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We have many styles of nautical compasses and engine order telegraphs. Great antique pieces from real working vessels.

  • Item #P2-17

    Sestrel Lifeboat Compass

    Price: $225.00

    Click on the photo to see additional views of this Sestrel lifeboat compass.

    Here is an original brass Sestrel lifeboat compass. The compass is liquid filled and is functional.  This Sestrel lifeboat compass measures about 9 inches tall. The base is about 8 inches in diameter.   The sestrel lifeboat compass weighs just under 6 1/2 pounds.  The compass card and housing is marked with the makers’ name “Sestrel” and also “Made in England”.  The compass itself gimbals freely inside the housing, which shows a bit of weathering.

    The helmet glass and compass glass appear to be undamaged – just needs cleaned up a bit.

    The magnetic compass is the most familiar compass type. It functions as a pointer to “magnetic north”, the local magnetic meridian, because the magnetized needle at its heart aligns itself with the horizontal component of the Earth’s magnetic field. The magnetic field exerts a torque on the needle, pulling one end or pole of the needle approximately toward the Earth’s North magnetic pole, and pulling the other toward the South magnetic pole. The needle is mounted on a low-friction pivot point, in better compasses a jewel bearing, so it can turn easily. When the compass is held level, the needle turns until, after a few seconds to allow oscillations to die out, it settles into its equilibrium orientation.

    We have an extensive inventory of wall and ceiling lights, more compasses, portholes, art, lifeboat rings, coral and sponges, and a whole lot more nautical décor items.

    Just give us a call at 574-870-1571 to place your order or send us an email with your wants.  Shipping is free here in the US!!

    You will be shipped the Sestrel lifeboat compass shown in the photos.

     

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  • Item #P2-18

    Vintage Sestrel Lifeboat Compass

    Price: $225.00

    Click on the photo to see additional views of this vintage Sestrel lifeboat compass.

    This is a vintage Sestrel lifeboat compass made of brass. The compass is liquid filled and is functional.  This vintage Sestrel lifeboat compass measures about 8 inches tall. The base is about 8 3/4 inches in diameter.   The vintage sestrel lifeboat compass weighs just under 6 1/2 pounds.  The compass card is marked with the makers’ name “Sestrel”.  The compass itself gimbals freely inside the housing.

    The helmet glass has some light scratches in it, and the compass glass  just needs cleaned up a bit.

    The magnetic compass is the most familiar compass type. It functions as a pointer to “magnetic north”, the local magnetic meridian, because the magnetized needle at its heart aligns itself with the horizontal component of the Earth’s magnetic field. The magnetic field exerts a torque on the needle, pulling one end or pole of the needle approximately toward the Earth’s North magnetic pole, and pulling the other toward the South magnetic pole. The needle is mounted on a low-friction pivot point, in better compasses a jewel bearing, so it can turn easily. When the compass is held level, the needle turns until, after a few seconds to allow oscillations to die out, it settles into its equilibrium orientation.

    Just give us a call at 574-870-1571 to place your order or send us an email with your wants.  Shipping is free here in the US!!

    You will be shipped the vintage Sestrel lifeboat compass shown in the photos.

     

    Quantity: 1 Piece In Stock

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  • Item #P2-07

    Large German Compass With Original Box

    Price: $375.00

    Click on the photos to see additional views of this large German compass with original box.

    This is a very nice large German compass with original box made by W. Ludolph of Hamburg and Bremerhaven.

    The outside box measures 15 1/4 inches square and is 7 1/8 inches tall; it weighs over 33 pounds.

    This large German compass with original box is fully functional. The gimbal ring measures about 12 1/4 inches in diameter with the compass being 10 1/2 inches in diameter. The compass is brass and has a weathered finish.

    A compass is an instrument used for navigation and orientation that shows direction relative to the geographic cardinal directions, or “points”. Usually, a diagram called  a compass rose, which shows the directions north, south, east, and west as abbreviated initials marked on the compass. When the compass is used, the rose can be aligned with the corresponding geographic directions, so, for example, the “N” mark on the rose really points to the north. Frequently, in addition to the rose or sometimes instead of it, angle markings in degrees are shown on the compass. North corresponds to zero degrees, and the angles increase clockwise, so east is 90 degrees, south is 180, and west is 270.

