Nautical Antiques & Tropical Decor
2202 Ship Mechanic Row Galveston, TX 77550

Ship Salvage - Navigational Instruments:


Anemometers, Barometers, Chronometers, Clocks, Manual Direction Heading Indicators, Octants, optical tools (binoculars, telescopes, etc), RPM gauges, ship logs, Sextants, Stadimeters, ship telephones, taffrail logs / ship logs - most salvaged from ships. 

...And some odds and ends that are navigational equipment (aeronautical/surveying/etc) but not necessarily off a vessel...

*Items pictured on this page are representative of salvage we have found and sold; an item will read "available"
under the photo; if it does not say "available" it has been sold. 

As always, please call or email for pricing and availablitiy.

Sold pieces remain pictured to show the wide range of pieces that exist,
that we have carried, and that we continue to try to find and salvage.



Sextants / Octants / Stadimeters / Optical devices:
Sextant: instrument used to measure the angle between any two visible objects, namely an astronomical object
and the horizon to aid in celestial navigation.  The frame is shaped like a sector, or 1/6th of a circle.
Octant or quadrant: smaller sextant using a 1/8th or 1/4 of a circle for a frame
Stadimeter: used to estimate the range of an object of known height; like setants, stadimeters use mirrors to measure
angles between two objects
optics: telescopes, binoculars, etc

Brass sextant: 1913.  A gorgeous piece! (pic 1 of 2)

C. Plath sextant

salvaged sextant by Heath Navigational
London S.E.9, M.C.I 72546 Made in England
box appx 13" x 11" (box not original to this piece)

C. Plath sextant 1943 (pic 1 of 2)

detail photo sextant pictured left

Sextant - March 23, 1970

salvaged sextant by Tamaya 1975

salvaged sextant by Saura Keiki Seisakusho 1976

U.S. Army Air Force Aircraft Sextant Type No. A-8A,
serial No. AF-42-2407, manufactured by
Bausch & Lomb Optical Co., Rochester N.Y. 

sextant Made in England
for Kelvin & Wilfrid O. White Co.
Boston & New York
box appx 10 3/4" x 10 3/4"

salvaged sextant by Osaka Tamaya Co., Ltd
dated 1974 and error adjustment 1982
Pat #816704 816705, Serial No. 28223
box appx 11 3/4" x 11 1/4"

Sextant by H. Hughes & Son Ltd. 59 Fenchurch St. London,
Serial #8410, exam paper dated December 1917. box
appx 11 1/2 " square - available

British Bubble Sextant MK IX
6B/151 SN #8507140; original phenolic case
appx 10 1/2" x 8" x 7"

Stadimeter by Schick Incorporated
Stamford, Conn. USA.  U.S. Navy - BU.Ships
serial # 14978, dated 1943

U.S. Navy BuShips Stadimeter Mark II,
Mod. O, dated 1942 by Ajax Engineering Co.
 Chicago; box appx 12 1/2" x 6 1/2" x 6 1/2"

1895 Keuffel & Esser Co. Y-level (aka Wye Level); stamped with "Patented Oct 13 91"; all brass, Serial #2938 - box appx 13" x 5" x 8" tall - available

Keuffel & Esser Co. Surveyor's Transit
No. Y5136F, Serial 88953.
box appx 7" x 10 1/2" x 13 1/2"

Bubble type Sextant - US Navy by Bendix
Aviation Corporation, Model AN-5851-1,
Serial # 6187, box appx 11" x 10 1/2" x 10"
Scopes / optical instruments:

salvaged military style
periscope binocular, dated 1988
appx 20" tall x 8 1/2" wide
1 available

binoculars and case - by Chadburn & Son, Liverpool

salvaged harbor telescope 64" tall - scope is 14 1/2" compressed
and 28" extended (*not fully extended, we can see 1 1/2 miles
away using this scope)

USN Bu Ships - Telescopic Alidade, MK III 1943
Kollmorgen Optical Corporation, Serial #9353
box appx 14" x 15" x 6 1/2" - available
Other Instruments

