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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 US Light-House Establishment, Life-Saving Service, Revenue Cutter Service, U.S. Coast Guard and Navy. Below are photos and information. Inquiries welcomed.

 

An Amazing Book: 

13205. Levitt, Theresa. A Short Bright Flash - Augustin Fresnel and the Birth of the Modern Lighthouse. W.W. Norton. 2013. 288p. With 60 illustrations and 6 maps. Augustin Fresnel (1788–1827) shocked the scientific elite with his unique understanding of the physics of light. The lens he invented was a brilliant feat of engineering that made lighthouses blaze many times brighter, farther, and more efficiently. Battling the establishment, his own poor health, and the limited technology of the time, Fresnel was able to achieve his goal of illuminating the entire French coast. At first, the British sought to outdo the new Fresnel-equipped lighthouses as a matter of national pride. Americans, too, resisted abandoning their primitive lamps, but the superiority of the Fresnel lens could not be denied for long. Soon, from Dunkirk to Saigon, shores were brightened with it. The Fresnel legacy played an important role in geopolitical events, including the American Civil War. No sooner were Fresnel lenses finally installed along U.S. shores than they were drafted: the Union blockaded the Confederate coast; the Confederacy set about thwarting it by dismantling and hiding or destroying the powerful new lights. Levitt’s scientific and historical account, rich in anecdote and personality, brings to life the fascinating untold story of Augustin Fresnel and his powerful invention. Quality and contents make this an extraordinary read and a MUST for any lighthouse organization. (M). $25.95. (x)

 

                     

23371f. United States Lighthouse Establishment/Service Post Lantern c.1880-1910. Scarce, original United States Lighthouse Establishment or Service brass, oil lit post lantern. Brass label marked: “POST LANTERN”. Stamped into the brass in the top is the identifier "11 E". Brass lantern appears completely original, with clear smooth [not Fresnel] lens. Original twist in oil lamp is not present. With only a few very minor expected dents and age cracks but overall in very nice old brass in superb condition. Approx. 12” dia. Overall height 27”. A fine example of this rare style of Lighthouse Establishment navigational aid. (VG+). $1,595. 

These lanterns were used as navigational aids, and also for anchor and bow lights on lightships. Note the lantern above hanging from a bow boom on the Boston Light Vessel (detail below).

 

23371e. United States Lighthouse Establishment/Service Post Lantern “B” Frame with Housing Sections. Scarce, original United States Lighthouse Establishment or Service brass, originally oil lit post lantern parts include frame, lower housing, upper housing with weather cap. Brass label is marked: “POST LANTERN B”. Overall in good, original condition. Perfect for repaiting your damaged Post Lantern “B”. Approx. 12” dia. Overall height 27”. (VG). $345.

 

      

2497f. U. S. Lighthouse Service Lantern. c.1920’s. As you would expect, the Lighthouse Service, like other services, required lanterns for use in walking and for general utility lighting. Lantern is a Dietz “No. 2 Blizzard” style” in tin with brass oil reservoir. Soldered to the brass oil reservoir  is a brass tag or cartouche. which reads “U.S.L.H.S. No. 2”, nicely made with a raised border, and curved to fit the lantern. Lantern has a wire carrying handle or bail on top, with a clear early globe. Robert Edwin Dietz first began selling whale oil and camphene lamps and lanterns in 1840. By 1859, Robert and his brother Michael patented the first practical flat wick burner especially designed for the then new fuel oil, kerosene. The #2 Blizzard was billed as "King of the Cold Blasts," and was one of the first Cold Blast Lanterns produced by the company. Introduced in 1898, there are at least five variations of this perennial favorite. The Lighthouse Service used three oil lanterns in various styles, marked No. 1, No. 2, and simply U.S.L.H.S. Lantern is entirely complete and intact, with moderate overall coat of rust from exposure. Oil reservoir should polish up with some effort. Complete with font (without wick)  and all operating parts but will need some work to function. Still, an exceptional and more affordable example of this rare Lighthouse Service lantern. (VG-).  $945 net.

