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5. NAVY, USLHS, USLSS & Military


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6.58  AMERICAN FLARE GUN.   Impressive World War II era ship’s flare gun with a very heavy solid bronze chamber and grip.  This authentic signaling device is embossed on the handle "INTERNATIONAL FLARE SIGNAL CO. TIPPECANOE CITY OHIO."   The body is stamped "132230" then again “13230 PT.” and “FEB ‘43.” The handle is cross hatched to assure a firm grip.  The large trigger activates the firing pin properly.  There is a suspension loop on the butt for attachment to a lanyard if desired.  The barrel tips forward to allow breech loading by means of a spring-loaded lever just forward of the hammer.  The steel barrel has a bore of 1 3/8 inches.  The action is tight and smooth.  Approximately 11 ½ inches long by 8 ½ inches high.  Excellent original condition.  449

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5.50  VERY RARE NAVY TROPHY.  The incredible U.S. Navy trophy issued to the ship in the fleet which has exhibited the best battle readiness.  The award was established in 1908 by President Theodore Roosevelt to recognize naval gunnery proficiency in the fleet.  This solid brass example is a copy, faithful to the original, which was awarded to the winning ship.  The tradition currently continues embodied in an award by the Commander of the Pacific Fleet to the ship most proficient in overall combat systems readiness and warfare operations.  The original trophy was donated by the Spokane, Washington Navy League depicting areas of Spokane, Washington state and its silver mining community.  The original Spokane Trophy is made of 400 ounces of pure silver and is valued at $4 million. Presently it is on display under armed guard at Naval Surface Forces headquarters in San Diego and is viewed only once a year for the presentation ceremony!  Significantly, the trophy bears the names of the last 96 ships which have won it, including the famed battleships USS ARRIZONA (BB-39) and the USS WEST VIRGINIA (BB-48).   This faithful solid brass copy is mounted on an oval hardwood base standing 10 inches tall and 7 ¾ inches wide, weighing an amazing 7 1/2 pounds!  Excellent original condition.  A U.S. Navy rarity, certainly worth much more than we are offering!  395

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5.49  LIGHTHOUSE BUTTONS.  Authentic set of 3 matching buttons from the uniform of a United States lighthouse keeper in the early 1900’s.  These period buttons are solid brass in a gold wash.  Two are uniform coat buttons, and the smaller third is a cap button.  All three depict a stately rock lighthouse with lapping seas at its base, surrounded by a rope border.  Each is marked by its maker on the back.  The two coat buttons read “WATERBURY CO’S INC CONN.”  The smaller button is impressed “WATERBURY BUTTON CO.”   1 inch by ¾ inches in diameter respectively.  Excellent original condition.  59/set

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5.47  U.S.L.H.E. BUTTONS.  A rare matched pair of authentic lighthouse keeper’s uniform buttons from the last century or earlier.  These gold-washed brass buttons bear the letters “U.S.L.H.E.” in high relief on a textured background.  The back of each button is marked “WANAMAKER & BROWN .  PHILA PA .”  They are 1 inch in diameter each and are in excellent condition.  pr/89

The firm of Wanamaker & Brown was founded at the beginning of the Civil War in 1861 as “clothiers & furnishers for army, navy & state guard.”  It continued through 1926.  (Bruce Bazelon & William McGuinn, “A Directory of American Military Goods Dealers & Makers 1785-1915,” 1999, REF Publishing Manassas, Virginia).

In 1789 the United States Lighthouse Establishment (USLHE) was created and operated under the Department of The Treasury.  All U.S. lighthouses which were previously privately owned at the time were transferred to the government.  The Cape Henry Lighthouse on the approaches to the Chesapeake Bay was the first lighthouse built by the USLHE.

The relationship of the U.S. Lighthouse Establishment and the U.S. Lighthouse Service is commonly misunderstood.  A third entity, the Lighthouse Board further confuses the designations.  From 1820 until 1852 Stephen Pleasonton was the sole head of the lighthouse system.  He was assigned the “care and superintendence of the lighthouse establishment” by the Secretary of the Treasury and given the title of “General Superintendent of Lights.”  In 1852 the single administrator was replaced by a “Light-House Board” consisting of 9 members.  But the Light-House Board did not replace the Light House Establishment in the 58 years it existed.

The name “Lighthouse Service” was never an official title of the agency.  In 1910 the “Bureau of Lighthouses” was created within the U.S. Department of Commerce.  The term “Lighthouse Service” was the more commonly used vernacular than was “Bureau of Lighthouses.”  But that name was never officially designated.   Nevertheless, many structures and lighthouse implements from the “Bureau” era carry the letters “USLHS.”   When the “Bureau” was created, the word “Establishment” fell out of favor, although it can be found in official documents after 1910.  

Summary - The term “Establishment” in referring to the system from 1789 until the creation of the Bureau of Lighthouses in 1910 is officially correct. From there on, the term “Service” is the most appropriate.


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5.44  BATTLE AX.   Very early 1800’s boarding ax of the type used by British and American sailors and marines during the War of 1812 period.  This authentic example is made of hand-forged iron with a double blade mounted on its oak handle.  The head is unmarked, measuring 7 ¾ inches in width and 2 ½ inches wide on the blades.  The shank is 4 ½ inches in length.  Overall the ax measures 18 ½ inches long.  Good original condition exhibiting expected surface toning and oxidation, but no rust to speak of.  The tapered oak handle is excellent.  985

In his landmark reference work “Small Arms of the Sea Services,” 1972, Flayderman & Co., publishers, Colonel Robert Rankin, USMC (Ret), dedicates chapter 1 to the “Battle Ax and Boarding Pike,” stating “The battle ax and boarding pike are two of the oldest personal weapons used in the naval service.  Indeed, they are among the oldest of all weapons, having been used in one form or another since prehistoric times.  Interestingly enough the ax and pike were used afloat for many years after they had been abandoned by fighting forces ashore.  Both were wicked weapons for close combat.  They changed very little in basic design from their introduction back in antiquity.”



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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. 19

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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5.40/12.09  LIGHTHOUSE SPOON.  Antique sterling silver commemorative spoon depicting the famous Portland Head lighthouse in Maine.  This example of the silversmith’s art is done in high relief with incredibly minute detail.  The bowl features the famous sentinel poised on its rocky coastline with numerous buildings depicted.  It is entitled “PORTLAND HEAD LIGHT.”  The stem of the spoon is ornately cast with a crab, conch, flowers, a lobster, 2 codfish, and a sailboat next to a lighthouse contained within an oyster shell! The back is equally ornate, bearing the image of 2 crossed oars, a turtle, a block and tackle and a seagull in flight.  It is clearly marked “STERLING” next to a larger “S” and a sea shell.  4 ¼ inches long.  Condition is PERFECT!  Such commemorative spoons commonly sell for less than $100.  But this spectacular example is far from common!  A bargain.  129

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5.38/13.14   EARLY NAVY DECK CLOCK.  Most impressive pre-war U.S. Navy clock made by the renowned American clock maker Seth Thomas as marked on the bottom of the dial “MADE BY SETH THOMAS IN U.S.A.”  This massive clock has a blackened brass dial with Arabic numerals, a minute chapter and luminescent spade hands.  The subsidiary seconds bit is below the 12, calibrated in single seconds marked by 10’s.   The signature reads “MARK I DECK CLOCK, U.S. NAVY, BU.NAV. (N) 2191, 1940.”  This indicates it was made at least a year and a half prior to America’s entry into World War II at the end of December 1941!  The high quality movement met the very demanding specifications of the government at that time.  It consists of an all brass, 11 jewel movement with compensated lever escapement which functions regardless of temperature and atmospheric conditions.  The backplate of the movement is stamped “MADE IN (<ST>) U.S.A.” with the model number “5180.”  Undoubtedly, this is one of the finest quality mechanical clocks ever made, at a time when the fate of America was on the line!  The 5 ¾ inch dial is encompassed by its silvered reflector ring set in the nickeled brass bezel with convex crystal.  The flared bezel is classic.  It is solid brass in a nickel finish, hinged on the left, opening on the right with a pivoting wing nut.  The amazing over-built brass case measures 8 ¼ inches on the mounting flange and 7 ¼ inches in diameter on the bezel.  The opening to the face is 5 5/8 inches.  The entire unit weighs an astounding 10+ pounds!   Overall condition is excellent.  There is some expected age spotting to the finish, mainly on the bezel flange.  But this is entirely consistent with its age and actual use in a combat environment.  The clock is an excellent timekeeper.  Complete with period brass winding key.  895

In his landmark reference book, Marvin Whitney, “Military Timepieces,” 1992, American Watchmaker’s Institute, states on page 429 that Seth Thomas boat and deck clocks (Mark I) were constructed in accordance with U.S. Navy Department specifications of 1938.  They consisted of an 8-day movement housed in a metal case which was dust-proof and moisture-proof.  It was equipped with a cushioned bulkhead mounting plate with a lusterless black 12-hour dial with luminous hand and dots over the numerals.  Each had an eccentric second hand.  The clocks were designed to be wound and set and regulated through a dust cover on back of the case.  The model number was stamped on the backplate.  In this case it is No. 5180.

