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Kelvin, Bottomley & Baird Binnacle & Compass

$5,000.00 $3,750.00

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Kelvin, Bottomley & Baird Binnacle & Compass

This is great rare piece to add to your nautical collection! A full-sized Kelvin, Bottomley & Baird Binnacle & Compass. We have another Kelvin binnacle but we didn’t receive a Kelvin compass with it. The dry card inside of the Kelvin compass was tore to shreds and sat in our warehouse for a year. We recently got our hands on an authentic dry card compass that was manufactured by a German, using Kelvin’s design. This exactly fits into the compass we have and we installed it and confirmed it’s functionality.


Height: 57″
Width: 33″
Length: 21″
Weight: a lot (we’ll weigh when we have time)


The company was very prominent in the industry thanks to their illustrious owner, William Thomson. The binnacle itself was produced in Glasgow, sometime between 1913 and 1947.

William Thomson, otherwise known as Lord Kelvin, was a Professor of Natural Philosophy at Glasgow University from 1846-1899. William’s father was a professor of mathematics at the University and taught his sons the latest mathematics well before the British curriculum caught up. At the age of ten, William was enrolled into the University and began winning prizes for his work by the age of 15. He was elected unanimously at the age of 22 to fill a vacancy at the University of Glasgow and he remained in that position for the rest of his career. He had a large number of designs for inventions or improving products due to his extensive studies into heat and mathematics.

James White founded his own firm named James White in 1850. By 1854, White was working closely with Thomson’s designs to produce electrical instruments. In 1876, White was providing accurate ship’s compasses and binnacles for metal ships according to Thomson’s design. In 1899, Thomson resigned from his position at the university and the next year, a new company was incorporated – Kelvin and James White Ltd. By 1913, the company underwent a name change to Kelvin Bottomley and Baird Ltd. In 1941, the company merged with Henry Hughes and Son, which became known as Kelvin and Hughes. (source can be found here)

The Kelvin, Bottomley & Baird Binnacle & Compass shown in the photos will be shipped to you.

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