    You will be shipped this large German compass with original box shown in the photos.

    Quantity: 1 Piece in stock

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  • Item #P2-06

    Large Floating Compass With Original Box

    Price: $400.00

    Click on the photos to see additional views of this large floating compass with original box.

    This is a very nice large floating compass with original box made by Iver C. Weilbach & Co. A/S, Copenhagen.

    The outside box measures 15 inches by 13 3/4 inches and is 8 inches tall; it weighs almost 33 pounds.

    This large floating compass with original box is fully functional. The gimbal ring measures about 12 1/2 inches in diameter with the compass being 10 5/8 inches in diameter. The compass is brass and has a weathered finish.

    A compass is an instrument used for navigation and orientation that shows direction relative to the geographic cardinal directions, or “points”. Usually, a diagram called  a compass rose, which shows the directions north, south, east, and west as abbreviated initials marked on the compass. When the compass is used, the rose can be aligned with the corresponding geographic directions, so, for example, the “N” mark on the rose really points to the north. Frequently, in addition to the rose or sometimes instead of it, angle markings in degrees are shown on the compass. North corresponds to zero degrees, and the angles increase clockwise, so east is 90 degrees, south is 180, and west is 270.

    You will be shipped this large floating compass with original box shown in the photos.

    Quantity: 1 Piece in stock

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  • Item #P2-08

    Cassens and Plath Magnetic Compass

    Price: $450.00

    Click on the photo to see additional views of the Cassens and Plath magnetic compass.

    This is an original liquid filled Cassens and Plath magnetic compass. The compass housing is 9 5/8 inches wide and about 5 inches tall. The gimbal ring is 11 1/2 inches wide. The compass is fully functional but looks to read several degrees off from a true North position. The liquid has a large bubble. The wooden box was made by us and makes a perfect display case. The wood box measures 16 x 16 inches and about 9 1/2 inches tall. This item weighs about 40 pounds.

    Many types of fluid have been used over the years to fill liquid-damped compasses, such as this Cassens and Plath magnetic compass.  The presence of fluid acts to damp the horizontal circular oscillation of a compass card and allows the card to settle on north much faster than air-damped compasses.  Liquid-damped compasses traditionally have a floating compass dial that turns instead of a moving needle supported over a fixed card – but occasionally you will see exceptions.

    A compass is an instrument used for navigation and orientation that shows direction relative to the geographic cardinal directions, or “points”. Usually, a diagram called a compass rose which shows the directions north, south, east and west as abbreviated initials marked on the compass. When the compass is used, the rose can be aligned with the corresponding geographic directions, so, for example, the “N” mark on the rose really points to the north. Frequently, in addition to the rose or sometimes instead of it, angle markings in degrees are shown on the compass. North corresponds to zero degrees, and the angles increase clockwise, so east is 90 degrees, south is 180, and west is 270. These numbers allow the compass to show azimuths or bearings.

    This beautiful Cassens and Plath magnetic compass is indeed one of those nautical treasures that will add the final touch to your nautical collection.

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  • Item #P2-12

    Vintage Magnetic Brass Compass With Box

    Price: $450.00

    Click on the photo to see additional views of the vintage magnetic brass compass.

    This is a “Cassens and Plath” original liquid filled magnetic brass compass. The compass housing is 9 3/4 inches wide and about 4 3/4 inches tall. The gimbal ring is 12 1/2 inches wide. The compass is fully functional. The liquid has a large bubble. The wooden box was made by us and makes a perfect display case. The wood box measures 16 x 16 inches and about 9 inches tall. This magnetic brass compass and box weighs about 40 pounds.

    This magnetic brass compass has had most of the paint removed, but the brass has not been fully polished.

    Many types of fluids have been used over the years to fill liquid-damped compasses.  The presence of fluid acts to damp the horizontal circular oscillation of a compass card and allows the card to settle on north much faster than air-damped compasses.  Liquid-damped compasses traditionally have a floating compass dial that turns instead of a moving needle supported over a fixed card – but occasionally you will see exceptions.

