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Posted 5 years ago


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The silver dial can swing around in circles, and it moves the numbers on the dial. there are two numbered 10 to 90 . connected to the underside of that is another dial,,cannot tell what it is numbered to. it is heavy, with a brass ring at the top. The dial has the mark: Lionel Corporation New York..Is this a train item? if so what was it used for, if anyone knows. Thanks in advance!

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  1. Dizzydave Dizzydave, 5 years ago
    Could be something off a ship, Lionel made ship instruments back in the day. Dave
  2. Picking-and-Collecting Picking-and-Collecting, 5 years ago
    Maybe something for determing the angle of something compared to the horizon? 0-90 degrees on the big dial, minutes on the small dial, use the square window next to the dial as a view finder. Just my guess.
  3. Happythisway Happythisway, 5 years ago
    My guess: I looks like maybe a turns counter for something. Each revolution of the horizontal screw would turn the outer dial (100 to 1 ratio). The inner dial being geared down from the outer dial (10 to 1) you would be able to read the total revolutions of the horizontal shaft. Is there a way to couple the horizontal shaft up to something that it came off of? Or like Pick'n said, something to determine a position, like a big gun elevation position indicator. ???
  4. Picking-and-Collecting Picking-and-Collecting, 5 years ago
    Looks like most of the Lionel WWII naval items were in the field of compasses and compass housings. Could it be part of a binnacle? Maybe the knobs and screw are to adjust the compass for true north and compensate for magnetism.
  5. lams, 5 years ago
    Happy..I don't see any signs that something else was ever attached. the inner dial shows 20, 30, and so on, but i have not flipped it around enough to see how high it goes.. the round ring at the top is in a fixed position, sort of awkward, not facing the front as would seem natural to me. P-and C.. a compass idea makes sense also. I have had this for years, and never got the chance to ask my father what it was, or if he even knew. Should I try to take it apart and clean the silver dials? thank you for your input. :)
  6. Dizzydave Dizzydave, 5 years ago
    Don't clean it, leave it as is! Dave

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