1st May, 2013 12:00

Maritime and Scientific Models, Instruments & Art (Excellent)

 
  Lot 216
 

216

A RARE 5IN. RADIUS MINIATURE BRASS VERNIER...

A RARE 5IN. RADIUS MINIATURE BRASS VERNIER SEXTANT BY JESSE RAMSDEN, LONDON, NO. 746, CIRCA 1783-4
with polished-brass one-piece frame, signed on the cross bar Ramsden London and numbered on the back of the index arm '746', sloping arc with scale divided to 130°, Vernier scale with right-aligned '0', fine-screw adjustment with magnifier, back-lever horizon mirror adjustment, quick-release threaded telescope socket, mirrors, shades, telescopes and threaded ebony handle, contained in a fitted keystone box with accessories and trade label for 'Ewer & Sons, Cardiff' -- 7 x 7½in. (17.8 x 19cm.)

Sold for £3,472
Estimated at £2,500 - £3,500

(inc. buyer's premium of 24%)


Condition Report
Instrument appears complete, in good overall order, wihe box. There are patches of original lacquer to both sides. Hard to confirm whether or not the instrument has ever been polished as frame is now quite dull. However, if it was done, it was a long time ago. The scale divisions are present and the numbers clear. The box has been revarnished and with new baize underneath and on the restraining locks internally.

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A RARE 5IN. RADIUS MINIATURE BRASS VERNIER SEXTANT BY JESSE RAMSDEN, LONDON, NO. 746, CIRCA 1783-4
with polished-brass one-piece frame, signed on the cross bar Ramsden London and numbered on the back of the index arm '746', sloping arc with scale divided to 130°, Vernier scale with right-aligned '0', fine-screw adjustment with magnifier, back-lever horizon mirror adjustment, quick-release threaded telescope socket, mirrors, shades, telescopes and threaded ebony handle, contained in a fitted keystone box with accessories and trade label for 'Ewer & Sons, Cardiff' -- 7 x 7½in. (17.8 x 19cm.)