Soviet Navy Star Globe in original Wood Case of issue. 1965 dated dated factory specification plate. Overall in very good to excellent condition. Classic navigational instrument as issued to Soviet submarines and surface ships for nighttime navigation. Attractive naval display piece.
This Soviet issue piece is very similar to the WW2 design and displays 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. This marker, is a replacement and slightly too small in diameter to properly fit on the compass ring. It is, however, from an original Soviet navy star globe.
Condition of the globe is very good, showing the typical age yellowing to the paper and varnish.
The wooden case is complete. It measures about 10" tall x 9" wide. The wood is scuffed but retains most of its original battleship gray paint. Case shows some water damage and splitting to the wood at the top. The spring loaded carrying strap to the lid is solid and intact.
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 were used until recently when satellite navigation made them obsolete. A very highly displayable artifact.