Henry Hughes & Son Ltd. London, "Husun" Sextant

Henry Hughes & Son Ltd. London,  "Husun" Sextant
Product Code: JYF07
Shipping Weight: 12.00 lbs

Product Description


Exceptional quality "Husun" sextant made by “Henry Hughes & Son, Ltd., 59 Fenchurch Street, London E.C.” as engraved on the large arc. This all brass navigational instrument has a classic "Husun" “3 circle” frame in a black powder-coated finish. The traditional inlaid silver scale is marked from -5 to 150 degrees in single increments.  The instrument is complete with 4 index and 3 horizon filters. Ebonized wood handle with plain ivory plate.  The machine-dovetailed box is solid mahogany in beautiful condition with all accessories including a small bottle of whale oil, a skeleton key for the box lock, a mirror adjusting tool and a screw-on eyepiece sun filter. The Kelvin & Hughes repair and overhaul invoice describes the acquisition as following: 3 circle sextant No. 9650, overhauled and reconditioned. Re-certified and the following new parts supplied: Two shade heads, one 2 1/2 X star telescope, 5 X inverting telescope, transit case.  The lid interior houses the “Certificate of Examination by Kelvin & Hughes Limited”   It is signed and dated 8/7/52, the date of having this sextant overhauled. We are not aware of the sextants date of manufacture, but is much earlier than the repair date.  The box measures 10 ½ by 11 by 5 5/8 inches. Comes with the documents and correpondents between the sextant owner and Kelvin & Hughes (Marine) Limited from 1952 and 53. Immaculate, like new shape!


The deed of gift from the family that donated this nautical object, stipulated that the proceeds of the sale would support the Jamestown Settlement sailing program. Private funding has an essential role in supporting the largely volunteer nature of this effort. Along with three paid staff members, up to 35 individuals volunteer 10,000 hours each year to maintain and sail these historic ships.

Jamestown Settlement’s Susan Constant, Godspeed and Discovery – re-creations of the three vessels that brought America’s first permanent English colonists to Virginia in 1607 – have been designated “the official fleet of the Commonwealth” by the Virginia General Assembly.

Each year one of the ships sails periodically to other ports to participate in commemorative and community events and host educational programs for students. Sailing program volunteer crew assist visitors and students in exploring the ships and learning about the 1607 voyage and 17th-century shipboard activities.

Jamestown Settlement is located on State Route 31 and the Colonial Parkway. For more information and admission rates, call (888) 593-4682 toll-free or (757) 253-4838, or visit www.historyisfun.org.

Skipjack Nautical Wares & Marine Art Gallery is proud to be selected as the marketing and selling agent for this donated collection of nautical items in order to raise funds to support the Jamestown Settlement sailing program. Please donate generously to the Jamestown Settlement to help keep this important piece of our American history flourishing.