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In this month’s listing we are featuring some new books and items acquired this past month.
included this month are great selection of Antiques and Books at greatly reduced
Lighthouse Service items including: fog signal bell from Rhode Island,
Keeper’s embroidered hat insignia, Shingle Hatchet “USLHS”, bowl;
Life Saving Service items including: early c.1870’s keeper’s portrait,
Regulations, brass Telescope, documents, station logs;
including; shipwreck, lightship, Life-Saving Service, Coast Guard, lighthouse,
Keepers, Cape Cod, Nantucket and more.
maps, steamship buttons, Nantucket items, R.N.L.I. barometer, and more.
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Recently Acquired Items:
10371n. (photo) Keeper Fanny May Salter, Turkey Point Lighthouse, Maryland c.1935. Clear, close 7” x 9” b/w press photo shows great detail of the station’s lamps as Lighthouse Service Keeper Salter fills the station lamps with the brass lamp feeder. For 43 years, Mrs. Salter's efforts were devoted to keeping this Chesapeake Bay beacon burning. She assisted her husband for 23 years and after his death in 1925 was appointed permanent keeper by the late President Coolidge. Great early detail including two early lamps. August 20, 1935. With credit line or description on back. Superb close view. (VG+) $88. Sold.
10371m. (photo) Keeper Fanny May Salter, Turkey Point Lighthouse, Maryland c.1945. Clear, close 8” x 10” Coast Guard era photo shows great detail of the Fresnel lens and electric lamp in the lantern room as Keeper Salter polishes the brass frame. By 1945, Keeper Salter was the only woman lighthouse keeper remaining in the Coast Guard, having kept her vigilant watch for 20 years since her husband’s death in 1925. Great early detail. Dated May 29, 1945. With credit line and description on back. Superb clear, close view. (VG+) $88.
13175. Adams, Michael. Ocean Station - Operations of the U.S. Coast Guard 1940-1977. Nor'easter Press. 2010. 350p. DJ. "The legacy of four decades of sea-stations is not the glorious cutters, but rather the fortitude and seamanship of the cuttermen who made the cutters glorious." The crews of U.S. Coast Guard cutters patrolling the far-flung ocean stations were subjected to some of the heaviest weather the sea had to offer, yet the cuttermen remained on station to make weather observations and to provide navigation, communication, and search-and-rescue services. On ocean station, seamanship was survival. Ocean Station: Operations of the U.S. Coast Guard, 1940 1977, is a well-researched text and a gripping read. (M). $42. (x)
1330b. (photo) Huron Lightship No. 103 c.1946. Clear, close original 8” x 10” official Coast Guard photo shows great detail of the Huron lightship moored at the Coast Guard Aids to Navigation School in Detroit as Coast Guardsmen learn by actual contact, this phase of lighting the stormy Great Lakes. Photo is b/w and includes date and description on back. Dated November 20, 1946. Clear, close view, great detail. (VG). $44.
4446q. [stereoview] Highland Lighthouse, Cape Cod c.1880’s by G. H. Nickerson & Smith, Provincetown, Mass. Rare view of the tall white stone light tower and 1 ½-story keeper’s dwellings, steam fog signal building, out buildings and fence as a cow grazes on the moors. Located on a high bluff, Cape Cod or Highland Light was a focal point for Victorian visitors. This extremely rare view shows good detail of the tower and dwelling arrangement, and of the fog signal building, though somewhat distant. View is clear with only very light foxing and light edge wear. With owner’s markings on back. (VG). $44.
TO NAVIGATION IN ALASKA HISTORY. Alaska Division of Parks. 1978.
[facsimile reprint of November 1974 edition.] 57p. Soft wraps, staple bound. A
book like this should be published on every state, for the history provided is
exceptional. By 1940 there were 457 minor and major lights in
845c. (souvenir dish) c.1900 A bright commemorative dish white, featuring a beautiful, detailed b/w image of the “Wood Island Light House, Old Orchard Beach, Maine”. This clean dish measures 3 ½” x 4 ½” oval and is enhanced by a sparkling decorative gilt trim and leaf-shaped rim. B/w image is of the light tower, fog bell tower and connected early keeper’s dwelling on the bare island off the coast of Maine. Marked Made in Germany for N. Wolf, Old Orchard, Me.” Very scarce design and image, quite collectible. Little if any wear, bright bold piece. (VG-). $86.
