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Solid Brass-Copper Ship Wheel Key Chain 5

Solid Brass/Copper Ship Wheel Key Chain 5"

Overall Dims: 5" L x 1.5" W x 1" H

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Solid Brass/Copper Ship Wheel Key Chain 5"

This nautical-themed key chain is both adorable and functional, featuring a ship wheel key fob.†Crafted from solid brass, with a copper inlay,†this†key chain†is as beautiful as it is durable and functional with a knurled knob that allows you to easily and securely add or remove keys from the ring.†These wonderful key chains make ideal gifts for all.

  • Solid brass key ring with copper inlaid body
  • Knurled knob makes changing keys easy and secure
  • Overall length is total of ring, chain, and symbol length

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Developed in the early 18th century, the shipís wheel transformed sailing in a manner that has since touched upon our everyday lives. In the earliest days of sea faring, aside from multiple oars for propulsion, a large steering oar was operated to maneuver the vessel, later becoming the fixed rudder standard on sailing ships around the world. The helmsman steered in a counterintuitive method using a large vertical rod, or whipstaff, to manipulate the rudder; turning a ship to starboard required the helmsman to manipulate the whipstaff to port. Tillers, much like large, horizontal torque wrenches attached directly to the rudder, were also used in this manner and are still in use today on many luxurious sail boats. The earliest known shipís wheel, circa 1700 England, is displayed at Londonís National Maritime Museum and represents a new chapter in sailing. Reproduced in these brilliant brass key chains, the shipís wheel was designed to turn the rudder in the same direction as the wheel, thus a turn to starboard resulted in the shipís bow pointing to starboard. Represented on these solid brass key rings, the engineering behind the shipís wheel has not only been advanced with electronics and hydraulics, modern adaptations to control the largest ships the world has ever seen, but has become a standard fixture you will see in any automobile. The beautiful shipís wheel depicted on your brass key chain was a true revolution in sailing, and since its inception an almost mythical aura has grown around it. The earliest sailors viewed the shipís wheel as a talisman of good fortune, much like this brass key chain, often wearing replicas on necklaces in hopes of providing a safe journey and return to port. Going so far as to add this symbol to the stable of traditional nautical tattoos, sailors would emblazon themselves with the shipís wheel as a sign of longing, searching for a port to call home,and to represent the freedom of life on the high seas. The shipís wheel represented on this brass key chain is so much more than what seems like a simple advance in sailing, it has become a symbol of hope, of good luck, of freedom and longing, and of the magic and wonder of the ocean deep.