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MINIATURE CHANDLER'S DISPLAY
 
VINTAGE KELVIN-HUGHES DISPLAY BINNACLE 

 

Your chance to get a miniature collector binnacle backed by our guarantee of satisfaction on arrival. This binnacle is perfect for desktop display or as a focal point in your decor.
 
PRICE $500.00
SHIPPING TO 48 CONTIGUOUS STATES $25.00 
 

Presented is a Kelvin - Hughes Ltd., miniature binnacle, which replicates a "salesman's sample", or these that were made to be used by ship chandlers' as a convenient showroom display.
 
It is in good condition showing some signs of age. The base is Teak with a brass tube mounted on back to be used hold Flinders bars (magnets). There is a clinometer on the front with the maker's plate below. Two arms hold iron spheres that move in an out, and minimize the affect of deviation. Called quadrantal correctors, they were the invention of James Thomson, later Lord Kelvin. The early style brass hood sits on a bit of an angle, and has a tag that reads:
 
KELVIN & HUGHES, LTD
SERIAL NUMBER
KH 1951
MADE IN GREAT BRITIAN
 
An oil lamp burner is on each side of the hood. The compass is in excellent condition. The brass has just been polished for your enjoyment. The clinometer has markings and appears to have liquid inside, but there is no bubble.
 
This wonderful piece is an example of  a ship's binnacle as 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 approximately half the scale of the full size example it replicates. This makes it ideal for display as does its very distinctive hood. The two beautiful lamps, complete with original burners adds a touch of old world charm.


DIMENSIONS:

Binnacle             25" H x 15 1/2" W x 9 7/8" D
Compass card     3" Diameter
Compass Bowl    3 3/4" Diameter
Weight  pounds   12 pounds

THE BROAD ARROW MARK: 

Broad Arrow  n.   The pheon (a bearing representing the head of a Broad Arrow or javelin, with long barbs which are engrailed on the inner edge) was, like the modern mace, carried before royalty by a sergeant-at-arms. It became a royal mark, and was used in Great Britain to denote crown property, being termed the "Broad R,"or "Broad Arrow." One could suppose that the Broad Arrow is one of the oldest "trademarks" still in use for its original purpose. The Broad Arrow was chosen as the logo as the official mark designating British Government issued property.  Many companies superimposed or combined their own logo in conjunction with the Broad Arrow as is done in the Kelvin-Hughes plate.

 

                              Twin burner hood

                    Fully functional compass
                      Clinometer for angle of heel
               The Broad Arrow K-H Mark

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HISTORY, TODAY & YESTERDAY:

Today, Kelvin Hughes is a part of England's Smiths Group but it can trace its history back for more than two hundred and fifty years when predecessors supplied mariners with compasses, chronometers and sextants to help navigate them around the new worlds
 
Two companies, Kelvin Bottomley & Baird and Hughes & Sons had existed side by side for many years. The former was originally based in Glasgow, Scotland since 1850, had been a manufacture and supplier of technical equipment designed by the great Lord Kelvin of Largs an academic who held patents issued in 1870 on minimizing deviation error in the magnetic compass. Kelvin's compass design, first made by the firm of Kevin & James White, were adopted by the world's navies The firm's name was changed to KB&B in 1913. Since 1838, the Hughes family, originally clock makers in the East End of London, progressed into supplying sextants and chronometers to ships coming into the Thames.
 
The two companies  formed an alliance in 1941 under the name Kelvin & Hughes, Marine Instruments Ltd. In 1947, they combined all operations in one company by forming Kelvin Hughes Limited which then became part of Smiths, a UK based instrument maker, in the early 1960s.
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