Heavy Bronze Binnacle Mount Ship’s Compass,

Heavy Bronze Binnacle Mount Ship’s Compass,

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Heavy Bronze Binnacle Mount Ship’s Compass,
Heavy Bronze Binnacle Mount Ship’s Compass,
Heavy Bronze Binnacle Mount Ship’s Compass,
Heavy Bronze Binnacle Mount Ship’s Compass,

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Very heavy (nearly 23 pounds) well marked, fully gimbaled, oil filled bronze compass by the famous American maker E. S. Ritchie of Boston. Original hand painted compass rose marked in quarter points in black on a white background. “Points” were used before the advent of the 360 degree compass, each point being 1/32 of a full circle and composing 11 1/4 degrees. Nearly all the paint remains and is in excellent condition. The bronze 8 1/4" diameter bezel is stamped “E.S. Ritchie, Boston, Patented” in 3 lines. In addition are 4 stamped dates; “SEPT 9 1862, APL 7 1863, APR 10 1866, and MAY 12 1868". The serial number 2682 is also stamped on the bezel. The dates correspond to patent dates by Ritchie, who developed the world’s first oil filled ship’s compasses around 1860. The Ritchie Company is still in business and has a complete record of all compasses made back to 1850. From the serial number they determined that this compass was made on August 19, 1869 and sold to the New York chandlery of T.S. Negus & Co. The compass is in fabulous condition for its age and comes in an old fitted plywood storage case. For more information, please e-mail: mail@AntiqueWeaponStore.com

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Item Details:

  • Reference #
  • MN140
  • Quantity
  • 1
  • Category
  • Tools
  • Department
  • Antiques
  • Year
  • 1869
  • Dimensions
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  • Weight: 23 pounds
  • Condition
  • VG Plus