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5. NAVY, USLHS, USLSS & Military 

Prices in U.S. Dollars are listed in GREEN.

5.65 /21.21  EARLY U.S. NAVY LONG GLASS.  Very rare, pre-Civil War U.S. Navy captain’s spyglass.  This exceptional relic consists of a tapered  brass tube clad in its virtually perfect maroon leather covering.  This state-of the-art telescope is signed in lovely hand-engraved script, “U.S.N., H. Waldstein Optician 451 Broadway New-York:” on the single draw.  The telescope measures 41 ¼ inches fully extended and 31 inches closed.  The achromatic lens measures 2 ¼ inches in diameter.  With its original 4 piece internal lens system this spyglass provides a spectacular, highly magnified image of great clarity with no distortion.  It is an amazingly well-preserved relic of pre-Civil War American manufacture, which most certainly was used in that conflict.   Examples of Civil War Naval artifacts are particularly rare and highly sought after.  1795

Hermann Waldstein was a Jewish immigrant from Germany who came to the United States in 1840.  Trained as an optician in the old country, he set up shop at 451 Broadway in New York City and quickly established a name for producing quality optical instruments.  He was a prize winner at the Great Exposition at the Crystal Palace in London in 1851.  This lead to his acceptance as a provider of optical instruments to the U.S. Government.



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5.64/22.39  U.S. COAST GUARD  BULKHEAD BAROMETER.  Extremely scarce, very highly sought after World War II or earlier ship’s aneroid barometer made for the “United States Coast Guard” by “Taylor Rochester. NY” as boldly marked on the face of the silvered brass dial “U.S. COAST GUARD.”  This precision weather instrument is calibrated in atmospheric pressure indicating inches of mercury from 25.5 to 31.5 in 2/100th increments marked by tenths and showing the standard weather indications “RAIN, CHANGE, FAIR.”   It is further marked “Compensated” (for temperature).  The black arrow-like indicator needle is overlaid by the brass set needle attached to a knurled brass knob running through the glass crystal.  The dial, with silvered brass reflector ring, measures 4 ½ inches in diameter.  The open face provides an interesting view of the perfect high quality movement within.  Most such barometers had a spun brass case with a suspension ring at the top for hanging.  But this exceptional example has a heavy solid brass flanged case, indicating it was hard-mounted to the bulkhead in the pilot house or chart room of a U.S. Coast Guard cutter.  The case is in its original bright brass finish and measures 6 3/4 inches on the flange by 2 3/8 inches thick.  The flange has three holes for mounting.  A small aperture on the back is provided for adjusting the reading.  Outstanding original condition in all respects and extremely accurate.  The quality of this instrument is superb, built to wartime standards, as necessitated by the rigors for which it was intended.  SOLD



5.63/13.63  RARE EARLY NAVY CHRONOMETER.  One of the very First World War II marine chronometer made for the U.S. Navy by the Hamilton Watch Company as indicated on the silvered dial “HAMILTON. Lancaster, PA., U.S.A. (N) 147 1941.” This lovely state-of-the-art precision timekeeper features a full 85 size ship's chronometer with silvered dial, 56 hour UP/DOWN indicator, blackened steel spade hands, bold Arabic numerals, and subsidiary seconds bit.  The high grade movement is a work of art, with beautifully finished damascened nickel brass plates, the large innovative Elinvar-metallic balance, jeweled pivots, spring detente escapement, and of course a chain drive fusee. The movement bears the matching signature "Model 21, 14 Jewels, Hamilton Watch Co. Lancaster, Penna, Made In U.S.A.," with matching serial number “147 – 1941.”   Of added value this instrument has the scarce feature of an electrical break circuit attachment which transmitted precise time ticks at the top of the minute for use in surveying and astronomical observations.   The movement is fitted into the solid brass bowl or "tub" with spring-loaded dust cover, slung in gimbals within the box, and equipped with a knurled gimbal lock.  One of the unique features of this presentation is that the chronometer and gimbal are housed in a Ulysee Nardin (Swiss) style box.  The middle tier bears Hamilton’s standard box label reading "HAMILTON WATCH CO. Lancaster, PA., U.S.A.”  The box also has the Nardin feature of box lock and key.  The highly-finished brass-bound box is of rich crotch-grained mahogany in a natural finish which contrasts beautifully with the brass box corners.  All fittings are of solid brass including the box stays, button latches, folding drop handles, hinges and dust rails.  This fine chronometer is in near mint condition inside and out -- hard to believe it is over 75 years old!  It is completely functional and comes complete with its ratcheted winding key and box skeleton key.  The box measures 7 ½ inches cubed and the chronometer is 5 inches in diameter.  A rare early example of the ultimate American marine timepiece.  Truly investment quality.  SOLD Back to Top

As war clouds gathered around the world in 1940, it became more and more apparent that the United States would soon be drawn into a world-wide conflict. Such involvement would require a massive fleet of Navy and merchant vessels plying the vast oceans. Such deployment required accurate navigation, which up to that time was only feasible using a chronometer for accurate timekeeping at sea. The U.S. Government, acutely aware of the impending need, sent out an urgent request to clock and watchmakers of the era to produce an adequate time keeper. The Hamilton Watch Company of Lancaster, Pennsylvania, which had never produced a full size chronometer before, stepped up to the call with its famous Model 21 in 1941. This splendid precision instrument was inspired by the Swiss chronometer made by Ulysee Nardin. In fact the first 300 chronometers produced by Hamilton mimicked the Nardin box with lock and key. Thereafter Hamilton went with the more familiar button latch assembly. Hamilton also took the basic design of the Nardin movement much further. Perhaps the most innovative feature of the Model 21 was its use of interchangeable parts. This made manufacturing and maintenance much more efficient. Another was its use of Elinvar in the balance. Elinvar is not affected by changes in temperature, a fact that had plagued chronometer makers for more than a century. In the end Hamilton effectively manufactured over 13,000 of these marvelous machines for Navy and civilian use, prompting the boast, “The chronometer that won the war.”






3.35/5.58.   WWII GERMAN SEXTANT.   Very finest quality navigational sextant made by the prestigious C. Plath Company of Hamburg for the German Kriegsmarine at the height of World War II in 1943.  This innovative, state- of-the-art instrument is made with the precision for which Plath was famous.  The lightweight cast aluminum lattice frame was an advancement ahead of its time.  The instrument is coated in a baked enamel finish to protect it from the elements.  The index arm is equipped with a convenient “pinch stop” attached to an endless tangent screw micrometer.  It rides over the large arc calibrated in single degrees from -5 to 137.   It bears Plath’s serial number “19156.”   The knurled fine adjust knob provides the micrometer with an accuracy down to 6 arc seconds!  The arm is engraved with the Reich’s symbol of an eagle perched atop a swastika above the letter “M,” the Reich serial number “4245” and is signed “C. Plath Hamburg.”  The instrument is complete with both its mirrors of exceptional size,  its 4 index filers and 3 horizon filters.  The large sighting telescope is essentially a monocular with an adjustable focus.  The back of the instrument retains the Bakelite handle and 2 supporting feet.   The large arc measures 9 ¼ inches wide and the index arm is 9 ½ inches long overall.  This impressive instrument is housed in its original hardwood box of maple using splined construction.  The lid bears the metal label of C. PLATH and the original certification for use reading “Entspricht den Bestimmungen der Kriegsmarine” with the date of “19.2.43’ (February 19, 1943).  The box measures 12 ½ inches square by 6 ¾ inches high.  It is complete with all of its hardware and has a great variegated alligator finish.  Overall a very nice instrument in excellent condition showing actual use but no abuse.  The stories it could tell!  SOLD

The Kreigsmarine, begun in 1935 and running until the end of World War II in April of 1945, was one of the three branches of the infamous Nazi war machine. The Kriegsmarine’s most effective combatants were its modern U-boats, which began to be constructed at the beginning of World War II.  Wolfpacks, which were comprised of coordinated groups of submarines, attacked British convoys during the first half of the Battle of the Atlantic.   But by May 1943 the tactic was abandoned when U-boat losses increased due to effective Allied countermeasures.  Along with the U-boats, surface commerce raiders were used to attack Allied shipping in the early years of the War.  The most famous of those were the heavy cruisers Admiral Graf Spee, Admiral Scheer and the battleship Bismark.  The employment of convoy escorts, particularly in the Atlantic, minimized the effectiveness of  commerce raiders in the second half of the War.

