For New Jersey collectorsPosted by nate-the-surveyor on July 23, 2019 at 1:41 pm
In Englishtown New Jersey, eBay, local pickup only. With nice tripod.
I love these old instruments. Maybe someone will get it, and give it proper care.
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- MemberJuly 23, 2019 at 1:51 pm
Seems like they spelled the location wrong, shouldn’t it be Englishtown, New Joysey?
- MemberJuly 23, 2019 at 2:23 pm
I don’t know if any of you will be able to even Communicate with him. You may need to bring an interpreter… New Joisey indeed! 🙂
- MemberJuly 23, 2019 at 4:57 pm
If one comes across a deal like this, one shouldn’t be discouraged by the local pick up option. The seller was willing to accommodate a deal by driving. This looked like a fine old transit with tripod. The hassle of shipping the tripod and transit wasn’t worth the time of the seller. So they were looking to dump it on EBay.
If I had interest, I would have made him an offer since he was accepting offers but with the condition that he take it to the nearest ‘ My UPS Store’ where I would pay for shipping. All they had to do was drop it there.
I could have paid UPS.
I would have offered him $175 plus the shipping/ packing fee that might have been another $150 maybe. It could have arrived in Tickville, AR or Biskitburg, GA in 3-5 days
Btw. Englishtown is known for having the largest outdoor flea markets on the East Coast. People drive there for hours on weekends. It’s very crowded and you can buy anything from antiques, collectibles and everyday junk. I have been there few times or more and last few times it was overwhelming. I bought some compasses and military surplus items.
- MemberJuly 23, 2019 at 6:09 pm
My shoulder begins to ache just looking at something similar to that which I carried many miles thru thick and thin.
At least those still work in the rain, sleet or snow without fail and need of electric power.
- MemberJuly 23, 2019 at 9:26 pm
I can honestly say I have never heard a native born in New Jersey say “Joysey”. That would be a Staten Island or Brooklyn accent.
A native of North Jersey would say “Jer-zee”, the R is spoken. The southern part of the sate is slightly different but still not “Joysey”
- MemberJuly 23, 2019 at 10:22 pmPosted by: @nate-the-surveyor
I love these old instruments.
It is a nice instrument. The built-in compass is certainly a plus for section corner certification. The first instrument I was trained on was one of these, although it may have been a newer model. I couldn’t believe an instrument like that was still being used in 1988. Our office had three of these, but only one had an optical plummet. Setting one up with a plumb bob on a windy day wasn’t easy. We did a lot of construction stake-out, so there was usually a piece of plywood lying around that I could use to block the wind. The biggest mistake I made using the instrument was turning an angle to check a formboard. I read the vernier to the left instead of to the right, or vice versa. It wasn’t an obvious mistake because the angle was close to 180 degrees. That year, in April, 3 party chiefs quit because their work load kept increasing, and they were expected to keep up. The transits were replaced by Topcon GTS-3 total stations. I had to use a Wild T16.MH
- MemberJuly 24, 2019 at 2:01 am
I’ve got a butt load of old instruments. I’m sad to say I used almost every one of them, or one just like them. I’ve seen many, many old instruments and that one is a real cherry. The case doesn’t look too scratched and there are no signs of wear on any of the knobs or barrel that I can see. The brass has a nice patina.
I’m going to guess that instrument had a cushy life in a closet or under some old engineer’s desk. Quite a specimen for a collector. Too bad it’s sold already.
- MemberJuly 24, 2019 at 11:49 am
I watched that listing for some time. As I recall, he had it at $200 then $175. It truly was a cherry.
Sad part of the listing was that it was his dads. Seems a shame to me that circumstances led him to basically give it away.
- MemberJuly 24, 2019 at 1:37 pm
- MemberJuly 24, 2019 at 2:17 pm
Natester, the only antique surveying thing I have is me. Always traded in the old stuff. ????
- MemberJuly 24, 2019 at 9:01 pm
I feel what you said.
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