I am guessing on the age of this ships wheel at being from the mid to late 1800's. This is absolutely not a modern reproduction.
It shows signs of wear because it was used on an actual vessel. But that gives is so much history and character embedded in the patina! This thing is REALLY cool
It is big and it is heavy. It measures 26 inches across the wheel with the brass ring and 36 inches from the tips of the handles across. As for weight....it is not light.
Based on the amount of varnish I would guess it was made for a sailing ship rather than a steam ship. It has enough coats of varnish on the wood to make it fully waterproof, indicating it sat outside rather than in a wheel house like you'd see on a steam ship.
The wheel itself is all wood. You can see it is old wood. The center cog is all brass with brass rings on each side around the wheel.
The top handle has a brass cap to help the captain center the rudder
Just imagine this thing on the deck of a ship sailing the open waters! It was there and saw action! Imagine steering with this thing while yelling for the crew to run out the long nines and you pull abreast of a pirate ship!!
This is obviously all hand fitted. It is am amazingly cool piece for your nautical decor...or for that 150 foot 3 mast ship you're building in the back yard.
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