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Object Name: Octant in case
Date: 1850-1870
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Medium: Oak, brass, ebony, bone, paint
Dimensions: Overall (a, octant): 12 × 10 × 4 in. (30.5 × 25.4 × 10.2 cm) Overall (b, case): 13 in. × 11 3/4 in. × 4 in. (33 × 29.8 × 10.2 cm)
Place made: Europe, England
Description: Brass and ebony octant ("a") with series of colored glass lenses (three circular, three square, one rectangular), one rectangular mirror, and inlaid ivory ruler with engraved markings; in pie-wedge shaped oak case ("b") with three-quarter length portrait of a woman (probably Jenny Lind) painted on stepped, hinged lid.
Credit Line: Gift of George A. Zabriskie
Object Number: 1939.504ab
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Marks: Engraved on inlaid plaque: "CARY. LONDON"


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