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5.33/13.11 WORLD WAR II DECK WATCH.  The famous navigational chronometer watch made for the U.S. Navy by the prestigious Hamilton Watch Company of Lancaster, Pennsylvania.  This iconic timekeeper consists of Hamilton’s innovative Model 22 embodied in an oversized 35 size watch set in a very heavy solid brass case with weighted bottom.  Billed as a “chronometer watch” this marvel of precision timekeeping is technically not a “true chronometer.”  But what was done to elevate its timekeeping ability to that high status is remarkable.  Instead of having a spring détente chronometer escapement, it has a standard watch balance known as a “lever escapement.”  To maintain consistent power it contains an oversize main spring 60 inches in length!  The innovative biaxial thermal expansion balance is fitted with an Elinvar hairspring unaffected by temperature changes.  What’s more, this new innovation was non-magnetic!  The lovely damascened nickeled brass movement is signed “HAMILTON WATCH CO. MODEL 22 – 21 JEWELS ADJ. TO TEMP. & 6 POS.  MADE IN U.S.A.  U.S. NAVY BU. SHIPS – 1943.  It features a white enameled dial with bold Arabic numerals swept by blued steel spade hands and a minute chapter ring.  A subsidiary seconds bit records single seconds marked by 10’s over the “6.”  The intricate Up/Down winding indicator is below the “12.”  It shows the status of winding in hours from 56 DOWN to 0 UP.  This watch is stem wound and pin set.  The latter is a high grade cautionary feature which prevents the time from being accidentally set during winding.  Serial numbers on the bezel, on the side of the case and on the weighted brass bottom all match.  The entire assembly is slung in gimbals and is mounted in its original 3-tier mahogany box with 2 original nameplates.  The box measures 6 inches cubed.  The overall condition is outstanding throughout.  The watch itself is an excellent timekeeper.  Price Request

After Japan attacked Pearl Harbor, Hawaii in late 1941 America entered World War II.  The  Hamilton Watch Company met the navigational challenge with its famous Hamilton Model 21 and 22 chronometers.  Amazingly, it produced more than 10,000 of each model to the highest standards demanded by the government.  This is one of those heroic survivors which has now lasted 80 years and is still going strong!

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5.34/13.12  IMPRESSIVE WWII CLOCK.  One of the finest ship’s clocks ever made, this handsome example is by the prestigious Chelsea Clock Company of Boston Massachusetts as clearly signed on the dial “CHELSEA CLOCK CO. BOSTON” below the 12.  This high quality timepiece has a silvered brass dial with large Arabic numerals and a minute chapter ring swept by blackened spade hands.  In a rare departure from its standard models up to that time, and in keeping with Government specifications, it bears a center sweep second hand.  Under the center arbor it is boldly marked “U.S. MARITIME COMMISSION Ser. No. 1407.”  The clock retains its silvered dial reflector ring, protected by the screw-on bezel with original glass and rarely-found snap ring.  The all brass jeweled movement is a thing of beauty and is stamped on the backplate “CHELSEA CLOCK CO. BOSTON U.S.A. with the serial number “306XXX*” dating its production to April 1942, just 4 months after America’s entry into the War.  It is housed in its original heavy solid brass case of flared classical clock case design.  The screw on bezel assures an air tight fit.  That back of the clock is stamped with the matching movement number “306XXX*.”   Outstanding original condition in all respects.  The clock has just been professionally service by a certified watch maker and keeps perfect time.  It also comes with a one year warranty!  650

A nearly identical, but later clock sold in August 2023 for $819. https://www.eldreds.com/auction-lot/chelsea-ships-clock-20th-century-bezel-diameter-7_D604EBAA6B

In his landmark work “Military Timepieces” by Marvin Whitney, 1992, American Watchmakers Institute Press, the author indicates that the Chelsea “Radio Room” clock became a standard inventory item in the early months of 1941 when the Navy and Maritime Commission included it in their mechanical clock specifications.  This was Chelsea’s model 12E with an 11 jewel 8 day movement made in accordance with U.S. Navy Department Specifications dated September 1, 1938.

*For the privacy of the buyer the entire serial number is being withheld.

The United State Maritime Commission was an independent executive agency of the U.S. federal government created by the Merchant Marine Act of 1936.  It replaced the United States Shipping Board which had existed since World War I.  Its purpose was to establish a merchant shipbuilding program to design and build five hundred modern merchant cargo ships to replace the World War I vintage vessels which composed most of the United States Merchant Marine at the time.  Secondly, to subsidize the building of those ships in the U.S. and operate them under the American flag.

From 1939 through the end of World War II, the Maritime Commission funded and administered the largest and most successful merchant shipping in world history.  By the end of the war, U.S. shipyards working under U.S. Maritime Commission contracts had built a total of 5,777 oceangoing merchant and naval ships and many smaller vessels!  The U.S. Maritime Commission was disbanded on May 24, 1950. 


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5.32/13.10  CELEBRATED PT BOAT  WATCH.  The iconic World War II U.S.  Navy deck watch made even more famous by JFK’s PT-109.  Incredibly, it was produced under the most demanding and trying times when America just entered the war.  Billed as a “chronometer watch” this marvel of precision timekeeping is technically not a “true” chronometer.  But what was done to elevate its timekeeping ability to that high status is remarkable.  Instead of having a spring détente, it has a standard watch balance known as a “lever escapement.”  Hamilton, already known for its production of top quality pocket and wrist watches, stepped up to the plate in the tumultuous months leading up the nation’s active involvement.  This fabulous example marks a high point in the company’s long history of producing quality timepieces.  It is embodied in a large 35 size pocket watch with white enameled dial.   The high grade 21 jewel movement contains an oversize main spring 60 inches in length!  The innovative biaxial thermal expansion balance is fitted with an Elinvar hairspring unaffected by temperature changes.  What’s more, this new innovation was non-magnetic!  The bold Arabic numerals are swept by blued steel spade hands within a minute chapter ring.  A subsidiary seconds bit recording single seconds marked by 10’s is over the “6.”  The quality Up/Down winding indicator is below the “12.”  It shows the status of winding in hours from 56 DOWN to 0 UP.  This watch is stem wound and pin set.  The latter cautionary feature prevents the watch from being accidentally set during winding.  The back of the watch has a screw-on cover.  Inside it is marked “KEYSTONE Base Metal” with the company’s trademark.  An inner snap-fit cover further protects the precious movement.  The highly damascened nickel plates are a thing of beauty.  With its state-of-the-art compensated balance it is literally an Horological work of art!  The top plate is marked “HAMILTON WATCH CO. MODEL 22 -21 JEWELS ADJ. TO TEMP. & 6 POS. MADE IN U.S.A. U.S. NAVY BU-SHIPS. 1942.”   The watch itself measures 2 3/4 inches in diameter and is 3 3/8 inches high inclusive of the winding stem (pendant).   It is housed in its inner padded mahogany box measuring 6 by 5 by 2 inches with viewing window.  The box is hinged at the back and closes securely with a button latch.  It is further protected within its outer carrying/mounting box constructed of rich cherrywood.  It bears the maker’s nameplate reading “HAMILTON WATCH CO. Lancaster, PA. U.S.A.”  The hinged box measures 8 ¼ by 9 inches at the widest and 5 1/8 inch thick.  It has another button latch for closure and a leather belt for carrying.  The entire presentation is in a truly remarkable state of original preservation after 81 years!  The perfect watch is an excellent timekeeper -- to the second!  Price Request

At the time of this posting a similar watch in much poorer condition is listed on eBay for $1,600.

In his landmark reference book “The Ship’s Chronometer,” author Marvin Whitney remarks on page 201 “This 36 size, high-quality, 21 jeweled movement is an instrument of great beauty, precision and endurance.  Anyone owning one of these fine chronometers has every reason to be proud of this possession.”

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2.81/5.14 WWII RECOGNITION SET.  Amazing, totally complete ship recognition model set commissioned by the U.S. Navy to train gunners, spotters and pilots in the all important task of recognizing ships as friend or foe.  This full set features a total of 29 individual cast metal model ships of the highest quality and detail.  Each is marked on the bottom of its wooden base with the ship’s name (class), Ship type, Country of origin (Britain), the Maker’s name H.A.Framburg, Chicago, and the Date 12-43.  They are: DRAGON, Light Cruiser; British Navy Tanker/Supply Ship; TYNE Destroyer Tender; SCYLLA, Light Cruiser; “H” Class Destroyer; BLACK SWAN, Modified Sloop;  NELSON, Battleship; QUEEN ELIZABETH, Battleship; WARSPITE, Battleship; KING GEORGE V, Battleship;  ROYAL SOVEREIGN, Battleship;  HAWKINS, Attack Cruiser; HUNT, Destroyer; RIVER, Frigate; ILLUSTRIOUS, Attack Carrier; FURIOUS, Attack Carrier; MALAYA, Battleship; EMERALD, Light Cruiser; CUMBERLAND, Light Cruiser;  EMERALD, Attack Carrier;  DEVONSHIRE, Attack Cruiser; DIDO, Light Cruiser; LEANDER, Light Cruiser; BITER, Attack Carrier; LEANDER, Modified Light Cruiser; SOUTHAMPTON,  Light Cruiser;  ADMIRALTY “VW”;  and TRIBAL, Destroyer.

