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2.67 DETAILED STEAM/SAIL SHIP MODEL. Really superb scratch-built and dated American model of a steam/sail brig from the 19th century. This period model is entirely hand made with precision detail and near scale rigging. The laminated wooden hull is beautifully sculpted and has a hollow interior with keel, tween deck, and lead ballast. The wooden deck in old mustard paint is scored to simulate planking. Details include bowsprit with dolphin striker and chain stays; billet head; both kedge anchors; rotating foc'sle capstan; fife rails; main deck hatch with accommodation ladder; removable deck house with funnel; steam whistle; "Charlie Noble"; 2 ventilators; 2 lifeboats; ship's bell; deck ladder; doors; windows with glass; aft house with door and glazed windows; functional helm; poop deck ladders; helm bell; poop deck skylight and realistic brass eagle sternboard! But there is much more! The deck house is signed on the bottom "Built 1876 to 1882." Using extreme care it may be safely removed to reveal an internal gearing system attached by a leather belt to an arbor running through the port side bulwark. Engaging the arbor with a clock winding key actually rotates the vessel's propeller! When the deck house is in place, the funnel is secured by 4 removable guy wires. As mentioned, the helm is functional and works as a real ship's steering station of the period. The helm is fitted with a wooden spindle attached to the steering gear. Turning the wheel to the left or right actuates the rudder in the appropriate direction! If the realism of this presentation were not enough, the entire model is mounted to a beautifully constructed dockyard cradle complete with hull supports making for a realistic stand. This exceptional model measures 40 1/2 inches long overall by 13 1/2 inches wide at the mains'l yard and 29 inches tall. Condition is nothing short of perfect. All surfaces retain their original old paint. The fine, realistic rigging appears to be original and is in a sound, outstanding state of preservation. A nicer folk art model of its type is not to be found!Price RequestSpecial Packaging

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9.05  SHARKSKIN DRAFTING SET.  Late 18th or very early 19th century draftsman's pocket drawing instrument compendium.  This precise, early hand-made set has 7 components consisting of a boxwood logarithmic scale, hand-held inking pen, a compass inking pen, a long divider point, a pair of fixed dividers, a compass divider with interchangeable points and a brass protractor.  The entire exterior is covered in thick, durable sharkskin.  There are a couple of minor scuffs/losses but overall it is in good, sound condition.  The hinged lid works properly and closes snugly on its button latch.  6 ¾ inches long by 3 inches wide at the widest and 1 inch thick.  A rarity.  695


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14.45  DECORATED SEA CHEST.   This is an item which is the most highly sought after by collectors in today's nautical antique market.  Here is a mid-19th century seaman's chest with outstanding sailor folk art decoration.  This handsome sea chest is constructed in the classic way with canted (sloped) sides exhibiting hand dove-tailed joints.  It has just about all of the bells and whistles collectors are looking for.  It is canted and complete with its original kick boards and runners.  The sailor-macraméd beckets are of the first order, being done with canvas and leather in a marlinspike seamanship way with fancy Turk's head knots.  The deeply carved wooden cleats are faced with precise cross hatching.  The chest is complete with its functional skeleton lock and key.  It has not just one but two lidded tills, one of which has a lock itself.  The piece-de-resistance is the sailor folk art painting in the lid.  It depicts the mariner's magnificent full-rigged clipper ship under sail, flanked by flags.  The one on the left is the national merchant flag of Norway, with the Union Mark of Sweden-Norway, the "herring salad."  This was the national merchant flag of Norway form 1844 to 1899.  Known as a "5-board chest," this type of trunk has a lid and all four sides made of single planks!  The hinged lid measures 15 by 38 ¾ inches.  The base with runners and kick boards is 17 ½ by 38 ¾ inches.  The carved, embellished cleats are 2 ½ inches wide by 8 ½ inches tall.  The classic macramé beckets measure 6 inches wide by 8 ½ inches long.  Outstanding original condition.  The chest is very sound and tight.  The lid closes and locks properly.  The beckets are extremely sturdy.  The chest does show its age with expected dings, scratches and age cracks typical of such a working shipboard piece.  Overall a first class example which is very scarce to find! Price RequestSpecial Packaging





