Pelorus No 1, Illuminated Dial, manufactured by the Lionel Corporation, New York. Serial no 1017, issued 1942, self-contained in binnacle with dial sight vane and removable domed cover, probably from a destroyer, in the black paint as issued, with US Navy Bureau of Ships plate, 57" tall, 13 1/2" diam. Good condition. This is not a compass, but measures the angle between beam and fore & aft line, or the horizontal angle between any object and the ship's head. Critical for naval gunnery. An exceptonal example in good, original condition!
From the Edward Greenwood Maritime Museum Collection.