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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 and U.S. Coast Guard. Below are photos and information. Inquiries welcomed.

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21460h. Lighthouse Service. THE UNITED STATES LIGHTHOUSE SERVICE. Washington . GPO. 1923. 111p. Original buff soft wraps. Provides a complete and detailed overview of the U. S. Light-House Service, its history as well as descriptions of various lighthouses, light-vessels, river-lights, fog signals, duties of personnel, etc. Chapters include Duties and Organization, Jurisdiction, Cooperation, National Defense Activities of the Lighthouse Service, District Limits and Offices, Aids to Navigation, History and Growth of the Lighthouse Service, Types of Construction of Lighthouses, Lighting Apparatus and Illuminants, Distinctiveness and Characteristics of Lights, Visibility and Candlepower of Lights, Fog Signals, Radio Fog Signals, Buoys, River Lighting, Lighthouse Depots, Light Vessels, Lighthouse Tenders, Recently Built Lighthouses and Vessels, Personnel, Light-Keeper’s Quarters, Saving Life and Property, Lighting of Bridges, Private Aids to Navigation, Laws, Publications, Exhibits of the Lighthouse Service, Past and Present Officers of the Lighthouse Service, and much more. Well illustrated with over 50 official photographs. Contents overall clean and tight, endpapers a bit brittle, spine tight but a few chips, cover one 1” chip to corner. Possibly the most complete and well organized overview of the Lighthouse Service available - extremely rare. (VG). $144.

 

12199b. (stopwatch case) Original U. S. Lighthouse Service Stopwatch Case c.1900-1937. This stopwatch case was manufactured by the Berna Watch Company, one of the suppliers of stopwatches to the Government. The Berna Watch Company" whose products were exhibited at the international exhibitions in 1893 in Chicago , and 1900 and 1906 in Paris and Milan, would win gold medals for their ingenuity and quality. They continued in business at least into the 1930’s. This piece is actually from a a chronograph - any watch that can be started and stopped at will to record an elapsed time. Further, it was considered a half chronograph - one that does everything with successive pushes of one button. These are start, stop, and reset. Such timers were issued to each of the 26 Supervisors in 13 Lighthouse Districts for timing the rotation of the lighthouse lenses. As one of only a few Lighthouse Service stopwatches or cases that are still known to exist, this watch case is superbly engraved "U.S.L.H.S." on the back cover. The silver plated case opens to reveal a burnished back cover. Case evidences some  expected wear. Inside back case is marked with the serial number 3162672. Movement and watch face are not present – this is the case only. This is a great opportunity for the collector of U. S. Lighthouse Service artifacts to obtain the beautifully engraved piece at an unusually low price. (If complete, this would sell in the $1,400 range) (VG). $325.

13221a. (circular distributed to light-keepers) Light-House Establishment. General Depot. Thompkinsville. 1908. Re. Time Reports. January 1, 1908. Rare full page document issued to all light-keepers was sent with a supply of Light-Keeper’s Time Reports and includes instructions on filling the forms out and where to send them, etc. Interestingly, document  notes that “If there is any irregularity in the performance of services required of the Keeper or Assistant Keepers…. Such as death, unauthorized absences from duty, etc., the matter should be promptly reported…. File this letter carefully for future reference. 8” x 10 ½”. Clean, light edge wear. (VG). $48.

13221c. (circular distributed to light-3rd District keepers) Light-House Establishment. General Depot. Thompkinsville. 1909. Re. Reporting Damage. November 4, 1909. Rare full page document issued to all light-keepers in the 3rd LH District calling the attention of the Keepers to the instructions relating to reporting damage to stations and equipment. The Inspector notes that “Such articles as lantern glass, windows, screens, parts of illuminating apparatus, parts of fog signals, or anything required to put the machinery, the apparatus, the buildings or the grounds, in repair are not supplies and should not be included in requisitions for supplies…. “ 8” x 10 ½”. Clean, light edge wear. Interesting item. (VG+). $64.

13221d. (circular distributed to light-keepers, etc) Light-House Establishment. General Depot. Thompkinsville. 1910. Re. Wearing of Black Tie. July 8, 1910. Rare full page document issued to all officers on Light-House Tenders and Light Vessels, Keepers and Assistant Keepers of Light Stations, Light-House Depot Keepers and Watchmen at Light-House Depots. Letter institutes order to be included in the Regulations regarding: “Black Tie to be od silk or satin, string, of uniform width, not less than ¾ inch of more than 1 ¼ inches, and not less than 32 inches nor more than 36 inches in length. It is further ordered that this instruction be carried into effect in the Light-House Establishment at once. This order includes all officers on Light-House Tenders and Light Vessels, Keepers and Assistant Keepers of Light Stations, Light-House Depot Keepers and Watchmen at Light-House Depots.” 8” x 10 ½”. Clean, light edge wear. (VG). $58.

13337. (autobiography) George R. Putnam, Commissioner of Lighthouses. Signed in hand “George R. Putnam Class of ‘90”. The Rose Technic. Vol. XLII Number 7. Rose Polytechnic Institute, Terre Haute, Indiana. April 1933. Soft wraps. Rare autobiography by Commissioner Putnam discusses his life and work after graduating from Rose Polytechnic Institute including his work for the Coast and Geodetic Survey and U.S, Lighthouse Service. Signed in hand and dated by Commissioner Putnam. Full issue, clean and tight. (VG+). $48.

 

12472b. U.S. Lighthouse Service Tender Stateroom Door Insignia (drilled for mounting). Piece is 8" high. Original from the estate of the Assistant Superintendent, Staten Island Lighthouse Depot. Price is $475 plus UPS shipping. These were used on lightships and tenders on stateroom doors, as well as on vehicles and other applications. (shown at left in photo)

13346. (bid booklet) Form 103 – U.S. Light-House Establishment – Specifications, Proposal and Contract for Keeping Buoys. New Jersey including Barnegat Inlet, Tucker Cove Inlet, Little Egg Harbor Inlet, Absecon Inlet and Bay, Great Egg Harbor Inlet, Bay and River, Hereford Inlet, Townsend Inlet and others. 1895. 20p. Soft wraps. 9½” x 12”. Contains complete Advertisement, Instructions to Bidders, Bid Form, Guarantee, Contracts and Specifications filled out in hand and awarded to L. Furman Smith to maintain buoys in the areas noted. Booklet included advertisement and specifications, Instructions to Bidders, Specifications, Contract filled out in hand and executed in the amount of $595, original agreement for a $600 bond posted by L. Furman Smith that guarantees his performance and is dated May 11, 1895, bondsman’s oaths, Certificate of Solvency, and the Directions as to Execution of Contracts. Booklet overall clean and tight, some wear at spine, with two early folds, some toning and minor tears at some folds. . Excellent for research, interesting reading. Good 4th LH District piece. (VG-). $185.

13403. (mounted photo) U.S. Lighthouse Service Tender Quartermaster c.1900. Rare mounted portrait photograph provides a wonderful view of the Quartermaster of a Lighthouse Service tender at about the turn of the century. Image measures 4” x 5 ½” on a 5” x 7 ½” mount. What strikes me about this photo are the uniform insignia, rarely seen this well in photos. Clearly we can see the 1 ½” Quartermaster’s “steering wheel” embroidered in white silk on the coat sleeve that is indicated in the 1907 and prior Lighthouse Service Uniform Regulations. The gentleman is also wearing a regulation cap, with adjustable chin strap of leather fastened by two small regulation “U.S.L.H.E.” buttons. In the center of the front on the cap is the rarely seen embroidered insignia consisting of a “silver light-house with gold-worked letters “U.S.L.H.E., 5/8 inch in length , in a circle at the base of the light-house.” This hat insignia seems to be reserved for quartermasters on tenders alone, as all other personnel ashore or afloat were specified to wear the embroidered wreath insignia inclosing a silver lighthouse until 1928, when there were significant changes made. This hat insignia for Quartermasters came into use between 1893 and 1907 and was still in use thru 1928, and probably until 1939. On the front of the double-breasted sack coat in navy blue, there are eight large 1” regulation “U.S.L.H.E.” buttons – even this design can be clearly seen in this remarkably clear photo. This style was replaced with the lighthouse image buttons some time after the 1907 regulations came into effect. Photo is clean and crisp, as nice as they come. In pencil on back “Point Adams”. Quite rare. (VG+). $395. 

 

    

Original hand drawn architectural drawings Wood End, Long Point Type Light Towers. We have been very fortunate to come across a lot of over 137 original architectural drawings for the construction of various lighthouses, keeper’s dwellings, oil houses, range beacons and more This lot originated from the Lighthouse Establishment / Coast Guard archives of Captain Lorenzo Sitgreaves (1811-1888), of the United States Topographical Engineers and others, who was closely involved in the design and construction of many lighthouses throughout the country and disposed of years later. This lot includes one-of-a-kind items and includes 137 original full color hand drawn in ink on linen architectural drawings. These represent an unprecedented view into the design and construction of the lighthouse, oil house and other parts of the station. The drawings are quite beautiful and would be wonderful for research or to frame for display.

R-07. Hand drawn on linen design for a brick lighthouse, 4th order, elevation, section AB, section CD, plan of lantern deck, plan of watchroom deck, copied in office of Lighthouse Board, May, 1876. Used at Long Point, Wood End, etc. 22” x 28”. 2 color. Moderate foxing. $880.

R-08. Hand drawn on linen design for a brick lighthouse, 4th order, elevation, section AB, section CD, plan of lantern deck, plan of watchroom deck, copied in office of Lighthouse Board, May, 1876. Used at Long Point, Wood End, etc. 22” x 28”. 2 color. Moderate foxing. $880. (shown above) 

13408. Henry, Ellen J. The Lighthouse Service and the Great War. Ponce Inlet. 2013. 72p. Soft wraps. The Great War at the beginning of the twentieth century affected every aspect of American life including the personnel of the Lighthouse Service. It was even proposed that the Lighthouse Service become a part of the U.S. Navy during the Great War. This would become a reality and the operation of the Lighthouse Service and the lives of the personnel were greatly affected. But many questions would arise. What orders would lighthouse personnel obey? What would they be paid ? Could the keeper’s families remain at the light stations as they had for years ? How would the operation of the lighthouses change in this new age of submarine warfare? What additional duties would be required of lighthouse personnel ? These and many other questions are discussed in some detail in the author’s most interesting and readable account. Author Ellen Henryis the Curator at the Ponce de Leon Inlet Light Station Museum in Florida and is an expert on the subject of the U.S. Lighthouse Service. Her well researched account is filled with little known information on the Lighthouse Service during this period and will be a valued addition to your library. (M). $9.95. (x)

 

13221b. (circular distributed to light-keepers) Light-House Establishment. Circular No. 11 of 1909. Inside Paint Colors. May 17, 1909. Rare Circular document amends Instructions to Light-Keepers 1902, “Inside Colors”, to insert: “Light sea green, drab, or cream colored transparent oil paint …. For plastered walls.” 8” x 10 ½” printed original. Clean, very light foxing. (VG+). $44.

 

Original U.S. Lighthouse Service Pennants:

The below original pennants originate from the estate of a former Assistant Superintendent at the Staten Island Lighthouse Depot. 

This is the most commonly recognized lighthouse pennant - the triangular shaped white with red border, with the blue silhouette of a lighthouse in the center. Some sources indicate that this pennant was adopted in 1869. However we find no mention of such a pennant in Lighthouse Service records until 1888. The Annual report of the Light House Board for the fiscal year 1888 contains a full color frontis illustration of the “new” pennant for use on vessels in the Light-House Service. The text indicates that the pennant was adopted at the meeting of the Light-House Board on September 3, 1888. Looking in the Rules and Regulations for the period, they indicate when such pennants were to be flown: “Whenever an officer of the Light-House Establishment or a member of the Light-House Board is afloat in a vessel of the Light-House Establishment, the light-house flag [pennant] shall be shown at the mainmast head….Light-vessels shall display colors and light-house flag to all passing vessels of war and vessels of the Light-House Service. In addition we see in vintage photographs pennants flying occasionally from light stations and depots.

This is a spectacular find!

 

12477e. (pennant) U.S. Lighthouse Service. 100% wool. Mfg by Washington Dettras. Marked with “U.S.” Staten Island insignia on hem and “No. 4”.  Completely intact, no fraying, rarely if ever flown, only a few moth holes, some red stains. Sewn lighthouse insignia. Measurements 29" wide x 52" long. Original, from the estate of the Assistant Superintendent, Staten Island Lighthouse Depot, letter of provenance included. $1,695.

12477b. (pennant) U.S. Lighthouse Service. 100% wool. Mfg by Sterling. With printed blue lighthouse on white field, sewn red border. Completely intact, no fraying, rarely if ever flown, only one or two small moth holes, clean. Measurements 27" wide x 50" long. Original, from the estate of the Assistant Superintendent, Staten Island Lighthouse Depot, letter of provenance included. $1,495.

