U.S. Navy Bureau of Ships Lifeboat Binnacle

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is an early, 1942 U.S. Navy Lifeboat Binnacle by Lionel Corporation. This standard U.S. Navy lifeboat binnacle is constructed of brass and copper, and made by The Lionel Corporation during WWII when the company suspended manufacture of toy trains to join in the war effort. It features a magnetic compass marked 4″ BOAT COMPASS / No. 3925 / THE LIONEL CORPORATION N.Y.; compass card is marked in 10’s of degrees held in a gimbaled mount and white enamel painted interior. Front has a slanted, beveled glass panel, the top equipped with a wire brass bail; the back with a heavy cast mounting bracket. The side of the binnacle retains the original oil lantern complete with burner and wick wheel, font, polished reflector and area for matches; HT 9” + 3” for the bail. 7.5″ wide x 9.25″ deep.

Side view

Condition: Expected wear and normal oxidation; few dings and dents. Inside, the dry card compass shows as near new. The case indicates many days use at sea, but the dry card compass shows in good condition.


This binnacle is a wonderful U S Navy artifact, and is perfect for the serious collector or as an accent piece in any decor


showing burner bousing image Back of the binnacle Front

side door show the kerosene burner reservoir.

DIMENSIONS:  Binnacle housing  7 1/2″ W x 7 1/2″ D x 9 1/4″ H
Weight 11 Lbs.

3 1/2″ diameter
Card   3″ diameter

The back has a large elbow for mounting the binnacle on an exterior bulkhead

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