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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We are continually acquiring wonderful and rare  original antiques and implements. Below are photos and information. Inquiries welcomed.

 

 

1263. (photo) Chenequa Fire Department Engine 2, Hartland, Wisconsin c.1970. Pierce Fire Apparatus original delivery photograph taken c.1970 at the factory before delivery. 8” x 10”. International 1300 with 750 GPM front-end pump. The Village of Chenequa is located in the “lake country” portion of Waukesha County, about 30 miles west of downtown Milwaukee, Wisconsin. Fire coverage is provided by the Hartland Fire Department. (VG). $6.

 

13167. (dance card) D. F. Wood Hook & Ladder Co., 4th Annual Ball, Northboro, Massachusetts. November 30, 1887. Fireman’s Ball Dance Card from 1887, 3 ¼ x 4 3/8 inches, pink cardboard cover with silk tasseled cord and embossed figures of 2 firemen.  good condition with minor soiling on the cover, the color of the photo is not exact but it is a faded pink with silver coloring on the embossed figures of 2 firemen, they are pulling a rope which looks like it continues with the cord. Printed contents includes information on the ball given by the D. F. Wood Hook and Ladder Co. of Northboro (Massachusetts), the committee members, and Order (list) of Dances by type and the music played. Rare early piece of ephemera for dance card collectors or fire collectors. Overall very clean, only very light wear. (VG). $48.

 

    

28284-7. U.S. Life Saving Service Fire Extinguisher – Harden Star Fire. Grenade c 1884 (size 7”). In the late Nineteenth Century the Life Saving Service, realizing the risk of fire in their remote wooden stations, ordered that each station be delivered twelve (12) Harden Star Fire Grenades. For example, in the National Archives, Miscellaneous Letter Files for May 15, 1885, there is a U.S. Life Saving Service requisition to deliver to the Collector of Customs, Boston, 18 dozen Harden Star Fire Grenades for the Second Life Saving District, with the notation to issue twelve grenades to each station. Similarly, on the Life Saving Service property return form listed under fire extinguisher are such “hand grenades”. Fire grenades originated in England during the late 18th century. The fire grenade was a bottle made of thin and very fragile glass designed to be thrown on the fire and to break easily. The contents were aimed at the base of the fire to quench the flames, and the grenades were designed to be light and easily handled. Grenades could be found in homes, hotels, factories, schools, trains and other commercial buildings around the turn of the century. Harden Star Grenades were patented just before the Great Chicago Fire of 1871. There were two sizes, pint and quart, with pint being the most common, measuring about 6” or so  in height. Colors were mostly shades of blue in the pint size. Although earlier grenades contained carbon tetrachloride, these late 1800's bottle-style fire grenades contained a saltwater / brine solution. Most such grenades were made after 1870 and continued in use until about 1910. These bottles are quite rare since they were made to be destroyed. They are often ornate and come in striking colors, so they are very sought after by collectors. This antique glass fire grenade bottle in a wonderful light blue-green color. The bottle stands 7” tall and has a large star embossed on the shoulder. “HARDENS HAND GRENADE FIRE EXTINGUISHER” is embossed around the midsection. There are two notches molded into the base where the bottle would have sat in a metal rack. This older late 1800's bottle-style fire grenade is full to three quarters with its original saltwater/brine solution. When these older bottles filled with salt/brine sit motionless, as in most if not all display situations, the fluid appears clear. When the solution is agitated a little it sometimes clouds up as the salt mixes up inside. The grenade still has its original cork and cement stopper in place. Bottle is in unusually good condition and perfect for display. This is a rare item, sought after by fire collectors and others and would be the perfect addition to your life saving station or collection. (F-). $214. (others available) 

 

2836. Historic Fire at First Unitarian Church of Northborough, Massachusetts 1945. Life Magazine October 9, 1950. For 137 years the First Unitarian Church of Northborough, Mass. had stood as a historic example of colonial architecture. In its belfry was the faithful town clock and a bell, made by Paul Revere's foundry, which had been rung at the death of every President after Washington. At 2:30 on the Saturday morning of Dec. 22,1945, a motorist driving along the Old Post Road saw orange flames leaping from the church's windows. He stopped his car and called the local fire department. When the firemen arrived they found that the flames, which had apparently spread from an oil stove in the women's parlor, were out of control. Dana Martin, an amateur photographer who lived across the street, rushed over to take this picture just as the fire reached the belfry. By dawn, despite the help of firemen from three neighboring towns, the church was a pile of ashes. The next day the congregation had their Christmas service in Northborough's Grange Hall and decided to start rebuilding, using as a model the church they had just lost. Superb photo of the fully involved New England church is accompanied by six additional photo and article. Full issue, clean and tight, light wear. (VG) $24. 

