Lot n° 79
600 - 900
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DOLLOND, London, fin du XVIIIème ou début du XIXème siècle
Large octant in red-brown exotic wood (red ebony or mahogany ??) and brass, with handle and three small feet.
Signed at the bottom of the alidade, above the limb window.
Graduated brass blade, probably formerly silvered.
Pinnule with its sight cylinder, detached.
H. 46 cm - Width : 46.4 cm.
A few spots of oxidation, wear to the gilding of the pinnule and the sight cylinder.
Small chip on the reverse side of the V; a few cracks, including one flush with the rear handle and one through the arc of the circle to the assembly with the left post; small accident with missing wood at the location of the pinnule on the right post.
In a resinous wood travel chest, shaped with two gilt brass hooks and lock.
Bearing inside the English dealer's label [H.] "SYKES [dealer installed] Place du Palais Royal, A Paris".
H. 48 cm - Width : 50 cm - Thickness : 12.6 cm.
Scratches and shocks, from use; upper part of the lid redone; handle missing.
It is probably made by the English optician engineer, Peter DOLLOND (1731-1821), active in London in the second half of the 18th century.
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