Heavily built of solid teak, obviously it was meant for a merchant vessel or fishing craft.
It's always nice to find a good, old-fashioned ships wheel like this one.
Heavily built of solid teak, obviously it was meant for a merchant vessel or fishing craft. The eight spokes radiate from a heavy iron hub that is covered on the front by a brass boss, or plate.
The wheel measures 39 inches across and still has its natural wood finish. The king spoke is marked by a prominent "wedding band" carved in relief so it can be easily recognized by feel in the dark. The wheel weighs 33 1/2 pounds and was made to fit a keyed, 1 1/8 inch shaft. Nothing fancy or yachty, just the real thing.