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5.09  IMPORTANT PRE-INVASION CHART for IWO JIMA.  Extremely rare, official air support chart for the island of Iwo Jima prior to the Allies’famous attack in December of 1944.  This large format multi-color map shows the island’s characteristics in incredible detail.  It is amazing to consider that before satellite imagery and computers such information could be so accurately produced!  This large map, measuring 15 by 19 inches details virtually every square foot of the island with specific references to topographical features and enemy emplacements.  These are identified in the “DEFENSE SYMBOL KEY” as “COASTAL DEFENSE GUN, DUAL MOUNT DUAL PURPOSE GUN, SINGLE MOUNT HEAVY AA, AUTOMATIC AA, PILL BOX, BLOCKHOUSE, COMMAND POST , RADIO TOWER," etc..  The map is divided into identified grids comprising 200 square yards each.  There is a scale at the bottom and a legend for other markings.  The map is marked “CONFIDENTIAL” on the upper right and is dated “NOV. 1944” on the lower right.  It is folded in quarters and is in excellent original condition with only a couple of minor discolorations from age.  Then Lieutenant Domingos (later LCDR) was credited with 2 enemy kills over Iwo Jima during the U.S. Navy’s air support campaign.  This very map undoubtedly accompanied him!  A very rare tangible peace of American history from the Second World War.  SOLD

The United States’ invasion of the Japanese occupied island of Iwo Jima ranks as perhaps the most ferocious battle fought in the Pacific during World War II.  The Japanese, desperate to protect their home island from the determined advance of the Allied forces, threw everything they had into the battle.  Conversely, American sailors and Marines were intent on vindicating the lost lives of their buddies in the bloody years since Pearl Harbor.  The invasion began on February 19, 1945 and finally ended with an American victory on March 26th at a cost of 6,800 killed and 19,200 wounded.  It is estimated that over 18,000 Japanese were killed with only a handful of survivors.



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5.76   U.S.  COAST GUARD BAROMETER.   Very scarce, highly sought after World War II or earlier ship’s aneroid barometer made for the “United States Coast Guard” by “Taylor ROCHESTER. N.Y. U.S.A” as marked on the bottom of the silvered brass dial.   It is calibrated in inches of mercury from 25.5 to 31.5 in 2/100th increments marked by tenths and showing the standard weather indications “RAIN, CHANGE, FAIR.”   It is further marked “Compensated” (for temperature).  The fine black indicator needle registers the precise reading.  The dial, with bright brass reflector ring, measures 4 ½ inches across.  The open face provides an interesting aspect of the high quality movement within.  A small aperture on the back is provided for calibrating the reading and a pivoting brass suspension ring is provided at the top of the case for hanging.  The solid brass case in its original finish measures 5 ¼ inches in diameter and is 2 3/8 inches thick.  Outstanding original condition in all respects and extremely accurate.  The quality of this instrument is superb, built to wartime standards, as necessitated by the rigors for which it was intended.  Was $449  NOW 249

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


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5.07  NAVY TRAINING DEVICE.   Unique hand-held device used to train signalmen in the art of communicating via flashing light.  This clever item is made of square, blackened cardboard the face of which looks like a flashing light as used on the flying bridge of U.S. Naval vessels during World War II.  Pressing down on the top moves the inside to a white position simulating the emission of light!  The back is marked “INTERNATIONAL MORSE CODE (Time of Dash Equals Three Dots)” and shows the alphabet and numbers.  The bottom is marked Bureau of Personal – Training Aids NAV PERS 40.038 Patent Pending.”   It measures 2 5/8 inches square and is in near perfect condition for an object of its type 75 years old. SOLD

Despite being a cumbersome, slow means of communicating in light of today’s world-wide instant messaging, the flashing light was an effective war time communications tool especially between ships steaming in formation.  Its advantages were that it could only be used line-of-sight, limiting its range to close in friendlies.  In addition it could not be intercepted electronically and left no telltale “signature.”


