Buff & Berger Dating Table

Here you will find information about how to date your Buff & Berger antique survey instruments.

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If you are researching your Buff & Berger instrument we may be able to help.  We have copies of a some of the original records for instruments dating from 1884 to 1898.  Please email us the serial number of your instrument and we will see if we have the original build records.  If we do have the records we will ask you to make a $20.00 donation to cover our research time and once we receive the donation we will email you a digital copy of the record that you can print out on your computer.

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Buff & Berger Numbers

These numbers are taken from the available original Buff & Berger build sheets. In the chart below is a list of serial numbers from the lowest serial number to the highest serial number for a specific year. You will note in the first year that an instrument was actually sold multiple times. Your serial number should fall between the lowest and highest number listed for a specific year.

Example: If your serial number is 2312 than your approximate year of manufacture is 1895. There could be a 1-3 year deferential based on when the actual instrument was made and when it was sold.


Year

Lowest

Highest

1886

729

1017

1887

729

1165

1888

914

1259

1889

868

1461

1890

1400

1611

1891

689

1773

1892

1621

1920

1893

1865

2131

1894

1951

2267

1895

2208

2466

1896

2419

2612

1897

2576

2798

1896

2423

2994


Serial number locations on some Buff & Berger instruments.


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Buff & Berger Serial Number Location
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Buff & Berger Serial Number Location
Possible Location On A Transit
Buff & Berger Serial Number Location
Possible Location On A Transit
Buff & Berger Serial Number Location