8.5" x 11", B&W, © 1999
Levels and Their Makers:
A groundbreaking book on levels, from the leading expert
in this area of tool collecting. The author’s meticulous
research covers over 80 companies and individuals that
made and/or sold levels in New England, starting with
the earliest known level maker in 1743 and proceeding
through the mid-twentieth century. For each maker, Rosebrook
provides historical background and a full discussion
of the maker’s product lines, accompanied by hundreds
of photographs of sample levels (many in color) and,
where possible, an indication of the level’s rarity.
Also included are an extensive section on the Stanley
Rule & Level Co., a full discussion of the product lines
of such Boston area makers as Watts and Harmon, type
studies for Davis, Stratton, and Stanley levels, many
broadsides, instruction sheets, and other advertisements,
and much more. The levels photographed for this volume
come from collections all over the United States.
Approx. 600 illustrations; 84 in color.
Paperback, B&W, 7" x 10", © 2000
Order Number: AP921......
Level Patents Illustrated and Explained: Volume
In this companion to American Levels and Their Makers, Vol.
I, the author presents that great rarity—a book on patents
that both illustrates the patents (in a size large enough to
be useful) and explains them. Two hundred and ten level patents
are pictured and explained here, with explanations keyed to
the patent drawings. They illustrate the major and continuing
contributions by L.L. Davis, Justus Traut, the Stratton Bros.,
and L.S. Starrett, among others. To
aid in identification, each patent is triply indexed: by date,
patentee, and category (e.g., inclinometer, sighting level,
adjustment mechanism, etc.). In addition, the book provides
a brief history of the men who obtained the patents, information
on whether, when, and how the patents were used, the progression
of “improvements” in patent concepts over time, and information
that may be useful in identifying mystery levels.