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Birmingham, England, Circa 1910


Includes a metal four-bladed spinner, signed on each fin with the "anchor" mark, "TW" and "T. Walker & Son Ltd., Birmingham. England."; a rope tail and leader weight, finished with a brummel hook; six-spoke hand wheel with rope tail and brummel hook; gray-painted mounting socket with two attachment points and spring-loaded socket cover marked "Walker's Commodore Log"; and an electric knot meter, with electric cable, hinged face and white enamel dial, signed "Walker's "Commodore Electric Log". Within the original shipping crate, the exterior marked with various labels including one for "The Union-Castle Line General Store Southampton".
Spinner length 14" and diameter 6.5" (not including rope tails). Shipping crate height 10". Length 20.75". Width 14".
Condition: Overall very good condition. The face of the white enamel dial has some leaked oil or hydraulic fluid, and the crate is well worn but intact and stable. otherwise everything else is in fine condition.

  • Provenance:
    Christie's, London, Maritime Sale, 1988.
    The Kelton Collection of Marine Art & Artifacts.

    Thomas Walker's firm in Birmingham, England, was a leading maker of logs. Thomas Walker (1805-73) was a nephew of Edward Massey, the London nautical instrument maker whose patent mechanical logs enjoyed wide use in the 19th Century. Walker's firm and Massey's merged at the end of the 19th Century.

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