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    Re: Antique Sextant
    From: R.H. van Gent
    Date: 2001 Oct 13, 3:32 PM

    Pierre Boucher wrote:
    
    > Any info's on a brass sextant (antique) labelled on the arc:
    >
    >         W.F. Cannon 177 Shadwell, London
    >
    > It is in it's original wooden box complet with 1 sighting tube (no
    > magnification) and 2 different scopes.
    
    Hi Pierre,
    
    Gloria Clifton's Directory of British Scientific Instrument Makers
    1550-1851 (London, 1995), p. 103, mentions a John Ford (fl. 1851-1855)
    at 177 Shadwell High Street (London), who is known to have sold an
    octant.
    
    An earlier member of the Ford family, William Ford (perhaps the father
    of John Ford), resided in Cannon Street (London) in 1764 and was
    registered as an optician.
    
    I hope that this helps.
    
    Regards,
    
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