A rare patented ship's log by John Negus, of Brooklyn. The log was patented Aug 23, 1892, covering an antifriction bearing for the drive and the log's swivel bearing mount. Negus made a variety of nautical instruments, and received other patents for a ship's bell clock, 1893; an azimuth instrument, 1901; and a binnacle for submarines, 1905. The 1 7/8ths inch dial face is marked "NEGUS PATENT LOG". Thomas Stewart and John D. Negus were highly respected nautical instrument makers and were arguably the leading makers in the United States during the second half of the 19th century. Trained in England, the brothers began their manufactory in New York City in 1848. They moved to 100 Wall Street, New York City in 1864 and formed their navigational instrument making firm, "T.S. & J.D. Negus," in 1869. According to research of period U.S. Navy records, T.S. & J.D. Negus sold chronometers and other instruments to the U.S. Navy including compasses. In 1937 the Negus brothers bought the Ritchie Compass Company and sixteen years later sold it to the Sherman Brothers in 1953. At that time Ritchie moved to Pembroke, Mass. The firm continued under the trade name "Negus" as a nautical instrument manufacturer and retailer into the 20th century. Dints and marks commensurate with age. Please see all photos as these form part of the description
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