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    Re: Interesting Tamaya sextant sold today
    From: Bill Morris
    Date: 2015 Oct 13, 16:09 -0700

    Tom,

    I think the frame is the so-called bell pattern. British makers at least
    offered lots of different frame designs and Tamaya was probably not slow to
    copy them. I have one by Heath and Co that has a stylised heart. The rest of
    the sextant closely follows C Plath practice and I suspect that some of the few surviving 
    sextants named Tamaya pre-WW II were in fact by Plath. Post WW II, Tamaya
    seem to have supplied sextants to a variety of retailers for them to put
    their own names on and this was the practice of many makers of sextants,
    clocks and even chronometers. I think that the sextant illustrated is
    probably WW II or shortly afterwards, though the telescope could be from the
    60s.

    Bill Morris

    Pukenui

    New Zealand

       
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