Plath sextants have been, and still are, considered the Rolls Royce of such instruments.



5.57 RARE ZEPPELIN PHOTO.  Extremely scare original photograph of an equally rare subject.  This is a large sepia tone silverplate image of the gigantic American Navy airship the USS LOS ANGELES (ZR-3).   It shows a port broadside view of the huge craft flying over pine trees in the foreground.  The image is clear with good contrast and no damage.  It measures 6 ½ by 10 ½ inches sight and is housed in its original stiff double mat (some corner damage only) measuring 10 ¼ by 14 ¼.  195

The USS LOS ANGELES was a rigid airship designated ZR-3, built by the Zeppelin company in Friedrichshafen, Germany, and given to the United States as a war reparation.  It was delivered to the U.S. Navy in October 1924 and immediately began performing experimental air tactics.  In 1929, the LOS ANGELES was used to test the “trapeze system” developed by the U.S. Navy to launch and recover fixed wing aircraft from rigid airships, particularly in the development of the American parasite bi-plane fighter program.  The huge airship had a length of 658 feet and a beam of 90 feet and had a top speed of 65 knots.   After the disastrous fire and destruction of her sister ship the Graf Zeppelin Hindenburg on May 6, 1937, public support for the continuance of flying these ships filled with explosive hydrogen gas plummeted, as did the airships themselves.  Although the LOS ANGELES was decommissioned from service in 1932 she was maintained in a hangar at Lakehurst, New Jersey (scene of the Hindenburg disaster) until 1941.  Unlike the other rigid Navy airships SHENANDOAH, AKRON and MACON, the German-built LOS ANGELES was the only Navy airship which did not meet a disastrous end.


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5.55 /21.90  EARLY NAVY BINOCULARS.  Very scarce World War I vintage military binoculars made for the “Signal Corps U.S. Army” as stamped on the right side objective.  On the ocular end it is marked “Military Stereo 6 x 30” on the left and “U.S. Naval Gun Factory Optical Shop Annex, Rochester, N.Y. U.S.A.”  These high quality prismatic binoculars are made of solid brass in a blackened finish with leather covering.  Each ocular is knurled for individual focusing and is marked in diopeters + or -.  The binoculars retain their original leather carrying strap and are complete with their very nice heavy leather case with spring-loaded closure.  Of added interest and value is the very high quality compass in the lid, showing the cardinal and intercardinal points of the compass marked in 5 degree increments.  It is signed “U.S Naval Gun Factory Optical Annex, Rochester, N.Y.”  The underside of the lid is impressed “U.S. NAVAL GUN FACTORY Optical Annex Shop Rochester, N.Y” with fouled anchor mark.  The objective lenses measure 1 1/4 inches in diameter each.  The binoculars are 6 ¼ inches wide and 4 ¾ inches long.  The stout leather case is 7 ¼ inches wide by 5 ½ inches high.  Excellent original optics and the compass is lively and accurate.  The leather is in unusually nice condition considering it is over 100 years old.  495


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5.54   U.S. LIGHTHOUSE SERVICE COMMEMORATIVE.  Very early 1900’s decorative porcelain plate depicting the Tillamook Lighthouse.  The center of the plate is lithographed and hand painted with an image of the famous lighthouse described as “Tillimook Lighthouse, Seaside, Ore.”  The back of the plate is signed in script “Made in Germany.”  This reticulated plate with gold highlights measures 7 ¼ inches in diameter and is in perfect original condition.  Period lighthouse relics are rare.  149


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5.39  DICTIONARY of AMERICAN NAVAL FIGHTING SHIPS.   Amazing!  Complete!  A scarce all original hard bound set of the “Dictionary of American Naval Fighting Ships.”  These volumes consist of 8 beautiful books in faux leather covers issued by the Navy Department, Naval History Division, 1970, Washington, D.C.  In them official Navy records document the existence and service of every named vessel which has ever served in the U.S. Navy, in addition to a large number of unnamed vessels serving in similar capacities.  These extensive and exhaustive records document the history of each ship and the origin of its name, its armament, characteristics and a detailed chronological record of its service.  Many entries are accompanied by actual photographs of the vessels they describe.  Without question this is the most exhaustive and comprehensive compilation of information on the history of the United States Navy.   The content of this set is truly exceptional.  Overall the exteriors of these volumes are in excellent condition.  Contents are perfect.  This offering represents an invaluable, absolutely indispensable, reference for the Naval historian and for those enchanted with America’s Naval since the Revolution.  A most worthy addition to ANY maritime library at a very reasonable price.  The complete set weighs 35 pounds when boxed, ready for shipping.  295  Special Packaging


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5.51  ADMIRAL’s TABLE SERVICE.  Rare, authentic pre-World War II U.S. Navy gravy boat used in the Vice Admiral’s Mess of an American capital ship.  This splendid example is oval in shape and is complete with its built-in tray/base, cover and serving spoon.  The exterior of the boat is embellished with the hand-engraved emblem of three stars encircling the initials “U.S.N.”  This is the “fancy” model with the “ropework” trim on the tray and cover.   The cover fits the boat  precisely and bears a decorative acorn finial on the top.  The base is signed “R. WALLACE Silver Soldered.”  This silverplate item has a base metal of brass.  Many lesser table service items had a base metal of iron which corroded over time.  The interior of this example is perfect, still fit for actual use!   It measures 8 inches long by 5 3/4 inches wide and stands 5 inches high.  Outstanding original condition.  229


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5.71  FAMOUS WWII COMBATANT ASHTRAY.  Very decorative very colorful, original ashtray commemorating the World War II veteran ship USS ISHERWOOD (DD-520).  This hard-fired, hand-painted porcelain ashtray bears the coat of arms in the middle depicting the ship, ancient Hero’s steam engine, the 4 winds and a clippership, all above the banner reading “SALE (sic) TO STEAM.  ”It is trimmed in a gilded rope border.  Above is the inscription ‘USS ISHERWOOD” and below “DD-520.”  The reverse is marked “Fukagaura ARITA Handpainted, Made In Japan.”This ashtray measures 6 inches in diameter and is in perfect original condition noting wear to the gold lettering.  49

USS ISHERWOOD (DD-520) was a Fletcher-class destroyer, the second U.S. Navy ship to be named for Rear Admiral Benjamin F. Isherwood (1822–1915). 

