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8. Ship Relics

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8.59  KENOTOMETER.  Very scarce, turn-of-the-last century English steamship’s vacuum gauge.   This surviving dinosaur from the engineroom of a coal-burning ship is actually a “manometer” which indicates negative pressure (vacuum) in inches of mercury in real inches of mercury!  It consists of a complex arrangement of brass tubes, glass vials and canisters contained within a solid teak case with glazed front for viewing.   On the right is the prominent faux ivory scale marked “INCHES OF MERCURY” on the left hand scale and “PERCENT OF PERFECT VACUUM (BAROMETER = 30o) ABSOLUTE PRESSURE IN CONDENSER,” on its right side.  The scale is adjusted using a rack and pinion system operated by a brass knurled knob on the right outside of the case.  The inlet for this gauge is mounted on the left, complete with a knurled shut off valve.  In case of spills the bottom is lined with an old fashioned blue and white hard-fired porcelain tray!  Above it the maker’s plaque reads, “KENOTOMER Brand Vacuum Gauge --->.<--- Brady & Martin Ltd. Newcastle-On-Tyne.”  The glazed front is hinged on the left, closing on the right with two brass hook and eye closures.  On the outer left is a brass sleeve containing a blown glass check valve which was connected to the condenser.   It would have protected the condenser from blow back.  At the top is knurled pin valve to close off the system completely.  There are 2 large screw holes in the back at the top and another just below the maker’s plaque for mounting to the bulkhead.   The case measures 17 ½ inches high by 10 3/4 inches wide and 5 inches deep, exclusive of the exterior brass fittings.  This rare relic is in a remarkable state of original preservation given its potential fragility and the harsh working environment in which it served over 100 years ago.  A simply great looking “What is it?” maritime relic.  1495  Special PackagingBack to Top


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8.22   TRIMMETER   Genuine early 1900’s ship’s instrument used to compute the loading of cargo on early merchant ships.  This complicated device of English manufacture is signed on the maker’s label, “The “UNIT “ Trim Indicator PATENT John Lillie & Gillie Ltd. North Shields. No. 1269.”  As the name implies, this unusual instrument showed the Chief Mate (Super Cargo) the fore and aft orientation of his vessel during the loading and unloading of freight.   As such it obviated the need for the officer to physically view the ship’s fore and aft draft readings known as “trim.”  This was cleverly accomplished by the internal glass tube filled with a combination of mercury and immiscible red alcohol backed by a sliding ivorene scale.  The scale is marked “FEET BY THE STERN” and “EVEN KEEL” divided by half foot increments from -13 to +2, and is further marked “SCALE FOR SHIP 640 FEET LONG.”  Because the tube contains mercury and alcohol, it is affected by temperature.  So to these ends a small mercury thermometer graces the presentation in the upper left, reading from 30 to 130 degrees Fahrenheit and signed “John Lillie & Gillie, Ltd., North shields.”  Accordingly the sliding scale can be adjusted for temperature by means of the knurled Bakelite knob on the right.  A small indicator points to the varying temperature indications on the scale, 50 – 110 F, with the notation “Set Scale To Temperature.”  This handsome ship’s relic measures 18 inches wide by 9 ¼ inches high and 2 ½ inches deep.  It is made of thick, solid teak using high quality machine-dovetailed construction.  It has 3 solid brass hanging brackets and another brass tab for fine adjustment of its position on the bulkhead of the cargo office. 795  Special PackagingBack to Top



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8.57 TUGBOAT TELEGRAPH. A very nice example of an early 1900’s American engine order telegraph. It is signed on its etched milkglass dials “”JOS. HARPER & SON CO. NEW YORK, N.Y.” It has two independently operated levers with indicating arrows which sweep across the dials marked “AHEAD” and “ASTERN” over a range of commands from “STOP” to “FULL.” This type of engine order telegraph was known as a “console” E.O.T., designed to fit in the limited space of a small wheelhouse vs. the large open bridge of an ocean-going vessel. The fact that it controlled a twin screw power plant almost certainly indicates it was used on a tugboat, which required the power and maneuverability of its dual propeller design. Similar size yachts and small craft typically had only one propeller. The heavy solid brass construction is a testament to the quality of its construction and its designed durability. It is 7 inches in diameter on the dials and 10 ¼ inches tall. The thick flanged base is 7 ¾ inches in diameter and it stands 17 inches tall overall. It weighs a very hefty 28 pounds! Absolutely perfect condition in all respects. A very handsome relic from the age of maritime steam. SOLD Back to Top


