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
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.
arc is 1/5 of 360
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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
instrumentDIMENSIONS:Length of frame 9
1/2″Width of frame at arc 9″Index mirror
45 x 30 mmHorizon mirror
25 x 20 mmWeight
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.
International buyers welcome,
but inquire first. We have satisfied customers in Australia, Austria, Belgium, Bermuda, British Virgin Islands, Canada,
Chile, Denmark, England, France, Germany, Greece, Holland, Ireland, Italy, Japan, Kuwait, Mexico, New Zealand, Norway, Nova
Scotia, Saudi Arabia, Scotland, Singapore, Spain, Sweden, Thailand, USVI and the Eastern Caribbean.
SHIPPING & PACKING: The
cost of shipping, packing, handling, and insurance to your destination, will be calculated after the auction and
is an additional charge. You may email us before bidding to get these costs. We price our shipping honestly, but we expect
to be reimbursed for the nominal cost of packaging materials and handling.
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