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Ainsley Sextant
South Shields, England

The instrument is signed Ainsley, South Shields. The box includes labels from F. Lundy, Gt. Grimsby and Thomas C. Sargent, Thames St., Rotherhithe, London.

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Brass Cased Pocket Compass and Sundial
by L. Casella of London, England

A brass pocket compass and equatorial sundial with original box. Marked L. Casella, Maker to the Admiralty & Ordnance, London.

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Brass Telescope on Mahogany Stand
Made by A. Bardou, Paris

For over 75 years and across several generations, the Bardou family were leading manufacturers of small telescopes for education and recreation.

This example is in excellent working condition with original box and all lenses including those for terrestrial and celestial observation. The large mahogany tripod base has its original finish and working gear system to easily raise and lower the height of the scope. Large telescopes, in this condition and with a tripod of this quality and substantial make are rare.

Established in Paris in 1818 by D.F. Bardou as Maison Bardou, the firm passed to his son P.G. Bardou in the mid 1800's becoming Bardou et Fils (Bardou & Sons). Grandson Albert Bardou took over in the late 1800's, putting his own name A. Bardou on instruments from that period forward until the firm passed out of the family in 1895.

Bardou and Sons came to the United States in 1876, displaying their instruments at the Centennial Exhibition in Philadelphia. There they caught the eye of James W. Queen & Co., foremost merchants of scientific instruments in the U.S. at the time, who soon began importing Bardou telescopes for sale in the United States.

A telescope by Albert Bardou is in the collection of the Smithsonian Museum of American History.

Lens diameter: 3 1/4 Inches, Telescope Body 48 Inches, Overall with tube extended 62 Inches.

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Cased Octant by WF Cannon of London
Ebony and Brass with Bone

A fine navigational instrument made of ebony and brass with bone, housed in a mahogany case.

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Mahogany Carved Twist Gimballed Barometer by I. Cail
Newcastle, England

A fine quality brass and mahogany carved twist gimballed barometer with the original thermometer and a bone knob. This is the rarest and most desirable type of barometer.
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Mahogany Carved Twist Gimballed Barometer by James Bassnett
Liverpool, England

A fine quality brass and mahogany carved twist gimballed barometer with age cracks on the face. This is the rarest and most desirable type of barometer.
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