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WWII Era US Navy or Merchant Marine Engine Order Telegraph
Used on the bridge of an unidentified WWII era US Navy or Merchant Marine ship to mechanically signal speed information to the engine room, these engine order telegraphs have become quite collectible due to their attractive heavy brass construction. This example, weighing 108 pounds on its walnut base, stands 48" high with a 12 1/4" diameter face and single brass lever. The black plastic dial is inscribed with white hashmarks for speed "ASTERN" and "AHEAD", as well as central "STOP" position. There are no visible makers marks, which is unusual, but it is undoubtedly a period original, once painted with several coats of battleship gray paint and taken from a marine salvage yard in Baltimore many years ago. The paint has been removed and it now shows a lightly patinated brass finish. The handle still operates the heavy steel shaft inside which was attached to a steel coupler below the base (now detached) to mechanically connect to its engine room counterpart. These usually sell for $3000 and up and can go much higher if they are positively identified to a specific ship of historical interest. Very possibly taken off of a Liberty Ship. Unfortunately, the scrap yards rarely recorded the name of the ship when these were salvaged and they were rarely marked with a ship’s name. No serious nautical collection is complete without one. Price includes ground shipping and crating in the contiguous US.
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