Adolph Lietz Company:

The Adolph Lietz Company Based in San Francisco, CA
Established in 1882
1940 A. Lietz Co. ceases to manufacture instruments and starts marketing Sokkisha products.
1970 A. Lietz Co. becomes an exclusive distributor for Sokkisha products.
1980 Sokkisha purchases the A. Lietz Company and moves it to Overland Park, KS. where they are the exclusive U.S. distributor for Sokkisha products.
Today they are known as Sokkia Corp. and are the exclusive U.S. distributor of Sokkia LTD. products.


Fun Facts: 

Did you know that in 1898 the Adolph Lietz Company used lenses made by Jena Glass Works Factory and imported some of their optics from Europe?  This glass was considered far superior at the time and with the help and research done by Carl & Rod Zeiss this small company became one of the largest suppliers of optical lenses to the scientific optical fields.

Believe it or not back in 1898 the A. Lietz company had the option of web crosshairs or glass cut diaphragms (reticles) specially made by the US Coast & Geodetic Survey!  These diaphragms were etched if you will using a diamond to cut a very fine line on the glass surface and then the glass was attached to the reticle housing.

Factory Images from the A. Lietz building San Francisco 1898

A. Lietz Survey Shop

    A. Lietz - Dividing Engine                                                A. Lietz - Linear Dividing Engine

             A. Lietz - Centering Device                              A. Lietz - Graduating & Adjustment Room                         

A. Lietz - Collimator Diagram   

A. Lietz Company - Transit Samples from 1898


A. Lietz Company - Transit/Theodolite from 1898


A. Lietz Company - Mountain - Mining - Solar Transit Samples from 1898


A. Lietz Company - Futuristic Cyclotomic Transit from 1898

The instrument below was a very unique instrument as it only has one vertical spindle.
If you look at the picture closely you will note that there is no lower locking assembly for the horizontal circle.
This instrument used a floating horizontal circle that could be rotated
 but did not require the use of two vertical spindles like in most other transits of the time. 


A. Lietz Company - Level Samples from 1898



A. Lietz Company - Specialty Instruments from 1898



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