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Object Name: Octant and accessories in case
Date: 1800-1840
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Medium: Wood, brass, ivory, glass
Dimensions: Part (octant): 11 1/2 x 10 1/4 x 3 3/4 in. (29.2 x 26 x 9.5 cm) Container: 5 × 12 1/4 × 11 in. (12.7 × 31.1 × 27.9 cm)
Place made: North America, United States, New York
Description: Pie wedge-shaped wooden case with hinged lid ("a") containing brass and ebony octant with inlaid ivory ruler ("b"); with five brass attachments, including eyepieces ("c" and "d") with fittings ("e" and "f") and turning device ("g").
Credit Line: Gift of James Lenox Banks
Object Number: 1940.371a-g
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Marks: stamped: on sliding brass arm: "No 32 / W. HOOKER / NEW YORK"

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According to the accession records, this instrument was used by William Banks (1782-1848), grandfather of the donor, on his voyages.