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1.29  MINIATURE PORTRAIT ON IVORY.  Absolutely exquisite 18th century portrait miniature painting of a very lovely young woman dressed in her finery in a very suggestive portrait for its time.  This detailed rendering features a beautifully detailed oval portrait executed in the most detailed manner.  The subtle features of her face, hair and drapery are of the highest order adding to the realism of this form of lifelike portrayal of the elite, who could afford it, prior to the advent of photography in the 1830's.  The image is signed lower right "Server," possibly French.  It is housed under convex beveled glass in its ornate gilded oval frame measuring 2 ½ by 3 1/8 inches.  The top back is equipped with a small pivoting suspension ring for hanging.  A tremendous bargain!  Was $895 NOW! 295 


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3.68  MINIATURE COMPASS.  Authentic mid-19th century navigational compass made for the English speaking market.  This diminutive nautical compass has an engraved paper card overlaid on mica with a central brass/agate pivot.  The compass rose is marked in points of the compass down to ½ points, with the cardinal and intercardinal points identified.  North is marked by a classic fleur-de-lis.  It rests in its heavily weighted brass bowl with wavy glass cover housed within the knurled bezel.   The inside of the bowl is marked with a vertical lubber's line.  The compass is complete with its original brass gimbal ring, swinging freely and accurately.  The card itself measures 3 inches in diameter.  The compass bezel is 3 ½ inches across and the gimbal is 4 ½ inches wide.  Excellent original condition throughout noting toning at the north and south points where the internal bar magnet is attached.  This compass, without a box, is ideal for mounting in a project in need of such a component like an empty binnacle or display.  Circa 1870.  149


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9.96  EARLY AMERICAN PLANETARY MODEL.   Extraordinary, late 19th century orrerey of exceptional size and complexity.  This fascinating depiction of the earth and its planetary neighbors was designed in such a way to accurately depict the earth's motion relative to the sun and moon.  It is otherwise known as a "tellurium" (alternatively "tellurion') from the Latin "tellus" meaning earth.  The ingenious device features a heavily weighted 12-sided base decorated with applied chromolithographed signs of the Zodiac and the names of the associated constellations on its perimeter.  Moving inward are the days of each month, divided into half days marked in 5 day increments.  Then are the boldly marked months.  Next are the points of the compass identified by initials (e.g., WEST, WbSW, WbS, SW, etc.).  Next are the degrees of the compass in 10 degree increments in 4 quadrants.  Finally, the inner degree circle is calibrated in half degrees marked by 5's in alternating black and white squares.  A sculpted, highly polished circular metal stand rests on the base and supports the revolving mechanism as well as the central depiction of the sun.  A metal arrow indicates the precise location of the apparatus relative to the markings on the base.  The sun is represented by a serrated brass arc with a knurled brass rod which points to the Perigee of a corresponding point on the globe.  The rotating arm is decoratively cast in relief with floral designs and the maker's name "ANDREWS."  The arm is 12 ½ inches long and supports the earth with its orbiting moon.  The moon is represented by a solid wood ball painted black and white for day and night.  By means of a complex set of bevel gears and ellipticals the moon slowly rotates as it orbits the earth.  The earth, in turn, rotates around the sun.  The globe is constructed in the traditional way with an 8 inch plaster sphere overlaid by chromolithographed gores depicting the land masses, oceans, countries, major cities, mountain ranges, rivers and other topographical features such as ocean currents and prevailing winds.  A brass arm with arrow pivots from the North Pole extending to the equator, marked in single degrees of latitude.  The globe maker's cartouche in the Indian Ocean reads, "Made By WEBER COSTELLO CO. Chicago Height, Illinois. Copyright by G.W. Bacon & Co., Ltd., London."  A revolving 2-part metal "cage" encompasses the globe but does not rotate with it.  The overall width is 21 inches and the maximum height is 17 inches.  The 12-sided base is 1 foot in diameter.  Overall cosmetic condition is "excellent" with expected toning from age.  Remarkably there is no damage or losses and the apparatus is fully functional. Price Request Special PackagingBack to Top

"Andrews & Co., A.H. Chicago.  Firm founded by Alfred H. Andrews in 1866.  Flourished up to the 1890's."  (Elly Dekker and Peter van der Kroght, GLOBES From the Western World, 1993, Trevor Philip & Sons, Ltd. London).

