This is a Negus New York Dual Oil Lamp Compass Binnacle. In 1848, Thomas Negus and his brother John D. Negus founded the firm of T.S. & J.D. Negus, which manufactured and sold maritime chronometers and nautical instruments in New York City. The firm made chronometers for the States Navy as well as shipmasters and yachtsmen. After that they started to produce other nautical equipment.
You will see on the compass itself that it was produced on September 22,1896. Also, underneath the two bars on the compass you will see the words; Axial, Balance, Compass- ALWAYS STEADY and Baker Melrose MASS. On top of the hood you will see NEGUS NEW YORK. This binnacle has dual oil lamps for nighttime illumination. The compass gimbles around freely. There is some damage on one of the lids to an oil lamp which you can see in a picture.
This compass was placed on a round wooden base to display easier. A beautiful vintage, nautical piece of history to add to your collection!
Total Height: 18 1/2″
Base Diameter: 11″
Base Height: 2 1/2″
Glass Diameter: 5 3/4″
Compass Hub: 16″
Compass Diameter: 4″
Weight: 20 lbs.
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