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



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



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5.02  U.S. NAVY PLAQUE.  Authentic U.S. Navy combat unit ship’s plaque from the USS LIPAN (ATF-85).  This genuine World War II ship’s plaque is made of solid bronze which was then nickel plated and hand painted with the ship’s motto on a banner above, a charming seahorse with trident and stars in the middle and the banner “USS LIPAN ATF85” below.  It is encircled by a traditional Union Shield form mounted on a larger solid wooden mahogany plaque of the same shape.  This impressive presentation measures 12 ½ by 15 inches and weighs an incredible 14 pounds!  It is the most formidable plaque of its type we have ever encountered, and being in the Navy town of San Diego, we have handled several hundred.  Such plaques from tugs are especially rare and highly sought after.  295

Lipan Apache are Southern Athabaskan Native Americans whose traditional territory included present-day Texas, New Mexico, Colorado and the northern Mexican states of Chihuahua, Nuevo León, Coahuila, and Tamaulipas prior to the 17th century.

The Latin motto “PAUCA SED FORTISSIMA” means Small But Mighty.
USS LIPAN was laid down May 30, 1942 by United Engineering Co., San Francisco, California, launched on September 17, 1942 and commissioned on April 29, 1943.

She was a Navajo-class fleet tug with, a length of 205 feet, a beam of 38 feet 6 inches, a draft of 15 feet and a displacement of 1, 255 tons.  Her 3,600 shaft horsepower propulsion with a single screw delivered a top speed of 16 knots.  Her compliment  was 85 officers and men   For a tug, she was well armed, carrying a 3 inch gun, twin 40mm antiaircraft mounts, and two 20 mm guns in addition to deck-mounted machine guns.

After shakedown LIPAN departed San Francisco for the New Hebrides arriving on October 2nd with three barges in tow loaded with war equipment.  From there she towed supplies to the newly taken base at Guadalcanal on November 20.  While at Guadalcanal LIPAN was redesignated ATF-85 (fleet ocean tug) on December 6.  Thereafter she operated out of the Solomon Islands leading up to the invasion of Saipan until the middle of 1944.

LIPAN departed Guadalcanal on June 4th with The Southern Transport Attack Group for an assault on Guam. When the invasion was postponed by the Battle of the Philippine Sea, LIPAN joined Service Squadron 10 at Eniwetok on July 3rd to support the invasion of Saipan.  Departing on July 8th with a barge in tow, she arrived at Saipan on July 15 where she came under continuous enemy fire through July 20th.  Thereafter she rejoined The Southern Transport Attack Group again in Guam, on D-Day, July 21st.  During the ensuing two weeks of fierce fighting LIPAN rescued landing craft grounded in surf surrounding Agat Bay.  Once the U.S. Marines had gained a foothold, the tug towed in supplies and reinforcements to liberate the island and transform Guam into an advanced base for the Philippine campaign.

Returning to Eniwetok on September 30, she sailed for Ulithi with two boats in tow arriving October 20th, and performed ready tow service to aid the ships liberating Leyte. Taking USS HOUSTON (CL-81) in tandem tow with the tug ARAPAHO (ATF-68) the LIPAN sailed on December 14th for Manus and arrived on 21 December 21st.   Dropping the tow, she immediately set sail for San Francisco arriving on 9 January 9, 1945.

After her overhaul in San Francisco LIPAN departed for Okinawa on February 24th, dropping fuel barges at Pearl Harbor and Guam en route.  She arrived in Okinawan waters on May 1st.  Three days later, as the Japanese intensified their suicide attacks the tug undertook salvage and firefighting duties.  For two and a half months, as the ruthless Kamikaze attacks continued, LIPAN salvaged and rescued damaged Navy ships off the beaches of Okinawa.  The ship's closest brush with disaster came late in the afternoon of June 21st.   While she was towing the already salvaged USS BARRY (APD-29) to Ile Shima, escorted by LSM-59, two suicide aircraft attacked the convoy.  One crashed into and immediately sank LSM-59.  The second barely missed LIPAN and crashed into BARRY which sank the next day.  The hearty tug made it back to Ile Shima and returned to Okinawa on the 25th.

