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 Kelvin - Hughes binnacle, Serial No. 445, Type Cabquo "B", is in excellent condition
and shows as near new. The base is high grade Walnut. The brass hood and casement show the normal wear of service at sea with
some minor dents and abrasions, but nothing of significance. They have just been polished and lacquered for your enjoyment.
The compass has a bubble and some sediment in the solution. which a compass service shop can easily remedy.
This wonderful piece is a historic 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 somewhat smaller in overall scale than the more common larger ones which makes it ideal for display
as does its very distinctive hood. The two beautiful lamps, complete with original porcelain burner adds a touch of old world
48" H x 24" W x 14" D
Compass card 6 1/2" Diameter
Compass Bowl 9" Diameter
THE BROAD ARROW MARK:
Broad Arrow noun. 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 inconjunction with the Broad Arrow.
Large size compass in 9“
HISTORY, TODAY & YESTERDAY:
Kelvin Hughes today 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
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.
SHIPPING: It is recommended that the binnacle be disassembled and shipped in three
cartons to save on cost. Doing this, using FedEx Ground to Los Angles will only be around $120.00 including packing and insurance.
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 facilities for shipment, he shall hold seller harmless for any damages or loss arising out
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