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1020. (painting) Packet Ship Blackball Line in Storm in the Style of John Hughes (British 1806-1880). Vessel may be the packet ship “Isaac Webb” of the Black Ball Line. Built at New York by William H. Webb and launched in 1851, the "Isaac Webb" was a pioneer of packet service between New York and Liverpool. A self-taught artist of the Liverpool School, John Hughes was born in that seafaring town in 1806. He was a very competent marine painter, the majority of whose works were done for export to America. Hughes acquired a sizeable reputation with American sea captains and he developed particularly good contacts with the visiting American ships. His paintings also generated many favorable reviews in the local Liverpool press, adding to his growing reputation. The Black Ball Line was the most famous of New York’s packet firms. The Black Ball ships carried a large painted black ball below the close-reef band in their foretop-sails. Painting is oil on canvas 18” x 26”, on original wood stretcher in original gilded wood frame. Also bears some similarity to works by Clement Drew (1806-1889) or possibly Samuel Walters (1811-1882).  Provenance: Marjorie Claflin, Summer Kitchen Antiques, Northborough, Mass. 1948. $7,400. (no discounts apply).

Note great similarity to painting (below) by John Hughes (British 1806-1880). The Packet Ship "Isaac Webb" Of The Black Ball Line which recently sold at auction by Northeast Auctions for $15,000. (Northeastauctions.com  August 17-18, 2013.)

1355. (advertisement) The Improved Harden Star Grenade Fire Extinguisher c.1887. Illustrated London News. March 19, 1887. Full page 11” x 16” disbound. In the late Nineteenth Century the Life Saving Service and Light-House Establishment, realizing the risk of fire in their remote wooden stations, ordered that many stations be delivered Harden Star Fire Grenades. For example, in the National Archives, Miscellaneous Letter Files for May 15, 1885, there is a U.S. Life Saving Service requisition to deliver to the Collector of Customs, Boston, 18 dozen Harden Star Fire Grenades for the Second Life Saving District, with the notation to issue twelve grenades to each station. Similarly, on the Life Saving Service property return form listed under fire extinguisher are such “hand grenades”. Fire grenades originated in England during the late 18th century. The fire grenade was a bottle made of thin and very fragile glass designed to be thrown on the fire and to break easily. The contents were aimed at the base of the fire to quench the flames, and the grenades were designed to be light and easily handled. Grenades could be found in homes, hotels, factories, schools, trains and other commercial buildings around the turn of the century. Harden Star Grenades were patented just before the Great Chicago Fire of 1871. There were two sizes, pint and quart, with pint being the most common, measuring about 6” or so  in height. Colors were mostly shades of blue in the pint size. Although earlier grenades contained carbon tetrachloride, these late 1800's bottle-style fire grenades contained a saltwater / brine solution. Most such grenades were made after 1870 and continued in use until about 1910. These bottles are quite rare since they were made to be destroyed. They are often ornate and come in striking colors, so they are very sought after by collectors. This large quarter-page original advertisement from a period publication, boasts on the upper half that the Harden Fire Extinguisher is “The best, cheapest, and only reliable Hand Fire Extinguisher in general use throughout the World.” This is a rare item, sought after by fire collectors and others and would be the perfect addition to your life saving station or lighthouse, for display next to your Harden “Star:” Fire Grenade. Shown are the rare sets of two and three grenades in wire basket designed for hanging. Clean and crisp, perfect for framing. (VG+). $84. 

1366a. (set 2 blueprints) Ingersoll Self Righting and Self Bailing 18-Foot Metal Lifeboat. Fore River Ship Building, Quincy, Mass. c.1908. Large 26” x 57” detailed architectural drawing shows all aspects of New York boat builder, O.K. Ingersoll’s self righting and self bailing lifeboat in large sectional and plan views. Lifeboat was powered by both oar (6) and by sail, with air tanks at each end,  and includes sail plan, etc. Both prints are the same – The first is blue on white, in very good condition, no tears but a bit of wear at some folds, clean and crisp. The second is identical but white on blue, in poor condition, brittle, some moisture and rodent damage. This metal lifeboat boat was probably not used by the Life-Saving Service but rather was probably intended to be carried on merchant ships. Interestingly, while perfecting his metal lifeboats, Ingersoll developed a metal sail rigged boat, 26 feet in length, which made an epic journey from Sandy Hook, New Jersey to the English Channel in 1866 in an amazing 35 days. The boat was a combination of old and new technology and possessed a modern galvanized hull to prevent corrosion but still carried a traditional 3-masted square rigger configuration. The trip was conceived by Ingersoll, an inventor of all-metal lifeboats, who thought that the journey would attract publicity. The words, "Ingersoll's Improved Metallic Life Boat" was written across the hull of the Red, White, and Blue. Set 2 blueprints $64.

1366b. (blueprint) Ingersoll Self Righting and Self Bailing 30-Foot Metal Lifeboat. Willamette Iron & Steel Works. c.1908. Scale ½” = 1’. Large 17 ½” x 23 ½” ” detailed architectural drawing shows good detail of New York boat builder, O.K. Ingersoll’s self righting and self bailing 30-foot lifeboat in large sectional and plan views. was powered by both oar (12) and by sail, with air tanks at each end, etc.  Print is white on blue, in excellent condition, clean, crisp, perfect for framing. This metal lifeboat boat was probably not intended for used by the Life-Saving Service but rather was probably intended to be carried on merchant ships. $38.

