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    [Fwd: Stanley Sextants]
    From: Carl D
    Date: 1999 Feb 15, 9:43 AM

    There has been a real stink about these things--I have one variation I paid too
    much for.  They are Indian replicas--not usually accurate enough to use.  When
    they are sold legitiamately, small ones are about $100. and large ones can be
    $300.  From a distance they look nice and nautical--great for a designer wanting
    nice deco for a seafood bar. But the workmanship is poor.  If you are not sure,
    take a magnifying glass and look at the engraving.  If it's a string of dots, it's
    a repro.  Most say Stanley, some even have the admiralty arrow (mine does).  Most
    of the box sextants out there now are repros as well.  InfoCenter is able to
    cherry-pick and adapt the box sextants to get navigable results, but then John
    Luykx is very, VERY experienced with sextant repair.  He sells them reasonably
    after that.
    Rick Emerson wrote:
    > Gordon Talge writes:
    >  > Wonder if anyone else saw this on the web.
    >  >
    >  > At http://www.stanleylondon.com they are selling nice looking=20
    >  > repoductions of original Stanley Sextants. They say that they
    >  > are fully functional, but not intended for navigation.
    >  >
    >  > They sell pretty cheap compared to what you would think a=20
    >  > brass sextant would sell for.
    >  >
    >  > I wonder if certain antique stores buy these sextants and
    >  > sell them for inflated prices, leading people to think that
    >  > they are original Stanley antique sextants that can be used for navigation,
    >  > at inflated prices.
    >  >
    > They're also a glut on eBay (www.ebay.com) where people seem to have
    > more money than sense.  The same thing is true of reproduction pocket
    > sextants.
    > Rick
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