All models are in excellent original condition.  All superstructures are intact and those with gun turrets rotate properly.  They vary in size from 2 ¾ inches in length from the smallest to 8 inches for the largest.  The wooden mounts vary from 4 ¼ to 8 ¾ inches long.  The entire case, in 2 folding sections, measures 17 inches wide by 13 ½ inches high each and 4 inches thick (folded together).  A stout snap latch assures a tight closure and two cotton rope handles are provided for carrying.  The substantial outer wooden case retains its original haze gray Navy paint!  Outstanding original condition showing actual exhibition and use, but absolutely no abuse.  Ex. Collection of the San Diego Maritime Museum.   2395 Special Packaging

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5.28  EARLY BOS’N PIPE.  Late 19th century American boatswain’s whistle as used by sailors in the American Navy.  Also known as a Bosun Pipe or Call, this whistle was hand-made of sterling silver by a gifted silversmith.   To those ends the bottom of the keel is finely mortised together and is marked “STERLING.”  This pipe has a large fluted mouthpiece (“mouth”) connected to a gradually tapering reed (“gun”) which terminates with the bowl.  The keel retains its original lanyard attachment ring, known as the shackle.  Condition is well used.   The bowl was intentionally dented on both sides.  This was a common practice by sailors of yore  to “tune” the pipe for  a proper sound.   The keel is scratched with the owner’s initials, “J.M” on both sides.   The gun exhibits an old repair and still produces a loud shrill sound.  The entire whistle exhibits a dark age tarnish.  All of these factors actually contribute to its historical appeal.  59

This whistle weighs 1 1/2 ounces.  As of this writing the spot price of silver is $24 an ounce.  In scrap value alone it is worth  more than half our price!  And this is an antique!

The Call has its beginnings in the days of the English Crusades, 1248 A.D., as a method of alerting troops to arms. Documented in 1485 A.D., the call was used as an honored badge of rank, then being worn by the Lord High Admiral of England. Undoubtedly it was worn because it was used as a method of passing orders, and therefore signified authority. When the Lord High Admiral, Sir Edward Howard, was killed in action off Brest in 1513 while commanding French Galleys, a "Whistle of Honour" was presented to him posthumously by the Queen of France. From about that time onward the call was no longer used as a badge of rank, reverting to its original use as a method of passing orders only. About 1671 the name Call was well established, lasting to the present day.  In the U.S. Navy the call is often referred to as a Boatswain's Pipe.

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5.29  COMMISSIONING COMMEMORATIVE.  Very rare commissioning souvenir from the USS KEARSARGE (BB-5) embossed with the inscription *KEARSARGE * ALABAMA * PORTSMOUNT N!H! SEPT. 17-20*   This solid brass gold washed pin features an early style rectangular badge reading “SOUVENIR” which suspends a spread-winged American eagle flanked by colorful cloisonné American flags.  The eagle is perched on a wreath encircling a very detailed image of the battleship above the date “1900.”    The back bears the entire text of the Lord’s prayer encircled within a heart.  The bottom is signed “C.M.ROBBINS. MAKER. ATTLEBORO, MASS.”  2 ¼ inches tall and 1 3/8 inches wide.  Condition is “as new.”  Absolutely extraordinary after 120+ years!  149

The pre-dreadnaught American battleship USS KEARSARGE (BB-5) was launched on March 24, 1898 and commissioned on February 20, 1900.  She was the only American battleship not to be named after a state.  After commissioning she served as flagship of the Atlantic Fleet into 1905.  From 1907-1909  KEARSARGE sailed around the world as part of the Great White Fleet.  She served in the Atlantic between 1916 and 1919 as war raged in Europe.  Converted into a crane ship 1920, she was renamed Crane Ship No. 1 in 1941.  She continued her service, handling guns, turrets, armor, and other heavy lifts for vessels such as INDIANA, ALABAMA, SAVANNAH, CHICAGO and PENNSYLVANIA.   She was decommissioned in San Francisco at the end of World War II and sold for scrap in 1955.

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5.22/13.09  U.S. LIGHTHOUSE SERVICE CLOCK.  Genuine, early 1900’s clock from an identified lighthouse!  This handsome little clock was made by the prestigious Chelsea Clock Company of Boston, Massachusetts and is marked “CHELSEA BOSTON” at the bottom of the silvered brass dial.  The dial is encircled by a minute chapter ring and is marked with bold Roman numerals swept by blued steel spade hands.  The Fast/Slow adjustment and the subsidiary seconds bit are below the XII.  The bit shows single seconds marked in increments of 10.  The clock retains its original silvered reflector ring covering the periphery of the dial.  The high quality jeweled movement is marked “BOSTON CLOCK CO. BOSTON U.S.A. with the serial number 278XX B*.  This is Chelsea’s innovative Boston movement which featured a miniaturized 7 jewel timekeeper with non-corrosive nickel plates.  It is mounted in its very heavy nickel-plated brass case with classic flared screw-on bezel containing its original wavy crystal glass and retaining wire.  The back of the case is stamped with the matching movement number “278XX.”*  The clock measures 5 5/8 inches in diameter and is 2 ½  inches deep.  Outstanding original condition keeping excellent time after more than 90 years.  Complete with original old “bat wing” Chelsea winding key.  Price Request

* For the privacy of the ultimate owner the complete serial number is being withheld. 

According to Andy Demeter in his groundbreaking reference book “Chelsea Clock Company, The First Hundred Years,“ 2001, Demeter Publications, Chelsea, Massachusetts, the Chelsea Company produced Boston Clock movements from about 1914 through 1930 and dated this clock to circa May 10, 1922.  But in his 2nd Edition Demeter indicates this exact clock, serial “278XXB,” was delivered to the U.S. Lighthouse Service on July 29, 1932.  We cannot account for the discrepancy in dates, but the 10 year timeframe is certainly consistent with the date of the Lighthouse Service and the lighthouse in which it served.

According to the party from whom we acquired this clock, it came from an old Bellingham, Washington estate.

Ships heading from Bellingham Bay through the Straits of Juan de Fuca passed Burrows Island, where strong eddies and rip tides made passage unpredictable.  In 1897 the Lighthouse Board noted that vessel traffic through the Strait was increasing.  In response to the need it requested $15,000 to build a light and fog signal on the south west point of Burrows Island -- a point of departure for vessels plying the strait.  Congress approved construction of the Burrows Island Lighthouse in 1903.  The shoreline of Burrows Island is primarily sheer steep rock.  Steep hills covered with evergreens and grass cover much of its interior. The light station was built on one of the few level spots on the island’s shoreline.  Work began in May 1905 and the wooden frame lighthouse was first lighted on April 1, 1906.  It had a white light with a red sector shown from a 4th order Freznel lens  The station originally included the combination light tower and fog signal building, the keeper's quarters, oil house, a boathouse and a derrick. 

Burrows Island Lighthouse was automated in 1972 when the final Coast Guard personnel left the station.  The boathouse and keeper's dwelling were boarded up and a fence erected.  In the early 1990's a modern optic replaced the Freznel lens in the lantern room.  Today the complex is still standing as an historical site.

During its service as the Burrows Island Lighthouse the keepers were:   James B. Hermann (1906),  Eugene M. Walters (1907),  Edward Pfaff (1907),  William J. Thomas (1907 – 1913),  Thomas J. Stitt (1913 – 1920),  William Dahlgren (1920 – at least 1921),  Daniel W. Clark (1924 – 1931),  Robert R. Bay (1931 – 1932),  John T. O’Rourke (1932 – 1943),  Richard Johnson (1960 – 1963),  Frank Showers (at least 1966),  David J. Grotting (1969 – 1972).

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 private American lighthouses to the U.S. government.  In 1852, the United States Lighthouse Board was created.   The Act 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 set to installing state-of-the-art 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 changed in favor of a civilian run "Lighthouse Service."  It is uncertain as to exactly when the U.S. Lighthouse Establishment became the U.S. Lighthouse Service.  Both terms for the agency appear to have been used interchangeably in the second half of the 19th century. 

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

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5.27  COMMEMORATIVE LIFERING.  Sailor folk art in a wooden lifering frame containing an original photograph of the USS SARATOGA (CV-3).  The clear, period photo is from an early silver negative.  It shows the ship underway at a high speed belching black coal smoke.  The old photos housed under its original old wavy glass and measures  3 ½  inches in diameter sight.  The lifering is hand-painted “U.S.S. 19  35  SARATOGA.”  It is encircled on the perimeter with a traditional woven cotton “grab line” held by 4 cotton swatches.  It measures 6 inches in diameter.  The condition is excellent, noting some discoloration on the back -- an indication of good age.  An historic relic from the earliest days of Naval aviation in America.  339

The USS SARATOGA was a LEXINGTON class aircraft carrier built for the United States Navy during the 1920s.  Originally designed as a battle cruiser, she was converted into the Navy's first fast aircraft carrier.  She was launched by the New York Shipbuilding Corporation in Camden, New Jersey on April 7, 1925 and commissioned on November 17, 1927.  The ship entered service in 1928 assigned to the Pacific Fleet.  SARATOGA and her sister ship LEXINGTON worked feverously in excercises to develop aircraft carrier tactics in anticipation of war.  When the Japanese attacked Pearl Harbor on December 7th, 1941 SARATOGA was one of three prewar aircraft carriers, including ENTERPRIZE and RANGER, to be absent from the attack.

