E.S. Ritchie Maritime Ship Compass

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E.S. Ritchie Maritime Ship Compass

250.00

Rare antique maritime gimbaled ship compass, manufactured by E.S. Ritchie & Sons of Boston in 1909, serial number 37990.  Compass was sold to George B. Carpenter & Company of Chicago, the oldest Great Lakes ship chandler, on January 26th, 1910 and probably used in the Great Lakes shipping industry.  Compass is a Model F 4" gimbal mounted in the original wooden box.  There is no lid to the box and no indication a lid was ever mounted.  Compass was originally liquid filled, but there is no sign of any liquid remaining.  Compass has cardinal points in block lettering, fleur-de-lis marking North, outer ring calibrated for incremental measurements and the outer ring is marked "E.S. Ritchie", "Boston" and "37990".  Gimbal mounting is attached to wooden box measuring 7 1/4" by 7 3/4" and the compass moves freely in the mount.  Compass card moves and rotates freely within the compass housing.  Compass ring, housing and gimbal are painted black.  There is some clouding of the compass glass that protects the card.  Compass has been stored for some time and needs cleaning or restoration.  Compass $445.00 inclucing insured shipping within the continental U.S.

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