This is a very nice Fauth Alidade made by George Saegmuller for the United States Reclamation Service. The USRS was formed in 1902, and I suspect this instrument was made within a few years of the formation.
The telescope is 13.5 inches long and has GREAT optics. The image is inverted, which allows more light to come thru the scope. The trade-off, of course, is that the image is upside down. I didn’t see any crosshairs in the scope.
The Alidade has a base of 18 inches and comes with everything shown in the pictures: original box and key, a striding level, a trough compass, a bubble vial with liquid, a cap for the scope, and a sun-shade.
This is a VERY nice instrument with a pleasing patina.
Please see my George Saegmuller – Fauth Makers Webpage for more info about this surveying instrument maker.
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