Upon the surrender of the Japanese in early August 1945 LIPAN steamed back to San Francisco.  She received two battle stars for her participation in the War.  During the postwar years, LIPAN towed gasoline barges, landing craft, disabled submarines, floating drydocks, and target sleds in operations off the U.S. West Coast and in the western Pacific.

With the onset of hostilities on the Korean Peninsula, LIPAN was again called into combat.  At the end of hostilities the scrappy little ship had chalked up yet another 4 battle stars.



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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 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!    895
Provenance.   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.

 

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5.14  U.S. NAVY DECK CLOCK.   World War I vintage or earlier ship’s timekeeper made for the U.S. Navy by the venerable Seth Thomas Company as marked on the blackened brass dial, “U.S. NAVY Deck Clock No. 1 Made by Seth Thomas in U.S.A.”  In addition it bears the engraved Navy number (N)3505 below the winding arbor.  This high grade ship’s clock has a 7 jewel all brass gilt-washed movement with lever escapement.  The backplate is stamped “Seth Thomas, Thomaston, Conn” in Victorian script.  The perfect 6 inch dial is swept by silvered spade hands and has lovely gold Arabic numerals on a blackened field with minute chapter and a subsidiary seconds bit below the “12.”  The solid brass case is of the classic marine type with flared bezel and flanged bulkhead mount measuring 7 5/8 inches in diameter.  The back of the case is stamped 10537.  Excellent running and cosmetic condition throughout.  Complete with period winding key.  A very rare, early Navy ship’s clock.  695

In his very comprehensive reference book, “Military Timepieces” by Marvin Whitney, 1992, American Watchmakers Institute Press, Cincinnati, the author discusses Seth Thomas clocks made for the U.S. Navy.  Although no specific mention is made of the Deck Clock No. 1, page 415 depicts a similar Seth Thomas movement identified as Seth Thomas’s Number 5009 with a 7 ¾ inch case and a 6 inch etched metal dial.  The movement shown is numbered 35147 with a Navy number of (N)8469  dating ca. 1924.  Compared to the example offered here, the 1924 clock is 24,600 serial numbers later.  The Navy number in the book is also much later.



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5.20 NAVY BINNACLE. Imposing, solid brass, bronze and copper full-size ship's bridge binnacle from a World War II man-of-war made for the U.S. Navy by the Lionel Corporation of New York. The front bears the brass maker's tag reading:

COMPENSATING BINNACLE
MARK VII (N) 4182
BUREAU OF SHIPS
U.S. NAVY [with the Navy inspector's mark]
THE LIONEL CORPORATOIN N.Y.
1942

This massive binnacle houses a finest quality state-of-the-art double-gimbaled wet card compass marked "U.S. NAVY BU. SHIPS MARK 2 (N) 1553 1942 THE LIONEL CORPORATION N.Y." around the periphery. The card is also marked "LIONEL / N.Y. U.S.A." flanking the fleur-de-lis at the North point. The perforated brass card is marked with the cardinal and intercardinal points of the compass rose and is sub-divided in single degrees marked in 10's. Cleverly, the perforations allow the card to be backlit from below, providing the helmsman with a very clear compass course to steer at night without excessive ambient light – so crucial in "darken ship" conditions. In addition it comes with its original U.S. Navy Bu.Ships compass magnifier. It is almost unheard of that this additional working component is still present! The compass is protected by a beautiful copper and cast brass hood with glazed oval viewing port. This window hinges open at the top and remains in the open position by means of a spring-loaded latch with détente. Conversely, when closed, the window is secured by two spring-loaded latches at the bottom. The entire hood is removable, held by two brass clips on the rim of the binnacle body. Two heavy brass drop handles are in place for lifting the hood. There is a sliding door with sighting wire on the back of the binnacle (forward facing on the ship) for taking line of sight bearings or course headings. This binnacle is complete with its original, rarely-found auxiliary oil burning lantern in the top. The cast brass and copper lamp has substantial brass bails with an insulating wooden handle. The lamp fits into its heavy brass collar on the top of the hood with a positive fit. The binnacle pedestal itself has the typical "arms" which support the quadrantial correcting spheres (colloquially known as the "Navigator's Balls"). The front has a locking sliding door which opens to reveal the complex system of magnetic compass adjusting magnets inside. There is also a provision for electrification of indirect lighting below the compass, as previously noted. This binnacle stands 60 ½ inches tall overall and 33 inches wide. The thick circular bronze base is 17 inches in diameter, and the entire presentation weighs more the 250 pounds. A few of the original minor parts such as caps, screws and accessorial fittings are missing. Otherwise this binnacle is in excellent, fully restored condition. The compass is perfect. Price Request Special PackagingBack to Top



