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The 'little midshipman': trade symbol of a Wapping instrument manufacturer.

The 'little midshipman': trade symbol of a Wapping instrument manufacturer.
Trade symbol of an instrument manufacturer.
© National Maritime Museum, London
Repro ID: A5596
Description: This figure is a trade sign of an optical instrument manufacturer. Although entitled the 'little midshipman', it actually represents a lieutenant in the full dress uniform of 1787-1812 holding an octant. An octant was used by sailors to find latitude. It greatly improved the accuracy of navigational observations at sea by using mirrors to bring a reflected image of the star or sun alongside the horizon, when viewed through the sight.
Creator: Unknown
Date: 1787-1812
Credit line: National Maritime Museum, London
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