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Pair of American Brass Nautical Taffrail Log Spinners, Negus, NY, Circa 1880

$3,800per set


Pair of American brass nautical taffrail log spinners, Late 19th century. Stamped by brothers Thomas Shufeldt Negus, Jr. (1828-1894) & John Davidson Negus (1833-1890) manufacturers and merchants of chronometers and other fine marine instruments. Established as T.S. & J.D. Negus Company in 1845, New York City. A taffrail log is a mechanical speed logging device used like a car odometer and was towed from the stern of the ship by a long line. Taffrail logs were originally developed in the 18th century and became a practical device in the 19th century.


  • Creator
    T.S. & J.D. Negus (Manufacturer)
  • Dimensions
    Height: 45.5 in. (115.57 cm)Diameter: 6.5 in. (16.51 cm)
  • Sold As
    Set of 2
  • Style
    American Empire (Of the Period)
  • Materials and Techniques
  • Place of Origin
  • Period
  • Date of Manufacture
    Circa 1880
  • Condition
    Wear consistent with age and use.
  • Seller Location
    Charleston, SC
  • Reference Number
    Seller: # 48611stDibs: LU887217127612

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