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Antique David Stalker Twin Column Ebony Sextant

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Antique David Stalker Twin Column Ebony Sextant
 

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ANTIQUE DAVID STALKER SEXTANT
RARE TWIN COLUMN EBONY FRAME

 

David Stalker sextant rare image

Fan shaped Case!

PRESENTED is a very rare design using two vertical braces (columns) in the Ebony frame rather than the single center brace which was almost universally adopted. It was made by David Stalker of Leith and has his perfect label on the inside of the cover. The design features an ebony frame with carefully graduated ivory  arc and vernier,  bronze fittings and both a sighting tube and telescope. The arc measures from - 5 to plus 105 degrees. This two upright braced frame has a brass index arm measuring 10 3/4 inches long, with an early style ivory vernier scale, reading from right to left from 0 to 20 arc minutes with magnifier missing, four sun shades, three horizon shades, an index and horizon mirror and two sighing tubes. The company, located at 6 Commercial Place, Leith, is listed in Webster's Registry of Instrument Makers as making octants, compasses and barometers during the 1860's.  Only a compass with this name is at the National Museum of Scotland which attests to the scarcity of his work.

POLISHING is available on this sextant at additional cost which will elevate it to Presenation Grade.  To inquire about polishing this item, click here

Back of Stalker sextant image

Of all the antique instruments we've sold, this is only the second of this style that we've oferred!

FEATURES: The frame is fitted with a handle and also a collar to hold the telescope or sighting tube which are part of the kit. Note the endless tangent screw and vernier for fine adjustment. 

PROVENANCE: Purchased at auction from a large collection of navigation instruments

The Stalker's maker's name on the cross bar image
              Maker's name D. Stalker Leith (Scotland)   
 
Index mirror image

Horizon mirror image

             Large index mirror in near perfect condition over the horizon mirror

 

 

David Stalker label image
Closed Stalker sextant case image
               Perfect David Stalker label over view of the closed sextant case
 

CONDITION: The instrument, its ivory name, and graduated arc are in exceptional condition. Both mirrors are in near new condition. The brass hardware is of high quality and in excellent condition. A mirror adjustment tool is included. Missing is the small magnifier used to help read the vernier. A telescope and sighting tube are included. The instrument has only a lightly patina of age. The fan shaped case shows some minor scratches and there are two prominent age cracks on its cover and a smaller one on its bottom, but it is very sturdy. A web handle is fitted for carrying.

Stalker sextant in open case image

 

Picture above shows the instrument and accessories housed in its case

DIMENSIONS:  

  • Arc reads - 5 to +105 degrees

  • Length of index arm 10 3/4"

  • Radius of index arm   9 3/4"

  • Width of frame at arc   9"

  • Index mirror         46 x 26 mm

  • Horizon mirror      21 x 16 mm

  • Four index shade glasses

  • Three horizon shade glasses

  • One telescope

  • One sighting tube

  • Adjustment wrench

Weight    2 Lbs  6 oz  In Case  5 Lbs 3 oz

SHIPPING, PACKING AND INSURANCE to 48 contiguous states $45.00

OUR UNCONDITIONAL NO NONSENSE GUARANTEE: If not completely satisfied with your purchase it may be returned, if without damage, within five days of receipt in its original condition and packaging. Returns must be insured for their full value. All that is required is a prior email authorization by us for the return. The cost of shipping, packaging and handling within the continental United States will be refunded if we are at fault.

Internatonal buyers welcome, but inquire first. We have satisfied customers in Argentina, Australia, Austria, Belgium, Bermuda, British Virgin Islands, Canada, Chile, Republic of China, Czech Republic, Democratic Republic of Congo, Denmark, Estonia, England, France, Germany, Greece, Holland, Hong Kong, Hungary, Iceland, Indonesia, Ireland, Israel, Italy, Japan, Kuwait, Latvia, Luxembourg, Malaysia, Martinique, Mexico, New Hebrides (Vanuatu), New Zealand, Nigeria, Norway, Nova Scotia, Panama, Philippines, Poland, Portugal, Puerto Rico, Romania, Russia, Saudi Arabia, Scotland, Singapore, South Africa, Spain, St. Maarten, Sweden, Switzerland, Thailand, Turkey, United Arab Emirates, USVI, Vanuatu (New Hebrides) and the Eastern Caribbean.

STANDARD FORMS OF PAYMENT are Bank wire transfer, cashier's check, money order, or personal check in which case the item will be held until cleared. Our prices are quoted net to us so that the use of credit cards or PayPal incur extra charges. Terms on overseas sales are different. 

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