Here is a nice Vintage Sextant and Wood Case for your buying consideration. Would make a great gift for a special occasion, or keep it for yourself!
Nice older Vintage Huson Sextant and Wood Case. The piece was made by H Hughes and Son of London for the Kelvin Wilfrid White Co of Boston. Probably a World War II piece. Note the stenciling inside the case saying "Wartime Case". Pretty cool! The H Hughes name is incised into the sextant arc. The "Husun" plate with "trademark" on it is also on the arm of the sextant. Has a serial number of 41660 impressed on the sextant arc as well. The sextant body is all intact and the glass lenses are in place. Not cracking or blistering of the glass lenses.
The monocular sighting device has come unglued from the cradle it sits in. The lenses on both sides look intact, are dirty.
The wood sextant box is intact. Dovetailing in all the corners. Bottom and the top by the hinges is still securely attached to the rest of the wood case. Some finish loss to the wood finish.
The sextant is 9-5/8" across, by 3-7/8" tall. The sextant case is 6" tall, by 10.75" across, by 10.75" wide. Let us know if you have any questions or need additional pictures. Don’t be shy to make an offer, we are always open to reasonable suggestions.
Some information from the internet;
That is a Husun or Hughes sextant. They
merged with Kelvin soon after WWII. The serial number on the index arm is not
a Hughes serial number, which threw me off. The Hughes serial number was
often stamped in the arc. That could be clarified if you post a photo of the
certificate in the top of the box.
For the certificate in the box top, it also will be interesting to compare
the arc deviations to those on the certificate illustrated in David Morris'
post. Note there are no arc errors whatsoever in David's certificate. That
was typical of Hughes sextants until WWII, when they started tolerating
errors of up to a minute of arc. However, for WWII, they concentrated on
volume production; the serial numbers increased from 23,000 to 50,000 between
1939 and 1945. They had started from 1 in the 1800s. Hughes also
concentrated on producing the three-ring "Mate" model sextant during the war,
which has a 6" arc, not as accurate as the larger open frame
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