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1.12  PAINTING.  Luigi Papaluca, Italian, early 20th century, gouache on paper painting entitled "U.S.S. McDOUGAL" underway off Naples, with Mount Vesuvius in the distance. A pleasing, very colorful ship's portrait skillfully executed by this well-listed artist.  All of the ship's details are beautifully rendered with numerous crewmen visible on deck.  The painting measures 16 by 24 ½  inches sight and is signed lower right "L. Papaluca."  It is housed under glass in its original simple wooden frame with brass-reinforced corners measuring 17 by 26 inches. Circa 1940. Outstanding original condition. 995  NOW!  395 Special PackagingBack to Top

 The second U.S. Navy ship to bear the name McDougal was laid down by the New York Shipbuilding Corp., Camden, N.J. on December 18, 1933, launched July 17, 1936 and commissioned as destroyer 358 on December 23rd that same year.

USS McDOUGAL (DD-358) began its career in the Pacific with Destroyer Squadron 9 out of San Diego, California.  In the spring of 1941 McDOUGAL returned to the Atlantic to escort the cruiser AUGUSTA with President Franklin D. Roosevelt embarked for a meeting with Prime Minister Winston Churchill in Newfoundland.  On August 10 McDOUGAL transported FDR to and from the meeting on the ill-fated British Battleship HMS PRINCE OF WALES.

Upon America's entry into World War II McDOUGAL patrolled off the South American coast until early September 1942 when she passed through the Panama Canal for duty with the Southeast Pacific force off the coast of Latin America.

Going back to the Atlantic via Cape Horn, McDOUGAL returned to New York in
September 1944.  McDOUGAL finished out the War escorting convoys between New
York and British ports.  She was struck from the Naval record on September 22, 1949.



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1.50  RARE EARLY CHROMOLITHOGRAPH BY THE INVENTOR.  Second quarter of the 1800’s color print of a dramatic shipwreck at sea.  This scarce image is an original example of the earliest form of commercially viable color printing as done by Englishman George Baxter, credited with inventing the process in 1834.  It consists of a large format print measuring 11 by 15 inches site which is mounted on its original stiff card backing measuring 16 ½ by 21 ½.  In the foreground at least 12 crewmen are depicted desperately clinging to a yard arm as their ship breaks up in wild, wind-whipped waves behind them.  Many more hapless survivors are shown hanging onto the rigging or amidst flotsam in the sea.  The ship was a noble vessel -- a man-o-war or East Indiaman -- as clearly evidenced by a cannon in the forward gunport abaft its  beakhead bow.  But the fierce storm has literally torn the ship to pieces!  The expressions of fear and helplessness are indelibly incised on the faces of the would-be survivors.  The largest figure in the scene, center foreground, may actually be the captain himself, who, in an allegorical gesture extends his hand in a futile effort to save his drowning crew.  The detail of this image is unsurpassed and bears scrutiny under magnification to render all it contains! Condition of the print itself is remarkable.  The colors are true, extremely sharp, and the paper is excellent.  The card is in tact but shows soiling, one fold upper left and water staining right and lower left.  These minor flaws could easily be masked for a perfect display using the proper mat.   Very rare!   495  NOW!  95



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2.96  MUSEUM MODEL & PHOTO.  Genuine hand-made model of an early 20th century San Francisco Bay ferryboat operated by the Western Pacific Railroad, as identified on the bottom with pencil markings. This wonderfully detailed waterline model is constructed entirely of wood with hand-cut brass and metal fittings. It comes from the prestigious collection of the DeYoung Museum of San Francisco, California which was recently sold by that institution to generate funds for expansion and improvements of their facility. The model itself measures 4 1/2 inches long by 1 1/2 inches wide. With that, it exhibits superb detailing for a model of its size and type.  It is signed on the bottom in pencil, "Wes. Pac. RR Co. Ferry, San Francisco." Excellent condition with all original old painted surfaces.  Accompanying this offering is a rare period photograph of the actual vessel circa 1915, mounted on its original card which measures 8 by 10 inches and is in perfect original condition.  A great early San Francisco Bay offering!   495 NOW!  195

