Soviet Navy Star Globe complete in original Wood Case of issue.
Complete with 1941 dated factory specification plate and 1943 dated
calibration certificate in the inside lid. Overall in very good to excellent
condition. Classic navigational instrument as issued to Soviet submarines
and surface ships for nighttime navigation. These were especially
important on submarines as taking bearings would often be possible only at
night when surfaced. Very scarce and attractive naval item.
This Soviet issue piece displays all the typical features expected on a naval
star globe of this era. The globe is about 7" in diameter, covered in paper
printed with the constellations and stars, and protected with a now-yellowed
coat of varnish. The stars are marked in latin, the annotations are in
Russian. The globe is suspended in a vertical metal ring with latitude
calibrations, inset into a horizontal ring calibrated with compass degrees. A
hemispherical marker divided into 4 quadrants rests on top.
Condition of the globe is very good, showing the typical age yellowing to
the paper and varnish. There are areas of surface wear which obliterate
some of the markings underneath. This is limited to about 5% of the total
surface, see our photos.
The latitude ring which holds the globe originally had two very small
screws, like pocket watch screws, which held the globe at the poles, only
The wooden case is complete. It measures about 10" tall x 9" wide. Inside
the lid, a 1943 dated specification card confirms its last calibration. The
wood is scuffed but retains most of its original varnish. Lid and bottom
showing slight separation, but holding fine. The spring loaded carrying
strap to the lid is solid and intact. The metal nomelclature tag shows rust,
as do the hinges and clasp.
This navigation device was used by the submarine or ship's navigator, in
conjunction with his sextant, to plot his position at night. The origin of these
globes date far back in maritime history and are highly sought after
collector items. Soviet Naval gear from WW2 is always scarce, such a fine
piece with an early date is an extrodinary and highly displayable artifact.