Very Nice Fauth Alidade – Circa 1902 – U.S. Reclamation Service (USRS)

Very Nice Fauth Alidade – Circa 1902 – U.S. Reclamation Service (USRS)






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North America

Categories: Surveying Instruments & Mining, Engineering antiques


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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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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