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Case

Expedition: Imperial Trans-Antarctic Expedition 1914-16 (Endurance)
Materials: wood, glass, metal > brass, paper
Dimensions: ? (Dimensions)
Date: 1914-1916
Ref no: Y: 2010/75b

A wooden case for the sextant and accessories made by Heath & Co. Ltd. A plaque inside reads 'The Hezzanith Observatory Works, London, certificate of examination' and gives the date 'August 1914'. The sextant was used for navigation by Captain Frank Worsley on the James Caird during the Imperial Trans-Antarctic Expedition 1914-16 (Endurance), and was rescued from the lifeboat by Huberht Hudson, the expedition's navigator.

Physical description:

A wooden case with a hinged lid with a single hinge, a locking hook latch on either side of the box, and a key lock on the front. On either side of the case is a metal handle. Inside the lid of the case is a paper 'Certificate of Examination' of the sextant, dated August 1914. The case has wooden fittings for additional eyepieces, telescopes and accessories.

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