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It's a reproduction and it's a toy. It's not a serious sextant, however beautiful it might appear.
Unfortunate, too, because it cost nearly what you'd pay for a used, excellent condition REAL sextant. Like a C Plath or Cassens & Plath, or a Tamaya, or a Freiburger. These turn up on eBay and you'd pay between $500 and $800 for one in excellent condition.
I still have two Plaths; recently sold my beloved Tamaya to a round-the-world sailor. As a ex celestial navigation instructor, I don't consider sextants to be "toys", no matter what other electronic marvels may exist today :-)
Good luck. I'd return it if I could, and get a real sextant.