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Copyright Marlborough Museum - Marlborough Historical Society Inc
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Date pre 1827
Description 1 sextant belonging to Captain Jackie Guard in 1827, as written by V.A. Logan on the receipt.

Image 1 is Don Grady's picture of Jackie Guard's sextant which is a copy of one taken in 1959 for the Marlborough centenial exhibition and used in his book, Guards of the Sea, published in 1978.

SEXTANTS: The first sextant was made by John Bird in 1759 of mahogany and brass. In the early 19th century master London instrument maker John Dolland made all brass sextants. In the first half of the 18th century there was a trend back to wooden framed octants and sextants to produce lighter instruments compared to those made of brass.

In February 2014 it was determined that neither of the physical sextants found in the storeroom is the one belonging to Jackie Guard.
Year range to 1827
Object ID 1959.015.0003
Object Name Sextant
People Guard, John (Jackie) (Senior)
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Last modified on: April 13, 2015