This exquisite little model is identifiable as the Western Pacific's premier ferryboat EDWARD T. JEFFERY built by Moore & Scott Iron Works, Oakland, California in 1913. She had a steel hull which displaced 1578 tons, with a length of 218 feet, breadth of 42 feet and a 16 foot draft.  The JEFFERY was a very well known ferry, highly esteemed by Bay residents at that time.  Later in her career, about 1930, she was renamed FEATHER RIVER. In 1933 she was again renamed SIERRA NEVADA when ownership was transferred to the Southern Pacific Railroad.  The identity of the modeler who constructed this fine ship model is unknown, but obviously he was in every sense a skilled professional !


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2.08 FAMOUS SHIP MODEL with MUSEUM PROVENANCE. Period, hand-made model of the World War II troop ship USS HERMITAGE. This sailor-made model exhibits excellent craftsmanship and very fine detail, with all aspects of the ship's construction meticulously executed, even down to the coxswain's rails and planking on the ship's boats! The large, solid hull wooden model measures 41 inches long by 5 1/4 inches wide at the widest on the bridge wings. It is mounted atop its original solid cherrywood base measuring 43 inches long by 5 1/2 inches wide and 1 inch thick. Outstanding original condition for a model of this size, construction and vintage! 2495  NOW!  995 Special PackagingBack to Top

A well-known Museum has commissioned us to sell this model because it is not in keeping with the purpose of its collection. The Museum has asked us to provide anonymity during this offering. However full Museum provenance will be provided to the successful buyer so that its valuable history will be retained with the model.

The grand passenger ship S.S. CONTE BIANCOMANO was launched in 1925 by William Beardmore & Co. Ltd. of Glasgow, Scotland, sailing as a luxury liner for Lloyd Triestino So. Anon. di Nav. Italia. When Italy declared war on the United States shortly after America's entry into the War with Japan in December 1941, CONTE BIANCOMANO was interned at Balboa, Canal Zone, sailed to the U.S. and converted to a troop transport by Cramp Shipbuilding of Philadelphia. She was commissioned as the USS HERMITAGE on August 14, 1942.
On November 2, 1942 HERMITAGE embarked 5,600 army troops and sailors and departed New York for the Mediterranean. Six days later the North African invasion began, and HERMITAGE debarked her passengers at Casablanca to participate in the famous campaign known as Operation Torch. Returning to Norfolk, Virginia on December 11th, HERMITAGE next steamed for the Pacific with nearly 6,000 passengers embarked. After embarking and debarking passengers at Balboa, Noumea, Brisbane, Sydney Pago Pago, and Honolulu the former luxury liner put into San Francisco on March 2nd, 1943.

HERMITAGE next made way for Wellington, New Zealand on March 27, 1943, calling at Melbourne, Australia and Bombay India. In Bombay she embarked some 707 Polish refugees, including nearly one hundred children, for a voyage back to California which ended on June 25th. In the following year HERMITAGE made three similar cruises in the South Pacific, with battle-bound troops, civilians, and refugees.

HERMITAGE departed New York on June 16, 1944 with over 6,000 troops headed for the D-Day invasion of Europe, which had just begun at Normandy. From then on, until the end of the war, she made 10 more voyages to Le Havre and other ports, bringing additional troops to the European theater and returning the wounded back to the States along with P.O.W.'s.

V-E Day, May 8, 1945, found HERMITAGE in the midst of a celebration in Le Havre Harbor, France. With the War over, she was pressed into service returning veterans home from the European theater through December 1945. Departing New York 12 December, the well-traveled transport sailed to Nagoya, Japan to embark 6,000 veterans to Seattle, arriving February 4, 1946. Assigned to the San Francisco-Marianas run for Operation Magic Carpet, she made three more voyages before being decommissioned in San Francisco on August 20, 1946.

