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    Re: Gambey sextants
    From: UNK
    Date: 2001 Apr 27, 12:37 EDT

    Will O'Neil [mailto:will.oneil{at}XXX.XXX] asked:
    > In the 1850s, the U.S. Navy's Depot of Charts and Instruments (headed
    > by Matthew F. Maury) bought "Gambey sextants" at least twice from E & GW
    > Blunt in New York. (Also on the shopping list were a number of other
    > instruments as well as books and charts, bought for exploration
    > expeditions.)
    >
    > Does anyone have any notion of what a "Gambey sextant" may have been?
    Henri-Prudence Gambey (1787-1847) was a preeminent maker of instruments
    large (for astronomical observatories) and small (for surveying and
    seagoing use), based in Paris.
     -- Peter Smith
    

       
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