Russian celestial globe instrument in case

Freiberger Celestial navigation globe

"Fields Reversible Dial - patent July 11, 1899 - San Francisco, Cal." instrument box 10" x 10", overall height 17"
*navigational instrument used to plot a course with Azimuth tables


RDF antenna (radio direction finder) salvaged; brass and aluminum appx 61" tall

salvaged aluminum ship's radio direction finder (RDF) antenna appx 37" t x 24" w

salvaged brass mirrored viewing port by Sestrel Type No 90327 - 54" tall

salvaged brass mirrored viewing port by Sestrel - 48" tall

brass protractor instrument by Keuffel & Esser Co.
New York - appx 5" arc, box 5" x 7"

Russian made (dated 1975)
chart protractor in wood case - #1
appx 14" x 5 1/2"

Russian made
chart protractor in wood case - #2
appx 14" x 5 1/2" - available

Fluoretor (Uranium Test Kit) by Menlo;
box appx 13" x 7" x 5"
read about this instrument here

salvaged wood ship's manual heading indicator

salvaged direction heading indicator

salvaged ship's heading indicator #4
appx 13 1/2" wide

salvaged ship's heading indicator #5
appx 16" wide available

manual direction heading indicator (13 3/4 x 4 3/4")
small #1 of 2B

manual direction heading indicator (14 3/4" x 4 3/4")
small #2 of 2B

manual direction heading indicator 3B
appx 17" wide x 5" deep x 12 1/2" tall
scientific instruments used in meteorology to measure atmospheric pressure which can forecast short term changes in weather

Barometer 7 3/6" total diameter (back case)

Aneroid Barometer - back diameter 7 1/4" diameter

Tamaya barometer 5 1/2" diameter face

Clinometer and Barometer

barometer 8 3/4" diameter

Barometer 8" diameter

Eiwa barometer appx 6" OD face

barometer Argo Navis

barometer Sestrel #1
Henry Browne & Son Ltd.

barometer by Lilley & Gillie
North Shields - Made in England

barometer by Stockburger

barometer by Observator Rotterdam
Serial #R 72090

barometer by Schatz #1
Made in England

barometer by Sestrel #2

barometer by Sestrel #3

barometer by Schatz #2 (stainless case)

barometer by Henry Browne & Son Ltd #2
Barking & London

barometer by Schatz #3

barometer by Lilley & Gillie #2
North Shields - Made in England

barometer - Soviet Manufacturer 1991
box appx 8 1/2" square, 5 3/4" diam face

"Pressure Millibars" by Wallace & Tiernan
Belleville, New Jersey - inspection tag dated
October 72 by Dept of Comm. NOAA

salvaged from the MV Santa Suria, built 1977 and scrapped 2010 - made in the GDR (East Germany)

Jules Richard barometer

French made barometer

Barograph #1 of 3 (wood case)
by Feingeratebau K. Fischer -
Drebach/Erzgeb. - Germany
appx 12" x 6" x 7" tall - available

Barograph #2 of 2 (wood case)
Russian manufacture appx 12" x 6" x 7"
Serial No. 00904, Dated 1980

Barograph #3 of 3 (steel case)
by Ota Keiki Seisakusho
Serial No. 197270, Dated Nov. 1978
appx 12" x 6" x 7" - available
Anemometers and accessories:
Anemometers measure and indicate wind speed and direction. 
These are salvaged off of merchant marine vessels and are unique pieces that we've only found a few of...

ship's anemometer: aluminum, brass and fiberglass

ship's anemometer

Wind Direction meter
appx 9 3/4" face diameter x 5 1/2" deep


"Windicator" Fan Anemometer and Wind Vane
 by Nippon-Electric Instrument, Inc.
(measured in knots) dated Jan-85
Serial No. 861918 - appx 9 1/2" face diameter x 7" deep

ship's wind speed and direction indicator
salvaged "anemometer"
appx 21" from base to top of fuselage - 1 available

salvaged stainless steel encased instrument panel
appx 35" x 12" x 10"

salvaged steel encased instrument panel *repainted
appx 32" x 10 1/2" x 8" available

salvaged steel encased instrument panel *repainted
appx 42 1/2" x 10 1/2" x 8 1/4" available
Sound powered ship telephones
Sound powered phones have been used on ships since the 1950s, allowing communication on board between key locations
on the vessel even if external power is not available, hence the manual crank knob. 
The receiver is tethered to accomodate for rough seas.
Very unique pieces that we have only been able to source from our Turkish breaking yard.

