You are looking at a Vintage 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 compass is made out of solid brass. On top of the hood, you will see that the handle is slightly bent and the glass on the housing is a little scratched. Other than that the housing is in good condition. The compass itself is somewhat worn. On the rim of the compass you will see the word Sestrel and some numbers: 898081 and 88880. The ball part on the compass has the numbers 898081 also. On the side of the compass is where the oil and wick was stored.
A great item to add to your nautical collection!
Base Diameter: 8 3/4″
Base Rim: 3/4″
Glass Diameter: 3/4″
Weight: 7.5 lbs.