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7.33   CHRONOMETER REFERENCE BOOK.   The very scarce, long out of print book by Cedric Jagger. “Paul Philip Barraud,” 1968, The Antiquarian Horological Society.  Soft cover, 164 pages exclusive of the extensive index.  To be sure, this is a specialized book.  But for those with a deep interest in early chronometer making, it is an absolute wealth of previously unpublished information.  In its eight chapters it covers, Family History, Barraud and the Mudge Chronometer, Barraud Arnold and Earnshaw, a Commentary on the Plates, and Dating of Barraud Chronometers, among others.  Then, perhaps most importantly, there are Appendices listing Chronometers, Pocket Watches, Clocks, Unclassified items and miscellaneous.  Finally there is a list of all illustrations in the text.  To those ends there is a comprehensive section of photographs on glossy paper depicting all manner of Barraud’s extensive output, each with a very thorough caption.  Excellent condition showing minimal use.  A really great resource for the serious aficionado.  99

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7.36   NAUTICAL ANTIQUE REFERENCE BOOK.  Alan Major, “Maritime Antiques, An Illustrated History,” 1981, A.S. Barnes & Co., New York, Tantivy Press, London.  Hard cover, 254 pages inclusive of bibliography.  Perhaps this book could be better titled “A Dictionary of Maritime Antiques,” because it covers all manner of nautical antiques, related terms and famous personages in alphabetical order.  We find ourselves referring to it time and again.  Well illustrated with black and white photographs and line drawings.  The text explains a broad range of nautical topics in easy to understand terms.  Truly a wealth of valuable information not readily found elsewhere. As new condition.  19

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8.68  PILOT HOUSE TELEGRAPH.   Impressive World War II vintage American ship’s engine order telegraph by “BRELCO 55 Vandam St New York” as marked on the lovely twin milkglass dials.  This bridge-type telegraph would have been mounted in the pilot house of a single screw merchantman.  The dials are marked with the speed indications “SLOW, HALF and FULL” in both the “AHEAD” and “ASTERN” directions.  It is further marked “STOP, STAND BY and FINISHED WITH ENGINE.”  The dials are illuminated internally by 2 bulbs, one on either side, controlled by a rheostat on the astern side.  The twin handles move in tandem operating the brass indicator arrows while producing a loud, clear ringing tone.  On the top of the head is a large open fitting which connected with a tube leading to the flying bridge above the pilot house.  There a second engine control could be operated.   Looking into the opening, there are several pulleys and complex gearing.  This opening has a tightly fitting brass cap which protects the workings when not in use. This handsome ship’s relic has a head 12 inches in diameter by 7 ¾ inches thick and 14 inches wide.  It stands exactly 4 feet tall to the top of the handles and measures 11 ½ inches in diameter on the flanged base.  Excellent original condition with a high polish (coated).  The glass dials are perfect.  This is as beautiful as they come!  Price Request Special PackagingBack to Top




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10.43  EARLY AMERICAN DIVING HELMET.   Classic hard hat helmet made by the venerable Morse Diving Equipment Company of Boston, the first company in America to manufacture diving apparatus beginning in 1835.  The cast brass oval maker’s plate reads:


 This heavy duty commercial style helmet is made of thick spun copper with solid brass fittings.  It is complete with external exhaust valve, “banana” bubble diffuser and air inlet gooseneck.  The screw-on faceplate seats tightly on its leather gasket, as does the neck ring.  On the inside the bonnet is lined with air ducts leading to the front and side ports for anti- fogging.  The chin button assembly is in place, but missing the button itself.  The inside is complete with the original transducer and wiring for communication with the surface.  The breastplate is complete with all four brales and original wing nuts.  Each brale is stamped with matching serial numbers which correspond to the bonnet and neck ring numbers.  The back of the helmet is complete with a spring-loaded retaining pin to keep the breastplate and bonnet aligned.  Adding to its handsome appearance and value is the fact that this helmet retains most of its original tinned surfaces which have acquired a deep greenish-gray patina.  Height 19 inches, width 16 inches and weighs 50    pounds.  An authentic  American diving helmet from the first half of the 1900’s with a great old look.  4500 net Special PackagingBack to Top

