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3.25   EARLY AMERICAN COMPASS.  High quality boxed compass with the center of the card marked “F. J. SLOANE & CO. Baltimore   Chronometers, Nautical Instruments.”  The old fashioned paper drycard mounted on mica is marked in points of the compass, with the cardinal and intercardinal point identified.  North is denoted by a crown.  The card is further divided down to ¼ points or 2.8 degrees!  The center has a high quality agate pivot.  The compass card is housed in a very heavy solid brass body slung in gimbals.  It is mounted in its original machine dove-tailed mahogany box with upper lid and brass fasteners.  The card itself measures 4 inches in diameter.  The compass body is 5 1/8 inches across.  The box measures 7 ½ inches square and 5 inches high with lid.  Excellent working condition.  Retail value $895.  Our list price $395.   Make Offer



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9.87  EARLY POCKET COMPASS.   Late 18th century gentleman’s traveling compass most certainly of English manufacture.  The painted compass rose is marked with the cardinal and intercardinal point of the compass with subdivisions thereof.  North is marked by the traditional fleur-de-lis.   In addition, the center around the pivot is marked with the 32 points of the compass.  Amazingly, the periphery is calibrated in single degrees marked by 10’s!  The double ended compass needle is of the early type with pyramidal pivot cap.  This all fits into the compass body which is all brass with a decoratively-turned screw-on cover.   It measures 2 ¼ inches wide and is ½ inches thick.  The compass retains it old, very wavy glass.  Excellent condition throughout.  The needle is very lively and accurate.  Guaranteed to be at least 230 years old!  A bargain!  195



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13.21 EARLY SHIP'S BELL CLOCK. Genuine early 1900's American ship's bell clock made by Seth Thomas of Thomaston, Connecticut. This quality ship's clock has a silvered brass dial with bold black Roman numerals, blued steel spade hands, minute chapter ring and a seconds bit showing individual seconds below "XII." The dial is signed "SETH THOMAS" between the two winding arbors and is further marked "Made In U.S.A." below "VI.". The Fast/Slow adjust lever is above the 12 o'clock position and the manual strike lever marked "Strike" is left of "IX." The glazed hinged bezel with reflector ring opens from the left with a tight press fit. The case is the classic ship's clock type with flared bezel and is all brass in its original nickel finish. There is a screen at the bottom of the clock which allows maximum bell sound and it does so, ringing the ship's bell sequence properly with a loud, clear tone. The clock has just been thoroughly overhauled by a professional AWI-certified watchmaker and is in tip top condition. It is considered a 48 hours type. But in our possession since servicing, it has run 4 days on a single winding. 7 inches in diameter and 4 inches deep. Circa 1910. Excellent original condition showing wonderful age and absolutely no abuse. 495


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18.01  AMERICAN ANCHOR LAMP.  Very nice early 1900’s ship’s running light of American manufacture.  This stout all brass lantern  has a molded 360 degree glass Freznel lens designed to amplify its light output and focus it on the horizon.  The lower portion of the lamp houses its font and burner which snap into the bottom with a spring-loaded press fit.  The burner is of the “wedge” type with wick advance knob.  The font has a liquid-tight opening through it presumably for electrification.  The bottom is encircled by several aspiration vents and 2 folding bail clips for attachment to halyards.  It is connected to the top by means of 4 heavy brass supports which also serve to protect the lens.  The upper portion of the lamp is of classic American form with elongated chimney and circular chimney caps with a bail hanger.  The sides of the chimney are ringed with “Christmas tree” cut-outs to vent the burner below.  This handsome lantern is in perfect original condition throughout and exhibits a very nice even bronze age patina.  11 ½ inches tall, exclusive of the bail hanger and 5 ½ inches in diameter.   225


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18.04  TRIPLEX RUNNING LAMP.   Fine early 1900’s American combination port and starboard running lamp with its highly desirable patented lighthouse-like Freznel lenses of the Triplex design.  This handsome little marine lantern has lovely green and red molded glass lenses, the port side being etched “TRIPLEX – TRADE MARK.”  The front of the lamp bears the oval brass tag reading “LENSE PAT’D DEC 20 1910 TRADE – TRIPLEX – MARK.”  Dividing the port and starboard functions is a removable light curtain installed between the lenses in a sliding track.  The lamp retains its original oil burning font and burner.  The wedge-type burner has a wick advance knob embossed with the maker’s mark “AMML MFG CO NY” indicating this lamp was made by the venerable turn-of-the-century American Marine Lamp Manufacturing Co. in New York City.  The font presses into the bottom of the lamp with 2 spring-loaded tabs.  Speaking to its quality, the lamp has a hinged cover which snaps into place covering the entire bottom.  There are “pine tree” vents for aspiration on the back, above which is a riveted bracket for a bulkhead mount.  The chimney has more such vents and is topped with a brass cap with folding brass eyelet for hanging.  The lamp body stands 9 inches tall by 5 inches wide.  With the light curtain it extends 7 ½ inches from the bulkhead.  Excellent original condition with no detectable flaws yet showing good age and use.   269


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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

HISTORY

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.

BIBLIOGRAPHY
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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ENTRY DOORS. THERE WAS NO INTERNAL ACCESS TO THE LAMP ROOM

BALLAST POINT LIGHT STATION AS IT LOOKED IN 1903. NOTE THE BALLAST STONES ON THE BEACH AND THE DOG HOUSE ON THE RIGHT. THE OLD WHALING STATION IS IN THE BACKGROUND LEFT
KEEPER STEVEN POZANAC AND THE 5TH ORDER FREZNEL LENS IN 1939. NOTICE THE FILTER INSIDE

THE LIGHTHOUSE COMPLEX AS IT APPEARED IN THE 1940'S
DISMANTLING THE LANTERN ROOM IN 1960

LIGHTHOUSE GINGERLY BEING REMOVED OVER HIGH TENSION POWER LINES

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