Octant and accessories in case

Object Number: 
1940.371a-g
Date: 
1800-1840
Medium: 
Wood, brass, ivory, glass
Dimensions: 
Case: 5 x 12 1/4 x 11 in. (12.7 x 31.1 x 27.9 cm) Part (octant): 11 1/2 x 10 1/4 x 3 3/4 in. (29.2 x 26 x 9.5 cm)
Marks: 
stamped: on sliding brass arm: "No 32 / W. HOOKER / 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").
Gallery Label: 
According to the accession records, this instrument was used by William Banks (1782-1848), grandfather of the donor, on his voyages.
Credit Line: 
Gift of James Lenox Banks
Due to ongoing research, information about this object is subject to change.
Creative: Tronvig Group