Kelvin & Hughes Binnacle Compass
Early to Mid 20th Century
Lovely old helmet-style binnacle fitted with a gimbaled 'Sestral' compass. It is housed in brass with a glass front and a hinged side door revealing the original oil burner within. The compass is mounted on a metal mount which allows it to swivel and turn, designed to do so to compensate the movement on a boat.The compass has a brass rim and a traditional black and white face, marked 'Sestral'.
On the front of the brass housing is the Maker's plaque which reads "Kelvin & Hughes Ltd. Serial No.SNO 702. Made in Great Britain".
Approximate Measurements :
Height : 9" (23cm)
Bottom Ring Diameter : 9" (23cm)
Diameter of Glass : 5" (13cm)
The compass is in good condition for its age. It has been lightly cleaned and polished and is ready for display. The brass has tarnished over time to give a nice authentic aged patina. It has also picked up various marks, scuffs and signs of use. There is one particularly large dent on the top (see photo). The glass has a few surface scratches but nothing major. The compass itself is in working order and is, as far as I can tell, accurate. It moves well in the gimbal mount and the card face is clean.
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