World War II (WWII) Air Forces U. Army field equipment SEXTANT Model A-10A made by ANSCO. Marked both on the case cover and on the sextant almost identical info.
: Property, Air Forces US Army SEXTANT A-10A AF 44- 5584 (type) serial no. MFRS ASSEM DWG No F-245 MF'RD BY ANSCO A division of Gerneral Analine & Film Corp. Binghamton, NY The characters before the serial no.5584 "AF 44", may refer to Air Forces 1944 Untested but looks in pretty good condition. Not sure if is complete but from a search on other similar items online, they all seem to have the same parts in the case and similar empty space in the case. The rubber on the separate eyepiece (see pictures) seems to be hardened. Wood case is in excellent vintage condition.
Closes tight, clasps work well, wood seems worn but is good quality wood and in pretty good condition. Box size: 9 x 9 x 5.5 This is a unique opportunity to own such a WWII era sextant made by Ansco (rare ; more common is Fairchild), in such a condition.
A sextant is an instrument used to measure the angle between any two visible objects. Its primary use is to determine the angle between a celestial object and the horizon which is known as the altitude. Making this measurement is known as sighting the object, shooting the object, or taking a sight.
The angle, and the time when it was measured, can be used to calculate a position line on a nautical or aeronautical chart. A common use of the sextant is to sight the sun at noon to find one's latitude. Since the sextant can be used to measure the angle between any two objects, it can be held horizontally to measure the angle between any two landmarks which will allow for calculation of a position on a chart. A sextant can also be used to measure the Lunar distance between the moon and another celestial object e. Star, planet in order to determine Greenwich time.
Army World War II Air Forces SEXTANT A-10A Ansco with Case Military" is in sale since Wednesday, May 31, 2017. This item is in the category "Collectibles\Militaria\WW II (1939-45)\Original Period Items\United States\Field Gear, Equipment". The seller is "auctioneer28" and is located in Forest Hills, New York. This item can be shipped to United States.