4416w. COSTON FLARE CANISTER FOR LIFEBOATS with FLARES. c.1900-1935. Beautiful solid copper and brass flare canister, complete with 3 wooden handled flares, designed to be used on ship’s lifeboats. Soldered brass label reads: “COSTON DISTRESS OUTFIT FOR LIFE BOATS & RAFTS. Approved & Passed by the U. S. Board Supervising Inspectors. Coston Supply Company, Inc. New York .” Well made canister measures 12” high by 6” in diameter and is complete with a cast brass screw-on top. Inside are two original, wooden handled Coston Friction Ship Distress Signals. Beautiful wooden handled Coston’s  flares are complete and intact with original waxed paper wrapping, designed to be used for signaling and on ship’s lifeboats. Paper label reads: “COSTON FRICTION SHIP SIGNAL. Coston Signal Company, Inc. 50 Water Street, New York.” These wooden handled Coston Friction Ship and Marine Distress Signals are now most difficult to find. The Coston Company is famous for providing similar signals and flares to the Life-Saving Service and Revenue Cutter Service and others since the 1860’s and continued well into the 20th Century. Canister is in good condition with some expected dents but all seams are intact and untouched. Screw cover tight but will screw on. Can can be polished and will enhance any display. It is most difficult to find these Coston canisters complete with original signals intact. (VG+). $244.

SR-499. COSTON FLARE CANISTER FOR LIFEBOATS. c.1900-1935. Beautiful solid copper and brass flare canister, designed to be used on ship’s lifeboats. Soldered brass label reads: “COSTON DISTRESS OUTFIT FOR LIFE BOATS & RAFTS. Approved & Passed by the U. S. Board Supervising Inspectors. Coston Supply Company, Inc. New York .” Well made canister measures 12” high by 6” in diameter and is complete with a cast brass screw-on top. The Coston Company is famous for providing similar signals and flares to the Life-Saving Service and Revenue Cutter Service and others since the 1860’s and continued well into the 20th Century. Canister is in good condition with only a few light expected dents. Can can be polished and will enhance any display. It is most difficult to find these Coston canisters complete with original signals intact. (VG+). $188. (With 2 original “COSTON FRICTION SHIP SIGNAL FLARES” $256.) 

 

 

4416v. PERKO FLARE CANISTER FOR LIFEBOATS. c.1900-1945. Beautiful solid copper and brass flare canister, complete with 3 wooden handled flares, designed to be used on ship’s lifeboats. Well made canister measures 10 ¾” high by 5 ¾” in diameter and is complete with a cast brass screw-on top. Inside are three original, wooden handled ”Coston Friction Ship Signals”. Beautiful wooden handled Coston’s  flare, complete and intact with original waxed paper wrapping, designed to be used for signaling and on ship’s lifeboats. These wooden handled Coston Friction Ship and Marine Distress Signals are now most difficult to find. Paper label reads: “COSTON FRICTION SHIP SIGNAL. Coston Signal Company, Inc. 50 Water Street, New York.” The Coston Company is famous for providing similar signals and flares to the Life-Saving Service and Revenue Cutter Service and others since the 1860’s and continued well into the 20th Century. Canister is in excellent condition with only minor expected dents, will polish up beautifully. Bottom bears a soldered brass tag which reads: “PERKO Perkins Marine Lamp & Hardware Corp. Brooklyn, N.Y., U.S.A.”It is most difficult to find these flare canisters complete with original Coston signals intact. (VG+). $174.

 

               

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

27431b,c. Civilian line gun projectile. $685 each (2 available) .Reduced $435 each

 

4416u. COSTON FLARE CANISTER FOR LIFEBOATS. c.1930-1945. Very nice galvanized metal flare canister, complete with 4 wooden handled flares, designed to be used on ship’s lifeboats. Well made canister measures 11 ¾” high by 5 ¾” in diameter and is complete with a cast metal screw-on top. Inside are four original, wooden handled ”Coston Friction Ship Signals”. Beautiful wooden handled Coston’s  flare, complete and intact with original waxed paper wrapping, designed to be used for signaling and on ship’s lifeboats. These wooden handled Coston Friction Ship and Marine Distress Signals are now most difficult to find. Paper label reads: “COSTON FRICTION SHIP SIGNAL. Coston Signal Company, Inc. 50 Water Street, New York.” The Coston Company is famous for providing similar signals and flares to the Life-Saving Service and Revenue Cutter Service and others since the 1860’s and continued well into the 20th Century. Canister is not marked and is in excellent condition no dents but 2 ½” chip in cover edge. It is most difficult to find these Coston canisters complete with original signals intact. (VG). $114.

 

12122d. (complimentary pass) Portland Steam Packet Company. 1880. 2 ¼” x 3 7/8”. Pass #175 dated until December 31, 1880, allows Mr. Robert Gatzmer Esq., Philadelphia & Atlantic City Railway free passage on vessels of the Portland Steam Packet Company. Pass is printed in black on buff card stock by the Franklin Bank Note Company. Beautifully printed with a wonderful vignette of a company walking beam side paddle wheel steamer. Includes printed signature of the company president. The Portland Steamship Company started as the Portland Steam Packet Company in 1844, and was later consolidated into the Eastern Steamship Company. One of their vessels, the side-wheel steamship Portland,  was one of the largest and most palatial vessels afloat in New England during the 1890s. Built in 1889 by, the steamer ran between Portland, Maine and Boston until its loss with all hands in 1898. The Portland's loss was New England's greatest steamship disaster prior to the year 1900. Clean, unusually good condition. (VG+). $88.