Salvaged ship telephone - aluminum and brass compontents
"small" phone pictured here 

"large" phone pictured here
 aluminum and brass ship's telephone

"small" ship's telephone #2, appx 10" x 8"

"large" ship telephone - phone #12
appx 12"x26"

"small" ship telephone - phone #15
 appx 15" x 8"

"large" ship telephone - phone #19
appx 22" x 9"

aluminum telephone #1B
inside receiver holder reads:
"Mark 15 Patt. 32079 Telephone Mfg. Co. Ltd
London 1954" appx 11" x 8"

aluminum telephone #2B
inside receiver holder reads:
"Mark 15 Patt. 32079 Telephone Mfg. Co. Ltd
London 1969" appx 11" x 8"

aluminum telephone #3B
inside receiver holder reads:
"Mark 15 Patt. 32079 Telephone Mfg. Co. Ltd
London 1954" 

aluminum telephone #4B

aluminum telephone #5B
placard on receiver reads
"Fernsig Essen Typ 5111z L.-Nr 5111/7304"
dated 3/1984

aluminum telephone #6B
two bells, two receivers
Ship Clocks:
8-day, bells clocks (chiming) and standard salvaged pieces off passenger ships

8 day ship's clock by Sestrel

Salvaged Soviet Union "CCCP" 8-day
ship clock with key:
clock face appx 7 3/4" diameter

salvaged Art Deco clocks from scrapped cruise ship's
 dining hall - by Seiko, Japan

salvaged Soviet Union 8-day submarine / ship clock
"CCCP" (Russian for "USSR")
comes w/key - appx 6 1/2" face diameter, 3" depth
6 similar available (each is different)

Salvaged Soviet Union 8-day ship /
submarine clock "CCCP"

Seth Thomas bells clock (bells do not work)

Peters-Eichler Heating Co, St. Louis MO (founded 1894) bells clock *clock functions, bells do not (face 11 3/4" diameter)

Schatz bells clock (bells are functional)

salvaged Chronometer by Charles Frodsham
available (box appx 9 1/2" x 9 1/2" x 11") circa 1840s, serial # 1937, address: 7 Pavement Finsbury Square, London

Hamilton Ship's Chronometer
Ship Logs 
speed measuring devices, throttles

ship log by Nunotani Nautical Instrument Co. Ltd

ship log Nautical Miles gage Receiver - Aikoku Seiki
appx face diameter 6", overall diameter 7 1/2"

salvaged Nautical Miles gage - "The Improved Chernikeeff Log Manufacturers - London"

Cherub Ship's Log in parts also pictured with
various engine room oilers

Cherub Ship's Log / taffrail log

taffrail Nautical Miles gauge by Fisher-Pierce Co. Inc
 of Boston, Mass. U.S.A
(appx 8" x 6" x 3 3/4" face OD) available

brass RPM gauge by Chadburns - dials are functional (appx 12 3/4" OD face, 7" deep)

Engine Revolutions Indicator Transmitter - face and gears - no internal mechanisms, brass (appx 15 1/4" x 13")

Morse Marine Engine Corporation throttle
(base, not including wood, appx 9"x6 1/4", 12" tall)

RPM gauge by Henschel Corporation of Amesbury, Mass. DR No. 10-1058 (appx 9" x 8" x 4" deep)

brass throttle cover (appx 7 x 4 1/4")

salvaged Italian brass hydraulic lever
Fermo = "stop", Marcia = "running", and Avviam = "start"
available - 409.539.5469 - - 2202 Mechanic, Galveston, TX 77550 - Closed Tues & Wed