  

24376n. MARINE SIGNAL  LANTERN 155MM TYPE FA-249 CLEAR WITH 6-PLACE BULB HOLDER AND POWER SUPPLY. c.1990’s. Serial #50112 Amerace Corp., for Automatic Power, Inc. lightly used, complete with controller and 6-place bulb holder and power supply (includes original bulbs). Marine ATON lantern is used in thousands of installations worldwide in lighthouses, and to mark buoys, offshore structures, channels, bridges, barges and docks. This original lantern contains a highly efficient clear 360°  acrylic Fresnel lens which is single piece injection molded with 1”bird spike. Base is heavy duty PVC, gasketed. Lantern is 155 mm size and stands approximately 18" to top of cap. Base is molded from UV-stabilized fiberglass and polyester resin compound with an overall diameter of approximately 10”. Acrylic lens measures 11" high by approximately 6 ½” in diameter. Beacon is used, light wear but appears serviceable. Unknown if electronics are operational. With a little cleaning and work, a great lamp for a lighthouse, or for your den, or perfect for yard or post light, wharf, barn or driveway and will be striking when lit. Price new was $2,552. (VG+). $285.

 

24376m. MARINE SIGNAL  LANTERN 155MM TYPE ML-155 RED WITH 6-PLACE BULB HOLDER AND POWER SUPPLY. c.1990’s. Serial #14469  Tideland MaxLumina. Lightly used, complete with controller and 6-place bulb holder and power supply (includes original bulbs). Marine ATON lantern is used in thousands of installations worldwide in lighthouses, and to mark buoys, offshore structures, channels, bridges, barges and docks. This original lantern contains a highly efficient red 360°  acrylic fresnel lens which is single piece injection molded with 1”bird spike. Base is heavy duty PVC, gasketed. Lantern is 155 mm size and stands approximately 18" to top of cap. Base is molded from UV-stabilized fiberglass and polyester resin compound with an overall diameter of approximately 10”. Acrylic lens measures 11" high by approximately 6 ½” in diameter. Beacon is used, light wear but appears serviceable. Unknown if electronics are operational. With a little cleaning and work, a great lamp for a lighthouse, or for your den, or perfect for yard or post light, wharf, barn or driveway and will be striking when lit. Price new was $2,552. (VG+). $285.

 

  

24376J. MARINE SIGNAL  LANTERN 155MM TYPE FA-249 GREEN WITH 1-PLACE BULB HOLDER AND POWER SUPPLY. c.1990's. Serial #90911 Amerace Corp., for Automatic Power, Inc  New old stock, MIL surplus, complete with daylight controller and 1-place bulb holder and power supply (without bulb). Marine ATON lantern is used in thousands of installations worldwide in lighthouses, and to mark buoys, offshore structures, channels, bridges, barges and docks. This original lantern contains a highly efficient amber 360°  acrylic fresnel lens which is single piece injection molded with 1”bird spike. Base is heavy duty PVC, gasketed. Lantern is 155 mm size and stands approximately 18" to top of cap. Base is molded from UV-stabilized fiberglass and polyester resin compound with an overall diameter of approximately 10”. Acrylic lens measures 11" high by approximately 6 ½” in diameter. Beacon is used, moderate wear but appears serviceable. Unknown if electronics are operational. With a little cleaning and work, a great lamp for a lighthouse, or for your den, or perfect for yard or post light, wharf, barn or driveway and will be striking when lit. Price new was $2,552. (VG-). $168.

 

Early U. S. Coast Guard Navigation Lanterns

   

2221d. Extremely scarce, original United States Coast Guard navigational lantern. This extremely early and rare lantern was used as a river or harbor navigational light, and sometimes could be used without the lens as an area light at stations, on the boat house or inside and outside of the warehouses at depots. This is one of the very few that I have come across and is constructed of heavy weight tin for the US Coast Guard. The front top is embossed: “U. S. C. G.”. The lantern is tri-cornered with the three sides of the lantern housing glass panels – one clear, one red and one green indicating that its most recent use was for channel navigation. Two of the three panels are hinged and latch with double hasps. A vertical chamber once ran from the top ventilator down the back to feed heated air up into the lamp burner but had been removed some time in the past. Lantern measures approximately 16” x 16” x 16”. Overall height 28 ½” to top of handle. Lantern is complete including ventilating cap on top. Painted black. Without lamp, this is a wonderful example of this style of early Coast Guard lighting apparatus and extremely rare. (VG-).  $590 net.  