 

13115. (advertisement). Grace Line Announces A New Fleet of Twenty “Santa” Ships. c.1946. 7” x 10”. Perfect for framing. Shows color vignettes of twenty Grace Line “Santa” ships including the Santa Clara, Santa Barbara and more. Clean, crisp. Disbound from c.1946 magazine. (VG+). $22.

 

1368. (canvas life ring) Rare Antique Salesman Sample Canvas Life Ring c.1900. Life Ring is original and from the early 1900's. It comes from a family that  worked at a ship’s chandlery (supply company) in Greenport, Long Island, New York in the early 1900's. The family member was charged with placing orders for life rings and canvas sails for the ships at that time on the docks and this was a salesman sample used to show her buyers. The ring measures 8 ½” across x 1 ¼” thick and is completely original with no cracks or repairs. It is made entirely of canvas, leather and manila rope exactly as the full size life ring would be. This is a charming and rare piece and will appeal to the decorator, maritime enthusiast as well as collectors of salesman’s samples. No markings, only light wear and aging from being over 100 years old. (VG). $295.

 

 

1301. Lot of 11 Antique Identified Demitasse Spoons c.1900. Makers: Rogers, Benedict, Aurora, R&B, and others. This is a lot of 11 antique silver plated flatware demitasse spoons. They range in dates from 1892 to 1909 and all measure about the same size, 4¼" to 4⅜" long. There are no monograms on any of the spoons. The last demitasse spoon in the photo is actually a souvenir spoon, featuring an image of the Central Armory in Cleveland, Ohio. All spoons are very shiny, clean and in wonderful condition. Priced at $4.50 each or $40 for all eleven spoons. 

1.      Spoon has a large raised petalled flower at the end of the handle and is signed SILVERPLATE on the underside. I cannot find an exact match for this spoon in my silver sources, but it very much resembles WM ROGERS 1909 BEAUTY pattern.

2.      Spoon has a pointed petalled flower at the end of the handle and a texturized surface on the back. It simply has a K on the back with a circle around it. This is another spoon that I cannot find an exact match for in my silver sources, but it very much resembles R.C. & Co 1908 LILY pattern.

3.      Spoon with a sort of "tail" at the end and a little raised flower in the tail. The pattern name is DEWITT. It was manufactured by BENEDICT MANUFACTURING COMPANY and it dates back to 1901.

4.      Spoon has a very Victorian, sort of paisley pattern on the handle with lots of ART NOUOVEAU curli-cues, scrolls, and swirls. However, there's no back stamp. The spoon closely resembles AURORA 1894 RIALTO pattern.

5.      Spoon has lovely ART NOUVEAU swirls and curls up and down the entire border. The pattern name is VERNON. It was manufactured by R. J. MANUFACTURING COMPANY and it dates back to 1900.

6.      ART NOUVEAU Victorian spoon with swirls and curls and a sort of bulbous shape at the end. The pattern name is MELROSE. It was manufactured by WM ROGERS and it dates back to 1898.

7 & 8. Pair of matching demitasse spoons in the popular MARQUISE pattern. The spoons were manufactured by R & B and they date back to 1900.

9.    Here's another decorative demitasse spoon, but without a back stamp. It features two lovely raised petaled flowers in the handle. This is another spoon for which I cannot find an exact match in my silverware sources, but it closely resembles AURORA 1900 PARAGON pattern.

10.    This is the oldest spoon in the lot.  The pattern name is CORAL. It was manufactured by ROGER SMITH & CO and it dates back to 1892. The back of the spoon has an image of a crab.

11.    This is actually a collectible souvenir demitasse spoon, featuring an image of the Cleveland Central Armory in Cleveland, Ohio. It was manufactured by N. T. SILVER COMPANY (NIAGARA ONEIDA) and says CLEVELAND VIADUCT down the front of the handle. The spoon is beautifully decorated with lots of etched designs 

 

  

12364. Department Of Commerce. Steamboat Inspection Service. Ocean and Coastwise - General Rules And Regulations Prescribed By The Board Of Supervising Inspectors. Edition: April 4, 1923. 198p. Soft wraps. Of particular interest is the section on Line-Carrying Guns and Projectiles. Other topics include: Boiler and Attachments; Boats, Rafts, Bulkheads, and Life-saving Appliances;  Fire Apparatus; Licensed Officers; Inspection of Vessels; Ocean and Coastwise Steam Yachts; Instruments and Machines Approved for Use on Vessels; Lifeboats; Disengaging Apparatus; Rafts; Life Preservers; Buoys; Whistles for Motor Vessels; Fire Extinguishers and other Apparatus;  Steam Pumps; Safety Valves; Message Cases; Water Lights; and more. Following numerous ship losses with large losses of life, The Steamboat Act of May 30, 1852 authorized the establishment of a steam vessel inspection service under the Department of the Treasury. Nine supervisory inspectors responsible for a specific geographic region were appointed. The organization created by the Act of 1871 became known as the Steamboat Inspection Service. This new law sought to protect the crew as well as the passengers and applied to all steam vessels. The functions were later transferred to the Coast Guard during World War II. Very good condition for age with only light wear to the spine of the paper cover. (VG+). $22.

1146. (Certificates) U.S. Steamboat Inspection Service. Certificate of Efficiency to Lifeboat Man, Certificate of Efficiency to Able Seaman. c.1915-1916. Two period certificates from the Steamboat Inspection Service issued to Ole J. Silleorin dated 1915 and 1916 and signed by local inspectors. Each certificate measures 5” x 8” and both are framed together in original black wood frame with mounting holes where it was removed from the ship’s bulkhead. Overall 9 ¼” x 11 ¾”. $24.

