This 5 1/2" tall binnacle is quite similar to the binnacle used in the movie, The Ghost & Mrs. Muir. A large brass telescope is mounted atop the binnacle. Brass and wood construction.
Binnacles are normally bolted to the deck of the ship in front of the ships wheel. Navigational instruments, such as compasses, light source, and timers are placed on or in the binnacle for easy and quick reference.