While serving with the Navy, HERMITAGE sailed over 230,000 miles, transporting 129,695 passengers, including American, British, Australian, French and Dutch fighting men. She also carried Chinese, American, Polish, and British civilians, not to mention German and Italian prisoners. HERMITAGE was returned to the Italian Government in May 1947 and renamed SS CONTE BIANCAMANO once more. Fittingly, the sunset of her career saw her continuing in her originally designed role as a passenger liner until she was ultimately scrapped in 1969.


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3.93   BARGAIN SEXTANT.   Authenticmid-19th century navigational sextant of very high quality, housed in its original hand-dovetailed box with all accessories.  This fine, class "A" navigational instrument is made of solid brass with inlaid silver scales.  The large arc is graduated from -5 degrees to 154 degrees effectively making it a "quintant."  The silver vernier scale allows a reading down to a precise 15 arc seconds!  A vernier magnifier is provided for taking the reading.  This sextant is complete with both index and horizon mirrors, and full sets of 4 index and 3 horizon filters.  The sculpted handle on the back is solid ebony.  The large arc is engraved "STANLEY LONDON" the famous English instrument makers at the turn-of-the-last-century.  However, close scrutiny of the signature reveals the remnants of a much earlier hand-engraved signature made by the original London maker.  Our research indicates it may well be  "Cary of London."  This high quality instrument fits in its original rich mahogany box containing a peep sight and small telescope.  The hinged lid closes on two brass hooks for securing and a folding brass handle for carrying.  The original lock is away and there is one age crack in the bottom of the box.  Overall condition is excellent.  The sextant is clean and totally functional, as are its components.  It measures 9 ¼ inches high by 10 inches wide.  The box measures 10 1/4 by 10 3/4 by 5 inches thick and is very sound. SOLD



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3.83  AZIMUTH INSTRUMENT.  Original, highest quality ship’s navigational instrument made by the esteemed American makers, “NEGUS NEW YORK” as stamped on the bed plate and again on the maker’s tag on the box.  This precision instrument is all brass with a blackened finish.  It has an optical quality glass prism which rotates via two knurled brass knobs.  Designed to be set atop the ship’s main steering compass in a binnacle, it has a magnifier set in a tube below the prism to enhance the current compass reading while at the same time providing an image of the sun or celestial body.  Two pivoting sun shades are provided for looking at the former.  A removable “line-of-sight” pole is provided, as is a bubble level for assuring totally accurate level readings.  This instrument was designed to fit over the top of a standard size 8 inch compass.  It measures 9 ¼ inches long by 3 3/8 inches wide and 8 ¾ inches high with the removable vertical post.  Absolutely mint, untouched, original factory condition in its original dove-tailed wooden box with brass hardware measuring 10 1/4 by 7 ½ inches by 5 ½ inches thick.   WAS 395  NOW! 95

Primarily used to determine LAN (Local Apparent Noon) the azimuth instrument is an effective tool for determining the ship’s latitude by measuring the sun’s altitude at the exact time of meridian passage.

The Negus firm first appeared in the New York City directories at 84 Wall Street in 1850.  Thomas Stewart was trained as a chronometer maker in England and began working with his brother, John David in 1848, first under the name of Thos. S. Negus & Co.   During the Civil War the firm moved to 100 Wall Street and the name changed to T.S. & J.D. Negus.  The business of chronometer and navigational instrument making continued to grow, causing them to move to 69 Pearl Street in 1875.   From the Civil War onward, Negus enjoyed the patronage of the U.S. Navy as the suppliers of chronometers and other navigational equipment.   By the early 1900’s T.S. & J.D. Negus had established themselves as the leading nautical instrument makers and chandler in the United States.  In 1962 the firm was purchased by Max Low & Co.  Low found success in providing the government with navigational instruments, clocks and deck watches during World War II.  Max Low’s son, Charles, continued the business in New York through the 1980’s when the firm was finally dissolved.