Shortly afterwards SARATOGA participated in the unsuccessful effort to relieve Wake Island from Japanese occupation.  In that effort she was torpedoed which led to extensive repairs.  She went on to participate in the Guadalcanal campaign in August 1942 when her aircraft sank the Japanese carrier RYUJO.  But in that campaign she was again torpedoed and required further repairs.  In 1943 SARATOGA participated in the invasion of Bougainville in the Solomon Islands and in November her aircraft twice attacked the Japanese base at Rabaul.  In early 1944 she provided air support for the Gilbert and Marshall Islands campaigns.  Thereafter she was transferred to the Indian Ocean to support the British Eastern Fleet during its attacks on Java and Sumatra.  A necessary refit in mid-1944 carried the ship into early 1945.  In February SARATOGA participated in the Battle of Iwo Jima where she was badly damaged by Kamikaze hits, forcing her to return to the States for major repairs.  While in drydock it became obvious that the aging ship had become obsolete.  Accordingly, she was modified to become a training ship and much of her hangar deck was converted into classrooms.  SARATOGA  remained in that role until she was assigned to ferry troops back to the United States after Japan’s surrender in August 1945.  In mid-1946 the venerable old lady was made a target ship for nuclear weapons testing during Operation Crossroads.  She survived the first test with little damage, but was sunk by a second test on July 25, 1946. SARATOGA received 8 battle stars for her active roles in World War II combat.


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1.91/5.24   ORIGINAL BATTLESHIP MAINE LITHOGRAPH.  Authentic, period stone chromolithograph of the immortal American Battleship U.S.S. MAINE, certainly one of the most famous battleships in American Naval history.  This vivid high quality color image depicts the ill-fated ship at anchor from a starboard quarter perspective in happier times.  The detail is exceptional and bears close scrutiny under magnification.  It reveals many ship details including several sailors on the main deck as produced from an original copyrighted photo dated 1896.  The bottom of the image contains extensive information on the ship’s characteristics and armament.  This is NOT a modern dot matrix reproduction, nor is it a page from a book.  It was printed in large format for singular display.  With full margins it measures 8 ½ by 12 ½ inches.  Outstanding original condition.  Very worthy of framing.  59

The explosion and sinking of the Battleship MAINE (ACR-1) in Havana Harbor on February 15, 1898 with the loss of 260 American lives, led to America declaring war on Spain.  On April 23rd, after much Yellow Journalism and political wrangling, Congress declared that a state of war had existed between the U.S. and Spain since April 21, the day the U.S. began to blockade Cuba.  In the ensuing 10 weeks U.S. Naval and land forces thoroughly decimated Spanish forces. It was during this period that the vast majority of "Remember the Maine" articles of all types were offered to the American public in an effort to gain popular support for the war.  This image predates the sinking.

Subsequently, with resounding defeats in Cuba and the Philippines, Spain sued for peace.  Hostilities were halted on August 12, 1898, when a Protocol of Peace between the United States and Spain was signed in Washington.  The formal peace treaty was signed in Paris on December 10, 1898.  As a result of the war the United States gained all of Spain's colonies outside of Africa, including the Philippines, Guam and Puerto Rico, excepting Cuba which became a U.S. protectorate.  These gains prompted John Hay, America's Ambassador in Britain, to refer to it in a letter to his friend Theodore Roosevelt as "the splendid little war." Theodore Roosevelt and George Dewey benefited greatly from their participation in the war.  Both men gained immediate fame as national heroes.  Roosevelt's fame ultimately propelled him to the White House.
Years later it was determined the Battleship MAINE did not explode and sink due to hostile action, but as a result of its faulty boilers.

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1.90/5.17   PERIOD NAVAL LITHOGRAPH.  A fine, stone lithograph taken from an original photograph of the “U.S. Protected Cruiser COLUMBIA” as entitled at the bottom.  This especially clear portside view of the late 1800’s state-of-the art fighting ship shows her at anchor with her boats alongside.  She flies the Jackstaff at the fore and the American ensign at the stern.  One of the 4 imposing smokestacks belches coal smoke.  The colorful image it is signed “From Copyrighted Photo by William H. Ran.”  Below this is detailed information about the ship’s characteristics and armament.  Full margins.  12 ¼ by 8 ¼ inches.  Outstanding state of original preservation after more than 120 years!  39

The USS COLUMBIA (C-12) was the 4th ship in the U.S. Navy to be named after the city in South Carolina.  She was built by the William Cramp Shipyard in Philadelphia and launched on July 26, 1892 and commissioned on April 23, 1894.  Her distinctive 4 smokestacks assured her place in history as a transitional steam warship from the 1800’s.  But at that time, even as a steamship, she was still classified at a sailing schooner with 2 masts!

COLUMBIA joined the North Atlantic Squadron in1894 and visited Europe in 1895 to represent the United States at the opening of the Kiel Canal in June.  Returning home, she was placed in reserve in May of 1897.

Recommissioned on March 15, 1898 for service in the Spanish–American War, COLUMBIA patrolled the Atlantic coast and West Indies until late August.  She carried American troops to Puerto Rico and participated in America’s occupation in July and August.   She was decommissioned and placed in reserve at Philadelphia Navy Yard in March 1899.

Recommissioned in August 1902, COLUMBIA, was the receiving ship for the Atlantic Training squadron.  In anticipation of World War I she was the assigned the stature of Submarine Flotilla flagship and was detached to patrol the Delaware Breakwater in April 1917.  In July she joined the Cruiser Force Atlantic and escorted troops of the American Expeditionary Force to France.

In July she joined the Cruiser Force as a convoy escort.  In that capacity, between January and November 1918, she made five Atlantic crossings.  In January 1919, she became flagship of Squadron 2 Destroyer Force Atlantic, operating on the East Coast and the Caribbean. She was relieved of that duty in May and was decommissioned at Philadelphia Navy Yard June on June 29, 1921

Reclassified as CA-16 on July17, 1920, she was renamed OLD COLUMBIA and was struck from the Naval records on June 21, 1922.


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5.13 LIGHTHOUSE PLAQUE.   Very scarce, highly collectible identification plaque taken from the mechanism used to rotate the lens in a lighthouse.  This very scarce original lighthouse relic is from an American lighthouse reading “OLD BOARD + LIGHT.”  It is engraved solid brass measuring exactly 5 inches in length and 1 inch wide.   Excellent, original as taken condition.   A seldom seen U.S.L.H. Service relic. 99

Lighthouses of the 1800’s into the early 1900’s had complex mechanical apparatus which rotated their precious lenses at a published, pre-determined speed for extended durations.  A key requirement of a lighthouse light was its visibility and “period” which enabled mariners to locate it and positively identify their location.  In the early days before electricity this was accomplished using heavy machinery.  The largest lighthouse lenses weighed tons.  Movement was driven by clockwork mechanisms much like those found in tower clocks.  This label was part of such an apparatus.


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5.36  BOATSWAIN’s WHISTLE.  Authentic World War II vintage bosun whistle as used by sailors in the American Navy.  Also known as a Bos’n Pipe or Call, this whistle was hand-made of sterling silver by a gifted silversmith.  It is marked on the keel “STERLING.”  This pipe has a large fluted mouthpiece (“mouth”) connected to a gradually tapering reed (“gun”) which terminates in the perfectly round bowl.  The keel retains its original lanyard attachment ring, which is also sterling.  5 3/8 inches long.  Condition is absolutely excellent. Was $239 NOW! 179

The Call has its beginnings in the days of the English Crusades, 1248 A.D., as a method of alerting troops to arms. Documented in 1485 A.D., the call was used as an honored badge of rank, then being worn by the Lord High Admiral of England. Undoubtedly it was worn because it was used as a method of passing orders, and therefore signified authority. When the Lord High Admiral, Sir Edward Howard, was killed in action off Brest in 1513 while commanding French Galleys, a "Whistle of Honour" was presented to him posthumously by the Queen of France. From about that time onward the call was no longer used as a badge of rank, reverting to its original use as a method of passing orders only. About 1671 the name Call was well established, lasting to the present day.  In the U.S. Navy the call is often referred to as a Boatswain's Pipe.

