What a neat piece of history. This WWII U.S. Navy Portable Binnacle was used to navigate in a Lifeboat. It is made of copper and brass. I can’t say if the black color is original to the unit or was at some earlier time, painted black. I’ve looked at it pretty closely and it appears to me to be the original finish. The color is shiny in some areas and worn smooth to copper in other areas, leading me to believe black was the way this model came. If painted, I think it would be rough, peeling and chipped. This is not. Inside is a creamy white color. The housing base measures 6 ½ inches wide by 7 ½ inches deep by 8 7/8 inches to top where there is a swing handle to carry. On the right side, where the lighting box is located, measures 9 7/8 inches high. The lighting box has a hinged door with inside reflector to throw light through the interior side window into the compass housing. (This one does not come with a compass.). Inside is an oil-can-styled burner that can be removed to fill. On the front of the lighting box is a screw off cap to insert match or other lighting device. This is attached by a chain. The lighting house has a secure slide pin lock to hold the door firm (pin is still attached). There is a chimney vent at top of light house. All and all, the Binnacle is clean and in good to excellent condition with from what I can see, no dents. The beveled glass front panel is intact with no cracks and there is a brass plate on bottom front that reads: U.S. NAVY, BU. OF SHIPS with an N in a circle, beneath that reads, THE LIONEL CORPORATION NEW YORK. On the back of the Binnacle is a large hook/bracket to slip onto the side of lifeboat. It’s a nice one. Sales tax must be collected for buyers living in or picking up in New York State. Local tax rate applies.