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    Re: The Big Sextant Manufacturers
    From: Jean-Philippe Planas
    Date: 2007 Oct 22, 22:22 -0700
    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.

    Alexandre E Eremenko <eremenko@math.purdue.edu> 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?


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