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Brass / wood ship's binnacle, Japanese, mid-1900s, with light. 51" tall, 14" in diameter

Currency:USD Category:Artifacts / Non-wreck Artifacts Start Price:1,000.00 USD Estimated At:1,500.00 - 2,250.00 USD
Brass / wood ship's binnacle, Japanese, mid-1900s, with light.  51  tall, 14  in diameter
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Brass / wood ship's binnacle, Japanese, mid-1900s, with light. 51" tall, 14" in diameter (main part). The captain's bridge of every major sailing vessel has two prominent pieces of equipment that nautical collectors covet: a helm (see next lot) and a binnacle. The latter item, like the one in this lot, is basically a housing for the ship's compass, which gimbals freely inside a brass dome with glass window and other apertures (also handles on side for easy removal), characteristically with large iron globes (which look just like cannonballs) on brass brackets to either side for calibration and stabilization. The rest of the piece is essentially a wooden cylindrical stand, with small door in front, the inside of which is hollow except for a retrofit lighting kit (just plug it in and enjoy the ambient glow), the square floor-base with 4 knobs in corners for fastening on deck. The manufacturer’s name and location (Nunotani Keiki, Amagasaki, Japan) are visible in cutout on the dial. Perfect for a nautical-themed den or store. (Pickup only.)