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Forum topic by Galootinator posted 10-02-2017 08:08 PM 238 views 0 times favorited 7 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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Galootinator

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10-02-2017 08:08 PM

Topic tags/keywords: level pop up sights sighting level inclinometer woods patent cs co tower and lyon

Greetings all,

I’m brand new to this community, but I’ve been a galoot as long as I can remember…I’ve always had a fascination for hand tools. I’m sure I will get to know all of you as time goes by, and look forward to interacting with those who share the craziness.

For my first thread post, I am asking for your help. I was able to get my hands on a C.S. Co. cherry level that is numbered 1 1/2, and has pop up sights…one with a peephole, and the other with a horizontal sight string (crosshair, minus the vertical hair). After days and days of careful research I was only able to find a tiny amount of information about it, with no mention of the 1 1/2 designation. This thing is non-existent. I found an article stating that “Woods Patent” levels were manufactured for the patent owner by the c.s. Co. and had purchased the rights to manufacture it for themselves, with their branding placed on it. I viewed the patent drawings and found the patent rights were used by Tower and Lyons tool co. I looked under this name and only found a couple of pics, but none with the c.s. Co branding. Any help would be GREATLY appreciated. I’m hoping this thread can be a source for information on this Extremely scarce level.

This being said, maybe my research skill could use some honing.

-- I've never been accused of withholding my opinion ;)-- Walter M. ~ Missouri


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bobasaurus

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#1 posted 10-02-2017 09:26 PM

You might try taking some pictures and sending all the information you can to your local tool collecting group. The midwest tool collectors association is a big one. There is also the pacific northwest tool collectors, and I’m part of the rocky mountain tool collectors. It astounds me what some of the members know.

-- Allen, Colorado (Instagram @bobasaurus_woodworking)

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#2 posted 10-02-2017 09:50 PM

Hello Galoot and welcome. This link may help you…http://davistownmuseum.org/bioChapin.html

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Galootinator

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#3 posted 10-02-2017 10:03 PM

Thanks for the responses, I never thought about contacting a tool collecting club…great idea.

During my research, I ran across the Davistown museum link and thought I was really onto something, but none of the catalog scans were of spirit levels. I was hoping someone had a copy of a Chapin-Stephens catalog…I might end up purchasing the 1914 version just as a gamble that it will be listed in it. Thanks for taking the time to help.

-- I've never been accused of withholding my opinion ;)-- Walter M. ~ Missouri

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#4 posted 10-02-2017 10:04 PM

-- I've never been accused of withholding my opinion ;)-- Walter M. ~ Missouri

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#5 posted 10-02-2017 10:05 PM

-- I've never been accused of withholding my opinion ;)-- Walter M. ~ Missouri

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#6 posted 10-02-2017 10:14 PM

There is a level group on Facebook. Let me know if you’re on Facebook and I will get a link.

-- We must guard our enthusiasm as we would our life - James Krenov

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Galootinator

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#7 posted 10-02-2017 11:42 PM

A Facebook link would be greatly appreciated. Thanks Wayne

-- I've never been accused of withholding my opinion ;)-- Walter M. ~ Missouri

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