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5.41  U.S.L.H. SERVICE POURER.  Genuine 19th century lamp oil can made for the U.S. LIGHTHOUSE ESTABLISHMENT” and maintained by the “U.S.L.H. DEPOT LAMP SHOP 3. DIST STATEN ISLAND NY” as stamped under the spout.  This very substantial 2 gallon container is of all brass construction with a riveted stout reinforced for pouring lamp oil into the sump of a lighthouse lamp.  It is equipped with a heavy bail handle with turned mahogany grip.  To aid in pouring a secondary cup-shaped brass handle is attached to the base.  The pourer is vented to provide a smooth flow and has a tight press-fit filler cap with retaining chain.  This  significant tool of an 1800’s lighthouse keeper was used before electricity.  It is in original unpolished condition.  13 ½ inches tall by 14 inches wide at the widest.  The base is 9 inches in diameter.   The spout evidences some minor service repairs.  Importantly it exhibits careful use and no abuse as expected of such an essential device used in the government’s crucial lifesaving services of the era.   A rare museum piece!  Price Request 


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


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5.27 U.S. LIGHTHOUSE SERVICE FLASK MEASURE.  Extremely rare, highly sought after, 19th century example of a lighthouse keeper’s equipment used in the course of duties maintaining his sentinel.  This authentic veteran of that noble service is made entirely of brass and bears the stamped mark on the front of the spout “U.S. LIGHTHOUSE ESTABLISHMENT.”  It is further marked on the bottom “U.S. LIGHTHOUSE (ESTABLISHMENT)” the latter being faintly impressed.  The circular spun brass body has a rolled, reinforced handle riveted to it for pouring.  The body of the measure is scribed with lines starting at the bottom, marked “1 PTS.” upward to “3 QRTS” for a total of 6 graduations.  The interior is tinned to resist corrosion and exhibits a dark gray patina.  This large flask measures 10 3/4 inches high by 6 ¾ inches in diameter at the base and 8 ¼ inches wide overall.  Condition is excellent and original with a nice age patina, noting just a few very minor dents of no consequence.  A lovely, genuine lighthouse object from the 1800’s.   1969

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

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

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


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5.74  EARLY COAST GUARD COMMEMORATIVE.  Original framed black and white photograph depicting the U.S. Coast Guard Cutter MORRIS underway with shoreline in the distance.  The smart little vessel mounts a deck gun on the focs’le.  Several crewmen can be seen on the fantail.  All deck details are very clear.  The early back and white photograph was hand-tinted with watercolor for a very pleasing effect.  The image, under old wavy glass, measures 5 ½ inches in diameter.  It is framed within a charming redwood (California) frame in the form of a ship’s wheel with 8 turned spokes.  12 inches in diameter overall.  The reverse is covered in the original old paper backing with some losses.  There is an inked inscription reading “1927 J.E. Pallsrin, Eng. Off.” 495

The U.S. Coast Cutter MORRIS (WSC-147) was built by American Brown Bovert Electrical Corp., Camden, New Jersey and commissioned on April 19.1927.  She operated out of New London, Connecticut as a patrol craft until the end of November 1928.  Subsequently she was transferred to Oakland, California, arriving on January 13, 1929.  Five months later she was assigned patrol duty out of San Pedro where she operated against rumrunners during Prohibition.

On November 1, 1941, just a few weeks before the Pearl Harbor attach, MORRIS was transferred to the U.S. Navy out of San Diego where she conducted patrols and rescue operations until war’s end.  Then she was reassigned to the Coast Guard and redesignated WMEC-147.  As the year 1970 approached the scrappy little vessel was still in active service, spanning a career of more than 40 years.

