Britain, Circa 1780


Unsigned. Ebony "T" frame with inset ivory scale calibrated from -2 to 99 and divided in 20 arc minute increments. Brass 18" flat index arm with ivory vernier reading from right to left "0 5 10 15 20", providing a reading with an accuracy of one arc minute. Index arm with a single thumb screw stop, of the type which predates the tangent screw fine adjustment feature introduced in the Late 18th Century. Additionally includes an ivory name plate (blank), an ivory-bound pencil, a peephole sight, three colored filters, mirrors, brass feet and other details. Lacking box.
Length of radius arm 18". Width of scales 14.5".
Condition: Excellent with minor wear commensurate with age and use.

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  • Provenance:
    West Sea Company, Old Town San Diego, 2012.
    The Kelton Collection of Marine Art & Artifacts.

    This early double reflecting navigation instrument has a large index mirror and two horizon mirrors. The lower of the two mirrors is for the antiquated back sight feature with a single peep sight. The upper mirror is for standard sighting using a double peep. For taking sun lines the original set of three colored glass filters is present. It is interchangeable for use with either sight. Remarkably, this quadrant is complete with its original, rarely found ivory-bound pencil for recording observations. Interestingly, some old notations are still present on the vertical limb just below the blank ivory nameplate in the center of the instrument. More typically, such observations would have been recorded on the inlaid ivory notepad on the reverse side. The reverse is also complete with its original brass "feet".

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