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12.41   COMMEMORATIVE SPOON.   Genuine turn-of-the-last century sterling silver spoon representing “CATALINA ISLD.”  as hand-engraved in the bowl.  Under the inscription is also a hand-engraved scene of Avalon Harbor with a large yacht, sailboats and the pier in the bay.  Surrounding the shoreline is the town of Avalon, hills and the historic Wrigley House on the right of the scene.  The stem of the spoon is ornately decorated with floral designs, as is the back.  At the junction of the bowl and stem is embossed “STERLING” and “PAT. 1901.”  Further, there are 3  fine raised maker’s hallmarks including an anchor.  The spoon measures 5 3/8 inches long overall and the bowl is 1 1/8 inches wide.  Flawless, absolutely perfect original condition.  All surfaces are bright, clean and as crisp as the day they were made over 110 years ago!  149



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12.39  EXCEPTIONAL BOX.  An amazing example of superb craftsmanship in the form of a small lidded trinket box constructed entirely of solid ivory and gold!  It is hard to imagine that anyone other than an accomplished professional jeweler could turn out such work.  The box itself is carved out of two slabs of solid ivory.  Incredibly, the lower section has a very fine raised “dust lip” around the inner periphery.  The lid opens and closes on a rose gold hinge secured on a spade latch with gold button.  Of exquisite proportions is the domed ivory lid inlaid with more than one hundred pieces of real gold depicting an antique fouled kedge anchor encircled with an  oval border.  Close examination under magnification reveals the superlative efforts the maker lavished upon this masterwork.  The fine detail truly defies description.   Seeing is believing! Certainly this example rivals the output of such noted early makers as Tiffany and Van Cleef Arpels.  329



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12.40  BATTLESHIP MAINE COMMEMORATIVE.  Late 19th century sterling silver spoon with the bowl hand-engraved with a beautiful image of the famous “BATTLESHIP MAINE, Destroyed Feb. 15, 1898.”  The stem of the spoon is decorated with floral bouquets and is signed with lion hallmarks flanking a “W” marked “STERLING.”  5 inches long.  Perfect original condition.   195

The explosion and sinking of the Battleship MAINE in Havana Harbor, Cuba with the loss of 252 American sailors’ lives eventually led to the Spanish-American War.  The incident engendered great American patriotism and a wealth of period souvenirs from a generation of buttons to dishes.  This period example is one of the more elegant and costly, having been produced in very limited numbers by skilled artistans on a precious metal medium.


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12.38  EARLY BOATSWAIN’s CALL.  Civil War era or earlier, merchant seaman’s silver bos’n pipe complete with its finely macraméd cotton lanyard.  This small, nearly miniature, pipe has a flat keel supporting a curved stem with double raised mouth piece and two double supports along its length.  It terminates in a barrel-shaped oval bowl decorated with an embossed fouled anchor on each side.  It measures 3 ¾ inches long and the bowl is 7/8 inches wide.  The handsome ropework lanyard is an indication of the sailor’s proficiency at knotwork with 3 separate examples of MacNamara work displayed.   When blown the call produces a loud, high pitched shrill tone.  While unmarked it tests positive for sterling silver.   Very nice old original patina (which could be polished to a brilliant silver luster if desired).  395


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12.19 P.O.W. SNUFF BOX. Absolutely charming late 18th or very early 19th century carved bone folk art snuff box depicting a handsome gentleman suitor courting a lovely maiden. This intricately constructed box is indicative of the incredible output of French prisoners in British prisons during the Napoleonic War era. It consists of an inner core of solid wood that has been hollowed out. Overlaying the wood is sheathing consisting of bovine bone attached with tiny brass pins. The box opens with fine hand-made brass hinges and is equipped with a tiny friction latch which allows it to close with a positive fit, assuring preservation of its precious contents. The front of the box is engraved with the initials "CT DW." It is both relief carved AND engraved with floral motifs and a "brick" pattern. It measures 3 1/2 inches long by 2 1/4 inches wide and 1 1/4 inches thick. This snuff box is in an incredible state of original preservation with no damage or repairs whatsoever. A superbly rare example of 200 year old P.O.W. work with a delightfully endearing subject! 1895


