Here is a nice nautical compass made by Stellar Products for your collection or decor needs. Would make a great gift for a special occasion, or keep for yourself!
This piece came from the collection of the Patapsco River Power Squadron. We have a number of pieces from this group's marine/nautical items that we will be listing separately for sale in our online stores over the next few days. We will post the listing #s here as those items become available.
The compass was made by the Stellar Products of NY. Not sure what the vintage this piece is. Probably WWII, but could be from just after that.
The compass appears to have been made for the US Coast Guard. Has the base, no lid to the compass case.
The base of the wood case is intact. No splits, cracks, missing pieces or repairs. The case has two holes in the case for making directional adjustments. The allen wrench and chain it is on are still with the case. Interesting brass rail on the bottom for affixing the compass in place on a ship. There are two brass devices on the side of the wood case that might also be utilized for that purpose.
The compass is 6.5" across to the ends of the pivot points on the gimbal ring where it would sit in a binnacle (binnacle not included). The compass is 4-3/16" across by the glass, 5.5" by the round ring around the glass of the compass. The compass body is 3.5" tall.
The wood case is 6-1/16" tall, by 8.25" across (9.25 by nuts), by 8.25" wide. Let us know if you have any questions or need additional pictures.
Some interesting information about the United State Power Squadrons:
The United States Power Squadrons (USPS) is a non-profit educational organization, founded in 1914, whose mission is to improve maritime safety and enjoyability through classes in seamanship, navigation, and other related subjects. Franklin Delano Roosevelt played an integral part in growing this organization after WWI. The USPS comprises approximately 45,000 members organized into 450 squadrons across the United States and in some US territories. It is the largest U.S. non-profit boating organization and has been honored by three U.S. presidents for its civic contributions. Its official publication is The Ensign magazine.
There are many educational opportunities available within the United States Power Squadrons. USPS offers courses that teach basic knowledge necessary to operate boats safely and legally. The basic course meets the requirements set forth by NASBLA. The United States Power Squadrons offer courses in advanced navigation using modern equipment such as GPS and Radar. Courses are even offered in celestial navigation. USPS also teaches advanced courses in Weather, Marine Engine Maintenance, Marine Electronic and Electrical Systems, Sail, and Cruise Planning.
One critical activity of the United States Power Squadrons is Vessel Safety Check. During a Vessel Safety Check, a qualified USPS Vessel Examiner will board vessels (with permission) and check for the presence and condition of various pieces of equipment required by federal and state laws for the safe operation of that particular vessel. A vessel safety check is provided at no charge and is not a law enforcement boarding. If the boat carries the proper equipment, a sticker will be awarded to display on the vessel. If a boat does not pass the inspection, the USPS informs the owners, but does not report its findings to any law enforcement or government agency.
A parallel organization operates in Canada under the name Canadian Power and Sail Squadrons (CPS) in English and Escadrilles canadiennes de plaisance (ECP) in French. It was founded as an offshoot of USPS in 1938.
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