POLISHED SEXTANT IN MAHOGANY-WOODEN TRAVELLING BOX HENRY HUGHES CA. 1900
Elegant sextant in circle frame carried out in brass.
The instrument has been professionally polished and lacquered and is in excellent condition.
The scale and vernier scale is very crisp, no wear, all calibrations perfectly legible with good scale magnifier.
The sextant has been fitted with:
Four colored sun glasses, three horizon glasses, four telescopes, adjusting pin and two eye caps.
The mirrors are good and all colored filters are present, no chips or cracks, mint.
Scale of 0 up to 120 degrees, with magnifying glass and vernier to10 seconds.
Scale partitioning and nonius from platinum.
Bone plate in the form of the handle for writing the positions.
Presentation plate from the B.N.S. (Boulevard Nautical School ) and test certificate by Cooke Hull, last tested in 1954.
The school started as school for fisherman, later to train officers for the merchant navy.
Signed on the scale by Henry Huyhes, registration number: 9185
Joseph Hughes, the son of a London clockmaker, set up business in Limehouse
as a nautical instrumentmaker at the turn of the 19th century.
But it was his son Henry Hughes who established the family business at 59 Fenchurch Street in 1836.
Size of the case:
Length 25 cm. (10 inches)
Width 25 cm. (10 inches)
Height 14 cm. (5½ inches)