 

13142. (photo) Lighthouse Service Bells, Staten Island Lighthouse Depot, Tompkinsville, NY c.1924. Clear, close, original 8” x 8” press photos shows rare details inside the Lighthouse Service Depot on Staten Island. In this view over 50 used worn and cracked bells are stored outside one of the depot buildings awaiting melting down. Includes 6 or 8 large bells, some marked “USLHE”, which were most likely light station or lightship fog bells. Photo is b/w and includes date and description on back. Dated November 4, 1924. Clear, close view, great detail, a bit of ink residue. (VG). $68.

 

12481. (document) U.S. Light-House Establishment. Third District. Tompkinsville, N.Y. Buoys in Taunton River. c.1873. Early one page hand written letter on official Light-House Establishment letterhead, to Light-House Inspector James Brady, 3rd. District, relative to buoyage in the Taunton River and advising that the Lighthouse Tender Cactus will be sent to attend to them as soon as practicable, and requesting a pilot to accompany her. Measures 8” x 10”, clean, crisp. Very nice early collectible. (VG+). $68.

12464. (photo) Crew Loads Coal Aboard Lighthouse Tender as She Prepares for Her Winter Voyage c.1930. Rare view shows crew bringing baskets of coal aboard the tender, probably for delivery to light stations in the district. Clear, close view, good detail of the crew’s work uniforms and the wooden deck of the tender. Not dates, guess 1920’s or 1930’s. 6” x 8”. Includes newspaper caption with description. (VG). $54.

1304. (document) U. S. Light-House Establishment, Office of the Light-House Inspector, Fourteenth District, Cincinnati, Ohio. Jan. 19, 1895 to Light-Keeper W. G. Chandler in Gravelly Springs, (Lauderdale County) Alabama regarding loss of lantern, signed in hand by F. W. Crocker, Lt. Commander, U. S. Navy Light-House Inspector, 14th District. Original typed letter on official stationery measures 8” x 10”. Written in reply to post-light keeper W.G. Chandler regarding the loss of a lantern, the Inspector writes: “….Your letter dated Jan. 13th., 1895 regarding the loss of your lantern has been received. In reply, I would say that it is impossible to send you any supplies, and the best thing under the circumstances is for you to try to borrow from a light-keeper near you….” Document is generally clean, just a bit of foxing, signed in hand, with original folds. A rare interesting piece. (VG). $44.

350. [2 pieces] Henry, Joseph. RESEARCHES IN SOUND: With Special Reference to Fog-Signaling. [Conducted in the Service of THE UNITED STATES LIGHT-HOUSE BOARD, by Joseph Henry During the Years 1865 to 1877]. Annual Report of the Board of Regents of the Smithsonian institution….  GPO. 1878. 575 pp. Included in this Annual report is the comprehensive report by Prof. Henry, detailing the extensive experiments conducted in an effort to improve the fog signaling in the United States . Includes details of full size experiments conducted at Block Island, RI., Little Gull Island in Long Island Sound and at various locations in Maine. (pp. 455-559). Report also includes a Biographical Memoir of Joseph Henry by Prof. Asa Gray (pp. 143-177), and in addition Henry and the Telegraph by William B. Taylor (pp. 262-360). Known for his stewardship of the famed Smithsonian Institution, Professor Henry also served in many other capacities. One post of which Mr. Henry was most proud was his association with the Light-House Board. From 1871 until his death. Mr. Henry served as Chairman of that Board. Throughout his life he studied and made contributions to the sciences, particularly in the areas of sound propagation and the improvement of fog signals. Illustrated with a few diagrams, this is a most important and scarce work on the subject. Complete report, contents overall clean save light age toning. Green government wraps with moderate wear and soiling, hinges intact but worn. Also included is an original steel engraving disbound from Appleton's Annual Cyclopedia and Register of Important Events of the Year 1878 and published in 1879. It consists of one page of double-column text with one full page steel engraved portrait of Professor Henry with tissue guard still attached. Page size is about 6 ½” x 9 ½” and is in clean, near fine condition. (VG-). $88.

 

7463-9. United States Lighthouse Service “U.S.L.H.S.” Cream Pitcher c.1900. Original “U.S.L.H.S.” brown leafy pattern. This is a scarce original early china dinnerware piece from the United States Lighthouse Service manufactured of heavy white institutional type china, in the latter years of the Nineteenth Century for use in ships’ wardrooms and at the light stations. With only expected light wear, free of any cracks or major defects. There were three patterns used over the years by the Lighthouse Establishment and Service and this is the second of the three patterns. About 1900 a third pattern was instituted which included a turquoise lighthouse within a circle. Both patterns were then used up until 1938. Bottom is not marked. Creamer is fairly large and is quite clean, complete, no chips and in very good condition. Measures 5 ¾” high, 5 ¾” wide, 3 ½” deep. It is now extremely difficult to find these early lighthouse dinner pieces, particularly in this pattern. (VG+). $1595.

 

12472b. U.S. Lighthouse Service Tender Stateroom Door Insignia (drilled for mounting). Piece is 8" high. Original from the estate of the Assistant Superintendent, Staten Island Lighthouse Depot. Price is $475 plus UPS shipping. These were used on lightships and tenders on stateroom doors, as well as on vehicles and other applications. (shown at left in photo)

 

12317. (newspaper page) Daymarks Sub for Lamp-Posts of the Sea From Dawn to Dusk – More than Eight Thousand Buoys Aid the Boatmen Through the day and the Fog While the Lighthouses are Dimmed. Boston Evening Transcript. August 25, 1928. Full front page includes lengthy 2/3 page article on the many kinds of daymarks and their uses, the many difficulties maintaining such a large system of navigational aids, and much more. Illustrated with eight photographs. Excellent reference and reading, great display piece. Full page has been encased in plastic for protection. (VG+). $48.

 

 

  

6344c. ANNUAL REPORT OF THE LIGHT-HOUSE BOARD TO THE SECRETARY OF THE TREASURY FOR THE FISCAL YEAR ENDING JUNE 30, 1878. GPO. 1878. 90pp. Original blue soft government wraps. Includes complete Light-House Board report on construction, repairs, new lights established and the overall condition of the Establishment, as well as listings of most of the light-houses and beacon lights in service. With extensive information on construction and repairs in progress and condition of various stations. Also includes 13 fold-out LH District maps. Contents clean, tight. Binding unusually clean and intact. (VG+). $185.

 

U. S. Lighthouse Service b/w presentation slides c.1920-30

  

28450. (Lot over 117 glass projection slides) U. S. Lighthouse Service b/w presentation slides c.1920-30. This lot was found in the Ludington Coast Guard station in the 1970’s-80’s. The lot was produced by the Lighthouse Service and was likely used in various presentations put on by the U.S. Lighthouse Service and Coast Survey in the 1920’s and 1930’s. Slides measure 3 ¼” x 4” and contain fine, clear b/w photographic images of all aspects of the operation of the U.S. Lighthouse Service including light vessels, tenders, construction of lighthouses, lenses, lamps, fog signal equipment, radio-beacons, clock rotation equipment, airways beacons, interior views, flasher and burner mechanisms, lamp changers, models, buoys, historical letters, submarine signals and much more. Glass slides are all in very good condition, most excellent. There are only three or four that have an cracks or damage at all, and these are minor cracks in the corner of the glass. Each is nicely labeled as to subject and/or location, sometimes with date of image. (VG+). $1,995. Reduced $1,295.

 

Original U. S. Lighthouse Establishment / Service Flags.

Some time ago we acquired the below flags, from both the Light-House Establishment period (c.1890's) and the Lighthouse Service period (c.1905-1938), from the estate of a long-retired employee of the U.S. Lighthouse Depot on Staten Island, New York. 

The Annual Report of the Light-House Board for 1894 reported: “The Board in session on 1 Oct 1894, decided that it would take measures, as soon as practical, to display the US flag from each lighthouse. A committee was directed to formulate a plan and estimates for carrying the decision into effect. The committee recommended that two flags, one ten feet and the other 6 feet long, and that a white 80 foot flag staff consisting of a lower mast, with serving halyards, be furnished to each light-station on land, and that on rock lights, the topmast be rigged on their towers. This it is estimated will cost about $130 per station, or for 930 stations which should display flags about $121,000. ” 

The below flags were purchased under this plan: 

     

8242ii. [flag] U. S. Lighthouse Establishment flag. c.1912-1938.  Rare official printed Lighthouse Service American flag. This flag originated at the Tompkinsville Depot on Staten Island and, from its size we can assume that it was probably flown from a larger vessel or light station. This rare flag measures 36” by 58”  and is typical of a traditional American flag with 7 red stripes and 6 white stripes. On the blue corner field are forty-eight (48) stars. Stamped on the hem in original faded black vegetable die is the circular marking of the Lighthouse Service General Lighthouse Depot in Tompkinsville on Staten Island , which consists of a 1” circle, inside of which is the image of a lighthouse, flanked by the letters “U” & “S”. Originally from the Staten Island Light-House Depot. This flag is a light weight type, of linen. Worn near tip with moderate fraying and wear holes, moderate soiling. A Rare Find at a more affordable price! (G+).  $265 net.

8242gg. [flag] U. S. Lighthouse Establishment flag. c.1912-1938.  Rare official sewn wool Lighthouse Service American flag. This flag originated at the Tompkinsville Depot on Staten Island and, from its size we can assume that it was probably flown from a larger vessel or light station. This rare flag measures 2’ 11” by 5’  and is typical of a traditional American flag with 7 red stripes and 6 white stripes. On the blue corner field are forty-eight (48) stars. Stamped on the hem in original black vegetable die [faded to brown] is the circular marking of the Lighthouse Service General Lighthouse Depot in Tompkinsville on Staten Island , which consists of a 1” circle, inside of which is the image of a lighthouse, flanked by the letters “U” & “S”. Hem is not marked.  Originally from the Staten Island Light-House Depot. This flag is in good condition, worn from use, with a two short tears from years of use as expected. Lighthouse marking is fairly clear A Rare Find at a most affordable price! (VG-). $325.

8242t. [flag] U. S. Lighthouse Establishment flag. c.1896-1908. Rare official sewn silk (?) Lighthouse Service American flag. This flag originated at the Tompkinsville Depot on Staten Island and, from its size and style we can assume that it was probably for use in the general offices as a display flag. This rare flag measures 28” by 41” , and is typical of a traditional American flag with 7 red stripes and 6 white stripes. On the blue corner field are forty-five (45) stars. Stamped on the hem in original black vegetable die is the label: “GENERAL DEPOT, THOMPKINSVILLE , N.Y. ”. Originally from the Staten Island Light-House Depot. Flag is very good condition, only lightly worn from use, with original cloth ties for attaching to staff. Lighthouse marking is still clear and readable. An extremely Rare Find! (VG). $550.

 

  

12251. (framed document) U.S. Lighthouse Service. Service of Keeper Annetta E. Bailey c.1913. In period gilt frame. Overall 9 ¾” x 11 ½”. Original document from Inspector J.T. Yates, General Lighthouse Depot, Tompkinsville, NY. Document reads: “March 24, 1913. To Whom it May Concern: This is to certify that Annetta E. Bailey has been employed in the Third Lighthouse District as Laborer-Keeper of Bailey Point Post Light from January 1, 1893 to March 19th., 1913, when she resigned. During the above period her services have been satisfactory. [signed] J.T. Yates, Inspector”. Rare has some light toning and has been mounted to an early backing for framing, possibly by Keeper Bailey. (VG). $110.

 

     

12216c,d. Original U. S. Lighthouse Service Flatware c.1900-1937. Such flatware was while dining in  the Officer’s Mess aboard Lighthouse Tenders, light vessels or for use at offshore lights or remote light stations. These beautiful items are silver plate and measure 8” long. They are large spoons for serving or soup and bear the original stamped marking of the Lighthouse Service with 3/32” lettering: “U. S. L. H. S. ”. Also marked "The American Silver Co. Triple”. They are in clean and original condition with only few minor marks, and expected very light wear. Exceptionally rare – I have had only one other Lighthouse Service piece in 25 years. 2 available. $345 each. 

27436. (document) U. S. Department of Commerce, Bureau of Lighthouses. Circular Letter No. 147. Political Activity. February 6, 1920. One page typed circular reminds keepers regarding the statutory inhibition against certain forms of political activity during campaigns, running for office, etc.  This particular circular was evidently intended for certain keepers, as it is receipted in ink by “J.P.B.” Principal Keeper, and the two assistant keepers and dated. Circular is signed (by stamp) "G R Putnam", the Commissioner of Lighthouses. Overall clean, intact, light wear. (VG). $78.

