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Decorate Your Home With Nautical Themes Using Antique Maritime Wheels

A ship's steering wheel can be a convenient and interesting way to add some accents to the walls of your house or apartment that show off your interest in all things nautical. You can find vintage ship wheels for sale at low-cost prices and in various configurations on eBay. Familiarizing yourself with the kinds of antique ship wheels you can choose from will help you find the designs or decorations that speak to your personal tastes.

Choosing materials for your ship steering wheel

A ship's helm comes in a couple of main materials that you can choose from on eBay. You may wish to purchase several wheels for ships in different materials to have various designs or patterns decorating the walls of your home. Some ship's wheels include a mixture of components to strike a balance between durability and visual appeal. Here are some of the most common things used in the construction of antique maritime wheels:

  • Wood - Many ship's wheels use hardwood components for a design that can expand or contract with heat or moisture as necessary. The patterns in wooden ship steering wheels could feature intricate carvings that give some character or backstory to the boat in which the items were used.
  • Metal - Some reasonably priced maritime wheels for ships use metal components of steel and brass for durability. The metal may take on a unique patina as vintage steering wheels age over time.
Finding different kinds of preowned wheels for ships

You can collect an array of ship's wheels from different organizations to grace the walls of your home or to use as steering components for a boat of your own. Certain organizations may put logos, insignia, or names on the boat wheels that they make for their vessels. A few of the common kinds of maritime wheels you can find on eBay include handcrafted rosewood from the British Royal Navy, a black captain's wheel from the Canadian Merchant Navy, or boat wheels done in the style of the US Navy.

How do you select spoke options for ship's wheels?

In addition to choosing the new or secondhand ship wheel that you want, you can also figure out the kinds of spokes or handles that work for you. The handles on a ship steering wheel can include additional materials that might not be found elsewhere on the item. It is not uncommon to find wheels with spokes wrapped in stacked leather that is dyed in different colors to set these handles apart from the rest of the steering arrangement.

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