Box type pocket sextant.

Made:
1850-1880 in City of London

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Pocket box sextant, made by Negretti and Zambra, Fleet Street, City of London, England, 1850-1880. Consists of two circular lacquered brass plates with lid that acts as a handle when used (contains paper table of natural tangents to a base of 100). Fitted with Inlaid silver 131° scale (-5° to 165°) with 30' divisions and a silver vernier (1' div.). The index arm is rotated by a milled knob on the upper plate with two filter shades (red & green) operated by lever. The index glass is fixed with adjustment for the horizon glass. Fitted with magnifier (single lens) on hinged 40 mm swivel arm and choice of a large and a small pinhole sight but telescope missing.

Details

Category:
Surveying
Object Number:
1979-271
Materials:
brass and glass
type:
box sextant
taxonomy:
  • furnishing and equipment
  • measuring device - instrument
  • sextant
  • pocket sextant
credit:
On loan from the Wellcome Trust