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English Ebony Wooden & Brass Sextant

Roll over for video transcript Of the six sextants in the August auction, this brass and ebony instrument from J. Foster stands as a most impressive example in the sale.  This form of navigation instrument was first used around 1730.  Its purpose was in determining the angle between a celestial object and the horizon, aiding in navigation at sea.  The J. Foster example was manufactured in Liverpool and will be joined at auction by additional sextants from both London and Plymouth.  These nautical instruments of yore will be sold on Saturday, August 8th, with this highlighted piece listed at an auction estimate of $800-1,200. Don't pass up this opportunity to buy English Ebony Wooden & Brass Sextant at auction on August 8!

Catalog Information

English Ebony Wooden & Brass Sextant, J. Foster, Liverpool
{Dimensions 3 x 11 x 13 inches}
Estimate: $800/1,200

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