The Theodolite is contained within its original mahogany box. The serial number is 9225 suggesting a date of 1892. It retains its original spider web on the diaphragm in the telescope. During my apprenticeship in the 1960s at W F Stanley the senior instrument makers spoke of repairing theodolites and obtaining the spider web by knocking a spider off the edge of the bench and gathering it on a V-shaped prong, then applying the web to the diaphragm with varnish or shellac. The theodolite is in very good original condition.
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I served my Scientific Instrument Making Apprenticeship with W F Stanley and expanded my expertise in other companies. I have manufactured, restored, bought and sold scientific instruments for 63 years and I am still active in the business. In 1976 I opened a shop in Bermondsey, London and then went on to trade in the Portobello Road, now I am only selling online. I am a founder member of the SIS Society. I am continuing my scientific instrument restoration business. Email: [email protected]