Nauitcal brass gifts and brass instruments including brass compasses and bosun's whistles

Dorset Gifts
One of the leading nautical gift retailers in the UK

Brass Instrument Information

We source all our brass instruments from the most reputable suppliers and all porthole instruments have hefty solid cast brass casings, hinged scuttle clamps, bevelled glass fronts and our trademark brass hands and black subsidiary indicators on light cream faces. The movements are all good quality - battery operated quartz for the clocks and silver aneroid for the barometers. We've included the ever-popular bosun's whistle on this page. We believe the quality of all our products to be excellent and the prices favourable. It is our policy to always match a price for a similar product of equal quality found for sale online in the UK. These nautical brass gifts are not lacquered and require occasional polishing to maintain their shine or you can of course, in line with all things nautical, allow to age gracefully. All our clocks with the exception of the tide clocks have bold Roman numerals and the barometers show millibars and inches of mercury. Clocks all use on AA battery - not provided. Incidentally, if you know someone who is celebrating their 21st wedding anniversary, then a brass gift from this page might be just the job. Please email or phone 01202 285163 regarding any further questions.

Nautical Brass Gifts

Set of Two Mini-tankards in Wooden Presentation Box - DG 15658

Mini-tankards in Wooden Presentation Box

Tankards in Wooden Presentation Box

These mini-tankards in a box are a very popular nautical gift. These brass mini tankards are presented in a natural wooden box and should, in our opinion, only be filled with the Captain's spiced Navy rum! A maritime nautical feature for the office desk or home mantlepiece. These little tankards probably hold about 125 ml of fluids each.



Walking Stick with Telescope - DG5862

Walking Stick with Telescope

Walking Stick with Telescope

At some time in the future we are all going to be able to make use of one of these walking sticks, and to take your mind off the day and improve its' nautical appeal we have designed  one with a useful telescope on the top. The elegant walking stick with telescope makes an excellent gift, although you may not be thanked! Handy for birdwatchers. 92 cms long attached.

£89 each

Walking Stick with Telescope


Forty Year Brass Calendar Paperweight with Marble Base

Brass calendar

A unique nautical paoerweight, and for the years up to 2051!!! The ship's wheel and engraved ship sets it up beautifully. Weighing in impressively at over 200 grammes and 3 inches (8 cms) in circumference! This forty year brass calendar is a classy maritime gift for under a tenner!

£9.95 each


Brass Hand Bell - DG15630

We're on the money with our solid brass handbells which have been used on ships but also by landlubbers worldwide and notably in my life by Mrs Stokes many years ago at Heston Infants School. She could welly one of these. This nautical brass bell is recommended nautical decor for our discerning clients.

22cms (nearly 9 inches) high, 9cms at its widest.

£14.95 each
£28 for 2



Porthole Flask - DG2196

Porthole hip flask

The glass porthole let into this Sheffield pewter hip flask serves two purposes: so that the etching of HMS Victory inside the flask can be viewed and perhaps more importantly to check how much of your favoured tipple remains. The Posrthole flask makes a great marine gift for men or indeed women who like a drink. Measures 10 cms in diameter, 11 centimetres in height and can hold an ample 140 mls of grog.

£37.50 each


Bosun's Whistle - DG 15660

Bosun's Whistle

Bosun's whistle

Also referred to as a Bosun's Call, those in the know wil tell you that Bosun's Whistles were an important piece of kit on boats in days of old, where the whipping winds and high jinks of the crew could make it very hard to hear commands from the deck. The high pitched call of the bosun's whistle would stop the crew in their tracks. A bit like a latter day smoke alarm in the kitchen when you've burned the sausages just after daybreak. Now these whistles for bosuns are mainly used for ceremonial purposes and we sell these as nautical gifts for display although they work perfectly.

13 cms



Fastnet Gimballed Lamp - DG4101

Fastnet gimballed maritime lamp

Our unique polished Fastnet Gimballed oil lamp has earned the respect of serious sailors because of its highly sensitive gimbal mechanism which ensures that it remains upright even in turbulent seas. A special safety feature is the heat shield which gimbals with the lamp. Maximum healing angle for gimbal: pitch 30 degrees, roll unlimited. The Fastnet Gimballed lamp is also fitted with a carrying handle so that it can be lifted clear of the frame for portable use. Fitted with a hinged burner and 3 cms wick for effective light. Height including heat-shield 32 cms. Capacity 300 ml sufficient for 12 hours burning.

