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    Old sextant
    From: George Brandenburg
    Date: 2012 Jul 15, 16:32 -0700

    In a NH antiques store today I saw an old sextant with wooden handle, brass telescope and scale, and black structure in a solid, heavy wooden box. Sadly the rough advancing screw mechanism was detached and laying in the bottom of the box, and the fine adjustment screw was frozen, but there was a small magnifying glass to view the vernier scale. The mirrors and 4x telescope seemed to be in surprisingly excellent condition.

    The calibration sheet in the lid of the box was strangely cut off at the bottom so the signature and date were not visible, and I couldn't find a date anywhere. It was made by Kelvin and Hughes in Great Britain, serial number 53946. Finally they were asking $435 for starters.

    It was an attractive piece, and if one could restore the brass adjustment mechanism it should be quite serviceable. But with no idea of how old or unique it is I wasn't about to make an offer. Can anyone shed any light on its history? (Sadly it didn't dawn on me to pull out my iPhone and take a picture.)

    George B-burg
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