 

2221e. United States Coast Guard Lantern. Extremely scarce, original United States Coast Guard navigational lantern. This early and rare lantern was used as a river or harbor navigational light, and sometimes could be used without the lens as an area light at stations, on the boat house or inside and outside of the warehouses at depots. This scarce piece  is constructed of heavy tin for the US Coast Guard. The front top is embossed: “ U. S. C. G.”. The lantern is tri-cornered with the three sides of the lantern housing glass panels. The glass is present but two panes are broken. Sliding brackets allow them to be replaced with some cleaning and care. Two of the three panels are hinged and latch with double hasps. A vertical chamber runs from the top ventilator down the back to feed heated air up into the lamp burner. Measures approximately 16” x 16” x 16”. Overall height 28” to top of handle. Lantern is complete including ventilating cap and swing handle on top. Unit was painted black but as expected, much has worn off exposing the metal. The original brass oil lamp is present. Lamp is brass and is also embossed with the letters “U.S.C. G.” Base oil reservoir measures 6 ¾” in diameter by 5” high and has two passages running from the base to the font to provide air to the base of the flame. The lamps sits in a base within the lantern, allowing the external combustion air to rise within to the wicks. The lamp has a two-wick font with it but it is not original and does not fit properly. A wonderful rare example of this style of early Coast Guard lighting apparatus and extremely rare. (VG-). $625. 

1060. Operating Manual. MARINE SIGNAL  LANTERN FA-249, 155MM TYPE WITH AUTO-CHANGER. c.1960’s. Penwalt Automatic Power Corp., Houston, Texas. 32p. Complete operating, repair and parts manual includes complete repair procedures, wiring and parts diagrams, everything one would need to operate and repair the above marine beacon. The FA-249 series marine lantern incorporates an efficient acrylic optical system with a precision molded Lexan plastic base. Candlepower values exceed those of a conventional 200mm glass lens. Should be quite useful for Amerace, Tideland, and other similar marine beacons as well. Valuable information. (spiral bound photocopy $9.

 

Other lamps and lanterns available. Please see our Antiques page. 

LN-04. EARLY QUALITY Color Filter for 200mm USLHS POST LANTERN or for 200mm GLASS FRESNEL BUOY LENS. Beautiful red glass cylinder in brass frame were used to color code early lights. These were for use in 200mm Lighthouse Service and Coast Guard post lanterns, lens lanterns and buoy / aid to navigation lantern lamps and lanterns. This style of lens was used in smaller beacons and lights, as well as in numerous buoys and navigational lights using acetylene burners. The filter measures approximately 6 3/8" high x 5 5/8” outside diameter. Filter is one piece, completely intact including brass tabs and locking tabs. Red, bright, clear, great piece, perfect for use in your own lighthouse or for display. (VG+). $100.

 

QUALITY GLASS FRESNEL BUOY AND LAMP LENS.  Beautiful Fresnel drum type lenses were used in smaller buoys and lamps. Most are intact and clean, may be a few very small chips as expected but does not detract unless noted. Great pieces, perfect for use in your own lighthouse or for display. See below:

2640k. QUALITY 200mm GLASS FRESNEL BUOY or DRUM LENS BLUE. Beautiful clear glass Fresnel drum lens for use in lamps and other Lighthouse Service and Coast Guard buoy / aid to navigation lantern lamps and lanterns, etc. This style of lens was used in smaller beacons and lights, as well as in numerous buoys and navigational lights using acetylene burners, electric, etc. The lens measures approximately 200mm outside rim diameter of 7 ½” and height of 7 3/8”. Blue navigation light were also used atop the "banner flag pole" as the pilots site, used to aim the barge tow at night. The blue light would mark the leading center - line of the tow and show the pilot where the barges are at all times. Lens is one piece, prism completely intact, clean, only five very slight ships. A great piece, perfect to repair your  lamp or for use in your own lighthouse or for display. Weight about 7.5 lbs. (VG+). $145.

2640L,m. (Fresnel lens) QUALITY CLEAR GLASS FRESNEL LENS. Beautiful Fresnel type lenses were used in lamps and lanterns and would make wonderful lenses for your model lighthouse, lamp  or lantern. Lenses are lamp and lantern lenses and are a beautiful clear glass. No markings. Entirely intact and clean, only a few small chips. A great piece, perfect for use in your own lawn lighthouse or for display. Rim 3 7/8” od, 4 ¼” high. $68. (2 available)

 

2640d. QUALITY heavy 200mm GLASS  FRESNEL BUOY or DRUM LENS CLEAR. Beautiful heavy clear glass Fresnel drum lens for use in 200mm Lighthouse Service and Coast Guard buoy / aid to navigation lantern lamps and lanterns. This style of lens was used in smaller beacons and lights, as well as in numerous buoys and navigational lights using acetylene burners. The lens measures approximately 200mm outside diameter (173mm id)  or 6 7/8” id, 7 3/8” rim od, 8” max od, 7 3/8” high. Lens is one piece, prism completely intact, only a few chips and one area 1” x 2” chipped, as expected but does not detract. Marked "The Phoenix Company, Monace, Pa". Bright, clear, a great piece, perfect for use in your own lighthouse or for display. Weight about 6 lbs. (VG). $165 net.