ISHERWOOD was launched by Bethlehem Shipbuilding Co., Staten Island, N.Y. on November 24, 1942, and commissioned April 12, 1943 at New York Navy Yard.  She made her shakedown cruise then sailed from Boston to San Francisco in November.  From there she steamed to Pearl Harbor then on to join Task Force 94 (TF 94) in the Aleutians in December.   During the ensuing eight months she carried out antisubmarine sweeps in the Gulf of Alaska. 

ISHERWOOD  sailed for Pearl Harbor on August 26, 1944 to participate in the invasion of the Philippines in October. She arrived at Manus Island on October 4th and steamed into Leyte Gulf with the assault force on October 20th, performing escort and patrol duties during the first days of the operation.   She also provided gunfire support and night illumination fire.  ISHERWOOD remained in the assault area during the famous Battle of Leyte Gulf – the last confrontation between battleships – in which the Imperial Japanese surface fleet was virtually annihilated. During November  ISHERWOOD escorted convoys from advance bases to the Philippines in support of the buildup there. 

The next major invasion of the Philippines campaign was in the Lingayen Gulf.   After the Attack Force departed Manus on December 27th, the transport groups and carrier task forces were attacked incessantly by kamikazes.   But the desperate Japanese attacks could not stop the invasion.   ISHERWOOD shot down at least one suicide plane and was credited with several more assists, before arriving at the assault area on January 9, 1945.   She screened a landing craft group during the landing, and sailed for Leyte with a returning group January 11th.  On January 29 and 30 she returned to Luzon and supported the unopposed landings at San Antonio and Subic Bay.  ISHERWOOD remained in the Philippines providing antisubmarine protection and patrolling until mid-March. 

ISHERWOOD sailed for the Okinawa operation on March 21, 1945; and took part in the landings on Kerama Retto preparatory to the main assault on Okinawa, which was the biggest Pacific amphibious operation of the war.   ISHERWOOD provided gun fire support for the invasion until April 16, when she was dispatched to aid the stricken destroyers PRINGLE and  LAFFEY off Il Shima, where she assumed their picket ship duties and rescuing downed airmen. 

All the while the Japanese continued to mount heavy air attacks on the U.S. fleet, attempting to drive off the invasion with suicide planes.   While on station April 22nd, a kamikaze made an evening attack on ISHERWOOD crashing into the No. 3 gun mount.   One old salt described the kamikaze pilot as "a jockey riding in on a horse!"  Several fires were started by the D3A1 "Val" dive bomber and its 500-pound bomb.  But all were quickly extinguished, except for one in the depth charge rack aft.   The crew heroically fought the fire for more than 25 minutes before the charge exploded, causing great damage in the after engine room.  ISHERWOOD arrived at Kerama Retto with over 80 men killed, wounded, or missing. 

The highly decorated ship received 5 Battle Stars for participation in World War II. 

After the War she returned to the Atlantic for routine training duties but was subsequently 
home-ported in San Diego in 1954.  She made several cruises to the Far East in the ensuing 
time up to 1961, when she was decommissioned on September 11, 1961.



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5.48  U.S. NAVY GRAVY BOAT.    Authentic World War II  U.S Navy server as used in the Wardroom Officer’s Mess of  an American capital ship.  This splendid example is the nicest we have encountered in our nearly 40 years in this business.  With its oval shape it is complete with built-in tray/base, cover and ladle.  The exterior of the boat is embellished with the exquisite hand-engraved Navy emblem of a fouled anchor over the decorative letters “U.S.N.”  This is the “fancy “ model with the “ropework” trim on the tray and cover.   The cover fits the boat with a precisely and bears a decorative acorn finial on the top.  The base is signed “Reed & Barton Silver Soldered.”  This silverplate item is with a base metal of brass.  Many lesser table service items had a base metal of iron which corroded over time.  The interior of this example is perfect, still fit for actual use!   It measures 8 inches long by 6 inches wide and stands 5 inches high.  A better, cleaner example does not exist.  169



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5.50  U.S. NAVY SAILOR’s PALM.  Extremely rare, early sailor’s sail maker’s palm dating from the War of 1812 to the Civil War eras.  This incredibly scarce relic from the age of American sail consists of a leather strap with a 1 ¼ inch hole in one side bound together to fit over the user’s hand while the thumb protruded through the hole.  Adjacent to the thumb hole is a shield-shaped brass cup stitched to the leather.  The top of the circular cup contains several recesses to accommodate the head of a needle.  With this the sailor was able to drive the large sail needle into the heavy canvas using the thrust of his palm.  Of great interest and value is the fact that the side of the brass is cast in relief with a fouled old fashioned anchor – the early emblem of the United States Navy.  This original sailor’s palm is in a remarkable state of original preservation.  It measures 5 inches in diameter and 2 ¼ inches wide at the widest.   Complete with an original old sail needle (not shown).  A worthy addition to any Naval museum!  449

In their comprehensive book, “Marine Art & Antiques JACK TAR A Sailor’s Life,” authors J. Welles Henderson and Rodney Carlisle, 1999, Antique Collectors’ Club, Woolbridge, England depict a seaman’s bag on page 111.  It exhibits a nearly identical anchor with the caption, “A sea-bag decorated with cannon balls, an anchor, and marked with the sailor’s name, “J. Lord.”  Lord was a gunner aboard the USS Constitution and died in 1829.”



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2.52/5.45  MOST IMPORTANT BUILDER’s HULL.   Original, historically very significant builder’s half block model of the famous 19th century American battleship the U.S.S. OREGON (BB-3).  This large sculpted model is constructed in laminated “lifts” of mahogany mounted to its original framed and painted pine backboard.  This builder’s model is known as a “hull plating model” because it depicts and identifies in specific detail the armor plating of the ship’s steel hull.  As such this very model was actually used as a basis for the design and construction of the ship.  On the bottom center of the backboard just below the hull is the hand-painted designation “U.S.S. OREGON” in gold.  The hull has acquired a lovely age patina and variegated surface in the 125+ years since it was laid out.  The backboard measures 97 inches long by 13 inches high.  The hull model itself is 88 inches long, 8 ½ inches wide and 8 inches high.  The entire presentation protrudes 10 inches from the bulkhead when displayed.  This authentic builder’s model of one of the most famous ships in U.S. Naval history belongs in a museum.  It is likely the only identified such model still in private hands.  Outstanding, untouched original condition showing wonderful age.  The price is more that $10,000.  Serious inquires only please. Price Request Special Packaging

Ex.  Collection of the De Young Museum, San Francisco, California.  Deaccessioned at public auction early 1990’s.

The battleship OREGON was laid down by the Union Iron Works, San Francisco, Cal.  in 1891 and commissioned in 1896.   She spent the next two years conducting exercises off the Pacific coast.  On February 15, 1898  news was telegraphed  that the battleship MAINE had exploded in Havana Harbor.  OREGON was in the Puget Sound Navy Yard, Bremerton, Washington at the time.  War with Spain was becoming imminent and OREGON was dispatched to Spanish-held Cuba without delay.  En route, she made a brief stop in San Francisco to load more coal for the long journey ahead, departing on March 19, 1898.  Traveling around Cape Horn OREGON arrived at Jupiter Inlet 66 days later  –  a distance of 15,000 nautical miles!  This was a remarkable achievement at the time.  The record breaking voyage immediately popularized the ship with the American public.  It also emphasized the need for a shorter coast to coast route, which ultimately led to construction of the Panama Canal.  Upon arrival OREGON joined Admiral William T. Sampson’s squadron under the command of her Captain Charles Clark.  On July 3 OREGON spearheaded the Battle of Santiago de Cuba, where she and the cruiser BROOKLYN were the only ships fast enough to chase down and capture the Spanish flagship CRISTOBAL COLON.   The remainder of the Spanish fleet was decimated.   It was at this time OREGON earned the nickname "Bulldog of the Navy," because of the “bone in her teeth” – a reference to her distinctive bow wave at cruising speed..

