Oxidised Surveyors Level by Reid and Young

Oxidised Surveyors Level by Reid and Young


Mounted on a circular base with threaded aperture or tripod mounting with four holding rings.  Thirteen and a half inch adjustable brass telescope surmounted by a central spirit level.  Three and a half inch compass mounted below with silvered scale, locking bar and side mounted prism for viewing the scale.


This fine instrument is numbered (No.10) and marked ‘Reid and Young late with Kelvin and James White Ltd, Glasgow and London’.


It retains it’s original mahogany carrying case.  C.1920


Kelvin and James White took over the business of James White one of the leading instrument makers of the day. James White was working from 1850 to 1900 from various addresses in Glasgow.

James White is listed as a Optical, Mathmatical and Philosophical instrument maker:

1850-1852 24 Renfield Street, Glasgow

1853-1856   14, Renfield St, Glasgow

1860-1863   1, Renfield St, Glasgow

1860-1863   60 Gordon St, Glasgow

1864-1868   95, Buchanan St, Glasgow

1869-1875   78, Union St, Glasgow

1876-1883   241, Sauchiehall St, Glasgow

1884-1890   209, Sauchiehall St, Glasgow

1884-1900   16,18 &20 Cambridge St, Glasgow


Source: Directory of British scientific instrument makers 1550-1851 by Gloria Clifton.


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