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AN EARLY 19TH CENTURY 8IN. RADIUS PILLAR-FRAMED VERNIER SEXTANT BY W & T GILBERT FOR THE EAST INDIA COMPANY
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AN EARLY 19TH CENTURY 8IN. RADIUS PILLAR-FRAMED VERNIER SEXTANT BY W & T GILBERT FOR THE EAST INDIA COMPANY

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AN EARLY 19TH CENTURY 8IN. RADIUS PILLAR-FRAMED VERNIER SEXTANT BY W & T GILBERT FOR THE EAST INDIA COMPANY
stamped on the brass 'T' frame with the heart-and-cross cipher of the East India Company, 'S.G.O. No. 5' and numbered '1834', the polished brass arc signed W & T Gilbert London with inset silvered scale divided 0°- 145°, vernier with clamp, fine-screw adjustment, swivel magnifier with diffuser, adjustable sighting tube holder with tube, two mirrors and six shades, the reverse with ebony handle and pin feet (frame re-finished in black, lacks case and accessories) -- 11½in. (29cm.) wide
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Literature
Ifland, P. Taking the Stars, 1998, Krieger, pp40 plate 42.
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Lot Essay

The East India Company was amongst the first to invest in the most expensive and therefore accurate instruments available, that cost being modest compared with the loss of a ship and cargo. The 'S.G.O.' stamped on the frame is thought to represent 'Surveyor-General Office' indicating that this instrument was possibly used for charting coastline.
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