After the Spanish-American War OREGON sailed to China Station for 2 deployments which included her presence during the Boxer Rebellion.   She was briefly decommissioned in 1906 but recommissioned in 1911.  WWI saw her escorting troop carriers to Europe.  After the Great War, as a result of the Washington Naval Treaty, OREGON was declared "incapable of further wartime service."  In June 1925 she became a museum ship in Portland, Oregon where her forward mast is on display to this day.  But by WWII her scrap metal was deemed more crucial to the war effort than her historical value and she was sold.   Her stripped hulk was later returned to the Navy to be used as an ammunition barge during the Battle of Guam.  In the typhoon of November 1948, she broke loose and drifted 500 miles out to sea.  But her hull was located southeast of Guam and she was towed back.  Sold again on March 15, 1956 OREGON’s venerable hulk was finally salvaged in Japan. 

The accompanying original photograph shows OREGON in drydock at the Navy Yard, Bremerton in 1911.  Note that her Great White Fleet era configuration has been changed to haze gray and she has been fitted with a “cage mast” aft as was popular with Naval architects in the first decade of the twentieth century.





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3.14/5.46  U.S. NAVY CLINOMETER.  Authentic World War II fighting ship’s pilot house inclinometer made for the Navy by the John L. Chaney Instrument Company.  The face of the Bakelite body is engraved:


This precision device is calibrated in single degrees of heel port and starboard up to 70 marked by 10’s.  The reading is made by a small black ball within a curved glass tube containing fluid.  The fluid acts to dampen (slow) the ball as the ship rolls.  This is exactly the same principle used in an aircraft’s turn and bank indicator.  The instrument measures 12 ½ inches wide by 6 ¼ inches high.  It is in excellent original condition, even showing the desirable “real world” remnants of old red and green paint applied by a zealous sailor!  The action of the ball is perfect.  395 


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5.43/11.52   SAILOR FOLK ART COMMEMORATIVE.  An exceptional example of World War II U.S. Navy sailor folk art in the form of an original framed  photograph of the USS LANGLEY (CVL-27) at anchor.  This large black and white photograph shows the mighty ship “on the hook” in a calm sea with pennants flying from her yard arm, as the ship’s boats ride on the boat boom on her starboard quarter aft.  The photograph, under glass, is mounted in an amazing wooden frame carved in the form of 2 anchors intertwined by blackened hemp rope with two square knots top and bottom.  The area immediately surrounding the photograph is gold-painted plaster.  Equally amazing is the fact that the back of the frame is fitted with a large metal panel, presumably taken from the ship!  This wonderful relic measure 17 ¾ inches wide by 13 ½ inches tall.   The image is 6 ¾ by 10 ½ inches site.  The entire presentation is in outstanding original condition in all respects.  The photograph is clear, detailed and flawless.   Owing to its quality, size and composition, we believe  it was an Official U.S. Navy photograph.   One of the most interesting war mementoes we have ever come across. 395

USS LANGLEY (CVL-27) namesake of America’s first aircraft carrier (CV-1/AV-3), was laid down at Camden, New Jersey in April 1942.  The first LANGLEY was sunk by enemy action only 2 months earlier.   LANGLEY (CVL-27) was originally ordered as the light cruiser FARGO, but with the loss of her predecessor the necessity of adding more carriers to the fleet was seen.  So she was redesigned as an aircraft carrier, using the original cruiser hull and machinery, ironically much like the first LANGLEY had been built.  She was launched on May 22, 1943 and Commissioned in August 1943.   LANGLEY headed to the Pacific late in the year and entered combat in the Marshall Islands operation in January–February 1944.  During the next four months, her planes attacked Japanese positions in the central Pacific and western New Guinea.  In June 1944 she took part in the assault on the Marianas and in the Battle of the Philippine Sea.

LANGLEY continued her war role through the end of 1944, participating in the Palau Operation, raids on the Philippines, Formosa and the Ryukyus, and the Battle of Leyte Gulf.  In January–February 1945 she participated  with the Third Fleet in the South China Sea,  making the first massed carrier attacks on the Japanese Home Islands and the invasion of Iwo Jima.  More combat followed in March–May with LANGLEY’s planes  hitting more targets in Japan and in support of the invasion of Okinawa.  After overhaul in the U.S. in June and July, LANGLEY was en route to the Pacific war zone again when the war ended in August.

Following service in  transporting Pacific veterans home, LANGLEY went to the Atlantic Ocean, where she carried out similar missions from November 1945 through January 1946.   Inactive at Philadelphia during the remainder of 1946, the carrier was decommissioned  in February 1947.
USS LANGLEY (CVL-27) was awarded 9 battle stars for her participation in World War II.




The impressive war records painted on the side of the superstructure represent 48 enemy aircraft shot down, 22 bombing missions, 3 warships and 8 merchant ships sunk, and 63 aircraft destroyed on the ground.

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5.40 RARE U.S. NAVY COMMEMORATIVE.  Genuine pre-World War II memento from the famous early American aircraft carrier USS LEXINGTON (CV-2).  This historic relic was no doubt given to a crew member upon his honorable departure from duty on that ship.  It consists of a frame in the form of a lifering containing an early hand-colored black and white photo of the ship titled “USS LEXINGTON” in block letters below the waterline.  The photo is preserved under its original old wavy glass.  The lifering, made of plaster, is nicely lettered “U.S.S. LEXINGTON” with a colorfully painted Union Jack on the left and the American flag on the right.  It is encircled by period cotton line simulating a “grab rope.”   The image measures 5 ½ inches in diameter, and the lifering is 8 ¾ inches across.  Excellent original condition.  Even the paper back is original.  This is truly an historic relic from one of the most famous American fighting ships of all time!  Very rare.  SOLD

USS LEXINGTON (CV-2) was originally laid down as a battle cruiser (CC-1) by the Fore River Shipbuilding Co. in Quincy, Massachusetts in 1921.  But under the terms of the post War  Washington Naval Disarmament Pact she was reconfigured as an aircraft carrier – America’s second.  She was commissioned on December 14, 1927.
LEXINGTON was assigned to the Pacific Battle Fleet based out of San Pedro, California, conducting flight training and tactical exercises to the end of the next decade.  In the fall of 1941 she sailed with the battle force to conduct exercises in Hawaiian waters.

On the day of infamy LEXINGTON was at sea with Task Force 12.  She was immediately dispatched to the South Pacific, charged with protecting the sea lanes to southern Australia and New Zealand in response to the growing Japanese threat.  On February 20 she saw her first enemy action, downing 17 of 18 Japanese planes with her own aircraft.

