ANTIQUE SEXTANT

antique navigators Sextant celestial navigation instrument marine maritime

Welcome to our selection of antique sextants. The antique sextant is a very desirable maritime instrument, they are also a symbol of seafarers who have navigated the worlds oceans by using only the Sun, Stars and Moon for fixing a position. The primary use of a navigation sextant is to determine the angle between an astronomical object and the horizon for the purposes of celestial navigation. The angle and time can be used to calculate a position line on a nautical chart. Common uses of the sextant include sighting the sun at solar noon to determine latitude.

Below is our selection of antique navigation sextants.

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ANTIQUE SEXTANT.

Antique sextant by Wilson & Gillie Bruce & Sons. SOLD.

ANTIQUE SEXTANT.

Antique Sextant by

Spencer Browning & Co, London.

ANTIQUE SEXTANT.

Antique Sextant by 

Lilley & Son, London.

ANTIQUE SEXTANT.

Antique Sextant by

R. Hornby & Son

ANTIQUE SEXTANT.

Antique Quintant / Sextant

Rare & traceable Royal Navy SOLD

ANTIQUE SEXTANT.

Antique sextant by

Cary, London. SOLD.

ANTIQUE SEXTANT.

Antique sextant by Wilson & Gillie Bruce & Sons. SOLD.

ANTIQUE SEXTANT.

Antique sextant by

Heath & Co Ltd. SOLD.

antique navigators Sextant celestial navigation instrument marine maritime

EXCEPTIONAL ANTIQUE QUINTANT / SEXTANT

Antique Quintant / Sextant made by L. Casella, London.

A Quintant is similar to the more common and better known sextant and used in the same way.

A fine late 19th century navigators Quintant, engraved on the arc L. Casella, Maker to the Admiralty & Ordnance, London. No 1718. The silver scale reads from -5  degrees to 175 degrees and is divided into 10 minute increments. The index arm has swinging scale magnifier with glass light diffuser and the silver vernier scale reads from 0 to 10 seconds of arc. 6 inch radius.

SORRY THIS ITEM HAS BEEN SOLD.

This antique Quintant / Sextant is in exceptional condition and is contained within its original hardwood box with brass carry handle. It comes complete with all its accessories - Four telescopes ( one with rack and pinion focussing & spare eye piece ) 2 x telescope sun filters, adjusting pin and this example even has the key to the box which is rare. 

antique navigators Sextant celestial navigation instrument marine maritime
antique navigators Sextant celestial navigation instrument marine maritime

Exterior of the antique quintant (sextant) box. 

antique navigators Sextant celestial navigation instrument marine maritime

Antique quintant (sextant) showing interior of box. 

antique navigators Sextant celestial navigation instrument marine maritime

Reverse side of antique quintant (sextant) and accessories. 

antique navigators Sextant celestial navigation instrument marine maritime

ANTIQUE SEXTANT.

Antique Sextant made by Cary, London.

A fine late 19th century navigators Sextant, engraved on the arc Cary, London. No 2445. The silver scale reads from -5  degrees to 165 degrees and is divided into 10 minute increments. The index arm has swinging scale magnifier with light duct and glass light diffuser, the silver vernier scale reads from 0 to 10 seconds of arc. 6 inch radius.

SORRY THIS ITEM HAS BEEN SOLD

This antique Sextant is in exceptional condition and is contained within its original hardwood box with brass carry handle. It comes complete with all its accessories - Two telescopes ( one with rack and pinion focussing & spare eye piece ) 2 x telescope sun filters, adjusting pin. This Sextant also has a certificate of examination from the National Physical Laboratory, Kew Observatory which is dated 1901. 

antique navigators Sextant celestial navigation instrument marine maritime
antique navigators Sextant celestial navigation instrument marine maritime

Exterior of the antique sextant box. 

antique navigators Sextant celestial navigation instrument marine maritime

Antique sextant showing interior of box. 

antique navigators Sextant celestial navigation instrument marine maritime

Reverse side of antique sextant and accessories. 

antique navigators Sextant celestial navigation instrument marine maritime

ANTIQUE QUINTANT / SEXTANT.

A rare antique Quintant / Sextant made by E. Smith from Whitbread's, London.

A Quintant is similar to the more common and better known sextant and used in the same way.

A fine late 19th century navigators Quintant, engraved on the arc E. Smith from Whitbread's, London. The silver scale reads from -5  degrees to 165 degrees and is divided into 10 minute increments. The index arm has swinging scale magnifier and the silver vernier scale reads from 0 to 10 seconds of arc. 6 inch radius.