    A compass is an instrument used for navigation and orientation that shows direction relative to the geographic cardinal directions, or “points”. Usually, a diagram called a compass rose, which shows the directions north, south, east and west as abbreviated initials marked on the compass. When the compass is used, the rose can be aligned with the corresponding geographic directions, so, for example, the “N” mark on the rose really points to the north. Frequently, in addition to the rose or sometimes instead of it, angle markings in degrees are shown on the compass. North corresponds to zero degrees, and the angles increase clockwise, so east is 90 degrees, south is 180, and west is 270. These numbers allow the compass to show azimuths or bearings.

    This Cassens and Plath magnetic brass compass is a beautiful addition to your nautical décor.  Please give us a call to place your order.

    Quantity: 1 Piece In Stock

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  • Item #P2-09

    German Compass With Box

    Price: $450.00

    Click on the photos to see additional views of this German compass with box.

    Here is a very nice German compass with box made by W. Ludolph of Hamburg and Bremerhaven. The lid slides off to access the compass and the box is labeled “Spare Magnetic Compass”.

    The outside box measures about 15 1/4 inches square and is 7 1/2 inches tall; it weighs just over 45 pounds.

    This German compass with box is fully functional. The gimbal ring measures about 13 inches in diameter with the compass being 10 1/2 inches in diameter. The compass is brass and has a weathered finish.

    A compass is an instrument used for navigation and orientation that shows direction relative to the geographic cardinal directions, or “points”. Usually, a diagram called  a compass rose, which shows the directions north, south, east, and west as abbreviated initials marked on the compass. When the compass is used, the rose can be aligned with the corresponding geographic directions, so, for example, the “N” mark on the rose really points to the north. Frequently, in addition to the rose or sometimes instead of it, angle markings in degrees are shown on the compass. North corresponds to zero degrees, and the angles increase clockwise, so east is 90 degrees, south is 180, and west is 270.

    You will be shipped this German compass with box shown in the photos.

    Quantity: 1 Piece in stock

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  • Item #P2-13

    German Compass With Original Box

    Price: $450.00

    Click on the photos to see additional views of this German compass with original box.

    This is a very nice German compass with original box made by C. Plath of Hamburg. The lid slides off to access the compass.

    The outside box measures about 14 1/8 inches square and is 6 1/2 inches tall; it weighs 23 1/2 pounds.

    This German compass with original box is fully functional. The gimbal ring measures about 12 inches in diameter with the compass being 10 inches in diameter. The compass is brass and has a weathered finish.

    A compass is an instrument used for navigation and orientation that shows direction relative to the geographic cardinal directions, or “points”. Usually, a diagram called  a compass rose, which shows the directions north, south, east, and west as abbreviated initials marked on the compass. When the compass is used, the rose can be aligned with the corresponding geographic directions, so, for example, the “N” mark on the rose really points to the north. Frequently, in addition to the rose or sometimes instead of it, angle markings in degrees are shown on the compass. North corresponds to zero degrees, and the angles increase clockwise, so east is 90 degrees, south is 180, and west is 270.

    You will be shipped this German compass with original box shown in the photos.

    Quantity: 1 Piece in stock

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  • Item #P2-14

    German Magnetic Compass With Original Box

    Price: $450.00

    Click on the photos to see additional views of this German magnetic compass with original box.

    This is a very nice German magnetic compass with original box made by W. Ludolph of Hamburg and Bremerhaven. The lid slides off to access the compass.

    The outside box measures about 15 1/4 inches square and is 7 1/4 inches tall; it weighs just over 43 pounds.

    This German magnetic compass with original box is fully functional. The gimbal ring measures about 13 inches in diameter with the compass being 10 1/2 inches in diameter. The compass is brass and has a weathered finish.

    A compass is an instrument used for navigation and orientation that shows direction relative to the geographic cardinal directions, or “points”. Usually, a diagram called  a compass rose, which shows the directions north, south, east, and west as abbreviated initials marked on the compass. When the compass is used, the rose can be aligned with the corresponding geographic directions, so, for example, the “N” mark on the rose really points to the north. Frequently, in addition to the rose or sometimes instead of it, angle markings in degrees are shown on the compass. North corresponds to zero degrees, and the angles increase clockwise, so east is 90 degrees, south is 180, and west is 270.