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5.35/8.89  EARLY U.S. NAVY INCLINOMETER.  Very rare surviving example of a large ship’s pilot house clinometer which saw service aboard a World War I U.S. Navy warship.  This handsome all brass instrument is absolutely premium quality.  It has a fine silvered brass dial which boldly displays the ship’s roll ((heel) in single degrees up to 70 port and starboard marked by 10’s.  The dial is signed by the maker “Graff, Washbourne & Dunn, New York.”  The complicated internal mechanism consists of a heavy pendulum bob connected to its outer indicator needle which sweeps over the appropriate degree scale.  On either side are 2 brass arms which mark the extent of travel of the needle – the maximum roll encountered.  To reset the  arms a knurled brass knob rove though the glass moves them back to center.  At the bottom of the instrument is another large knob which can be turned to lock the bob in place when not in use.  To its right is a second smaller spring-loaded knob.  Pressing it dampens (stops) the movement of the pendulum.  This ingenious device has an 8 inch dial protected by a lovely thick beveled glass crystal.  The entire instrument is 9 ¼ inches wide and 2 ¼ inches thick.  The back is distinctively engraved “U.S. NAVY [N] 899.”  Remarkable original condition.  A real rarity over 100 years old!  This is the first such identified U.S. Navy inclinometer we have ever encountered in our 40+ years.  785 

Graff Washbourne & Dunn were preeminent silversmiths in America at the turn-of-the-century.  A distance reading “stadiometer” dating to World War I, manufactured by Gaff, Washbourne & Dunn, circa 1917 is held in the collection of the NMAH (Smithsonian).

Leading up to its involvement in the Great War America’s armed forces were woefully ill equipped to fight a global war.  This fact was particularly acute in the U.S. Navy.  As the Navy Department, under direction of the Secretary of the Navy, Franklin D. Roosevelt, scrambled to outfit its warships, the call went out to the civilian sector to provide (purchase or loan) all manner of equipment to enhance readiness at sea.  The patriotic response was overwhelming.  One such example is this inclinometer which bears the engraved Navy serial number “U.S. NAVY [N] 899.”  A goodly number of loaned items were returned to their owners after the War together with a letter of thanks personally signed by FDR.

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5.31  WWII NAVIGATOR’s SET.  Scarce, genuine cased navigational tools used by the Navigation Officer of a U.S. Navy warship in the early 1940’s.  This high quality set is mounted in its original black leather case with dark blue velvet liner.  The top of the case in embossed in gold ”NAVIGATOR’S CASE U.S. NAVY.”  It contains two very high quality drafting instruments: one a divider and the other a pencil lead compass.  These precision instruments are made of solid brass in a chrome finish and are stamped “DIETZGEN - MADE IN U.S.A.”  The case also contains a knurled screwdriver for adjusting the instruments.  And it has the clever dual function of also being a container for spare needle points and pencil leads for the instruments!  The case measures 7 ¾ inches long by 2 ¼ inches wide and is 1 inches think.  Virtually perfect, mint condition scarcely evidencing its 75+ years of service.  The first of its type we have ever seen in such superb condition.  189

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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. The action of the ball is perfect.  395


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5.30  FAMOUS WWII SHIP’s PLAQUE.  Authentic World War II Royal Navy Ship’s plaque commemorating the HMS NUBIAN (F-36).  This very unusual ship’s commemorative features a cast aluminum shield bearing the likeness of a black African surrounded by a gold  painted “rope” border surmounted by the Admiralty’s distinctive crown and the banner “NUBIAN.”  The hand-painted plaque is mounted to a lovely solid mahogany shield backboard backed by “baize” cloth.  The plaque is 4 2/4 inches in diameter.  The backboard measures 5 ¾ inches wide by 6 ¾ inches tall.  Outstanding original condition in all respects.  Very rare!  195

HMS NUBIAN (F-36) was a Tribal Class destroyer of the Royal Navy launched on December 21, 1937.  She had a length of 377 feet and displaced 1891 tons.  This war hardened ship had an illustrious career in the North Atlantic and Mediterranean during World War II.  Only two other ships, the ORION and JERVIS, also serving in the Mediterranean with NUBIAN, matched her battle record.  In British Naval history these records were exceeded only by the Battleship WARSPITE in World War I!

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5.21/13.01  IMPORTANT CLOCK from U.S. NAVY MONITOR.  Extremely rare, identified engineroom clock from the American Naval monitor the U.S.S. TERROR.  This imposing timekeeper is made of heavy solid bronze.  The early form pressed copper dial is silvered with bold Roman numerals and a minute chapter ring.  The ship's name USS TERROR is prominently engraved just below the center arbor.  The case maker's name "ASHCROFT MFG CO. New York" is just below.  At the top, below XII is the Fast/Slow adjustment and below it is the subsidiary seconds bit indicating single seconds marked by 15's.  The dial is swept by large blued steel Breguet style "moon" hands.   The silvered dial shows some authentic wear.  The word "ENGINE ROOM" is stenciled on the dial -- faint but still visible.  Importantly the dial is original and has not been retouched or modified.  The classic flared ship's clock case is hinged on the left, opening to the right, closing on a skeleton key lock which retains its original key.  The mechanism is the best ship's clock ever made in America by the Howard Clock Company of Boston.  It features a bi-metallic balance, 11 jewels, 8-day spring barrel and lovely damascened nickel plates.  It is signed "E. Howard & Co. Boston" and is serial numbered "17."  The very low number indicates it was one of the first ship's clocks ever produced by Howard, soon after the Civil War.  The massive solid bronze case, produced by the Ashcroft Steam Gauge & Valve Co. has an 8 1/4 inch dial and a case flange of 10 ¾ inches,  It measures 4 inches deep and weighs an impressive 15 pounds!  It is in excellent original condition and is a strong runner after 150 years! SOLD


TERROR was an AMPHITRITE class monitor with twin screws and double turrets.  She displaced 3,990 tons with a length overall of 263 feet, a beam of 55 ½ feet and a draft of 14 feet 8 inches.  In 1874, nine years after the Civil War, President Ulysses S. Grant ordered it built.  The contract was awarded to the William Cramp & Sons Shipyard in Philadelphia, a major builder of U.S. Navy ships at that time.  Work halted in 1877, but began again 6 years later.  The reasons for the delay were two fold.   Firstly, there was no foundry in the United States capable of producing the heavy armament specified in the ship's plans.  Secondly, advancements in Naval architecture were progressing so rapidly that innovations in design were overtaking the original obsolete specifications.

Still unfinished, the massive warship was towed to the New York Naval Yard for completion.  On April 15, 1896 USS TERROR was finally commissioned.  Assigned to the North Atlantic Squadron, TERROR operated up and down the East Coast.

 When the Battleship MAINE exploded in Havana Harbor on February 15, 1898 TERROR was dispatched to Key West, Florida, arriving on April 2nd.   On April 25th the United States declared war on Spain.  On the very first day of hostilities TERROR captured the Cuban vessel ALMANSAS.  In the following 2 days the monitor captured the Spanish ships AMROSIA BOLIVAR and GUIDO.  On May 12th Admiral Sampson's squadron began bombarding the Spanish batteries at San Juan, Puerto Rico.  TERROR, the fifth ship in the column, fired 31 ten inch shells in 3 salvos, scoring a direct hit on the shore battery.  For the remainder of the war TERROR cruised the West Indies and the waters off Puerto Rico.

Into the early 1900's TERROR served as a training ship for midshipmen at the U.S. Naval Academy.  She was ultimately decommissioned on May 8, 1906 and scrapped sometime in early 1930.
Edward Howard (1813-1904), apprenticed to the famous early American clock maker Aaron Willard, Jr., began his own manufacturing in Boston in 1840.  His firm was known as the E. Howard Co. until 1881.  The first clocks known as "marine clocks" made their appearance around 1860.  All of Howard's movements were very well made.  The Howard model 69 marine/locomotive clock had 11-jewels with plates of heavy brass, nickel plated and highly damascened.  (Marvin Whitney, "Military Timepieces," 1992, AWI Press).

Interestingly, the back of the dial of this clock is etched "U.S.S. Santee Feb 14, 1902."  SANTEE was a sailing frigate of 44 guns commissioned on June 9, 1861.  After active service in the Civil War SANTEE became the major training ship at the U.S. Naval Academy, Annapolis, Maryland for decades.  On April 2, 1912 SANTEE sank at her mooring.  The relationship between TERROR and SANTEE is unclear.  More fascinating research will prove valuable.



5.19 USS CONSTITUTION CANNON.  Charming near-scale model of a 32 pounder  gun as carried on the famous USS CONSITITUTION, affectionately known as OLD IRONSIDES.  This beautifully fashioned Naval gun features a turned solid brass barrel mounted on a realistic cast iron carriage.  On the port side is affixed the embossed brass tag finely embossed "USS CONSTITUTION."  The entire presentation measures a mere 3 inches long and 1 ¼ inches wide.  Excellent original condition. The 3/15 inch bore goes through to the touch hole, indicating that the cannon was originally intended to fire.  95



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1.84/5.15 SPANISH-AMERICAN WAR GROUPING. Three genuine historically important items directly pertaining to the war fought between the United States and Spain in 1898. They are:

  • A studio-produced photograph of Admiral Dewey, hero of the Battle of Manila Bay ,who famously ordered the command "You may fire when ready Gridley." This sepia toned image is signed lower right "Nilsen's Studio Cincinnati O." It measure 6 3/8 by 4 ¼ inches. There is a noticeable crease in the upper right hand quadrant which is now stable. The image is bright and crisp.