On May 7th LEXINGTON’s air group sunk the light carrier SHOHO.  The following morning planes from LEXINGTON and her sister carrier YORKTOWN inflicted heavy damage on the large Japanese aircraft carrier SHOKHKU.  But at 11 A.M. the enemy retaliated with 2 torpedo hits and 3 hits by Japanese dive bombers.  Although damage control parties gallantly fought to fight fires and flooding, a secondary explosion rocked the ship in the early afternoon setting off even more fires.  By 5 P.M. the captain gave the order to “Abandon ship.”  All remaining hands made it off the blazing ship safely.  As night approached, the American destroyer USS PHELPS closed to within 1500 yards of the inferno and fired two torpedoes.  With one last massive explosion, the venerable ship sank at 8 P.M.

USS LEXINGTON received 2 battle stars for her exploits at the very beginning of United States’ involvement in the war, serving as an inspiration to U.S. forces in the Pacific for the remaining 4 years until the Japanese unconditionally surrendered. 


5.23 RARE PHOTOGRAPH GROUPING. Historically important group of 6 original black and white and sepia tone photographs of America’s first and arguably most famous aircraft carrier the USS LANGLEY (CV-1 and AV-3). These photographs show her in both capacities as an aircraft carrier and her later conversion into a seaplane tender. Two of the photographs are identified on the front as “USS Langley” and a third is signed “Browne.” The largest image measures 8 by 10 inches and the smallest 2 ¾ by 3 ¾ inches. All are in very good condition with only minor edge wear. Museum quality. Shipped FREE in the U.S. 249

USS LANGLEY (CV-1/AV-3) was the first aircraft carrier in the United States Navy. After notable service as the coal carrier USS JUPITER (AC-3) in the Atlantic during World War I, she was converted to an aircraft carrier in 1920. This was an epic shift in global naval strategy at the time. Not only did it usher in naval aviation, but it marked the transition from the outdated coal burning fleet to oil. LANGLEY was the namesake of Samuel Pierpont Langley, an American aviation pioneer. In a twist of fate, she would later be accompanied by two sister carriers. While she was being converted, the Washington Naval Treaty required two partially completed battle cruisers to be cancelled. But ironically these were then to become the legendary LEXINGTON and SARATOGA of World War II fame! 

Immediately following World War I LANGLEY served in the Atlantic, with brief periods in the Pacific. In 1927 she was assigned full time to the Pacific Battle Fleet. By 1936 it was apparent that LANGLEY’s bi-planes were becoming obsolete. In October of that year she entered Mare Island Naval Yard for conversion into a seaplane tender. 

It was in this capacity that LANGLEY entered World War II in the Pacific. On the Day of Infamy, she was anchored in the Philippines. LANGLEY was ordered to pick-up and transport Allied aircraft from Freemantle, Australia to embattled forces in Southeast Asia. While in pursuit of that mission on February 27, 1942 she was attacked by nine twin-engine Japanese “Betty” bombers. The attack so badly damaged her that the order to abandon ship was given. Later that day she was scuttled by her escorts using deck guns and 2 torpedoes. Her loss was the first major United States ship to be sunk since Pearl Harbor 2 months earlier. It was an event which would later be seen as America’s darkest hour of the war.


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5.20 PHOTOGRAPH of FAMOUS BATTLESHIP. Original old black and white photograph of the famous American dreadnought, the USS UTAH (BB-31) taken shortly after her launching in 1909. The proud, brand spanking new battle wagon is shown at anchor with tender boats alongside, even a small sailing ketch! The distinctive early-style “cage” masts are prominent in the photo as are her massive twin turreted 12 inch guns. The image measure 6 ½ by 8 ½ inches sight and is in nearly perfect original condition. SOLD

The USS UTAH (BB-31) was launched in 1909 by the New York Shipbuilding Corporation of Camden, New Jersey and was commissioned on August 31. 1911. UTAH served with distinction in the Battle of Vera Cruz, Mexico and during the First World War as a convoy escort. In 1931 she was demilitarized and converted into a target ship in accordance with the London Naval Treaty of 1930. Thereafter she served as a target ship and gunnery training ship until the “Day of Infamy” in 1941. On the morning of December 7th UTAH was moored in Pearl Harbor with several of her sister battleships. In the very first minutes of the Japanese attack, shortly after 8 A.M., UTAH was struck by two torpedoes, which caused catastrophic flooding. The mortally wounded ship quickly capsized and sank with the loss of 64 crewmen. The wreck remains in the harbor to this day along with its memorial erected in 1972.

5.18 VERY IMPORTANT LIFESAVING PRESENTATION. Extremely rare, highly sought after official governmental award for conspicuous bravery in the saving of life. In this case, the efforts of an isolated lighthouse keeper in the remote area of Grindstone Island are documented in a sterling silver pocket watch. This pure silver hunter case English pocket watch is beautifully engraved on the inside back cover:

By The
-> Government of Canada <- 
to Mr. John R. Stiles 
in recognition of his humane and gallant exertions 
__> in the rescue of the crew <__
on the 22nd December 1881

The watch with double sunk porcelain dial has Roman numerals and minute chapter swept by gold hands. The subsidiary seconds bit is over the VI. The dial is signed “SAML BUCKELY & Co LONDON.” Opening the inner dust cover reveals the high quality, jeweled all brass movement with lever escapement and compensated bi-metallic balance with numerous timing screws. The balance cock is profusely decorated with engraved floral designs. The top plate is singed in fancy script “Sam.. Buckley & Co. LONDON.” Speaking to its quality, this watch is lever set – a feature which prevents inadvertent setting of the time when winding, which is done by the crown. The fine silver case is hallmarked with a lion, anchor and the Gothic letter “g” indicating a Birmingham case maker in 1881/1882. It is further marked with an “[RB]” which may refer to silversmith Robert Beale. The exterior of the case is beautifully engine turned and engraved with the conjoined letters “JRS.” The watch comes in a handsome hinged mahogany case with inlaid mother-of-pearl shield on the lid. The button latch opens to reveal the lavish green felt-lined interior. The watch measures 2 ¼ inches in diameter, 3 1/8 inches high inclusive of the stem wind and bow, by ½ inches thick. The custom case measures 5 ¾ inches wide by 4 1/8 inches deep and is 1 ¼ inches thick. This watch is in good running condition, having just been serviced by a certified watch maker. It is excellent cosmetic condition inside and out, with no significant flaws, just evidence of careful use. SOLD

At the time, Grindstone was a small, isolated island in the mouth of Chigneto Bay on the Bay of Fundy, just north of the Saint John on the southern coast of New Brunswick, Canada. The light station was erected in 1859. Subsequently the original lighthouse was replaced in 1908. After a devastating fire, it was reconstructed. However the existing lighthouse has fallen into a state of disrepair. Further research on the lighthouse keeper’s name, John R. Stiles, and the Brig Annie Bogart will undoubtedly reveal much more fascinating information in addition to that which we have already provided here.





5.32 PERIOD WWII SHIP PHOTO. Original large format black and white image of the Buckley Class Destroyer Escort USS GEORGE (DE-697) as depicted steaming off of the Customs House in the Philippines in 1945. This clear image shows good detail of the man-o-war’s deck and armament along with crew members on the foc’sle. This valiant veteran of the Pacific campaign exhibits remarkable upkeep after all she has been through! The glossy 7 1/8 by 9 inch image is in perfect original condition. 15 

The USS GEORGE (DE-697) saw intense action in World War II. Launched on August 14, 1943 by the Defoe Shipbuilding Company in Bay City, Michigan, she was commissioned on November 20, 1943 and wasted no time in heading for the Pacific theater, arriving in the Spring of 1944. During the period of May 19-31 GEORGE was credited with sinking Japanese submarines I-16, RO-104, R0-105., RO-106, RO-108 and RO-116. GEORGE continued her anti-submarine patrols in the areas in and around the New Hebrides, Solomons and Marshall Islands into the summer of 1945, operating out of the Philippines. It was then that this photograph was taken. When Japan surrendered in August of1945, GEORGE delivered the terms of the surrender to the Japanese garrisons still holding out on Truk and the Carolines. For her service, USS GEORGE received two battle stars.

