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    Re: Can someone identify this
    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 george@hux.me.uk
    > or at +44 1865 820222 (from UK, 01865 820222)
    > or at 1 Sandy Lane, Southmoor, Abingdon, Oxon OX13 5HX, UK.
    > >
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