Sold for £14,260
Estimated at £4,000 - £6,000
(inc. buyer's premium of 24%)
It has been suggested that the case might be an early replacement - certainly it can't post-date 1842 - however Ramsden's cases are usually mahogany - there's no reason a client couldn't request a more workable case which could be used aboard a ship without causing wear to a fine finish. There is only one telescope space lacking its scope, all the other accessories appear complete. The sextant has a dirty main scale but it is in good readable order and the whole instrument is is good, sharp order.
We are pleased to provide you with a general report of the condition of this property. Since we are not professional conservators or restorers, we urge you to consult with a restorer or conservator of your choice who will be better able to provide a detailed, professional report. Prospective buyers should inspect each lot to satisfy themselves as to condition and must understand that any statement made by Charles Miller Ltd is merely a subjective, qualified opinion. Prospective buyers should also refer to any Important Notices regarding this sale, which are printed in the Sale Catalogue. NOTWITHSTANDING THIS REPORT OR ANY DISCUSSIONS CONCERNING A LOT, ALL LOTS ARE OFFERED AND SOLD “AS IS” IN ACCORDANCE WITH THE CONDITIONS OF BUSINESS PRINTED IN THE SALE CATALOGUE.
Auction: Maritime and Scientific Models, Instruments & Art ('Encounter'), 3rd Nov, 2015