This highly desirable early 20th century binnacle was manufactured by Henry Browne & Son (Sestrel Trade Mark) ltd. is a an exceptional example of the manufacturers instrument. This antique marine ship's Binnacle was deck mounted and features a mahogany pedestal with brass helmet style cover, round sight glass and burner mount over original gimbaled compass. The compass is flanked by red and green painted cast iron compensating spheres adjustable on cast brass arms mounted on the side of the binnacle pedestal. The manufacturers bronze plate states "SESTREL" TRADE MARK, HENRY BROWNE & SONS LTD.-STATON WORKS- BARKING- ESSEX- TYPE #90/315. Also, the liquid-filled compass is engraved around the inner diameter ring with the 'SESTREL" trade mark logo, Henry Browne & Son Ltd- Barking & London & AFT #2884 N. which is repeated in the center of the compass. The compass card is designated North by an elaborate fleur-de-lis and the brand name "SESTREL" below and below the South point is the Patent number 586-665. The brass side burner housing still retains it's original burner and the binnacle also features a lighted interior below the compass with a light adjustment control on the front. A truly magnificent maritime instrument fashioned in the unique Sestrel style also found on many smaller boats and yachts.
Binnacle Dimensions - H - 51", W - 28", Weight- 115 pounds
Sestrel is the Trade Mark brand of Henry Browne & Son who were important British compass makers. This company was sold to John Lilley & Gillie Ltd* (products: magnetic compasses MK2000 & MK2002) and SIRS Navigation (both in UK) in 1993.
HENRY BROWNE & SON, Ltd was established in (18..?) in Barking, London (Essex). They were respected English instrument makers that had been making fine quality compasses, ship's clocks, inclinometers, sextants, and chandlery items for over 140 years. Their “Dead Beat“ compass design is well dampened and serves to reduce oscillations. It is reported that this design compass was fitted to many Allied ships during WW II. Over the more recent years, there has been a consolidation of British instrument makers and the firm of Henry Browne & Son has changed hands a number of times.