A rare and traceable British Royal Naval officers Quintant, similar to the more common and better known sextant and used in the same way.
This example was presented to Charles Henry Adair as a gift from Captain Edward Herrick RN.
In original fitted hardwood case, complete with three telescopes, sun filter eyepiece and adjusting tools.
C.H.Adair was born in July 1851 and joined the Royal Navy as a CADET aged 13 , he was promoted to SUB LIEUTENANT at the age of 19, promoted to LIEUTENANT aged 23, promoted to COMMANDER aged 35, promoted to CAPTAIN aged 42, promoted to REAR ADMIRAL aged 54, promoted to VICE ADMIRAL aged 58, promoted to ADMIRAL aged 62. Died at the age of 69.
Antique sextant by Norie & Wilson, London.
A "T" frame sextant with silver scale, engraved Norie & Wilson, London.
In original fitted hardwood case, complete with three telescopes, sun filter eyepiece and adjusting tools. This antique sextant is in superb condition.
Antique ships search light. This Francis search light was reputedly removed from a scrapped RNLI lifeboat.
The chrome plated brass search lamp has been polished and mounted on an antique mahogany tripod.
It has been re wired to operate on 240 volts and accommodate modern light bulbs.
This decorative maritime antique certainly makes a statement and it has a maritime style all of its own.
Height: 1.7 m / 5.5 feet.
Diameter of searchlight: 28 cm / 11 inches.
A rare antique clipper ships weather glass or water barometer, they are also sometimes referred to as a Cape Cod glass or storm glass. This item was used to detect changes in the atmospheric pressure, a low pressure caused the level in the glass to fall and the neck level to rise indicating an imminent storm. A drop or fall in the glass level was known as a "falling glass" and was an indication of impending storms. The term "falling glass" is referred to in many factual stories about sailing ships encountering storms and it even features in traditional Sea Shanties:
eg, chorus from the pumping shanty STRIKE THE BELL - "Strike the bell, second mate, Let us go below, Look away to windward, You can see it's going to blow, Look at the glass, You can see that it has fell, We wish that you would hurry up, And strike, strike the bell "
The hanging eye is worn from being hung and the back of the glass has wear marks where it has swung with the motion of the ship. The rear of the weather glass is etched with a picture of a Clipper Ship and the words SA CLIPPER SHIP, WEATHER GLASS, GERMANY. These items were hand blown and date to around late 1800's. Height: 20cm / 8 inches.
A brass bound mahogany ships wheel, with eight turned spokes, one with brass acorn cap indicating the king spoke. Brass central wheel hub or boss, with brass hub cap.
Diameter: 29 inches / 74 cm
Antique John Bliss ship's log dial. Brass sling type pattern ship log, porcelain face marked: JOHN BLISS TAFFRAIL LOG, NEW YORK, USA. Brass and glass cover for dials.
Date of manufacture Circa 1880.
Antique pelorus, bezel engraved Heath & Co Ltd, New Eltham, London, No.133. Contained in the original hardwood box.
Box dimensions L 20cm x D 20cm x H 13.5cm.
A pelorus is a navigational instrument used by the ships navigator to aid the safe navigation of a ship. It is used to determine the angular distance between objects (point of land, lighthouse, buoys, another ship, stars and planets) and the ship's bow. The pelorus can be used to measure relative bearing (relative to the ship's bow= 0 degrees) or be used to measure true/magnetic/ compass headings if you know the ship's heading (ship's heading plus pelorus angular bearing).
Antique Breeches Buoy line cutting block.
A rare Life Saving Apparatus Breeches Buoy Hawser cutting block. Circa 1890. The cutting block is in excellent condition and complete with all the original components: block, hinge, locking pin, internal cutting blades, levers and tripping lanyards. The block measures: 15 1/2" tall x 11 1/4" width (including arms).The Breeches Buoy cutting block was used to retrieve the valuable hawser line once all the shipwrecked crew had been rescued.
Photo to the left shows the Breeches Buoy line cutting block closed.
A pair of antique Siebe Gorman diving helmet weights.
Front and back weights constructed from lead and brass. Both stamped SIEBE GORMAN & CO LTD, LONDON.
Complete with lanyards and weight hooks.
Non matching serial numbers.
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Antique Wigzell's Patent Sea Sounding Instrument. A remarkable depth sounding instrument based on water pressure. The instrument is contained in the original pine box and is complete with fathom scale. The original instructions are also present on the inside of the box lid.
The instrument is comprised of a clear tube mounted inside a brass housing. The housing is secured onto a lanyard which is attached to a long line for lowering to the seabed, a sounding lead is attached to the bottom lanyard. It can then be lowered over the side of the vessel, the increase in pressure forces water up into the tube and once hauled back on deck the water column can be measured against the fathom scale. Length of box 68cm / 26.75 inches.
The keel has an intricate design pattern and scroll work. multiple hallmarks present.
Reverse side showing decoration on the keel of the Boatswain's call. Circa 1890.
Length 11.5cm / 4.5 inches
Antique sextant by Wilson & Gillie Bruce & Sons.
A brass ladder style frame sextant with silver scale, engraved Wilson & Gillie Bruce & sons, Cardiff, Newport & Barry Docks.
In original fitted hardwood case, complete with three telescopes, sun filter eyepiece, adjustment tool and case key.
A genuine antique Siebe Gorman 6 bolt diving helmet / standard divers hard hat.
Made from copper and brass.
Height: 50 cm / 19.5 inches
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