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12.37   SAILOR’s VALENTINE.   Early, very impressive, large double sailor’s shellwork valentine of the type produced in the Caribbean from the mid-1800’s onward.  This example dates to the earliest production of these sailors’ mementoes as evidenced by the fact that it has a key lock -- a feature found only on the oldest, higher quality surviving examples.  It is of classic diptych construction  having two octagons hinged in the center.  The cases are made of Spanish cedar having glazed covers of original old wavy glass protecting the fragile shells within.  The geometric patterns so-formed are remarkably complex and extremely colorful.  The left panel (also known as a “flat”) has a 6-side star with a central rosette.  In keeping with the fact that this sailor memento was  a souvenir for a loved one, the central theme of the right flat is a large heart encircled by 3 rosettes.  Each flat measures 13 ¾ inches across with a combined overall width of 27 3/8 inches.  Condition is absolutely outstanding, untouched, original.  As bright and vibrant as it was made over 150 years ago!   Museum-quality.  Price Request Special PackagingBack to Top


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12.36  SIGNALS and ABBRVIATIONS.   Authentic British Admiralty broadside of chart quality dating from 1910 with printed revisions though 1947, entitled “EXPLANATION OF SIGNS and ABBREVIATIONS.  This detailed depiction undoubtedly adorned the chartroom bulkhead of one of Her Majesty’s ships.  It contains an amazing array of nautical information ranging from “General Abbreviations used on Admiralty charts, Quality of the Bottom, Conventional Signs (coastal topography),  Buoys and Beacons, Lights (with amendment), Tides and Tidal Streams, Fog Signals, Radio Stations, Wrecks” and much more.  Printed in black and red ink on heavy chart stock.  The reverse is marked, “5011 SIGNS AND ABBREVIATIONS USED ON BRITISH CHARTS.”  The bottom is marked “Crown Copyright.”  27 ¾ by 20 ¼ inches.  Good overall with minor condition issues consisting of thumb tack holes in the corners and a small tear, professionally repaired, on the bottom.  A great wall hanger with much interesting nautical information.  Worthy of framing.  Shipped rolled in a mailing tube unless otherwise requested.  99


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12.34  WORKING STEAM ENGINE.  Unusually detailed 19th century industrial model of a reciprocating steam engine.  This functional model is set on a cast iron bed plate on which the steam chest, piston cylinder, reciprocating components and flywheel are mounted.  There is a small operational pet cock on the front of the cylinder and there are grease cups on the bearings supporting the crank shaft.  The valve assembly is actuated by a complicated gearing system attached to the eccentric and connecting rod.  All of these components are nickel-plated brass.  The large spoked flywheel is of steel with a double power take-off pulley for belt drives.  In testament to its quality the pulleys are finely knurled on their inside grooves to assure maximum traction of the belt.  In another nod to authenticity, the bed of the engine bears red pin striping typical of the decorative embellishment found on 19th century industrial equipment.  8 ¾ inches long overall and 5 3/8 inches wide.   Mounted to a thick solid block of vintage teakwood.  The whole mechanism runs perfectly.   We have put compressed air to the model and it purrs like a sewing machine!  565


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12.32  MINIATURE BOS’N PIPE.   Professionally-made silversmith’s special bos’n call made of hallmarked sterling silver.  This original  hand-made boatswain’s whistle has the maker’s mark “DMB,” followed by the Birmingham sterling mark and the indistingusihable date mark on the keel.  The bowl is decorated with applied high relief anchors on both sides.  The stem is gracefully curved and terminates in a single flared mouthpiece.  This diminutive call measures a mere 2 inches in length, yet produces a loud shrill call.  The keel is rove through with a tiny attachment ring less than ¼  inch in diameter!  Overall condition is outstanding and original.  This is the first bos’n pipe of this unusually small size we have ever seen.   Perfect for wearing as an authentic nautical necklace.  The price is right! 149


