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Round Sextant 10" Description
This brass round sextant is a beautifully crafted piece that brings an important part of maritime history into any nautical collection. Polished to a gorgeous mirror-like shine, this round sextant brings an air of class and sophistication to any room in which it is displayed.
This round sextant can be mounted on any desk, table, shelf, or display case to add a wonderfully crafted conversation piece to your home, office, or boat.
- Polished brass body and mechanisms
- Glass optics for a clear view (not plastic lenses)
- Fully functional sextant operates like a real navigational tool
- Solid rosewood box lined with felt to store sextant
- Glass-topped case view engraved sextant even when the case is closed
This functional sextant is crafted as a beautiful nautical décor item and is not calibrated, intended or recommended for actual navigational use
With the 1777 invention of the perfect dividing engine, an instrument that allowed for brass sextant engraving that was efficient, accurate, and inexpensive, the nautical world was changed dramatically. This advancement in industrialization allowed smaller and more affordable instruments to be manufactured and utilized by the common sailor. While this was being implemented in Europe, the legendary sailor and explorer James Cook was putting the celestial navigation sextant to use on a series of three expeditions to create detailed maps of the Pacific. Using the solid brass sextant on an expedition to Tahiti in 1769, Cook was able to track the transit of Venus across the sun. Also tasked with exploring the South Pacific further, first in New Zealand, and later Australia, the celestial navigation sextant was vital to Cook’s tasks. The bubble sextant was also utilized on shore, where stationary readings were used to verify the accuracy of those taken at sea. A few decades later, in early America, the celestial navigation sextant became an important tool for the explorers Lewis and Clark. Making their way from present day Illinois to the Pacific Coast, these intrepid explorers used compasses, chronometers, and sextants to create the first detailed maps of the new country. With these tools Lewis and Clark were also able to detail areas of commercial interest to the United States.