Buff & Buff Surveyor's Or Engineer's Transit
This is a nice looking surveying instrument by one of the best known makers of surveying instruments in America. George Buff studied under and made instruments for a number of other makers before going into business for himself in the 1860's. In the 1890's he formed the company Buff & Buff in New York and this company remained in business until 1980 or so. This instruments design was their mainstay and was produced for over 70 years from the research I have seen. The condition is very nice noting the missing eye piece end cover, the optics are fine. Comes with the mahogany box. The serial # and patent date can be seen in the close-up of the compass face, which also shows how nice the finish is. The finish on the instrument has a nice patina and original. I believe it dates from the first quarter of the 20th century.