Small Lietz Mining Transit – Nice Condition – Circa 1925

Small Lietz Mining Transit – Nice Condition – Circa 1925

***Price Drop*** $1900 (Postpaid in the U.S.)

This is a wonderful Lietz Model 12 Mountain and Mining Transit. The pics do not convey how small this instrument is. The needle is 2.5 inches, the horizontal circle is 4 inches, and the main telescope is 8 inches. The base actually adds a good deal to the height and bulk of the transit.


Circa 1925

Country of manufacture

North America

Categories: Surveying Instruments & Mining, Engineering antiques


One of my favorite things about this little instrument – Lietz made the instrument so that it lays in its box rather than stands upright. A very cool feature in my opinion.


The optics on both scopes are good, with all cross and stadia hairs present (only the main scope has stadia hairs). The caps and sunscreens are present as well.


The transit comes complete with its box and tripod, as shown below.


Lietz Model 12 Mountain and Mining Transits that have the extra scope rarely pop up for sale, and this is a very nice one.


Please see my Lietz Makers Webpage for more information about Lietz.


360 Degree Spinner View (Top Scope)  &    360 Degree Spinner View (Side Scope)
(Zoom with your mouse scroll wheel or with the magnifying glass in the spinner menu bar. Unzoom to regain control of the 360 degree spinner).


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US The Compleat Surveyor

The Compleat Surveyor specializes in rare instruments and books related to land surveying. This initially was a family business - my father (F. D. Uzes) was a noted surveyor, collector and author (Illustrated Price Guide To Antique Surveying Instruments and Books - published in 1980). Having spent a lifetime surrounded by old instruments and books, I now run the business myself. I use my website ( to both sell instruments and provide historical information related to land surveying.

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