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3.37   PILOT HOUSE INCLINOMETER.  Charming mid-century sailor-made ship’s bridge clinometer made of solid brass and mounted to a wooden backboard.  This genuine ship’s relic is hand-made, fashioned from a thick piece of solid sheet brass in the classic form of an isosceles triangle with the pendulum bob pivot at the apex.  The indicator arm is in the form of an arrow pointing to the arc scale which is calibrated in 5 degree increments from 0 to 40 port and starboard.  The instrument itself measures 8 inches high by 9 7/8ths inches wide.  The backboard measures 11 ½ by 9 ¾ inches high.  It is completely functional and all surfaces are original and show good age.  WAS 195  NOW! 95


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5.16   U.S. NAVY AZIMUTH CIRCLE.  World War II Bearing/Azimuth circle made for the U.S. Navy in 1942 by the Lionel Corporation in conjunction with National Electrical Machine Shop.  This precision all brass instrument is impressed “U.S. NAVY BEARING CIRCLE MARK 1 MOD 2 BU. SHIPS 1942, THE LIONEL CORPORATION N.Y.”  It features a heavy brass circle calibrated in single degrees from 0-360 marked by 10’s.  It is equipped with two folding sight vanes and two positioning handles.  The viewing end is at 180, and the primary with hairline site is at 0.  It is equipped with a bubble level and a folding black glass reflector to capture the sun’s angle for an azimuth reading.  As such, this instrument, when mounted on a standard 9 ¼ inch Navy compass, could be used for taking bearings on surface objects or for taking the bearing of the sun for a latitude line.  It is housed in its extra heavy duty Bakelite case with brass label reading “BUREAU OF SHIPS U.S. NAVY AZIMUTH CIRCLE MARK III MOD 2, NATIONAL ELECTRICAL MACHINE SHOPS, INC. Washington D.C.”  The interior has 4 classic wooden oak tabs for securing.  (When is wood used anymore?!)  The circle measures 10 ¼ inches in diameter.  The Bakelite case is 11 inches square by 3 ½ inches thick.  It is not an exaggeration to say this entire offering is in absolutely factory new MINT condition – the same as it was in 1942!  It’s in a truly incredible state of original preservation.  What’s more, Bakelite objects are the hot ticket today’s collector’s market.  This is a massive example.  SOLD


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5.23  U.S.N.  COFFEE SERVER.   Authentic World War II or earlier vintage coffee pot as used in the Officers’ Messes of U.S. Navy capital ships.  This handsome example is beautifully hand-engraved on the front with the ornate letters “U.S.N. surmounted by the classic Navy stockless fouled anchor emblem.  This high quality server is silverplate on brass.  Some cheaper examples were plated on ferrous metal which rusted and corroded.  This highest quality version very clean.  The bottom is marked “Reed & Barton Silver Soldered.”  It has a solid ebony handle for pouring and a tightly lidded hinged cover with decorative acorn finial.  This is the more desirable of the two Navy services,  having a “rope” border top and bottom  with decorative engraving.  The lesser version is plain and simply stamped “USN” on the bottom.  This primo coffee pot stands 9 5/8 inches tall overall by 4 3/4 inches in diameter at the base.   It measures 10 ¾ inches wide inclusive of the handle.  Good, original condition, still serviceable, showing actual use but no abuse.   Very reasonably priced to sell.  SOLD


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7.09   IMPORTANT MARITIME REFERENCE BOOKs.  William Armstrong Fairburn, “Merchant Sail,” 1955, Fairburn Marine Educational Foundation, Inc. Center Lovell, Maine.  Those in the know recognize the importance of these six total volumes containing 3,394 pages exclusive of the Index of Vessels and the General Index.   The Index of Vessels, 1700 to early 1900, contains 13,278 ships alone!  What’s more, there are three valuable Appendices:  I & II, “Owners of Clippers & A Record of the Clippers They Owned.  Then Appendix III, “Ship Designing & Building.”   Unquestionably this reference represents the ultimate historical narrative of merchant ships from the days of sail, of which most are British and American.  Original copies of these volumes are absolutely non-existent, because when published they were not offered privately, only to libraries and marine-related institutions.  Accordingly, this rare complete set constitutes a thorough, meticulous high quality copy bound in 6 thick separate volumes -- all of which are faithful to the originals.  No noticeable quality of the typeface has been lost.  Some pages do exhibit thin dark areas in the extreme margins due to copying, which in no way affect the content.  These precious volumes represent an absolute wealth of information on every aspect of seafaring maritime heritage around the world during the age of sail!  An absolute *must have* for the nautical history buff and the maritime historian. HOLD Back to Top

Most military vessels serving the United States and Great Britain are recorded and available on the Internet.  However, finding detailed information on a specific merchant vessel from those nations is a much more daunting task.  Here then, is the invaluable “missing link.”