 The Coast Guard Cutter MORRIS (WSC149) was built by American Brown Bovert Electrical Corp., Camden, New Jersey and commissioned in the Coast Guard on April 19. 1927. She operated out of New London, Connecticut as a patrol craft until the end of November 1928.  Thereafter she was transferred to Oakland, California arriving January 13, 1929.  Five months later she was assigned to patrol duty out of San Pedro where she operated against rumrunners until 1934.

On November 1, 1941 MORRIS was transferred to the U.S. Navy to conduct patrols and rescue operations out of San Diego until the war’s end.  Then she was reassigned to the Coast Guard and redesignated WMEC -147.  As of 1969 the scrappy little vessel was still in service after more than 40 years!


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

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

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

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

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

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

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

 

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5.98  SHORT SWORD.  Impressive 2nd quarter of the 19th century military foot soldier’s sword with ribbed brass handle, arcuated brass guard, heavy steel blade and original leather scabbard with brass fittings.  The guard and the top of the scabbard are both marked with the matching numbers ”100. R. 7.61.”  This genuine war sword has a stout steel blade 18 ¾ inches in length.  Together with the brass hilt it measures 24 ¼ inches long.  In total, the entire unit must be rated as in excellent original condition. There are the obvious signs of age expected of such a war relic over 175 years old.  At this price it is an absolute giveaway!  495  

Colonel Robert H. Rankin, author of “Small Arms of the Sea Services.” 1972, N. Flayderman & Co., Inc. New Milford, Connecticut, shows a similar American sword without its scabbard on page 47 with the caption, “A unique naval short sword!  This one-of-a-kind specimen has a cast brass hilt like that of the Model 1833 Foot Artillery sword.  The 19 ½ inch long double edge blade with median ridge like that of 1841 Navy cutlass…”


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5.25 EXTREMELY IMPORTANT HISTORICAL COLLECTION "USS BEAR." This is an incredible find, consisting of the original signed, dated and identified telescope used on board the USS BEAR during the Greeley Polar Relief Expedition in 1885, 2 large framed period photographs of the Brigantine BEAR and a period scratch-built model of the vessel! Also included are a number of charming original deck views with personal photographs of her last commander, Captain C. S. Cochran. Contained in the offering are several original copies of official correspondence from the 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."

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

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

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



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5.94  U.S. LIGHTHOUSE SERVICE BAROMETER.  Extremely scarce and highly sought after aneroid barometer made for the United States Lighthouse Service as boldly indicated on the white enamel dial.  This precision early 1900’s “Weather Barometer” was made by “Taylor of Rochester, N.Y., U.S.A.” as marked on the bottom of the dial.  It features a scale indicating atmospheric pressure calibrated in inches of mercury from 26 to 32 in 2/100th increments marked by tenths.  It bears the basic weather indications “RAIN, CHANGE and FAIR” and has a residual Victorian era decoration around the center arbor.  The reading is indicated by a blued steel needle overlaid by a brass set needle attached to a knurled knob extending through the glass crystal.  The solid brass case measures 5 ¼ inches in diameter and is 2 ½ inches thick.  For hanging it has a pivoting brass suspension loop at the top.  Excellent overall condition showing good age but careful use as expected in the professional setting in which it was observed. SOLD

Provenance.  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.



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5.95 U.S. NAVY SEXTANT. World War II vintage U.S. Navy standard navigational sextant with the index arm marked, "U.S. NAVY, BU. NAV., MARK II (N) 21404 – 1944 David White Co, Milwaukee, Wis." This quality instrument is all brass and features a large arc calibrated in single degrees from -5 to 145 marked by tens. It is overridden by the index arm with pinch stop and endless tangent screw micrometer read-out. One full rotation of the micrometer equals one degree calibrated to a single arc minute. The right reading vernier then allows a further reading to a precision of one arc second. This instrument is complete with both index and horizon mirrors and both polarizing index and horizon filters. The spring-loaded height adjustable sight tube holder is equipped with a knurled thumbscrew for positioning. The back of the instrument has 3 brass "feet" for placement in the box and a sculpted mahogany handle for holding while taking a sight. The index arm measure 8 ½ inches long and the large arc is 9 ½ inches wide. The original wooden box with brass furniture is constructed of laminated mahogany and is equipped with a long telescopic sight tube, 2 spare mirrors, and mirror box adjusting tool. The original box lock and striker plate are both present, as is the folding brass handle. The lid bears the labels of Negus, New York and that of the U.S. Naval Observatory dated May 1945. The front of the box also retains the oval brass maker's tag of the David White Company, Milwaukee. The box measures 11 ¼ inches square by 5 ½ inches thick. The instrument itself is in pristine, usable condition. The box is also very sound with no chips, cracks or breaks, but the surface shows several minor scratches. 695