STEAMER SS PORTLAND LOST IN GALE 1898:

  

12183. Large historically significant lot of articles pertaining to the ill fated STEAMER SS PORTLAND (capsized and sunk off Thatcher's Island in the horrific gale of November 26, 1898 with 167 souls lost) to include THE ONLY KNOWN ORIGINAL PHOTO of her CAPTAIN HOLLIS H. BLANCHARD along with an exquisite CASED MODEL by the noted nautical model maker GEORGE SINE plus ORIGINAL 1898 NEWSPAPER ACCOUNTS, photos, prints, books, postcards and other research material. Please inquire. 

12122c. (complimentary pass) Portland Steam Packet Company. 1881. 2 ¼” x 3 7/8”. Pass #202 dated until December 31, 1881, allows Mr. William H. Gatzmer, Trustee, Philadelphia & Atlantic Co. Railway free passage on vessels of the Portland Steam Packet Company. Pass is printed in deep blue on buff card stock by the Franklin Bank Note Company. Beautifully printed with a wonderful vignette of a company walking beam side paddle wheel steamer. Includes printed signature of the company president. The Portland Steamship Company started as the Portland Steam Packet Company in 1844, and was later consolidated into the Eastern Steamship Company. One of their vessels, the side-wheel steamship Portland,  was one of the largest and most palatial vessels afloat in New England during the 1890s. Built in 1889 by, the steamer ran between Portland, Maine and Boston until its loss with all hands in 1898. The Portland's loss was New England's greatest steamship disaster prior to the year 1900. Clean, crisp, near fine. (F-). $88.

  

In addition are four original full newspapers from both Portland and Boston during the anxious days following the storm:

(copy) The New York Times. November 30, 1898. “The Portland Sunk- 118 Lives Lost…. None Lives to Tell…”. $20.

12183c-8. Portland Daily Press. November 29, 1898. “No News of the Portland…More Anxious Hours and Still No Word of Missing Steamer…Storm Sunday One of the Worst in New England’s History….” $50. 

12183c-3. The Boston Herald. December 1, 1898. “Found Adrift. Pollock Rip Lightship Picked Up….”. $40.

12183c-5. Portland Daily Press. December 2, 1898. “Looking for Lost… Anxious Search for Remains of Dead Friends and Relatives….”. $40.

  

10413. (lithograph printing plate) Steamship SS Portland c.1890’s. The Portland ran from Boston to Portland, Maine from 1895 until 1898, when she was lost with all hands in what became known as the Great Portland Gale. The plate consists of a copper plate applied to heavy lignum vitae wood. Lignum vitae is hard and durable, and is the densest wood traded; it will easily sink in water. The block measures 6 ½” x 10” by 1” thick. Engraved into the copper plate is a detailed reverse image of the SS Portland underway. Image is signed “Blanchard”. Included with the printing plate is an original printed image made from this plate, on 9” x 12” paper. The side-wheel steamship Portland was one of the largest and most palatial vessels afloat in New England during the 1890s. Built in 1889 by, the steamer ran between Portland, Maine and Boston until its loss with all hands in 1898. The Portland's loss was New England's greatest steamship disaster prior to the year 1900. The wooden-hulled paddle wheel steamship measured 291 feet in total length with a maximum breadth of 68 feet. Built in 1889 by the New England Shipbuilding Company of Bath, Maine, the steamer was one of New England's largest and most luxurious side paddle wheel steamships, accommodating up to 800 passengers. For nearly 10 years Portland connected Boston, Massachusetts and Portland, Maine for the Portland Steam Packet Company (later renamed the Portland Steamship Company) without much notoriety. Portland carried thousands of passengers and tons of cargo along the New England coast and earned the reputation as a safe and dependable steamer. A wonderful Portland collectible. (VG+). $195.

 

12183f. (framed lithograph) Steamer Bay State, Sister Ship of the Portland, Docked at India Wharf c.1930. Superb, striking full color original lithograph depicts steamers docked in Boston, with a view into the harbor. The steamer Bay State, sister ship to the Portland, can be seen docket at India Wharf. Early piece in period black frame. Great detail, this matted image would grace any wall. Image size 3 ¼” x 16 ¼”. Overall size 6 ½” x 20”. Some chipping to frame, needs a bit of touch-up. (VG+). $48.

10468. (framed albumen photograph) Steamship Portland - Portland Steam Packet Company c.1890’s. Large format albumen photo of the Portland Steam Packet Company Steamer 'Portland' 'Only line between Boston and Portland and Northern and Eastern Resorts', a broadside view of the side-wheeler underway with crowd on deck, in original pressed golden oak frame, with captioned mount, original rippled glass. 19 ½” x 29 ¼” image, frame 33 ¼” x 43”.  The side-wheel steamship Portland was one of the largest and most palatial vessels afloat in New England during the 1890s. Built in 1889 by, the steamer ran between Portland, Maine and Boston until its loss with all hands in 1898. The Portland's loss was New England's greatest steamship disaster prior to the year 1900. The wooden-hulled paddle wheel steamship measured 291 feet in total length with a maximum breadth of 68 feet. Built in 1889 by the New England Shipbuilding Company of Bath, Maine, the steamer was one of New England's largest and most luxurious side paddle wheel steamships, accommodating up to 800 passengers. For nearly 10 years Portland connected Boston, Massachusetts and Portland, Maine for the Portland Steam Packet Company (later renamed the Portland Steamship Company) without much notoriety. Portland carried thousands of passengers and tons of cargo along the New England coast and earned the reputation as a safe and dependable steamer. $3,900.

