With its original stenciled flags and advertisement written on the forward panel, “Guillaume Bossimeau, 31 Nassau St. New York City”, this display piece from a ship's chandlery is a large version of a French Naval Steering Compass.
Of note are the copper-bound corner straps on the top and sides, with a mock-up canister light. It resided in the compass maker’s lobby for a time and recently was discovered in an Iowa home.
Instrument Measures 32 x 32 Inches Square with a 51 Inch Height. The Light Cannister adds an Additional 10-Inch Width. Compass Dial is 13½ Inches in Diameter, Inset into a 19-Inch Suspension Basin.
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