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W26-32. American Transit 5 3/4 in. by W. & L.E. Gurley Of Troy, N.Y.
American Transit 5 3/4 in. by W. & L.E. Gurley Of Troy, N.Y., also marked C. C. Hutchinson, Boston, Mass. Its light weight of 7 lbs., fine workmanship and features identify it as the "Reconnaissance" type produced by Gurley late in the 4th quarter 19th century. Gurley is one of, if not the premier instrument makers in the American surveying field. The transit's characteristics include: external focus 8 1/2" telescope with 5 inch level, 3 1/2" compass with inside declination vernier to 30 deg., horizontal circle with single vernier window, and 4 screw detachable leveling base. The dove tailed mahogany box fits the instrument like a glove but has a Buff plaque on the lid and Buff labels inside. This beautiful item has the original bronze finish and is in fine working condition.
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