£59 each


Hurricane Lamp - DG4119

Hurricane lamp

The Hurricane lamp has long been popular with seafarers for its robust construction, steady flame and excellent safety features. These Hurricane lamps make great camping lights, providing welcome comfort and security on the darkest of nights. Until recently however, there was a problem - the tin plate construction was prone to rapid erosion in the salty marine environment. This is now a solid brass version making it suitable for use above and below decks. It holds 210 ml lamp oil and burns for about 11 hours. It measures 26 cms high and 15 cms across.

£59 each


Henley Megaphone - DG2141

Henley megaphone

They say Sir Francis Chichester never sailed without one, nor should any helmsman or sailing master! This gleaming brass loud-hailer's resonance is calculated to give optimum clarity and range, and is popular with Thames Rowing Club and other rowing clubs all over the Britsh Isles.

31 cms long

£52.50 each


Cast Handbells

Nautical cast hand bells


Our nautical cast handbells have been machined smooth, polished to a bright shine and lacquered for protection. The turned wooden handles have been varnished with a brass fixing nut on top. These come in four sizes. We can engrave these for presentation purposes – please email for a quotation.

DG 5087
Diameter 8 cms , height 14 cms £21 each

Diameter 9 cms Height 16 cms £27 each

Diameter 12 cms Height 22 cms £37 each

Diameter 15 cms height 28 cms £77 each



Brass Pocket Sundial - DG4568

Brass pocket sundial

This brass pocket sundial is a completely self-contained portable instrument, with a compass for alignment and lid for protection. The gnomon is set for latitudes around 50 degrees North, so will be at its most accurate where it is being shipped from ... the South of England, as well as Northern Europe, Canada and so on. At these latitudes it is a functioning time indicator in as much as sundials can be! The diameter of the brass pocket sundial is 7 cms, the height is 3 cms and it is made of chunky solid brass. Buy a brass pocket sundial for your boss and you may always have an excuse for being late for work. We can engrave the lids with a name, initials or company logo – please email for details and costs.

£49 each


Mini Clock Brass Paperweight

Mini Clock Brass Paperweight

Mini Clock Brass Paperweight


This mini clock brass paperweight is functional and attractive. It feels solid in the hand and a mini clock brass paperweight such as this one makes and ideal 21st wedding anniversary gift.

5cms diameter

£19.95 each


50 Year Brass Calendar in Wooden Presentation Box - DG15652



9 cms in diameter and presented in a nautical wooden box - another good selling small brass nautical item.

£14.95 each


Brass Desk Compass - DG15643



Another useful brass gift for those of us not quite sure where we are heading. Very nice left on the desk though. 6.5 cms diameter.

£14.95 each


Captains Magnifier in Wooden Box - DG15655



The brass magnifier itself is 8 cms long (approximately 3 inches) and how impressive that such a manageable instrument can make stuff look so big! With a nautical wooden presentation box too - one for the Captain's table.

£29.95 each


RMS Titanic Pocket Compass - DG15644

Titanic Pocket Compass



Brass RMS Titanic Pocket compass approximately 8 cms in circumference. A replica of course, though an excellent piece of Titanic memorabilia, this Titanic Pocket Compass is sure to thrill any nauticalia fan.

£19.95 each


Brass Antique Finish Telescope - DG15636

Brass Antique Finish Telescope



We have other telescopes but particular recommend this brass antique finish telescope, which comes with a rather nice leather case. Here's the olden nautical look for you and a great gift for him indoors, or him on the boat. This brass finish telescope has a definite antique look to it and you can imagine Captain Hornblower gripping one tightly. 37 cms extended as the captain said to his rating.

£39.95 each


Captain's Brass Hand Bell - DG15631



Captain's Bell and 13 cms in length from top to bottom - nice ring to it too, with "Captain" engraved on the bell itself. A great nautical brass bell for your nautically themed home or boat.

