You are looking at the Vintage Brass Great Lakes Compass on Wood Mount that was taken from a ship being salvaged. 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. Today, this is sold as a decorative piece with a nice wood mount to finish it.
The housing still contains the original oil burning lighting to illuminate the lifeboat compass back in the day.
This listing is a consignment for a private collector in Cleveland, Ohio.
Weight: 8.5 lbs.