  • Brilliant chromolithograph boldly entitled "THE BATTLE OF MANILA." At the bottom center is the notation "Fought May 1st By Rear Admiral Dewey. Spanish Loss 11 Ships. 150 Killed. 250 Wounded. American Loss None." At the lower left is the portrait entitled "Rear Admiral Dewey." The same image as the photo offered above. The lower left is signed, "No. 1209 Copyright 1898 By Muller, Luchsinger & Co. New York." The colorful scene depicts 3 American ships and 4 Spanish vessels in the heat of battle. The image is perfect. It measures 11 ¼ by 15 ¾ inches sight. 16 by 20 inches overall. There are two tiny, inconsequential tears on the periphery and a very minor loss to the lower right corner. Condition must be rated excellent for this print over 120 years old!

  • Gentleman's pocket watch fob with a copper pendant the size of a penny bearing the same profile, embossed "HERO OF MANILA ADMIRAL GEO. DEWEY." The reverse bears the broadside of a battleship reading "DEWEY'S FLAG-SHIP OLYMPIA." It is attached to an ornate chain consisting of 11 sections, each with embossed recurring designs. The end is fitted with a typical spring-loaded necklace clasp. 13 ½ inches long overall. Excellent original condition. ALL THREE FOR 295

The explosion and sinking of the Battleship MAINE (ACR-1) in Havana Harbor on February 15th, with the loss of 260 American lives, led to America declaring war on Spain.  On April 23rd, after much Yellow Journalism and political wrangling, Congress declared that a state of war had existed between the U.S. and Spain since April 21, the day the U.S. began to blockade Cuba.  In the ensuing 10 weeks U.S. Naval and land forces thoroughly decimated the Spanish.

With resounding defeats in Cuba and the Philippines, Spain sued for peace.  Hostilities were halted on August 12, 1898, when a Protocol of Peace between the United States and Spain was signed in Washington.  The formal peace treaty was signed in Paris on December 10, 1898.  As a result of the war the United States gained all of Spain's colonies outside of Africa, including the Philippines, Guam and Puerto Rico, excepting Cuba, which became a U.S. protectorate.  These gains prompted John Hay, America's Ambassador in Britain, to refer to it as "the splendid little war," in a letter to his friend Theodore Roosevelt.  Theodore Roosevelt and George Dewey benefited greatly from their participation in the war.  Both men gained immediate fame as national heroes.  Roosevelt's fame ultimately propelled him to the White House. Years later it was determined the Battleship MAINE did not explode and sink due to hostile action, but as a result of its faulty boilers.




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5.20   NAVY COLLAR DEVICES.  Matched pair of collar insignias for a 1st Class Midshipman in the United States Navy.  They consist of right and left facing eagles perched on a fouled kedge anchor.  The back of each is marked "HP 1/20 10KT GF."  ¾ inch tall by ¾ inch wide.  Perfect original condition.  Approximately 50 years old.  19.95/pr

In the United States Navy a midshipmen is classified as an officer of the line being a special grad of officer that ranks between a Warrant Officer, W-1, and the lowest grade of Warrant Officer, W-2.


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5.16/13.02   RARE AMERICAN CHRONOMETER.  A scarce surviving example from a very limited production of full-sized ships' chronometers produced for the U.S Navy by the most prestigious American clock & watch company during World War II.  This amazing relic is Elgin's Model 600.  The silvered enameled dial is serial numbered (N) 610 dated 1943 within the seconds bit over the "6."  It has bold Arabic numerals swept by blackened spade hands over a minute chapter ring.  The 56 hour Up/Down is below "12" marked in 8 hour increments.  The dial is signed "ELGIN U.S.A." just above the center arbor.  It is surrounded by the silvered reflector ring under a beveled glass crystal set in its knurled brass bezel.  Built to exacting Navy specifications the brass bowl with gimbal lock is mounted in its gimbals slung in a rich brass-bound mahogany box of classic 3-tier construction.  The magnificent nickeled brass movement has 14 jewels with a large bi-metallic balance wheel, 6 timing weights and the state-of-the-art Guillimane hairspring.  The unusual two-part balance bridge has a diamond end stone.  The top plate is beautifully engine turned and is engraved "ELGIN 600 U.S. 14 JEWELS U.S. NAVY BU-SHIPS (N) 610, 1943."  This machine is fitted with Elgin's fusee drive and innovative detachable escapement – a first in chronometer manufacturing.  The handsome fully brass-bound mahogany box is equipped with 2 sliding button latches and bears the unique Elgin corking instructions on the brass plaque in the middle tier.  The bottom section has folding brass drop handles for carrying.  The chronometer itself measures almost 5 inches in diameter.  The box measures 7 ½ inches square by 8 inches high.  Condition is nothing short of remarkable in ALL respects.  This chronometer shows no signs of being used since it was manufactured 79 years ago!  Perfectly preserved, factory MINT original condition!  ATTENTION COLLECTORS!  You will not see this type of offering again!  Elgin's number 1 chronometer is in the Smithsonian Institution.Price Request Special Packaging

Marvin Whitney in his monumental reference book, "Military Time Pieces." 1992, American Watch Makers Institute, devotes an entire chapter to "Ship's Chronometer Elgin."  In it he writes, "Shortly after the attack on Pearl Harbor, the Elgin National Watch Company devoted their entire production facilities to the war effort.  When the United States entered into World War II, our source of marine chronometers from Switzerland was immediately cut off.  Up until that time, the world navies depended upon Swiss and English manufacturers.  The Hamilton watch Company was the first to produce a ship's chronometer that met Navy specifications.

In order to prevent a recurrence of the critical shortage, Elgin was awarded a contract in 1943 for 3,000 chronometers.  On February 15, 1944 Elgin delivered their prototype chronometer to the Naval Observatory.  The last shipment of chronometers was received on May 31, 1945.  Shortly thereafter the war ended.  None of the Elgins were ever issued."

In November 1956 Elgin reported it had sold approximately 250 of their model 600 marine chronometers to the public.  In consideration of the fact that Hamilton made more than 12,152 Navy-type chronometers (as affirmed by serial numbers of recent sales) or a ratio of more than 50:1, this Elgin example is definitely a rarity in the realm of Navy chronometers!






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5.23/15.42  PHOTOGRAPH U.S.S. CALIFORNIA.  Historic original photograph entitled "Boat Deck U.S.S. California" showing a sailor posed on a crane next to a lifering marked USS CALIFORNIA.  Below are 2 early binnacles and 2 pelorus stands along with two wheeled ammunition limbers.  The ship appears to be nested next to another capital warship with towering smokestack, huge funnels and a sailor leaning on the rail.   3 ½ by 5 ½ inches.  This is an interesting identified professional photograph with very unusual subject matter.  Pre-1910. 59

 The second USS CALIFORNIA (ACR-6) was launched on April 28, 1904 by the Union Iron Works of San Francisco, builders of the famed Battleship OREGON 15 years earlier.  CALIFORNIA was renamed USS SAN DIEGO on September 1, 1914, in order to free up her name for  the Tennessee-class battleship CALIFORNIA (BB-44).

 Early on July 18, 1918 SAN DIEGO left Portsmouth Naval Yard bound for New York where she was to meet and escort a convoy bound for the War in France. At 11:05 A.M. the next day she was steaming northeast of the Fire Island Lightship when an explosion occurred on the cruiser's port side below the waterline.  About 10 minutes after the explosion, the order to abandon ship was given as it was apparent she was going to capsize.  The Navy Department received information that a German minelaying submarine was operating off the east coast so planes of the U.S. Naval Air Service were dispatched.  Those aircraft dropped several bombs on what was thought to be a submarine lying on the seabed in approximately100 feet of water.  But it turned out to be the hulk of USS SAN DEIGO!

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5.06 /13.98   U.S. NAVY CHRONOMETER.  Genuine state-of-the-art full size World War II marine chronometer developed for the U.S. Navy by the "Hamilton Watch Co. of Lancaster, PA., U.S.A." as marked on the dial and on the box nameplate.  This 85 size timepiece has a silvered brass dial with bold Arabic numerals and minute chapter swept by black enameled spade hands.  The subsidiary seconds bit is over the "6" showing individual seconds marked by 10's.  The 56 hour Up/Down indicator is below the "12." The serial number "(N)1356" and date "1941" are within the seconds bit. The heavy knurled brass bezel with thick beveled glass has a silvered reflector ring.  It screws onto the solid brass bowl slung in gimbals.  A spring loaded rotating dust cover protects the winding arbor.  The pristine nickel movement is beautifully damascened bearing the signature "MODEL 21 14 JEWELS HAMILTON WATCH CO. LANCASTER, PNNA. MADE IN U.S.A. (N) 1356-1941."  It features an oversize balance with 12 timing weights and innovative helical Elinvar hairspring.  It has a spring détente escapement and a chain-drive fusee.  The box is Hamilton's standard 3 tier type made of rich mahogany, fully brass-bound with inland corners in its original finish.  The sides are equipped with folding brass handles and the top 2 tiers have brass button latches for secure closure.  The entire unit is in untouched original condition.  All brass surfaces are original showing good expected exposure to their marine environment.  The surfaces of the wood are in excellent, unmarred finish.  The chronometer measures 5 inches in diameter.  The box is 7 5/8 inches cubed.  Complete with original ratcheted winding key.  An excellent time keeper. SOLD

Check out eBay prices.  This chronometer is nicer than anything currently offered.  Not only that, it is guaranteed to be as described.  Be wary of amateur sellers offering "No Returns."

