FOR LOCATING AND MAINTAINING SHIP POSITION, c. 1865

FOR LOCATING AND MAINTAINING SHIP POSITION, c. 1865

Stock Number: 9084

$1950.

For sale, antique Sighting Station Pointer outfit of brass and boxwood in its original wood case, with accessories.

Dimensions

12-1/2 inches (32 cm)

Circa

c. 1865

Country of manufacture

UK and Ireland

Categories: Maritime, Navigational instruments

Description

THE HAY / STEBBING DIRECT SIGHTING STATION POINTER OUTFIT, English, c.1865, signed “Invented by Com’r. Hay R.N. & J.R. Stebbing F.R.A.S. Southampton, No. 514″ and with an 1862 registration mark. This multipurpose instrument is constructed of brass and boxwood, 12-1/2″ (32 cm) overall. An adjustable sight vane is mounted above three pointer arms, on a semicircular protractor and 12” rule. Accessories include a centerpoint / plumb support interchangeable with the sight vane, a hold-down screw, and a curious brass cone and brass bar. It is an unusual navigation outfit in fine condition in the original wood case. One of the inventors was presumably Joseph Rankin Stebbing, optician and instrument maker of 47 High St., and mayor of Southampton in 1867. 

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US TESSERACT

David and Yola Coffeen both have enjoyed academic careers, as planetary astronomer and as linguist/educator. But since 1982 (yes, 1982!) they have been full-time dealers in early scientific and medical instruments, under the name Tesseract. Selling primarily by catalogue (over 100 issued so far) they also have a web presence at www.etesseract.com, and can be contacted at mail@etesseract.com.

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