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Octant Sextant by Dolland London Early 1800's Possibly 1810 New Bedford Whaling

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Seller: alf1916 (356) 100%, Location: Ellington, Connecticut, Ships to: US, Item: 173093620657 A good George Dolland octant made in London. Constructed from ebony with a 14-in radius and perfectly inlaid scales, front panel for Ship or Master's name, and a rear panel for noting the calculated coordinates, each made of bone or other period natural material. An identical octant to this was recently sold by Hansford's Auction House in London and the year of manufacture was attributed to 1810. Dolland was born in London in 1774, the son of John Dolland's daughter, Susan, who married William Huggins. George changed his name legally in 1805 to George Dolland to take professional advantage of the then very famous name Dolland. In 1820 he became an optician to King George, IV and that same year was one of the Founding Fellows of the Royal Astronomical Society. He died at Camberwell Terrace North, London, in 1852. This octant originally had a secondary sighting mechanism which was not quite in favor by the veteran ship's Masters of that time and most, this octant included, were ordered disassembled from the frame because the ship's Masters did not trust the calculations. That in itself is a very interesting story. The octant is in perfect condition with all moving parts working perfectly. The glass filters are perfect, there is no damage to any of the scales, all numbers are legible. The wooden case is near perfect to the period with hinges and lock solid, but there is no key. After 1845 most, if not all, makers of octants and sextants went to the rectangular case, rather than the triangular variety. And this step style case is the earliest variant of that triangular case. This is an important octant which saw some significant use in the early years of seafaring and, very likely, through the most productive years of whaling. It was originally sold by John Kehew (died in 1889) of New Bedford as the near-perfect paper label shows. This package will be fully insured. Condition: The octant is in perfect condition with all moving parts working perfectly. The glass filters are perfect, there is no damage to any of the inlaid scales, all numbers are legible. The wooden case is near perfect to the period with hinges and lock solid, but there is no key. After 1845 most, if not all, makers of octants and sextants went to the rectangular case, rather than the triangular variety. And this step style case is the earliest variant of that triangular case., Primary Material: Ebony wood and brass, Type: Octant, Maker: Dolland, Time Period, War: Early 1800's, the height of the whaling industry, Original/Reproduction: Antique Original

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