Kenrick A. Claflin & Son Nautical Antiques


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We specializes in the field of United States Lighthouse Service (USLHS), Light House Establishment (USLHE), Life-Saving Service (USLSS), Revenue Cutter Service (USRCS), Shipwrecks and early Coast Guard (USCG), and works by Edward Rowe Snow. More particularly, we work to provide various governmental agencies, historical groups, restoration contractors and collectors with information and original artifacts relating to lighthouses, life-saving stations, keepers, etc. in their area. Our stock includes books, post cards, both new and out-of-print, photos, engravings, newspapers, charts, lithographs, paintings, uniforms, flags, insignia, antiques, Fresnel lenses, lamps, lanterns, brassware and more.

We offer the largest and most complete selection of Antiques of the U.S. Lighthouse Service, Life Saving Service, Revenue Cutter Service, U. S. Coast Guard to be found anywhere.

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  Military Discount - We offer a 10% discount off regular retail pricing to all active duty U. S. military personnel on most items. (Does not apply to items that we have on consignment, which are indicated by capitol letters before the inventory number (ie. L-, RA-, etc., or on sale priced items or items marked "Reduced". ) 


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Uniforms - Reproduction

 For Original Uniforms and Insignia, see our Uniforms page. 


For additional items please see our many other pages as well. 

      Keeper Baker's Island Lighthouse, Mass c.1920.

Bob Trapani of the American Lighthouse Foundation modeling our uniform.

Reproduction U. S. Lighthouse Service Uniforms.

 After repeated inquiries, we have begun offering tailor made Reproduction c.1900 Lighthouse Keeper’s Uniforms. Perfect for museum interpreters and tour guides, these uniforms are tailor made to your size and made to U. S. Lighthouse Service c.1900 design. Made in America.

Uniforms include “bell top” cap, 8-button double breasted jumper with matching pants. Either reproduction or authentic buttons and insignia are available to meet your requirements.  

Bob Trapani [shown] of the Delaware River and Bay Lighthouse Foundation says of his recent uniform purchase: “The uniform looks great! Thank you for your work to put it together.” 

The  Outer Banks Conservationists noted: “This one worked out perfectly for us, and we will continue to put it to good use with Brent going into classrooms and being "on duty"….The Park is very much in favor! " 

Richard C. in Muncie, Indiana wrote of his uniform: "I received the Assistant Keeper's Uniform today and I am very impressed with the quality and craftsmanship that went into it. Thank you very much - it fits exceptionally well and you were right, the efficiency badge and the 5-year strip on the sleeve really and an extra nice touch to the uniform. I will wear it proudly and, with your permission, I would like to tell everyone exactly where I purchased it. Thanks again for a wonderful product."

Dana in Pasadena, Maryland wrote of their uniform: “Happy Day! The uniform arrived yesterday evening and what a surprise!  He loved it and it fits superbly!  The uniform quality is exceptional and I can't say enough good things about it! Thank you so much for your prompt service and great selection. I look forward to getting more items from your website for our lighthouse refurbishing project.” 



Early USLHE style cap.

   Keeper Robert J. Carr, Ram Island Ledge Light Station, Maine c.1929



Keeper Michael D. Bedard (USCG-Aux 11-2 Woods Hole) at Nobska Lighthouse on Cape Cod wearing our uniform. 

Winter uniform in 13 ½ oz blue wool serge-like (55%/45%) poly wool) material, summer white 11 ½ oz (for warm climates).

Keeper's overcoat / trench coat, water repellant (shown below).


Reproduction U. S. Lighthouse Service Insignia

Keeper's collar "K" $7.95 each. Standard quality. (2 required) or:

Keeper's collar "K" $14.95 each. Extra quality, made in USA (2 required)

Keeper's collar "1" $7.95 each. Standard quality. (2 required)

Keeper's collar "2" $7.95 each. Standard quality. (2 required)

Keeper's embroidered hat insignia $9.95 Standard quality. (1 required) or:

Keeper's embroidered hat insignia $42  Extra quality, made in USA (1 required)

Keeper's brass USLHE cap insignia $8.95

Waterbury LHS style button large 1" $2.95 ea

Waterbury LHS style button small 1/2" $2.45 ea

Waterbury early "USLHE" style button large1" $2.95 ea

Years of Service hash marks (left sleeve) $6.50 each (1 for each five years service - 1-4 needed) , or

25 years of service gold star (left sleeve) $14

U. S. Lighthouse Service Efficiency Pins  

The 1912 report of the Bureau of Lighthouses to Congress stated, in part, “To promote efficiency and friendly rivalry among lighthouse keepers, a system of efficiency stars and pennants has been established.  To this end a system of efficiency stars and pennants was established. Keepers who were commended for efficiency at each quarterly inspection during the year were entitled to wear the Inspector’s star (red enamel on gold) for the next year. Those who received the Inspector’s star for three successive years were entitled to wear the Commissioner’s star (blue enamel on silver).

