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VERY RARE PEDIGREED AMERICAN INSTRUMENT MAKER
BINNACLE COMPASS!
How many Kelvin -Wilfrid O. White wood pedestal binnacles  have you seen? Not only are they rare in the general market, none appear to have found their way to eBay.


Presented is one of the finest and handsomest vintage wood and brass binnacles ever seen. It shows very little wear for its minimum 80-88 years of age. The wood pedestal has recently been refinished in our shop, and the brass polished to a high sheen. The compass card is engraved Kelvin & Wifrid O. White Co., Boston & New York, USA under. There is a cartouche under the North pointer with a figure of a man inside that is likely Lord Kelvin the father of the modern compass. The chamber has white flakes of pain that have fallen off, and has a small air bubble. The upper ring is marked KELVIN WHITE then BOSTON.

This very handsome vintage binnacle with its rare early style wood pedestal mount has an enormous brass hood and belly with arms holding twin iron balls for adjusting deviation to a minimum and two internal compartments for magnets (not included). Overall condition is exceptional

DIMENSIONS:

Binnacle approximate 45" H x 25 1/2" W x 15" D

Compass:

Diameter of bowl 10 3/4"
Diameter of card   8 3/4"
Estimated weight 75 pounds



GUARANTEE OF SATISFACTION: You must be fully satisfied with your purchase on arrival and that our description is entirely accurate or your money back. The only conditions are that an email authorization be obtained within three days, and that the instrument is returned in its original condition and packaging, and insured for its full value. Unfortunately, shipping charges are not included in this offer and are non-refundable unless we are at fault.





PROVENANCE: Wilfred O. White had a rich nautical family history. he descended from a shipbuilding family that dated back to 1600 England. Born in Melbourne Australia, White came to the United States in 1898 and married Ruth Eldridge, the daughter of George Eldridge, who charted the first tide and current tables in U.S.

Later Wifrid became Kelvin's exclusive licensee in this country. White had studied with the Scottish Lord Kelvin for a year or more in Glasgow in the very early 1900's. Kelvin had made trips to this country as early as 1842, so he likely met Wifrid during one of them. Kelvin's work on magnetic compasses goes back to 1870, and the result was quickly adopted by the world's navies. After Kelvin's death in 1907, White was chosen to be Kevin's exclusive agent in the United States by Kevin's successors and partners, Kelvin, Bottomley & Baird. The Kelvin & Wilfrid O. White and Co. commenced operations in 1918. White was buying Kelvin's instruments from Scotland, and it is reported, he had to pay LIST price, IN ADVANCE. This was expensive and a thorn in Wilfred's side, and it ultimately induced him to develop his own design improvements which were marketed under the KWOW brand.

The Wilfrid White company sold out to the Eastern Company which consolidated it operations with Danforth's Marine Hardware, first in Naugatuck, CT and then moved the Danforth- White Division to Portland, ME in 1961. Compasses continue to be produced under the Danforth White label.


SHIPPING & PACKING: The cost of shipping, packing, handling, and insurance to your destination, is an additional charge. You may email us beforehand to get these costs. We price our shipping honestly, but we expect to be reimbursed for the nominal cost of packaging materials and handling.
 
PACKAGING: We recommend that this item be shipped  in at least three cartons in order to minimize the risk of damage. We take great care in packaging our items for shipment which includes bubble wrap, and placing in a box surrounded by impact absorbent material. However, we are not responsible, once it is turned over to the carrier. Full Value insurance is required. In the event of damage due to shipping we will assist you in all respects even to filing a claim in your behalf.

This represents a very scarce example of a brass and wood binnacle ship's compass which we estimate was made around 1918 by a pedigreed American instrument maker of world renown. It is a valued addition to any serious collection.

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This Fine Binnacle Has Been Sold. Thank You!
 
