1874 Kuebler & Seelhorst Surveyor's Transit For Sale
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1874 Kuebler & Seelhorst Surveyor's Transit:
This is a rare example of an early American transit. The optics and cross hairs are in good shape, motions turn pretty smoothly and it is lacking the originalbox and there is no tripod.Transit has an early form of detachable baseand the rare patented eyepiece by Kuebler and Seelhorst which is unusual, see patent.
Angular 1 Minute
Scope 10 3/4inches
Plate 6 1/4
Compass needle 5 inches
is $30.00if within the US, no charge for careful
KUEBLER & SEELHORST (1867 - 1875)
William J. Kuebler, Sr. (1827 - 1900)
Frederick Seelhorst (1813 - 1887)
"Philadelphia Directories: 1867-1875 Kuebler & Seelhorst inst makers, William J. Kuebler, Frederick Seelhorst. On October 1, 1867, Kuebler and Seelhorst were granted patent No. 69450 for a method of adjusting eyepieces and objective glasses in telescopes. Gurley serviced a Kuebler & Seelhorst level from Dallas, Texas in 1887, and a 5" Engineers Transit from Frederick, Michigan in 1900."
"William J. Kuebler (1827 - 1900) - Philadelphia Directories: He is listed from 1867 to 1900 as an instrument maker and optician. He was born in Germany in 1827 and died in Philadelphia on August 17, 1900."
"Frederick Seelhorst (1813 - 1887) - was born in Italy in 1813 and died Philadelphia May 1, 1887. Philadelphia Directories: 1867 to 1887 Seelhorst F. & J. instrument makers." [The J. stood for Julius Seelhorst, born 1844 in Philadelphia and died there 1900.]
In January 1866 the firm of William J. Young & Co. was formed with William J. Young, Thomas N. Watson and Charles S. Heller as partners. On April 12, 1869, Watson left the firm and became foreman for Kuebler & Seelhorst at 727 Jayne Street. Some time shortly after the death of William J. Young in 1870, Watson returned to the Young's establishment as both foreman and partner with Alfred Young in running the business, first as William J. Young & Sons and later as Young & Sons.