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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)

  

1634. Smith, J.T. On The Methods Of Illuminating Lighthouses, With A Description Of A Reciprocating Light. London. 1842. 8p. (pp.193-200) 9” x 11”. Extract from the Transactions of the Institution of Civil Engineers discusses new apparatus for the illuminating of lighthouses including the advantages of a new reciprocating light. Very good detail including one illustration of gear arrangement. Clean, crisp, disbound. (VG+). $64.

24169x. (lot 3 specification brochures) AGA Gasaccumulator c.1946. Beacons and Buoy Lanterns. Lot of 3 brochures includes: Standard AGA Beacon and Buoy Lanterns for Dioptric Drum Lenses….  4p. No. 358; Standard AGA Light Buoys for Temporary Marking. 4p. No. 342; AGA Standard Leading Light Lanterns With Bull’s Eye Lenses….  4p. No. 345. Illustrated with photos, tables of specifications and diagrams. Light wear. (VG). Lot $54.

 

24169y. (lot 10 specification brochures) AGA Gasaccumulator c.1928-1964. Beacons and Buoy Lanterns, Light Installations, Flashing Light Signals, Range Light Lanterns, Electric Sound Transmitter, Warning Lights, Flashers. Lot of 10 brochures includes: AGA Marine Light Installations with Dalen Incandescent Light…. 12p. No. 375; Standard AGA Beacon and Buoy Lanterns for Dioptric Drum Lenses….  4p. No. 358; Standard AGA Light Buoys for Temporary Marking. 4p. No. 342; AGA Standard Leading Light Lanterns With Bull’s Eye Lenses….  4p. No. 345; The AGA Flashing Light Signal IBTB-5… 4p. No. 515B; AGA Standard Beacon and Buoy Lanterns for Open Burners. 1928. 4p. No. 358; AGA Standard Range Light Lanterns with Bull’s Eye Lenses…. 4p. No. 345; AGA Electric Sound Transmitter for Fog Signalling. 6p. No. 377; AGA Flashlight Signal IBTB-5…. 4p. No. 515-C; The AGA Transistor Flasher. 4p. Illustrated with photos, tables of specifications and diagrams. Light wear. (VG). Lot $125.

24169r. AGA 2KW Fog Signal System Instruction Manual. AGA. 1970’s. Complete with drawings, fold-out circuit diagrams, 1973. 100 pages (approx.). Post bound. $115.

24169s. US Coast Guard. Aids to Navigation Manual CG-222. Chapter 20. Lighted Aids to Navigation – Acetylene Apparatus.  c.1950’s. Approx. 200 pages. Filled with diagrams and plans and information needed to maintain acetylene gas lanterns. Illustrations, drawings. Post binding. $145.

24169t. AGA News. No 2, 1965. 20p. Soft wraps. Promotional information, company news, new innovations (gearless revolving pedestal for Fresnel lens, small caisson lighthouse structure, reliability AGA sound emitters, Thyrister flasher, etc.) $44 

24169u. AGA Flashers for open flame acetylene. Cat. No. 301. 27p. Spiral bound. Parts photos with parts lists. No year noted. High quality copy. $65. 

24169j. Theory of Operation and Servicing Instructions Wallace & Tiernan 2-Mile Fog Horn. c.1963. 112p. with one fold-out plan. Illustrated, many planes and plates. W&T post binding. $120

24169L. Wallace & Tiernan. Instruction Handbook With Parts Catalogue – Electric Marine Beacons, Flasher Mechanisms, Lampchangers. c.1957. Soft wraps. Includes descriptions preparation for use, installation, operating characteristics, parts diagrams and lists, lamp changers, and much more. Filled with diagrams and information. $150.

24169m. Wallace & Tiernan. Installation, Manual for Operation and Maintenance of Wallace & Tiernan Apparatus. WIFA-250-1-1. c.1962. 92p. Post bound. Includes descriptions preparation for use, installation, operating characteristics, parts diagrams and lists, lamp changers, range lights, and much more. Filled with diagrams and information. $170.

24169n. Wallace & Tiernan. Electric Beacon Calculaide (calculator). Circular sliding calculator is used to calculate the required battery capacity for electric beacon installation where the amperage of the lamp, the flashing characteristic and the desired service period are known. Can also calculate service perios and battery capacity. Excellent condition – unused – in original packaging. $85.

24169v. Lighted Aids to Navigation – GRS Range Lanterns Pamphlet 753. General Railway Signal Company. Rochester, NY, May 1953. 55 pages. Spiral bound. These were used along rivers and harbor entrances. Includes lantern types with specs. and parts drawings, determining candlepower and range, power supplies, bulbs, installation, wiring, parts lists. $85.

