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RARE ANTIQUE ARTIFICIAL HORIZON BY WHYTE THOMSON, GLASGOW
 

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Presented
is a most unusual artificial horizon that is based on the pendulum principal. It dates from the last decade of the 1800's. It was made by Whyte Thomson & Co., 96 Hope Street, Glasgow, Scotland, and is based on Murray's patent of 1893.
 
There is an exact example of this device on page 108, figure 118, in Peter Ifland's definitive book on navigation instruments, "Taking the Stars". Copyright, The Mariner's Museum, Newport News, VA, 1998; Krieger Publishing Co.
 
 
 
 
The device is to be used with an instrument that measures the altitude of a heavenly body, sun, star or planet. Pendulum artificial horizons date  back to about the 1780's. The designs were based on the idea that a sight vane attached to a freely swinging pendulum would provide a horizontal reference line and form a horizon. In the Murray design, a weight at the fulcrum, acts as a counter balance. It is shown mounted on an antique Tulip frame sextant with ivory inserts that is not included in this offering. 

CONDITION: This rare instrument is in excellent original condition with the horizon wire intact. Overall it may be considered a superb piece of the highest quality considering its age and use, and of museum quality. the lacquer on the bright parts is original. There is no case.


 
DIMENSIONS:
 
Horizon             5 1/16" L x 1 1/2" W x 3 1/2" H   Weight 12 OZ
Maximum diameter of tube 13/16"
 
HISTORY: Whyte Thomson & Co. is said to have started operations in the last decade of the 19th Century. They had offices on Hope St. in Glasgow, Scotland. They are listed in Webster's Register of Nautical Instrument Makers and there are numerous examples of chronometers having been made by them. Other articles include a telescope for the RMS Thames which we had the pleasure of selling, compasses, barometers and a large binnacle. There is no written history of the company that we know of.
 
OUR UNCONDITIONAL GUARANTEE: If not completely satisfied with your purchase it may be returned, if without damage, within three 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. Unfortunately, no refund can be made for the cost of shipping, packaging and handling unless we are at fault.

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