Antique Quintant, Royal Navy proveneance

Antique Quintant / sextant. A rare and traceable British Royal Naval officers Quintant.


A rare and traceable British Royal Naval officers Quintant.

A Quintant is similar to the more common and better known sextant and used in the same way.

A fine mid 19th century navigators Quintant, engraved on the arc C.H. Adair from E. Herrick. RN. The silver scale reads from -5  degrees to 175 degrees and is divided into 10 minute increments. The index arm has swinging scale magnifier and the silver vernier scale reads from 0 to 10 seconds of arc. 6 inch radius.

This Quintant was presented to Charles Henry Adair as a gift from Captain Edward Herrick RN.

C.H.Adair was born in July 1851 and joined the Royal Navy as a CADET aged 13 , he was promoted to SUB LIEUTENANT at the age of 19, promoted to LIEUTENANT aged 23, promoted to COMMANDER aged 35, promoted to CAPTAIN aged 42, promoted to REAR ADMIRAL aged 54, promoted to VICE ADMIRAL aged 58, promoted to ADMIRAL aged 62. Died at the age of 69. We haven’t researched which Naval battles he was involved in, but he had very distinguished career with the Royal Navy.

This antique Quintant / Sextant is in superb condition and is contained within its original keyhole shaped hardwood box. It comes complete with all its accessories - Three telescopes, telescope sun filter and adjusting tools.

Front side of the antique quintant / sextant with telescopes, eye piece filters and accessories.

A close up of the antique quintant / sextant showing silver scale and engraved makers name.

Exterior of the hardwood quintant / sextant carrying case / storage box.  

Reverse side of the antique quintant (sextant) and accessories.