A large format (17″) mahogany framed, cased, brass octant with original trade label for Robert King of NYC. Beautiful unpolished condition, no issues except for some spidering of the primary index mirror (pencil now original). Complete history of it’s use in the whaling industry of the New Bedford area of Massachusetts c.1820. Original stepped mahogany case. Blank owners plate as there were at least 6 co-owners of the Volant (ship of whom captain Bassett was employed). Ivory scale runs out to 90 degrees. Vernier intact reading to 2 arc minutes. Three interchangeable coloured filters (2 solar/dark, 1 green). Double primary pinnula sight and another for back sighting. A very important object of nautical history.
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Mark Hacking (Scientifica Opticae Inc.) has been an avid collector/dealer for over 30 years. A former Science teacher, he has an innate love for anything natural or mechanical. Specializing in optical (microscopes, telescopes), surveying, medical, weighing and drawing instruments, he is an active participant of the Scientific Instrument Fair in London. Living in Stratford, Ontario, Canada, with his wife and two children; Mark looks forward to meeting as many fellow collectors as possible, and has a worldwide following on eBay (Sciopti).
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