John Bruce & Son Sextant

Description
This sextant belonged to Haverford College, and probably dates from the second half of the 19th century. The frame is brass. The silvered scale is graduated every 15 minutes from -5° to +130° and read by vernier with tangent screw and swinging magnifier to single minutes of arc. The arc is engraved "JOHN BRUCE & SON, Liverpool."
Location
Currently not on view
Object Name
sextant
date made
mid 19th century
maker
John Bruce & Son
Physical Description
mahogany (overall material)
silver (overall material)
brass (overall material)
glass (overall material)
Measurements
radius: 7 1/4 in; 18.415 cm
place made
United Kingdom: England, Liverpool
ID Number
1981.0745.07
catalog number
1981.0745.07
accession number
1981.0745
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Data Source
National Museum of American History, Kenneth E. Behring Center

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