1930’s brass mariner’s navigational sextant produced by Henry
Hughes & Son, Ltd. in a classic “3 circle” frame design. Features a
graduated silver arc and brass venier, brass frame and fittings with
traces of the original black on various parts of the sextant
surfaces. Engraved on arc "Henry Hughes & Son Ltd., 59
Fenchurch St. London E.C.". Above is the serial number 18280.
exceptional maritime instrument surviving in good working order, a
complete set including four scopes, 2 scope
and even a rare matching pair of binoculars! The silver scale is
degrees and the silver vernier scale, marked from 0 to 10 allows a
reading down to a very accurate 10 arc seconds. The
pinch type tangent allows
for quick sight,
the reading using the micrometer read-out.
The sextant has four shades for the index mirror, and three shades
for the horizon mirror, all surviving in good order. The sextant,
scopes and accessories are housed in it's original machine dovetailed
mahogany box with brass carrying handle on one side. The box lock and
keep are still intact and retains the lock key. Also retains the
brass escutcheon plate and non-engraved brass plate on the box top.
The box measures 10 by 11 by 5 5/8 inches The
handle, index arm clamp, and swing arm light are complete, but the
light is currently
in working order. The telescope adjusts up and down by turning a knob
sextant and scopes retain (in part) some of the original black
painted surface. The
binoculars have clear, unscratched lens, but the adjustment screw is
broken and needs to be replaced to operate.
original HUSUN inspection certificate is attached to the interior box
top. The label states: THIS SEXTANT BY H. HUGHES & SON, LONDON.
THE SEXTANT NO. 18280 of 6 1/2 INCH RADIUS TO 10 INCH HAS BEEN
EXAMINED AND THE FOLLOWING CORRECTNESS (CORRECTIONS 0) THE SHADES AND
MIRRORS ARE SATISFACTORY AND TELESCOPES AS FOLLOWS: 2 ½ X, 5 X, 9 X.
Dated 10/2/34 and signed O D Perkins. A second application ofr and
certificate of registration for taking abroad for personal use
states: one sextant No. 18280 (HUSUN) complete set dated 4/2/58 for
owner Alex. C. McKinney, Salem, New York and examined on 4/2/58 by G.
L. Wiggins (inspector), port of New Orleans, LA.
third label is attached inside the box lid states: NEGUS NAUTICAL
INSTRUMENTS, 60 PEARL STREET, NEW YORK, N.Y. Written in pencil:
M-1060 M-1372. Negus was the company that sold this instrument in the
United States. Rare to find a complete set of this caliber!