This appears to be a pre 1950’s Bostrom-Brady #2 Transit Level. Known as a Builder or Farm Level. Some parts brass, other parts copper or possible red brass. Manufactured by Bostrom-Brady Mfg. Co. Atlantic, GA U.S.A
We believe it is in in its original wood box. The box is vintage and original looking. Corners of the box are joined using finger joints. Hinge pins appear to be a nail with tail bent over and trimmed off.
The box has a wood padded cradle to hold the transit level, as well as a place to secure a Plumb Bob. The Plumb Bob is missing. There is no paper instruction sheet, and any Bostrom-Brady label or tag that may have existed is not on or in the box.
There is a unique label attached to the inside of the hinged lid. It adds some dated material to the piece. Making it somewhat unique, more desirable, and perhaps adding some additional value to a collector.
Has a label inside the box from:
William T. Lindstrom Co.
Repairing of Scientific Instruments
127 E. Sixth St Los Angeles, CAL.
Hand dated 7/31/53
If we speculate a bit we could assume this piece had some type of repair, or perhaps was resold in 1953 by the William T. Lindstrom Co.?
If you owned this piece what would you do with it?
This wood looking composite, combo bust torso. It is a great example of the odd and the curious. Yet at such a simplistic level.
Doubtful this is even vintage let alone antique? We can’t find anything on this by doing any type of search. So if you know this is a mass produced piece of cheap home decor. Please chime in on the comments.
It is sure to please someone irregardless. It is somewhat of an eye catcher and makes a person look. Just to try and figure out what it is.
This piece measures 15 inches high by about 7 across.
If nothing else it would be a great display prop! For use in a retail case as a display. Or at home as a decor item or functional necklace display holder.
Shown here is an intricately carved wood dragon. This is a beautiful example of Asian art. The workmanship was done on a large diameter section of Bamboo.
The carving measures 26.5 inches long and approximately 5 to 5.5 inches in diameter. Sitting on the half slice of bamboo for a base stand, the top edge of horizontal piece is 10 inches off the table.
Purchases such as this are difficult to find for retail in specialty shops or Antique Shops. Finding one for retail requires exploring many upper scale Estate Sales, or finding a motivated collector or decorator willing to part with such and unusual piece of art.
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