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    Re: Octant Question
    From: Brendan Kinch
    Date: 2014 Mar 3, 15:09 +0300
    It may just be the word ' Maker'.......John, a photo (or photos) would be a great help.
     
    Kinch.


    On 3 March 2014 11:21, Luc Van den Borre <luc{at}nuclide.com> wrote:

    On 2/03/2014 23:36, John Karl wrote:
    > On a frame's cross member (parallel to the arc and roughly half-way
    > between the arc and the index mirror) is printed . JOH NYMAN . on an
    > ivory inset.
    >
    > On the ivory arc scale at the 95 degree location is printed "Me fser"
    > and below that it says "LONDON"
    >
    > I'm not sure if I'm reading several letters right in the "Me fser". The
    > f, s, and r are hard to decipher. For example, the r actually look a lot
    > like a Greek gamma. I'm not even sure if there's meant to be the space
    > between these six letters...
    
    Could it say 'Me fecit', as in 'made me'? Often this 'signum magister'
    was carved in a medieval font that looks rather odd now, with a very
    round letter E that could look like an S when worn. The gamma would in
    fact be a T.
    
    For this to make sense there would need to be an I between the last two
    letters - or possibly the maker wrote 'me fect' and that was acceptable?
    
    Here are a few examples:
    http://elpasiego.foroactivo.com/t21-signum-magister
    
    In this case it would say 'Joh. Nyman made me'.
    
    Johan(nes) Nyman appears to be a Scandinavian name, possibly Finish.
    This is as far as my 25 year old Latin skills and Google have been able
    to take me.
    
    Luc
    
    
    

    View and reply to this message: http://fer3.com/arc/m2.aspx?i=127121


       
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