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5.29   WWII NAVY PISTOL.   Authentic World War II vintage flare pistol as carried by U.S. Navy pilots.  This handsome example is made of heavy chrome-plated brass with Bakelite grips.   Both grips are marked “INTERNATIONAL FLARE - SIGNAL CO., Made in U.S.A.” with patent number.  They bear the Navy air logo of a winged shield embossed “DRIGGS FABER SYSTEM” and stamped “H.M. Corp. Toone, Tenn.”   The bore is 1 ½ inches in diameter and the barrel is 4 3/8 inches long.  The massive grip is 5 ¾ inches long to the tip of the eye for attaching a lanyard.  The barrel contains a spring-loaded shell extractor on the left side.  Excellent functional, virtually mint condition.  349


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5.24  EARLY U.S. NAVY CLINOMETER.  A museum piece!  A rare Naval relic which was produced immediately following the American Civil War.  It is embodied in a large functional mechanical inclinometer.  The scale is beautifully hand-engraved in the most handsome script “U.S. Navy Yard Washington 1871.” This impressive device is made of thick solid brass mounted onto its original solid teak backboard.  The precisely calibrated scale indicates degrees of heel (or list) port and starboard from 0 – 35 in single degree increments, marked by 5’s.  The ingenious construction of this instrument allows the heavily weighted brass plumb bob to pass over the scale while being damped in its motion by the secondary articulated bob above.  This  clever arrangement allowed a real time read-out of the ship’s stance at the moment of observation, without deflection or vibration. The instrument itself measures 20 inches high by 11 ¼ inches wide.  Its backboard  is 23 ½ inches tall by 11 ¾ inches wide.  Excellent original condition in all respects.  There is no such relic better preserved! 2979


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5.62   LIGHTHOUSE and LIFESAVING SERVICE STEREO CARDS. A pair of genuine antique stereo cards with desirable subject matter.  The first sepia-toned double image is identified as being that of the “Life-Saving Station, near Cliff House, San Francisco, California, U.S.A.” and is signed “Underwood & Underwood, Publishers.”  The second is a chromolithographed original stereoscopic photograph entitled, “The Lighthouse Station at Hong Kong China” and is signed “Copyright. 1903. Kawin . and. Co.”  Both cards are in standard format and size, measuring 7 by 3 ½ inches.  Condition of both is good, noting some surface soiling, but importantly, no damage or losses.  Very rare subject matter.  99 /both

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5.05  U.S. COAST GUARD BAROMETER.  Very scarce, highly sought after World War II or earlier ship’s aneroid barometer made for the “United States Coast Guard” by “Taylor Rochester. NY” as marked on the bottom of the silvered brass dial.  It is calibrated in inches of mercury from 25.5 to 31.5 in 2/100th increments marked by tenths and showing the standard weather indications “RAIN, CHANGE, FAIR.”   It is further marked “Compensated” (for temperature).  The simple black indicator needle is overlaid by the brass set needle attached to a brass knurled knob running through the glass crystal.  The dial, with bright brass reflector ring, measures 4 ½ inches across.  The open face provides an interesting aspect of the high quality movement within.  A small aperture on the back is for adjusting the reading and a pivoting brass suspension ring is provided at the top of the case for hanging.  The solid brass case is in its highly polished bright bronze finish and measures 5 ¼ inches in diameter and is 2 3/8 inches thick.  Outstanding original condition in all respects and extremely accurate.  The quality of this instrument is superb, built to wartime standards, as necessitated by the rigors for which it was intended.  449


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5.08  LIFESAVING SCENES.  1850 or earlier artistic depictions of various lifesaving scenes and apparatus contemporaneous to the period.  A total of 11 vignettes very precisely depict the various aspects, each captioned below the image.  It is entitled “APPARATUS FOR SAVING LIFE IN CASE OF SHIPWRECK.”  The end of the page is marked “LIFE SAVING PLATE CVI” and was produced by “Blackie & Son London. Glasgow & Edinburgh."   These engravings are of superb quality with the finest detail, bearing scrutiny under magnification printed on high quality stock.  6 ½ by 9 ¾ inches.  Outstanding original condition.  Very rare and highly desirable subject matter depicting the infancy of lifesaving techniques.   Perfect for framing.  59

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5.27 U.S. LIGHTHOUSE SERVICE FLASK MEASURE.  Extremely rare, highly sought after, 19th century example of a lighthouse keeper’s equipment used in the course of duties maintaining his sentinel.  This authentic veteran of that noble service is made entirely of brass and bears the stamped mark on the front of the spout “U.S. LIGHTHOUSE ESTABLISHMENT.”  It is further marked on the bottom “U.S. LIGHTHOUSE (ESTABLISHMENT)” the latter being faintly impressed.  The circular spun brass body has a rolled, reinforced handle riveted to it for pouring.  The body of the measure is scribed with lines starting at the bottom, marked “1 PTS.” upward to “3 QRTS” for a total of 6 graduations.  The interior is tinned to resist corrosion and exhibits a dark gray patina.  This large flask measures 10 3/4 inches high by 6 ¾ inches in diameter at the base and 8 ¼ inches wide overall.  Condition is excellent and original with a nice age patina, noting just a few very minor dents of no consequence.  A lovely, genuine lighthouse object from the 1800’s. Price Request 

In 1789 Congress passed an Act creating the United States Lighthouse Establishment (USLHE) which was operated by the Department of the Treasury.  The Act also transferred ownership of all existing U.S. lighthouses to the government.  In 1852 the United States Lighthouse Board was created, which dissolved the prior administration of lighthouses under the Treasury Department's Lighthouse Establishment.  The board consisted of six senior naval officers governing 12 lighthouse districts, each having a Naval inspector who was charged with building lighthouses and maintaining their good working order.  The Lighthouse Board immediately began its duties by installing Freznel lenses in all newly-built lighthouses.  The Board also oversaw the construction of the first lighthouses on the West Coast.  By the Civil War, all U.S. lighthouses had Freznel lenses.  In 1886, electricity was tested to illuminate the Statue of Liberty.  Thereafter the lighting of the statue was the Lighthouse Board's responsibility.   It remained such until 1902, when the “modern age in lighthouse illumination” began.  In 1900, the Lighthouse Board started converting lighthouses to electric service. 

In 1910, the Board was dissolved in favor of a civilian run “Lighthouse Service.”   It is uncertain as to when the exact time line was drawn between the existence of the U.S. Lighthouse Establishment and the U.S. Lighthouse Service.  Both terms for the agency seemed to have been used interchangeably in the second half of the 19th century. 

In 1939 the U.S. Lighthouse Service itself was formally disbanded and merged with the U.S. Coast Guard.

