BINNACLE - Nautical - quot; x quot; Wood quot;Brass - quot;
Large refurbished early s binnacle containing a gimbaled magnetic compass. Binnacles were mounted on the ship s bridge directly in front of the Helmsman who was responsible for maintaining the ship s course. This binnacle was built by the U.S. maker KELVIN amp WILFRID O. WHITE based in Boston. It features a solid mahogany body base brass compass hood compensating globes internal brass finders bar tube (iron bar missing) and volt lighting. The hood has viewing windows (small mouths). 1 in the top ( ) and in front ( ). The unit measures tall wide (wood body) x base and globe arms ( from tip to tip). The original maker s brass plaque is still affixed to the wood front and reads KELVIN amp WILFRID O. WHITE BOSTON NEW YORK . The hinged front door has the original lock (replacement key) which allows access to the many racks holding the magnets necessary to adjust for magnetic deviations ( are still in place). The original light dimming assembly has been removed but the brass light shield base plate is still in place. It appears that the on off toggle switch and power cord are replacements. Also the map tube originally attach to the wood back is missing. The installed functional compass shows the following details the glass retaining ring is stamped KELVIN WHITE BOSTON F the gimbaled ring is stamped and the compass card art work reads KELVIN amp WILFRID O. WHITE CO. BOSTON amp NEW YORK. U.S.A. . The inside of this liquid compass is like new which makes me believe it has never been filled with liquid. The glass window has a star shaped superficial blemish which looks like a very hot small object landed on the surface. Binnacles of this quality size and condition are getting very hard to find. The nautical artifact I am offering is a prime example of the superior U.S. craftsmanship available during this era. Additional Nautical Items Available - Please Call Cliff (at) -- For More Info. Pictures and contact details on Advertigo website.
November 14 2018 on Advertigo