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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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9.83  AMERICAN SURVEYOR’s LEVEL.   Genuine, high quality surveyor's level made by “C.L. BERGER & Sons, Boston" as marked on the maker's label on the leveling head.  This precision scientific instrument is described in its original owner’s manual as a "Service Dumpy Level, for contractors, builders and architectural planners to set grades and lines, turn horizontal angles, run profiles, set up batter boards, establish foundation elevations, etc. 12 inch erecting internal focusing 24 power telescope with coated optics."  Made primarily of brass with some aluminum components, the manual notes it has nickel silver leveling screws and a built-in level (which is functional).  The telescope and support arms are in their original crinkle finish, the other components are lacquered brass.  The telescope, with rack and pinion focus provides a clear, highly magnified upright image with a cross hair reticule.  The base plate is calibrated in single degrees on all four quadrants in 90 degree segments.  It has a positive stop screw and a spring-loaded tangent fine adjust screw on the side. The base is fitted to attach to a tripod head and has 4 independent leveling screws.  This level comes in its original machined-dovetailed hardwood box with brass hook and eye closures, leather carrying strap and the brass BERGER maker's label on the top. Complete with the original illustrated Manual of Instruction.  The box measures 11 1/2 by 5 1/2 inches and 7 inches high.  The reason the telescope is described as being 12 inches, is that it telescopes to that length when focused. Virtually MINT condition.  Was 595 Now 249



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10.38  HARD HAT DIVING PHOTOGRAPH.  Genuine World War II era black and white photograph (with the telltale greenish tinge) depicting a hard hat diver being readied for descent by his attendants.  This graphic image clearly portrays the difficulties of deep sea diving at that time.  This is an official U.S. Navy photograph, so it can rightfully identified as a diver in U.S. Navy Mark V dress.  A classic image, not a contemporary reprint, in prefect original condition measuring 8 ¾ by 11 ¼ sight.  Perfect original condition.  WAS 69  NOW! 29


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11.25  SHIP IN A BOTTLE DIORAMA.  Most charming, early 1900’s ship in a bottle scene depicting a large 3-masterd bark passing a town with numerous features.  These include a large windmill, a derrick lifting a load of lumber on the shoreline, a truss bridge over a river, a town in the hills complete with church tower, and a train on tracks running into a tunnel!  The ship itself has a raised foc’sle and poop carved from a single piece of wood.  Portholes are depicted along it sides, and it is complete with standing rigging.  The ship plies a blue putty sea and the inside of the bottle has a painted blue sky with clouds.  This is all contained within an early molded whiskey bottle with long neck sealed with the original cork under old red paint.  The glass is clear, the colors bright and the contents are untouched.  11 ¼ inches long by 3 inches in diameter.  WAS 495  NOW! 249Special PackagingBack to Top


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12.25  CARVED CHINA TRADE FRAME.  Lavishly-carved wooden picture frame produced for the Chinese export market during the mid-1800’s.  It is carved from a single solid piece of valuable dealwood and was made for displaying the recently-invented prized photographic portrait.  The intricate carving with floral motifs features a bird at the top flanked by two bushy-tailed squirrels on either side. Then midway down the frame are more birds on either side.  The center consists of a rectangular “rope” border housing an oval opening decorated with delicate leafy branches and an even finer beaded boarder.  The back of the frame has a 4 ¼ by 6 5/8 inch cut-out for mounting a photograph.  To these ends it retains 4 small pivoting wooden clips on all four edges to secure the mount.  The frame itself measures 11 ¼ inches tall overall by 7 ½ inches wide.  Remarkably it remains preserved in almost perfect original condition with a beautiful original age patina!  WAS 395  NOW! 195