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8.54 SHIP’s VOICE TUBE. Very, very scarce late 1800’s flexible sound-powered voice tube. Every aspect indicates it is British. This very well-made device has a heavy solid brass “telephone” receiver and mouthpiece, both encircled by thick rubber rings. The brass handle is insulated with hand-stitched leather. It is attached by means of a wire coupling to a canvas-covered corrugated tube containing an inner spiral ribbing which provides complete flexibility with extreme durability. At the opposite end is a knurled brass coupling, secured by multiple wire turnings attached by wires, which connected it to the ship’s internal hard-mounted voice tube network. Of great significance is the fact that this early device is sound powered, accomplished by thin diaphragms of mica in the handset, which picked up and amplified the vibrations of the user’s voice. This clever system is similar in time and function to Alexander Graham Bell’s invention of the telephone using such oscillations augmented with electricity. However, on shipboard, a simplistic system sans electricity was the preferred fail safe method of interior communication. This was true whether the ship lost power, or of course if it was pre-electric. In either case the system provided a very effective means of reliable interior communication. 73 ½ inches long overall. The handset measures 11 ½ inches long by 6 inches wide. This rare shipboard relic is the first of its type we have ever seen. It is in an outstanding state of original preservation showing good use, but remarkably no abuse or damage. Without question, this is a precious survivor from the age of steam/sail, the likes of which was little valued and summarily discarded at the time of the ship’s demise. Price Request



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8.53 EARLY SHIP’s MAIN STEAM PRESSURE GAUGE. Huge, heavy solid bronze ship’s main steam gauge made for “Thompson & Co., PTY, Ltd. Castilemaine Victoria Australia” and dated “1914” as engraved on the lustrous brass dial. Below center it boldly reads “INITIAL STEAM PRESSURE.” At the bottom it bears the shield trademark of the maker, the famous American steam valve and gauge company “ASHCROFT, New York.” The calibrated dial reads from 0 to 350 pounds per square inch in 5 pound increments marked by 50’s. The early style ornate blued steel indicator needle has a “clover leaf” counter balance opposite the tip resting at zero. Typically such dials indicated a working pressure of about 2/3 of the maximum shown, so in this case about 230 psi, consistent with steam plants operating prior to World War. Unlike most gauges of this vintage and size this gauge is in a classic ship’s clock configuration with flared bezel which actually screws on to the case rather then being attached by screws. The case itself has a large mounting flange with 3 holes for mounting. The input fitting, located on the lower back, is a threaded female coupling. The handsome dial measures 9 ½ inches across. The glazed bezel is 12 inches in diameter while the flange is 13 inches wide. This is the largest all brass gauge we have had in our 39 years, weighing in at an amazing 19 pounds! Immaculate condition. 939

Sincere thanks to U.S. Navy Captain Terry Tilton (Ret.), author and expert on marine engineering who provided authentication.


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8.51 BRONZE INCLINOMETER. Distinctive old ship’s pilot house inclinometer cast of heavy, solid bronze. This ship’s navigational instrument has an incised scale spanning an arc of 70 degrees, running from “0” at the center to 35 degrees port and starboard. It is calibrated by single degrees in 5 degree increments, and is marked with numerals in relief every 10 degrees. The massive pendulum-like bob is triangular in cross section and is pointed to indicate single degrees. It swings freely with a nice motion over the scale. The instrument itself measures slightly over a foot high by 14 ½ inches wide. It is mounted to its original mahogany backboard 15 inches high by 17 inches wide. The instrument and backboard were mounted to the bulkhead by two large brass wood screws running through both of the limbs. Nicely polished with a great old look. A very handsome example. This is a real ship’s relic, NOT a reproduction. SOLD