KELVIN-BOTTOMLEY & BARD BINNACLE IN SUPERB RESTORED CONDITION

 

 

Your chance to get a fine quality collector binnacle backed by our guarantee of satisfaction on arrival. This binnacle is perfect for the serious collector or as a focal point in your decor.
This fine recently restored Kelvin, Bottomley & Bard binnacle, Serial No. 9529 is in excellent condition and shows as better than new. The binnacle was formerly owned by a collector of marine antiques whose hobby was wood working. He had the time, patience, and money to lavish on making a beat up relic and bringing it back to its original glory. The brass hood and casement are brightly polished and lacquered for protection, have only very minor indications they saw service at sea. The Sestrel "Deadbeat" compass is an upgrade that was likely added during WW II when it was the standard throughout the Royal Navy, Merchant Marine and used in Allied shipping.
 
This wonderful piece is a historic example of  a ship's binnacle as originally conceived by James Thomson, i.e. Lord Kelvin who was the father of the modern compass as well as other late 19 century innovations in technical products and procedures. The binnacle is a giant compare to most others which makes it ideal for display as does its very distinctive hood. Thebeautiful lamp is complete with original porcelain burner that adds an additional touch of old world charm.

DIMENSIONS:

Binnacle               55 1/2" H x 32" W x 14" D
Pedestal diameter 15 1/2"
Base                     20 1/2" square
Compass card     7 1/2" Diameter
Compass Bowl    10" Diameter
Estimated weight  200 pounds

                        With cover plate open

           Compass azimuth circle and case
             Maker's plate and serial number
               Deadbeat compass
HISTORY OF KELVIN, BOTTOMLEY & BAIRD: The origins of the company lie in the highly successful partnership, between William Thomson, later Lord Kelvin, (1824-1907), Professor of Natural Philosophy at Glasgow University from 1846-1899 and James White, a Glasgow optical maker. James White (1824-1884) founded the firm of James White, optical instrument maker in Glasgow in 1850 and was involved in supplying apparatus for Thomson's laboratory and working with him on experiments. By 1854, White was already producing electrical instruments - electrometers and electrical balances - from Thomson's designs. 

In 1870, White was largely responsible for equipping Thomson's laboratory in the new University premises at Gilmorehill. From 1876, he was producing accurate compasses for metal ships to Thomson's design, and this became an important part of his business in the last years of his life. He was also involved in the production of sophisticated sounding machinery that Thomson had designed to address problems encountered in laying cables at sea, helping to make possible the first transatlantic cable connection. At the same time, he continued to make a whole range of more conventional instruments such as telescopes, microscopes and surveying equipment. White's association with Thomson continued until he died, but without any legal deeds of co-partnery - White bearing, at least in a public sense, the financial risks of their working partnership.

After his death, his business continued under the same name. Thomson, who became Sir William Thomson and then Baron Kelvin of Largs in 1892, continued to maintain his interest in the business after White's death. In 1884 he raised most of the capital needed to construct and equip new workshops in Cambridge Street, Glasgow. At the Cambridge Street premises, the company continued to make the compass Thomson had designed during the 1870s and to supply it in some quantity, especially to the Admiralty. At the same time, the firm became increasingly involved in the design, production and sale of electrical apparatus.

In 1899, Lord Kelvin resigned from his University chair and became, in 1900, a director in the newly formed limited liability company, Kelvin & James White Ltd which acquired the business of James White. At the same time, Kelvin's nephew, James Thomson Bottomley (1845-1926), joined the firm which by c1915 had become known as Kelvin, White & Hutton Ltd. Kelvin & James White Ltd underwent a further change of name in 1913, becoming Kelvin Bottomley & Baird Ltd. Years later the operation was merged with Henry Hughes & Son of London, England with the surviving company known as Kelvin-Hughes, Ltd.

SHIPPING:  The buyer is responsible for making arrangements for packing and shipping using his own forwarding agent and carrier. If the buyer wishes to use the seller's assistance for shipment, he shall hold seller harmless for any damages or loss arising out of their participation. Shipping can be arranged through LDG Delivery Service for approximately $310 for the U.S. East Coast, and certain cities in Michigan, and Indiana. Contact L. Drew Gerard, for quotes. 561-212-7159, Email:  antiquedelivery@aol.com

ACCEPTED FORMS OF PAYMENT are Bank wire transfer, cashier's check, money order, or personal check in which case the item will be held until cleared. No checks from overseas buyers, no credit cards or PayPal accepted on this item.

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