13153. (hand colored photograph) “Surfside,
Nantucket” by William W. Coffin. c.1910-1920. Beautiful hand
colored photograph taken from the beach as the rollers break on the beach at
13154. (souvenir trivet) A rare, bright, flower decorated rose and crème colored commemorative trivet featuring a beautiful clear, detailed color image of the “Bass River Light House, West Dennis, Mass.” The first of this rare lighthouse that I have found, this striking piece measures a full 6 3/8” in diameter and is enhanced by a beautiful rose decorative rim. The unusually detailed image includes all aspects of the lighthouse with lantern room protruding from the roof. Nice detailed image on the bright china piece and rose coloration make a good contrast on this rare item. Marked “Altenburg China Made in Germany for Mrs. M. B. Covil, West Dennis, Mass ”. No chips or cracks but some wear to image and decoration, and some discoloration to white background. Still a beautiful display piece. Unusually large, bold view of this little-known Cape Cod lighthouse. (G+). $54.
22496J. Lighthouse Service / Coast Guard Fresnel Drum Lens. Older United States Lighthouse Service / Coast Guard glass Fresnel drum lens equivalent to about a sixth-order. This style of lens was used in smaller beacons and lights, some light vessels as well as in numerous large AGA buoys using acetylene burners. The lens measures approximately 16 ¼” high by 17" OD, set in brass or bronze frame. Overall height 18 ¼”. Lens consists of individual segments or rings, both above and below the wide center band. Some chips, most confined to one area, most prisms need letharge renewed. Displays well and perfect for a large light or in your lighthouse or for display. (VG). $1850. Sold.
SR-480, 481. U. S. COAST GUARD 200 MM BU-48 BUOY / AID TO NAVIGATION LANTERN. c.1940-60’s. Large, vintage bronze lanterns were used as a buoy or pier light as an aid to navigation. These striking original bronze lanterns contain a large, clear 360° glass Fresnel lens. Casting is heavy duty bronze, and is marked in the casting "U.S.C.G.". Lanterns are 200 mm size and stand 21 ½” to top of bird spike. Overall diameter approximately 9". Lens measures 7” high by approximately 8” outside diameter. Lens has no cracks or chips. Complete including tie rods but without lamp changer. Will polish nicely, great lamps for your den, or for the wharf, barn or driveway and will be striking when lit. It is most unusual to find these bronze lanterns of the early Coast Guard era. (VG+). $1595 each.
LN-02. U. S. Life Saving Service Lyle Gun Powder Box. $2,100. Please inquire.
LN-01. U. S. Life Saving Service Bronze "C" Lyle Gun with Quoin c.1905. $12,900. Please inquire.
SR-484. COASTGUARD ENLISTED MAN’S CAP. Dark navy-blue enlisted man’s “duck” style cap. Around the barrel is stitched a ribbon of black silk, 1 ½” in width with the words “U. S. Coast Guard” stitched in gold. Cap itself is in very good condition, complete, with no apparent tears and unusually clean, only light wear. Tally letters clear and crisp, a few holes in area near bow. Caps of this type were in white or blue, and have been most difficult to find. Hat interior has moderate expected wear and ageing and is marked size 6 7/8. Labeled for “T.B. Horn”. (VG). $108.
SR-485. U.S. NAVY ENLISTED MAN’S CAP. Dark navy-blue enlisted man’s “duck” style cap. Around the barrel is stitched a ribbon of black silk, 1 ½” in width with the words “U. S. NAVY” stitched in gold. Cap itself is in very good condition, complete, with no apparent tears and unusually clean, only light wear. Tally letters clear and crisp. Caps of this type were in white or blue, and have been most difficult to find. Hat interior has some expected wear and is not marked for size but appears to be about 7 1/8 – 7 ¼. Labeled for “L.R. Merrill”. (VG+). $118.
9467p. “U.S. Coast Guard” cap ribbon or “ Tally” is of black silk, 1 ½” wide, stitched on the upper and lower edges, and bears the words “U. S. Coast Guard” in ½” gold block letters. Tally was worn around the band on the enlisted men’s flat cap. Tally is 27" long X 1 ½” in width. Tally is World War II vintage, clean, crisp, all letters clear, bright and sharp. (VG+). $48.
