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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)

 

12240. (patent application) Douglass, William Tregarthen. Application Number 4244. Improvements In Or In Connection With The Optical Apparatus Of Lighthouses. (London). 1895. 7 ½” x 11”.  3p. Disbound. Specifications relate to the “… revolving of optical apparatus of lighthouses in which the said apparatus is supported by a ring floating in an annular bath of mercury…. “Includes complete details of the apparatus along with full page labeled b/w plate. Excellent early details on apparatus that would be accepted for use world-wide. (VG+). $124.

 

SR-479. U. S. COAST GUARD 200 MM BU-48 BUOY / AID TO NAVIGATION LANTERN from Southwest Breakwater, Michigan City, IN. c.1960-80’s. Large, vintage double cast aluminum lantern was used as an aid to navigation on the Southwest Breakwater, Michigan City, IN. This striking original lantern contains a two large, clear  360°  red glass Fresnel lenses. Casting is heavy duty cast aluminum, and is marked in the casting  "BU-48 USCG  04-8” Lantern is 200 mm size and stands 29”  to top without  bird spike. Overall diameter approximately 9". Lens measures 7” high by approximately 8 5/8” " in outside diameter. Lenses have no cracks and only minor chips. Complete including tie rods but without top bird spike and lamp changer. Has been electrified but should be re-wired. It is most unusual to find these lanterns of the early Coast Guard era. (VG). $795.

 

SR-482. Fresnel Lens [Crouse-Hinds FCB Type] Red Beacon. Striking double red beacon used as aircraft / bridge / tower beacon. Two separate red Fresnel lenses can be used together or separated for use within your lighthouses. Unit measures 28" high by 12" diameter and is hinged to open in the center. In cast aluminum housing, once operated on either 120 or 230 volts AC, hinged at midpoint for re-lamping, used two 700W lamps. Watertight, non ventilated. Has been electrified but needs re-wiring. Upper lens is in very good condition, no cracks or noticeable chips, lower lens has poorly repaired area. Weather sealed, heavy duty unit. (VG). $695.

 

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.

 

              

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).

 

      

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.

 

  

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. 

  

500mm Lightship Beacon and Navigation Light

D-11. 500mm (4th order) Lightship Beacon and Navigation Light. This beautiful vintage Beacon Light was manufactured by the American Gas Accumulator Company (AGA) and is designated as a 500mm Beacon Light. Many different sizes were manufactured by AGA for Lighthouse Service use. Most common are the 150mm and 200mm buoy lights that are commonly seen. The Beacon Light has an exterior center section called the storm pane section. On top of this section is found a hinged top secured down with three latch bolts and nuts that unscrew to gain access to the top cover. Two grab handles are secured to the hinged top for servicing the 4th Order Fresnel lens cut glass prism light inside. The bottom has a section where it can be bolted down to various structures.

The Lighthouse Service 500mm Beacon Lights would have been used atop various smaller lighthouses that were unmanned such as the Lake St. Clair Crib Light as well as the Muskegon South Break Water Light, as Pierhead lights as a rear range light or on the opposite side of the channel of a major lighthouse like Grand Haven’s and Charlevoix’s opposite piers high atop a skeletal type structure, on an independent minor aid to navigation structure where a lightkeeper wasn’t necessary and mainly on Lightships as the main lights, typically with two masts of Beacon Lights. The St. Clair, Ambrose and Nantucket lightships all used these types of 500mm lights.

The lights were designed to give up to one year of unattended service in all types of weather conditions in remote locations. The light is made of copper, gunmetal and brass. The glass Fresnel lens inside is made up of numerous cut and polished prisms and then assembled into a frame and inserted into the lantern housing. Shown are several application photos where a light like this was used among many others.

The Fresnel lens can be removed if required and is in excellent shape for its age. It is the size of a typical 4th Order lighthouse lens and is 18-1/2 inches inside diameter and 24 inches tall approximately. The Fresnel lens alone can actually be removed from the light to be used as an independent drum type lighthouse lens in a museum and or private home if needed. The light overall is 55 inches tall and 31 inches wide approximately. The light is currently crated for shipment and the crate dimensions are 37 inches wide by 37 inches long and 60 inches tall. The weight is approximately 850 pounds. There is no extra charge for crating. Shipping is based on actual cost door to door. Reduced to: $19,995 plus shipping. (sorry, no discounts apply) 

  

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:

 

 

RA-384. 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. 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 inside diameter or 7 5/8” id, 8” rim od, 8 ½” max od, 6 3/8” high. Lens is one piece, prism completely intact, a just few chips as expected but does not detract. A great piece, perfect to repair your 200mm lamp or for use in your own lighthouse or for display. Weight about 7.5 lbs. (VG). (1 available) $195 net each.

 

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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