 

  

27254d. (wooden block) Early Large 1-shiev U. S. Light House Establishment wood block (from block & tackle) c.1880.   Block is complete with hook and is nicely branded “U.S.L.H.E.” on the wood cheek. Block is used and has been painted red, but is beautifully intact, clean and in wonderful condition. Such blocks were used for hoisting in lighthouse construction, and in rigging on lightships and tenders. In excellent condition, it is very rare to find these. Measures 16” overall length including large hook. Rope not included. (VG). $395.

     

27254. (wooden block) Early U. S. Lighthouse Service wood block (from small block & tackle) is complete with hook and is nicely branded “USLHS” on the wood cheek. Block is used but is beautifully intact, clean and in wonderful condition. Such blocks were used for hoisting in lighthouse construction, and in rigging on lightships and tenders. In excellent condition, it is very rare to find these. Measures 11 ¼” overall length including hook. (VG+).  $685.

21377c. [document] U. S. Department of Commerce, Lighthouse Service, Keeper’s Annual Property Return, Requisition, and Receipt Form No. 30. 24 pages. 8” x 10”. Pink soft wraps. Lengthy form contains spaces for all items needed by the Keeper and is would be filled out in his hand indicating the quantity of each item on hand, received, and used during the year. Each and every possible item is noted, from all sizes of brushes, to boats, burners, lamps, wicks, tools, deflectors, furniture, dinnerware, lamp fittings, paint, books and forms, and much more. Listing covers 24 pages and is a must for researchers working to properly furnish your lighthouse or museum exhibit. Clean, crisp, as new save name in ink top corner. (VG+). 125.

12120. (keeper appointment letter) Henry Hill, Whitehall Narrows Stake Light No. 14. Lake Champlain, NY. c.1887.  Superb original keeper appointment letter signed in hand by the Acting Secretary of the Treasury, appointing Henry Hill as Keeper of the Whitehall Narrows Stake Light No. 14 (he was already keeper of stake lights Nos. 15 and 16),  at a salary of $320 per annum, increased from $240. Dated September 27, 1887. Letter reads: “Treasury Department Office of the Secretary Washington, D. C. September 27, 1887. Mr. Henry Hill, Care of the Light-house Board. Sir: You are hereby appointed keeper of the new stake-light No. 14, Whitehall Narrows, New York in addition to lights Nos. 15 and 16, and your compensation increased from two hundred and forty dollars to three hundred and twenty dollars per annum, to take effect from the lighting of the new beacon. Respectfully yours, Hugh S. Thompson ~ Acting Secretary ….” Letter is on original stationery of the Light-House Establishment and is written in hand. Also bears the red stamp of the Light-House Inspector, 3rd. LH Dist., and the stamp of the Light-House Board. Overall size 12” x 17”. Fine early piece. Clean save two spots, light original folds with some wear. (VG). $195. 

458. H. R. Doc. No. 11. RECEIPTS AND EXPENDITURES – A STATEMENT OF THE RECEIPTS AND EXPENDITURES FOR THE FISCAL YEAR ENDING JUNE 30, 1848. Wash. December 18, 1848. 365 p. Disbound. Contains a complete itemization of receipts and expenditures for all branches of the Federal Government. Includes approximately 24 pages relating to the Light-House Establishment, construction and repair, and more. (VG). $24.

 

JOURNAL OF LIGHT STATION LOVELL’S ISLAND RANGE LIGHT, Boston Harbor.

   Keeper Jennings next to the lighthouse. 

D-03. U. S. Lighthouse Service. JOURNAL OF LIGHT STATION FOR THE LIGHT STATION AT LOVELL’S ISLAND RANGE LIGHT, BOSTON HARBOR, MASSACHUSETTS July 1, 1911 to November 30, 1919.  Lovell’s Island Range Lights were erected in 1902 for the accommodation o f mariners coming up the South Channel of Broad Sound, Boston Harbor. The lights were placed in the charge of Keeper Alfred G. Eisener [shown in photo standing at base of tower- photo not included. Known as a poet and a writer, Keeper Eisner is best known for his book Dan, or the Gale of ‘73. In 1919 Eisener was succeeded by Charles H. Jennings, who later transferred to Boston Light. The light was extinguished in 1939 and subsequently torn down. This historic log records the careers of both keepers of this important light station. “….June 30, 1919….This page closes my Light-House life, consisting of 35 years of service, beginning at Cape Ann, ending at Lovell’s Island, Mass. Alfred G. Eisener [Keeper]….” SUPERB Original intact standard issue Light-House Journal: Hard bound folio with half-calf spine and corners. Spine is labeled in gilt embossed letters “306 – Journal of Light Station – Light-House Establishment – Department of Commerce and labor”. Volume measures 14” high by 8 ½” wide and contains 202 form pages completed in the hand of Keepers Alfred G. Eisener, and Charles Harold Jennings, covering the period from July 1, 1911 to November 30, 1919.  This type of record was kept at all stations and contained daily listings of important events, bad weather and other special notes. Each page is signed in the hand of the Keeper. Some of the special notes include Sept. 30, 1918 when the light was extinguished for the duration of the Great War, November 11, 1918 Great War practically ended today – Armistice signed, and sadly: “This page closes my light-house life, consisting of 35 years of service, beginning at Cape Ann, ending at Lovell’s Island, Mass.” signed Keeper Alfred G. Eisener. Also noted are the signatures of the District Inspector after inspection of the station with dates of inspection and various notes. Back endpapers used by keepers to record period of absences during the years. Pages are in good condition, generally clean and tight. Binding lightly soiled, with expected light wear. Hinges are worn, front wrap present but detached, back intact but worn. Spine intact and legible. Spine is clearly gilt embossed: “306 – Journal of Light Station – Light-House Establishment – Department of Commerce and labor” (VG). Reduced to $995. Offers entertained. 

 

     

U.S. Life-Saving Service, Light-House Establishment & Lighthouse Service buttons available - all designs. Please inquire. 

9406. (document) Message From the President of the United States Accompanied with a Report Upon the Subject of the Light -Houses Ordered to be Built by the Act of Third of March, 1821. Wash. 1821. 9p. Disbound. Early report to Congress from President Monroe, describing a plan and details of a proposed sea wall between Smutty Nose Island and Cedar Island, Isles of Shoals, on the coast of New Hampshire and Maine. Includes details of proposal with cost estimates. (VG). $18.

 

1253. (pay voucher) U.S. Light-House Establishment. Appropriation for Salaries of Keepers of Light-vessels. c.1860’s. Original unused pay voucher for Keepers of Light-vessels. This rare document is unused and measures 6 ½” x 8” and is overall clean with one original fold. Form was used to process payment for Keeper (Captain) of Light-vessel and as a signed receipt upon delivering such payment.  Superb early piece on Light House Establishment vessels would make a great addition to any collection or display. (VG-). $32.

 

               

28284. U.S. Life Saving Service Fire Extinguisher – Harden Star Fire. Grenade c 1884 Please inquire for availability. 

 

BR-113. na. THE WORK OF THE LIGHTHOUSE SERVICE. The Rudder Magazine. July 1932. Full issue. Wonderful 4-page article details the day to day work of the Lighthouse Service, particularly the duties of the light vessels, tenders and the district depots in supplying the stations. Illustrated with 8 interesting b/w photographs. Also includes wonderful 1930’s boating articles and photos, with great early yacht and pleasure craft views and information. Clean, good condition. (VG). $48. Reduced $38.

2217. Department of Commerce. Lighthouse Service. INSTRUCTIONS TO LIGHT KEEPERS. Wash. GPO. 1911. 26 p. Nicely done reprint. Includes general instructions for all employees, instructions for Light-Keepers, instructions to all stations and vessels equipped with fog signals, instructions relating to light vessels, and much more. Includes all aspects of station and apparatus maintenance. A complete and important document. $8.55.

BT-05. This is a SUPERB FIND ! United States Light-House Establishment 5-Gallon Bulk Oil Storage and Carrying Can c.1880. This style of 5-gallon can was for use storing lamp oil and for carrying large amounts when needed in the tower. Side of can was once marked: “U. S. LIGHTHOUSE ESTABLISHMENT”, but this is no longer bvisible from years of polishing.  Brass oil can is original, with filler funnel and pouring spout on the top. With almost no expected dents, this can is in as nice a condition as they come. Overall approx. 11 ½” dia. Overall height 16” (22” to top of wooden swing handle.). We have only ever seen on the market a handful of this wonderful and rare style of oil can, and know of only one other with the lower valve in a museum collection. Missing top stoppers. Only a few slight expected dents from normal use. About as nice as they come. Guaranteed authentic. (VG+). $2495.(no discounts may be applied)

6762-9. U. S. Light-House Establishment Brass Light-House Keeper’s Oil Measure Can c.1890.  Brass large 3 quart oil can was used by Keepers of the Light-House Establishment to measure and transfer oil for the lamps. Can is entirely of brass, and in clean and original condition with few if any marks and only three very slight dents, no repairs. Can measures 11” high and approx. 8” in diameter and is of the style not marked off in increments of pints and quarts The body of the can is bears the original, distinctive oval stamp:  “U. S. L. H. DEPOT, 3 DIST., LAMP SHOP, STATEN ISLAND, N.Y.” Also bears original stamping “ U. S. LIGHT-HOUSE ESTABLISHMENT” beneath. Nice patina and will polish up beautifully, one of the better conditions that I have yet found. THIS STYLE OF CAN IS A RARE FIND at a reduced price. (VG+). $1295. (no discounts apply)

  

6762qq. United States Lighthouse Establishment Lighthouse Lamp Oil Filling Can c.1870-1900. Scarce, original, early United States Light House Establishment brass oil can is in good condition. The bottom of the can is bears the original, distinctive oval stamp:  “U. S. L. H. DEPOT, 3 DIST., LAMP SHOP, STATEN ISLAND , N.Y. . Brass oil filler is nearly original, with its original side handle and top cap. Missing are only the cap and chain for the spout and chain for top cap. Also, top cap has been modified with a small handle added on top. Can has only one very small dent near the top. Spout brace is present and solid with no repairs. Otherwise complete and will be a fine display piece. This is a very nice example of this sought after style of  lamp filling can,  Not polished, with old patina but would polish up beautifully if desired. Can base measures  7” diameter. Overall height 6 ½”. Overall diameter approx. 11 ½”. (VG).  $1195. Reduced $895.

 

4532k. Putnam, George R., BEACONS OF THE SEA: LIGHTING THE COASTS OF THE UNITED STATES. January, 1913. 53 pp. Illustrated with 67 photographs including light vessels, depots, and much more. [disbound from NATIONAL GEOGRAPHIC, Vol. XXIV, No. 1, January 1913]. Excellent descriptions of the work of the Lighthouse Service by the Commissioner himself. . Wonderfully illustrated with numerous official photographs. Includes especially nice photos of various light vessels, lenses and various lanterns and towers. More and more difficult to find this article. Disbound, otherwise contents clean, tight. (VG). $46.

5261a,f,g. Putnam, George R., AN IMPORTANT NEW GUIDE FOR SHIPPING. November, 1918. 6pp. Illustrated with 4 photographs. [NATIONAL GEOGRAPHIC, Vol XXXIV, No. 5, November 1918]. Details the construction by the U. S. Lighthouse Service of the unusual new concrete light tower at Navassa Island , in the West Indies . (VG). $10.

4531r. Putnam, George R., NEW SAFEGUARDS FOR SHIPS IN FOG AND STORM. August 1936. 32pp. 30 photo illustrations [NATIONAL GEOGRAPHIC, Vol. LXX, No. 2, August 1936] Complete issue, without wraps, clean. George Putnam was the Commissioner of Lighthouses in the early years of the twentieth century. In this interesting and detailed article, Commissioner Putnam includes information on the use of the new radio beacons, lightship operations as well as the overall operation of the Lighthouse Service. Included are 30 wonderful official photographs of light stations, tenders, light vessels, lens apparatus, light keepers and more. (VG-) $12.

 

11324k. (large cabinet photo) U. S. Light House Establishment, Captain William Gregory of the LH Tender Manzanita c.1896-1897. Measures a full 10” x 7” overall. Exceptional photo of Captain Gregory in uniform, posing for the photographer. Note the collar insignia – anchor inside the border – rarely seen, as well as the embroidered lighthouse on the sleeves. Clear view measures 5 ¼” x 7 ¾” and shows great detail of the Captain in uniform in great contrast. This came from a series of photos from Capt. William Gregory of the U.S. Lighthouse Tender Manzanita while in Alaska about 1896. The Manzanita was a wooden-hulled steam-powered tender built by the H. A. Ramsey Shipbuilding company in Brooklyn, New York, as a replacement for the tender Shubrick, which had served on the west coast. The Manzanita was the second lighthouse tender to serve in the Pacific. She was first assigned to the 12th Lighthouse District and then transferred to the 13th in 1886. She was rebuilt in 1887 and received a new boiler in 1902. She sank near Warrior Rock on the Willamette River in Oregon on 6 October 1905. She was later raised and repaired for commercial service. This is a one-of-a-kind view, by Gifford Photographers, Portland, Oregon. Clean, clear, only light edge wear, superb view. One of the largest that I have seen. (VG+). $244. Sold. 

