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1945 RAF CC Seaplane Half Size Marine Sextant by H Hughes
  • 1945 RAF CC Seaplane Half Size Marine Sextant by H Hughes
  • 1945 RAF CC Seaplane Half Size Marine Sextant by H Hughes
  • 1945 RAF CC Seaplane Half Size Marine Sextant by H Hughes
  • 1945 RAF CC Seaplane Half Size Marine Sextant by H Hughes
  • 1945 RAF CC Seaplane Half Size Marine Sextant by H Hughes
  • 1945 RAF CC Seaplane Half Size Marine Sextant by H Hughes
  • 1945 RAF CC Seaplane Half Size Marine Sextant by H Hughes
  • 1945 RAF CC Seaplane Half Size Marine Sextant by H Hughes
  • 1945 RAF CC Seaplane Half Size Marine Sextant by H Hughes
  • 1945 RAF CC Seaplane Half Size Marine Sextant by H Hughes

1945 RAF CC Seaplane Half Size Marine Sextant by H Hughes

Price:

£680.00


Product Description

A very rare, end of WWII, British Half Size Marine Sextant by H. Hughes & Son Ltd - HUSUN, as used on Seaplanes, such as the Sunderland III and Catalina.

The sextant was made under an Air Ministry contract and, like the Mark IX series of aircraft bubble sextants, it was issued in a case made of a heavy dark brown plastic material, similar to paxolin, as quality imported wood was earmarked for other purposes. The case is made of 5 mm sheets pinned together with brass nails. This seaplane sextant was not so much for celestial navigation as for taking anchor bearings and amplitudes for checking the magnetic compass. Quite why an ordinary nautical sextant was not issued is unclear, as the small sextant in its case weighs only about 600g less than a full-size Hughes sextant of the same period.

The sextant is in very good condition and appears unused. It has been greased up, so has withstood corrosion.

The body of the sextant has a japanned black brass frame, with a polished bronze arc, marked with a silver scale in degrees. The scale is graduated every 10 minutes from -5° to +95°. There is not a light to illuminate the scale for night readings. The sextant is numbered 45619. There is only one viewer with a large rubber eyepiece. There are 7 sliding light filters. The handle is made of a black bakelite plastic. The filter lenses are all clear, as well as the optics. The mirrors are as new. The case is in good condition, too. It has a slot containing an oil bottle and a hole for the brass adjustment tool.

The end of the War may have left Hughes & Son with a small stock of these small sextants. The bronze arc has had YACHTSMAN – MADE IN GREAT BRITAIN engraved, as well as the maker’s details and serial number. Hughes & Son may have tried to market the very limited surplus stock to pleasure boat sailors, after the war, at least until the government renewed the contract and continued using them on seaplanes, up until the 1970s. These later examples are also sought after, but have wooden cases. It remains one of the rarest of the marine sextants.

Size sextant: 18.5 x 16.5 x 11 cm (7 ¼ x 6 ½ x 4 3/8 inches)
Size case: 21 x 20 x 14.5 cm (8 ¼ x 7 7/8 x 5 3/4 inches)
Weight: 3304 g

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