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18.45  RARE SHIP's ONION LAMP.   Lovely, Civil War era ship's globe lantern or "onion lamp" from the days of sail.  This American lamp is all copper 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 lamp is complete with its brass font and burner which press in from the bottom and are held with a bayonet twist.  The very unusual burner is highly aspirated and the wick advance knob is impressed "HOLMES BOOTH & HAYDEN WATERBURY CONN."   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.   Lovely form, condition, and age patina with no corrosion.   A very rare example of a nicely preserved early marine lantern, being the biggest and best lamp of its type we have ever offered.  Circa 1860. 795

The manufacturing company of Holmes, Booth & Haydens began in 1853 with the partnership of Hiram W. Hayden, Israel Holmes and John C. Booth in Waterbury, Connecticut. The firm was incorporated on February 2, 1853.  Bothers Henry H. and James A. Hayden were among the partners, hence the plural Haydens in the company name.  The company was engaged in casting, rolling and drawing brass and copper.  They were major players in the manufacture of lamps, burners and trimmings.
Israel Holmes began his metal working business in 1820, having formed many companies that manufactured sheet metal and wire.  Holmes left the firm in 1869 to form Holmes, Booth and Atwood, later named Plume & Atwood.  He died in 1874.

Hiram W. Hayden was a prolific inventor who had nearly 30 lamp and lighting patents.   His other patented inventions include a breech-loading rifle, a breech-loading cannon, a magazine rifle, patents & designs for buttons, medals, and a machine for making solid metal tubing,

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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3.16/19.87 YACHT TAFFRAIL LOG. An amazing find! Late 19th century American patent log for small vessels made by the venerable nautical firm of Negus, New York. What is particularly remarkable about this set is its mint, UNUSED condition in the original box with instructions! The lovely instrument has a porcelain dial within its glazed brass housing. The dial is signed" NEGUS PATENT LOG" and is calibrated on the periphery from 0 – 50 miles in one mile increments, marked by 5's. The subsidiary dial at the bottom indicates tenths of miles. The log itself is equipped with a large brass bail handle and terminates in a free wheeling governor to which the log line and lead are attached. The "fish" (rotator) is solid brass and is marked "NEGUS M." It is attached to approximately 10 fathoms of original cotton line. All of this is contained within the original cardboard box with interior "Directions" in the lid and outer decorative label reading "NEGUS PATENT LOG." It is complete with its rarely-found separate instruction sheet entitled "HOW TO USE." The box measures 10 inches long by 3 5/8 inches wide and 3 ¾ inches high. Condition of the contents is superb – factory new. The box shows signs of normal wear expected of an object over 100 years old. 595




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22.13  BAROMETER / ALTIMETER.  Large, extra nice late 19th century English gentleman's traveling barometer with the dual function of being an altimeter. This unusually large portable instrument is in the form of a pocket watch with bow and retains its bright brass finish.  The silvered brass dial is hand-engraved.  It is calibrated from 25.5 to 31 inches of barometric pressure, divided down to 2/100ths of an inch.  It is marked "Compensated" and "Made in England"   The outer rim of the dial is marked in "FEET" from 0 to 5,000 divided down to amazing 20 foot increments!  To set and record a reading the rim revolves.  This is provided with pinpoint accuracy by the extremely fine steel indicator needle which is little more than a hair's width in diameter!  This instrument is complete within its silk and satin-lined, hinged wooden case with Moroccan leather cover.  A small spring-loaded lever with brass button latch secures the case when closed.  3 ¼ inches in diameter and 1 ¼  inches thick.  The dial itself measures 2 ½  inches across.  Fully functional and accurate.  595



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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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