A great little boat helm, still solid and ready for use.
Here is a well-used example of a veteran boat helm. It shows its years at sea but there is plenty of life in it yet. It is probably made of mahogany; old wood can be hard to identify.
At 18 inches, this wheel surely came from a small yacht or pleasure craft. Of course, here in Maine nothing goes to waste. When a yacht becomes a little ragged, it is likely to pass into the hands of an enterprising salvor or fisherman.
It has brass hardware that was originally plated in chrome. Some of that plating has worn away revealing the brass beneath. The wheel still has its 10-inch bronze shaft attached to the back of the hub. This is easily removed for shipping.