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
and handsomest vintage wood and brass binnacles ever seen. It shows very little wear for its minimum 80-88 years
of age. The wood pedestal has recently been refinished in our shop, and the brass polished to a high sheen. The compass card
is engraved Kelvin & Wifrid O. White Co., Boston & New York, USA under. There is a cartouche under the North
pointer with a figure of a man inside that is likely Lord Kelvin the father of the modern compass. The chamber has white
flakes of pain that have fallen off, and has a small air bubble. The upper ring is marked KELVIN WHITE then BOSTON.

This very handsome vintage binnacle with its rare early
style wood pedestal mount has an enormous brass hood and belly with arms holding twin iron balls for adjusting deviation
to a minimum and two internal compartments for magnets (not included). Overall condition is exceptional


Binnacle approximate 45″ H x 25 1/2″ W x 15″


Diameter of bowl 10 3/4″
Diameter of card  
8 3/4″
Estimated weight 75 pounds

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.

SHIPPING & PACKING: The cost of shipping, packing,
handling, and insurance to your destination, is an additional charge. You may email us beforehand to get these costs. We price
our shipping honestly, but we expect to be reimbursed for the nominal cost of packaging materials and handling.
PACKAGING: We recommend that this item
be shipped  in at least three cartons in order to minimize the risk of damage. We take great care in packaging our items
for shipment which includes bubble wrap, and placing in a box surrounded by impact absorbent material. However, we are not
responsible, once it is turned over to the carrier. Full Value insurance is required. In the event of damage due to shipping
we will assist you in all respects even to filing a claim in your behalf.

This represents
a very scarce example of a brass and wood binnacle ship’s compass which we estimate was made around 1918 by a pedigreed
American instrument maker of world renown. It is a valued addition to any serious collection.

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This Fine Binnacle Has Been Sold. Thank You!



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 recently restored Kelvin, Bottomley & Bard binnacle, Serial No. 9529 is
in excellent condition and shows as better than new. The binnacle was formerly owned by a collector of marine antiques
whose hobby was wood working. He had the time, patience, and money to lavish on making a beat up relic and bringing it back
to its original glory. The brass hood and casement are brightly polished and lacquered for protection, have only very
minor indications they saw service at sea. The Sestrel “Deadbeat” compass is an upgrade that was likely added during
WW II when it was the standard throughout the Royal Navy, Merchant Marine and used in Allied shipping.
This wonderful piece is a historic example of  a ship’s binnacle as originally 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 a giant compare to most others which makes it ideal for display as does
its very distinctive hood. Thebeautiful lamp is complete with original porcelain burner that adds an additional touch
of old world charm.


55 1/2″ H x 32″ W x 14″ D
Pedestal diameter 15 1/2″
20 1/2″ square
Compass card     7 1/2″ Diameter
Compass Bowl    10″ Diameter
weight  200 pounds

cover plate open
           Compass azimuth circle and case
             Maker’s plate
and serial number

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]

ACCEPTED FORMS OF PAYMENT are Bank wire transfer, cashier’s check, money
order, or personal check in which case the item will be held until cleared. No checks from overseas buyers, no credit cards
or PayPal accepted on this item.

Buy this very binnacle Now! What a great addition to your office, den or family


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