12202a. (maritime wooden block) Early Large 1 -shiev maritime wood block (from block & tackle) c.1880 – 1930’s.   Block is complete with hook, etc and will enhance your nautical décor.  Block is used but is nicely intact, clean and in wonderful condition, with more recent paint in red. Such blocks were used for hoisting and in rigging on ships, etc. In excellent condition, it is very rare to find these. Measure from 17” including large hook or eye. Rope not included. (VG). $15  (first above available only) 

 

Early Line Guns for Saving of Life available:

CT-05.  C. C. Galbraith & Son Inc.  USCG marked  Serial # 890  $2,220

CT-08.  Sculler Safety Corp.  Serial #3129 $2,220

All are very early pieces in ideal condition for the collector.

 

SR-454. (chart tube) U.S. Coast Guard c.1940’s.  31” long. 3 ¼” diameter. Brass screw-on cap. Stenciled in black paint “…Globe Chart Container U.S.C.G. Log Book 5 Charts … Pencil.” $225.

2676. (yachting award chalice) Interesting Kirk Stieff pewter  yachting trophy for 1st place in the Boston Lightship Race for the vessel Eudaemon. The chalice measures 4 3/8" high by 3 3/8" wide and is in good condition. Nicely engraved on the side: "Boston Lightship Race. June 23, 1973. 1st Place. EUDAEMON” with yachting flag above. Bottom marked “Stieff Pewter. ATC P10-15”. Possibly from the Bristol, Rhode Island, Yacht Club or area club. (VG). $68. Reduced $32.

    

 

10159. [lantern] Walton Bros. Hand Lantern c.1870. Extremely scarce, original hand lantern by Walton Bro’s is very similar to the United States Life-Saving Service beach patrol lantern was used by surfmen for lighting and signaling while on beach patrol. Lantern is in beautiful condition complete with burner and globe. Bottom is marked “Walton Bro’s. N.Y. Pat’d Aug. 14, 1866”. This is one of only a few lanterns by Walton Bro’s that I have ever come across and is constructed of fine grain brass. The lantern consists of a cylindrical oil reservoir and body with original burner tank. Top is hinged from guard to raise for cleaning and for removal of glass chimney. Oil tank removes from the bottom for filling and for lighting. Lantern will polish up to a wonderful shine. Approximately 7” in diameter. Overall height 15” to top of handle. Still a rare example of a rarely found Walton Bro’s hand lantern. (VG+). $995. Reduced $845.

     

11385. (desk lamp) Vintage brass RAYO oil lamp with shade c.1900. Antique brass RAYO oil lamp with white frosted shade and glass chimney in working condition. The lamp was converted to electricity some years ago, as where many of these wonderful lamps but a font and wick are readily available. This would be a wonderful lamp to add a touch of charm to your lighthouse display. Such a lamp would have been used in the keeper’s homes, in the parlor or other rooms. The lamp comes with an original frosted white shade and clear glass chimney. The lamp measures 25" in height to the top of the clear chimney and is in good, used, antique condition with no breaks or repairs. There are a few minor indents on the side of the lamp which in no way deters from the beauty and charm of this antique lamp. The frosted shade and chimney have no chips, cracks or repairs. The Rayo Lamp was manufactured by the Bradley & Hubbard Mfg. Co., in Meriden, CT. The flame spreader’s first patent is Nov. 30, 1894, then called “Perfection” which were initially made under contract with the Standard Oil Co. One story is you got a free Rayo if you bought 15 gallons of Standard Oil kerosene. The Trademark for the name RAYO remained active under Eastern Standard, Esso, Humble Oil and lastly Exxon Corp. until 1988!  B&H began to advertise and sell it to retailers like Montgomery Ward, (they must have paid royalties to Standard Oil for the use of the name). Its sole purpose was to help Standard Oil sell kerosene. Lamps are solid brass throughout and came in brass or  nickel plated finish. In 1911 they were $48.00 dozen with tripod. The Rayo was a round wick central draft lamp as were all the lamp makers, such as Pittsburgh Lamp, Plume & Atwood, Rochester, Edw. Miller, etc. The Rayo was later considered a fuel hog as owners converted to Aladin burners in the early 1900’s. Shown too is an original c.1907 RAYO lamp advertisement showing a similar lamp (not included). (VG). $115.

PA-41. Oarlocks, misc. sizes (4) similar to above.  Lot $24.

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, radiobeacons, 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. Please inquire.

  

11129. (Metal Galley Grain Container), U.S.S. (Lighthouse Tender) Maple c.1918. World War I era galley galvanized metal grain container is stenciled SS MAPLE. On the top is a screw-off brass lid, marked Elisha Webb & Son Co. Philadelphia, Pa (the company was founded 1894). The USS Maple was a tender built in 1893 at Elizabethport, New Jersey for use in the Fifth LH District. During World War I, she was transferred to the US Navy from the Lighthouse Service on 11, April 1917 then placed in service 1 Nov, 1918 in Norfolk, Virginia until 1, July 1919. She continued to operate in the Fifth LH District until 1933, when she was sold and her name changed to McClain, Nichols No. 6, etc. The container measures 21" high 14 ¾” wide 14 ¾” deep. It has two metal handles on top, with a round lid of bronze or brass. It is galvanized inside and still has some grain remains (cornmeal?). In very good condition,  no holes or dents, some paint loss, a few paint smudges on the stenciled name. Rare lighthouse tender artifact. (VG). $144.