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13.50  CARVED WALL COMPENDIUM.  Very handsome 4th quarter of the 19th century English clock and weather station contained within an ornately-carved hardwood wall mount case.  This decorative high quality instrument has three indicators.  At the top is an 8 day clock equipped with an all brass jeweled movement with a scarce cylinder escapement.  It is set in a brass bezel with beveled glass crystal.  The wind and set function are made from the back with the original double-ended brass key.  The middle instrument consists of a lovely mercury thermometer with large bulb reading from 20 to 152 degrees Fahrenheit.  The silvered brass scale is marked with the traditional indicators, “FREEZING, TEMPERATE, SUMr HEAT, and BLOOD HEAT” and is mounted within a shaped wooden frame covered by glass.  The bottom is graced by a high quality aneroid barometer having a white dial with an especially large range -- reading from 26.7 to 32.3 inches of mercury in 2/100ths increments.  It too is marked with the traditional weather indicators “STORMY, RAIN, CHANGE, FAIR and VERY DRY.”  It is also marked with the weather trends such as “FALL for S.Wly. S.E. S.W.” and “RISE for N.E.ly. N.W. N.E.” etc.   A fine steel indicator needle points the reading and a second brass set needle attached to a knurled knob indicates change from the previous reading.   The set needle is rove through the beveled glass crystal housed in its brass bezel.   21 ¼ inches tall by 7 ¾ inches wide at the widest and 2 ¾ inches thick.  The entire presentation is in an excellent state of original preservation.  All three functions work properly and accurately.  The clock is a good timekeeper.  WAS 1495  NOW half off!  749


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14.26 DECORATED CHINA TRADE TRUNK. Outstanding 19th century Chinese export trunk with finest construction and decoration. This large lovely trunk, measuring 40 inches long, 21 inches wide and 18 1/2 inches high, is crafted of solid aromatic camphor wood using hand dove-tailed construction. It is overlaid by pigskin and then fully brass-bound and tacked for strength, durability and beauty. The lidded chest has three substantial brass hinges and a folding brass "stay" to hold it once open. Inside the reinforced lid is the entire original maker's label reading "MADE IN CANTON CHINA. KWANG-TUNG. YUT WO" The front of the chest is equipped with a brass pull ring for opening and the original functional lock with skeleton key! Both ends of the chest retain their heavy cast brass carrying handles. This colorful chest is beautifully decorated with hand-painted Oriental vignettes depicting exotic birds and floral designs set on a red background -- red being the most collectible color of this genre of chests. The top leather covering is in tact although somewhat buckled with age. The wooden structure is solid and perfectly sound. Overall this chest is in beautifully preserved condition, evidencing wear and age consistent with a 150 year steamer trunk that has been used but not abused. WAS 3950  NOW! 1850 Special PackagingBack to Top

Provenance: This China trade trunk came from the Farrell estate of Oakland, California. It was acquired by Mr. Farrell, a mining engineer, in Canton while on assignment in China in 1889. This same trunk accompanied the Farrell family while on tour in Europe in 1901.

This trunk is accompanied by a newspaper clipping reporting the sale of a similar trunk at auction in 2003. The trunk sold was smaller, not as decorative, minus its lock and key, and did not carry provenance.