United States Light-House Establishment

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Light-House Establishment: Intertwined "U.S." "L.H.E." (FD 22)

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Light-House Establishment: "U.S.L.H.E." (FD 23)

#6514. United States Light-House Service

Light-House Service. Image of Masonry (Minot’s Ledge] Light. (FD 24)

 

We just obtained a large stock of original U. S. LIGHT HOUSE ESTABLISHMENT / SERVICE BUTTONS. All styles, sizes and many back-marks are available and priced from $18 - $36. 

 

661. (document) U.S. Light House Establishment. Office Light House Inspector, 4th Dist., Philadelphia . c.1889. Official Treasury Department, Office of the Light-House Board, handwritten communications on Official Stationary Form No. 127. This originated from the correspondence file, District Inspector, Fourth Light-House District. Document bears the official letterhead and is stamped with official Light House Inspector’s stamp and dated,  and is signed by George W. Coffin, Naval secretary. Document is dated 14 September 1889 and is from Commander George Coffin to Comdr. J. J. Reed, Inspector 4th Light-House District advising of receipt of telegrams relating to lightships Nos 24, 40 and 45. This is a fine opportunity to obtain nice examples of official documents at an affordable price. Quite frameable. 8” x 10½”, slight browningfrom age but overall good condition. (VG+). $22.

664. (document) U.S. Light House Establishment. Office Light House Inspector, 4th Dist., Philadelphia . c.1889. Official Treasury Department, Office of the Light-House Board, handwritten communications on Official Stationary Form No. 127. This originated from the correspondence file, District Inspector, Fourth Light-House District. Document bears the official letterhead and is stamped with official Light House Inspector’s stamp and dated,  and is signed by George W. Coffin, Naval secretary. Document is dated 14 September 1889 and is from Commander George Coffin to Comdr. J. J. Reed, Inspector 4th Light-House District advising of receipt of telegrams relating to damages to light stations in the 4th Light-House District. This is a fine opportunity to obtain nice examples of official documents at an affordable price. Quite frameable. 8” x 10½”, slight browning from age but overall good condition. (VG+). $22.

6594d. THE IMPROVEMENT OF THE LIGHTHOUSE SERVICE. Harper’s Weekly. December 22, 1900. c.1890’s. Page 1 of 2. Nice article describes the present state of the Lighthouse Service, with improvements in progress and proposed. Photo illustrations include a rare view of the ‘Lighthouse Station’ (LH Depot) at Tompkinsville, Whale Rock Light, Trinity Shoal Light-Ship, York Spit Lighthouse and others. Page 2 of article not included. Quite clean. (VG). $18.

 

10168c. Extremely rare U. S. Light House Establishment aneroid wall barometer c.1880’s. This exquisite piece was manufactured for the U. S. Light House Establishment in the latter part of the 19th Century. The face of this early piece is white with black markings, lettered “U.S.L.H. ESTABLISHMENT”. Also lettered “Holosteric Barometer” and “PNHB” within a circle, for Naudet-Pertuis-Hulot-Baromètres, and “Made in France”. The barometer measures 5” in diameter. Paul Naudet, who was France 's premier barometer maker of the second half of the 19th century, marked his units with his marks “PNHB”. Robert Merrill started his company in New York in 1835-36 with a partner (as Merrill & Davis). then moved to his own address in 1840. In 1869 his company became Robert Merrill & Sons, the firm continuing into the twentieth century. From this information we estimate that this unit may dates from as early as the 1860’s or 70’s, and not after the 1880’s. The face is clean and bright with little wear. Barometer has a brass bezel with fine original flat glass face. Barometer is clean and is in good working condition. Case and parts are original including top swivel hanging ring. Barometer face measures 4 ½” in diameter, unit  is 2” deep. This is an extremely rare piece and one of only three that I have had in twenty years. (VG+). $2,695. 

11289b. Bureau of Lighthouses. Lighthouse Service Bulletin. Wash. 1938. 7p. 6” x 9”. Extremely rare Bulletin No. 34 Vol. V. October 1938. Lighthouse Service Bulletins were issued monthly updating keepers and personnel on new technology and equipment, new construction, changes in personnel, fires and other disasters, punishments to keepers and personnel, lightships damages or driven off station, lives saved, and much more. This issue includes “Secretary of Commerce Addresses Conference of Lighthouse Superintendents,” “September Hurricane Causes Loss if Life and Extensive Property Damage,” “Lighthouse Service Sends Exhibit to Merchant Marine Conference,” Tender “Tulip” Refloated,” “Navigational Aids Not Damaged By Recent South Carolina Tornado,” “Changes in Personnel,: and more. Long sought after, this is one of the few that I have ever been able to find. Only light expected wear, one fold. (VG). $42.

4427b. Smith, Fitz-Henry Jr., THE STORY OF BOSTON LIGHT. The Bostonian Society, Boston . 1911. 128pp. A very detailed history of the light on Light-House Island (Little Brewster) in the Harbor of Boston Illustrated with photos. Includes a listing of principal Keepers. One of the most detailed accounts of the history of this famous station. Light soil and wear, occasional foxing, otherwise nice copy. From the personal library of Edward Rowe Snow, with few of his notations. Quite scarce. (VG). $64.

 

    

5359g. Reynaud, M. Leonce [...Director of the Light and Buoy Service...] MEMOIR UPON THE ILLUMINATION AND BEACONAGE OF THE COAST OF FRANCE ...TRANSLATED FOR THE USE OF THE LIGHT-HOUSE BOARD OF THE UNITED STATES by Peter C. Hains, Major of Engineers, U.S.A. Wash. GPO. 1876. Large format 4to. (10 1/2” x 14”) 226pp plus 39 plates including some fold-out. With tipped in Circular of Officers on Duty Under the Light House Establishment dated 1893. Superb book translated for the use by the Light-House Board in examining lights and equipment in France for possible incorporation in this country. Includes very complete discussions of history and principles of lights, range of lights, many different types of illuminating apparatus, lenses, fuels as well as structures and locations. Includes also the complete MEMOIR UPON A NEW STSTEM OF LIGHT-HOUSE ILLUMINATION by Augustin Fresnel (14pp), as well as Instructions for Servicing and Management of Light-House Systems, Service of Floating Lights, Rules for Light-Keepers, etc. 39 superb full page and fold-out plates show all aspects of equipment including lens, lamps, lighthouse construction, light-vessels, buoys and more. Embossed, original half-morocco boards, minor rubbing, marbled end papers, contents complete, clean, tight, nice copy. Excellent reference, a MUST for the serious and quite scarce. (VG)  $495.

790b. Bache, Major Hartman. EARLY WEST COAST LIGHTHOUSES. San Francisco . 1964. (8 illustrated folders in original wrapped, labeled slipcase). Bache was the West Coast Lighthouse Inspector in the late 1850’s. This publication reproduces 8 of his drawings, most in color and mounted on 8” x 10” folders with a history of the light included. The colored views of Point Bonita and Alcatraz lighthouses are from his original drawings. The remainder are reproduced from photographs of Bache’s drawings in the National Archives. Issued by the Book Club of California . Included are lighthouses at Point Bonita, Alcatraz, Cape Disappointment, Santa Barbara , Point Conception, Point Loma, Farallon Islands , and Point Pinos. Very nice, clean set, near fine. Quite difficult to find. (F-). $48.

11377. Light-House Board. REPORT OF THE CONDITION OF THE LIGHT-HOUSE ESTABLISHMENT FOR THE FISCAL YEAR ENDING JUNE 30, 1861. Disbound from within Report of the Secretary of the Treasury on the State of the Finances. Wash. 1861. Pp. 203-206. Lists the status of many of the lights and beacons in the country, new stations under construction with progress reports, a listing of repairs in progress, and more. A very interesting and important early document. Clean, disbound. $16.

Lighthouse Service Annual Reports. 1888, 1892, 1903 $155 each.

 

   

  

26286d. United States Lighthouse Establishment, Brass Light-House Keeper’s Service Basket c.1870-1880. This extremely rare brass basket was used by Keepers of the Light-House Establishment to carry wick trimming and cleaning tools to the lantern with which to trim and maintain the lamps. The basket is entirely of brass, and in clean condition with few if any marks. Basket measures 12 ½” from end to end and approx. 9” across, 7 ½” high to top of handle. The basket has two hinged lids, meeting in the center near the handle. Inside the basket were once original compartments for cleaning tools but these have been removed. This extremely rare service basket bears original stamping “ U. S. LIGHTHOUSE ESTABLISHMENT” on one lid, oval stamp “ U. S. LIGHTHOUSE DEPOT, 3 DIST., LAMP SHOP, STATEN ISLAND , NY ” on the second lid. On one side there were attached two brass loops for holding the keeper’s cleaning cloths but as with many that we find, these long ago were removed as they were quite delicate. On the underside of the box are four original 1 ½” diameter applied feet. From the estate of Admiral Willard J. Smith (1910-2000), U.S. Coast Guard. Admiral Willard J. Smith, served as Commandant from July 1966 until his retirement in June 1970. During his tenure, he oversaw the Coast Guard's transition from the Treasury Department to the Department of Transportation in April 1967. Smith was the first aviator to serve as commandant and held previous posts with the Coast Guard in Cleveland, Ohio, and New London, Connecticut. Still a fine example of this scarce sought after standard of the Lighthouse Service. Offered at a reduced price as I was able to get this one “right”. (G+). $2,995. 

Keeper Andrew P. C. Hald, Oregon

    

28331c,d,e. United States Lighthouse Establishment Linen Lens Cleaning Cloth c.1870-1900. Carried in the loops on the Keeper's Service Basket. Such cloths have never before offered for sale - this is an extraordinary item. 24" x 36". Marked in large letters in circular pattern "UNITED STATES LIGHT HOUSE ESTABLISHMENT". These linen towels were obtained from the family of Keeper Andrew P. C. Hald. Keeper Hald began his Lighthouse Service career at Cape Meares Light Station. In March 1887 Congress passed the bill to build a lighthouse on Cape Meares and construction began in the spring of 1889. By September the thirty-eight-foot-tall tower was completed. A first-order Fresnel lens, made in France, was shipped to the cape in crates. It was assembled in the tower and by late November, three men - Anthony Miller, principal keeper, and his two assistants, Andrew Hald and Henry York-had moved into the two new dwellings. On January 1, 1890, they wound the clockwork mechanism to rotate the lens, and they lit the five-wick kerosene lamp.  Assistant Keeper Hald served at Cape Meares until 1894, when he was transferred to Heceta Head Light Station when in 1894, work on the outbuildings and tower was completed and the lamp lit in March. Hald became the first Principal Keeper there. His first assistant was Eugene Walters, and his second assistant John Cowan. In 1898 Hald was transferred to Umpqua River Light Station, where he served as Principal Keeper for the next twenty-five years. $985. 

 

  

2781. Reproduction U. S. Light House Establishment Rouge Container. This beautiful professionally made reproduction brass rouge can is a storage container for rouge that was used to polish the brass parts of the Argand-type lamps in lighthouses. The three equally sized segments separated buffing compounds or "rouges" that were intended for different purposes. As on the original, the dividers are made from tinplate and the inside surface of the can has been tinned. The exterior of the container is of beautifully polished brass. Bulk rouge was stored in larger galvanized containers and transferred to a smaller brass containers such as this which was kept in the keepers service basket. The service basket was used to hold this rouge container, polishing rags, brushes, scrapers, curved scissors to “snuff [trim] the wicks of the lamps in the neatest and most regular manner possible.", straight scissors, and mandrills to assist in placing the wicks. This rouge container has been professionally hand made by craftsmen to duplicate exactly the original containers. The round container measures 5 ¼”  in diameter by 1 ¼” high, with a delicate 1” round brass handle. As original containers are extremely scarce, this reproduction would be perfect if you have a keeper’s service basket without one – it will fit perfectly in the space intended. It would be perfect too for your display or collection. (M). $224 each.