                             

23420. COSTON RED HAND MARINE SIGNAL FLARE. Beautiful wooden handled Coston’s  flare, complete and intact with original waxed paper wrapping, designed to be used for signaling and on ship’s lifeboats. These wooden handled Coston Friction Ship and Marine Distress Signals are now most difficult to find. The Coston Company is famous for providing similar signals and flares to the Life-Saving Service and Revenue Cutter Service and others since the 1860’s and continued well into the 20th Century. Paper label reads: “COSTON FRICTION SHIP SIGNAL. Coston Marine Signals, Coston Supply Co.  500 Candlepower…. Manufactured by Coston Marine Signals, Inc.  Fine display piece or to fit in your Coston canister. (VG+). $32 each net.

2798. SCULLER HAND MARINE SIGNAL LIGHT FLARE. Beautiful early wooden handled Sculler Signal Light flare, complete and intact with original paper wrapping, designed to be used for signaling and on ship’s lifeboats. These wooden handled Friction Ship and Marine Distress Signals are now most difficult to find. The Sculler Company is famous for providing line guns for rescue from steamships from the 1800’s well into the Twentieth Century but is little known for signal flares. Original paper label reads: “SIGNAL LIGHT. Sculler Safety Corporation, New York, NY. … Fine display piece or to fit in your Life Saving collection. Completely intact, shows signs of age, soiling. (VG).  $38 net.

(same) Intact but empty, without friction cap, shows signs of age, soiling. (VG-).  $28 net.

    

1104. Menz, Katherine. POINT LOMA LIGHTHOUSE: CABRILLO NATIONAL MONUMENT, SAN DIEGO, CALIFORNIA – Historic Furnishings Report. National Park Service. Harpers Ferry. December 1978. 243p. Soft wraps. Historic Furnishings Reports provide a valuable foundation for the rehabilitation, restoration, stabilization or reconstruction of the interior furnishings of historic structures. Such a report is particularly important for finding or fabricating significant missing furnishings, tools and other items that would have been found in the structures or used by the inhabitants. This allows one to recapture the appearance of a property at one particular period of its history, removing later additions, or substantially modifying existing historic fabric. In this case, Point Loma Light Station was studied using evidence present at the site, historical documents found at the National Archives, Light House Establishment records, logs, reports, letters from the keepers and more. Using these and other sources, the author is able to provide a detailed assessment of how the interiors would have looked during the period of interest, what furnishings and amenities would have been present, keeper’s tools and equipment, clocks and more. The report includes a number of period photos and diagrams, and excerpts from Light House Establishment books and documents for guidance. A most important reference for anyone interested in what the inside of light station buildings would have contained and looked like. (M). $48.

10367. (pewter porringer) American Porringer. Pewter porringer 3 5/8”. Good condition, nice detail. (VG). $85. 

    

 

10159. [lantern] Walton Bros. Hand Lantern c.1870. Extremely scarce, original hand lantern by Walton Bro’s is very similar to the United States Life-Saving Service beach patrol lantern was used by surfmen for lighting and signaling while on beach patrol. Lantern is in beautiful condition complete with burner and globe. Bottom is marked “Walton Bro’s. N.Y. Pat’d Aug. 14, 1866”. This is one of only a few lanterns by Walton Bro’s that I have ever come across and is constructed of fine grain brass. The lantern consists of a cylindrical oil reservoir and body with original burner tank. Top is hinged from guard to raise for cleaning and for removal of glass chimney. Oil tank removes from the bottom for filling and for lighting. Lantern will polish up to a wonderful shine. Approximately 7” in diameter. Overall height 15” to top of handle. Still a rare example of a rarely found Walton Bro’s hand lantern. (VG+). $995. 

  

L-191. (life saving medal) Royal Humane Society c.1840. Awarded to “I. [J] S. Young for a Successful Rescue, August 23, 1840. South Shields. Case #13582. Bronze 51mm (1774-1869). Of all the decorations and medals which may be seen adorning the chests of British civilians and service personnel, none has a longer history than the honorary medal of the Royal Humane Society. First awarded in 1776, the medal has, for over 220 years, been used to reward those men and women who have risked all to save the lives of their fellow creatures. For their first medal design, it was decided to adopt a design by Dr Watkinson, a member of the Society, for the medal and to employ Thomas Pingo of the Royal Mint to engrave the dies. The new medals were 2 inches in diameter. On the obverse was modeled the figure of a young boy wearing a very wispy cloak endeavouring to blow life into a dying torch. Around this central motif was engraved the motto LATEAT SCINTILLVLA FORSAN, a rather tortuous piece of Latin which may be translated as 'Peradventure a little spark may yet lay hid.' In the exergue was placed a longer but simpler inscription which translates as 'The society founded in London for the recovery of persons from a state of suspended animation 1774'.  The reverse design took the form of a Civic Crown or wreath, in memory of the reward given by the ancient Romans to those who saved the life of a fellow citizen. Around this was the inscription HOC PRETIVM CIVE SERVATO TVLIT, or 'He has obtained this prize for having saved the life of a citizen.' The centre of the wreath was left plain, to facilitate the inscription of the details of individual recipients. By 1824 however the dies were wearing out and it proved necessary to obtain new dies. These were prepared by Benedetto Pistrucci, the Chief Medallist at the Royal Mint, and were in use by the beginning of 1826. Although the reverse was similar to that of the first version of the medal, the obverse bore a far bolder portrait of a young boy, this time wearing a distinctive billowing cloak. The inscriptions on both faces remained unaltered. In 1838 Pistrucci's connections with the Society were to be abruptly severed when, following a dispute over the dies for the Fothergill medal, Pistrucci and the Secretary of the Society came close to blows. In the same year, the Society began to award medals struck in bronze. The year 1837 had also seen the production of a new die for the medal, and whilst no record survives recording who received the contract, Sub-committee minutes of a meeting held in May record the passing of a resolution that 'a New Die for the reverse of the Medallion be struck, in which the motto “Hoc pretium cive donato tulit” be omitted'. This new variety was to be awarded in silver or bronze to would-be salvors whose efforts proved unsuccessful and, as one might expect, it was awarded in far smaller numbers than its 'successful' counterpart.  After permission was granted to wear the medals in 1869, the size of the medal was reduced from 51 millimeters to 38 millimeters in diameter. The following table sumarizes the changes to the medals. This medal is of the pre-1776 design and is of bronze, which begun to be issued in 1838. It is of the 51mm size which was discontinued in 1869. Based on the design, the rescue for which this medal was awarded was indeed successful. Engraved inscription reads: ““I. [J] S. Young. Vit Ob. Serv. D. D. Soc. Reg. Hvm. 1840”. Includes 1mm hole for suspension. (VG+). $485. 

