PELORUS & CASE - Nautical - Mid-1900"s - Gimbaled Brass -- K & W WHITE CO
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Refurbished Pelorus & Wood Case which is commonly called a “Dumb Compass”. Based on the design and materials used it was likely built the early to mid-1900 by the prestigious Kelvin & Wilfrid O. White Co. based in Boston and New York. These navigational instruments are used to take bearings and are usually used in the wings of a ship’s bridge. It is housed in its original 10½”x 10½”x 7½” wood case with brass hardware. The unit measures 8½” wide x 5” tall (add 4¾” when the sight vanes are upright). This particular unit is all brass and has a 6” flat disc graduated at its edge in degrees and marked with lubber lines. Also, it is signed as follows: “PELORUS” “MANUFACTURED BY” “KELVIN & WILFRID O. WHITE Co.” “BOSTON AND NEW YORK” “U.S.A.”. The disk rotates and is fitted with hinged sight vanes for taking bearings. All of this is mounted on gimbals attached to a very heavy weight. The overall condition is excellent considering its advanced age. The only issue is that the case shows a lot of scars, from years of use, and bottom has the typical stress crack across the width. This nautical artifact is a very rare piece of U.S. maritime history. Additional Nautical Items Available - Please Call Cliff @ 760-942-2025 For More Information.
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