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12.31  LIVE STEAM ENGINE.  Well made, industrial quality (not a toy) working steam engine.  This classic reciprocating steam plant features a brass cylinder closed on both ends with tiny brass lug nuts.  The articulated piston rod runs in a track holding the connecting rod which in turn operates the crank shaft.  The shaft operates the large spoked flywheel on one side and the eccentric wheel on the other which operates the steam intake and exhaust valves.  The unit is in good overall condition and all components operate freely and properly.   Again, this is not a toy but a hand-made model made by an expert steam engineer.  8 ½ inches long, 4 3/8 inches wide and 3 ½ inches high.  Very hefty brass and steel construction done in a realistic manner.  SOLD


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12.24  SLAVE TRADE PRINT.   Highly unusual old lithograph with rare subject matter of the early 19th century slave trade entitled “NAVIO NEGREIRO.”   This gripping depiction shows the “tween deck” of an old sailing ship literally littered with hapless Africans crammed in quarters during their passage to slavery.  Three white slaver crewmen carry out the body of a man who has succumbed to the congested conditions, while scores of his compatriots look on.  Some appear astonished, while others cry, yet most are totally indifferent – even smiling!  The central vignette is a muscular slave reaching up towards the main deck to receive some grievously-needed sustenance.  The print is signed lower left “Dess d’ap. nat par Rugendas,”  then in the center,  “Lith de Engelemann, rue du faub Montmarte, No.  6 á Paris” and “Deroy del” on the right.  This striking scene measures 6 by 8 inches sight and is matted under old wavy glass in its original simple gilded wooden frame 9 ¾ by 12 inches.  The back bears the original old framer’s label reading “CASA MIRANDA, Vidros E Papeis Ltda, Estampas – Aquarelas, MOLDURLAS, R. Evaristo Da Veiga 22… Papelaria.”  Untouched original condition.  Very scarce imagery in a bold presentation.   199

Interestingly, the framer, located at R. Evaritos Da Veiga, was in the heart of old town Rio de Janeiro, Brazil – one of the bastions of the active slave trade in the early 1800’s.

An Internet search using NAVIO NEGREIRO turns up several early images on the topic.  This particular scene appears to be the most prominent.


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12.21  DOMINO SET.  Real, 19th century parlor game comprising a full set of 28 ebony and whalebone double sixes dominoes.  Each hand-made piece is laminated together using not one but three brass rivets.  Each piece is hand-finished using painted black dots on the whalebone side.  Attesting to the fact that they are hand-made, the dots are very slightly irregular.  The set is contained in its original machine dove-tailed box with sliding lid.  The pieces measure 2 inches long by 1 inch wide and are 3/8 inch thick.  The box measures 7 ¾ inches long by 2 5/8 inches wide and 2 1/8 inches high.  Perfect original condition showing good age and use, but no abuse.  A good sized set about as nice as they come!  295


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12.83  EARLY SILOR’s KNIFE.  Classic, blunt-tipped knife as issued to and used by seamen in the 18th and 19th centuries.  This nice example has “jigged” carved wooden grips on each side, a metal bolster and a pivoting bail on the working end.  This single blade knife has a thumbnail indent for pulling out the blade which locks into place with a sure action.  It measures 5 ¼ inches closed (inclusive of bail) and 8 ½ inches extended.  Excellent original condition with some minor spotting on the blade, as expected of an antique knife used in a marine environment.  49


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12.17  COMPASS ROSE.  Large, antique compass rose of solid cast bronze.  This impressive item was undoubtedly intended for use in a public venue or a professional building.  The casting is of the highest quality possible, with extremely sharp, crisp edges on the raised letters which have a contrasting blackened background.  This compass rose shows the cardinal and intercardinal points of the compass, identified and indicated by arrows.  It measures 11 ¼ inches in diameter by ¼ inch thick.  Perfect original condition.  Ideal for setting in a major entrance or courtyard.  Without exception, we guarantee this plaque to be of the finest quality, as described or money back + shipping.  449