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5.96 U.S. NAVY CLINOMETER. Top quality ship's pilothouse inclinometer marked:


CLINOMETER
U.S. Navy Bu. Ships
Mk III - Mod. 0
1942
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Fee and Stemwedel, Inc.
Chicago. Illinois

This authentic World War II era Navy navigational device is made of thick Bakelite with a heavy brass pendulum bob supported on a roller bearing at the apex. The bob rotates across the enhanced scale indicating single degrees of heel from 0 to 70 degrees port and starboard. It is fitted with two mounting eyes, which in testament to the quality of construction have brass sleeves for mounting to the bulkhead. The action of the bob is lively and accurate. The back is stenciled with the markings "M12-43." 7 ¼ inches high by 11 ¾ inches wide. Absolutely perfect factory new condition. The best we have ever seen. 429


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5.91  U.S. NAVY BAROMETER.  Highest quality World War II ship’s pilot house barometer made for the U.S. Navy by the highly respected scientific instrument making firm of “Friez, Balitmore” as indicated on the bottom of the silvered brass dial.  The 4 ¾ inch diameter dial indicates “PRESSURE Inches of Mercury, Compensated, BuShips (N) 21437” and is dated “(19)41.”   “Compensated” means this precision instrument is adjusted for temperature error.  The finely calibrated dial indicates atmospheric pressure in inches of mercury from 27.7 to 31.3 in 2/100th increments marked by tenths.  It is housed under glass in its original black Bakelite case made by the General Electric Corp. with iconic GE logo with classic bulkhead mount on a flange measuring 6 ½ inches in diameter and 2 ¾ inches deep.  Guaranteed to be functional and highly accurate.  395

The dual bellows system employed in this barometer (as opposed to single bellows found in the vast majority of barometers) assures a positive, instantaneous reading.  The fine rack and pinion linkage coupling the movement to the indicator needle also provides a more accurate direct reading.



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5.92  U.S. NAVY INCLINOMETER.  World War II ship’s pilot house clinometer marked “CLINOMETER U.S. Navy Bu Ships Mark II – Mod. 0 1942 Virginia Plak Co. Inc. New York, N.Y.”  This authentic Navy navigational device is made of thick Bakelite with a heavy brass pendulum bob supported on a roller bearing at the apex.  The bob rotates across the bright scale marked in single degrees of heel from 0 to 70 degrees port and starboard.  It is fitted with two mounting eyes, which in testament to the quality of construction have brass sleeves.  7 ½ inches high by 11 ¾ inches wide.  Outstanding original condition.  The bob pivots smoothly and precisely.  SOLD


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5.90   U.S. NAVY MAGNIFIER.  Pristine, World War II vintage binnacle compass magnifier made for the U.S. Navy by the highly respected nautical instrument making firm of Negus, New York.  The front of the magnifier is boldly marked “U.S. NAVY BU. SHIPS MK III MOD. 0.”   This all brass precision instrument retains its original blackened finish.  The thick optical quality ground glass lens is mounted in a hemispherical brass retainer which slides along two rods allowing it to be focused at the desired distance between the compass card and the helmsman.  The instrument has 3 curved “feet” designed to rest atop the compass being magnified.  Internal springs on the rear two feet allow the magnifier to fit the face of a compass ranging from 6 5/8 to 8 inches in diameter.  The magnification provided by the glass lens is about 3X.  This factory mint specimen comes in its original machine dove-tailed pine box with sliding cover and original packing paper.  4 inches wide.  The wooden box measures 7 ½ inches long by 4 ¾ inches wide and 3 ¼ inches high.  This magnifier is unused -- preserved in the same condition it was made 75 years ago!  An amazing find, which with a little ingenuity, could be repurposed for a variety of uses in addition to the original.  195



