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LIKE NEW CASSENS & PLATH BRONZE FRAME SEXTANT
5 PLUS STARS
Presented is an absolutely
outstanding and near flawless "Collector Quality" example of this maker's sextant which we estimate was made circa
1978 and bears Serial No. 26392. It comes with the original Mahogany wood case with an upgraded 4 x 40 scope.
The handle, index arm and telescope are exactly the same as would have been found on a Carl Plath sextant of the same period.
S. replacement cost today is $1900.00
acquired in 1994 or 1995, it was the property of a U.S. licensed chief mate who was its second owner. He had it refurbished
at the factory, and used it for enjoyment while working on an research vessel, and says "We would cover up the GPS
and use it to make a crossing just to stay in practice. But to be honest it was lightly used. A sun line here
or there. After changing jobs, I just didn't want to travel with it from ship to ship so it just sat
on the mantle in my living room."
purchased by the last owner, there was no certificate. That is of no importance, since C&P contemporary sextants
were made to a standard instrument error of less than 10 arc seconds which for practical purposes may be considered without
and Plath is not currently related to C. Plath, but in the past, Theodore Plath, Carl's son was a partner. It is
the only German manufacturer still producing sextants. Read its history below.
This sextant is in such excellent
condition that it can be considered, "as new". It is ideally suited for someone seeking a quality German brand for use at
sea or as part of a collection.
CONDITION: There is little discernable evidence of wear or use so that it can be considered as new in all respects. It operates
like a well oiled piece of machinery, and has one minor fault. The factory mounting bracket made two minor
abrasions on the back of the handle. Both mirrors show as NEW. The case has been heavily
varnished some time ago and has one small chip on its front edge. The lighting works. The bronze arc has only the
slightest patina of age. There is negligible index and side error.
This is the one of the finest examples of a previously owned Cassens & Plath sextant imaginable
and is suitable for a collector or for use at sea . It requires someone who can appreciate the fine points of a
sextant, and is willing to pay an appropriate price for this level of quality and excellence.
STAR RATING: This fine Collector Quality instrument rates
FIVE PLUS STARS irrespective of age.
QUALIFICATIONS: We are one of the few company's still selling navigation
instruments that know anything about them. For purposes of judging whether Joel's opinion counts, he was the editor
of the chapter on sextants of the 1977 Edition of "Bowditch", The American Practical Navigator, NAVPUB 9; a member of the
U.S. Naval Academy Navigation Symposium Board, 1975 -1978; the author of a book on marine sextants, Cornell Maritime Press,1975,
and the founding president of Nautech Maritime Corporation which partnered with Tamaya of Japan in the introduction of the
MS 733 Spica, the MS 833, Jupiter, MS 933 Venus sextants and the famous NC-2 navigation computer, in the U.S. market. Joel
is a retired Master Mariner, and held a U.S. Navy "D" Qualification as a Senior Skipper - Oceans. For
six years he was a Varsity Offshore Coach at the U.S. Naval Academy.
Some of his memberships include the: Association of Naval Aviation, Silver Wings,
The Tailhook Association, Naval Academy Sailing Squadron, McCampbell's Aces Squadron, Naval Historical Foundation, and
the Naval Order of the United States.
CASSENS & PLATH HISTORY: At the
turn of the twentieth century Hamburg, on the river Elbe, the home of C. Plath (named after founder Carl Plath) was the leading
seafaring port in Germany. However it was being challenged by Bremen, that other great North Sea port on the river Weser.
Plath was at that time the unchallenged leader in the manufacture of nautical instruments
on the European continent. However it had always had a difficult relationship with the Bremen shipping companies and shipyards.
The firm realized that if it wanted to do business in Bremen, German parochialism demanded that it have an office in that
city. In 1908 Theodore Plath was offered a partnership in Cassens and Benecke when one of the original founders of the Bremen
company - Benecke - suddenly departed. At that stage the company founded by Tanne Janssen Cassens was only 6 years old and
was a minnow compared to the whale that was C Plath. It is my understanding that the company was not even an instrument manufacturer
but rather a trading company servicing the port of Bremerhaven. Theodore Plath only accepted on condition that the partnership's
name be changed to Cassens and Plath.
The C + P partnership never had any intention of manufacturing sextants and other
nautical instruments. It was simply a vehicle for the marketing of C. Plath compasses, sextants and nautical instruments into
the Bremen trade. It also acted as a chandlery and repair service for Bremen ships carrying Plath instruments.
This arrangement worked until 1962 when C Plath sold out of the partnership
and the two companies went their separate ways. It was from this point onwards that C + P began to manufacture their own instruments,
no doubt heavily reliant on C Plath designs. Therefore, there are no Cassens & Plath sextants older than 1962.
CASSENS & PLATH STANDARD SEXTANT SPECIFICATIONS:
Measuring Range: -5 to 125 degrees
Telescope: 4 x 40 Coated optics
with black enamel paint and bronze arc.
Micrometer Drum and Vernier Scale: reads to 10 seconds of arc
Index Mirror: 56
x 42 mm. aluminized on the rear side.
Horizon Mirror: 57mm diameter.
4 for index mirror
3 for horizon
Weight sextant: 4.2 lbs, Weight case 6 lbs.
OUR UNCONDITIONAL GUARANTEE: If
not completely satisfied with your purchase it may be returned, if without damage, within three days of receipt in its original
condition and packaging. Returns must be insured for their full value. All that is required is a prior email authorization
by us for the return. Unfortunately, no refund can be made for the cost of shipping, packaging and handling unless we are
INTERNATIONAL BUYERS WELCOME,
but contact us first. We have customers in Argentina, Australia, Austria, Belgium, Bermuda, British Virgin Islands, Canada,
Chile, China, Czech Republic, Denmark, Democratic Republic of Congo, England, France, Germany, Greece, Holland, Hong Kong,
Ireland, Israel, Italy, Japan, Kuwait, Martinique, Mexico, New Zealand, Norway, Nova Scotia, Saudi Arabia, Scotland, Singapore,
Spain, Sweden, Switzerland, Thailand, Turkey, United Arab Emirates, USVI and the Eastern Caribbean.
SHIPPING & PACKING: The cost of shipping,
packing, handling, and insurance to your destination, will be calculated after the auction and is an additional charge. You
may email us to get these costs. We price our shipping honestly, but we expect to be reimbursed for the nominal cost of packaging
materials and handling.
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