W. & L. E. Gurley instruments

Here you will find information about W. & L. E. Gurley instruments
Gurley made many instruments and tools for several industries.   However, a majority of their business was from items specifically made for the surveying industries.   Gurley did however venture into Hydrology, Weights and Measures, and several other ventures in which usually had their own departments. 

Gurley also made a lot of specialty instruments  on government contracts such as spotting scopes, targeting scopes, etc.

From 1845 until 1980 Gurley made many different models of compasses, levels, transits, and hand tools.   We could not possibly cover all of them in our website so we are going to concentrate mainly on the survey instruments and tools.

Below are a few samples of some Gurley tools.

Gurley Tools

We may add others as time permits.


Gurley made many different compasses over the years so we are going to mainly discuss the ones that were designed for surveyors.  As time allows we may add other Gurley compasses to the list such as the Pocket compasses, Mining compasses, and Forestry compasses. 

Initially Gurley basically made 3 models of the surveyors' staff compasses and used these designs for many years.  They did add a few other compasses know as the Solar Compass and a series of smaller Pocket Compasses.  Below you will find some illustrations and photos of some of these compasses.

Plain Surveyors Compass

The Plain Compass came in several sizes based on the length of the needle.  These sizes included a 4 inch needle, 5 inch needle, and a 6 inch needle.  On the left is an illustration directly out of a Gurley Catalog and the images on the right is a photographs of an actual Gurley Plain compass.

 

6 Columns

Gallery Thumb 1 Gallery Thumb 2 Gallery Thumb 3 Gallery Thumb 4 Gallery Thumb 5 Gallery Thumb 6 Gallery Thumb 7 Gallery Thumb 9 Gallery Thumb 10 Gallery Thumb 14 Gallery Thumb 12 Gallery Thumb 13 Gallery Thumb 15 Gallery Thumb 16 Gallery Thumb 12-1


Mauris eleifend est et turpis. Duis id erat. Suspendisse potenti. Aliquam vulputate, pede vel vehicula accumsan, mi neque rutrum erat, eu congue orci lorem eget lorem. Vestibulum non ante. Class aptent taciti sociosqu ad litora torquent per conubia nostra, per inceptos himenaeos. Fusce sodales. Quisque eu urna vel enim commodo pellentesque. Praesent eu risus hendrerit ligula tempus pretium. Curabitur lorem enim, pretium nec, feugiat nec, luctus a, lacus.

Duis cursus. Maecenas ligula eros, blandit nec, pharetra at, semper at, magna. Nullam ac lacus. Nulla facilisi. Praesent viverra justo vitae neque. Praesent blandit adipiscing velit. Suspendisse potenti. Donec mattis, pede vel pharetra blandit, magna ligula faucibus eros, id euismod lacus dolor eget odio. Nam scelerisque. Donec non libero sed nulla mattis commodo. Ut sagittis. Donec nisi lectus, feugiat porttitor, tempor ac, tempor vitae, pede. Aenean vehicula velit eu tellus interdum rutrum. Maecenas commodo. Pellentesque nec elit. Fusce in lacus. Vivamus a libero vitae lectus hendrerit hendrerit.
Praesent in eros vestibulum mi adipiscing adipiscing. Morbi facilisis. Curabitur ornare consequat nunc. Aenean vel metus. Ut posuere viverra nulla. Aliquam erat volutpat. Pellentesque convallis. Maecenas feugiat, tellus pellentesque pretium posuere, felis lorem euismod felis, eu ornare leo nisi vel felis. Mauris consectetur tortor et purus.
Praesent in eros vestibulum mi adipiscing adipiscing. Morbi facilisis. Curabitur ornare consequat nunc. Aenean vel metus. Ut posuere viverra nulla. Aliquam erat volutpat. Pellentesque convallis. Maecenas feugiat, tellus pellentesque pretium posuere, felis lorem euismod felis, eu ornare leo nisi vel felis. Mauris consectetur tortor et purus.