SR-482. Fresnel Lens [Crouse-Hinds FCB Type] Red Beacon. Striking double red beacon used as aircraft / bridge / tower beacon. Two separate red Fresnel lenses can be used together or separated for use within your lighthouses. Unit measures 28" high by 12" diameter and is hinged to open in the center. In cast aluminum housing, once operated on either 120 or 230 volts AC, hinged at midpoint for re-lamping, used two 700W lamps. Watertight, non ventilated. Has been electrified but needs re-wiring. Upper lens is in very good condition, no cracks or noticeable chips, lower lens has poorly repaired area. Weather sealed, heavy duty unit. (VG). $695.
13140J. (photo) Keeper Joseph Wallace Jellison Hunting on Southern Island, Tenants Harbor Light Station, Maine c.1910-1920. Close photo of Keeper Jellison in his keeper’s hat, hunting with his beloved dogs, revolver in his hand. Measures 4 ¾” x 6 ¾”. One corner chipped, light soil and foxing. $145.
13140k. (photo) Captain Linus Jellison of Tenants Harbor, Maine aboard ship with two other officers c.1920-1930’s. On the back written “2 1/2 -2- 1 1/2 Three Brass Bound Birds”. Measures 2 ½” x 4 ¼”. $26.
13138. (photo) U.S. Coast Guard Station, Whitehead, Maine Keepers Jellison. Great photo on post card paper of the Life Saving Station at Whitehead Maine. On the station ramp can be seen the two brothers - Lighthouse Keepers Frank Jellison (Whitehead LH) and his brother Joseph Jellison (Tennants Harbor LH). Written on the back is: “Will try and get over home some time this week. Mother I think will go to Portland in the morning and we shall wait till she gets back. WIll let you know the day we come so we will be all set. OK. Linus [Jellison].” (Linus was the nephew and son of the two Keepers) Great clear detailed photo of the expanded 1874-Type station, built in 1874. Size 3 ½” x 4 ½”. $130.
13149. (photo) U.S. Life Saving Service Station, Whitehead, Maine c.1908. Great photo on post card paper of the Life Saving Station at Whitehead Maine. On the station ramp can be seen the three or four of the crew, three in white work uniforms. Great clear detailed photo of the expanded 1874-Type station, built in 1874. Size 3 ½” x 4 ½” on postcard paper. Dates 1905-1908. Some scuffing to emulsion, light soiling. $32.
13162. de Quesada, Alejandro. U.S. Coast Guard in World War II. 2010. Osprey. 64p. Soft wraps. Illustrated with period photos and artwork by Stephen Walsh. Noted military author Alex de Quesada reveals much of the history of the U.S. Coast Guard throughout World War II. In particular, he draws attention to the little-known story of how the U.S. Coast Guard operated a number of the landing craft throughout D-Day in 1944 as well as providing crucial anti-U-boat patrols throughout the war years. A number of Coast Guard servicemen were lost in these two campaigns, and their undeniable contribution to the war effort deserves greater recognition. The Coast Guard also provided aviators and gunners to the Merchant Marine and manned Port Security Services. These roles are all fully explained and illustrated with rare photographs and specially commissioned artwork. Chapters include: Introduction, Pre-war Coast Guard, The Coast Guard Auxiliary, The Coast Guard at War, Home Front, The Aleutian Campaign, The Battle of the Atlantic, North Africa and Italy, Normandy invasion, Pacific Theatre: From Pearl Harbor to the Philippines, Victory, Uniforms, Bibliography. Quite interesting. (M). $19.95. (x)
13177. de Quesada, Alejandro. The U.S. Home Front 1941-45. 2008. Osprey. 64p. Soft wraps. The outbreak of World War II in Europe in 1939 led to cautious attempts to raise volunteer organizations among American men and women, to back the armed forces in the event of the USA becoming directly involved in the conflict. The attack on Pearl Harbor caused a huge surge of patriotic response, and voluntary enlistment in a wide range of armed forces auxiliary and civilian support services swelled vastly. Looking firstly at the background and general character of wartime life in the United States, this book covers a number of these services, providing an interesting comparison with the conditions on the British Home Front and the experiences of other countries caught up in the war, examining organizations from the Red Cross to the Coast Guard and for the first time, containing full-color reconstructions of over a dozen uniformed services. Chapters include: Enemy And Homegrown Facism, Home Defense & Premilitary Training, Patriotic Service Organizations, Humanitarian Organizations, Maritime Services including Army Transport Service – Coast And Geodetic Survey – Merchant Marine – Us Coastguard Auxiliary,·Aeronautical Services including Air Transport Command – British Flying Training Schools – Civil Air Patrol – Relief Wings Inc – Women’s Auxiliary Ferrying Squadron – Women’s Airforce Service Pilots, The Workforce including Civilian Conservation Corps – “Rosie The Riveter”: Women Ordnance Workers – Women’s Land Army, Children At War, Select Bibliography, and more. Quite interesting. (M). $19.95. (x)
