Smithsonian - National Museum of American History, Behring Center

 
Physical Sciences Collection - Surveying and Geodesy

Browse Makers | Browse Instruments | Index
 

Browse by Maker
 

Adams
AGA
Ainsworth
Aloe
Alpha Electronics
Arnold
Balbreck
Balch
Bamberg
Bate
Beckman
Beers, J. M.
Beers, S.
Beetle
Benchmark
Berger
Blattner & Adam
Blunt
Bosworth
Bowles
Brander & Höschel
Brandis
Brown
Buff
Buff & Berger
Butenschon
Casella
Chandlee
Colton
Cubic
Cubitape
Danner
Davenport
Dean
Delamarre
Delure
Dietzgen
Dod
Dollond
Draper
Electrotape
Ellicott
Elliott
Ertel
Fauth
Foster
Gambey
Geodimeter
Gilbert
Graff, Washburne & Dunn
Green
Greenough
Gurley
Hagger
Hanks
Harland
Heath & Wing
Heisely
Helffricht
Heller & Brightly
Hewlett-Packard
Houghton
Jones (Liverpool)
Jones (London)
Jones, W. & S.
Kahler
Kern
Keuffel & Esser
King
King, G.C.
Knox & Shain
Kolesch
Kübel
Lamb
Laser Systems & Electronics
Lerebours
Lietz
Lingke
Lutz
Lynch
Magnavox
Mahn
Megarey
Meneely
Meneely & Oothout (see Meneely)
Merrill & Davis
Meurand
Morin
Patten
Pfister
Phelps & Gurley (see Gurley)
Pike
Pool
Potts
Precision International
Prentice
Prince
Queen
Randolph
Ranger
Reed
Repsold
Rittenhouse, B.
Rittenhouse. D.
Rittenhouse & Evans
Roach
Roach & Warner (see Roach)
Saegmuller
Sala
Secoes
Secretan
Shaw
Shilling
Simpson
Sisson
Spectra-Physics
Stackpole
Stancliffe
de Steur
Tellurometer
Troughton & Simms
Voigt
Wall
Wanschaff
Watts
Weiss & Heitzler
White, D.
White, P.
Whitney
Wild
Wright
Würdemann
Young
Zeiss

 

Berger

Christian Louis Berger (1842–1922) was born at Stuttgart, and was descended from men who made arms and armor for the royal family of Würtemberg. He apprenticed with Christian Saeger, a local maker of surveying instruments and analytical scales, and worked in other instrument shops in Germany and England. Moving to Boston in 1866, Berger worked for E. S. Ritchie & Son and then for John Upham. In 1871 he joined with George Louis Buff, and began trading as Buff & Berger.

In 1898, after an acrimonious dispute over the roles that their sons would play in the business, Buff and Berger parted company. Berger acquired the assets of Buff & Berger, began trading as C. L. Berger & Sons, purchased a 30-inch dividing engine from William Würdemann, built a new factory in Roxbury, and continued to produce instruments for engineers and surveyors. Although C. L. Berger & Sons remained successful throughout the first half of the 20th century, they could not adjust to the electronic revolution that swept the instrument enterprise in the postwar period, or compete with inexpensive instruments from abroad. The Chicago Steel Tape Company purchased the remains of C. L. Berger & Sons in 1995.

Collection:

Convertible Transit Level
Dumpy Level #10316
Precise Level #17475
Tiltin Level #ML1172
Transit #8879
Transit (mining) #11326