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8/19/2018 8:15 AM

Has180 degrees only on one side.
Brass.
Has a pointer with N.
You can trun the pointer on its axis.
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8/19/2018 8:16 AM

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8/19/2018 8:20 AM

Nautical compass would be my guess.

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8/19/2018 10:44 AM
Edited Date/Time: 8/19/2018 10:45 AM

A clinometer. A pretty old one at that.

(My guess...)

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HAF

8/19/2018 10:57 AM

ns503 wrote:

A clinometer. A pretty old one at that.

(My guess...)

My guess as well. Don't think it's nautical since its only pos/neg 90 degrees. Hopefully somebody knows.

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8/19/2018 11:11 AM

For measuring tilt angle on a ship?

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8/19/2018 11:25 AM

Any markings on it? Company name? Where it was made? Anything?

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"Sorry Goose, but it's time to buzz the tower."

8/19/2018 11:32 AM

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GP740
Since 1987

8/19/2018 12:56 PM

No markings at all.
I was guessing ship as well
Inclinometer but why have magnetic pointer and North on it

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8/19/2018 3:50 PM

Maybe it came from an old airplane? Only thing I would know of that you would need a clinometer and compass combo.

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8/19/2018 4:21 PM

Is this something you bought or randomly found somewhere? If you found it, where did you find it? In a box with similar old items? That could maybe give you a clue as to what it could be.

It's old. I know that much but how old is it is the question.

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"Sorry Goose, but it's time to buzz the tower."

8/19/2018 4:37 PM
Edited Date/Time: 8/19/2018 4:39 PM

Going to revise my guess a little. Combo clinometer and compass. Compass being secondary function.

(Very interesting, regardless...)

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HAF

8/19/2018 6:38 PM
Edited Date/Time: 8/19/2018 6:39 PM

The "N" is interesting, but I can't see it being any kind of compass the way it's configured. The thing being threaded and all.

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Go for it! Don't let a little thing like fear, or common sense hold you back.

8/19/2018 8:16 PM

The shaft that the N pointer is on allows it to change the axis then you pull the shaft out to lock its position.
Its been hanging on our office wall all my adult (57) life it was my Dads.
Dad was in the Navy as a pby and tbm avenger mechanic.
The military would have all kinds of markings on it if it was from that.
I just enjoy looking at it and all the other mautical lamps and coumpas he had.
Thanks everyone

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8/19/2018 8:23 PM

It could be something that measured the "list" of a ship...just a wag.blush

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If it ain't yer's don't take it, If it ain't the truth dont say it, If it ain't right don't do it...Marcus Aurelius

8/20/2018 2:35 AM

I believe it to be a maritime captains cabin map reading tool from what I have seen online.
Makes sense as Dad loved old boat stuff.

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8/20/2018 4:14 PM

ohiomotoxer wrote:

The shaft that the N pointer is on allows it to change the axis then you pull the shaft out to lock its position.
Its been ...more

Not necessarily....about the military and it having all kinds of markIngs. There’s a lot of stuff that isn’t really marked. And how old you think that piece is? Ww2 era inventory wasn’t as tightly tracked as it is now. I mean hell some units let guys take home their m1s after the war.

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GP740
Since 1987

8/21/2018 9:57 AM

Maybe a gimbled maritime compass that goes inside a binnacle. Really cool.

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I don't have to be as smart as you hope to be some day anymore. wink

8/22/2018 11:31 AM

I wonder if since the pointer is on a gimble you can calc your latitude also?
As it would point through the earth at a specific angle
relative to where you're at?
Or it was your dad's when he was a kid walking 8 miles in the snow up hill
both ways to school barefoot (like my dad)?

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