2232. Trapani, Robert Jr., INDIAN RIVER LIFE-SAVING STATION… JOURNEY ALONG THE SANDS… THE U.S. LIFE-SAVING YEARS, 1876-1915. Virginia Beach. 2002. 64p. Soft wraps. This lovely addition to our library weaves the history of the Life-Saving Service into this account of life at the Delaware’s Indian River Inlet Life-Saving Station. Laid out chronologically, this booklet provides an intimate look at this station’s important history and its impact on the region. Includes over 55 wonderful photographs and color reproductions, keeper and crew accounts, shipwrecks, equipment and more. Nicely done. (M). $14.95.
13124. (mounted photo) Eastern Point Lighthouse at Gloucester, Massachusetts c.1900. Excellent clear, close view of the Eastern Point Lighthouse at Gloucester, Massachusetts. Also prominent is the “Mother Ann” rock formation to the left of the image. The East Point Lighthouse has a long history with the first stone lighthouse being erected in 1832, a second larger version built in 1848 and the final structure as known today in 1890. Based on the structures shown in this photo it is estimated the photograph was made about 1900 placing it within the time period that lighthouse keeper George E. Bailey (1892-1926) maintained the facility. There is a line of clothes hanging in front of the building giving it a very ‘lived in’ feel. Note the two fog bell towers to the left of the light tower. Likely one is the replacement for the older tower. Image measures 2 ½” x 4 ¼” on original 4” x 6” mount. Beautiful clean, clear image, just a hint of foxing, light edge and corner wear to mount. (VG) $78. Sold.
13112. (photo) Lantern Room, Farallon Island Light Station, California c.1968. Clear, close, original 8” x 11” press photo shows great detail of the twin 800,000 candlepower DCB Aero Beacons within the lantern room of the Farallon Island Light, 30 miles west of San Francisco. Note through the glass, the lighthouse tender standing off from the island. Shortly after this photo was taken, the light was automated and by 1970 the Coast Guard crew removed. Photo is b/w and includes date and description. Dated October 23, 1968. Clear, close view, great detail. (VG+). $28.
13155. (commemorative dish) A bright white commemorative dish with gilded edge featuring a beautiful clear, superbly detailed b/w image of the Watch Hill Lighthouse, Westerly, RI. c. 1900. This piece quite striking, with a clear, unusually detailed image of the light tower and attached keeper’s house marking the eastern entrance to Fishers Island Sound. This pretty piece measures 6” in diameter and is quite bold with a fancy gilt border on the bright white plate body. Marked “Carlsbad BFHS China Made in Austria”. A very attractive piece. Clean, bright, near fine. (F-). $76.
(Young woman carries lantern to post lantern for evening light-up. Mariner's Museum collection.)
2221d. Extremely scarce, original United States Coast Guard navigational lantern. This extremely early and rare lantern was used as a river or harbor navigational light, and sometimes could be used without the lens as an area light at stations, on the boat house or inside and outside of the warehouses at depots. This is one of the very few that I have come across and is constructed of heavy weight tin for the US Coast Guard. The front top is embossed: “U. S. C. G.”. The lantern is tri-cornered with the three sides of the lantern housing glass panels – one clear, one red and one green indicating that its most recent use was for channel navigation. Two of the three panels are hinged and latch with double hasps. A vertical chamber once ran from the top ventilator down the back to feed heated air up into the lamp burner but had been removed some time in the past. Lantern measures approximately 16” x 16” x 16”. Overall height 28 ½” to top of handle. Lantern is complete including ventilating cap on top. Painted black. Without lamp, this is a wonderful example of this style of early Coast Guard lighting apparatus and extremely rare. (VG-). $590 net. Reduced $525.
