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|dfox||Could this be real? Doesn't it belong in a museum? |
There was only one Sigma 7. It flew only once. It was retrieved from the South Pacific by aircraft from the USS Kearsarge on 3 October 1962.
This brass plaque marked the place on the flight deck where the capsule sat on it's journey back to the United States. It was in place there till 1969 when the Kearsarge CVS carrier was decomissioned. This plaque was on the flight deck for seven years during the Vietnam War. This is the only one of its kind on the planet. Only one was made, and this is it. If you are a collector of space memorabilia, this is an opportunity to own something that is truly the only one in the world. It is solid brass, weighs about 11 pounds, 1 inch thick at the center, and 7 and an eighth inches in diameter.
|SpaceAholic||Good to see the marker didnt get turned into razor blades with the rest of the ship when it got scrapped.|
|Lou Chinal||As far as it being real, I never heard of any reference being made to a marker of any kind. However it does LOOK like something that could be made in a ships machine shop.|
|murfman||This is for real. I pulled it out of a scrap metal dumpster on the deck of the Kearsarge in 1969 during decommissioning. I couldn't believe this item was going to be scrapped. It was screwed to the flight deck for years and I had seen it a hundred times. It now rests comfortably on my living room floor as it has for the past 44 years.|
|Go4Launch||That is so excellent. Good story and good work.|
|Greggy_D||We need pics!!!!|
|Gonzo||"It didn't happen without pictures!"|
|capoetc||Item removed. Sounds like someone made an offer to stop the auction.|
|Robert Pearlman||The original auction (as linked above) was in 2010, when this discussion began.|
|murfman||This is not an auction. This is a description of something I rescued from the trash. I did not post the original entry. I merely commented on it when I saw it on line. It does exist... and I do have it.|
|stsmithva||That's a bit confusing - the original post was made because somebody saw it for sale on the auction website eBay. You say you've had it for decades - did you try to sell it on eBay, but it didn't reach a good price (your reserve) so you still have it?|
|murfman||Yes, you are correct. I had tried to get it to Wally Schirra and during the process, he passed away. I posted a few inquiries on line and was told the item had a $6000 value. I considered that somewhat ridiculous, so I did do a posting on eBay to see what might arise. The only response I received was from a gentleman who had a small space museum somewhere in the U.S. and wanted to have me loan it to him for two years. I opted not to do so.|
|murfman||Here is the Sigma 7 deck marker:|