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Sextant

Sextant

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Description
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.
Location
Currently not on view
Object Name
sextant
date made
ca 1865
maker
Charles Frodsham
place made
United Kingdom: England, Liverpool
Physical Description
mahogany (overall material)
brass (overall material)
silver (overall material)
glass (overall material)
Measurements
radius: 8 in; 20.32 cm
overall: 4 15/16 in x 12 7/8 in x 11 1/4 in; 12.54125 cm x 32.7025 cm x 28.575 cm
ID Number
1980.0318.03
catalog number
1980.0318.03
accession number
1980.0318
Credit Line
Vassar College
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