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5.03  U.S. LIGHTHOUSE SERVICE BAROMETER.  Genuine late 19th century aneroid barometer made for the United States Lighthouse Service by the respected early French firm of Paul Naudet, Paris as marked on the lower center of the dial “PNHB” and again stamped on the back of the case.  This precision instrument contains the highest quality barometer mechanism available at that time.  It registers atmospheric pressure on the enameled paper dial with a the wide range spanning 25 inches of mercury to 32 inches, marked in tenths and sub-divided to 2/100ths.  The reading is indicated by a thin blued steel needle which is overlaid by a brass “set needle” connected to a knurled knob to record a prior reading.  The dial is marked “MADE IN FRANCE” at the top and “U.S.L.H.S.” at the bottom along with the notation “HOLOSTERIC BAROMETER (PNHB).”  The beveled glass crystal is housed in its rolled brass bezel with silvered reflector ring.  The solid brass case is remarkable in that it is wall-mounted with 3 attachments versus the more typical ship application using a pivoting suspension loop – an obvious indication of its terrestrial use in a lighthouse.  There is an aperture on the back for adjusting the reading.  5 ¼ inches wide overall and 2 1/8 inches thick.  Outstanding original condition, very accurate, showing just enough good age.   A real rarity amongst barometers!   SOLD

   From the holdings of Jack Low, New York City, son of Max Low, famed nautical chandler and clock maker to the U.S. Navy during World War II.  The Low Company purchased the existing inventory and business rights of T.S. & J.D. Negus in 1962.

U.S.L.H.S.  In 1789 Congress passed an Act creating the United States Lighthouse Establishment (USLHE) which was operated by the Department of the Treasury.  The Act also transferred ownership of all existing U.S. lighthouses to the government.  In 1852 the United States Lighthouse Board was created, which dissolved the prior administration of lighthouses under the Treasury Department's Lighthouse Establishment.  The board consisted of six senior naval officers governing 12 lighthouse districts, each having a Naval inspector who was charged with building lighthouses and maintaining their good working order.  The Lighthouse Board immediately began its duties by installing Freznel lenses in all newly-built lighthouses.  The Board also oversaw the construction of the first lighthouses on the West Coast.  By the Civil War, all U.S. lighthouses had Freznel lenses.  In 1886, electricity was tested to illuminate the Statue of Liberty.  Thereafter the lighting of the statue was the Lighthouse Board's responsibility.  It remained such until 1902, when the “modern age in lighthouse illumination” began.  In 1900, the Lighthouse Board started converting lighthouses to electric service. 

In 1910, the Board was dissolved in favor of a civilian run “Lighthouse Service.”   It is uncertain as to when the exact time line was drawn between the existence of the U.S. Lighthouse Establishment and the U.S. Lighthouse Service.  Both terms for the agency seemed to have been used interchangeably in the second half of the 19th century. 

In 1939 the U.S. Lighthouse Service itself was formally disbanded and merged with the U.S. Coast Guard.

PNHB.  The first practical aneroid ("without liquid") barometer is generally attributed to Parisian, Lucien Vidie in 1843, who was awarded an English patent for his device in 1844.  Vidie's patent rights expired in 1859, allowing other makers to produce instruments.  The most successful makers in France were Naudet, Hulot & Cie, who reportedly made 20,000 instruments between 1861 and 1866.  (1)

Another reference to the firm was made by Middleton who states, "...there were several makers soon after the patent expired in 1859, the most successful being Naudet, Hulot, & Cie.  According to Le Roux they made 20,000 aneroid barometers between 1861 and 1866.  They called them baromètres holostériques...  references occur in the continental literature to Naudet barometers and to holosteric barometers for the rest of the nineteenth century.  They acquired a great reputation and were widely imitated." (2)  Middleton goes on to state,  "For many purposes aneroids continued to be made - and are indeed still made - of a form very like that arrived at by Naudet, Hulot & Cie about 1860." (3)   In the Appendix is an entry for a barometer held in the collection of the Smithsonian Institution, Washington, D.C.  It reads, "230,002  A "Holosteric  Barometer- Compensated, "made by Naudet & Co. Marked on the back of the case, U.S. Signal Service" (4) indicating manufacture around the time of the First World War. 

Surprisingly, little is written about the innovative and prolific Paris aneroid barometer maker, Pierre (alternatively "Paul”) Naudet, although it is known that his firm was begun in 1861 and continued producing aneroid barometers into the 1930's.  

The dating and meaning of the markings HBPN (alternatively PNHB) are less clear.  An entry for a barometer sold on eBay indicates the markings refer to "Hulot, Pertius & Naudet, Paris, barometer makers in the 1930's.  However Andy Demeter, writing about the history of the Chelsea Clock Company notes, "With the possible exception of recording barometers, Chelsea did not assemble holosteric or aneroid movements for their barometers preferring to purchase them from the legendary French maker, Pierre (alternatively Paul) Naudet.  His firm's trademark is typically found in a circle on these early barometer dials with the letters "HBPN" as an abbreviation for "Holosteric Barometer, Pierre Naudet." (5)  On page 220 a barometer dial is pictured with the caption, "1909 Pierre Naudet barometer." 

1. Edwin Banfield, "Barometers Aneroid and Barographs," 1985, Baros Books, Wiltshire, England, p. 21. 
2. W.E. Knowles Middleton, "The History of the Barometer," 1964, The Johns Hopkins Press, Baltimore, p. 407. 
3. Ibid. p. 409.
4. Ibid. p. 464. 
5. Andrew Demeter, "Chelsea Clock Company, The First Hundred Years," 2001, Demeter Publications, Ltd., Boston, Massachusetts, p. 221.



5.06  CIVIL WAR SHIP CAPTAIN’s  WASH BASIN.   Here is an incredibly rare Civil War relic from the Union Navy.  This bowl should rightfully be in a museum. But we have been fortunate enough to find it and offer it for sale.  This wash basin is not porcelain or ceramic, but actually turned out of a solid piece of alabaster!  On the front it bears the very early conjoined U.S. Navy mark from that era.  The fact that it is natural stone and not porcelain or china is of great significance to its value.  It measures 15 1/8 inches in diameter and stands 5 inches deep.  It is very study and only exhibits a couple very minor hairline cracks near the center of the bowl. 975 Special Packaging



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5.61  EARLY NAVY GUN CREW LITHOGRAPH and GENUINE BUCKET.  Authentic late 19th century color print of a U.S. Navy gun crew live firing a deck gun.  This genuine stone lithograph is signed lower right by J. O. Davidson, the noted marine artist from Nyack, New York.  It depicts a gun crew on an early Navy battle cruiser firing a breech loaded deck gun.  Four crewmen and an officer attend the gun as a gunner’s mate cautiously pulls the firing lanyard.  Smoke from an earlier salvo surrounds the scene and a swab, bucket and ramrod lay on the wooden deck.  This action packed scene is in lovely original condition with the colors crisp and vivid.  It is additionally signed upper center Copyrighted 1892.  It measures 9 by 11 inches and is matted under glass in its original gilt-lined wooden frame measuring 17 ½ b7 21 ¾ inches.  A genuine 120 year old color lithograph at a bargain priced. What is awesome is that it comes with a period relic depicted in the scene.  It is a leather and wood dowsing bucket, otherwise known as a “swabbing bucket,” which was used to swab the barrel of such a gun after firing, before charging it with a subsequent powder round.  This early relic of Naval gunnery is of heavy leather construction with a brass reinforced rim impressed “ORD. DEPT. W. N. Y. 1889 (then the Navy inspector’s mark of an anchor) W. M. F.”  The bluish green bucket with red interior has a circular-sewn leather bottom reinforced with wood.  A leather handle with brass attachments is provided for carrying.   15 inches in diameter on the bottom tapering to 13 inches on the top.  The bucket stands 12 inches tall exclusive of the bail handle.  Original condition showing actual use.  The bucket is no longer water tight, but it would make a “dynamite” waste basket!  1495/both