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.  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.  This splendid precision instrument was inspired by the Swiss chronometer made by Ulysee Nardin.  But Hamilton took the basic design of the Nardin 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 and hairspring.  Elinvar is not affected by changes in temperature, a fact that had plagued chronometer makers for more than two centuries.  In the end Hamilton effectively manufactured over 12,000 of these marvelous machines for Navy and civilian use, prompting the boast, "The chronometer that won the war."


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3.88/ 5.04  PATENT NAVY PARALLEL RULES.  Rare 4th quarter of the 19th century navigator's parallel rulers made by John Bliss and Co., in accordance with LCDR Sigsbee's patent.  This beautifully preserved set is made of ebony with brass fittings.  It is uniquely constructed in such a manner so as to allow the limbs of the instrument to fold over the chart and align at a distance from the indicated course.  This allowed the navigator to "hop scotch" across the chart without sliding the rules over the map's surface.  The upper rule is stamped "PAT. FEB.24' 80."  Remarkably, it is preserved within its original cardboard box with label reading "PATENT PARALLEL RULE U.S. NAVY PATTERN JOHN BLISS & CO., Under Patent granted Feb. 24  to Liuet-Comdr, C. D. Sigsbee U.S. NAVY."  The rules are in absolutely perfect original condition measuring 15 inches long by 2 5/8 inches wide.  The original box is 15 ¼ inches long by 3 inches wide and ½ inches thick.  As expected the box shows considerable wear after 140 years.  But the label with minor losses  is still legible.  595

Charles Dwight Sigsbee is best remembered as the Captain of the ill-fated Battleship Maine which exploded in Havana Harbor, Cuba on February 14, 1898, sparking the Spanish-American War.  Following his service as a junior officer in the Civil War Sigsbee was assigned to the Hydrographic Office in 1871, then the Coast Survey in 1874 where he commanded the Coast Survey steamer BLAKE from 1875 to 1878.  He returned to the Navy Hydrographic Office from 1878 to 1882 at which time he invented this unique parallel rule.  He then served as chief hydrographer in the Bureau of Navigation from 1893 to 1897.  During his service on BLAKE he developed the Sigsbee sounding machine, which became a standard item of deep-water oceanographic equipment for the next 50 years.

An identical Patent Rule sold for $850.00 from Tesseract catalog 94, item 40 spring of 2012.



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5.01   LIGHTHOUSE KEEPER's HAT.  SCARCE!   Genuine late 19th century uniform hat of an official keeper in the United States Lighthouse Service.  This extremely scarce Lighthouse Service relic is made of wool with an inner body of leather and a silk liner.  The classic U.S.L.H. Service emblem of a stately lighthouse on the front of the hat is hand-embroidered in gold brocade.  The gold chin strap above the leather bill is attached with gilt hat buttons depicting the identical lighthouse motif.  The cap is about a size 7.  The top measures 8 ¾ inches in diameter.  Front to back with the embossed leather bill it is 9 ½ inches.  Excellent, original condition exhibiting wear with real time use expected of an authentic item worn in the pursuit of daily lighthouse chores.  Over 120 years old!  No damage.  Very presentable original condition.  Truly museum quality.  SOLD

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 private American lighthouses to the U.S. government.  In 1852, the United States Lighthouse Board was created.   The Act 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 set to installing state-of-the-art 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 changed in favor of a civilian run "Lighthouse Service."  It is uncertain as to exactly when the U.S. Lighthouse Establishment became the U.S. Lighthouse Service.  Both terms for the agency appear to have been used interchangeably in the second half of the 19th century. 

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


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5.89  HISTORIC LIFERING.   Authentic sailor-made life preserver frame commemorating the famous American aircraft carrier the "U.S.S. SARATOGA" as boldly hand-painted painted on the ring.  This preserver is realistically made in the manner consistent with the period having a kapok core covered in hand-stitched canvas.  A cotton "grab line" encircles the ring.  The center is inset with original old wavy glass held in by putty.  The ring is 10 ½ inches in diameter and 2 ¼ inches thick.  It is in excellent condition showing its age.  Interestingly the bottom of the grab line has an old hand-sewn repair of light canvas.  795

The U.S.S. SARATOGA (CV-3) needs no introduction in the annals of American Naval history.  She was the FIRST fast aircraft carrier in the U.S. Navy, originally launched on April 7, 1925 and commissioned on November 16, 1927.  Behind LANGLEY and LEXIGNTON she was the second and final carrier to be converted from a battle cruiser in order to comply with the Washington Naval Treaty of 1922.  Earlier, LANGLEY had been converted from a collier in 1920.  Both LEXINGTON and SARATOGA spent the early part of their careers developing and refining carrier tactics in a series of annual exercises prior to World War II.

Shortly after the Japanese attack on Pearl Harbor SARATOGA was a major player in the unsuccessful American effort to relieve Wake Island, subsequently being torpedoed by a Japanese submarine.  After lengthy repairs, the ship supported forces participating in the Battle of Guadalcanal.  Her aircraft sank the light carrier RYUJO during the Solomons campaign in August 1942.  But she was torpedoed again the following month.  After undergoing repairs for a second time she steamed to the Solomons in July 1943.  There she supported Allied forces in the New Georgia Campaign and invasion of Bougainville in the northern Solomon Islands.  In early in 1944 she provided air support during the Gilbert and Marshall Islands Campaigns.  Thereafter she transferred to the Indian Ocean in support the British Eastern Fleet as it attacked targets in Java and Sumatra.

In February 1945 SARATOGA participated in the assault on Iwo Jima. Several days into the battle she was badly damaged by kamikaze hits and was forced to return to the U.S. for repairs. During repairs the obsolete ship was modified as a training carrier with some of her hangar deck converted into classrooms. After VJ Day SARATOGA helped to transport troops in the Western Pacific back home.

On July 1st, 1946 SARATOGA was one of a number of target ships anchored near the Bikini Atoll for nuclear weapons testing in Operation Crossroads.  She survived the first test with little damage, but was sunk during the second test on the 25th.

USS SARATOA (CV-3) received 8 battle stars for her participation in World War II.



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5.86 VERY, VERY RARE U.S. NAVY BATTLESHIP COFFEE POT!  An amazing relic from an American Naval ship-of-the-line dating to World War II.  These pots certainly first saw service after the Civila War, during the Spanish-American War, and cruised aboard the Great White Fleet around the globe in the very early 1900's.  This later example's bottom is marked "Reed & Barton" with the letters "U.S.N."  The inside of the pot contains an insulating porcelain liner which is in perfect original condition.  Still usable!  The bottom is signed "REED & BARTON 67627 U.S.N." with the company's Roman fasces logo dating it to 1943.   According to a noted Naval historian only 48 of these "special coffee pots" were ever produced for the Navy by Reed & Barton, Wilcox and Wallace silver plate companies from the late 1870's.  All were made for captains of capital ships (battleships) and Admirals' messes.  One such pot, now in the collection of the Naval History Museum at the U.S Naval Academy, Annapolis, Maryland, was recently appraised for $20,000.  10 ¼ inches wide at the widest.  The body is 6 1/8 inches in diameter and it stands 11 inches tall.  The overall condition of this coffee pot is excellent.  But it is not mint.  It does show some scratches and expected minor dents.  Yet, these are good indicators of its actual service in the fleet.  Without question, a scarce museum-quality U.S. Navy relic of the first order. Price Request Special Packaging

Please see http://westsea.com/USnavymuseum.html, which indicates these coffee pots were patented in 1878, and have a current appraised value of $20,000. 



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5.85  COMMEMORATIVE LIFERING.  Very rare ship's relic in the form of an authentically-made miniature lifering.  This unusual example of sailor folk art consists of a carved wooden core overlaid by sail canvas tightly stitched on the inner circumference.  A laid rope "grab line" encircles the ring attached by 4 sections of interlaced coachwhipping sinnet.  At the bottom is a six-bight double strand button knot with trailing fringe.  The lifering is beautifully-identified in gold lettering with black "shadow" highlights U.S.S. SAVANNAH.  The ring itself measures 5 ¾ inches in diameter by 8 inches wide and 11 ½ inches tall.  Excellent overall condition with only minor spotting due to age.  There are no losses or damage.  Here is a genuine  tangible piece of U.S. Navy Civil War history!  Civil War relics are hot!  385

USS SAVANNAH 1842-1870

The second ship in the U.S. Navy to be named SAVANNAH was laid down in 1820 at the New York Navy Yard.  But due to a lack of funding the frigate was not commissioned until 12 years later.  SAVANNAH joined the Pacific Squadron as its flagship in 1844.  In anticipation of the Mexican War (1846-48), the SAVANNAH and her squadron were positioned off the coast of California.  On July 7, 1846 less than two months after war broke out, SAVANNAHsuccessfully captured the provincial capital Monterey, without firing a shot.
In 1853 she was transferred to Brazil Station with ships assigned to protect American trade with Brazil and Argentina.  Upon completion of those duties in 1856 SAVANNAH was converted into a twenty-four gun sloop of war to serve as part of the home squadron patrolling the Gulf of Mexico.  On March 6, 1860, the SAVANNAH and USS SARATOGA participated in the engagement off of Anton Lizardo, Mexico where they captured two Mexican pirate ships taken over by mutineers.

