Exceptional WWII German Navy Cased Sextant
WWII German Kreigsmarine (Navy) cased sextant made by ""C.Plath Hamburg"" on metal name plate attached to inside of its wood case and complete with original German 1939-dated condition report, issued at Hamburg and identified at the top of the paper ""DEUTSCHE SEEWARTE"". The report, measuring 5-3/4"" wide by 8-1/4"" tall, is stamped with a Nazi eagle with swastika at its bottom, with the words ""Deutsche Seewarte Hamburg Gruppe N/II."" The brass curved section of the compass is numbered ""16450"" and all metal surfaces are in excellent to fine condition and the sextant has the same condition. Round section of case at front left is empty, but this may be the location for eye-piece storage. The case is also accompanied by a US Bureau of Customs article export report, dated Feb. 23, 1949. showing the sextant being brought to Virginia by Joseph Perry for his ""personal use."" The document is somewhat separated along its fold creases. Fine to excellent condition case measures, when closed, 12-1/4"" square by 5-5/8"" tall.