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John Bliss & Company, of New York City, sold navigation equipment, including barometers, from the mid-19th century until going out of business in the mid-1950s. This one, bearing the Bliss imprint, was made in France.

We believe this handsome, holosteric barometer dates to the early 1900s. It is in good working condition, with a brass case, and measures 4 7/8 inches across the face and is 2 inches deep, front to back.

This style was popular among shipmasters because of its portability. Ship captains would carry their sextants and other navigation equipment with them when they boarded ship.

Have your own weather station. Set the barometer to the barometric pressure in your area and keep track of changes day to day.

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Tamaya has been one of the world’s leading producer of sextants for many years. The firm has been around since 1675 and began selling and manufacturing optics and survey equipment in the 1890’s.

This is the hard-to-find Tamaya MS933 sextant. It is a handy, 7/8-size instrument, ideal for mariners with limited space.

This is not one of those plastic replicas. Weighing in at 2.5 pounds, it is easy on your wrist. It features an alloy frame, a 3 by 26 star scope and an easy-to-read black drum with white numerals. The sextant has two index and two horizon shades. Its carrying case, too, is in good shape.

This instrument comes with its original inspection certificate dated 30 November 1982.

An exceptional value at $325.00

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This is a professional quality instrument for the serious mariner, and at a reasonable price. It is in excellent condition and though it is over 50 years old, shows no sign of hard use. It comes in a hard case with a working lock and key, and several small accessories. It has modern optics with a large field of view.