At the outbreak of the Civil War in 1861 SAVANNAH deployed off the coast of Georgia where she participated in the capture of two Confederate prizes, the schooner E.J. WATERMAN and the ship CHESHIRE.  Subsequently SAVANNAH was taken out of active service to serve as a training ship at the U.S. Naval Academy.  She continued in that capacity, crossing the Atlantic several times until 1870.  In 1883 the vessel was sold to a private shipping company.



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5.81/10.74  IMPORTANT WWII SUBMARINE PLAQUE.  Original commemorative plaque from the famous U.S. Navy diesel submarine USS BLACKFIN (SS-322).   This handsome historic plaque is cast in high relief from solid brass which has acquired a rich statuary bronze age patina.  Charmingly, it depicts a 19th century "copper" (policeman) in uniform twirling a torpedo as if it was a nightstick.  The top of the plaque displays the submarine service emblem of dolphins flanking a submarine with "USS BLACKFIN" in high relief.  The plaque is mounted to a lovely, very rich, solid African mahogany backing in traditional shield form.  It measures 11 by 13 ½ inches.  The plaque itself is 7 ¼ high by 5 5/8 inhe4s wide.  Outstanding original condition.  This is a museum piece.  295

USS BLACKFIN (SS-322), a BALAO-class submarine, was the first ship of the U.S. Navy to be named for a fish from the Great Lakes.   She was launched on March 12, 1944 by the Electric Boat Company of Groton, Connecticut and was commissioned on July 4th, 1944, Lieutenant Commander George Hays Laird, Jr., in command.

BLACKFIN arrived at Pearl Harbor on September 11, 1944.  During her war operations from September 30th to September 5t th1945 she completed five war patrols.  Her operating areas included the South China and Yellow Seas.  BLACKFIN sank the Japanese destroyer SHIGURE on January 24, 1945 and a Japanese cargo ship of 4,325 tons.

During her fifth war patrol World War II came to an end, but not before she occupied a Japanese lifeguard station and destroyed 61 floating mines.  Thereafter she sailed to Apra Harbor, Guam, on September 5, 1945.  After receiving voyage repairs and fuel she proceeded to San Diego where she joined Submarine Squadron 1.   She operated with Submarine Force, Pacific Fleet, based out of San Diego until March 8, 1954 and thereafter from Pearl Harbor.  During this time she completed two tours in the Far East from December 1951 – June 1952 and January – June 1955.

During her career, BLACKFIN was used in two famous movies: 1963 "Move Over Darling" with Doris Day, and James Garner; then in 1968 "Ice Station Zebra" with Rock Hudson and Ernest Borgnine.

The long-lived BLACKFIN was decommissioned and struck from the Naval Record on September 15, 1972.  But even then her usefulness continued as a target to be sunk by a torpedo in the "SubSinkEx Project Thurber" project off San Diego, California on May 13, 1973.  Her partial sinking was deliberately used to acquire acoustic data on submarine implosions.

BLACKFIN received three battle stars for her World War II service.


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5.78 /20.83   HISTORICAL  SPANAM WAR PRESENTATION CANE.  Very rare authentic gentleman’s walking stick dated 1898 with the rare feature of being a functional cannon!  Known as a “cherrot cane” because of its likeness to a cigar of that era, this cane was a presentation piece engraved with the name “Chas W. Test” on one side and the name of the Spanish Naval ship “Reina Mercedes 1898” on the other.  REINA MERCEDES was the flagship of Spanish Naval forces in Cuban waters as the station ship at Santiago de Cuba.  This solid brass cannon is functional with bore and touch hole.  It is mounted atop a brass orb which connects to the collar of the cane with the engraving.  It connects to a lovely tiger stripe hardwood cane which tapers to its original brass and iron ferrule at the bottom.  The brass surfaces are gold plated.    It measures 33 ½ inches long and the shaft is 7/8 inches in diameter at the collar.  The cannon is 4 inches long and has a bore of 5/16 inch diameter. This cannon is functional. The inside the barrel has gunpowder residue. The original 29 inch long hardwood shaft has never been refinished and remains in great condition with its beautiful grain pattern and deep brown tiger striping. The bottom of the shaft retains the original 2 inch long nickel silver and iron tip.  This walking stick is in outstanding, untouched original condition in all respects, noting some wear to the gold plating.  1995

At the outbreak of the Spanish-American War in 1898, the battle cruiser REINA MERCEDES was serving as a harbor defense ship at Santiago de Cuba.  On June 3rd a landing party commanded by Lt. Richmond Hobson attempted to run USS MERRIMAC aground in order to block the channel in the shallow water at the harbor entrance.  REINA MERCEDES commended firing with other Spanish ships and shore batteries defending the harbor.  MERRIMAC was sunk and Lieutenant Hobson with his seven men were taken prisoner aboard REINA MERCEDES.

During the remainder of June and into July, U.S. Navy ships continuously bombarded Spanish positions at Santiago de Cuba, damaging REINA MERCEDES on at least eight separate occasions.  Following the destruction of Admiral Cervera's squadron on July 3, 1898, the Spanish scuttled the battered REINA MERCEDES in the channel to prevent U.S. ships from entering.  The Spanish towed her to the mouth of the harbor late in the evening of July 3d.   But her movements were discovered by the American battleships USS TEXAS and MASSACHUSETTS which took REINA MERCEDES under fire.  Their fierce salvos inflicted heavy damage but did not prevent her from sinking at the intended location.  Even so, a chance shot cut her mooring lines allowing her to settle in shallow water out of the main channel  with her upper works still visible.

U.S. Forces overtook the REINA MERCEDES on July 17, 1898 when the Spanish defenses at Santiago de Cuba were surrendered.  The U.S. Navy decided to salvage REINA MERCEDES, assigning the famous salvaging company Merritt & Chapman Co. to raise her.  Work was begun on January 2, 1899 and she was refloated on March 1st.

After extensive repairs the old cruiser was designated as a non-self-propelled receiving ship on December 10. 1902 where she served until 1912. 

This piece obviously belonged to Charles W. Test, someone of importance who must have served aboard the USS TEXAS or the USS MASSACUSETTS.


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5.57   RARE ZEPPLIN 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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5.70 / 15.33  FAMOUS ORIGINAL PHOTO.  Genuine silver plate photograph of one of the very first “4-piper” destroyers, USS DRAYTON, conducting speed trails.  DRAYTON was laid down on August 19, 1909 at the Bath Iron Works Bath, Maine.  She was launched on August 22, 1910 and commissioned on October 29th.  This photo is signed lower left “USS Drayton Copyright by N. L. Stebbins, Run 25 South 32.88 Knots.”  Although undated it is obviously 1910 before commissioning.  The sepia tone image clearly shows the sleek vessel belching coal smoke in a mighty effort to attain top speed.  Scrutiny under magnification shows crewmen on the bridge and just aft on deck.  It is interesting to note this photograph was taken prior to the installation of the ship’s armament.  Measuring 7 ½ by 9 ¼ inches sight, it is mounted on the stiff card 9 ½ by 11 ¼ inches.  There are a few light stains here and there, but in general the image is clear without faults.  A good original photograph by one of New England’s premier marine photographers over 110 years old!  99

After commissioning DRAYTON arrived in Key West, Florida to patrol Cuban waters.  Beginning April 9, 1914 she served on blockade duty off Mexico during the uprisings there and  took refugees out of  troubled areas.

In advance of World War I DRAYTON served on neutrality patrol and conducted torpedo and gunnery exercises out of Newport, Rhode Island and in the Caribbean.  After war was declared in early April 1917, she overtook the German steamer FREIDA LEONHRDT interning the crew.  DRAYTON departed the Boston Navy Yard on May 21 for Queenstown, Ireland arriving on June 1st.  From there she patrolled the coast of Ireland and escorted arriving and departing merchants.  On June 20 she searched for the submarine which had torpedoed BENGORE HEAD and rescued 42 survivors from Bantry, Ireland.  From June 26 to July 4th she escorted a transport convoy to St. Nazaire and took part in a submarine hunt with two French cruisers.  In December she picked up 39 survivors of the ship FOYLEMORE.

DRAYTON continued her patrolling duties out of Queenstown until she departed European waters on December 16, 1918 arriving Boston on January 2, 1919.  She then cruised along the east coast on various exercises and maneuvers until July 18th, when she reported to the Philadelphia Navy Yard for decommissioning.  She was decommissioned on November 17, 1919.  On July 1st 1933, her name was dropped, thereafter known as DD-23  until sold on June 28, 1935.


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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.  199



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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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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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5.18 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.


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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.


5.99  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 of her crew with her.

News of the sinking was not made public in Britain until January 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 physical photographs of her last commander, Captain C. S. Cochran. Contained in the offering are several original copies of official correspondence from the BEAR dated 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." SOLD

    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.

byrd letter
copper plate

in the arctic
capt cochran & hector

telescope 'bear'
telescope closed

telescope maker
telescope display

in 1895
in the ice
in oakland

ship model
focsle detail

stern view
stern detail

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


south dakota white fleet

South dakota & Pueblo

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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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5.08  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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