Nautical instruments

Rare Star Finder, Celestial Globe – Cary, London ca. 1896

Making position by observation of stars is done at twilight. With partly cloudy skies it can be difficult to find the right stars. This star globe helps with it. In the lid of the box there is a paper label with instructions for use. Inventor of this outil is Vincent John English.


The wooden deck box of mahogany is brass-hinged and dovetailed with two clasps for locking. The globe is mounted in a brass meridian circle. The brass horizon circle carries a azimuth ring with four vertical quadrants and a cursor. With red and blue crayon gras pencils, brass pointer and key. The whole is a bit more modest than the Hughes globes. Diameter respectively 180 and 140 mm. Cary star finders are very rare.


Catalog: NM.6-33
Date: 1895 – 1898
HWD case: 20.5×20.5×20.5 cm
D globe: 140 mm
Globe signed: Cary & Co, Makers tot he Admiralty, 7 Pall Mall, Lond
Horizon ring signed: Cary London Pat. N0 21540
Origin: England
Condition: very well, complete and in working condition, wear consistent with age and use

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