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15.23  SAILING SHIP CREW PHOTO.  Original late 19th C. silver plate photograph depicting the entire crew assembled on deck in front of a massive square-rigged mast.  Judging by the large number of crewmen and their uniforms this was a military ship.  The officers are seated with the distinguished Captain front and center.  Flanking him are his officers and a civilian in a white suit, perhaps a dignitary posing for the occasion.  At least 2 women can be seen posing in the  photo.  Behind are approximately 100 sailors in the flat hats perched on stanchions, davits, one of the ship’s lifeboats and ventilators.  All manner of blocks, tackle and lines surround the scene.  One sailor can be seen holding a life ring with the visible letters “INC” perhaps preceded by a “K.”   This is undoubtedly the ship’s name which is also visible but indistinct on several of the sailors’ hat ribbons.  This large antique image measures 8 by 11 inches sight and is contained under glass in its original decorative oblong mat bearing the photographer’s signature “Nolken & Petersen, AARHUS.”  It is surrounded by a fancy gilt liner housed in its original oak frame measuring 18 by 21 inches.  Excellent overall condition noting some minor losses to the gilded liner.  The photograph itself is perfect. WAS 195  NOW! 79 Special PackagingBack to Top

 Aarhus is a principle port city in the country of Denmark and the second largest city in that country.  With research the ship could be one of a few square-rigged man-o-wars in the Danish  Navy  at the turn of the last century, and judging by its size, one of the most important.

A quick search on the Internet indicates there exists a small black and white photograph of the “Glassmakers Choral Society, Arhus” taken in 1906.  Measuring only 2 by 5 inches, it is attributed to “Hans Nolken Petersen.”


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16.25  LARGE TERRESTIAL GLOBE on STAND. Good, early 20th century American floor standing terrestrial globe signed "Weber Costello, Chicago Heights, Illinois, Political Reality Globe." This large size world globe is constructed in the traditional manner with paper gores overlaying a plaster sphere with wooden reinforcements at the poles. The lithographed surfaces show good detail with political boundaries, all major cities (over 100,000 population), mountain peaks, rivers, canals, railways, steamship routes and more,  accurately depicted as of circa 1935. The 16 inch globe is in excellent overall condition with no scuffs or abrasions and shows just enough surface toning to give it a great antique appearance! The graceful solid walnut stand is done in the Duncan Phyfe style with lion paw feet and carved "urn" support pillar. The 18 1/2 inch diameter equatorial ring is overlaid by paper printed with degrees, statute miles, and time zones from Greenwich.  Together with its quadrupedal stand this globe measures 33 inches high and 23 1/2 inches across at the base.  A handsome, high quality floor standing globe for library or study at a very reasonable price. WAS 995  NOW!  449 Special PackagingBack to Top


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17.19  FAMOUS LINER STATEROOM MIRROR.  Original passenger stateroom mirror retrieved from the “A Deck” of the British liner S.S. NEVASA.    This handsome liner relic consists of a heavy beveled glass mirror with arched top set in a solid mahogany frame.  The back is neatly covered with pine, inset with three solid brass hanging brackets, one on the top and two on the bottom.  It measures 21 inches tall overall by 12 ¼ inches wide.  Excellent original condition showing expected signs of exposure to sea air.  Unusually heavy for its size.  WAS 495  NOW!  195 Special PackagingBack to Top

SS NEVASA, also known as HMT NEVASA, was a British troopship built on the River Clyde by Barclay Curle & Company in 1955 and launched on November 30, 1955. The ship was the first troopship built since the end of the Second World War, and at 609.3 feet in length, with a breadth of 78.3 feet, a draft of 26.7 feet, displacing 20,527 tons, was the largest troopship up to that time built in the United Kingdom.

The NEVASA could accommodate 500 officers and their families and 1,000 NCOs and men on the troop deck. The ship transported many regiments to the Middle East and Far East including the 1st Green Jackets (43rd and 52nd) who left Southampton on 7 April 1962 and arrived at Penang  on 28 April 1962 via Port Said, including a stop in Malta.  The end of National Service requirements led to the Britain's decision in 1962 to reduce the use of ships for transporting troops and increase the use of aircraft. As a result NEVASA was withdrawn from service.

The ship was laid up in the River Fal from October 1962 to 1965 when it became an educational cruise ship. The Oil Crisis of 1973/74 led to the ship's final cruise in December 1974.

The SS NEVASA's final journey was from Malta to Kaohsiung, Taiwan where she was scrapped in June 1975.  We were stationed in Kaohsiung at the time and were fortunate enough to go on board the NEVASA prior to her being broken up.  At that time, we personally removed this mirror, amongst other items, from one of the ship’s staterooms on “A Deck.”


