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Circa 1890


Signed on the arc "Lorieux Lepetit suc Paris No 313" and on the index arm "SH 140". Brass eight-spoke 10.5" circular frame with an inlaid silver scale divided from 0 to 180 degrees on either side of the zero point, making it, accurately, a reflecting half circle. Radius arm with mirror, magnifier to read the scales, locking screw and fine vernier adjusters. Frame fitted with mirror, folding handle and scope mount. Accompanied by additional optics, scopes, filters, sun shades, accessories and a typed three-page document by a previous owner. All fitted within the original dovetail mahogany fitted case with brass hardware and a brass plate marked "Service Hydrographique Cercel Hydrographique Lorieux Lepetit suc Paris No. 140". Two old labels on interior of lid, one marked "A. Berthelemy. Lorieux P. Ponthus Instruments de Precision 6 Rue Victor Considerant, Paris".
Box height 5". Width 12.5". Depth 12.5".

  • Provenance:
    The West Sea Company, Old Town, San Diego, California, 2001.
    The Kelton Collection of Marine Art & Artifacts.

    This instrument by Lorieux Lepetit (1880-circa 1930) was used in the French Hydrographic Service for charting and mapping. The information provided by the previous owner (not Kelton) documents discussions with the curator of the Mariner's Museum, captains of Dutch and Japanese ships, the Naval attache to the French Consul, the U.S. Hydrographic Office, the U.S. Coast Guard and the editor of his local town newspaper, likely of the Norfolk, Virginia area, around WWII.

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