You are looking at an authentic U.S. Navy Bureau Of Ships NO. 5 Compass which was made by the John E. Hand And Sons Company. In 1873, John Enos Hand came from Liverpool with his wife to the United States. That same year he established his company in Philadelphia. He was known as the “First Man In America to adjust a compass aboard an iron ship”.
On this small boat compass you will see a plaque that reads: U.S. Navy Bureau Of Ships, NO. 5 Compass, Mark 2, Serial No, MOD O Continuing NO. N00104-79-W-KX19, John E. Hand & Sons Company and lastly the NSN 2H6605-00-255-0238. The word FORE can be found above the plaque.
Inside the lid you will see a paper that gives you instructions on how to correct the compass.
This item was placed on a wooden base so you can showcase it easily. This is a great piece of nautical history that would be perfect for a U.S. Navy collector!
Height: 5 3/4″
Height With Lid: 6 3/4″
Compass Width: 4 1/2″
Glass Diameter: 3 1/4″
Base Diameter: 7″
Base Thickness: 3/4″
Weight: 9 lbs.