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8.24  PILOT HOUSE PLAQUE.  Unusual relic from the helm of an early merchant ship in the form of a solid brass plaque.  This ship’s bridge sign made of a heavy solid brass plate is engraved “<- LEFT – RUDDER – RIGHT -> / FOR STEERING FROM / PILOT HOUSE TOP / PUT RUDDER AMIDSHIPS / ENGAGE CLUTCH”.  It measures 19 ¼ inches long by 7 ¾ inches high and is 1/8th inch thick.  The incised lettering retains its original old red paint.  Excellent original condition, as taken from the ship, exhibiting good age from years at sea.  WAS 379  NOW!  149


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8.48  DECORATIVE AMERICAN SHIP WHEEL.  Particularly handsome ship’s pilot house wheel from the earliest 1900’s.  This stout helm is constructed of dense mahogany with decoratively turned spindles and handles in the classic 8-spoke pattern   The substantial hub with keyway is made of solid brass secured with 8 heavy duty machine screws on its periphery.  What is remarkable and very eye appealing are the series of diamond-shaped brass inlays on both sides of this wheel.  While decorative, they also serve thel function of effectively joining the curved wooden sections of the rim together.  The rim is also secured with dozens of brass flathead screws on each side.  The wooden surfaces of the wheel are highly finished in gloss marine varnish.  The brass components are not polished and show good age from use at sea.  Interestingly there is an old, very fine repair to the wood in the rim just below the king spoke on the back side.  It consists of inlaid wood carefully sculpted to the contour of the rim, held with 4 hidden fasteners.  This is a very decorative, genuine veteran of the sea, close to 100 years old.  It measures 37 1/2 inches from spoke to spoke and the rim is 28 inches in diameter.  If only it could talk!  Priced to sell.  879  Special Packaging

This wheel comes directly from the estate of a family living in the coastal town of Ventura, California.  According to the family member, it was acquired by his grandfather in the 1930’s.  Knowing the average ocean-going vessel life is 20 to 30 years, it is likely this wheel dates to the turn-of-the-last century, or very shortly thereafter.

 


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8.47  SMALL CRAFT WHEEL.  Very charming small craft ship wheel from the early part of the 1900’s.   This beautifully constructed ship’s relic in made of cast brass with hardwood grips.  The brass rim of the wheel is impressed with the trademark “WC” of the famous Wilcox Crittendon marine hardware company.  It is a traditional six-spoke type with wooden handles and a brass frame which attaches to a wooden spindle by means of an acorn nut.  The spindle is supported on bearings to a four-pronged brass mounting plate which allows the wheel to turn effortlessly.   In use, the wooden spindle was wrapped with several turns of line which lead to the rudder head.  Such a configuration is telling of its early age.  This authentic ship’s wheel measures 12 inches across from spoke to spoke.   The diameter of the brass wheel is 5 ¾ inches.   The mounts are 3 3/8 square.  Beautiful condition with a great old patina and variegated wooden surfaces showing their age.   For sure this won’t last long!  295


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8.45   FAMOUS MAKER’s PLAQUE.  Authentic maker’s label which was attached to a large piece of ship’s machinery or the ship itself.  This oval form solid brass plaque is beautifully cast in high relief.  It reads “J. HASTIE & Co Ltd MAKERS GREENOCK.”  2  by 4 ¾ inches.  The Hastie company made a wide variety of very high quality navigational hardware including ships’ wheels, steering stations and similar shipboard equipment. 19


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8.44   MORE SHIPS’ COMPARTMENT PLAQUES.  Genuine early 1900’s identifying plates taken from various steamers salvaged in the 1970’s.  All of these plaques are solid brass and are guaranteed to be authentic -- actually removed from the vessels on which they served dating from the 1920’s.   Lengths and configuration vary.  These have been in our possession, untouched, for over 30 years.

