A Community Devoted to the Preservation and Practice of Celestial Navigation and Other Methods of Traditional Wayfinding
From: David C
Date: 2021 Jan 13, 18:37 -0800
The sextant, the optics and the case appear to be identical to mine - photo attached. Mine was sold by Whyte Thomson & Co Glasgow. I purchased it from an ancient mariner in the early 1970s. I can still remember how he pronounced "horizon" as he showed me how to bring the sun down to the horizon. Somehere among my papers I probably still have a letter with his name on it.
There is an identical sextant on display in the Wellington Museum (caution - google will take you to Te Papa which is not the Wellington Museum). This is the reply I received when I contacted them
"Thanks for contacting Wellington Museum.
Our Whyte Thomson & Co sextant dates to 1946, so not particularly old. The company was in business for well over 125 years.
Unfortunately we are unable to date them."
Please do not throw it away!