A restored WWII brass and teak compensating binnacle, The Lionel Corporation, New York. Features a domed brass cover with round viewing window in front revealing the interior gimbaled compass, removable top lid for day light and additional viewing. The housed gimbal compass is flanked by brass arms on both sides which support the painted metal compensating spheres. Lionel compass is engraved on the outer brass compass ring; “THE LIONEL CORPORATION, U.S. NAVY BU (BUREAU) SHIPS, 1943”. The tag on the front states “COMPENSATING BINNACLE, MARK VII, BUREAU OF SHIPS, U.S. NAVY, THE LIONEL CORPORATION, NY. 1942”. The inclinometer is marked “LIONEL CORPORATION, NEW YORK U.S.A.”. A brass flinders bar is mounted on to the back and the front hinged door in front also opens and has spaces for metal compensating rods. The brass pull in the front is the compass light adjustment. Measures to the top of the cover.
Restorations includes refinished teak pedestal, all brass polished and lacquered. The base has three added brackets for additional support. The lid viewing window is missing its glass, but is easily replaceable.
This item is from the Herb Jones Maritime Collection and was the personal property of the artist.