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12.16  DOORSTOP.  Early 1900’s figural doorstop in the form of a classic sailing cutter with bowsprit.  This heavy doorstop is made of cast iron and is in its original white, blue and gray paint.  It measures 14 ¼ inches high by 13 ¼ inches long and is 2 ½ inches wide at the base.  It is in excellent original condition noting some expected surface rust, particularly on the back.  The paint exhibits a desirable variegated surface due to age.  A very decorative, still quite usable household item which weighs a hefty 7 pounds.  SOLD


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12.12  ARTISITIC PLATES.  Matched set of decorative wall plates depicting a 16th century carrack at sea under full sail with pennant flying and traditional Swedish crowns on its sails.  The stenciled central images are highly detailed and encircled by a fine rope border outside of which is a delicate scalloped and rope design in relief.  The back of each plate is marked “DIANA Rorfrand Made In Sweden.”  Each is further impressed with a crown and the marks “24 F HU10” indicative of very early 1900’;s manufacture.  10 ¼ inches in diameter.   Both plates retain their original hard fired crackle glaze in perfect condition, noting one small fish eye chip on the reverse side of each.  The display sides are perfect.    95/pair


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12.05  ESKIMO KAYAK.  Very fine early 1900’s model of an Eskimo kayak, faithfully made in the traditional manner with seal skin over a wood frame connected by sinew and embellished with walrus tusk ivory components.  This detailed model features a single Eskimo hunter carved of wood, clad in coarsely-woven, hand-stitched cloth.  His handsome kayak is replete with two long walrus ivory-tipped harpoons and two wooden grappling tools.  There are numerous other small ivory fasteners on the top of the craft connected with sinew.  The bow and stern are further reinforced with ivory caps and runners attached with small wooden pins!  This near scale, realistic presentation measures 20 ½ inches long by 2 3/8 inches wide.  With the Eskimo caricature it stands 3 ¾ inches high.  Outstanding original condition, beautifully preserved.  795


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12.38 LIGHTHOUSE. Impressive early 1900's lighthouse made of solid bronze! This unusually large example stands 17 1/2 inches tall by 8 1/2 inches wide at the base and weighs a hefty 17 pounds. The "lantern" at the top is removable and contains its original clear glass lens. The sides of the lighthouse are cast in the form of bricks, beautifully finished and retaining their original statuary bronze surface. There are three windows and a door in the lighthouse, all hand-painted for further realism. The massive base is cast in the form of craggy rocks with a stairway leading to the door. The base is in its original deep green verdigris finish which simulates sea rocks perfectly! Certainly one of the biggest and nicest lighthouse statues we have yet seen. 695 Special Packaging

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12.67 EARLY SHIP COMMEMORATIVE. Genuine, early 1900's framed photograph of the American steamer identified as the S.S. STEEL WORKER. This handsome presentation consists of a period black and white photograph of the vessel that has been hand tinted. It is mounted under glass within a turned redwood frame in the form of a ship's wheel. The frame is decoratively hand-painted in a distinctive style, "S.S. STEEL WORKER" with a fouled anchor. The image measures 5 1/2 inches in diameter with the entire presentation being 12 inches across. Excellent original condition. 179

The S.S. STEEL WORKER, call sign KDBJ, was built by the Federal Shipbuilding & Drydock Co. (a division of United States Steel) Kearney, New Jersey in 1920. She was of 5,860 gross tons, 3,450 net tons, had a length of 424 feet, a breadth of 56 feet and a draft of 26 1/2 feet. With a crew of 34, S.S. STEEL WORKER operated under the ownership of the Isthmian Steamship Company, home ported in New York.

The distinctive style and format of this presentation is quite recognizable and has come to our attention several times before. (See West Sea Co. items 5.13, 5.14, 5.74, 5.77 and 15.68). Although the authorship of these commemoratives is unknown, they apparently were produced by a cottage industry in the San Francisco Bay Area in the first quarter of the 20th century. They are quite collectible and are still very inexpensive for what they are -- decorative, real time ship mementoes made for the crew!

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