Sextant

Sextant

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Description
This sextant is somewhat unusual in that it has a brass frame, reinforced brass index arm, and ivory (rather than metal) scale. This scale is graduated every 20 minutes from -5° to +125° and read by vernier with tangent screw and swinging magnifier to 30 seconds of arc. The "Spencer Browning & Co., London" inscription on the arc refers to a firm that was in business from 1840 to 1870.
Location
Currently not on view
Object Name
sextant
date made
1840-1870
maker
Spencer, Browning & Co.
place made
United Kingdom: England, London
Physical Description
ivory (overall material)
brass (overall material)
mahogany (overall material)
glass (overall material)
Measurements
radius: 7 1/2 in; 19.05 cm
overall: 4 7/8 in x 11 1/2 in x 11 1/4 in; 12.3825 cm x 29.21 cm x 28.575 cm
ID Number
1981.0942.01
catalog number
1981.0942.01
accession number
1981.0942
Credit Line
George T. Blair
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