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1166. United States Light House Establishment. “Price List of Standard Articles (for Lighthouse Purposes) Furnished from General Depot, Thompkinsville, New York. 1901”. Washington. GPO. 83p. We have known of the existence of this document but until now have been unable to find it. It includes listings and descriptions of items available from the General Lighthouse Depot in Staten Island, for use by keepers at light stations, depots, for use on light vessels and tenders, and  more. Included are 18 text pages, 44 full page photo plates and 21 fold-out plates of implements and equipment. Prices are included for budgeting purposes when requesting such items from the General Depot (keepers Service basket $5, First Order Revolving Lens $6,328, etc). Plates include steam whistles, automatic sirens,  electric buoy lantern, engines to power fog signals, fog signal house, Daboll trumpet, bell striking apparatus, air pressure lamps, 4th, 5th, 6th order lamps, lightship and tender lamps, table lamp, locomotive headlight lantern, lens lantern, light vessel lanterns, post lantern, revolving clock mechanisms, revolving lenses, keeper’s service basket, oil carrier, dustpan, drip pan, oil feeder, oil measure, and more. A “must” for museums, collectors, writers and researchers on the subject and anyone interested in the apparatus used by the Lighthouse Service. Spiral bound, photo-reproduced copy. (M). $86.

 

  6762mm. United States Lighthouse Service Lighthouse Lamp Oil Filling Can. Scarce, original, early United States Lighthouse Service brass oil can is in excellent condition. The bottom of the can is once had the distinctive oval stamp:  “U. S. L. H. DEPOT, 3 DIST., LAMP SHOP, STATEN ISLAND, N.Y.” as well as  U. S. LIGHT-HOUSE ESTABLISHMENT”, but it was long ago polished off. However, this design is absolutely original and was only manufactured by the U.S. Light House Establishment. Brass oil filler is otherwise original, with its original side handle and chain and top cap. Spout cap is not present. Only small repair to base of spout, brass handle a bit loose. Otherwise in very good condition and has been polished to a nice shine. This is a great example of this sought after style of lamp filling can for your display at a greatly reduced price. Base measures 7” diameter. Overall height 6 ½”. Overall diameter approx. 11 ½”. (VG+). $985 (not polished, similar to above). 

 

11336. Bennett, E. C., Skilled Men for Lighthouse Keepers. The Technical World Magazine. November 1914. 3p. Disbound. Interesting and informative article on light keeping at the time, and the qualifications needed to obtain such a position. For example: "Time was when the only requirements for the position of lighthouse keeper were faithfulness to duty and contentment with one's own society. Today one must have physical fitness and other requisites. As lighthouse keepers become incapacitated, or die off, or are left fortunes and seek a place to spend them, new applicants for the jobs must be able to answer the following requirements: Male; citizen of the United States; over eighteen years of age; good health and no physical disabilities likely to interfere with the vigorous performance of hard physical labor; ability to swim; experience in handling or pulling sail boats, in all weathers; some knowledge of mechanics; ability to write legible and intelligent reports…." Illustrated with 5 photos. Clean, crisp. (VG+). $24.

 

 

  

6762zz. United States Light-House Establishment 3-Gallon Oil Transfer Can c.1880. Scarce, original United States Lighthouse Service brass 3-gallon oil transfer can. The body of the can is bears the original, distinctive stamping “ U. S. LIGHT-HOUSE SERVICE”. Brass oil filler is completely original, with spout and brace, and original handles. Base approx. 9” dia. Overall height 13”. Handle to spout 15”. Can once had a chain and cap for top and for spout which are not present. Can is clean and intact, nice patina and will polish beautifully. Top rim and spout has been compressed somewhat – as if something heavy was set on it, but overall this is still a fine piece for display. We rarely find examples of this rare style of oil can, and because we purchased this “right”, we are offering it at a greatly reduced price. (VG-). (Regularly $2,850.) Our price $1545. (no discounts may be applied). 

 

6762y. U. S. Light-House Establishment Brass Light-House Keeper’s Oil Measure Can.  c.1870-1890. Brass 3 quart oil can was used by Keepers of the Light-House Establishment to measure and transfer oil for the lamps. Can is entirely of brass, and in clean and original condition with few if any marks and only one very slight dent, no repairs. Can measures 11” high and approx. 8” in diameter and is not marked off in increments of pints and quarts The body of the can is bears the original, distinctive oval stamp:  “U. S. L. H. DEPOT, 3 DIST., LAMP SHOP, STATEN ISLAND, N.Y.” Also bears original stamping “ U. S. LIGHT-HOUSE ESTABLISHMENT” beneath. Nice patina and will polish up beautifully, one of the best conditions that I have yet found. THIS STYLE OF CAN IS A RARE FIND. (VG+). $2395 net.

            20453e.   United States Lighthouse Establishment  Brass Light-House Keeper’s Oil Measure Can. Brass 3 quart oil can was used by Keepers of the Light-House Establishment to measure and transfer oil for the lamps. Can is entirely of brass, and in clean and original condition with few if any marks and no dents, early solder repairs to bottom seam. Can measures 11” high and approx. 8” in diameter and is marked off in increments of pints and quarts up to 3 quarts. The body of the can is bears the original, distinctive oval stamp: “U. S. L. H. DEPOT, 3 DIST., LAMP SHOP, STATEN ISLAND , N.Y. ” Also bears original stamping “ U. S. LIGHT-HOUSE ESTABLISHMENT” beneath. Heavy patina and soiling but will polish up beautifully. THIS STYLE OF CAN IS A RARE FIND.  $2195 net.  

   

6762rr. U. S. Light-House Establishment Brass Light-House Keeper’s Oil Measure Can c.1870-1900. Brass 3 quart oil can was used by Keepers of the Light-House Establishment to measure and transfer oil for the lamps. Can is entirely of brass, and in original condition, early solder repair to bottom seam. Can measures 11” high and approx. 8” in diameter and is not marked off in increments of pints and quarts The body of the can is bears the original, distinctive oval stamp:  “U. S. L. H. DEPOT, 3 DIST., LAMP SHOP, STATEN ISLAND, N.Y.” Also bears original stamping U. S. LIGHT-HOUSE ESTABLISHMENT” beneath. Can with a few expected small dents. Can has been professionally polished and will enhance any display. THIS STYLE OF CAN IS A RARE FIND. (VG+).  $1995 net.

21509b,c. na. U. S. LIGHTHOUSE SERVICE. Fortune Magazine January 1937. Pp. 61-69, 126-132. Lengthy, large folio illustrated article details the men and equipment of today’s Lighthouse Service. Wonderfully illustrated with photographs, paintings and diagrams including a large full page diagram of the Nantucket LV No. 112 illustrating its construction, equipment and operation. Other photos include quartermaster at the wheel of the Lighthouse Tender Spruce, lens apparatus, buoys and more. Most interesting and detailed article. Full issue. (VG+). $64.

11289. Bureau of Lighthouses. U. S. Lighthouse Service Bulletin. Wash. 1938. 4p. 6” x 9”. Extremely rare Bulletin No. 36 Vol. V. Lighthouse Service Bulletins were issued monthly updating keepers and personnel on new technology and equipment, new construction, changes in personnel, fires and other disasters, punishments to keepers and personnel, lightships damages or driven off station, lives saved, and much more. This issue includes an account of survival during the Hurricane of 1938, by the keepers at Connecticuit's Saybrook Breakwater lighthouse, as well as a report by the District Inspector of the remains of the destroyed Whale Rock Light Station in Rhode Island, where the assistant keeper perished during the same storm. Also includes information on the “first electric lighted buoys. Fog signal observations, changes in personnel, and more. Long sought after, this is one of the few that I have ever been able to find. Only light expected wear. (VG+). $42.

5515b. OUR LIGHT-HOUSE ESTABLISHMENT. na. June 1856. [Putnam’s Monthly. June, 1856. NY. pp.644-658]. Contains a wonderful early overview of the early history and operation of the United States Light-House Establishment, with comparisons to those of Britain and Europe. Written just after the establishment of the Light-House Board, this account provides a most interesting look at the operations and conditions present at such an important time in out lighthouse history. Quite interesting, nice early work. Full issue, unusually clean and tight. (VG). $68.

21509c. na. U. S. LIGHTHOUSE SERVICE. Fortune Magazine January 1937. Pp. 61-69, 126-132. Lengthy, large folio illustrated article details the men and equipment of today’s Lighthouse Service. Wonderfully illustrated with photographs, paintings and diagrams including a large full page diagram of the Nantucket LV No. 112 illustrating its construction, equipment and operation. Other photos include quartermaster at the wheel of the Lighthouse Tender Spruce, lens apparatus, buoys and more. Most interesting and detailed article. Full issue. (VG+). $64.

7197rr. [newspaper] [practice of appointing Light House Keepers]. The Portland Daily Advertiser, Portland, Maine. May 17, 1853. Article remarks on the practice of appointing keepers based on their political affiliation, and that the recent keeper appointed to Boon Island Light was appointed by a Democrat appointed by President Polk, rather than a Whig as was reported, and that the keeper "..has never seen a vessel, and with good old fashioned country notions of ‘early to bed and early to rise’ very verdauntly supposed that vessels kept country hours, and ‘did not sail after it became dark’". This most interesting comment on the system also notes that one of the newly appointed keepers at Cape Elizabeth has resided in an interior town until the Presidential election and several Democrats were well qualified but set aside. Full newspaper contains Four pages with articles of the day, quite clean, 2 folds. (VG-) $28.

6593e. Kobbe, Gustav. HEROISM IN THE LIGHTHOUSE SERVICE. A Description of Life on Matinicus Rock. The Century Magazine. 1897. 12p. disbound. Illustrated with 12 very nice engravings, this article describes the life of Abby Burgess and her family at the Matinicus Rock Light Station including her heroism in the winter gale of 1856. Later Abby married Captain Grant and continued her service at Matinicus and later at White Head Light. Most interesting. Illustrations include Keeper Frederick T. Hatch, the only recipient of the Gold Bar for Heroism, Abby Burgess, and more. Quite clean. (VG+). $48.

 

  

11262a-h. (lot 8 photos) Chicago Harbor Light Station c.1970’s. Lot of 8 clear 8” x 10” press photos shows unprecidented views of the keepers at work, interior views and more. Views include: Keeper McKillop adjusting radio beacon transmitter (1939); five keepers pose for the photographer (1939); Keeper James Brotherson stands by RDF transmitter, looking for ships (1947); two keepers cooks evening meal for crew (1947); Keeper McKillop scans the waters for ships (1939); inside large Fresnel lens (1939); Seaman Watson delivering mail in 36-foot MLB (1965); exterior view of lighthouse (1968). With credit line and descriptions on back. Excellent archive of rare views. Lot 8 photos. (VG) $195.

22553. [bid booklet] U. S. Light-House Establishment. [specifications for] LIGHT HOUSE, ETC. MAHON RIVER LIGHT STATION, DELAWARE. 1900. 39 p. 9½" x 12". Original soft wraps. The fourth Mahon River light house was an elevated structure completed in 1903 to replace an earlier structure threatened by rising water levels and yielding foundation. The new structure was two stories in height set upon iron pile foundation with a lantern rising from the central portion of the roof. These original bid specifications for the new station contains complete Advertisement, Instructions to Bidders, Bid Form, Contracts and Specifications for the erection of the light house with keeper’s dwelling, oil house, barn, privy, elevated board walk and small wharf. Rare, unusual document containing an exceptional amount of detailed information relative to this scarce design. As expected, all aspects of construction, foundations, chimneys, carpentry, trim, roofs, lantern glass and metal work, plumbing, well, millwork, heating, painting, lightning conductors, and more. Complete, tight, some wear to spine, light shipping, contents clean and tight. (VG-). $298 net.

PC-118. Senate 166. "REPORT of THE SECRETARY OF THE TREASURY communicating THE RESULT OF AN EXPERIMENT TO ASCERTAIN THE EXPEDIENCY OF USING GAS, INSTEAD OF OIL, IN THE LIGHT-HOUSE ESTABLISHMENT." May 24, 1844, 41pp. Very interesting historical reading about the continual search for brighter and more efficient fuels, examinations of various types of lights, report on lighting apparatus invented by Benjamin F. Coston and erected at the lighthouse at the Christiana River, Delaware, and more. $34.

22379. [newspaper] Proposals for Light-House on Robbin’s Reef in the Harbor of New York, and second Proposal for Building a Vessel to be used as a Floating Light [lightship] off Sandy Hook. The New York Times. August 25, 1837. Lengthy 1/4th page articles detail specifications for the above lighthouse and light vessel in the New York area. Detailed information includes all aspects of the construction, dimensions and materials to be used, lanterns and equipment. Extremely detailed, interesting very early information on these two important lights. Full newspaper contains four pages with articles of the day, only light browning and expected wear, 2 folds. (G+) $48.

