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    Re: Sextant manufacturers
    From: Alexandre Eremenko
    Date: 2007 Oct 25, 10:44 -0400

    Indeed, most of the entries in my list are XIX century
    manufacturers. Unfortunately I know little of them.
    The main source of my information is the pictures
    of sextants on e-bay and in the books, and the maker's
    name is taken from the inscription on the arc.
    In certain case I can provide a date when some sextant was
    made (or certified) by a particular maker, but
    I don't see how to find any more details about history
    of particular manufacturers (except some few very
    famous ones).
    The only British companies I know of XX century
    are Heath, Hughes and T. Cook. Did any of the rest
    of British manufacturers in my list operate in XX century?
    On Thu, 25 Oct 2007, Michael Daly wrote:
    > alex wrote:
    > > Here is a preliminary list of sextant manufacturers.
    > > Who of these are real manufacturers and who are just
    > > dealers, I am not sure. But these people/companies
    > > stamped their names on the arcs of the sextants I've seen
    > > or heard of. I will appreciate any additions/comments on this list.
    > Good list.  However, I think it has to have a timeframe associated with
    > the various companies.  Some of them are no longer active, others have
    > gone through various mergers and changes of owner, etc.
    > E.g.  Troughton,  Troughton & Simms,  Cooke, Troughton & Simms.
    > Each operated in a different period.
    > Obviously this can complicate things, but it does make things more clear
    > to those who only know, say 20th c. makers vs those (like me) who are
    > more familiar with 18th & 19th c. companies.
    > This could even be represented as a "family tree".
    > I think a couple of these companies were both makers and dealers.
    > They'd make instruments in one class (sextant) and bring in instruments
    > of other classes (octant).
    > Mike
    > >
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