    You will be shipped this German magnetic compass with original box shown in the photos.

    Quantity: 1 Piece in stock

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  • Item #P2-15

    Vintage Danish Compass

    Price: $450.00

    Click on the photos to see additional views of this vintage Danish compass.

    This is a very nice vintage Danish compass with original box made by Iver C. Welibach. The lid slides off to access the compass.

    The outside box measures about 16 inches square and is 7 inches tall; it weighs about 34 pounds.

    This vintage Danish compass with original box is fully functional. The gimbal ring measures about 12 1/2 inches in diameter with the compass being 10 5/8 inches in diameter. The compass is brass.

    A compass is an instrument used for navigation and orientation that shows direction relative to the geographic cardinal directions, or “points”. Usually, a diagram called  a compass rose, which shows the directions north, south, east, and west as abbreviated initials marked on the compass. When the compass is used, the rose can be aligned with the corresponding geographic directions, so, for example, the “N” mark on the rose really points to the north. Frequently, in addition to the rose or sometimes instead of it, angle markings in degrees are shown on the compass. North corresponds to zero degrees, and the angles increase clockwise, so east is 90 degrees, south is 180, and west is 270.

    You will be shipped this vintage Danish compass and box shown in the photos.

    Quantity: 1 Piece in stock

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  • Item #P2-41

    Engine Order Telegraph Nunotani Keike Seisausho Amagasaki Japan

    Price: $925.00

    Click on the photo to see additional views of the telegraph.

    This is an original aluminum engine order telegraph that we have cleaned and polished.  Dial is marked “Nunotani Keike Seisausho Amagasaki Japan”. This engine order telegraph stands 43 inches tall. It has twin dials that measure 14 inches wide. The top head section of this unit is 12 inches thick. The base is about 15 inches wide with 6 mount holes. Working condition is not known – I have never re-wired one of these telegraphs, but several of my buyers have had success in sorting out the wiring.

    The base unbolts from the top, so we can ship this with no problem.

    This engine order telegraph weighs about 90 pounds.

    You will be shipped the unit shown.

    Quantity: 1 Unit in stock

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  • Item #P2-44

    Authentic Engine Order Telegraph Ship Salvaged

    Price: $925.00

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    This is a  authentic engine order telegraph. This unit is made of aluminum and we have cleaned it up and polished it. Dial is marked “Nunotani Keiki Seisakusho Co. LTD”. This authentic engine order telegraph stands 43 inches tall.  It has twin dials that measure 14 inches wide. The top head section of this unit is 12 inches thick. The base is about 15 inches wide with 6 mount holes.

    The base unbolts from the top and will be shipped in two boxes.  This telegraph weighs about 90 pounds.

    You will be shipped the authentic engine order telegraph shown in the photos.

    Quantity: 1 Unit in stock

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  • Item #P2-43

    Vintage Engine Order Telegraph

    Price: $925.00

    Click on the photo to see additional views of this vintage engine order telegraph.

    This is an aluminum vintage engine order telegraph with an iron base made by “Nippon Zosenkikai CO LTD”. This vintage engine telegraph stands 43″ inches tall. It has twin dials that measure 14 inches wide. The top head section of this unit is 16 1/2 inches thick. The base is about 15 inches wide with 6 mount holes. This is an electric telegraph and its working condition is not known. I have never re-wired one of these telegraphs, but several of my buyers have had success in sorting out the wiring.

    The base unbolts from the top, so we can ship this item with no problem. This vintage engine order telegraph weighs about 130 pounds.

    You will be shipped the telegraph shown in the photos.

    An engine order telegraph or E.O.T,  was a device used on a ship (or submarine) for the pilot on the bridge to order engineers in the engine room to power the vessel at a certain desired speed. In early vessels, from the 19th century until about 1950, the device usually consisted of a round dial about nine inches (~20 centimetres) in diameter with a knob at the center attached to one or more handles, and an indicator pointer on the face of the dial. There would also be a revolutions per minute indicator, worked by a hand crank.

    Traditional E.O.T.s required a pilot wanting to change speed to “ring” the telegraph on the bridge, moving the handle to a different position on the dial. This would ring a bell in the engine room and move their pointer to the position on the dial selected by the bridge. The engineers hear the bell and move their handle to the same position to signal their acknowledgment of the order, and adjust the engine speed accordingly. Such an order is called a “bell,” for example the order for a ship’s maximum speed, flank speed.

