England’s leading maker of fine surveying and drawing instruments at that time, William Ford Stanley. The 19.5-inch telescope has a bubble level and a tripod base with adjustable feet. The box has a label certifying that it had been adjusted on December 12, 1913.
The surveyor uses a “level rod” in conjunction with the level to read an elevation up or down from the level of the telescope. William Ford Stanley (1829-1909) was a prolific inventor with 78 patents, including many for surveying instruments. The firm he founded in the mid 19th century continued in business until 1977.