GERMANY – DESK PIECE – NAVAL BINNACLE AND SHIP’S WHEEL
This fascinating desk piece consists of a ship’s wheel attached to a binnacle. A binnacle is a waist-high stand or cabinet containing navigational gauges, such as the ship’s magnetic compass. Usually mounted on the deck or ship’s bridge, it was positioned near the helmsman for quick reference when necessary. Sometimes it is actually attached to the ship’s wheel, as is the case with today’s offering.
Our brass-toned metal binnacle is attached to a wooden base, and stands 5″ tall (the wheel’s spokes add another inch of height). An actual glass-covered compass is held in the binnacle’s top section. A six-pointed brass ship’s wheel is attached to the binnacle’s top front section. It is very attractive. [The binnacle itself may be brass, or it may be tinted aluminum].