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User:
Weems, Philip Van Horn  Search this
Maker:
Bausch & Lomb  Search this
Measurements:
overall: 6 in x 8 3/4 in x 7 in; 15.24 cm x 22.225 cm x 17.78 cm
Object Name:
octant
sextant
Associated place:
United States
Description:
This instrument was developed for the Navy by the Aeronautical Instrument Section of the National Bureau of Standards in 1924, and produced by the Bausch & Lomb Optical Company. The instrument bears a plaque that reads “BUBBLE SEXTANT / U.S. NAVY / BUREAU OF STANDARDS / MODEL NO. 2 / 1924 / NO. 4.” Phillip Van Horn Weems, who donated this example to the Smithsonian, noted that "Six sextants were made at the time for $250,000 each. Bausch & Lomb lost money on the deal but naturally recuperated on later orders and on later models. I drew this sextant from the storeroom in North Island, at the Naval Air Station, San Diego, and made numerous tests with it, along with Byrd, Lindbergh, Ellsworth, etc. etc."
Location:
Currently not on view
Credit Line:
Weems Memorial Library
ID Number:
AF.59069-N
Catalog number:
59069-N
Accession number:
242229
See more items in:
Political and Military History: Armed Forces History, Naval
Time and Navigation
Measuring & Mapping
Data Source:
National Museum of American History
GUID:
http://n2t.net/ark:/65665/ng49ca746a2-8add-704b-e053-15f76fa0b4fa
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:nmah_451566