1st May, 2013 12:00

Maritime and Scientific Models, Instruments & Art (Excellent)

 
  Lot 218
 

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A FINE 12½IN. RADIUS FLAT-FRAME VERNIER...

A FINE 12½IN. RADIUS FLAT-FRAME VERNIER SEXTANT BY JESSE RAMSDEN, LONDON, CIRCA 1790
apparently unnumbered, with lacquered-brass 'T'-frame, signed on the arc Ramsden London, the scale divided -2½°-0°-130°, Vernier with magnifier, braced index arm, adjustable telescope socket, two telescopes, mirrors, six shades, hardwood handle, contained in original fitted mahogany keystone case -- 16 x 17in. (40.5 x 43cm.)

Literature: Mörzer Bruyns: Sextants at Greenwich, Oxford University Press 2009, item 143, p.168.

Provenance: Sotheby's, 7th October 1994, lot 24.

Sold for £4,960
Estimated at £2,500 - £4,000

(inc. buyer's premium of 24%)


Condition Report
Sextant: Fine overall condition - frame retains areas of original lacquer, no loose or missing parts evident; signature good, scales generally good but are more worn at the left end of the arc where it may have been held in use; Case: Good overall condition, internal locating blocks have been repaired, and the central retaining block inside lid re-glued, one tube located, the other (smaller) is loose and doesn't allow the lid to close if placed in the side socket unless it's partially dismantled.

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A FINE 12½IN. RADIUS FLAT-FRAME VERNIER SEXTANT BY JESSE RAMSDEN, LONDON, CIRCA 1790
apparently unnumbered, with lacquered-brass 'T'-frame, signed on the arc Ramsden London, the scale divided -2½°-0°-130°, Vernier with magnifier, braced index arm, adjustable telescope socket, two telescopes, mirrors, six shades, hardwood handle, contained in original fitted mahogany keystone case -- 16 x 17in. (40.5 x 43cm.)

Literature: Mörzer Bruyns: Sextants at Greenwich, Oxford University Press 2009, item 143, p.168.

Provenance: Sotheby's, 7th October 1994, lot 24.