 

United States Lighthouse Service “U.S.L.H.S.” Pitcher c.1900. Please see our Dinnerware page. 

  

27440. (monkey wrench). B & O Railroad 10” monkey wrench manufactured by Coes Wrench Company, Worcester, Mass. c.1885-1928. At the height of railroading's golden age, the B&O was one of several trunk lines uniting the northeast quadrant of the United States into an industrial zone. It marked the southern border and corresponded to the New York Central's marking of the northern border. The Coes Wrench Co. working dates are from 1885 or 1881 to 1928 in Worcester, Massachusetts.  It was originally A.G. Coes & Co. and made both knives and wrenches. The company merged back into the L. Coes & Co. in 1888, but both names continued to be used as marks. Head of wrench is nicely stamped “B & O RR CO” in 3/16th inch letters. Head is marked by the manufacturer “Coes Wrench Co. Worcester Mass. Steel.” Clean, works well. A scarce addition for the Lighthouse Service toolbox. (VG). $75.

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 $26 - $36. Please inquire.

 

  

27197b.  (tin ladle) WWII DOVER 1941 tin liquid ladle. This charming tin measure or pitcher is embossed in large letters “U.S. DOVER 1941”.  The ladle has tapered sides with a long handle and measures 4” tall and 5 ½” in diameter, with a 6 ½” handle. This may be from the U.S. Dover, or may have been manufactured by a company Dover. The U.S. Dover was a gunboat in the U.S. Coast Guard during WWII and was commissioned in 1922. The Dover was a Wilmington Class Gunboat, laid down, 8 October 1894 by the Newport News (Va.)  Shipbuilding Co., and launched on 19 October 1895. She was Commissioned USS Wilmington (Gunboat No. 8) on 13 May 1897; Decommissioned  30 June 1904 at Cavite, Philippines. On 2 April, 1906 she was recommissioned, reclassified a Miscellaneous Unclassified Vessel and renamed USS Dover (IX-30) on 27 January 1941. She was finally decommissioned on December 20 1945 and struck from the Naval Register on 8 January 1946. She was sold for scrap on 30 December 1946. Nice looking, displays well, expected light wear and rust inside. (VG). $78.

  

   2641. 1000 watt Bi-Post bulb for DCB-36 rotating lighthouse beacon $85

2676. (yachting award chalice) Interesting Kirk Stieff pewter  yachting trophy for 1st place in the Boston Lightship Race for the vessel Eudaemon. The chalice measures 4 3/8" high by 3 3/8" wide and is in good condition. Nicely engraved on the side: Boston Lightship Race. June 23, 1973. 1st Place. EUDAEMON” with yachting flag above. Bottom marked “Stieff Pewter. ATC P10-15”. Possibly from the Bristol, Rhode Island, Yacht Club or area club. (VG). $68. 

U. S. Light-House Service District Charts

20178. [Light-House District Maps]. U. S. Light-House Service. c. 1900-1908. A rare opportunity to obtain an official U. S. Light-House Service District charts of all district aids to navigation as bound in their Annual Reports. Normally these charts are included within the Annual Reports and we are unable to offer them separately but we have found a lot of disbound charts in wonderful condition. These are perfect for matting and framing for your wall. Charts detail the entire Light-House District in three colors, and show all lighthouses, beacons, light vessels, fog signals, lighted buoys, Light-House Depots, and more. Charts average about 16" x 20" in size and are clean and crisp, with only light original folds. A rare chance to obtain the chart of your District for framing. (VG).

 

FIRST LIGHT-HOUSE DISTRICT. From the head of navigation on the St. Croix River, Maine to Hampton Harbor, New Hampshire. Includes all of Maine and New Hampshire. $88.

SECOND LIGHT-HOUSE DISTRICT. From Hampton Harbor, New Hampshire to Elisha Ledge off Warren, Rhode Island. Includes all of Cape Cod, Nantucket and Martha’s Vineyard. $88.

THIRD LIGHT-HOUSE DISTRICT. From Elisha Ledge off Warren, Rhode Island to and including a point on the coast of New Jersey opposite Shrewsbury Rocks. $88.

PART OF THE THIRD LIGHT-HOUSE DISTRICT. Includes all of Lake Champlain. $44.

FOURTH LIGHT-HOUSE DISTRICT. From a point on the coast of New Jersey opposite Shrewsbury Rocks to and including Metomkin Inlet, Virginia. Includes New Jersey, Delaware, Maryland and Virginia. $88.

