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Object Theodolite
Date ca. 1777
Description a. Theodolite captured from the British at the Battle of Bennington. It was made by J. Simons of London. The theodolite is used by the army for map making, laying out fortifications and determining distances for the use of artillery. While compasses can be used for such work, the greater accuracy of the theodolite makes it much more desirable. In addition, elevations can be recorded with a theodolite. Has dark wood stands, 3 legs, all extendable. Brass end pieces on the legs. Brass with glass lenses.
Drawing Instruments for Theodolite. Come in a case. Case is leather covered. Inside are 6 brass tools, a protractor-like instrument, a level-like instrument, 2 screws, and pieces that resemble parts to a compass for drawing. All slightly tarnished. Adjustable height.

Very possible that these instruments belonged to Colonel Francis Pfister

a. theodolite
b,c, d, ---extendable legs
e-j---tools
k---tool case
Height (inches) 38
Diameter (inches) 10
Related People Hyde, Jedediah
Pfister, Francis
Subjects Bennington, Battle of, N.Y., 1777
Credit line Gift of Herbert M. McIntosh, C. E.
Catalog Number A400 a-k