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19.95  YACHT CLUB YEAR BOOK.  Original yacht club yearbook from 1907 for the “BOSTON YACHT CLUB” as marked on the hard cloth cover with the club’s colorful burgee.  This handy pocket book contains 200 pages.  It was printed by A.T. Bliss & Co., Boston Printers and published by the Club’s secretary.   The content includes By-Laws, Fog Signals Members List, Races, Racing Rules & Regulations, Foretelling the Weather, Signal Code, Tide Tables, Uniform & Dress, List of Yachts (362 total) and much more.  Well illustrated.  Some of the plates have facing protective tissue pages.  Very good condition with minimal wear.  113 years old!  A time capsule of yachting.  95




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18.25  MASTHEAD LIGHT.  Miniature all brass American-made small craft running light.  This early 1900's ship's light has a Freznel lens with an arc of 225o embossed "PERKO 225" on one side.  Telling of its early manufacture, the glass has a purple tinge indicative of its manganese content as used in glass making at the turn-of-the-century.  The bottom of the light is open for inserting a bulb and the back has 2 holes on each side for mounting to the ship's superstructure.  5 inches tall by 4 ½ inches wide.  Excellent original condition in a high, lacquered polish.  The glass lens is perfect.  This would make a charming porch light or nautical theme interior light.  Try finding any contemporary 'cheap' light made in China for this price!  This  is antique solid brass antique with a sea history.  95



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7.34  INSTRUMENT CATALOG.   A wonderful scientific instrument reference in the form of second edition of the “Stanley, London A Edition” catalog, copyright 1960.  The title page indicates that W.F. Stanley & Co. were established in 1853 as makers of “Surveying, Mathematical, Drawing, Optical Nautical and Scientific Instruments.”  To those ends, this hard cover book-like catalog contains 392 pages offering every conceivable manner of goods for which the firm was famous.  The table of contents reads:  “Surveying, Drawing Instruments, Drawing Office Equipment, Photo Printing, Stationery, Etc., Mathematical Planimeters, Integrtaors, Integraph, Harmonic Analysers, Miscellaneous, Navigational, Thermometrical, Meteorological, and Index and Cross Reference.”  The items offered are fully described and accompanied by the finest quality engraved drawings on gloss paper overlaid by a protective fly leaf page.  Many of the items shown are carryovers from a century earlier.  Gold embossed hard cloth cover.  Excellent condition throughout.  An absolute wealth of information!   Rare.  175


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AUTHENTIC LIGHTHOUSE. This is the ultimate! Here is an exceptional opportunity to own a very historic relic of America’s rich maritime heritage embodied in the original lamp room from the famous Ballast Point Lighthouse, which served its sentinel duties in the channel of San Diego Bay from 1890 until 1960. This incredibly well-preserved piece of history was built according to specifications laid out by the U.S. Lighthouse Service in 1885. A copy of the original specifications are included as are much printed references and photographs. Erected in 1890, the 5th Order lighthouse was a significant aid to navigation in conjunction with the Point Loma Lighthouse (1850) poised at the entrance to San Diego Bay. Ballast Point Light was situated further inside the massive bay on a point which jutted into the seaway which posed a hazard to shipping. 13 feet 10 inches high with a maximum width of 8 feet 8 inches. Weight approximately 5 tons. It will require a crane and a flat bed truck for transport. 129 years old! Price Request Special Packaging

Serious inquiries only please. No telephone quotes. This item has been nominated as a candidate for the National Historic Register, and is currently being considered by a number of museums, private lighthouse restoration groups and the U.S. Navy. Clear title is guaranteed. Please provide your qualifications for ownership and your intentions for use. We reserve the right to select a deserving owner. We have already soundly rejected a low ball offer of $25,000 – that being the original price of the lamp room in 1890! A single 5th Order light house lens recently sold for $125,000. This is the entire lamp room, much rarer, and probably the only one of its kind to ever be for sale again.


On October 2, 1888, recognizing the need for a harbor light in the increasingly congested channel of San Diego Bay, Congress authorized $25,000 for the construction of a lighthouse to be built on Ballast Point. Fashioned in the late Victorian style, the entire structure took 3 months to build beginning in March 1890. The light was first lit on August 1st. It was a sister of the lights at San Luis Obispo and Table Bluff, south of Humboldt Bay. All were wood framed structures with attached living quarters. The ironwork for the lantern was forged in San Francisco and carried south to San Diego by ship. The French firm of Sautter, Lemmonier, & Cie. manufactured the Freznel lens for the Ballast Point Light in 1886. The fixed 5th Order lens was visible for a distance of at least 11 miles.