24169w. Rotating Beacon Type DCB-10. Installation, Operation, Maintenance, Parts List. Crouse- Hinds Co. March 1970. Installation, operation, maintenance, parts list. 12p. Soft wraps. Good condition. $48.

24169p. Chance Bros. Description and Plans for Lights for Lighthouses, According to the Catadioptric System of Augustin Fresnel and the Holophotal System and Other Improvements. Chance Brothers & Co., Birmingham. 1855. Reprint. 86p. Soft wraps. Includes fixed and rotating lights, description & plans, prices, applications, lantern rooms with apparatus diagrams, etc. $65.

24169q. Aids to Marine Navigation. Tideland Signal Company. 88 pages. 20+ years old. c.2000. Sales manual and brochures, specifications, etc. Includes Lighted Beacons of all types, Floating Aids, Radio Aids, Audible Aids, Power Supplies, Support Structures, Control Systems. In Tideland spiral binder. $120 

24169k. Aids to Marine Navigation. Tideland Signal Company.  c.2000. Sales manual and brochures, specifications, etc. Includes Lighted Beacons of all types, Floating Aids, Radio Aids, Audible Aids, Power Supplies, Support Structures, Control Systems. In Tideland 3-ring binder. $140

 

15170. (photo) First Order Fresnel Lenses c.1930. Clear close press photo shows great detail of two First Order Fresnel lenses with rotating apparatus, one for Pachena Point Lighthouse (BC, and a double-flashing apparatus. Measures 8” x 10”. Includes date and description on back. Dated October 23, 1930. (VG+). $38.

23278e. U. S. COAST GUARD TYPE BLUE 200 MM BU-48 BUOY / AID TO NAVIGATION LANTERN. c.1940-60’s. Large, vintage bronze lantern was used as a buoy or pier light as an aid to navigation. This striking original bronze lantern contains a large, blue  360°  glass Fresnel lens. Casting is heavy duty bronze, and is not marked except “1050-2”. Lantern is 200 mm size and stands 20 ½”  to top without  bird spike, which is missing. Overall diameter approximately 9". Lens measures 7” high by approximately 8 5/8” " in outside diameter. Lens has no cracks or chips but has been abraded by wind and water. Complete including tie rods but without top bird spike and lamp changer. Would polish nicely, a great lamp for your den, or for the wharf, barn or driveway and will be striking when lit. It is most unusual to find these bronze lanterns of the early Coast Guard era. (VG).  $595.

 

24376v. MARINE SIGNAL LANTERN 155MM TYPE ML-155 RED. Tideland Max Lumina. Unused, new old stock, complete with red lens and mounting bar for 4 or 6-place bulb holder (not included). 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. 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. As new, never used, in original but worn box. (F-). $165.

24376u. MARINE SIGNAL  LANTERN 155MM TYPE CG-205 CLEAR WITH 6-PLACE BULB HOLDER AND POWER SUPPLY. c.1970’s. Amerace Model  2149-F3. Unit is 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+). $265.

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. Reduced $895.

 

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.

24376t. MARINE SIGNAL  LANTERN 155MM TYPE ML-155 RED c.2006. Tideland Max Lumina. Unused, new old stock c.2006, complete red lens and mounting bar for 4 or 6-place bulb holder (not included). 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. 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. As new, never used, in original box. (F-). $165.

24376s. MARINE SIGNAL  LANTERN 155MM TYPE FA-249/25 RED WITH 6-PLACE BULB HOLDER, PROGRAMMABLE FLASHER, SOLAR CELL AND POWER SUPPLY. c.2005. Serial #515775A Automatic Power. New old stock (Nov 2005), never used, in original packing includes complete lantern, 2 extra bulbs and instruction manual. 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 19" 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. This unit is complete, requires a 10VDC-30VDC power source (has internal regulator for variable range input voltage).  Unit has a 6 bulb index changer, all bulbs intact. The changer will index one bulb each time it cycles one on off period.  If a bulb is burned out it will skip that bulb and go to the next working bulb.  This is to insure continuous operation without fail.  Includes two spare bulbs, these are rugged military spec type bulbs with a long service life.  Unit has electric eye installed and wired in (unit will turn off automatically at sunrise until dusk).  This unit also has a solar power connection for solar panel and battery operation (not included).  The blinking sequences are programmable via the internal circuit box by removing the plastic cover and accessing the two mini rotary switches inside the control box.  By turning these in combinations several hundred flashing sequences are possible.  The sequences are in the operating manual which is included. This unit is built by Pharos Marine Automatic Power of Houston, Texas and is extremely rugged and durable as it is designed for any outdoor weather situation. $395.

 

25353e. 200mm Navigational Beacon Lamp Changer. 4-bulb 12-16 V AC DC. #18809. Swing lamp changer appears in good condition, includes three of the four needed bulbs. Unknown manufacturer. Three mounting holes. Measures 6 ¼” to top of bulbs. Essential addition to your lighthouse lighting exhibit. Unknown if operational. (VG). $58.

