C.1775 32" Antique Boat Yacht Maritime Ship Wheel Nautical Decor Collectible For SaleStahl Restorations...World Class AntiquesClick Here to Visit my store: museum quality antique ship wheel....Circa 1775.....it could range from 1760-1820
My client member "condor361".... had this to say after buying a 1920's cedar chest I restored...."Beyond perfect service" & "The chest is really, really great, a job well done"
I restore fine antiques...I was thrilled to acquire this fine piece.I restored this wheel, all by hand, it is absolutely gorgeous
It is solid "Cuban Mahogany"...some history about Cuban Mahogany....it is virtually extinct, it is known for its stunning grains, beautiful colors and being a strong dense wood. It faces extinction since craftsman & cabinetmakers from the 1700-1800 loved it so much it was all used up. A token handful of trees remain worldwide that are being rescued/harvested from the bottoms of swamps, when they are gone there will be no more of this prized wood left on the planet.
I have salvaged some from antique furniture pieces...This wood I treat like gold, it is priceless!!! The mahogany which is grown today doesn't hold a candle to this old antique wood.Cuban Mahogany lines the walls of some rooms of the White House, that fact alone speaks to the desirability of this great wood!
If you do some calculations...you will find that the wood for this ship wheel was harvested around 1775, that means the tree which wood have been about 225-250 years old at the time the wood was harvested...which makes this wood date from Circa 1500-1595 as a conservative estimate!!!
I love the blackened highlights and all the character in the wood including, some age related cracks, one spoke has a old crack, all of the cracks are age related, very old and stable! The crack on the spoke is stable, dings,naturally blackened areas in the wood itself & around the hand wrought nail heads due to age related corrosion.
The character in the wood is superb!! By design, I left all of this character & incredible patina in the wood.
When I acquired this beautiful wheel it looked so lifeless, it was covered by many, many layers of varnish which had darkened to a very opaque state. The varnish was in extremely poor condition, it was badly checkered, leaving islands of finish, almost like scabs everywhere. I believe the saltwater & weathering caused these islands of finish to look like scabs. I have see tens of thousands of finishes, but never one quite like the aged finish on this. As it turns out, the many thick coats of varnish were a blessing in disguise, it protected the wood quite well over all these years allowing it to be rock solid and ready to bring to full glory.
The Rock river courses right through the heart of Janesville, Wisconsin. Perhaps the wheel was on a boat which traveled on the Rock river. The Rock river does eventually connect to the Mississippi river!!. ....The solid brass nave (hub) in the center of the wheel was painted over with a poorly done gold paint, hiding the beautiful solid brass!
I restored this wheel from top to bottom. I carefully removed the brass nave, then completely by hand scraped the mahogany wood to remove the thick opaque finish and open the pores, this technique allows the wood to showcase all of its beauty and makes for a spectacular finish, versus paint stripper. Of course this method requires great attention to detail & very meticulous hand work, needless to say it's very time consuming, I then hand scraped & sanded every square millimeter of this piece. I literally spent several days just hand scraping &sanding this wheel, preparing it for the beautiful hand rubbed natural finish.
Like many fine antiques from this period, there are no makers marks, I assure you I would have found them if they existed!!
I cleaned the solid brass nave and polished it..but was careful to leave all of the pitting and patina it has acquired over its nearly 220 years of life. I think the pitting looks fantastic, it adds to the character of the wheel. When I separated the 2 halves of the nave I found a screw installed into a spoke which was hidden under the nave. I have studied the history of wood screws as someone who restores fine antiques, many to museum quality just like this wheel. This screw was obviously hand wrought Circa 1795-1825.
The machine bolts on the nave securing the 2 halves together are original, they are iron, I buffed them. I like the contrast they make with the brass, I think it looks awesome and adds tons of character.
The nave has been carefully polished, I chose to not seal it with a clear coat. It will gradually tarnish over time, just as I have planned!
An interesting detail which shows hand work...the cover plate of the nave only lines up one way, the screw holes only perfectly align in one position...obviously hand cast/tapped
Look carefully at the wood graining & character..it is second to none. I restored all of the wood with many, many coats of hand rubbed varnish over the natural wood, no stain was applied. The multi-coat hand rubbed varnish gives the wood gorgeous depth, beauty & protection. The wood grains are now showcased just as the maker intended!!!
The nave slides over a shaft which eventually makes connections to control the rudder. You can see it would have a metal key inserted into the slot to tightly wedge & secure it to the shaft. The nave has a 1" diameter opening measured on both sides/each opening of the nave, of course this 1"diameter excludes the slot for the key. It is quite possible you could use this on your yacht/boat! I have every reason to believe that it would function beautifully. Of course, it could also be displayed like a fine museum piece in your home/office....I have restored it to museum quality!!
You will find many ships wheels out there, I guarantee there will not be a more beautiful one!! I have a Hepplewhite Gentleman's Chest Circa 1775.. for sale in my store, it is incredible, it also features "Cuban Mahogany". Cuban Mahogany has long been known as the "King of Woods"Interesting history.......I acquired it from a business man in Janesville, Wisconsin. For privacy reasons,I will not use his last name but call him Mr. L. the first letter of his last name. He owns 3 different businesses/buildings in Janesville, Wisconsin. Mr. L recently bought a house for investment purposes which is located near his businesses.He did not realize there was a secret room in the basement until after he purchased the home. He told me he noticed there was a window but it had no light coming in like you would expect, he investigated further, and lo and behold there was a wall built to seal off a room, he said he told the woman who sold him the home about the secret room, she had no idea the room even existed, it was sealed off so well. He accessed the room and found many antiques & collectibles that obviously had been there for decades. He kept many of the items, the rest he is selling off. The room has a dirt floor, I told him to go back and check with a metal detector, also I joked he should check for dead bodies!! He told me the exact address of the home, I have no reason to doubt his story. Mr. L has no idea why the room was sealed off and left filled with antiques & collectibles, I bet he will be going over it with a fine tooth comb after our conversation!!!
The wonderful ship wheel was calling my name..begging for some fine restoration, I new it had the makings for greatness, frankly I did not know it had such beautiful wood until I held it in my hands, I bought it based on one poor photo online, my mother lives in Janesville, Wisconsin and she picked the wheel up for me, I was elated when I held this wheel in my hands.....
A labor of love, what a joy to restore this beauty, what stories this wheel could tell....I returned this wheel to its full glory worthy of any museum....perhaps it is calling your name!
I am proud to offer it to you!!
Check out my other listings, you will be impressed!!!
All the best, Bryan
UNITED STATES & INTERNATIONAL BUYERS...SHIPPING DETAILS...I will build a custom wooden crate/box to ship(I take no chances and attend to every detail in all of my shipping, I have shipped worldwide with great success)
You or your handyman will need to take the lid/sides off the crate to remove the carefully packed ship wheel............ This will require basic handyman skills,a #2 phillips bit screwdriver(medium phillips screwdriver) I will clearly mark the screws you will need to remove to disassemble the wooden crate/box
The "buyer" will be required to "sign" for this shipment upon delivery!
INTERNATIONAL BUYERS...SHIPPING DETAILS...The buyer will be responsible for any import fees such as duty, import taxes or other costs incurred during shipping imposed by other countries!!.....The "buyer" will be required to "sign" for this shipment upon delivery!
My handle tip to spoke handle tip...32Diameter of wooden wheel...24 1/4Diameter of brass nave/hub...4 1/2Diameter of spoke handle tip...1 1/4Thickness of brass nave/hub...2
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