£9.95 each


Small Brass Ship's Bell - DG15620

Brass ship bell



Our smaller but not so small brass ship's bell measures 13 cms from top of the bell to its base and is a more affordable identical version in all but size of our larger ship's bell. This small brass ship's bell is an ideal addition for a nautically themed entrance way or in a nautical bar. Time please ship mates!

£32.50 each


Brass Ship's Bell - DG15619

Brass ship's bell



Our brass ship's bells measure 20 cms from the top of the actual bell to its base and is to be fixed to the wall. This is our largest Brass Ship's Bell and you'll get an impressive ring from it as Roger the Cabin Boy comes running.

£115 each


Ship's Bell - 10cm (15250)

Ship's Bell




Ship's Bell - 12cm (15251)

Brass Boat Bell


Nautical ship's bell.



Ship's Time Brass Clock - DG15607

Ship's Time Brass Clock


These lovely Ship's Time Brass Clocks can be wall or boat mounted and the diameter is 12 cms. A classy nautical addition to the nautical boat themed room, or the boat itself. This Ship's Time Brass Clock would also make a lovely Brass Wedding Anniversary gift. 21st in case you were wondering.

£69.95 each


Yacht Club Clock - DG7245

Yacht Club Clock

One of our favourites. These super harbour clocks stand 40 cms high on a wooden plinth and the face of the clock is light cream. These make a superb nautical addition to a maritime home and stand 40 cms high and the width is 27 cms. The anchor style brass surround has a distinctive strong and impressive case and is a great piece of nautical office decor. This Yacht Club Clock would also look great as a focal piece in a nautically themed restaurant.

£199 each


Cockpit Clock and Barometer Set - DG5076

Cockpit Clock and Barometer Set

These beautiful cockpit clock and barometer sets are available mounted on a mahogany effect board surround. The Cockpit Clock and Barometer Set measures 24 cms in length and 14 cms in height. One for behind the bar or on the boat?

£159 each


Cabin Tide Clock - DG7104

Cabin Tide Clock

The faces of our tide clocks have Arabic numerals and a single quartz movement powers all hands. Flange diameter is 14 cms, the dial is 8 cms and the depth excluding the scuttle clamps is 5 cms. The Cain Tide Clock - one for the serious nautical enthusiast.



Brass Compass DG95650

Brass Compass

Brass Compass

Small but attractively designed brass compass which makes for a styish gift. Made with a brass surround and flat bottom with a felt base. This will look great on Dad's desk. For those of you that have not been inspired to buy on our description, here's a compass joke... what's long and yellow and always points North? A magnetic banana. Please see our other nautical small brass pieces in this range.

7cms diameter

£6.99 each
£12 for 2



50 Year Brass Calendar DG97426

50 Year Brass Calendar

50 Year Brass Calendar

A simple to use 50 year brass calendar. One of our favourite brass items and great as a nautical room or desk feature or alongside any of our other brass items on this page. Engraved with a ship's anchor and boat... simply place the year over the month and you're off. These fifty year brass calendars also have a velvet base.

5 cms diameter

£6.99 each
£12 for 2



Brass World Timer DG97428

Brass World Timer

Brass World Timer

Brass World Timer

An interesting small brass gift which tells all the times around the world! Rangoon, Dawson and Denver have found their way on to the map on these brass world timers and these make for a nice nautical touch in any such themed room or home.

6cms diameter

£6.99 each
£12 for 2



Wooden Presentation Box for our Compasses -  DG15640 

If you require a presentation box for our compasses and timers, these will fit perfectly.

9cms across.



Brass Compass and Calendar in Wooden Box -  DG15642

These brass compasses sit attractively in a very good quality wooden box and give you the choice to wander or sail forth in practically any direction knowing that you may never get back, but w'll know the direction you have come from. Very fetching on the office desk too.