When California was still part of Mexico the peninsula jutting into San Diego Bay was known as Punta del los Guijarros or “Pebble Point.” For centuries cobblestones washed down by the San Diego River had been deposited on the point. When California gained statehood in 1850 the point was renamed Middle Ground Shoal. As time went on and merchant traffic in the harbor increased, many sailing ships found it convenient to load or discharge the stones as ballast. The practice continued and eventually the name “Ballast Point” stuck.

Accompanying the Ballast Point lighthouse was a huge 2,000 pound fog bell in a wooden tower. In 1928 it was supplanted by a single tone electric diaphone horn.

The first keeper of the light was John M. Nilsson, assigned duty on July 15, 1890. The second was Henry Hall, who took the job on December 1, 1892. Perhaps the most famous keeper was Irish born David R. Splaine, a Civil War veteran and veteran lighthouse keeper, who assumed the post in 1894, having served at Point Conception, the Farallons and San Diego’s own Point Loma light from 1886-1889.

In 1913 the original old kerosene lamp was replaced with an acetylene burner. Acetylene gave way to electricity in 1928. In 1938 a filter was fitted inside the 5th Order Freznel lens giving the light a distinctive green hue for recognition. One of the last keepers of the light was Radford Franke who recalled receiving the order to “douse the light” upon the news of the attack on Pearl Harbor.

By early 1960 the light was deemed to be of no further service, so in June of that year the lantern room was removed to a salvage yard. The wooden tower and its brick and mortar foundation remained a couple of years later until they too were declared structurally unsafe and demolished. The bell tower continued to survive, mounted with a 375 mm high intensity lamp on its roof. However the value of maintaining any light on Ballast Point diminished with the installation of harbor entrance range lights. In the late 1960’s the bell and its tower were dismantled. The tower found its way to a private residence in Lakeside, California. The bell had a more circuitous later life. It was purchased from a San Diego area junk yard in 1969 for its scrap value of 5 cents per pound! The one ton bell remained on local private property until 1991, when it was put on loan to the San Diego Maritime Museum. In 1999 the bell was transported to the son of the original buyer, living in Colorado. Then in 2002, the bell finally found its way to the home of the owner’s granddaughter living in Vermont, where it rests to this day.

The story of the lantern’s later life is even more fascinating. The nation was just recovering from the Cuban Missile Crisis between JFK and Khrushchev, when in 1964 the Cuban government cut off the fresh water supply to the U.S. Naval base at Guantanamo Bay. By that time, an experimental desalinization plant had been in operation at Point Loma for 2 years. The Navy hastily ordered it to be disassembled and shipped through the Panama Canal to Cuba. A gentleman working as a crane operator during the process noted the shabby lantern room in a trash heap nearby. He inquired as to the fate of the relic and was told it was salvage. Asking if he could purchase it, the yard foreman told him he could “have it” if he would haul it away. With that, for the next 34 years the lantern room served as a gazebo in the backyard of the man’s residence in Bonita, California. It was purchased by the present owners in 1998, fully refurbished, and then placed on public display ever since. Now it is time for it to find its next new home. According to the crane operator who delivered the lamp room it weighs approximately 5 tons. It will require a crane and a flat bed truck for removal.


F. Ross Holland, “The Old Point Loma Lighthouse,” 1978, Cabrillo Historical Association, San Diego, California

Jim Gibbs, “The Twilight of Lighthouses,” 1996, Schiffer Publishing, Atglen, PA.

Kin Fahlen and Karen Scanlon, “Lighthouse of San Diego,” 2008, Arcadia Publishing, San Francisco

Kraig Anderson, “Forgotten Ballast Point “Lighthouse” Seeks New Home,” article in “Lighthouse Digest,” East Machias, Maine, September – October 2011, Vol. XX, no. 5 pages 34 – 37.

“Mains’l Haul,” a periodic publication of the San Diego Maritime Association, Summer 1990, Vol. XXVI, No. 4, pp. 11-12.






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