FIFTH LIGHT-HOUSE DISTRICT. From Metomkin Inlet, Virginia to and including New River Inlet, North Carolina. $88.

SIXTH LIGHT-HOUSE DISTRICT. From New River Inlet, North Carolina to and including Jupiter Inlet Light-Station, Florida. Includes part of North Carolina, all of South Carolina, Georgia, and Florida between the limits named. $88.

SEVENTH LIGHT-HOUSE DISTRICT. From a point south of Jupiter Inlet Light-Station to Perdido Entrance, Florida. Includes all of the sea and Gulf Coasts of Florida. $88.

EIGHTH LIGHT-HOUSE DISTRICT. From Perdido Entrance, Florida to the southern boundary of Texas. Includes all of the Gulf Coast and lower Mississippi River. $88.

NINTH LIGHT-HOUSE DISTRICT. Includes all of Lake Michigan, Green Bay and tributary waters. $88.

TENTH LIGHT-HOUSE DISTRICT. Extends from the mouth of the St. Regis River, St. Lawrence River, New York to the mouth of the River Rouge, Detroit River, Michigan. Includes the waters of Lakes Erie and Ontario, and the upper part of the St. Lawrence, the Niagara, and the lower part of the Detroit rivers. $78.

TWELFTH LIGHT-HOUSE DISTRICT. Extends from the boundary between California and Mexico to the boundary between California and Oregon. Also includes the waters of the Hawaiian, Samoan, Midway Islands and Guam Island. $89.

FOURTEENTH LIGHT-HOUSE DISTRICT. Extends on the Ohio River from Pittsburg, Pa., to Cairo, Ill., on the Tennessee River 255 miles, and on the Great Kanawha 73 miles. $48.

FIFTEENTH LIGHT-HOUSE DISTRICT. Extends on the Mississippi River from the head of navigation to Cairo, Ill., and on the Missouri River to Kansas City, Mo., and on the Illinois River from LaSalle to its mouth. $48.

All districts available, please inquire.........

US Lighthouse Service ink on linen drawings available include: 

24194h. Office of Superintendent of Lighthouses, Sixth District, Charleston , SC. St. John River Light House. Stand for 3 I.E. [Incandescent Electric ] Lamps. Scale 1 ½” = 1”. July 28, 1928. 10 ½” x 15 ½”. Ink on Linen. $85.

24194a. Office of Superintendent of Lighthouses, Sixth District, Charleston , SC. Ward’s Bank Rear Range Light Station Substructure. March 14, 1932. 11” x 16” Ink on Linen. $85.

24194b. Office of Superintendent of Lighthouses, Sixth District, Charleston , SC. Balance Wheel for 1st Order Clockwork. Approved February  25, 1919. ” Ink on Linen.  $75.

24194c. Office of Superintendent of Lighthouses, Sixth District, Charleston , SC. Accumulator Rack.  Ink on Linen. $75.

24194d. Office of Superintendent of Lighthouses, Sixth District, Charleston , SC. Cast Iron Hub for Driven Wheel for 8 Inch Screw Pile. Scale 3” – 1’ 0”. February 10, 1939.  Ink on Linen. $65.

24194e. Office of Superintendent of Lighthouses, Sixth District, Charleston , SC. Pedestal for Light Station 55 mm [mantle diameter] [IOV] Lamp – Type A – Type B. Scale 3” = 1’ March 7, 1918. 21” x 24”.  Ink on Linen.  $225.

24194f. Office of Superintendent of Lighthouses, Sixth District, Charleston , SC. 14” Square Reinforced Concrete Pile. Scale 1” = 1’. May 22, 1913. 17” x 11”. Ink on Linen. $55.

24194g. Office of Superintendent of Lighthouses, Sixth District, Charleston , SC.   10-Foot Skeleton Pipe Tower for Front Range Light. March 26, 1919. Ink on Linen. $165.

  8126b. Board of Trade. INSTRUCTIONS RELATING TO THE ROCKET APPARATUS FOR SAVING LIFE FROM SHIPWRECK. London. 1904. 84p with 9 full page photo and litho plates, 16 illustrations and one large 9” x 18” fold out plate. Thoroughly examines the care and operation of rocket apparatus for saving life from shipwreck. Includes general instructions, the rocket house, new work and repairs at stations, measuring of lines and care of gear, life-line and belt stations, complete description of stores and life-line apparatus, ordnance, wagons, methods of using apparatus, wreck service, payments and allowances, volunteer life brigades, drills, awards and complete parts and stores and equipment listing. This is a wonderful set of instructions, quite similar in form and illustrations to the Instructions for the U. S. Life-Saving Service. Fully illustrated including rockets, faking box, breeches buoys, lights, wagons, beach carts, etc. A most applicable reference for both US and British researchers. Clean, tight, in professionally restored original wraps. Excellent illustrations. (VG+).  $148 net. 

 Recent theft from Massachusetts shop: 

U.S. Coast Guard bronze buoy bell.  Measures 20” diameter by 17 ½” high. 250 lbs. Bell mounts from the top, without clapper . Marked "USCG 1964". If this bell is seen please let us know so we may advise the proper authorities.  

 

 

U.S. LIGHTHOUSE ESTABLISHMENT. Set of 15 original hand drawn architectural drawings for a: Screw Pile Light House for 4th, 5th, and 6th Order Lenses. Engineer Secretary, U. S. Light House Board. 1880-1896 

See Charts & Documents page for full description. Over 150 others available in sets and individually - please inquire.

 

 

 

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