 

Early U. S. Coast Guard Navigation Lanterns

 

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-). $545. 

 

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:

2640-5. GLASS FRESNEL LAMP OR LANTERN DRUM LENS RED. Beautiful red glass Fresnel drum lens for use in lamps and lanterns, etc. The lens measures outside rim diameter of 3 ¼” inside diameter range from 2 3/8” top to 3” bottom and height of 3 ¾”. Lens is one piece, prism completely intact, clean, as new. Marked Dietz Night Watch Fresnel, Syracuse, NY. USA. A great piece, perfect to repair your lamp or for use in your own lighthouse or for display. (F-). $38.

 

2640-6. GLASS FRESNEL DRUM LENS RED. Beautiful red 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, lights and lanterns. Marked “Mfr: Perkins M.L. & HD. Corp., Brklyn, N.Y. Group B&C 360 degrees, Mould No. 43”. The lens measures outside rim diameter of 6”, inside diameter range from 5 1/8 – 5 3/8”, and height of 6 5/8”. Lens is one piece, prism completely intact, clean, only two slight chips, a few spots, light wear. A great piece, perfect to repair your  lamp or for use in your own lighthouse or for display. Weight about 5 lbs. (VG+). $115.

 

2640z. QUALITY 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 outside rim diameter of 8 5/8”, inside diameter range from 7 11/16” – 8” and height of 8 3/8”. Lens marked “Perko Perkins MLD 28 No. 3 Anchor Fig 261”. Lens is one piece, prism completely intact, clean, only three slight chips. A great piece, perfect to repair your  lamp or for use in your own lighthouse or for display. Weight about 12 lbs. (VG+). $255.

2640-3. GLASS FRESNEL BUOY or DRUM LENS BLUE. As new – new old stock in original box. Beautiful blue 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 of 7 ½”, inside diameter 6 11/16 – 6 7/8”, and height of 7 3/8”. Lens is one piece, prism completely clean, as new. A great piece, perfect to repair your  lamp or for use in your own lighthouse or for display. Weight about 7 lbs. (F-). $245. (x)

2640-1. GLASS FRESNEL BUOY or DRUM LENS RED. Beautiful red 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 outside rim diameter of 7 ½”, inside diameter range from 6 11/16” – 6 7/8” and height of 8 3/8”. Lens is one piece, prism completely intact, clean, only two slight chips, a few paint spots, light wear. A great piece, perfect to repair your  lamp or for use in your own lighthouse or for display. Weight about 7 lbs. (VG+). $175.

2640y. 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 inside rim diameter of 8”, outside rim diameter 8 5/8” and height of 8 3/8”. Lens marked “Durkee Marine Products Corp, NY.”. Lens is one piece, prism completely intact, clean, only a three small ¾” – 1” chips. A great piece, perfect to repair your  lamp or for use in your own lighthouse or for display. Weight about 11 lbs. (VG+). $265.

SR-517. 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,  inside rim diameter of 7 ¾”, outside rim diameter 8 ¼” and height of 7”. Lens marked “GGG DIN89950  95r”. Also has an inventory number and date engraved on glass. Lens is one piece, prism completely intact, clean, with 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. (F-). $248.

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.

  

2640n. QUALITY  CLEAR GLASS FRESNEL BUOY or DRUM LENS. Beautiful clear glass Fresnel drum lens for use in 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. The lens measures approximately 225mm inside diameter or 9” id, 9 ¼” rim od, 7” high. Lens is one piece, prism completely intact, a just few very slight chips as expected but does not detract. A great piece, perfect to repair your lamp or for use in your own lighthouse or for display. Weight about 8 lbs. (VG+). (1 available) $275.

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.

 

SALE!  Booklets by Tom Tag - Fresnel Lenses & Lighting...

~ Early American Lighthouse Illumination ~ 

     

Thomas Tag has long been probably the only authority on lamps, lens apparatus and illumination for lighthouses, with his articles on the subject appearing in our catalogue, as well as the U. S. Lighthouse Society’s Keeper’s Log, Lighthouse Digest and other publications. Now Tom has put together much of this information in seven publications which detail the entire subject, from lamps and fuels, to burners, lens apparatus, manufacturing processes and more. This is a superb collection that answers the questions that many of us have been asking for some time, and will serve as a reference on the subject for years to come. Each of the booklets includes a complete set of footnotes defining the sources of the data for those interested in further research. 

Normally priced at $26 each - now on sale for $18 each. Click here to see our Tom Tag page

 

 

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 August 03, 2016

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    Kenrick A. Claflin & Son Nautical Antiques
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