19th Century Pelorus – Spencer, Browning & Co, London

19th Century Pelorus – Spencer, Browning & Co, London

Stock Number: NM. 2-43

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The pelorus is an instrument to make relative bearings against ship’s ahead or against compass heading. So it’s not a compass.

Country of manufacture

UK and Ireland

Category: Navigational instruments

Description

The pelorus is an instrument to make relative bearings against ship’s ahead or against compass heading. So it’s not a compass.

The gimbaled instrument with green compass card is mounted in a mahogany, dovetailed case. The compass card, covered with mica, looks like a normal wind rose, but there is no compass needle. Around the wind rose a brass ring with nonius. On top of the rose the direction finder with V and threat sight and small sunshades. The instrument stays in vertcal position by a lead weight at the underside.

This nice instrument is complete and in a good condition. 

 

 

Date: ca. 1850

HWL case: 17x27x27 cm   (6.7×10.6×10.6 in)

D compass card: 20 cm   (7.9 in)

Direction finder signed : Spencer Browning & Co LONDON

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Compass card signed: SPENCER BROWN & CO, MINORIES, LONDON *

Origin: England

Condition: in working condition, wear consistent with age and use

 

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NL ARCHIPEL - International Maritime Galery

Archipel – International Maritime Galery in the Netherlands, sets itself to maritime objects of before 1900. The managing director worked as officer with the mercantile marine and the Royal Navy. As curator he was connected to one of the university museums in the Netherlands. As seaman and curator he has a lot of knowledge of naval history.

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