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AMERICAN WHALING CAPTAIN'S ANTIQUE SEXTANT

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HISTORIC ANTIQUE QINTANT  SEXTANT, Ca 1880
 CAPT Joseph Fuller
(1839-1920)
 Whaler "Pilot's Bride"

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PRESENTED is an exceptional late 19th Century mariner's tulip frame quintant with rare ivory arc and vernier. It is without any other markings. A signed paper which accompanies the sextant states that it was purchased from J.J. Fuller's daughter in New London, CT in 1954.
 
In 1880 Captain Fuller became captain and part owner of the large, two-masted whaling schooner "Pilot's Bride", and had a successful first voyage. On October 2, 1882, his vessel and crew met misfortune and were wrecked on Desolation Island, part of the Kerguelen Isles off of the coast of Antarctica. He and a crew of twenty-two spent eleven months before they were rescued by a search party sent by the owners of the wrecked vessel. This was the only serious mishap in the Captain's career as a sailor. After that he made three successful voyages from New Bedford to the South Seas. In 1884 he purchased some land, and erected the pretty dwelling at 12 Freemont Street, New London, where he resided until his death in 1920.
 
A vivid account of their ship wreck, and Fuller's own story is well documented in the book "Master of Desolation" published by Mystic Seaport in 1980. A copy of the book is included with the sextant / quintant.

CONDITION: The horizon mirror is in remarkably good condition. Th index mirror has degradation in its center, but otherwise show little age. The beautifully turned ebony handle is perfect. The index arm clamp, and swing arm magnifier are complete and in good working order. The tangent screw turns freely. The frame has a nice dark green to black patina of age with some variations in color, and is in excellent condition.

 
The ivory arc and is calibrated -5 to +140 degrees with a vernier scale reading from the right from 0 to 20 arc seconds in 2 second intervals. The sextant has three rectangular shades for the index mirror and three round shades fro the horizon mirror, all in good order. The telescope's distance from the frame is fixed. The instrument and it's accessories are housed in a square Mahogany wood carrying case which has brass hinges and latches and a lock, and what may be the original key.It has a nice old patina with age marks.
 
Excellent English made ivory scale sextant owned by New London, CT whaling captain.

                140 degree arc is 1/5 of 360
                              Vernier scale

                         Index Mirror
                           Horizon Mirror

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 The instrument is complete with:

      • one sighting tube
      • One low powered scope
      • One ocular lens cap with filter
      • Missing is the mirror adjusting pick

All in all, a highly desirable and historic instrument

DIMENSIONS:
 
Length of frame              9 1/2"
Width of frame at arc      9"
Index mirror                   45 x 30 mm
Horizon mirror               25 x 20 mm
Weight                            3 Lbs 

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