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    Re: The Big Sextant Manufacturers
    From: Alexandre Eremenko
    Date: 2007 Oct 23, 10:11 -0400

    Making a list of manufacturers will be difficult
    and here are some reasons.
    1. Apparently there were very many British manufacturers.
    (Yesterday I made a preliminary list of about 30,
    (20 in London only!)
    plus 6 French).
    2. It is hard to tell real manufacturers from the dealers
    who stamp their names on the arc.
    Even in XX century, there are many of Tamaya's clones.
    How do we know who really manufactured all these clones,
    all these various companies or Tamaya? The sextants
    look undistinguishable.
    The difference between a dealer and manufacturer
    is also fuzzy. As I understand, a manufacturer would make
    a frame and divide the scale and sell it to another
    "manufacturer" who will add the rest, and stamp his logo
    on the arc.
    Is there a difference between C. Plath and Weems and Plath?
    Of course it will be easier if we limit ourselves to XX
    3. Companies changed names, merged etc.
    For example, Kelvin and Hughes became Hughes and Sons,
    and there are many other examples.
    4. Apparently there were other
    manufacturers in "smaller" countries. I've seen sextants made
    in Chile, Hong Kong and Denmark.
    On Mon, 22 Oct 2007, jean-philippe planas wrote:
    > In France we had POULAIN (from Montrouge) sextants which were a good design 
    with surprising legs on both side wich enabled to store the sextant in its 
    transit box in a position where you could directly grab it by the handle for 
    use. It enabled to store it "upside down with respect to almost any other 
    brand. The company went out of business in the nineties but their product 
    seems to still be manufactured in a very small outfit in Normandy. Only a few 
    tens are manufactured each year.
    >   JPP
    > Alexandre E Eremenko  wrote:
    > On Mon, 22 Oct 2007, Dan Allen wrote:
    > > but has France ever had a
    > > major sextant manufacturer?
    > A. Hurlimann is the one I know.
    > > such as a list of sextant
    > > manufacturers
    > Good idea.
    > There were also Danish and Dutch sextant manufacturers,
    > I've seen many sextants from these countries.
    > And Russian, of course:-)
    > My guess would be that Astra, Freiberger and SNO
    > are the most common metal sextants nowadays.
    > Next probably goes Tamaya with clones.
    > Or am I wrong?
    > Alex.
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