Oxidised Surveyors Level by Reid and Young
Mounted on a circular base with threaded aperture or tripod mounting with four holding rings. Thirteen and a half inch adjustable brass telescope surmounted by a central spirit level. Three and a half inch compass mounted below with silvered scale, locking bar and side mounted prism for viewing the scale.
This fine instrument is numbered (No.10) and marked ‘Reid and Young late with Kelvin and James White Ltd, Glasgow and London’.
It retains it’s original mahogany carrying case. C.1920
Kelvin and James White took over the business of James White one of the leading instrument makers of the day. James White was working from 1850 to 1900 from various addresses in Glasgow.
James White is listed as a Optical, Mathmatical and Philosophical instrument maker:
1850-1852 24 Renfield Street, Glasgow
1853-1856 14, Renfield St, Glasgow
1860-1863 1, Renfield St, Glasgow
1860-1863 60 Gordon St, Glasgow
1864-1868 95, Buchanan St, Glasgow
1869-1875 78, Union St, Glasgow
1876-1883 241, Sauchiehall St, Glasgow
1884-1890 209, Sauchiehall St, Glasgow
1884-1900 16,18 &20 Cambridge St, Glasgow
Source: Directory of British scientific instrument makers 1550-1851 by Gloria Clifton.