Shown here are photographs of my now redundant sextant, which is gathering dust in the attic.
Over the years since I retired, I thought I would try and find out the history behind the instrument.
The maker marked on the arc is J T Ainsley who I know traded in South Shields between 1858 and 1886. He trades as an optician, mathematical instrument maker, chronometer maker and chart-seller. He was succeeded by T L Ainsley & Co, so I assume he had a son or partner.
As you can see, it has the coat of arms of Hull cut onto the main frame. What I need to know is why the coat of arms? A prize or a reward for a rescue or a civil sextant?
I do hope a reader can help.