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5.33  LIGHTHOUSE KEEPER’s BUTTONS.   Full matched set of 5 brass buttons as worn on the jacket of a Northern Lighthouse Keeper in the late 19th or early 20th century.  These handsome buttons are embossed in high relief depicting a stone lighthouse with a can buoy on the left and a bell buoy on the right.  The scene is encircled by the inscription reading, “INSALUTEM OMINUM . NORTHERN LIGHTHOUSES.”   The  rim of each button is encircled by a “rope” boarder around the circumference.  On the back the maker’s name is stamped “FIRMIN, LONDON” with an eyelet.  Each button measures exactly 1 inch in diameter and is in perfect original condition showing good age.  99

The Northern Lighthouse Board was formed in 1786 as the Commissioners of Northern Light Houses by an Act of Parliament.  Until that time, the only major lighthouse in Scotland was the coal brazier mounted on the Isle of May in the Firth of Forth together with some smaller lights in the approaches to the Tay and Clyde River estuaries.  None of the major passages around Scotland were marked.  The famous engineer Robert Stevenson built the majority of the Northern lights, in some exceptionally challenging locations.  These lighthouses were some of the engineering masterpieces of their time, notably Bell Rock, Skerryvore and Muckle Flugga.

Between 1876 and 2005 the NLB also maintained foghorns.


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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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


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5.80   BATTLE RATTLE.   Exceptionally rare early 1800’s American ship’s alarm from an early capitol ship in the United States Navy.  This imposing device is made of turned and carved walnut in a deep rich  finish with brass and iron fasteners.  It contains decoratively hand-carved “ports” which allowed the sound  to emanate from the internal wooden ratchet wheel and white oak “spring.”  The wheel is rotated by the large iron handle with turned wooden grip.  The mechanism was attached to the ship’s mast or other prominent location on deck by means of 2 hefty brass supporting brackets.  The top and bottom of the rattle are adorned with decoratively-carved finials, the top being in the form of an acorn.  Turning the handle in either direction creates the loud, distinctive alarm sound, which was unmistakable in its vital duty of alerting the crew to action.   The body measures 13 inches tall by 6 5/8 inches wide at the bracket.  The removable handle itself is 5 inches long and  protrudes 10 inches from the mount when in use.  Excellent original condition showing its great age and careful use.  A true museum piece! 2950

Without a doubt, only a precious few of these scarce battle alarms survive.  The only other similar, but lesser example we could find is pictured on page 135 of Marian Klamkin’s book, “Marine Antiques,” with the caption, “This later and more carefully made mast alarm makes a similarly effective sound when the handle is turned.  FLAYDERMAN COLLECTION."

In the comprehensive reference book, “Small Arms of the Sea Services” by Colonel Robert H., Rankin, 1972, N. Flayderman & Co., New Milford, Connecticut, the author discusses Navy battle rattles on page 8.  He states, “All hands were called to repel borders by a sounding gong and by battle rattles and verbal commands.  Sounding the gong alone summoned pikemen only to repel boarders.  The battle rattle was often used to call back boarding parting.  Navy regulations required the hand rattles to be made of white oak “or some other similar wood…. to reproduce the requisite sound.”  Fixed rattles of greater noise making capability were to be attached at suitable places on each deck.”

In a very well written aricle in the Summer 1996 edition of "The American Neptune," author William Urick III quotes the U.S. Navy's "Instructions in Relation to the Prepartation of Vessels of War for Battle, 1852."  It describes the construction of 2 types of rattles, those hand-held and those fixed.   Of the latter type it notes, "Fixed rattles of greater power will be attached to available places on each deck."  In the article a very similar rattle to the one offered here is pictured with the caption, "A unique figure "8" shaped rattle as would be mounted at the wheel or on the gun deck of a U.S. man-of-war during the early 1800's.   It came from an estate sale of items beling to Mrs. Commodore Isaac Hull.  Hull was captain of the USS Consitution early in the War of 1812."  The author goes on to state that these large, fixed rattles were probably first used by the Navy during the 1830's.

