Magnificently carved mahogany and brass small yacht or launch tiller, probably English, circa 1880.  The tiller has a monkey fist end followed by a multi strand rope carved shaft which transcends into a four sided rectangular shape with carved flags on the top and sides.  The rear section of the tiller is rectangular in shape with a curved end.  There is a slot at the center where the tiller slipped over the rudder.  The rear section is wrapped with brass around its outside surface.  This is the most sophisticated and well carved small boat tiller, we have examined. (FA-926) 


Condition:  There is a small age crack at the rear of the tiller.  It is otherwise in excellent condition.  The tiller has a contemporary mahogany presentation base. 
Dimension:  Length 26 1/2 inches.