Original WWII Japanese Imperial Navy Type 2 Bubble Sextant in Matching Wood Case

Item Description

Original Item: Only One Available. This is a very nice cased example of a Japanese WWII Imperial Navy Type II Bubble sextant. This type, which has a battery powered light inside, was used on ships, submarines, as well as on larger aircraft. It is somewhat similar to U.S. designs, and was made for essentially the same purpose.

The sextant measures about 11 inches in length, and has a nice data plate that indicates it is a Type 2, and gives the serial number as 401308. The housing seems to made of aluminum with a crinkle coat style paint on the outside, seen often on Japanese navigational equipment.  We do not know if it is currently functional, but labels on the inside of the case do indicate that it was definitely calibrated at least once.  We have noted that while there are areas for a date to be marked, no Japanese numerals are added. However other examples of this type we have seen also are un-dated, so most likely they are from the late war period, when extra time for markings was not taken.

The very nice wooden case measures 10 3/4" x 6 3/4" x 5 1/2", and is still in very good condition, with the original closure strap and buckle still intact. It has a data plate on the outside indicating the contents, along with serial number 401308. The inside of the case does have some empty compartments, so it is most likely that some accessories or components are missing, or they simply may still be installed in the sextant.

A very nice and rare piece of Imperial Japanese Navy navigation equipment. Ready to display!

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