SESTREL HAND BEARING COMPASS by
Lilley & Gilley, London
HENRY BROWNE, "SESTREL" HAND BEARING COMPASS - An Original
PRICE: $800.00 plus
shipping to the 48 contiguous States $35.00
Presented is a Sestrel hand bearing compass originally designed and made by
Henry Browne & Co., Barking, London England who was followed by Lilley & Gilley around 1975 when they purchased the
Henry Browne assets. This compass is arguably the finest of its type ever designed as a hand bearing device. The
bowl is made from cast bronze, and can be polished to a high luster. The optical glass prism magnifies the image, and
allows the user to see both the object being sighted and the compass card bearing at the same time. An iridium
chip beneath the card was used to light it for night use and needs replacement. A penlight flashlight is a good alternative.
The compass is mounted on a solid teak handle with attached card to make notations, and at two pounds, has the heft and feel
of strength and durability.
The unit is housed in an expensive teak wood case
with clear panel so if mounted in a fore and aft direction, the ship's heading can be seen at a glance. The entire
rig is good looking enough to appeal to a collector or in a room decorated in a nautical fashion. Both
case and compass show very little evidence of use considering their age and service at sea.
Henry Browne & Son made only the highest quality marine navigation gear under the "Sestrel" trade mark and were considered
one of the finest makers of marine gear in England. They were purchased by Lilley & Gillie around 1975 when the marine
industry was being consolidated. The Sestrel operations were sold more than once. Today, there are reproductions
on the market and out right fakes. But even the best of the reproductions like those made by SIRS Navigation Company in the
UK do not have the fine quality of those made by Henry Browne & Son and later by Lilley & Gilley. The SIRS compass currently
sells their version under the Radiant brand in the United States for over $1333.00 with an inexpensive plastic case.
The compass card is seen in reverse above because it is intended to be viewed
through the prism which reflects the image in its proper orientation.
COMPASS: 4" bowl, 4" x 2" handle, 10" length
CASE: 9 1/4"H x 5 1/4" W x 5 1/4" D
WEIGHT: Compass 2 lbs, In case 3 1/2 lbs
CONDITION: The two inch compass card is clear and sharp and
the prism magnifies its size to the equivalent of 5 inches. It works like it should, and everything is in good condition
considering its age and use. All the brass work has its original bluish grey paint scheme except for one small
missing patch of coating at 3:00 o'clock. There are no bubbles or dents, but the fluid information decal
has some loss and has yellowed with age, and the radium chip needs to be replaced. The Teak wood case is in excellent
condition, but shows some minor light scratches, mainly on the back. The white plastic notation plate on the handle is
in good condition, but is chipped at the bottom.
STAR RANKING: This instrument shows some very minor signs of use
at sea, but still is in fine condition and ranks 5 Stars.
This is the perfect item for those who have an interest
in navigation, or want to have the best hand compass ever made
Optical quality prism for line of sight
free bowl. Bezel has small paint loss
USING A HAND BEARING COMPASS: The seller has used a similar Sestrel while at sea for an
extended period. In this day of electronic navigation, they are still handy for the following purposes which are as valid now
as they were 45 years ago. For those people who grew up with GPS, that system can not provide the information
a hand bearing compass can unless coupled to a Radar. And then you need to know Radar plotting to solve Closest
Point of Approach situations. Here's how to use this compass:
- Take bearings of vessels in crossing
situations to determine risk of collision.
- Take bearings of sea buoys, land marks
or other objects to determine distance off at time of passing
- In congested waters, take bearings of
a number of different vessels to determine if their relative position is constant or changing.
- Sailors learn to take back bearings to
determine your leeway
Rarely do you find a piece
of old gear in such great condition. A superior addition to any collection or use it at sea.
STANDARD FLAT RATE SHIPPING to the 48 contiguous States $35.00
OUR UNCONDITIONAL NO NONSENSE GUARANTEE:
If not completely satisfied with your purchase it may be returned within five days of receipt in its original packaging
if without damage. Return items must be insured for their full value. Only a prior email authorization from us for the return
is required. Shipping charges are included in this offer within the continental United States if an error is due to our fault.
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