Here we have an Beautiful U.S. Navy Magnetic Compass by The Lionel Corporation. The Lionel Corporation is one of the most famous American toy companies – producing model trains since 1906. They even had their model train inducted into the Toy Hall of Fame in 2006. Ads highlighted father-son bonding. Lionel Trains, they proclaimed, “made a Boy feel like a Man and a Man feel like a Boy.”
In 1942, Lionel stopped producing toy trains altogether, and began manufacturing nautical equipment for the U.S. Navy during World War II. This is one of the models they made in that first year of nautical manufacturing – marked with U.S. Navy and 1943 on the compass.
The markings on this U.S. Navy Magnetic Compass are the following:
Diameter (Frame) : 11.75″
Diameter (Compass) : 9.75″
Width (Extended Pegs) : 13.5″
Weight: 32 lbs.
Big Ship Salvage scours the world for nautical antique lights, décor and other items related to the Nautical Life. Brass, copper, stainless steel and sometimes aluminum materials are used to make-up the vintage lights and maritime antiques that we find. We soda-blast the old paint off, remove the old wiring and polish before they arrive in our warehouse. Then, we rewire with UL listed bulb sockets and wiring harnesses and get ready for purchase. They are now ready to warm your home, business or restaurant with that nautical feeling we all desire.
For more magnetic compasses with a colorful history check out: 1977 Nunotani Seiki Marine Magnetic Compass
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