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Thursday, 18 December 2014

Latest army technology long before Satnav

MORE than 90 years ago some unlucky surveyor serving with the Royal Engineers was in harm’s way using a theodolite on a tripod.

He would have been a pretty easy target for German snipers – despite the impressive brass instrument being painted black.

His task would have been to measure where trenches needed to be dug or rail tracks laid near the First World War trenches.

Somehow it survived the war and is in the tomorrow’s Barrow sale at Furness Auctions.

The tripod has gone but the 1918-dated theodolite is in quite remarkable condition and is complete with its wooden packing box and a range of tools and rulers.

It is expected to sell for a modest £60 to £80.

More expensive is an 18ct gold ring with a large orange citrine stone which might make £200 to £250.

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