 

23353. Schorow, Stephanie. BOSTON ON FIRE – A History of Fires and Firefighting in Boston . Beverly . 2003. 242 p. DJ. Fires have shaped Boston since its founding in 1630. Innovations by Bostonians have led to improvements in firefighting and fire prevention . In this first comprehensive history of Boston’s major fires, Schorow tells the dramatic tales of seventeenth-century fires, the 1834 Ursuline convent fire, the Great Fire of 1872, the Chelsea conflagrations of 1908 and 1973, the tragic Coconut Grove nightclub firs, the Vendome Hotel collapse that killed nine firefighters in 1972, and an arson ring that terrorized the city in the 1980’s. Chapters are also devoted to the Hunneman fire engine and the citywide fire alarm system, the first in the nation. Retired Boston Fire Commissioner and noted author Leo Stapleton notes that this is “…a book that anyone with a love of the fire service should cherish.” (M).  Published at $24.95. Our Price $21.95.

27331a. (cabinet photo) Worcester, Massachusetts Fire Department Firefighter c.1880. Superb clear, close portrait photograph of young mustachioed firefighter of the Worcester Fire Department. Taken by Critcherson Photographer, 326 Main Street, Worcester, Mass. Photo is clean and clear, a fine early view. (VG+). $54

27331b. (cabinet photo) Worcester, Massachusetts Fire Department Firefighter c.1880. Superb clear, close portrait photograph of a mature  mustachioed firefighter of the Worcester Fire Department. Taken by Davis Photographer, Main & Park Streets, Worcester, Mass. Photo is clean and clear, a fine early view. (F-). $64

Other similar firefighter view available for Waltham. 

                      

   

28284-2. U.S. Life Saving Service Fire Extinguisher – Harden Star Fire. Grenade c 1884 (size 7”). In the late Nineteenth Century the Life Saving Service, realizing the risk of fire in their remote wooden stations, ordered that each station be delivered twelve (12) Harden Star Fire Grenades. For example, in the National Archives, Miscellaneous Letter Files for May 15, 1885, there is a U.S. Life Saving Service requisition to deliver to the Collector of Customs, Boston, 18 dozen Harden Star Fire Grenades for the Second Life Saving District, with the notation to issue twelve grenades to each station. Similarly, on the Life Saving Service property return form listed under fire extinguisher are such “hand grenades”. Fire grenades originated in England during the late 18th century. The fire grenade was a bottle made of thin and very fragile glass designed to be thrown on the fire and to break easily. The contents were aimed at the base of the fire to quench the flames, and the grenades were designed to be light and easily handled. Grenades could be found in homes, hotels, factories, schools, trains and other commercial buildings around the turn of the century. Harden Star Grenades were patented just before the Great Chicago Fire of 1871. There were two sizes, pint and quart, with pint being the most common, measuring about 6” or so  in height. Colors were mostly shades of blue in the pint size. Although earlier grenades contained carbon tetrachloride, these late 1800's bottle-style fire grenades contained a saltwater / brine solution. Most such grenades were made after 1870 and continued in use until about 1910. These bottles are quite rare since they were made to be destroyed. They are often ornate and come in striking colors, so they are very sought after by collectors. This antique glass fire grenade bottle in a wonderful light blue color. The bottle stands 7” tall and has a large star embossed on the shoulder. “HARDENS HAND GRENADE FIRE EXTINGUISHER” is embossed around the midsection. There are two notches molded into the base where the bottle would have sat in a metal rack. This older late 1800's bottle-style fire grenade is full to three quarters with its original saltwater/brine solution. When these older bottles filled with salt/brine sit motionless, as in most if not all display situations, the fluid appears clear. When the solution is agitated a little it sometimes clouds up as the salt mixes up inside. The grenade still has its original cork and cement stopper in place. In addition, the rare wire label holder is still in place. Bottle is in unusually good condition and perfect for display. This is a rare item, sought after by fire collectors and others and would be the perfect addition to your life saving station or collection. (F-). $224.

 

 

 

 

 

 

Page updated April 03, 2014

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