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Davis Level Variations

Davis Level & Tool Co.  12"  Inclinometer Level Comparison

As I said on the Davis Level & Tool Co. page, The filigree on the Davis Level & Tool Co. inclinometer levels was finer than the earlier L L Davis levels,  and it appears that the filigree on the 12" models was so fine that it was too easily broken.  The 12" models were modified by adding reinforcement to the filigree in several places.  These "reinforcements" are easy to spot as they don't flow with the pattern of the filigree.  This modification was apparently done early on,  as the unreinforced versions are scarce - I would say that I see 50 or more of the " reinforced" versions for every unbroken unreinforced level.
 

The level on top is the earlier "unreinforced" version, while the one on the bottom is the "reinforced" version. 
 

If you compare the right side of the top level to the right side of the bottom level - at the points indicated on the left sides - you will see the differences.  Look especially at #s 1, 2, & 6 - they are the most obvious - where a straight connecting piece was added.  Davis had probably paid good money for the patterns that proved to be too fragile,  and he took the easy way out by "reinforcing"  them instead of making new patterns in which the "additions" could have been made to flow with the pattern of the filigree.


 

Besides the general "types" discussed on the other pages,  there are a number of variations within most types.  There are other small casting variations,  and several changes to the stop screws. 
I have spent a lot of time observing Davis levels,  and can place most of them in a chronological order. 

I also realize that most collectors aren't really interested in all of these minute details,  so I won't clog up these pages with all of that information.

 I would be happy to discuss any of these details with other interested collectors.

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