This is a working nautical brass Sestrel lifeboat compass. The reason that this compass is so small is that it was designed to be taken on lifeboats in case of an emergency. When preparing to abandon the boat, the large binnacle with a compass can’t be deconstructed. Instead, the crew will grab a portable compass to help the lifeboat find its way to safety. This is a salvaged nautical antique that you can tell a story about to your visitors.
The round housing on this Sestrel is solid brass. It measures 8.5 inches tall. The base is about 8.75 inches in diameter. The housing has some surface wear. It weighs just 6.2 pounds.
The salvaged sestrel lifeboat compass gimbals freely inside the housing. It is liquid-filled. The compass card (face) is marked “Sestrel”, “B6/7114/B83”, and “Made In England”.
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