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Weems and Plaths

August 21st, 2010
Admiral's Brass Sextant

Admiral's Brass Sextant

Weems and Plaths’ dedication to the improvement of nautical navigational tools can be seen in the brass nautical products available at handcraftedmodelships.com. The history behind both Weems and Plath is a rich one that is full of adventure and excitement. Both innovators had a strong will and dedication to the improvement of nautical navigation. As such, the many innovations made in sea and air navigation by Weems and Plath continue to inspire today. All of the items inspired by Weems and Plaths that are sold here are of high quality, and are available below the usual retail prices.


Weems was an influential navigational designer that advanced the technology of air and sea navigation through his writing, inventions, and ideas. Weems was also known for publishing many articles about navigation, and teaching navigation lessons at the Naval Academy during the 1920s. He eventually came up with his own system, appropriately dubbed The Weems System of Navigation, and taught it at his own school in Annapolis. Weems’ system improved navigational instruments with radio astronomy, space navigation, and polar exploration. Even great names in history studied the Weems system. One such person was Charles Lindbergh, whose interest in the Weems system dated to just before his historical trans-Atlantic flight.

Plath was around about a half a century before Weems, and was responsible for developing the the world’s first gyro-compass in 1913. Plath’s company had been developing quality compasses and sextants that Weems would become the future purveyor of. The integration of both Weems and Plaths’ names was only a natural fit.


The importance of Weems and Plaths inventions is still significant in the modern age. The Weems and Plath name still continues to churn out quality navigational items that encourage and enhance the progress of navigation. The innovation of Weems and Plaths nautical and weather instruments is a motivation for Handcrafted Model Ships’ own nautical decor products.

Authentic Replicas

The nautical decor items available at Handcrafted Model Ships are authentic replicas of classic and modern nautical instruments, such as magnetic compasses, telescopes, sextants, spy glasses, and more. Finding authentic replicas of Weems and Plaths’ innovative designs in navigational aids anywhere else will be next to impossible!


The quality of the Weems and Plath inspired designs found at Handcrafted Model Ships is very exceptional. For instance, each of our nautical decor items is manufactured from the finest quality brass and woods. No less can be expected from a reproduction of Weems and Plath inspired models! Many of our products come with a solid brass finish that exudes a high polished exterior. Also, they may come with a handcrafted leather case for stylish safekeeping.

At Handcrafted Model Ships you will be able to find many more nautical decor items that have rich historical backgrounds, are authentic, and of high quality. Furthermore, the prices for each of our items is significantly lower than the retail standard.

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