Antique John Bliss Co. Liquid Filled Brass Ship's Compass in Lamp Base

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Seller: rg-easton (427) 100%, Location: Easton, Maryland, Ships to: US & many other countries, Item: 143305909735 This is an antique John Bliss Co. Naval Maritime liquid filled Brass Ship's Compass, stamped #2291 on its brass rim (see photo). It works perfectly. It is gimbal mounted inside a larger brass ring, which in turn nests in grooves in the hand crafted mahogany lamp base (see photo). Thus, it stays level as it can move in two directions. The base, which was made for me around 1968 specifically for this compass, has finger jointed corners and a pleasantly curved molding fastened around the outside of the bottom. The brass rim and the compass face are marked "John Bliss, New York". I was told the compass came from a retired Liberty Ship. The liquid inside is almost full. (The arcs on the glass are from the lampshade) The level of the liquid has never changed since I first bought it. The compass itself measures 9 1/4" in diameter. The box measures 8" high, and its outside dimensions are 11.5" x 12". The top of the lamp is 20" from the top of the box. The overall height of the lamp is around 28 inches.I am not an antique dealer, but I'm confident that the above information is correct. I've also checked the pricing of similar compasses on reliable websites. I'm a woodcrafter myself and believe the box would take about 8 hours to build and finish. So I believe my asking price is fair. I'd be pleased to try to answer any questions. Country/Region of Origin: United States, Primary Material: Brass, Time Period, War: WWII, California Prop 65 Warning: none, Military Branch: US Merchant Marine, Original/Reproduction: Antique Original, Features: Binnacle

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