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20.67  MATADOR’s CANE.  Genuine carved folk art cane for a Mexican bullfighter! This early 1900’s walking stick has a sculpted handle carved from the horn of a bull!  The meticulously incised polychrome wooden shaft is finely decorated with carved and painted vignettes of Mexican iconography.  The first is the emblem of the eagle and snake, then a turtle.  Next are spiral decorations followed by a matador fighting a bull.  Below are more decorative vignettes followed by yet another bull fighting scene ending in more decorative floral embellishments.  The tip of this cane is original, in its mottled painted surface.  32 ½ inches long by 4 ½ inches wide at the horn handle.  This rare cane is in outstanding original condition in all respects.   WAS 895  NOW!  395


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21.13 ANTIQUE SCANDANAVIAN TELESCOPE.  First quarter of the 1800’s sea captain’s telescope engraved in fancy script on the first draw, “F. A. Thiele, Kiobenhaven, Day ig Nat.”  It is quite rare to see such an early mariner’s telescope coming from a North European maker.  It has all of the earmarks of a period English telescope from the 1820’s.   This 2-draw, hand- held telescope has a single solid mahogany main barrel retaining its original leather covering.  The original internal optics produce a clear, highly magnified upright image of surprising clarity.  This telescope is complete with both of its sliding dust covers, one of which is incorporated into the removable lens cap on the objective.  It measures 16 ½ inches long closed and expands to 38 inches fully extended.  The main barrel is 2 ½ inches in diameter.  The overall condition is very good.  The original optics are perfect.  The exterior of the telescope exhibits some minor flaws expected of a long, but careful sea service.  A great old look!  Super bargain priced. HOLD


The archaic spelling “Kiobenhaven” (Copenhagen) appears to have been discontinued in the early 1840’s, this fact jibing nicely with the period features of this telescope.


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22.07  BAROGRAPH.  Late 19th century English barograph of finest quality made by one of England’s most respected instrument makers of the period, “J. HICKS, LONDON” as inscribed on the maker’s plaque affixed to the front of the case.  This beautifully-made weather instrument employs 7 evacuated metal bellows connected to a complex linkage system attached to a stylus with an inking pen.  The linkage is all brass with steel pivots, mounted to a heavy solid brass bedplate.  The pen records a trace on the revolving drum.  A lever protruding through the front of the case allows the pen to be lifted from the drum when not in use.  The brass drum is motivated by a jeweled clockwork mechanism which runs for 8 days on a single wind, making a revolution once a week.  To these ends there is a Fast/Slow adjustment feature under the removable brass cover and a built-in winding key.  The paper graph encompassing the drum is marked from 29 to 31 inches of barometric pressure in 1/10th inch increments on the y axis and is marked Monday through Sunday in 2 hour increments on the x axis.  The glazed wooden case is made of rich mahogany with all brass fittings.  The original glass is old and wavy.   The instrument measures 11 ¾ inches long by 6 inches wide and 7 inches high.  Complete with the original ink vile with ground glass stopper and contents!  The entire presentation is in outstanding original condition, fully functional (the clock keeps good time) and is complete with several original old recording charts in pristine condition. Was 1295   NOW495  Special PackagingBack to Top

James Joseph Hicks worked as an optical, mathematical and philosophical instrument maker from 1861 into the very early 1900’s.  He began work at 8 Hatton Garden, London.  As his business grew his premises expanded to 8, 9, 10 Hatton Garden from 1885 onward.  Born in Ross Carbery, County Cork, Ireland, he apprenticed to the famous barometer maker, L. P. Casella in London.  Hicks made and sold all types of barometers, becoming one of the most prolific makers in England.  He was a staunch Catholic, presenting meteorological instruments to the Vatican, and was made a Knight Commander of St. Gregory.  (Edwin Banfield, “Barometer Makers And Retailers 1660 – 1900.”  1991, Baros Books, Trowbridge, Wiltshire.)


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