Nautical Ship's Fittings
Fine 8 Spoke Ships Wheel
An original, decorative and very impressive example that makes a real statement. Sadly the history of the vessel it served on is now lost but she must have been quite a size. This wheel has a wooden hub that is indicative of an early example and we would estimate it dates from the late 19th century. We can't be entirely sure but the wood used on the barrel could well be lignum vitae, timber that is virtually unique in delivering an extraordinary combination of strength, toughness, and density. The wheel carries riveted brass banding front and back with the font polished to a high shine. The barrel also has brass bands fitted front and rear.
Condition is really excellent and the joints all remain firm and no damage or rot to the timber. A nice original touch is two areas of wear to the rim where the wheel has been roped in position to lock the rudder whilst on passage or at anchor. We have simply hand waxed the timber since it came in and is now in fine display condition. It would certainly make a real statement in a nautically themed room or in a pub or seafood restaurant where a modern replica from 'Nauticalia' would simply not cut the mustard! This wheel is an impressive size at 53" diameter or 135 cm diameter and is extremely heavy so we would prefer collection only for this one but depending on your location we might be able to arrange personal delivery by negotiation but it is really too valuable in risking a courier -even if we could persuade on to collect it!
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