8176-4. COASTGUARD ENLISTED MAN’S CAP. Dark navy-blue enlisted man’s “duck” style cap. Around the barrel is stitched a ribbon of black silk, 1 ½” in width with the words “U. S. Coast Guard” stitched in gold. Cap is in unusually good condition, complete, with no apparent tears and unusually clean as it has been kept protected. Tally letters clear and crisp, light wear and soiling to back. Caps of this type were in white or blue, and have been most difficult to find. Hat is marked size 7 1/8. (VG+). $118.
13134. (Lot 3 photos) Rescue
of the Crew, Oakey L. Alexander,
12122e. (complimentary pass) Portland Steamship Company. 1887. 2 ¼” x 3 ¾”. Pass #558 dated July 30, 1897, allows Mrs. C.J. Boynton of the New York, New Haven & Hartford Railroad free passage from Boston to Portland on vessels of the Portland Steamship Company. Pass is printed in black on light yellow on buff paper stock. Includes signature of J.F. Liscomb, General Agent. 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. This pass might very well have been used on the ill-fated Portland in 1897, just two years prior to her loss. Clean, crisp. (VG+). $68.
13141. (lot 5 photos) Cahoons Hollow Life-Saving / Coast Guard Station c.1980. Lot of five b/w photos show the old Cahoons Hollow Life-Saving / Coast Guard Station as it looked in 1980. Located on Cahoon Hollow Road in Wellfleet, the station served from about 1872 until it was abandoned by the Government in 1950. Originally built of the 1871 Red House design, the station was expanded in 1888. In 1953 the station was sold by the government and served various businesses untikl 1978, when it became The Beachcomber Restaurant and Nightclub and remains today a summer hot-spot. Nice clear views. 3 ½” x 5”. Dated November 1980. (VG+). $26.
1326. (souvenir spoon) c. 1900. Beautiful petite commemorative spoon bears a detailed engraved image of the South Haven Pierhead Lighthouse, Michigan. This finely detailed little piece shows a close view of the historic station with raised walkway on the end of the pier as a steamer enters. The bowl bears a nicely detailed raised image of the lighthouse, and the handle a leaf decoration in relief. Measures 3 ¾” long and is in excellent condition. Nicely detailed little commemorative piece and an extremely rare and desirable location, commemorating this light station. Marked Sterling. (VG+). $58.
13145. (photo) Mission Point Light Station, Grand Traverse, Michigan c.1927. Superb close, clear photo shows great detail of the Mission Point Lighthouse with the keeper standing by the front door. Mission Point Light was located at the end of Old Mission Point, a peninsula jutting into Grand Traverse Bay 17 miles north of Traverse City. When it was built in 1870, it was an exact copy of the Mama Juda Lighthouse (now destroyed), which was built on the Detroit River in 1866. For 67 years the light here served to warn mariners about the shoals off Mission Point. The keeper shown here is probably William F. Green or Emil C. Johnson, who served in the years between 1907 and 1933. Photo is printed on postcard paper and is dated 1927. The writer notes that she bought the photo card form the keeper at the “middle door at the back” in the photo. Clean, clear on postcard paper, 3 ½” x 5 ¼”. Excellent photo. (VG+). $68.