£17.95 each
£35 for 2



Brass Sextant - DG15649

Brass sextant

Brass sextant in wooden box

What would you do with a brass sextant in a wooden box? Fancy sighting the sun at solar noon? What's your latitude? Many stars in the sky tonight? And what is my precise geographical position? Or do you just want a nautical addition to your maritime collection presented in a lovely wooden box with brass inlay? This brass sextant fits the bill. A lovely piece that can be used as nautical office decor, this brass sextant also makes the perfect gift for the sailor in your family as it comes in an attractive wooden box.

14cms across and 8cms high


Brass sextant in wooden box


Brass Sand Timer - DG15656

brass sand timer

This brass sand-filled egg timer is another quality brass product and useful too, unless you don't like eggs. Measuring 8 cms in height and it does of course come with sand!

8 cms high




Brass Keyring

Brass keyrings

Brass keyrings

Brass ship's wheel keyrings

Our brass keyrings are of optimum quality and follow the nautical theme. These make great stocking fillers or wedding favours for a nautically themed wedding.

If you are ordering more that one, please choose 'Multiple' from the drop down menu and specify which designs you would like in the Special Requests box at checkout.

Diving Helmet DG15701 - £4.99 each
Port Lamp  (Red) DG15704 - £4.99 each
Starboard Lamp (Green) DG15705 - £4.99 each
Ship's Wheel DG15707 - £4.99 each

£9 for 2
£12 for 3



Brass diver's helmet keyring


Titanic 1912 Ship's Bell

Titanic 1912 Ship's Bell

Titanic Ships Bell



These nautical brass ship's bells have Titanic 1912 engraved on the front. The ship's bell comes with a bracket and screws and is complete with bell rope for ringing. A good quality line which is approximately 3.5 inches diameter and about 6 inches from the bottom of the bell to the top of the bracket. A great nautical gift idea for any collector of Titanic nauticalia.

£17.50 each
£32 for 2




Diving Helmet Model - DGBAT733

Diving Helmet Model


This striking diving helmet model looks great as a focal point in an office, for shop window displays or any nautical interior design. We've also seen these Diving Helmet Models used in nautical pubs and upmarket fish restaurants.




Antique Effect Diving Helmet Model with Stand - DGBAT886

Antique Effect Diving Helmet Model with Stand





Diver's US Mark V Helmet - DG7121

The dome diameter is 32 cms and this diving helmet weighs in at 37 pounds. This full size reproduction is so complete that detailed examination is necessary to detect it is not original. These are made from solid brass and copper and recall the days when divers struggled on the ocean bed in equipment heavier than themselves. This helmet could be easily illuminated as background lighting. The base is available separately if required at £125.

Diver's US Mark V Helmet - DG7121 £999 each

Base for helmet - DG7122 £125 each


Small diver’s helmet - DG7124

A miniature version which is of course less detailed and 17 cms high. This small diver's helmet is made from solid brass and copper. Based on the US MkV model - it measures 5 inches across and weighs a pound.

£110 each


Brass No Entry Sign - DG15684

Brass No Entry Sign




Brass Toilet Sign - DG15685

Brass Toilet Sign




Brass Captain Sign - DG15682

Brass Captain Sign

This brass 'Captain' sign measures 16cms.



Brass Admiral Sign - DG15681

Brass Admiral Sign




"England Expects" Plaque 10cm - 95808

England Expects Brass Plaque




King's Shilling Tankard - DG2199

King's Shilling Tankard

This King's Shilling Tankard has a double glazed bottom with a genuine King’s Shilling, which will date from the reign of King George V or VI, sandwiched between the layers. The story of the press gangs is pressed deep in to one side with a blank panel on the reverse. The press gangs would pay their recruits a shilling to join the Royal Navy and would often have got them drunk in order to sign up. The capacity of the King's Shilling tankard is 570 mls (one pint) and it weighs 430 grams.

£49 each
£90 for 2



Mini-tankard - DG 15659


£10.99 each
£20.00 for 2



Brass Anchor Letter Opener - DG 15661

Brass letter opener

An attractive brass letter opener with an anchor shaped handle.




Diving Helmet 20cm - 95200

Diving Helmet




Diving Helmet - 27cm (95202)

Diving Helmet




Diving Helmet - 48cm (95204)

Diving Helmet