  

11228. (press releases) U.S. Lighthouse Service. Press Memorandum c.1930 – 1939. 191p. Gilt embossed stiff library wraps. Original typed press releases issued by the United States Lighthouse Service from 1930 to 1939 have been professionally bound in a hard cover book and embossed in gilt on the spine. Labeled in gilt “Lighthouse Miscellaney U.S. Lighthouse Service. Vol. 1. 1930-1939.” These original press releases are packed with historical information, with the first press release being dated April 12, 1930 and the last one being dated April 24, 1939. Some of the more interesting press releases deal with such things as the Lighthouse Tender Iris rescuing people from a burning yacht; Umatilla Lightship placed off the coast of Washington; New Savannah Lightship; Keeper rescues two small boys; New lightship for Nantucket Shoals; Foggiest spot on the Atlantic coast; Shipwrecked crew takes refuge on Nantucket lightship; Hereford Inlet lighthouse becomes most powerful beacon on the Atlantic coast; Electrification of Boon Island Light; Wood Island to show more powerful light; Cast iron lighthouse at Cape Henry; New radiobeacons; Gallant work of lighthouse keepers in December’s blizzard; Storm damage at Pacific coast stations; Redding Rock lighthouse destroyed by storm; new lighthouse tenders and lightships; Cape Cod Lighthouse increased in candlepower; Lighthouse tender Acacia commended for standing by Spanish steamer; Lighthouse keepers rescue ten persons;  Crew of Diamond Shoal lightship commended by President Roosevelt for bringing their ship through hurricane; Trials of new Nantucket lightship; Cape Hatteras Lighthouse - if the lighthouse should collapse into the sea it would be replaced by other aids that would be much less expensive to maintain; Abandoning of Cape Hinchinbrook Lighthouse in Alaska and plans to build a new structure; new beacon lighted at Billingsgate, Massachusetts at the site of a lost lighthouse; the dismantling of DeTour Reef Lighthouse and the completion of the new lighthouse; gallantry and award to keeper at Passage Island Lighthouse; enlarging the Lighthouse Depot in Buffalo, NY, the retiring of E.C. Gillette, Chief of Marine Engineering of the Lighthouse Service, and much more. Also included is the five-page press release noting the career and retirement of George Putnam, the first Commissioner of the Bureau of Lighthouses. Putnam served for a quarter of a century, under six presidents. There are many more, too many to mention. Rare original source material and information on the operation of the Lighthouse Service during this period. Clean, tight, excellent condition. (VG+). $395. 

773. Kurtz, John D. & Brown, Micah R., [Engineer Dept., U. S. Army]. REPORT ON THE EFFECTS OF THE SEA-WATER AND EXPOSURE UPON THE IRON-PILE SHAFTS OF THE BRANDYWINE-SHOAL LIGHT-HOUSE. GPO. 1874. 8VO (11 ½") 13p. with 5 large fold-out tables and diagrams. Includes information in the form of letters and statements, with descriptions of examinations of the light-house piles. Divers note some piles that now want in verticality, corrosion and other peculiar details. Fold-out plates include Tabular Statement of Pile Measurements, Diagram of Piles and Braces, Plan of Ice Harbor at Brandywine Lighthouse, Longitudinal Section of piles and braces, Diagram of Measurements of Pile Shafts. Soft wraps, overall clean, tight. Scarce item. (G+). $138.

97197ttt. [newspaper] TWENTY-TWO YEARS ON MATINICUS ROCK. The Portland Transcript. February 19, 1876. Lengthy ½ page article describes the isolated life of Abbie E. Burgess and her family tending the lighthouse on Matinicus Rock in Maine. Article is based on an interview and visit with Abbie and from this perspective it is most unusual and interesting. This early piece is quite interesting as it dates from the time that the Burgess family served on the island. and it provides a look into the life at this remote outpost during the early years. Full issue with additional articles of the day, light browning, moderate wear, original folds. (G+). $28.

 

PA-60. (document) Form 207. U.S. Lighthouse Service. Application for Medical Examination and Treatment of Sick or Disabled Employees in the Lighthouse Service, at Places Where There is a Relief Station of the U.S. Public Health Service. c.1916. 1 page. 8” x 10 ½”. Clean, unused. Rare early Lighthouse Service form. (VG+). $24.

 

7275. [An Act for Granting to the United States of America, the Several Public Light-Houses, within this Commonwealth] ACTS AND LAWS, PASSED BY THE GENERAL COURT OF MASSACHUSETTS: BEGUN AND HELD AT BOSTON, IN THE COUNTY OF SUFFOLK, ON WEDNESDAY THE TWENTY-SEVENTH DAY OF MAY, ANNO DOMINI, 1790. [Boston: Thomas Adams. (1790)] pp. 75-87. Plain original wrappers, stitched, folio. Minor scattered spotting and wear. Very good. Includes Chapter IV; An Act for Granting to the United States of America, the Several Public Light-Houses including Boston Light, the two light-houses on Thatcher’s Island, two lighthouses on Plum Island, Portland Head Light, the Gurnet-Head Light-House in Plymouth, Light-House on Sandy Point [Nantucket]. Also includes various buoys, etc. Act also notes that should the United States shall at any time neglect to keep lighted or in repair any one or more of the aforesaid lights, then the grant shall become void. This document speaks to a most important time in our light-house history, when the colonial period gave way to the central government, and it was realized that lighthouses were a national concern In 1789 Congress passed an act assuming to the central government responsibility for all aids, and this local Act followed. A very rare copy of an important Act, in wonderful condition. Also contains various other Acts concerning the establishment of Towns and commerce, etc. A desirable lighthouse, New England and Cape and Nantucket item. (VG). $128.

PC-89. na. THE LIGHTHOUSE KEEPER’S DAUGHTER. Boston. c.1862. 36p. 24MO. Embossed binding, well worn. Short little story of a young Keeper’s daughter who must light the lighthouse lamps when her father fails to return from shore. Includes two other short stories. Binding tight, light soil and moisture staining throughout. Nice early lighthouse collectible for your library. (FR+). $42.

 

2217. Department of Commerce. Lighthouse Service. INSTRUCTIONS TO LIGHT KEEPERS. Wash. GPO. 1911. 26 p. Nicely done reprint. Includes general instructions for all employees, instructions for Light-Keepers, instructions to all stations and vessels equipped with fog signals, instructions relating to light vessels, and much more. Includes all aspects of station and apparatus maintenance. A complete and important document. $8.55.

22180. [blueprint copy] Full size copy from original U. S. Light-House Establishment blueprint for LANTERN FOR APPARATUS OF THE 4TH, 5TH, & 6TH ORDERS. c.1870’s. One sheet 15 ½" x 24". Large sheet details all aspects of the cast iron and steel lanterns in multiple views. Includes complete lantern and glazing, door and trim details, ventilator, pinnacle, floors and more. This is a must if you are repairing or restoring a lighthouse lantern. $22.

22342. [Light-House Establishment blueprint] "Blue Print Sink, Room 22 Office L. H. Engineer. Phila, Pa. 1½" = 1". 1902." 18"h x 24"w. Original blueprint shows four views of large blue print sink installation. By Lieut. Col. W. A. Jones, Engr. 4th. L. H. Dist. Clear, sharp details, quite clean. Folded twice. Unusual look into the office life of early Light-House Engineers. (VG). $38.

1125. (plan) Light-House Depot, Staten Island. Proposed Extension of Sea wall and Rebuilding of North Wharf. 1888-89. Disbound from Annual Report. 9” x 10 ¾”. Detailed plan shows locations of North Wharf, Inspector’s Store House, other storage buildings, sea walls, as well as proposed new locations, steamer berthing location, etc. Clean, light age toning. (VG+). $16.

PC-118. Senate 166. "REPORT of THE SECRETARY OF THE TREASURY communicating THE RESULT OF AN EXPERIMENT TO ASCERTAIN THE EXPEDIENCY OF USING GAS, INSTEAD OF OIL, IN THE LIGHT-HOUSE ESTABLISHMENT." May 24, 1844, 41pp. Very interesting historical reading about the continual search for brighter and more efficient fuels, examinations of various types of lights, report on lighting apparatus invented by Benjamin F. Coston and erected at the lighthouse at the Christiana River, Delaware, and more. $34.

2033b,c. Johnson, Arnold Burges, [Chief Clerk, United States Light-House Board]. THE LIGHT-HOUSE SERVICE. Harper’s Young People. February 9, 1892. 3p. Illustrated with four engravings. Larger work originally prepared by the clerk of the Light-House Board for use of the International Conference, this article provides presents a broad overview of the operation and equipment of the Light-House Establishment in the United States. Includes a bit of history and growth, costs, the Light-House Establishment, construction, light-vessels, buoys, river lights, illuminating apparatus, fog signals, personnel, administration and others. Full issue. (VG). $38.

7197n(2). [newspaper] LIGHTHOUSE KEEPER’S SALARIES…. The Portland Transcript and Eclectic. May 10, 1856. Short paragraph noting that there are about 40 lighthouses on the coast of Maine, the number of keepers and salary ranges received by the keepers. The article notes that the keepers at Whale’s Back Light, Boon Island and Mt. Desert receive the highest salary at $600 per year. The lowest salary noted is $250. Full size newspaper contains four pages with news and advertisements of the day, quite clean, 1 fold. Fine for framing or for reading, quite interesting very early lighthouse article. Folded. (VG) $12.

22487. [newspaper] ACT OF CONGRESS TO ERECT LIGHT-HOUSE ON BOON ISLAND, &c. Columbian Centinel Newspaper. Boston. March 9, 1811. This is an exceedingly historic issue, as the second page notes recent Acts passed in Congress, including an Act to erect a light house on Boon Island, Maine, buoys at Edgartown Harbour, stone column on Cape Elizabeth, and for completing the beacons and buoys in Beverly harbour. Full newspaper contains four pages with articles of the day, clean though some wear, two original folds, edges worn. A fine Colonial lighthouse item, unusually good condition for a 191 year old piece. (VG+). $28.

 

 

1170. (document) U.S. Light House Establishment, Office of the Inspector, Second District, Boston, Mass. April 26, 1898. Typed letter on official stationery reads: “[to] Mr. R.R. Keyser, Baltimore, Md., Sir: Please inform me if you are willing to sell your steam yacht Keleda, to the Government for the Coast Defense System, if so at what price….” Signed in hand by the Lt. Commander H. G. O. Colby, U.S.N., Inspector, 2nd. LH District. Clean, crisp, two original folds. Perfect for framing or a fine addition to a collection. (VG+). $48.

7197rr. [newspaper] [practice of appointing Light House Keepers]. The Portland Daily Advertiser, Portland, Maine. May 17, 1853. Article remarks on the practice of appointing keepers based on their political affiliation, and that the recent keeper appointed to Boon Island Light was appointed by a Democrat appointed by President Polk, rather than a Whig as was reported, and that the keeper "..has never seen a vessel, and with good old fashioned country notions of ‘early to bed and early to rise’ very verdauntly supposed that vessels kept country hours, and ‘did not sail after it became dark’". This most interesting comment on the system also notes that one of the newly appointed keepers at Cape Elizabeth has resided in an interior town until the Presidential election and several Democrats were well qualified but set aside. Full newspaper contains Four pages with articles of the day, quite clean, 2 folds. (VG-) $28.

24252. (technical & maintenance pamphlet) Safety Car Heating and Lighting Company. THE PINTSCH GAS LIGHTED BUOYS. New York . c.1908. 12 p. with laid in additional. Pintsch Compressed Gas lights were used on buoys, beacons, stake-lights, light-ships and in lighthouses. Manual focuses on buoys and includes sizes and types, lantern, gas supply, colored lights, flash lights, burners, chimneys, cleaning, lighting, testing and more. Well illustrated with extremely detailed diagrams. Additional instruction sheets laid in. Paper wraps present but detached. Contents clean and tight. Scarce information. (G). $78.

 

THIS IS A VERY SIGNIFICANT REPORT OF THE INVESTIGATION INTO THE CONDITIONS OF THE LIGHT-HOUSES:

C-562. REPORT OF THE OFFICERS CONSTITUTING THE LIGHT-HOUSE BOARD...TO INQUIRE INTO THE CONDITIONS OF THE LIGHT-HOUSE ESTABLISHMENT OF THE UNITED STATES, UNDER THE ACT OF MARCH 3, 1851 . Senate Ex. Doc. No. 28. Wash. 1852. 760 pages. 44 large fold-out plates. In two volumes, spiral bound. THIS IS A VERY SIGNIFICANT REPORT OF THE INVESTIGATION INTO THE CONDITIONS OF THE LIGHT-HOUSES of the United States , criticizing the equipment, personnel as well as the general operation of the Service. This report became the basis for the complete re-organization of the Light-House service and was the basis for the permanent establishment of the “Light-House Board” later in the year. This volume is certainly the most complete reference on the state of US Lighthouses at the time and contains superb information on the status of various light stations, illuminating apparatus and fuels, research and experiments in progress, personnel practices as well as information on foreign apparatus for comparison. 44 large fold-out plates include lamps and burners, lens apparatus, lanterns, light vessels and much more. In original brown cloth government binding, professionally repaired with new hinges and endpapers. With original gilt embossed spine “Report on Light Houses 1852”. Moderate staining and foxing as expected. This is surely the one most significant Light House Establishment report.  (facsimile spiral bound) $128 net.  