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CERTIFIED FOR OFFICERS.  Engraved brass.  8 3/4 inches.  49

MAIN STEAM.  Engraved brass.  3 7/8 inches. 24

STEAM.  Engraved brass.  4 inches.  19

W.C.  Engraved brass.  4 inches.  29

W.C.  Engraved brass.  4 inches.  29

The following plaques come from a pre-World War II Hungarian freighter:

OFFICERS ACCOMODATION.  Engraved brass.  4 inches. 39

WIRELESS STATION.  Engraved brass.  4 inches.  45

BOATSWOIN (sic).  Engraved brass.  4 inches.  29

SHOWER.  Engraved brass.  4 inches.  29

SHOWER.  Engraved brass.  4 inches.  29

CREWS MESSROOM.  Engraved brass. 4 inches.  39

RESERVE ROOM.  Engraved brass.  4  inches.  29

PANTRY.  Engraved brass.  4 inches.  34

CHIEF MATE’S BEDROOM.  Engraved brass. 4 inches.  49



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8.43   SHIPS’ COMPARTMENT PLAQUES.  Genuine early 1900’s identifying plates taken from various steamers salvaged in the 1970’s.  All of these plaques are solid brass and are guaranteed to be authentic -- actually removed from the vessels on which they served dating from the 1920’s.   Lengths and configuration vary.  These have been in our possession, untouched, for over 30 years.

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CAPT’S STATE ROOM.  Engraved brass.  7 7/8 inches. 69

DISPENSARY.  Cast brass.  6 ¼ inches.   39

OFFICERS MESS.  Engraved brass.  6 5/8 inches.  SOLD

CERT. FOR OFFICERS.  Engraved brass.  8 ¾ inches. 39

WHEEL HOUSE.  Thick engraved brass.  6 ¾ inches.   SOLD

CERT. HOSPITAL W.C.  Engraved brass.  7 3/8 inches.  34

OIL SKIN LOCKER.  Engraved brass.  6 inches.  39

CERT. FOR USE OF CREW.  Engraved brass.  6 ¾ inches.  49

PASSENGERS.  Cast brass.  5 3/8 inches.  39

CERTIFIED FOR CREW.  Engraved brass. 7 ¾ inches.  49

CERT. REST ROOM .  Engraved brass.  29



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8.39  STEERING STATION.   Early 1900’s American steamship’s steering pedestal with helm wheel.  This exceptionally handsome example is made entirely of heavy solid brass.  The distinctive “mushroom” pedestal is capped by a rudder angle indicator arrow on top sweeping an arc of 38 degrees, port and starboard from the amidships centerline “0.”  The wheel is connected to the pedestal on a fitting with bearings and grease cup, secured by a large bonze hexagonal cap nut.  The hefty all brass wheel has 8 spokes radiating to bulbous brass handles measuring 41 inches from tip to tip.  The rim of the wheel is 32 inches in diameter.  The gracefully tapered pedestal flares at the bottom to a massive deck flange 1 inch thick and 11 ½ inches in diameter.  The entire assembly measures 50 ½ inches tall as pictured.  Excellent cosmetic condition with a particularly nice, smooth high polish, showing some age spotting.   A stunning original steamship relic with a bold nautical statement. SOLD Back to Top


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8.38  IDENTIFIED SHIP’s WHEEL.  Very impressive large early 1900’s ship’s wheel made by the “American Engineering Co.” of Philadelphia as marked on the inlaid brass maker’s plaque in the rim.   This massive ship’s wheel is beautifully constructed with decoratively-turned white oak spokes radiating from the hub to the scalloped mahogany rim fitted with literally hundreds of round head brass screws.  The large iron center fits a shaft with a 1 15/16 inch diameter and is equipped with a keyway for locking the fit.  Interestingly the hub is marked with applied brass plaques, on either side of the identified king spoke.  There rear “<- LEFT RUDDER” and “RIGHT RUDDER ->” respectively.  Also, just to the right of the king spoke, the rim is wood burned with the a Masonic emblem.  This unusually large and stout ship’s wheel measures 66 inches form spoke to spoke.  The rim itself is 53 ½ inches in diameter and the hub is 11 ½, weighing approximately 80 pounds.  The condition of this genuine ship’s wheel is exceptional, showing actual use but no abuse. Definitely a world class example of it genre.  Price Request Special PackagingBack to Top

 

