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5" Old Style Wilfrid O. White, Kelvin-White, Danforth Constellation Parts 1947-1980

The Constellation Series compass was originally designed in 1947 by the Kelvin White Company, which became known as the Wilfrid O. White Co..The early versions of this compass have a serial number stamped in the top bezel ring, the first two letters of this number on the 5" compasses began with the letters CB. Danforth bought the company in 1961 and continued manufacturing the compasses to this day. This diagram is of the earliest 5" Constellation which was manufactured in this style until the early 1980's when it was updated into what we call the New style 5" Constellation. The clear dome on the 5" Constellation measures 5-3/16" in diameter at the base. The 5" Constellation uses approximately 45 ounces of compass oil. Click on the diagram to enlarge the schematic. The key number in the diagram is the first number in the order number.


5" Compass Oil Pack5" Compass Oil PackOne Quart and One pint of Ritchie Compass Oil. Enough Oil to fill the 5" Globemaster or the Danforth 5" Constellation

5" Dial Assembly, Old StyleThis will not fit the newest version of the 5" Constellation, some changes would have to be made to the pan assembly

Click to enlargePivot w/ retainer "A"Used in Old Style 5",6",7",8" Constellations

Click to enlarge2 degree 5" Old Style dial
Click to enlarge5" Old Style Card ( 5 degree)
Click to enlargeJewel W/PostThe original style jewel post is a straight post only and is inserted into a threaded bushing, that style is no longer available. It was replaced with this version that is a one piece jewel post with bushing.

Click to enlarge5" Magnet and Frame assembly
Click to enlargeRetainer-B
Click to enlarge5" Gimbal Ring with Pins
Click to enlargeLubbers Line Pan Assembly
Click to enlargeRetaining Nut
Spacer 13-A1423
Click to enlargeKnurled Nut
Click to enlargeScrew, Light Retaining (4-40 flat head)
Click to enlargeOld Style 5" Low Level Light AssemblyNO Longer Available as an assembly. New style mounts with 2 screws directly into the top ring. See Low Level lighting page for details

Click to enlargeLight Retaining Bracket
Click to enlargeTie Down Screw (4-40 X 7/16" flat head)
Click to enlarge5" Old Style Constellation DomeThe diameter of the dome measures 5-3/16" at the base. The dome sits on the top lip of the bowl and the oring goes around the outside of the dome.

5" Old Style Oring5" Old Style Oring
Click to enlargeScrew, Light Bracket Retaining (4-40 fillister head)
5" Lubbers Line Pan and Gimbal ring (Balanced without dial) 26-A14470A$146.00
Click to enlargeFiller Plug gasketThis filler plug gasket is used on 6 of the Constellation compasses. 4"(Key#29), 5" old style(Key#27), 5" New Style(Key#30), 6"(Key#27), 7"(Key#27), and the 8" Constellation

Click to enlargeFiller Plug (Brass)
Click to enlargeDiaphram , Expansion (4" diameter) Used on 5" and 6 " Constellations6" Constellations made prior to approximately 1980 used a larger Diaphram (4.5" in diameter)

Click to enlargeExpansion Retaining Screw (6-32 fillister head)
Click to enlarge Expansion Retaining Ring (5" Old Style & 6" New Style)This diaphram retainer is used on the old style 5" Constellations as well as the new style 6" Constellations that have a 3-7/8" diaphram