This antique Quintant / Sextant is in superb condition and is contained within its original hardwood box with brass carry handle. It comes complete with all its accessories - Three telescopes, telescope sun filter and adjusting pin. 

antique navigators Sextant celestial navigation instrument marine maritime
antique navigators Sextant celestial navigation instrument marine maritime

Exterior of the antique quintant (sextant) box. 

antique navigators Sextant celestial navigation instrument marine maritime

Antique quintant (sextant) showing interior of box. 

antique navigators Sextant celestial navigation instrument marine maritime

Reverse side of antique quintant (sextant) and accessories. 

antique navigators Sextant celestial navigation instrument marine maritime

EXCEPTIONAL ANTIQUE QUINTANT.

A rare and traceable British Royal Naval officers Quintant.

A Quintant is similar to the more common and better known sextant and used in the same way.

A fine mid 19th century navigators Quintant, engraved on the arc C.H. Adair from E. Herrick. RN. The silver scale reads from -5  degrees to 175 degrees and is divided into 10 minute increments. The index arm has swinging scale magnifier and the silver vernier scale reads from 0 to 10 seconds of arc. 6 inch radius.

SORRY THIS ITEM HAS BEEN SOLD

This Quintant was presented to Charles Henry Adair as a gift from Captain Edward Herrick RN. 

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. We haven’t researched which Naval battles he was involved in, but he had very distinguished career with the Royal Navy.

This antique Quintant / Sextant is in superb condition and is contained within its original keyhole shaped hardwood box. It comes complete with all its accessories - Three telescopes, telescope sun filter and adjusting tools. 

antique navigators Sextant celestial navigation instrument marine maritime
antique navigators Sextant celestial navigation instrument marine maritime

Exterior of the antique quintant (sextant) box.

antique navigators Sextant celestial navigation instrument marine maritime

Antique quintant (sextant) showning interior of box.

antique navigators Sextant celestial navigation instrument marine maritime

Reverse side of antique quintant (sextant) and accessories.

antique navigators Sextant celestial navigation instrument marine maritime

ANTIQUE SEXTANT.

Antique sextant by Norie & Wilson, London.

A fine late 19th century navigators Sextant, engraved on the arc Norie & Wilson, London. The silver scale reads from -5 degrees to 155 degrees and is divided into 10 minute increments. The index arm has swinging scale magnifier, the silver vernier scale reads from 0 to 10 seconds of arc. 7 inch radius.

This antique Sextant is in superb condition and is contained within its original hardwood box with brass carry handle. It comes complete with all its accessories - Three telescopes, telescope sun filter, adjusting pin.

antique navigators Sextant celestial navigation instrument marine maritime
antique navigators Sextant celestial navigation instrument marine maritime

Exterior of the antique Norie & Wilson sextant box.

antique navigators Sextant celestial navigation instrument marine maritime

Antique Norie & Wilson sextant showning interior of box.

antique navigators Sextant celestial navigation instrument marine maritime

Reverse side of antique Norie & Wilson sextant and accessories.

THE ANTIQUE SEXTANT'S BELOW HAVE BEEN SOLD 

antique navigators Sextant celestial navigation instrument marine maritime

ANTIQUE SEXTANT.

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. 

SORRY THIS ITEM HAS BEEN SOLD.

antique navigators Sextant celestial navigation instrument marine maritime
antique navigators Sextant celestial navigation instrument marine maritime
antique navigators Sextant celestial navigation instrument marine maritime
antique navigators Sextant celestial navigation instrument marine maritime
antique navigators Sextant celestial navigation instrument marine maritime

ANTIQUE SEXTANT.

Antique sextant by Dobbie Mc Innes Ltd.


A brass Curve Bar style frame sextant with silver scale, engraved Dobbie Mc Innes Ltd, Glasgow & S.Shields.


In original fitted hardwood case, complete with three telescopes and sun filter eyepiece.

SORRY THIS ITEM HAS BEEN SOLD.

antique navigators Sextant celestial navigation instrument marine maritime
antique navigators Sextant celestial navigation instrument marine maritime
antique navigators Sextant celestial navigation instrument marine maritime
antique navigators Sextant celestial navigation instrument marine maritime
antique navigators Sextant celestial navigation instrument marine maritime

ANTIQUE SEXTANT.

Antique sextant by Heath & Co Ltd.


A rare brass heart frame sextant with silver scale, engraved Heath & Co Ltd, Crayford, London.


In original fitted hardwood case, complete with four telescopes, sun filter eyepiece and box key

SORRY THIS ITEM HAS BEEN SOLD.

antique navigators Sextant celestial navigation instrument marine maritime
antique navigators Sextant celestial navigation instrument marine maritime
antique navigators Sextant celestial navigation instrument marine maritime