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    Re: Interesting Tamaya w/Coutinho-style AH
    From: Brad Morris
    Date: 2012 Aug 15, 16:40 -0700

    Hi Paul

    Please feel free to distract me with this sextant.

    How was the cut in the mirror formed?  By grinding? 

    In my understanding of a Coutinho, there are two bubbles.  Are they present?  Does the bulb illuminate them?

    Oh and by the way, Nice!!

    Brad Morris

    On Aug 15, 2012 7:07 PM, "Paul Saffo" <psaffo@mac.com> wrote:

    Earlier this year, I acquired (thanks to a member of this list) a 1941-vintage Tamaya Coutinho-style sextant. It is in remarkable condition given its age and the fact that it must have gone through the war. It has all its scopes including the all-important bi-focal scope, as well as cleaning tools, spare bubbles, spare light bulbs and even the original D-size batteries. The latter haven't leaked -- I guess that even batteries were better made in the old days!

    I have done some preliminary checking to see if anyone is familiar with this particular style. Mostly I have been greeted with surprise, though I note that I haven't yet been in touch with Tamaya. I am thus beginning to suspect that this is a scarce sextant (though it is numbered "no.564" on the box and the sextant), particularly if one assumes that it is likely that any others made were used/lost in WW II.

    I would love to hear from anyone who might have any info, leads on this particular style. And once I have researched it thoroughly, (and if it turns out to be rare/historically significant), I expect I will see that it goes to an appropriate museum or the like. Of course now that I have speculated that it is a rare instrument, watch a dozen identical sextants show up on eBay! ;-)

    Feel free to contact me directly so I don't distract the rest of the list with my quest for info. And I am happy to send more detailed photos to anyone who might be interested.

    best
    -p

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