Kenrick A. Claflin & Son Nautical Antiques


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We specializes in the field of United States Lighthouse Service (USLHS), Light House Establishment (USLHE), Life-Saving Service (USLSS), Revenue Cutter Service (USRCS), Shipwrecks and early Coast Guard (USCG), and works by Edward Rowe Snow. More particularly, we work to provide various governmental agencies, historical groups, restoration contractors and collectors with information and original artifacts relating to lighthouses, life-saving stations, keepers, etc. in their area. Our stock includes books, post cards, both new and out-of-print, photos, engravings, newspapers, charts, lithographs, paintings, uniforms, flags, insignia, antiques, Fresnel lenses, lamps, lanterns, brassware and more.

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23290e. Demeter, Andy and David. CHELSEA CLOCK COMPANY: The First Hundred Years. 2003. For over a hundred years the Chelsea Clock Company has manufactured a distinguished line of high quality clocks. Regarded as one of America ’s highest quality products, Chelsea Clocks have been presented to heads of state throughout the world. Photographs taken in the White House throughout this century show Chelsea Clocks in settings of distinction. Collectors have long prized them for their quality, beauty, unique design and historic significance. Now for the first time, the history of the Chelsea Clock Company has been written and it reads like a contemporary enterprise including mysteries, disasters, near failure and a fascinating collection of characters. Historical photographs, vintage advertisements, as well as illustrations and photographs from old catalogues are included. Also, for the first time ever there is a detailed model identification guide to help collectors in identifying seldom seen designs. Andrew and David Demeter have created a remarkable volume complete with lists of serial numbers to aid you in authenticating your piece, and photographs of Chelsea Clock Company’s current staff. In Chelsea Clock Company: The First Hundred Years, the Demeters have finally  provided a valuable and sought after resource for collectors and those who appreciate American craftsmanship at its finest. Only 1000 printed and now in great demand when they can be found! (M). $245 plus postage.



12213a. Original U. S. Medical Corps Stopwatch. This stopwatch was manufactured by the Wakmann Watch Corp., one of the suppliers of stopwatches to the Government. The Wakmann Watch Corporation was established in New York. Wakmann was the importer of different high quality brands for the north-american market, all  were taken from sellers in europe and most of them from switzerland. Parallel to the sales-business, Wakmann started to produce his own watches after World War II. This piece is actually a chronograph - any watch that can be started and stopped at will to record an elapsed time. Further, it is considered a half chronograph - one that does everything with successive pushes of one button. These are start, stop, and reset. This watch is superbly engraved with "U.S.” and a Caduceus on the back cover. The porcelain dial is marked "Wakmann 501” and is in good condition. Likewise, the nickel chromium plated case evidences only light  expected wear. Movement is marked “Wakmann Watch Corp” “Mosel 502” “7 Seven Jewels” “Unadjusted” “Swiss”. Face is complete and clean. Watch is missing the crown and stem, unknown if the watch will work but is a nice momento and should be worth repairing.  Includes a second Wakmann stopwatch, complete but not running, for parts. (VG). $24.

1414. Whitney, Marvin E. Military Timepieces. American Watchmakers Inst, Harrison, Ohio. 1992. 667p. Cloth covered boards. DJ. Years of precise research by accredited professional watch/chronometer-maker and instructor for the United States Navy, carefully and clearly presented. Book is made up of 32 chapters, containing hundreds of photographs, illustrations and diagrams. Probably the most complete compilation on military timepieces to date. The author presents a detailed survey of American and European deck watches, marine clocks, chronometers, elapsed time clocks, aircraft clocks, etc., used by the military onboard ships and aircraft. The products of Hamilton, Elgin, Chelsea marine boat and deck clocks, Seth Thomas marine clocks, CDIA clock, Waltham, Breitling, Le Coultre and many other companies are included. Also includes message center clocks; meteorological instrument clocks; master navigational (GCT) watches; navigational stopwatches, zig-zag and course clocks, and more. Specialist timepieces for use in tanks and by divers, as well as stopwatches, ship’s chronometers, pocket and precision watches, and wristwatches are all discussed. Included are assembly and parts lists, and a great deal more. This massive tome has 667pp. including Appendix, Bibliography, Footnotes, Glossary, and comprehensive Index. (M). $225.



1040b. Short & Mason Aneroid Barometer. “Tycos” brand. Distributor “Paul A. Meyrowitz, Fifth Avenue, New York.” c.1900 – 1920’s. Face marked “SM” (Short & Mason) “Tycos London” “Compensated” on a silvered dial. All in black letters on a silvered dial. 5” diameter, with original glass, in brass case with brass besel. Barometer is clean and works well, some aging/discoloration to dial. With ring for hanging. Still a beautiful piece. (VG). $124.



JH-73. (yacht clock) Boston Clock Company Front Wind Model C Yacht, Boat and Auto clock c.1890 made by Chelsea Clock under the Boston Clock brand name. Boston Clock Company, (in business 1884-1894), continued the traditions of the Harvard Clock Company after a name change in 1884. The movement plates are plated in nickel. Face of clock measures 2 5/8” in brass case with brass screw-off bezel. Back of case has brass bracket to attach to a swivel mount, or clock could have been fitted into dashboard. Face and hands are clean and untouched. Clock runs well and includes #3 winding key. (VG+). $1595. 



22473b. Detex Newman Portable Watchclock. Such watch clocks were used by Coastguardsmen in their patrols of ship and shore stations to log in their rounds and assure that all of the route was covered. The Newman model was introduced in 1927, twenty-five years after Mr. Newman's first use of that principal. The "Detex Newman" uses the basic principal of all Newman clocks -- direct embossing from the station key The Newman uses a paper disc  that provides for 24 hours recording and a station key that recorded the mark of the respective station on the disc. This is a very well made eight-day unit that actually runs about 10 to 12 days if in good condition. It has nickel plated brass plates and utilizes an 11-jewel platform escapement. These were made by several suppliers over the years. Clock is in very good condition, leather case and strap intact, glass face intact. Appears complete. Included is wooden box that was used for storage. Also includes 6 key stations with keys, stack of paper discs and set of winding and opening keys. Clock is in running condition. Not marked. (VG+). $165.


2756. Salem Ship’s Bell 8-Day Maritime Clock. Pat. October 25, 1921. Model 115-A. Beautiful salem ship’s bell striking clock. Heavy nickel plated cast brass case with heavy curved glass screw off bezel covers a beautiful dial with slight patina. Dial measures 4 inches track to track, bezel measures 5 1/2 inches, and case with bezel attached is almost 3 inches deep. Clock does run and strike, but starts hard and stops now and then – needs servicing but is priced right for this charming early piece. (VG-). $395.




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