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Ebony octant with brass fixtures and maker's name.

Currency:USD Category:Antiques / Maritime Start Price:1,200.00 USD Estimated At:2,000.00 - 3,000.00 USD
Ebony octant with brass fixtures and maker's name.
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Ebony octant with brass fixtures and maker's name. 643 grams, about 13" x 11-1/4". One of the most significant objects recovered from this wreck, its wooden frame amazingly intact (only a little bit of the surface eroded), with the ivory measurement bar at the bottom dark but readable, and the ivory inlay in the middle also dark but engraved with SPENCER BROWNING & RUST LONDON (a well-known manufacturer of navigational instruments from 1784 to 1840), the brass index arm missing but with full sight at top (now held on by Velcro) and other brass pieces on both sides, very rare and a key item in possibly identifying the ship as an English trader. Featured prominently on the DVD about the salvage. Recovered from: “Coconut wreck,” sunk ca. 1810 in deep water off Bermuda