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8.28  SALON CARVING.   Artistically-carved plaque depicting a classic old fashioned kedge anchor intertwined with a ship’s wheel, bound by rope.  The central theme is flanked by a flowing Acanthus leaf design.  The background is embellished with literally thousands of chip carvings which appear to have been made with a traditional triangular sail needle.  All of this is “framed” in a border carved in relief.  The carving is made of solid walnut in 5 planks laminated together, later supported by 2 pine splines.  The back of the carving bears the old penciled inscription “Pass Salone” (sic).  There are 4 large old wood screws in the back which originally held this carving in place on the ship’s bulkhead.  It is now fitted with a strong picture frame wire for hanging.  1 ½ inches wide by 33 ½ inches high.  1 1/8 inches thick at the maximum and weighing 16 pounds.  Excellent original condition in the original varnished finish, noting an age crack running through the middle.  The crack is stable.  A super decorative piece with documentable ship’s history.  1275 Special PackagingBack to Top

Provenance:  Originally fitted on the SS OCEAN MONARCH, a British passenger ship built by Vickers-Armstrong in 1951.  She had a length overall of 516 feet, a breadth of 72 feet and displace 13.700 tons.  She carried 430 passengers.  When scrapped in 1964 this carving was transferred to the M/V OCEAN HAROMONY II, which was sold to Greek interests, and herself scrapped in 1979.


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8.14  YACHT PORTHOLES.  Fine, early 1900’s matched pair of heavy solid brass oval portholes.  This lovely set has thick tempered glass surrounded by a heavy brass frame opening from their tops on a single hinge and closing on the bottom with a single wing nut which secures each with a water tight fit.  These portholes are in an outstanding state of original preservation with a rich high polish.  They measure 18 ½ inches wide overall, 12 inches high and 3 inches thick.  The glass is 8 by 15 inches.  Each porthole weighs a hefty 22 pounds.  Extremely rare to find original old portholes in other than the standard circular or rectangular configuration. 995/ pr Special Packaging


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8.25  PILOT HOUSE BINNACLE.   Very appealing first half of the 1900’s English pattern ship’s steering compass, made in England for a Canadian distributor which offered it through a Danish ship chandler!  This diminutive navigational device has a wet card (now dry) compass with the float marked “Sestral DEAD BEAT.”  The white enameled card is marked in points of the compass down to ¼ point with the cardinal and intercardinal points identified.  North is marked by a fancy fleur-de-lis above the name “Sestrel.” The periphery of the card is calibrated in single degrees marked by 10’s.  The brass rim of the compass is signed “TRADE “Sestrel” MARK” forward.  On the “AFT” rim it is marked “R.F. Bovey Ltd Distributors Vancouver B.C.”  The compass is fully gimbaled and very lively.  The card measures 6 inches in diameter and the body of the compass 8 inches.  It is housed within its all brass hood with hinged cover and stop, glazed skylight on top and sliding door on the back.  For night viewing it is equipped with an oil burning side lamp with burner, glazed door and insulating wooden handle for lifting it out.  All perfect.  The front of the binnacle body bears a glazed bubble inclinometer marked in single degrees from 0 to 45 port and starboard.  It is signed “TRADE Sestrel MARK.”  Above it is the cast brass chandler’s label “SOLVER & SVARRER / COPENHAGEN / IVER C. WEILBACH & CO.”  The lovely tapering binnacle body is solid teak with plugged and dowelled construction.  It terminates in a heavy cast bronze base with 3 “feet” for attachment to the deck.  The pedestal body contains 2 hinged doors with locks and functional skeleton key.  These contain the magnet boxes used to compensate for the ship’s deviation.  Several magnets are still present.  There is also a slot with a thick wooden block which pulls out to reveal the healing bucket within.  This binnacle has the classic compensating spheres, technically known as “quadrantal correctors,” but colloquially called the “navigator’s balls,” indicating it was used on an iron ship.  They are painted in the traditional red and green designating port and starboard.  It stands 49 ½ inches tall to the top of the side light and measures 26 ½ inches wide at the widest on the arms, measuring 17 ½ inches in diameter on the base inclusive of one of the feet.  An extremely handsome presentation in a very manageable size compared to most of it genre.  2950 Special PackagingBack to Top



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