F. Smith & Son – Southampton, U.K.
Early 20th Century Yacht Binnacle
with Sestrel Compass
Base Diameter – 9″ Ht – 10″
Dia. of Front Viewing Port 5″ Compass Dia. 4″ Weight 6 lbs. 8 oz.
Presented is a fine yacht binnacle with a Sestral compass. It is from F.Smith & Son, Southampton, U.K. They were chandlery retailers supplying yachts and ships in the early 20th century. In 1913, they were at 23 Oxford Street, Southampton. This binnacle represents a “private label” offering from this retailer.
Marine opticians and compass adjusters.
Sestrel is the Trade Mark brand of Henry Browne & Son who were important British compass makers. They made only the highest quality marine navigation gear under the
“Sestrel” trademark and were purchased by Lilley & Gillie around 1975 when the marine industry was being consolidated.
The Sestrel operations were sold more than once.
This fine early yacht binnacle will make a fine addition to any nautical or maritime decor. It is in excellent condition and the compass is in good working order. It has been polished and lacquered for dramatic display.