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
This very handsome vintage binnacle with its rare early
Binnacle approximate 45″ H x 25 1/2″ W x 15″
Diameter of bowl 10 3/4″
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.
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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.
cover plate open
Compass azimuth circle and case
and serial number
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: [email protected]
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order, or personal check in which case the item will be held until cleared. No checks from overseas buyers, no credit cards
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