Antique Original Henry Browne & Son Sestrel Compass; London; Collectable

Seller: Top-Rated Seller chris_1685 (1,864) 100%, Location: Bonbeach, VIC, Ships to: AU, Item: 323120368087 Beautiful original Henry Browne & Son Sestrel hand bearing compass. This is an exceptionally high quality original Sestrel hand bearing compass that was designed and made by Henry Browne & Son, Barking, London, England. These compasses were considered the finest hand bearing compass in the world, and were often copied inexpensively by pretenders, but were never duplicated in quality. This compass is arguably the finest of its type ever designed as a hand bearing device. The bowl is made from cast bronze, and can be polished to a high luster. The optical glass prism magnifies the image, and allows the user to see both the object being sighted and the compass card bearing at the same time. The compass is mounted on a solid teak handle. The Compass alone weighs nearly 1.3kgs so has the feel of strength, quality and durability. The compass comes in an expensive teak wood case with clear panel so the ship's heading can be seen at a glance when mounted in a fore and aft direction. It is good looking enough to appeal to a collector or in a room decorated in a nautical decor. COMPANY HISTORY: Henry Browne designed this compass in 1937 when it was first offered for sale for swinging aircraft compasses. Their factory was located at Wakering Road, Barking, Essex, and they had an office at 71 Leadenhall Street, London, which opened in 1947. By that time, their product line included Nautical Instruments, Compasses, Clocks, Binoculars, Telescopes, Thermometers, Sounding Apparatus, Aircraft Instruments, Signaling Equipment, Meteorological Instruments, Barographs, Thermographs, Aneroid Barometers, Sextants, and Yacht Equipment. During WW II, their "Dead Beat" compass was fitted to most Royal Navy ships through the the 1970's. Around 1975, as part of the industry wide consolidation taking place in the marine instrument and equipment business, the assets of Henry Browne were purchased by Lilley & Gilley who continued this compass under the Sestrel brand for a number of years. The Sestrel operations were sold more than once. Today, there are reproductions on the market and out right fakes. But even the best of the reproductions, like those made by SIRS Navigation Company in the UK, do not have the fine quality of those made by Henry Browne & Son and later by Lilley & Gilley. The SIRS compass sells their version under the Radiant brand in the United States for over $1333.00 with an inexpensive plastic box case.REVERSED CARD: The compass card is seen in reverse above because it is intended to be viewed through the prism which reflects the image properly.DIMENSIONS: COMPASS: Across the top of the bowl (diameter) just over 10.5cms. Overall length 21cms.TEAK CASE: 31.5cms high. 15.5cms wide. 15cms deep.WEIGHT: Compass 1270g. Total with case 3300g. Overall the compass presents well. The case is in very good condition. Looks like it’s only ever sat on a shelf. The compass has a bit of cloudy residue on the dial from the liquid inside. On the compass there is engraving: HENRY BROWNE & SON LTD. NO.1303 BARKING AND LONDON SESTREL TRADEMARK This is a wonderful nautical collectors item. Very few around, especially in pretty much unused condition. Don’t miss out! Might not get another chance. Check pictures for description. Item can be picked up from Bonbeach, Victoria, or posted. Any questions message me. Check out my other items as well. Original/Reproduction: Original, Originating Region: Europe, Product Type: Compasses Insights Exclusive
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