Functional or Desk ornament paperweight. Early 1950's Chris Craft Bronze through hull fitting part number 3989 with nut 3991 stamped or cast . Rough Cast Bronze fitting, needs to be polished. Good Condition and Functional if you are restoring a wooden boat. This was used below the waterline, so was not meant to be seen. It was cast bronze, which has a more reddish tone and is less brittle than brass. The rounded part was outside the wooden hull, the 3 cast spikes pressed into the hull, the nut held it firmly into place. In the 20th century it was installed with sticky bedding compound. It has inside threads for a brass pipe, and would have been used for cooling water outlet or inlet or outlet for the engine. On a larger ship, or on a 19th century sailing ship, a similar fitting was used, and bedded with pitch or pine tar, for a pump to wash the deck or as a fire hose with a nozzle as I have on another ad. The nut moves easily by hand. This is a traditional fitting that changed little over the centuries, it was simply adapted to new uses. On vessels today, this would be made of stainless steel.
Nautical Desk Ornament 1950's Chris Craft Bronze Fitting
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