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5.99  IDENTIFIED SAILOR HAT.  Most scarce early 1900’s seaman's hat from the famous World War I British battleship, HMS BARHAM as indicated on the silk hat ribbon in bold gold letters.  This bowler style straw hat was professionally made with the rim exhibiting a finely sewn tan cloth edge.  The top bears a beautifully hand-embroidered compass rose in gold thread.  The interior liner is also hand-sewn.  12 inches long by 11 inches wide.  Amazing original condition for such a delicate item, considering it about 100 years old!  449 

The Queen Elizabeth class British battleship HMS BARHAM (pennant number 04) was laid down in February 1913, launched October 31, 1914 and commissioned October 19, 1915.   She had a length of 643 feet and displaced 33,000 tons.  Her main armament was eight 15 inch guns.  Her crew numbered 1,150. 

On May 31st and June 1st, BARHAM participated in the famous Battle of Jutland off the coast of Denmark.  The ensuing battle between the heavily armored and heavily gunned vessels of the Royal Navy and the Imperial German Navy is widely regarded by Naval historians as the final classic battle between surface combatants.  BARHAM fired 337 shells and received 5 hits during that action.  This hat is from that era. 

In the intervening period between world wars BARNHAM was extensively modernized.  At the outset of World War II she operated in the Atlantic and Mediterranean, sustaining damage from a German submarine torpedo attack in December 1939 while operating in the North Sea. The ship again saw action on September 25, 1940 when she engaged the French Battleship RICHELIEU, which struck her with a 380mm shell off the coast of Senegal. Returning to the Mediterranean, the ill-fated ship took part in the Battle of Cape Mattapan in March, and incurred bomb damage off Crete in May. 

On April 21, 1941 BARHAM attacked Tripoli harbor in company of battleships WARSPRITE and VALIANT and the cruiser GLOUCESTER. 

On November 25, 1941, while screening an Allied offensive on Italian convoys, BARHAM was struck by 3 torpedoes fired in rapid succession from German submarine U-331.  The brutal attack caused the ships magazines to explode, whereupon she quickly capsized to port and sank taking two thirds crew of her crew with her. 

News of the sinking was not made public in Britain until January of 1942. Incredibly, the instant of BARHAM’s sinking was captured by an overlying British aircraft.  Subsequently the film was used in several movies and war documentaries.





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5.25 EXTREMELY IMPORTANT HISTORICAL COLLECTION "USS BEAR." This is an incredible find, consisting of the original signed, dated and identified telescope used on board the USS BEAR during the Greeley Polar Relief Expedition in 1885, 2 large framed period photographs of the Brigantine BEAR and a period scratch-built model of the vessel! Also included are a number of charming original deck views with personal photographs of her last commander, Captain C. S. Cochran. Contained in the offering are several original copies of official correspondence from the BEARdated 1921 through 1923, including a letter with Admiral Richard Byrd's name pencil signed at the top and an envelope printed "Byrd Antarctic Expedition II, S.S. Bear of Oakland" postmarked "Little America Antarctica Jan 30, 1934." There are a number of personal letters and other memorabilia from Captain Cochran including a lovely hand-engraved copper printing plate depicting the BEAR in an ice floe and reading, "Seasons Greetings, U.S. Coast Guard Cutter 'BEAR'." There is a an extensive collection of period newspaper articles from the 1920's and 30's pertaining to the BEAR. All of these genuine items have come down through the Cochran family via the late daughter of Captain Cochran, Frances Cochran Hartray.  The large hand-held telescope is a high quality 4-draw instrument with leather covered main barrel and built-in sun shade measuring 44 inches fully extended and collapsing to 12 1/2 inches long closed.  It has a pivoting eye-piece dust cover with sun filter and a perfect 2 1/4 inch diameter objective lens.  Two brass bands encircle the main tube.  The first is engraved "U.S.N. THE BEAR 1885."  The second is engraved "WILKINSON & BAXTER, BOSTON MASS."  This telescope is in outstanding working condition producing a large, highly magnified, clear image with its all original optics.  Excellent cosmetic condition noting some abrasion to the original leather coverings and evidence of use expected from a working instrument over 130 years old.   It comes complete with a custom-made shadow box display with engraved brass plaque reading "USS BEAR ARCTIC EXPEDITION 1885." 

    There are two original photographs of the BEAR. The first is an albumen type showing BEAR anchored in pack ice and is signed and dated lower left, "J.M. Justice `95." The second photo shows BEAR in San Francisco Bay with Oakland in the background and two of its boats in the water, circa 1930. 

    The cased model of the BEAR is of scale, museum-quality construction with even the finest details depicted.  All aspects of the ship are hand-made.  This is not a kit model!  The hull is of solid wood construction with all other components being of wood and metal.  Attesting to its quality, all of the numerous dead eyes on this model are made of ivory!  Seeing is believing. This model is truly worthy of being displayed in the finest public collection!  The ship itself measures 28 inches long, 17 inches high and 6 inches wide.  It is housed in its original glazed oak case measuring 32 1/2 inches long by 9 inches wide and 21 1/2 inches high.  A truly exceptional presentation of original items of very significant historical importance!  Sold as a group. SOLD

Built in Greenock, Scotland in 1874, the steam/sail whaler BEAR was engaged in the whaling and sealing trade out of Dundee, Scotland for eleven years.  In 1885 this proven, staunch Arctic vessel was purchased by the U.S. Navy to aid in rescuing the famous Greeley Polar Expedition. When relief efforts were successfully completed BEAR was transferred to the U.S. Coast Guard and stationed at San Francisco.  There, for over forty years she made regular annual cruises to Alaskan waters and acted as flagship for the famous explorer, Admiral Richard E. Byrd.  BEAR also acted to protect the seal fisheries and extended aid to merchant ships in distress.  BEAR was looked upon as "mother" by thousands of Eskimos in the Territorial Alaskan frontier who looked to her for protection from foreign exploitation.





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5.87  FAMOUS EARLY BATTLESHIP GROUPING.  Rare compilation of 3 items relating to 
the Great White Fleet battle cruiser USS SOUTH DAKOTA.  This grouping consists of 2 period post cards.  The first is an original chromolithograph depicting the vessel from a port bow aspect entitled, “1292 – U.S. ARMORED CRUISER “SOUTH DAKOTA.” 800 OFFICERS AND MEN.  LENGTH 502 FEET.  MAIN BATTERY 18 GUNS.”  The reverse of the card is signed “Edward M. Mitchell. Publisher.  San Francisco.”  The second card is a genuine photograph entitled lower center “SOUTH DAKOTA” & “PUEBELO” C-203.”  These cards are the standard 3 ½ x 5 ½ format  in excellent condition.  The third item is a scarce original sailor’s silk hat ribbon embroidered “U.S.S. SOUTH DAKOTA” in gold thread on a black field.  It measures 
36 inches long by 1 5/8 inches wide.  The gold thread has toned with age, but the entire presentation is in outstanding original condition.  95






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