499 (8). Senate Doc. No. 474. May 18, 1840. 13pp. Report examining communications by Mr Henry Lapaute (French constructor of lenticular lanterns) to Mr. Davis of the Senate, subsequent to the arrival in the United States of two lenticular lights from France, to be tried at Sandy Hook and at Isle of Shoals. Report chronicles observations of similar lights, operating characteristics, etc. Also includes tables of range of light, and oil consumption of many U.S. lights. $22.

6593e,f,g,h. Kobbe, Gustav. HEROISM IN THE LIGHTHOUSE SERVICE. A Description of Life on Matinicus Rock. The Century Magazine. 1897. 12p. disbound. Illustrated with 12 very nice engravings, this article describes the life of Abby Burgess and her family at the Matinicus Rock Light Station including her heroism in the winter gale of 1856. Later Abby married Captain Grant and continued her service at Matinicus and later at White Head Light. Most interesting. Illustrations include Keeper Frederick T. Hatch, the only recipient of the Gold Bar for Heroism, Abby Burgess, and more. Quite clean. (VG+).  $34.

 

3164t. Kobbe', Gustav. "LIFE ON THE ( Nantucket ) SOUTH SHOAL LIGHT-SHIP". 11pp. Century Magazine, Vol. XLII. August 1891. This often quoted article is one of the very few ever written describing the life on these early light vessels, based on the author’s visit in 1891. One “old whaling captain told me that the loneliest thing he had ever seen at sea was a polar bear floating on a piece of ice in the Arctic Ocean; the next loneliest object to that had been the South Shoal Lightship….and it pitched and rolled such that even an old whaleman… felt ‘squamish’.” Excellent descriptions of the crews and the life on board. Includes nine very nice engravings. Disbound, clean, crisp. $14.

10149. Henry, Joseph. Results of Experiments on Sound in Relation to Fog Signals: by the United States Lighthouse-Board. 1877. 14p. Original soft wraps. In this report by Prof. Henry, he details the results from his extensive experiments conducted in an effort to improve the fog signaling in the United States . Includes details of full size experiments conducted at Block Island, RI., Little Gull Island in Long Island Sound and at various locations in Maine. Known for his stewardship of the famed Smithsonian Institution, Professor Henry also served in many other capacities. One post of which Mr. Henry was most proud was his association with the Light-House Board. From 1871 until his death. Mr. Henry served as Chairman of that Board. Throughout his life he studied and made contributions to the sciences, particularly in the areas of sound propagation and the improvement of fog signals. This is a most important and scarce work on the subject. Unusually crisp and clean. (VG). $88.

 

350. [2 pieces] Henry, Joseph. RESEARCHES IN SOUND: With Special Reference to Fog-Signaling. [Conducted in the Service of THE UNITED STATES LIGHT-HOUSE BOARD, by Joseph Henry During the Years 1865 to 1877]. Annual Report of the Board of Regents of the Smithsonian institution….  GPO. 1878. 575 pp. Included in this Annual report is the comprehensive report by Prof. Henry, detailing the extensive experiments conducted in an effort to improve the fog signaling in the United States . Includes details of full size experiments conducted at Block Island, RI., Little Gull Island in Long Island Sound and at various locations in Maine. (pp. 455-559). Report also includes a Biographical Memoir of Joseph Henry by Prof. Asa Gray (pp. 143-177), and in addition Henry and the Telegraph by William B. Taylor (pp. 262-360). Known for his stewardship of the famed Smithsonian Institution, Professor Henry also served in many other capacities. One post of which Mr. Henry was most proud was his association with the Light-House Board. From 1871 until his death. Mr. Henry served as Chairman of that Board. Throughout his life he studied and made contributions to the sciences, particularly in the areas of sound propagation and the improvement of fog signals. Illustrated with a few diagrams, this is a most important and scarce work on the subject. Complete report, contents overall clean save light age toning. Green government wraps with moderate wear and soiling, hinges intact but worn. Also included is an original steel engraving disbound from Appleton's Annual Cyclopedia and Register of Important Events of the Year 1878 and published in 1879. It consists of one page of double-column text with one full page steel engraved portrait of Professor Henry with tissue guard still attached. Page size is about 6 ½” x 9 ½” and is in clean, near fine condition. (VG-). $88.

5515. OUR LIGHT-HOUSE ESTABLISHMENT. na. June 1856. [Putnam’s Monthly. June, 1856. NY. pp.644-658]. Contains a wonderful early overview of the early history and operation of the United States Light-House Establishment, with comparisons to those of Britain and Europe . Written just after the establishment of the Light-House Board, this account provides a most interesting look at the operations and conditions present at such an important time in out lighthouse history. Quite interesting, nice early work. In original green wraps, full issue, include other interesting articles of the day. Overall clean and tight, some edge wear. (VG-). $22. 

28177. (newspaper) Blunt, Messrs E & G.W., IMPROVEMENT OF THE LIGHTHOUSES" - "REJOINDER OF E & G. W. BLUNT TO THE REPYL OF PLEASONTON TO THEIR COMMUNICATION TO THE SECRETARY OF THE TREASURY ON THE SUBJECT OF LIGHTHOUSES. New York American. May 25, 1838. 4p. In November of 1837 Messrs Blunt argued that the U. S. Light-Houses were greatly inferior to those of Great Britain and France, that the system of superintending them and their management was bad and that the Light-House Establishment was kept up at greater cost than necessary. This article by the Blunts is in rebuttal to Mr. Pleasontons' reply to the 1837 article. In this detailed article, by the respected publishers of Coast Pilots of the day present considerable information relative to the efficiency and operation of individual lights throughout the country. Includes testimony, examples as well as table of limits of visibility, distance from land objects, etc. of existing U.S. lights and much more. Unusual early details. A full 65 column inches long. Full newspaper contains 4 pages with interesting early articles of the day, only light occasional foxing, expected wear. (VG). $88.

28173. (magazine) An Amateur in the Lighthouse Service. QST Magazine. May 1924. American Radio Relay League (amateur  radio operators) Full issue 112 pages. Account of amateur radio station NASK that was installed by the operator at the remote Stannard Rock Lighthouse in Lake Superior and a similar station at the Marquette Lighthouse in an effort to provide communications . Account speaks in some detail on the equipment used and some contacts achieved. 2p. Full issue, includes numerous articles and advertisements of the day related to the field of amateur radio. Complete issue, covers nicely intact, light wear. (VG). $28.

4689. Alexander, J.H. Experiments on Mr. Babbage’s Method of Distinguishing Light-Houses, Reported to a Committee of the United States Light-House Board. Washington. 1861 (20p). Report on Fog Signals by Steam (20p). Jenkins, Thornton A. First Report on Oils (34p). Jenkins, Thornton A. Second Report on Oils (22p). Jenkins, Thornton A. Third Report on Oils (20p). (1994 reprint by David G. Karpin) 116p. Soft wraps. Detailed reports on the above subjects, most interesting and a must for the lighthouse scholar. (M). $14.

313h. "THE LIGHTHOUSES OF THE UNITED STATES",  by Charles Nordhoff, March 1874 (disbound from Harpers Monthly). 13p., 4TO. With 13 excellent engravings and descriptions of 13 U.S. Lights including Fire Island, Bergen Point, Thatcher’s Island, Thimble Shoals, Blsy’s Island, Spectacle ReefPoint Reyes, Alligator Reef, Calcasieu and others. Provides a wonderful period overview of the history and operation of the Lighthouse Service. Excellent reading or mat the engravings for framing. (VG). $14.

4728.[Lamb, Martha J.], "THE AMERICAN LIFE SAVING SERVICE", 17pp., February 1882. Harpers New Monthly Magazine. With 15 excellent engravings; Patrolmen exchanging checks-Sumner I. Kimball-Lifeboat Station on Lake Michigan-Self-righting Life-Boat-United States Life-saving Station on the Eastern Coast-Nag’s Head, Scene of the “Huron” disaster-Wreck of the “Huron”-“They found him nearly dead”-Surfman’s Shield-Wreck of the Schooner “Hartzel in Lake Michigan-Life-saving Car-Life-saving Station on the North Carolina Beach-First Ball, Ship “Ayrshire”-The Lyle Gun-Life-saving Medals. Describes the history and the work of the life-savers, their equipment and the rescues. Good early work. Full issue. (VG+). $28.

 

10377. (document) U.S. Lighthouse Service, Office of Superintendent, 1st District, Portland, Maine. October 11, 1922. Signed in hand by Assistant Superintent Luther. Typed correspondence to the Keeper at Whitlocks Mill Light Station, Maine, notes that their Annual Property Return has been returned for correction. The discrepancies are spelled out in some detail, and notes the process for condemning and disposing of items. Document is clean and crisp and measures 5” x 8”. An excellent and interesting document. (F-). $44.

2919. (halftone print) The United States Government Lighthouse and Signals Exhibit [at the World’s Columbian Exposition, Chicago. 1894]. Disbound from Reminiscences of the Fair. Vol.1, No.12, April 16, 1894. Large 8” x 10” b/w view of the Lighthouse Establishment exhibit at the 1894 World Exposition in Chicago . This United States Government Lighthouse and Signals plate is particularly nice, showing detailed model of Spectacle Reef Lighthouse, Five Fathom Bank Light Vessel, gas buoys, whistling buoys, lens lantern, lamp and burner and more. With detailed written description of the view. Unusually  clean and crisp. (VG+). $84.

27172. (copy sets) Bureau of Lighthouses. Lighthouse Service Bulletins. Wash. 1912-1935. Complete set Volumes I – IV for a total of 288 issues.. Lighthouse Service Bulletins were issued monthly updating keepers and personnel on new technology and equipment, new construction, changes in personnel, fires and other disasters, punishments to keepers and personnel, lightships damages or driven off station, lives saved, and much more. Long sought after, these are made from the first full set that I have ever been able to find. These are probably the most informative look into the condition and day to day operations of the Lighthouse Service that I have yet found. The original issues (shown above) measured 5 ½” x 9” and were 4 pages each, for a total of 1152 original pages of information. Our set reproduces these in four volumes of about 151 pages each. Each volume is fully indexed as were the originals and is spiral bound. This is an unprecedented lot of information, superb for reading and research. Vol. I. 1912 – 1917. 304 pages. $64. Vol. II. 1918 – 1923. 325 pages. $68. Vol. III. 1924 – 1929. 324 pages. $68. Vol. IV. 1930 – 1935. 237 pages. $50. Full set 4 volumes $225 (savings of $25).

  

1179. na. "Report of the Franklin Institute, on the Dioptric System of Augustin Fresnel for the Illumination of Lighthouses”. 1850. 28 pp. Offprint from the Journal of the Franklin Institute. Quite detailed examination on the relative velue of the present Catoptric System of lights adopted by the United States, compared with the Fresnel Dioptric and Catadioptric System established in the lighthouses in Europe and elsewhere. Early work includes detailed descriptions of Fresnel’s lens apparatus, catoptric and dioptric or lenticular systems, parabolic reflectors and lamps in use, floating lights or lightships, and much more. The journal measures 5 3/4" x 9" and has some soiling to the title but over all is in very good condition. Disbound from larger volume, pp29-  missing. $64.

 

27285a,b,c,d,e,f. (Light-House Keeper’s Receipt) Shinnecock Bay Light Station, Long Island, New York. c.1910. Original Light House Keeper’s receipt for items received from the Engineer, Third Light-House District for use at the light station. Form is No. 11-1950 and is filled out and signed in the hand of Keeper Charles Redfern and dated 1910. Form measures 5 ¼” x 8” and is clean and crisp, may have one fold. (VG+). $44 each (7 available, varying dates)

29338. (document) United States Lighthouse Service. Absence of Keeper from Station. November 1, 1911. 1p. Original typed letter on stationery of the Lighthouse Service, Office of Inspector, 12th District, noting that the mont hly report ind icates extended absences for the purposes of securing provisions and receiving mail, and directing him to inform the office immediately of the reason for these extended absences. Interesting piece, great for framing. Overall clean, removed from letter file book, some edge wear. (VG). $58.

