Very Rare Pattern. Vintage Ships Compass Patt 1880. As fitted to the legendary "Faithfull Freddie". In original unrestored condition. This Royal Navy pattern spirit filled compass featuring a Fleur de Lys and crown marking to the paper dial, is housed within a gimbal and is stamped, “Patt 188 ”. The azimuth ring that sits on top the compass is further stamped with, “Patt1880 – No 2164K and a reminder that, “Instructions for use in stowage box”. No Box supplied. All are in good working order. These instruments were originally produced for the Royal Navy in 1909 and continued to be used until after the end of the Second World War. A collectors favourite, the good old Faithful Freddy. The Royal Navy’s famous submarine bridge compass first introduced in 1909. The design allowed for minimising deviation and because of this it could be closely corrected, and became affectionately known as “Faithful Freddie” to generations of British Submariners. The compass was made in a compact size to allow it to be passed upward through the conning tower hatch when the submarine operated on the surface, and then back down when she submerged.
This exceptional item will make a great display piece for nautical decor.
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