Plath Sextant

Plath Sextant

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Description
This has a blackened brass frame and a silvered scale that is graduated every 10 minutes from about -5° to +155° and read by vernier with tangent screw and swinging magnifier to single seconds of arc. The inscription reads "C. Plath Hamburg" and "2625." The serial number suggests that it was made around 1906. Captain Paul K. R. Salo acquired it in California in the early 1930s.
Location
Currently not on view
Object Name
sextant
date made
ca 1906
maker
C. Plath
place made
Germany: Hamburg, Hamburg
Physical Description
brass (overall material)
Measurements
case: 5 1/4 in x 11 3/16 in x 11 1/2 in; 13.335 cm x 28.41625 cm x 29.21 cm
overall in case: 5 1/8 in x 11 1/8 in x 11 1/2 in; 13.0175 cm x 28.2575 cm x 29.21 cm
ID Number
PH.333959
accession number
310550
catalog number
333959
Credit Line
Mrs. P.K.R. Salo
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