Adie Box Sextant

This has a silvered scale that is graduated every 30 minutes from -3° to +150° and read by vernier with swinging magnifier to single minutes of arc. The "Adie, London" inscription refers to Patrick Adie, an instrument maker who was in business in London from 1848 to 1886. Adie's father was a famous instrument maker in Edinburgh.
Ref: Gloria Clifton, Directory of British Scientific Instrument Makers 1550-1851 (London, 1995), p. 4.
Currently not on view
Object Name
box sextant
date made
mid 19th century
Adie, Patrick
overall: 3 1/4 in; 8.255 cm
place made
United Kingdom: England, London
ID Number
catalog number
accession number
Measuring & Mapping
See more items in
Medicine and Science: Physical Sciences
Data Source
National Museum of American History, Kenneth E. Behring Center
Additional Media

Visitor Comments

Add a comment about this object

**Please read before submitting the form**

Have a comment or question about this object to share with the community? Please use the form below. Selected comments will appear on this page and may receive a museum response (but we can't promise). Please note that we generally cannot answer questions about the history, rarity, or value of your personal artifacts.

Have a question about anything else, or would you prefer a personal response? Please visit our FAQ or contact page.

Personal information will not be shared or result in unsolicited e-mail. See our privacy policy.

Enter the characters shown in the image.