The National Geographic Online Store - Antique-style Bronze Sextant

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Before satellites and computer-operated navigational systems, sailors used sextants to measure the distance of celestial objects from the horizon. This let them find their place on nautical charts and determine their latitude. Developed in the tenth century, the sextant was essential to early world ...more


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    Before satellites and computer-operated navigational systems, sailors used sextants to measure the distance of celestial objects from the horizon. This let them find their place on nautical charts and determine their latitude. Developed in the tenth century, the sextant was essential to early world explorers. Intricate and semifunctional, this bronze replica of a Victorian sextant is a handsome piece of nautical history. 4''W x 4''L. $55

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