   

SR-472. QUALITY 200mm GLASS FRESNEL BUOY or DRUM LENS CLEAR. Beautiful clear glass Fresnel drum lens for use in 200mm Lovell BU-48 and other Lighthouse Service and Coast Guard buoy / aid to navigation lantern lamps and lanterns, etc. This style of lens was used in smaller beacons and lights, as well as in numerous buoys and navigational lights using acetylene burners, electric, etc. The lens measures approximately 200mm outside diameter or 6 ¾” id, 7 3/8” rim od, 7 ¼” high. Lens is one piece, prism completely intact, no chips. A great piece, perfect to repair your  lamp or for use in your own lighthouse or for display. Weight about 7.5 lbs. A few paint spots, needs cleaning. (VG+). $195.

SR-473. QUALITY 200mm GLASS FRESNEL BUOY or DRUM LENS RED. Beautiful red glass Fresnel drum lens for use in 200mm Lovell BU-48 and other Lighthouse Service and Coast Guard buoy / aid to navigation lantern lamps and lanterns, etc. This style of lens was used in smaller beacons and lights, as well as in numerous buoys and navigational lights using acetylene burners, electric, etc. The lens measures approximately 200mm outside diameter or 6 7/8” id, 7 ½” rim od, 7 3/8” high. Lens is one piece, prism completely intact, 2 small chips. A great piece, perfect to repair your  lamp or for use in your own lighthouse or for display. Weight about 7.5 lbs. (VG+). $195.

2640i. QUALITY 200mm GLASS FRESNEL BUOY or DRUM LENS RED. Beautiful red glass Fresnel drum lens for use in and other Lighthouse Service and Coast Guard buoy / aid to navigation lantern lamps and lanterns, etc. This style of lens was used in smaller beacons and lights, as well as in numerous buoys and navigational lights using acetylene burners, electric, etc. The lens measures approximately 200mm outside diameter or 6 15/16” id, 7 5/16” rim od, 6” high. Lens is one piece, prism completely intact, clean. A great piece, perfect to repair your  lamp or for use in your own lighthouse or for display. Weight about 7.5 lbs. (VG+). $165.

  

2640J. QUALITY 200mm GLASS FRESNEL BUOY or DRUM LENS CLEAR. Beautiful clear glass Fresnel drum lens for use in lamps and other Lighthouse Service and Coast Guard buoy / aid to navigation lantern lamps and lanterns, etc. This style of lens was used in smaller beacons and lights, as well as in numerous buoys and navigational lights using acetylene burners, electric, etc. The lens measures approximately 200mm outside diameter or 6 3/8” id, 7 1/16” rim od, 6” high. Lens is one piece, prism completely intact, clean, some chipping. Marked “Corning Made in USA Todd”. A great piece, perfect to repair your  lamp or for use in your own lighthouse or for display. Weight about 7.5 lbs. (VG). $145.

 

Full Size Reproduction Fresnel Lenses. 

Full size 4th and 6th order operating Fresnel lens reproductions are now available. Specially made in the United States of high quality brass and high temperature acrylic, these lenses will make a beautiful addition to your museum collection or for actual lighthouse display. The lenses are made of an optical UV resistant acrylic and the frames are made of solid brass, complete with bottom frame, or trolley wheels if rotating. Delivery time is about 12-16 weeks from order confirmation. Other sizes and styles, and options are available on request.  

Fourth Order Fixed Lens: The height of the 4th order is 36 inches with a 250 mm focal distance. The inside diameter is 500 mm (19.68 inches). The lens is as original, with an operating door for tending the “lamp”. Fixed lenses with open back or reflector can be specified as well. The approximate weight is 250 lbs. for the fixed and 325 lbs. for the rotating. Included is the lens and a modern lamp holder. A cast iron pedestal is also available for an additional cost. 

Sixth Order Fixed Lens: The height of the 6th order is 22 inches with 150mm focal distance which makes the inside diameter of the lens 300mm (11.81 inches). The approximate weight of the lens is 75 lbs. for a fixed lens and 125 lbs. for a rotating lens. Below are some additional photos of a 4th order replica lens recently installed at the Pottawatomie Lighthouse in Wisconsin.

 

 

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Page updated July 11, 2014

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