19th Century Antique Ships Brass Ladder Pattern Sextant by Whyte Thomson & Co of Glasgow. Number 3913. Looks complete with all lenses. Mirror and filters all intact. WHYTE, THOMSON, & Co., Nautical Instrument Makers and Compass Adjusters, 144, Broomielaw. Works:—Harmony Row, Govan, Glasgow. In a city in which the shipping and shipbuilding interests are of such paramount importance, it will readily be conceded that the business of the compass adjuster, binnacle constructor, and general nautical instrument maker is one the importance and value of which cannot easily be over-estimated nor surpassed. Foremost, both in respect of antiquity of establishment and magnitude of business connection, among the many Scotch houses similarly engaged must be ranked the well-known firm of Messrs. Whyte, Thomson, and Co., of Broomielaw, Glasgow, and Neptune Works, Harmony Row, Govan. This firm dates back in its foundation to the latter part of the 19th, or beginning of the 20th, century. The business was established originally in Greenock by David Heron, grandfather of the present Mr. Whyte, and removed, in the year 1827, to Glasgow, which about that period began to give faint indications of the magnificent rank she was destined to assume among the cities of the world. Owing to the admirable administration and conduct of Messrs. Whyte, Thomson, and Co’s. business, a very marked development has constantly been taking place, and at the present day there is probably not one corner of the civilized globe — where nautical matters are understood — that cannot claim acquaintance with the name of the great Glasgow firm under review. In original fitted case with handle. Made in Great Britain. Great original condition - looks to be in full working order. Filters, lenses and mirrors all intact . In a fitted original wooden box (11" x 11" x 6"). Great original piece. Condition as seen, a few dints and marks commensurate with age but overall in excellent condition.
This exceptional item will make a great display piece for nautical decor.
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