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Reconditioned Hezzanith vernier sextant 1930 model, serial No Z819

By fotobee
Tulbagh South Africa

My latest baby, a reconditioned (by me) sextant, complete in all respects and now absolutely seaworthy, found in an old second hand shop, with the unlikely name of "Baie Bargains" in little old Ceres, South Africa. This was bought for me as a Christmas present by Mo, and was in a very delapidated state and in sorry looking condition. On opening the case, of badly split Mahogany, I immediately saw the name of "Hezzanith", and realised what a precious find it was. This was a handmade item made by Heath and Co, one of the finest sextants in the world, made by the old-time craftsmen of Britain. After delving into the sorry mess, I realised, that under the filth of +- 80 years, that this was a gem !! All the mirrors and lenses were in a very good condition indeed, and after very careful cleanup, were relatively as good as new. All the Bronze fastenings were easily loosened by screwdrivers and spanners, and all the movements were extremely good, all with that slightly viscous and tight movement that showed no wear at all. Only two of the bronze mirror hold-downs were slightly cracked, but new ones were fashioned by Brass shimstock which was cut to shape with a scissors, using the old ones as a template. The official Certificate of Analyses attached to the box showed that this was an instrument to be treasured, with absolutely no errors on the solid silver arc. As these were hand divided into tenths of a degree, small index errors were relatively common, and were indicated in the table, reading to 120 degrees, which made this a much sought after item. Instruments of this accuracy were greatly admired and usually given as retirement presents to famed Masters and Admirals. I fixed the box up by splining the bad split, and this is only evident on close examination.
The only trouble is that it is woefully incomplete, and came with no seagoing boat !!! I am desperately trying to raise the R80 000,00 or so, to enable me to undertake a singlehanded voyage to Australia, so that I can present it to my Grandson in person. Unfortunately this has met with little enthusiasm by Mo, who has emphatically vetoed the idea.

Many thanks for all your votes and comments on my Turtle dove photo. This, plus all the delightful comments, were highly appreciated !

Have a lovely day !


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Techno Plus
10 3.9k 8 England
18 Feb 2019 10:57AM
Enthralling narrative to go with an interesting image...Smile

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cats_123 Plus
15 4.9k 28 Northern Ireland
18 Feb 2019 11:09AM
Fabulous... you'll have to start s crowd funding to raise the cash!! 😁😁😁
Chinga Plus
8 3 1 United Kingdom
18 Feb 2019 8:34PM
Good subject. Good informative write up.
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