Fifth Auditor  Stephen Pleasonton

  

1047. (document) Treasury Department, Fifth Auditor’s Office. Regarding Keeper Appointment – Great Captain Island Lighthouse. Stephen Pleasonton. November 2, 1839. Rare letter signed in hand by Fifth Auditor  Stephen Pleasonton, to William H. Ellis. Superintendent of Lighthouses in Connecticut. The letter instructs Ellis regarding "...the appointment of James Bird as Keeper of the Light House at Great Captains Island..." Pleasonton goes on to instruct Ellis to inform Bird "...of the necessity of his residing and being constantly in the house provided for the Keeper. Salary three hundred and fifty dollars per annum...I also enclose a copy of Instructions to Keepers of Light Houses..."  Great Captain Island is at the western end of Long Island Sound, north of the main channel into New York's East River. In 1829, Samuel Lyons sold 3.5 acres on the southeast part of Great Captain Island to the federal government for the building of a lighthouse. The first lighthouse, built for about $3,000, was finished in 1829 along with a five-room keeper's house. A system of 10 lamps and reflectors sent light in every direction. However, by an 1838 inspection, it was reported that the 30-foot stone tower had been poorly constructed; the walls were already badly cracked. James Bird [Bride] was the third keeper, serving from 1839 – 1848. Stephen Pleasonton (1776 – January 31, 1855) was the Fifth Auditor of the Treasury of the United States; but he is chiefly remembered today for his work in overseeing the United States Light House Establishment during its infancy. He was the father of Union Civil War General Alfred Pleasonton. Stephen Pleasanton played a vital role as a young government clerk in the turbulent days of the War of 1812. It was the decisive action by Stephen Pleasonton that saved most of the United States' valuable historical documents including the Declaration of Independence. He smuggled our Nations historic legacy out of Washington City in the fall of 1814 to Leesburg, Virginia and spared them from destruction by the invading British forces - A true Unsung Hero of American History! Document measures 8” x 9 ¾” and is clean and crisp. (VG+). $285.

 

     

29395a,b. (documents) Lighthouse Keeper Pay Vouchers, Keeper Joshua F. Strout, Asst. Keeper Mary E. Strout, Portland Head Lighthouse, Maine 1869. Capt. Joshua Strout, a native of Cape Elizabeth and a former sea captain, became keeper in 1869 for $620 per year. Strout's wife, Mary, became assistant keeper at a salary of $480 per year. In his 1935 book Lighthouses of the Maine Coast and the Men Who Keep Them, Robert Thayer Sterling called Joseph Strout "one of the most popular lightkeepers of his day or any yet to come. His genial disposition, his hearty laugh, together with his good stories of the sea, won him the admiration of all who met him." Keeper Strout remained keeper until 1904, when his son Joseph W. Strout replaced him, serving until 1928. Pair of original pay vouchers are signed in hand by Joshua F. Strout, receiving the amount of $155 in pay for the three month period ending December 31, 1869, and the second signed by his wife, Assistant Keeper Mary E. Strout, receiving the amount of $100 for the same period. Each document measures 6 ½” x 8 ¼” and is overall clean with one original fold. Superb pieces on these well known keepers would make an exceptional addition to any collection or display. Sold as a pair. (VG+). $365.

Note the brass oil measures and lamp feeder similar to the below pieces stored on the brass drip pan in this 1939 photo in the fog signal room at Chicago harbor Light Station. 

27425c. (document) U. S. Department of Commerce, Lighthouse Service, Keeper’s Annual Property Return and Annual Requisition and Receipt Form No. 30. [filled out for] Shinnecock Bay Light Station, Third LH District. c.1911. 20 pages. 8” x 10”. Original soft wraps. Signed in hand by Keeper William Chichele. Lengthy form contains spaces for all items needed by the Keeper and is filled out in his hand indicating the quantity of each item on hand, received, and used during the year. Each and every possible item is noted, from all sizes of brushes, to boats, burners, lamps, wicks, tools, deflectors, furniture, dinnerware, lamp fittings, paint, books and forms, and much more. In this case keeper has confined his listings to forms and stationery, apparently needing additional items in this category only. Listing covers 20 pages and is a must for researchers working to properly furnish your lighthouse or museum exhibit. Overall clean, crisp, unusually good condition. $185.

10131. (document) U. S. Department of Commerce, Lighthouse Service, Receipt for Supplies Delivered by Supply Vessel Form No. 30. [filled out for] Shinnecock Bay Light Station, Third LH District. c.1911. 8 pages. 8” x 10”. Original soft wraps. Signed in hand by Keeper Jorgen Bakken [later keeper at Fire Island and Warwick light stations]. Lengthy form contains spaces for all items needed by the Keeper and is filled out in his hand indicating the quantity of each item on hand, received, and used during the year. Each and every possible item is noted, from all sizes of brushes, to boats, burners, lamps, wicks, tools, deflectors, furniture, dinnerware, lamp fittings, paint, books and forms, and much more. Listing covers 8 pages and is a must for researchers working to properly furnish your lighthouse or museum exhibit. Overall clean, crisp, unusually good condition. $185.

10132. (document) U. S. Department of Commerce, Light-House Establishment, Receipt for Deliveries to Supply Vessel Armeria, to be Turned into Storehouse at Thompkinsville, Staten Island [filled out for] Shinnecock Bay Light Station, Third LH District. c.1910. 2 pages. 8” x 10”. Signed in hand by master of Supply Vessel Armeria. Document contains lines, filled in by keeper in pencil, listing almost 50 items returned by the keeper to Thompkinsville including Library Box #110, 166 5-gallon mineral oil cans and much more. Expected light soiling, two small holes from clip. $55.

   

 

29392. (Pay and Receipt Roll Form No. 13) U.S. Lighthouse Tender Iris c.1870. Original pay voucher is signed in hand by each member of the crew in receipt for wages paid for the month of February 1870. Includes the Master E. W. Johnson ($90), Mate Alexander Day ($60), and all other members of the crew including Engineer, Assistant Engineer, Firemen (2), Cook, Seamen (5), ordinary seamen (1), and Waiter. Pay and Receipt Roll is also signed in hand by the Lighthouse Inspector, 1st District, J.B. Hull. Built in 1863 as a private steam tug, the Iris was obtained by the Navy in 1863 and served until 1865, when it was sold to the Light House Establishment for use in the 1st LH District. She was the first propeller lighthouse tender in the Service and was used as an engineering tender. In 1871 she was rebuilt and lengthened to 115 feet and continued to serve in the 1st LH District until 1892 when she was replaced by the USLHT Lilac. This rare document measures 9 ½” x 24” and is overall clean with original folds, some toning, edge wear. Superb early piece on this interesting Light House Establishment vessel would make an exceptional addition to any collection or display. (VG). $225.

 

27172. (copy sets) Bureau of Lighthouses. Lighthouse Service Bulletins. Wash. 1912-1935. Complete set Volumes I – IV for a total of 288 issues.. Lighthouse Service Bulletins were issued monthly updating keepers and personnel on new technology and equipment, new construction, changes in personnel, fires and other disasters, punishments to keepers and personnel, lightships damages or driven off station, lives saved, and much more. Long sought after, these are made from the first full set that I have ever been able to find. These are probably the most informative look into the condition and day to day operations of the Lighthouse Service that I have yet found. The original issues (shown above) measured 5 ½” x 9” and were 4 pages each, for a total of 1152 original pages of information. Our set reproduces these in four volumes of about 151 pages each. Each volume is fully indexed as were the originals and is spiral bound. This is an unprecedented lot of information, superb for reading and research. Vol. I. 1912 – 1917. 304 pages. $64. Vol. II. 1918 – 1923. 325 pages. $68. Vol. III. 1924 – 1929. 324 pages. $68. Vol. IV. 1930 – 1935. 237 pages. $50. Full set 4 volumes $225 (savings of $25).

10224. na. Sea Lights or Light Houses. Appleton’s Mechanics’ Magazine. 1850. 11p. Detailed discussion of lighthouse illumination systems, with particular emphasis on parabolic reflectors, dioptric systems of Fresnel, burners and more. Thoroughly illustrated with diagrams. Detailes early design information. Disbound. $32.

5261a. Putnam, George R., AN IMPORTANT NEW GUIDE FOR SHIPPING. November, 1918. 6pp. Illustrated with 4 photographs. [NATIONAL GEOGRAPHIC, Vol XXXIV, No. 5, November 1918]. Details the construction by the U. S. Lighthouse Service of the unusual new concrete light tower at Navassa Island , in the West Indies . (VG)  $10.

4681. Munroe, Kirk. FROM LIGHT TO LIGHT - The Cruise of the Armeria, (lighthouse) Supply Ship. Disbound from Scribners Magazine, 1896. 16pp. Describes the work of lighthouse tenders re-supplying light stations with their needed provisions. Author writes from aboard the tender Armeria, the largest of the fleet of tenders owned by the Lighthouse Service; "Her duty is to pay an anuual visit to every light station on the Atlantic and Gulf Coasts of the United States, from Calais,Me., to Point Isabel, Tex., and to deliver at each a year's supply of oil and the other articles necessary for the maintenance of its light.  In addition...she supplies the numerous post lights of the Connecticut , Hudson , Delaware , Potomac, James, Cape Fear , Savannah , St.John's, and Indian Rivers....in her annual rounds, Armeria visits about 700 and supplies about 850 light stations.” Filled too with fine illustrations of the light stations including; Portland Head, Me.; Landing Supplies at West Quoddy, Me.; Heron's Rock, Penobscot Bay, Me.; The Landing at Egg's Rock in Frenchman's Bay, Me., - Mount Desert in the Distance; United States Lighthouse Supply-Steamer Armeria; Pumpkin Island, Penobscot Bay, Me.; The Portland Breakwater; Saddleback Rock, Maine. Clean, crisp. (VG).      $28.

 

6333y, z. Putnam, George R. SENTINEL OF THE COASTS - THE LOG OF A LIGHTHOUSE ENGINEER. NY. 1937. 1st. ed. 368pp. Well illustrated with over 60 photos. This historical and descriptive work by the retired Commissioner of Lighthouses includes chapters on the history and organization of the Lighthouse Service, the perils of lightships, fog and radio, tenders, romance of the buoys, the government workers, and much more. A most important book that has become quite scarce. Unusually good condition for this title, clean, bright, tight, only soiling and fading to the spine. (VG). $88 net.

6593e,f,g,h. Kobbe, Gustav. HEROISM IN THE LIGHTHOUSE SERVICE. A Description of Life on Matinicus Rock. The Century Magazine. 1897. 12p. disbound. Illustrated with 12 very nice engravings, this article describes the life of Abby Burgess and her family at the Matinicus Rock Light Station including her heroism in the winter gale of 1856. Later Abby married Captain Grant and continued her service at Matinicus and later at White Head Light. Most interesting. Illustrations include Keeper Frederick T. Hatch, the only recipient of the Gold Bar for Heroism, Abby Burgess, and more. Quite clean. (VG+).  $34.

21509d. na. U. S. LIGHTHOUSE SERVICE. Fortune Magazine January 1937. Pp. 61-69, 126-132. Lengthy, large folio illustrated article details the men and equipment of today’s Lighthouse Service. Wonderfully illustrated with photographs, paintings and diagrams including a large full page diagram of the Nantucket LV No. 112  illustrating its construction, equipment and operation. Other photos include quartermaster at the wheel of the Lighthouse Tender Spruce, lens apparatus, buoys and more. Most interesting and detailed article. Full issue. (VG+).  $68.

  

10372. [life ring] Canvas Life Ring U.S.L.H.S. Cross Rip Lightship. Extremely scarce early canvas covered cork life ring measures 27 inches in diameter and is in excellent though used condition. Ring is complete with rope handles on all four quarters of the perimeter. Much of the stitching was done by hand. The ring is fairly clean with its early whitewash with black lettered “U.S.L.H.S. CROSS RIP” on one side, no lettering on second side. Twelve vessels manned the Cross Rip Station from 1828 to 1963. Originally positioned off the northeast end of Tuckernuck Shoal in the approaches to Nantucket Harbor, the Cross Rip station was then moved westward off Cross Rip Shoal, an important waypoint during transit of Nantucket Sound, being at the narrowest part of the channel flanked by Cross Rip Shoal to the south and Horseshoe Shoal to the north. The station was 7.4 miles and 077 degrees from Cape Poge Lighthouse on Martha's Vineyard. The station was originally named Tuckernuck Shoal from 1828-1852, and then moved and renamed Cross Rip. Excellent patina and look, great for display. Very difficult to find these early canvas rings. (VG+). $1,845.

 

   

(National Archives photo)

27176. Original U. S. Lighthouse Service Bronze Bell c.1920 was last used as a fog signal bell at the Bristol Ferry Lighthouse in Rhode Island. Bell measures 22 1/2" across the base and weighs approximately 250 pounds. No cracks, some expected wear, as original without clapper. Cast markings "U. S. L. H. S. 1920". Also stamped "226".   $3,400.

 

   

United States Lighthouse Service Dinnerware. Please see our Dinnerware page. 

 

 

 

 

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