A box sextant, believed to belong to the pioneering Geologist Joseph Beetes Jukes (1811-1869)
Lot 352
A box sextant, believed to belong to the pioneering Geologist Joseph Beetes Jukes (1811-1869)
Sold for £2,125 (US$ 3,571) inc. premium
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Lot Details
A box sextant, believed to belong to the pioneering Geologist Joseph Beetes Jukes (1811-1869)
by Troughton and Simms, London. Reading from 0 to 150 degrees on the silvered scale, the index arm fitted with a vernier to 30 seconds. Fitted with a sliding pinule sight and a separate telescope with bracket and two shades. The body engraved J.B.Jukes. In a leather carrying case. 2.7ins. (7cm)diam.

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  • Joseph Beetes Jukes was born in Birmingham in 1811, and studied Geology under Professor Sedgewick at Cambridge. Between 1839-40 he surveyed in Newfoundland and in 1842 he sailed as naturalist on board HMS Fly on a three year survey which encompassed New Guinea, the Torres Strait and the Great Barrier Reef. His publication A sketch of the physical structure of Australia, was a seminal work on early Australian geology and he produced the first complete map of the continent. On his return to England he took up a post with the Geological Survey of Great Britain, to be followed in 1850 by the Directorship of the Irish Geological Survey, a post he held until his untimely death following a fall from his horse in Dublin in 1869.
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