(Special thanks to Naval Historian Alan Boyd for his exhaustive research on the topic).


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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 for both


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5.11   U.S. NAVY BOAT CLOCK.  Very scarce and highly collectible, early 1900's boat clock made for the U.S. Navy by the Waltham Clock Company as marked on the blackened dial and impressed on the back of the solid brass case. This rare clock has a diminutive 3 1/2 inch dial featuring raised brass Arabic numerals, minute chapter, silver spade hands and an unusual seconds bit at the 12 o'clock position which entirely obscures that numeral!  The original silvered brass reflector ring is present.  The dial is signed "WALTHAM" above the center arbor and "U.S. NAVY BOAT CLOCK" with the hand-engraved inscription "[N]4121" below.  It contains its very high grade, all brass jeweled movement comparable to the output of those companies competing for Government contracts during World War I-- namely Chelsea and Seth Thomas. This example by Waltham is much more scarce.  The heavy case measures 5 1/2 inches wide and is 2 1/2 inches deep.  The back is prominently stamped “WALTHAM -.- CLOCK CO.”   The case is mounted on an attractive solid oak backboard in oval form with decorative brass beading around the periphery!  Unpolished original condition and an excellent time keeper.  The movement has just been serviced by an AWI (American Watchmaker’s Institute) technician. Complete with winding key.  Truly a rarity amongst Navy clocks!  Circa 1915.  Bargain priced 975

The Waltham Company traces its beginnings to Roxbury, Massachusetts in 1850 and a partnership among American horological legends Lufkin Dennison, David Davis and Edward Howard, who formed the American Horologe Company in 1851.  It evolved into the American Watch Co. in 1859, changing to the American Waltham Watch Co. in 1885.  Ultimately the name Waltham Watch Co. was adopted in 1906.   In addition to its famous watches, Waltham was producing clocks at the turn-of-the-century.  But competition from the upstart Chelsea Clock Company, begun in 1897,  soon drove Waltham out of the clock making business.


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5.75   NAVAL AIR AHSTRAY.   High quality, decoratively-molded glass ashtray with a large sterling silver overlay hand-engraved “OFFICERS VC-8.”   The rim is marked “Amsten Sterling 146.”  This very heavy glass ashtray is 6 ¾ inches in diameter and 1 3/8 inches thick.  Perfect original condition.  SOLD

Fleet Composite Squadron Eight (VC-8) was originally commissioned as Guided Missile Service Squadron Two (GMSRON-2) at NAS Chincoteague, Virginia, in July 1958.  In January 1959, the squadron was transferred to U.S. Naval Station Roosevelt Roads, Puerto Rico and re-designated as Utility Squadron Eight (VU-8) the following year.  In 1965 the squadron became Fleet Composite Squadron Eight (VC-8), flying TA-4J Skyhawks.   It was disbanded in 2003.  This relic dates from the very earliest days of the squadron in the 1950’s.


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5.30 NAVY THERMOMETER. Genuine, World War II vintage or earlier, thermometer from the engineroom of a U.S. Navy ship. This handsome ship's instrument features a mercury-type thermometer affixed to a bold black scale reading in degrees Fahrenheit from 24 to 180 degrees in 2 degree increments. It is marked "Faht Temperature Scale" and is signed ""Moeller Co." Brooklyn, N.Y." The scale is housed under glass in a lovely solid bronze frame cast in relief "Trade AEM Mark" at the top. A hole has been drilled in the top for hanging, the back of which bears the serial number "6243." The protective steel probe was designed to fit into a pipe or container with a large threaded brass hex nut. The nut is prominently stamped with the Navy Inspector's mark consisting of an anchor flanked by the initials "US." 13 inches high by 2 3/8 inches wide. This identified Navy ship's relic is in outstanding original condition and registers the ambient temperature accurately. 169


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


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