Scottish Mahogany and Brass Antique Ship's Binnacle

(19th Century)

Scottish Mahogany and Brass Antique Ship's Binnacle
151 Vermont St - 5
San Francisco, California, 94103
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Scottish Mahogany and Brass Antique Ship's Binnacle

A 19th Century ship's binnacle with an added tray to the top so can now be used as a plant stand. A binnacle is an elongated, cylindrical, waist-high case or stand on the deck of a ship, generally mounted in front of the helmsman, in which navigational instruments are placed for easy and quick reference as well as to protect the delicate instruments. Bronze plaque near top of base reading Kelvin Bottomly & Baird Ltd.

DIAMETER: 15 in | HEIGHT: 44½ in

Category Folk Art
Period 19th Century
Style Unspecified

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THB REF: 1788238734 DEALER REF: 6771


"Its traditional purpose was to hold the ship's magnetic compass, mounted in gimbals to keep it level while the ship pitched and rolled. A binnacle may be subdivided into sections and its contents typically include one or more compasses and an oil lamp or other light source. Other devices such as a sand timer for estimating speed may have been stored in the binnacle as well.