A late 19th century naval sextant by J. Coombes of Devonport. Circa 1890.
6 ½ inch radius.
In mahogany case with key.
Index arm engraved: H F Baker
For a similar sextant see the collection of the National Maritime Museum, Object ID: NAV1152. and Sextants at Greenwich, W. F. J Mörzer Bruyns, Richard Dunn, National Maritime Museum, 2009. Page 208.
Coombes were optical and scientific instrument makers at ‘The Observatory’, Fore Street in Devonport, established 1806. They manufactured sextants for the Royal Navy and the Britannia Royal Naval College.