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.
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?