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Re: Can someone identify this
From: Fred Hebard
Date: 2008 Nov 14, 12:45 -0500
From: Fred Hebard
Date: 2008 Nov 14, 12:45 -0500
This is all fine with me. I'm in for up to $50, with no expectation of having any "rights" in the instrument, because of my reluctance to go to $100. One comment would be to have a skilled EBay bidder do the buying, regardless of the ship to address. Is Bill Morris adept at buying things on EBay? Fred Hebard On Nov 14, 2008, at 12:16 PM, George Huxtable wrote: > > Bill Morris, as "Engineer", wrote, about the instrument we have been > discussing- > > ================= > > From: "engineer"
> To: "NavList" > Sent: Friday, November 14, 2008 2:19 AM > Subject: [NavList 6542] Re: Can someone identify this > > > > I'm interested in this item too and planned to bid on it. If I won the > bidding, I would take it apart, service it and put it together again > in a restored state. Then I would post detailed labelled photographs > for others to see. When tired of it, I would offer it to a museum for > what it cost me. I agree it would be a pity for it to rest in private > hands, undescribed and gathering dust. On the other hand, why should > North America have all the luck? People in out-of-the way places love > instruments too. > > Bill. > > ==================== > > Comment from George- > > Well, if Bill Morris were to succeed in a bid, that would meet most > of my > own wishes, and I suspect those of several other listmembers, for > the future > of this special instrument. > > It would be rescued from locking away in a hidden private > collection; in the > end it would end up in a public museum; and in the interim it would be > examined for us by a real expert. The only snag is that of Bill's > location, > in a particularly isolated corner of New Zealand, which would, > unfortunately, require long-distance transporting of the item, and > put it > out of range of personal inspection of anyone other than Bill. > > Perhaps it would help if I pass on some details about Bill Morris, > who I've > got to know quite well, by email, over recent months. Originally from > Britain, for many years he has been a doctor in rural New Zealand, > having > retired now to an even more isolated spot, where he indulges in > precision > engineering, from a well-equipped workshop. Although not a navigator > himself, he has a particular interest is in sextants, and he claims > to have > restored altogether 28 such instruments of a wide range of types, > modern.and > less-modern, not on a profit-making basis but as a hobby. > > He is presently finishing-off a book (intended for distribution by > CD rather > than print) on the "intimate anatomy of the sextant". I've come in > because > he has asked me to scan it for any obvious errors, so I have been > privileged > to see a preview. Looking at the care he devotes to detailed > explanation and > description, illustrated by well-angled and notated colour photos and > diagrams, I would have no hesitation in entrusting to him this Fix > Finder > for a careful analysis, and hope that he would share his findings > with us as > he proceeds, before eventually passing it to a museum. > > So, if Bill is prepared to act on our behalf, as well as his own, in > bidding, I restate my offer of sharing (to a maximum of $100) in > the total > cost, if his bid succeeds, to give him some encouragement. Other > members > have expressed similar sentiments. The more that join in, the > higher the > chance of his success, and the less the burden will become on each > of us. > > One or two things need to be kept in mind here. > > There may well be a flurry of last-minute bids and the price may go > well > above its present $102.50. Indeed, the seller has set a reserve > price, which > we have no way of knowing, that has not yet been met. > > Although list members may contribute a "share" in the total cost, > that would > not be expected to result in any shared ownership of the item, > which would > become the sole property of the bidder. The whole operation would > have to > work on the basis of gentlemanly trust between all involved. > > If Bill Morris confirms his intention to bid on that basis, I would > hope > that other list members might show restraint in any bidding of > their own. > However, if any list member gets overcome by the lust to possess, > perhaps he > might inform Bill beforehand, and share his technical findings with us > afterwards. > > George. > > For those that have yet to look up this item on ebay, it's at- > > > http://cgi.ebay.ca/ASTRONOMIC-CALCULATOR-SEXTANT- > theodolite_W0QQitemZ190265697439QQcmdZViewItem? > hash=item190265697439&_trksid=p3286.c0.m14&_trkparms=72%3A1215%7C66% > 3A2%7C65%3A12%7C39%3A1%7C240%3A1318 > > and to see the original 1950 patent, look up Google Patents 2,519,532. > > contact George Huxtable, now at firstname.lastname@example.org > or at +44 1865 820222 (from UK, 01865 820222) > or at 1 Sandy Lane, Southmoor, Abingdon, Oxon OX13 5HX, UK. > > > > > --~--~---------~--~----~------------~-------~--~----~ Navigation List archive: www.fer3.com/arc To post, email NavList@fer3.com To unsubscribe, email NavListemail@example.com -~----------~----~----~----~------~----~------~--~---