West Sea Company

18. Lighting & Lamps

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18.83  GREAT LAKES RUNNING LIGHT.   Finest quality small craft running lamp with “TRIPLEX” port and starboard lighthouse-like lenses patented in 1910.  The lamp itself was made by “Geo. B. Carpenter, Chicago,” as indicated on the oval brass maker’s tag.  It was patented April 1st 1913 as embossed on the rear bracket.  This sturdy little lamp has a brass chimney cap and stout iron ring for hanging when not supported by the bracket.  The all brass font and burner screw into the base with a bayonet twist.  Well aspirated for maximum light output including an internal reflector.  A removable “light curtain” is installed in a sliding track between the two lenses.  The red and green lenses are both in perfect condition.  10 ½ inches tall overall and 5 1/8 inches in diameter.  7 ¾ inches front to back.  Sound but well-used condition.   Totally complete and original.  269


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18.81   MINIATURE LANTERN.   Genuine, early 1900’s American navigational lamp made by the Perkins Company of Brooklyn, New York, as stamped “PERKO” on the bottom of the font.  This diminutive all brass anchor lamp has a thick. molded glass Freznel lens held by 4 protective struts which serve to hold the top and bottom of the lamp together  The lens bears the embossed inscription, “MLD 13 JR ANCHOR FIG.261 PERKINS.”  The base is aspirated with several holes on its periphery.  The oil font (sump) and burner are held in place with a bayonet twist in the bottom.  Two eyelets are attached to the sides for securing the lamp to a halyard.  The upper portion of the lamp has an elongated chimney with inner heat shield and is surrounded by “pine tree-like” vents.  The top has a pivoting loop for suspension.  This little veteran stands 8 ½ inches tall by 4 ¼ inches in diameter, not including the loops.  It is in virtually perfect original condition showing a rich patina from careful use at sea. 189

Frederick Persky, a Russian immigrant, schooled in Germany as a machinist, came to the United States in 1890 and soon found work at the Bliss Company in Brooklyn, New York.  In the early 1900's he and a partner began their own business, F. Persky & Company, Lantern Manufacturer, out of his house.

In 1907, Frederick's son Louis joined him in the business, and together they enlarged the product line and their manufacturing facilities.  By 1912, under then name of Perkins Marine Lamp Corporation, they were manufacturing a wide range of lanterns and marine products.  Five generations later, PERKO is still a privately owned, family operated corporation, operating out of Miami, Florida in 1960.


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18.45  RARE SHIP’s ONION LAMP.   Lovely, very early ship’s globe lantern or “onion lamp” from the days of sail.  This lamp is almost certainly of American manufacture.  It is of all copper construction with its original blown glass globe.  Entirely hand-made, it exhibits neat riveted and soldered joints, punched cruciform vents and a castellated top.  The top and bottom of the lamp are connected by 5 stout copper supports which double as guards encircled by an equally heavy equatorial ring.  The top of the lamp hinges open and there was a provision for a hasp.  The blade is present but the flap is not.   This truly wonderful old lamp measures 15 inches tall (17 1/2 inches overall with the handle) and is 11 inches in diameter   The thick glass globe is wavy with bubbles and inclusions, typical of glass manufactured prior to the Civil War.  One heat crack in the glass does exist which, happily, does not even show from most perspectives.   The font with burner, most likely whale oil, is no longer present.  Lovely form, condition, and age patina with no corrosion.  The biggest and best lamp of its type we have yet come across.  A very rare example of a nicely preserved early marine lantern.  Circa 1850.   595

Copper, an elemental metal prized for its heat conductivity, malleability and resistance to corrosion, was the premium material used by manufacturers of the earliest marine lighting.


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18.77  HUGE SHIP’s MASTHEAD LAMP.   Very impressive all copper and brass German ship’s masthead lamp from the turn-of-the-last-century.  This extra large ocean-going navigational light retains its beautiful molded Freznel glass lens marked with 3 “G”s within a triangle.  The top front of the lamp bears the embossed brass tag reading “TOPLICHT.”  The lamp body is made of heavy riveted copper.  There are 4 cast brass brackets, 2 on each side, which supported the lamp on rods affixed to the top of the ship’s superstructure or mast.  A large copper bail handle is attached to the top for carrying.  That top is also equipped with a hinged, castellated chimney cap to disperse heat and to provide an opening from which to inspect the burner within.  To those ends the lamp is complete with a large copper oil sump (font) mounted on a slide-in tray.  The sump has a threaded brass oil filler cap and a support for its parabolic reflector.  The complex burner is of the finest typed with dual wicks, dual wick advance knobs and built-in snuffer.  It is complete with its beautiful and original crystal chimney marked “ANCHOR BRAND FIRE PROOF” with anchor emblem.  Access is gained through the back by means of the hinged copper door with sliding pin closure.  This massive old ship’s lantern stands 21 ¼ inches tall exclusive of the bail handle, 12 ¾ inches wide at the widest by 10 ½ inches deep and weighs an impressive 16 pounds!  Outstanding condition with no dents, dings or losses and a lovely old age patina.  The Freznel lens is perfect.   895  

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18.76  SHIP’s CABIN LAMPS.   Matching pair of cabin lamps used on an American ship at the turn-of-the- last century.   Both of these solid brass lamps are impressed on their top fronts “ELISHA WEBB & SON, PHILA PA.”   Of finest quality, with riveted brass construction, they are glazed on 3 sides, with the front panels hinged to open and close on sliding pin closures.  Each lantern contains a matching oil font and burner mounted on lift-out copper trays.   The burners, complete with their crystal glass chimneys, have circular wicks designed to produce maximum light.  To theses ends both lamps are equipped with a large circular silvered brass reflector to project the light forward.  The backs of the lanterns contain slots for hanging on the bulkhead and they are equipped with a wire bail handle on top for carrying.   15 ½ inches tall by 9 ¼ inches wide and 6 ¾ inches deep.   Each lamp weighs over 10 pounds!  Due to their unique construction, they do not require mounting brackets -- they are ready to hang.  Excellent original condition with a lovely original age patina.  It is very unusual to find original old oil lamps of this type and vintage which have not been modified by later electrification.  895


Elisha Webb & Son, now incorporated, was founded in 1894 in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania.  Still in business, the company now produces heavy marine hardware and marine safety equipment.

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