 We now offer exact reproductions of the Inspector’s and Commissioner’s stars. The inspector’s star is red enamel on brass, and measures 1 1/8” inches in diameter (#2511a). The Commissioner’s star is the same size but is blue enamel on brass (#2511b). Each just $8.95.  


Keeper's embroidered hat insignia Standard quality $9.95 (left) and Extra quality, made in USA $42 (right) 

  Pricing on request.

25355. Replica U. S. Lighthouse Service Helmet Insignia. Perfect for your cap or lapel. Replica of keeper’s insignia from the 1880’s depicts a granite lighthouse tower on crossed spar and whistling buoys. Although this insignia was intended for the helmet of the watchmen at lighthouse depots, many of the keeper’s of the day wore it as well With clutch back, perfect to use on your cap, lapel or on your uniform. 1 ¼”. (M). $8.95  

25356. Enamel U. S. Lighthouse Service Flag Lapel Pin. Perfect for your cap or lapel. Enamel lapel pin includes the triangular Lighthouse Service flag on a white rectangular background. With the words “U. S. Lighthouse Service Flag. With clutch back, perfect to use on your cap, lapel or on your uniform. ” ¾” x 7/8”.  (M). $3.95


Photograph by Janine Slater , courtesy Outer Banks Conservationists. Shown with permission. 

Keeper Alvin Glatkowski, Currituck Beach Lighthouse, poses in his recently acquired uniform. 




Shown above left are the "keepers" at Pigeon Point Light Station in their recently acquired uniforms. Above right Keeper's overcoat.

Hat, jacket, pants, overcoat, shirt, tie, garrison belt or complete reproduction uniforms are available.

Ed Miller shown at Baileys Harbor Range Light, Door County, Wisc.

Ed used our insignia on a locally sourced blue jacket and trousers. 

Reproduction Life Saving Service Insignia

  (original buttons)

Waterbury Life Saving Service style button large 1" $2.95 ea (please check on availability)

Waterbury Life Saving Service style button small 1/2" $2.45 ea


2383. Reproduction U. S. Life-Saving Service right arm insignia patch. Insignia shows “ U.S. ” over life ring with crossed pike and oar, over “L.S.S.” Reproduction patch is embroidered in white on black, measures 2 ½” x 4” and would be perfect for display or for mounting on your uniform. (M). $9.95.

26246. [Reproduction SURFMAN’S CHECK] Replica United States Life Saving Service "SURFMAN’S CHECK” replicates those issued in the Nineteenth Century to surfmen patrolling the beach. This check, based on an original hanging in the CO’s office at the Coast Guard motor lifeboat station in Chatham on Cape Cod, reads: U.S. * LIFE-SAVING SERVICE * DISTRICT No.2 * OLD HARBOR * SURFMAN No.4. The check is made of brass and has a beautiful polish and black paint-filled lettering. Each surfman, during his nightly beach patrol, would exchange his “check” with that from the neighboring station, thus proving that he had completed his assigned patrol. This high quality replica is on heavy brass and would be perfect for display, as a watch fob or as a gift. Measures 2 1/8” high by 2” wide. (M). $9.95.


Please inquire for uniform pricing and more information.  









More items added daily. 


See also our recently updated Commemorative China page

Procedure to order items:

1. I suggest that you call us or email to check on availability of any item that you would like other than recent books. As items go quite quickly, please call and leave a message to reserve items that you would like. I will return your call, hold the items and await your letter or credit card information. We will also weigh the items and advise postage. 

2. You may then call or email credit card information, or forward a check in the mail.

Most items are mailed US Priority Mail or UPS. Additional information on our "Ordering Page".

Massachusetts residents must add 6.25% sales tax.


Page updated August 25, 2014 .

How to reach us:
Kenrick A. Claflin & Son Nautical Antiques
1227 Pleasant Street, Worcester, MA 01602 

Phone (508) 792-6627

All text and illustrations on web site Ó James W. Claflin . 08/25/2014 All rights reserved. Use prohibited without written permission.

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