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    Re: Two 19th century octants
    From: Bill Morris
    Date: 2017 Mar 23, 21:02 -0700

    Steven,

    Lewis Wolff was a watch and clock maker of 35 Castle Street, Liverpool, active between 1834 and 1851. It was (and still is) common for makers to sell un-named instruments for retailers to add their names, and there was probably only a large handful of firms actually capable of making a sextant (I include all doubly reflecting instruments under this head). I doubt that Woolf was one of them. Some may have bought the frames and  other bits to finish and assemble themselves. This was certainly the case too with chronometers. 

    Bill Morris

    Pukenui

    New Zealand

       
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