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    Re: C Plath sextant, missing part
    From: Peter Van Dine
    Date: 2017 Dec 25, 08:20 -0800
    Thank you very much for clarifying the handle question.  The sextant came in a wooden box and is missing the two leaf springs.  Does any one have a source to replace or a photo so i know what to look for that might be adaptable?
    Happy Christmas to all

    Peter Van Dine
       Opus 411

    On Sun, Dec 24, 2017 at 7:48 AM, Ridge White <NoReply_RidgeWhite@fer3.com> wrote:

    For a number of years C. Plath made their sextant handles just as this one is, with no back cover and no provision for lighting. This design permitted the sextant, when lowered into its box, to be pushed down to engage two leaf springs in the base of the cradle. Those leaf springs pushed the sextant up against the gate piece that swung across the top of the handle, helping that gate to stay in position across the handle. This handle is unfortunate in two ways. First, without a back half, it is uncomfortable in the hand. Second, this handle bisects the angle of the frame instead of being canted at an angle that allows for a far more comfortable position for the wrist of the user. 

    Ridge White

    Robert E. White Instrument Services
    11 Pound Street
    Medfield, MA 02052

    Tel:  508-359-7467

    On Sun, Dec 24, 2017 at 9:11 AM, Ridge White <whiteinstruments---.com> wrote:

    Robert E. White Instrument Services
    11 Pound Street
    Medfield, MA 02052

    Tel:  508-359-7467

    On Sat, Dec 23, 2017 at 10:48 PM, Bill Morris <NoReply_Morris@fer3.com> wrote:

    I agree with Greg. My best estimate is March 1957. With Bakelite handles like this one, there is usually a C Plath imprint on its face. Some, perhaps all, of this era came in heavy black Bakelite cases with a variety of systems for holding the sextant securely. Maybe Negus had a box made or adapted another for the instrument.

    Bill Morris


    New Zealand

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