    You will be shipped the vintage engine order telegraph shown in the photos.

    Quantity: 1 Unit in stock

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  • Item #P2-48

    Japanese Aluminum Engine Order Telegraph

    Price: $950.00

    Click on the photo to see additional views of this Japanese Aluminum Engine Order Telegraph.

    This is a vintage Japanese Aluminum Engine Order Telegraph was made by “Nippon Zosenkikai Co.,  LTD.”. This Japanese Aluminum Engine Order Telegraph stands 42″ inches tall. It has twin dials that measure 14 inches wide. The top head section of this unit is 17 inches thick. The base is about 15 inches wide with 6 mount holes. This is an electric telegraph.

    The base unbolts from the top, so we can ship this with no problem. This telegraph weighs about 130 pounds.

    You will be shipped the unit shown.

    Quantity: 1 Unit in stock

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  • Item #P2-50

    Authentic Engine Order Telegraph

    Price: $950.00

    Click on the photo to see additional views of this Authentic Engine Order Telegraph.

    It was made by “Nippon Zosenkikai Co., Ltd.”. This Authentic Engine Order Telegraph stands 42 inches tall. The top head is made of aluminum and the stand is iron. It has twin dials that measure 13 inches wide. The top head section of this unit is 15 inches thick. The base is about 14 inches wide with 6 mount holes.

    The base unbolts from the top, so we can ship this with no problem. This telegraph weighs about 130 pounds.

    You will be shipped the unit shown in the photos.

     

     

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  • Item #P2-51

    Japanese Engine Order Telegraph

    Price: $950.00

    Click on the photo to see additional images of this Japanese Engine Order Telegraph.

    This is an aluminum  Japanese Engine Order Telegraph with iron base made by “Nippon Zosenkikai CO LTD Tokyo.”. This telegraph stands 43″ inches tall. It has twin dials that measure 14 inches wide. The top head section of this unit is 12 inches thick. The base is about 15 inches wide with 6 mount holes.

    The base unbolts from the top, so we can ship this with no problem. This telegraph weighs about 120 pounds.

    You will be shipped the unit shown.

     

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  • Item #P2-46

    Seaman’s Brothers Telegraph – Maritime Treasure!

    Price: $3,500.00

    Click on the photo to see additional views of this Seaman’s Brothers Telegraph for sale.

    ***** PLEASE NOTE, THIS Seaman’s Brothers Telegraph DOES NOT HAVE FREE SHIPPING. I WILL ASSIST YOU IN GETTING IT SHIPPED, BUT THE BUYER WILL PAY ALL SHIPPING CHARGES ON THIS ITEM.  *********

    This Seaman’s Brothers Telegraph was on display for years at the Jacksonville Maritime Museum until it closed in December of 2015. This cast brass example must weigh about 300 pounds. Measuring from the top of the handle to the floor, it stands 49 inches tall. The dual sided head on this unit is 17 inches wide and 15 inches thick.

    The handle moves freely with noticeable clicks at each command position. This is an electric telegraph, so unless you figure out the wiring the bell does not ring when the handle is moved.

    Both dials on this Seaman’s Brothers Telegraph show signs of wear. I know some of you will disagree with me on this, but if I were to keep this telegraph in my collection, I would remove the dials and have them remade in plexiglass with red or black vinyl lettering. Yea, it would no longer be 100% original, but I like the dials to be readable.

    This Seaman’s Brothers Telegraph has no dates on it, but I would say it is late 1940’s or early 1950’s. This telegraph s being sold in as found condition. The as found condition includes lose or missing paint over that nice historic brass telegraph.

    I travel to many shows up and down the east coast of the US. If you are not in a hurry for delivery, it is possible that you could buy this unit today and schedule a time to met me while I am traveling to a show. Or, we can crate it and ship this unit by common carrier. This is not shippable via our normal FedEx Ground free shipping due the excessive weight.

    Have questions about buying this nice Seaman’s Brothers Telegraph, call me at 574-870-1571.

    Quantity: 1 Unit in stock

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