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15.17/19.83   IMPORTANT AMERICA’s CUP PHOTO.   “Herreshoff’s mighty RELIANCE” on a starboard tack off the coast of Newport Rhode Island competing to be the American defender for the famous America’s Cup yacht races.  The magnificent bronze-hulled vessel was 90 feet long on her waterline, 144 feet on her deck and over 200 feet in length overall with 16,200 square feet of sail!  This dynamic image is blind signed (impressed) “N.L. STEBBINS, PHOTO. BOSTON, MASS.” lower right.  The back is stamped “N.L. STEBBINS, PHOTOGRAPHER, 132 BOYLSTON ST. BOSTON, MASS.”  It is an original gelatin silver glass plate image measuring 6 ½ by 8 ¾ inches sight.  It is housed in its original simple black wooden frame with original old wavy glass measuring 11 /14 by 13 ¼ inches.  It has been preserved using an acid free mat on the front.  The back of the photo is also covered by an acid free mat with a window in the original old wooden backing which is secured by square nails.  The image is clear and perfect.  395

This exact image is pictured on pages 94-97 in W.H. Bunting’s book, “Steamers, Schooners, Cutters & Sloops, Marine Photographs of N.L. Stebbins Taken 1884 to 1907” with the title “Herreshoff’s Mighty Reliance July 1903.”   The caption reads in part:  “The Cup defender Reliance smokes past the Brenton Reef light vessel in a pre-trials race.  The Constitution and the Columbia were the other, older candidates.  The Reliance was the biggest and probably the fastest of all of Cup yachts… (it was) believed Reliance could even have beaten the modern 1937 J-boat Ranger going to windward, boat for boat.  In the race photographed here, the Constitution lost her topmast, and later in the day, while jibing, The Reliance’s steel gaff collapsed.  Some idea of the proportions of the Reliance’s rig may be realized from the fact that this gaff measured a full seventy feet long, or as long as the mainboom of a good-sized Gloucester fishing schooner.”  Reliance went on to win the America’s Cup race that year in 3 straight races, held in the outer New York Harbor against the Challenger Shamrock III.   Reliance’s dominance was such that Shamrock III gave up before crossing the finish line in the final race.

The original image offered here is actually better than the one in the book which shows water damage.


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10.42  AUTHENTIC U.S.  NAVY MARK V.   A collector’s dream… the ultimate!  Offered here is an original authentic World War II era U.S. Navy Mark V. By far this is the most sought after hard hat diving helmet of all!  Even more special, this early example was manufactured by the venerable Morse Diving Equipment Company of Boston, the first American diving equipment manufacturer.  What's more, this scarce example retains its highly prized original tin finish!   The front of the breastplate bears the embossed cast brass oval maker's tag reading:

No. XXX*
DATE 7/3/42

It is made of heavy spun copper with cast brass fittings and thick glass ports. The interior is tinned and the bonnet has air channels leading from the air intake goose neck over the three ports.  The phone communication system is totally original: the gooseneck with cap and the “Reproducer” phone box with wiring.  The chin button and spit cock are in place and function properly.  On the exterior, all fittings are original and in tact.  The neck ring serial numbers on the bonnet and breastplate match and coincide with the numbers on  the brales.   Additionally the front two brales are marked "FRONT" and the rear two brales are marked "REAR."  The entire unit weighs over 55 pounds and is in excellent, totally original condition, noting the faceplate lug nut is a working replacement.  There are of course the minor dents, dings and mild wear expected of a working helmet 75 years old.  A good sign of age!   As an added bonus, which greatly increases its value, this helmet comes complete with its rarely-found air supply whip hose and valve.  Not only that, it also has the original in-line non-return valve.  And even beyond all of these pluses, it comes complete with a perfect high quality custom-made hardwood stand.  Anyone shopping for an original Mark V will be very hard-pressed to fine a better, more complete, more original example. 7995  Special PackagingBack to Top

*For the privacy and security of the ultimate buyer, the serial number is being withheld.



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11.48  CIVIL WAR SAILOR’s NECKERCHIEF.   A very rare genuine relic from the American Navy during the Civil War.  This identified relic consists of a neckerchief slide carved from a solid piece of bone.  It is uncertain what type of bone it is.  It is not whale bone.   Participants in the war were known to have actually used human remains of the other side for their creations.  That noted, this example is finely carved on the front with the cursive inscription “Dear Isle 1862 June 27” with a fouled anchor prominently in the middle.  Facing the slide, on the right side is the sailor’s first name “Jacob” and on the left “Sharrats.”  The carving is inlaid with red wax on all three surfaces.  This scarce Civil War Naval relic measures 1 ½ inches high by 1 3/8 inches wide and 1 ½ inches front to back.  It is in untouched original condition showing its 155 year age.  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.  127 years old!  Price Request Special PackagingBack to Top

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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