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    Sextant Manufacturers
    From: Dan Allen
    Date: 2000 Nov 16, 11:40 PM

    Has anyone ever seen an attempt at a comprehensive list of sextant 
    manufacturers?  I know that it would be hard to cover the 1700s, and even the 
    1800s, but perhaps we could make a collective stab at it for the 1900s?  
    (There is an interesting site for surveying instruments at: 
    http://www.surveyhistory.org/ that is kind of what I am thinking about for 
    sextants, octants, etc.)
    
    I have used Peter Ifland's Taking the Stars as well as Bruce Bauer's The 
    Sextant Handbook as a starting point with the list below.  It is ordered by 
    country and will eventually get more organized.
    
    Current Sextant Manufacturers (2000)
    
    C. Plath
    Hamburg, Germany
    Navistar Classic, Navistar Traditional, Navistar Professional
    
    Cassens & Plath
    Bremerhaven, Germany
    Horizon Ultra, Standard
    
    Freiberger
    Eastern Germany (where?)
    Drum Sextant
    
    Tamaya & Company Limited
    Tokyo, Japan
    Spica, Jupiter, Venus (discontinued?)
    
    Changzhou Celestaire Instrument Co
    China (where?)
    Astra IIIB
    
    Davis Instruments Corp.
    Hayward, California
    Mark 25, Mark 15, Mark 3
    
    
    
    Sextant Manufacturers (1900 and later, now out of the sextant business)
    
    J. Hicks
    London, England
    Box sextant (1900)
    
    Cary
    London, England
    4" and 6" (1904)
    
    G. W. Heath
    London, England
    Hezzanith (1909), 8" Explorer's Kit (1920)
    
    Henry Hughes
    London, England
    Paget Angle Sextant (1900), Brass sextants (1920)
    
    Kelvin & Hughes
    London, England
    Huson (1986?)
    
    B. Cooke & Son, Ltd.
    Hull, England
    The Kingston (1986?)
    
    Francis Barker & Son
    England (where?)
    Small Craft Precision Sextant (1988)
    
    East Berks Boat Co. (EBBCO)
    Berkshire, England
    Two plastic models (1986?)
    
    Stanley
    London, England
    Nautical Sextant (1911)
    (Replica sextants may still be made which are not suitable for navigation)
    
    Fuji
    Japan
    Toyo Sokki (1900?)
    
    Toizaki and Company
    Shi Chiba-Ken, Japan
    Junior
    
    Asahi Optical
    Tokyo, Japan
    ?
    
    Keuffel & Esser
    New York, New York
    US Navy Sextant
    
    Bausch & Lomb Optical, Co.
    Rochester, New York
    US Army A-8A (1942)
    
    Agfa-Ansco
    Binghamton, New York
    US Army A-10 (1942)
    
    Fairchild Camera and Instruments Corporation
    New York, New York
    US Army A-10A (1944)
    
    Link Aviation Devices
    Binghamton, New York
    US Army A-12 (1941)
    
    David White Co.
    Milwaukee, Wisconsin
    US Navy Mark II (1943)
    
    Pioneer Instrument Company
    Brooklyn, New York
    US Navy Mark III (1937)
    
    Scientific Instruments, Inc.
    Milwaukee, Wisconsin
    US Navy Mark III (1977)
    
    Bendix Aviation, Pioneer Instrument Division
    Bendix, New Jersey
    US Navy Mark IV (1941)
    
    Kollsman Instrument Corporation
    Elmhurst, New York
    MA1, MA2 (1956)
    
    Mergenthaler Linotype Company
    Brooklyn, New York
    Ball Recording Sextant (1944)
    
    ---
    
    Additions, corrections, and comments are welcomed!
    
    Dan
    Daniel K. Allen, Visual Sea
    danallen{at}nwlink.com
    www.nwlink.com/~danallen/
    Navigate | Calculate | Sail
    
    
    

       
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