This sextant has a brass frame. The silvered scale is graduated every 10 minutes from -5° to +145° and read by vernier with tangent screw and swinging magnifier to single minutes of arc. The inscriptions read "Frodsham, Liverpool" and "2602." It came from Vassar College, and may have been used by the professor of astronomy, Maria Mitchell.
Ref: Gloria Clifton, Directory of British Scientific Instrument Makers 1550-1851 (London, 1995), p. 106.
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