13156. O'Connell, Wil and Pat. Lighthouses of Eastern Michigan. Arcadia. 2013. 128p. Soft wraps. 200 vintage photographs. From the Straits of Mackinac to the Detroit River, Lighthouses of Eastern Michigan reveals intriguing stories of lighthouses and the people who depended on them. Readers will enjoy discovering what happened when a large ship fell 20 feet over one of the Soo Locks and the captain commented, "Good-bye Old World," as well as of a persistent ghost that caused havoc with the Coast Guard. Which lighthouse was a construction miracle in 1874? And whatever happened to the lost lighthouses of the Detroit River? A collection of the mysteries, storms, fires, and heroics surrounding the lighthouses of eastern Michigan are waiting within. Authors Wil and Pat O'Connell have spent the last 20 years photographing and writing about the lighthouses of the Great Lakes. Their interesting volume draws images from public and private collections, most never before published. Superb photographs of the stations, the men, equipment and more, well worth it for the photos alone. (M). $21.99. (x)
13146. (mounted photo) Looking South on Broadway in Siasconset, Nantucket c.1870’s. Rare early view includes a finely dressed woman and young child passing by other neighbors as they walk south on Broadway. Good condition, some soiling and very light foxing. Overall 3 3/8” square. (VG-) $34.
13135. McAlpine, Ken. Fog. 2012. iUniverse. 233p. Soft wraps. Set at the Peaked Hill Bar Life-Saving Station, FOG is the rare adventure that jolts the heart and mind, a tale of unconquerable spirit and menace, and the vaporous line between good and evil that exists in us all. When the vessel Asia sinks in a storm along the harsh winter shores of 1882 Cape Cod, the crew, the captain, and the captain’s young daughter are cast into the midnight sea. Swept ashore, the Asia’s captain meets an unforeseen end. His child makes landfall, and dies not far away. With dawn’s arrival, all that remains are the jagged hulk of the Asia and the whispers of a secret. So begins a race to find a history-altering treasure, and a contest that pits Life-Saving Keeper Daniel Cole and his fellow Peaked Hill Bars lifesavers against a philosophical killer - a mooncusser who walks a stoic horse along the ridge line of the Cape’s towering beach cliffs, bending fate to his aims. Hope and despair, love and loss, sacrifice and sin, riddle and answer, blur and intertwine in a tale that calls into question our own moral compass, and the very nature of progress and civilization. (M). $17.95. (x)
13139a. (calendar) Victory Ship “Ames Victory” – Boston Light calendar for year 1946. Lovely wall calendar features an actual 4” x 4 ½” photo of the Victory Ship “Ames Victory” in 1945, mounted on a calendar with wonderful print of the artist A. Acorn’s painting of Boston Light . The “Ames Victory” was a U.S. War Shipping Administration vessel launched in Portland, Oregon in 1945. She served at the Battle for Okinawa where on May 4, shell fragments hit the chief mate on board. This ship claimed hits on the plane which crashed into the Birmingham. Calendar sheet is for December 1946. Only light wear, very light soiling. Displays well. (VG-). $22.
13139b. (calendar) Victory Ship “Morgantown Victory” – Boston Light calendar for year 1947. Lovely wall calendar features an actual 4” x 4 ½” photo of the Victory Ship “Morgantown Victory” in 1945, mounted on a calendar with wonderful print of the artist A. Acorn’s painting of Boston Light . The “Morgantown Victory” was a U.S. War Shipping Administration vessel launched in Baltimore in 1945. She served at the Normandy invasion where she was damaged by a mine. Calendar sheets are complete from January to December 1947. Only light wear, very light soiling, bottom corners clipped. Displays well. (VG). $26.
13123. (photo) United States Lighthouse Service Lighthouse Tender Tulip c.1934. Rare early photo shows the United States Lighthouse Service Lighthouse Tender Tulip when she was stranded in ice during the severe winter of February 1934 when Long Island Sound was frozen across from Lloyds Harbor to the Connecticut shore. This was not the only time the vessel was in danger of being lost. She was literally blown and swept on to the shore and landed on some railroad tracks in the Great Hurricane of September 1938. Built in 1907 the vessel came under control of the Coast Guard in 1939 and continued in service until 1945 when it was decommissioned. On the back are written the names of the officers and crewman on the vessel at the time in 1934 and later typed historical information on the vessel as well. Measures 8” x 10”. Light impressions from writing on back, otherwise clean, good condition. Rare view. (VG). $64.
13129. (photo) Lightships Boston, Portland, Cross Rip, Relief c.1955. Clear, close, large original 9 ½” x 12 ½” press photo shows great detail of four lightships awaiting disposal after being decommissioned and sold by the government. Vessels include Boston Lightship No. 81, Portland Lightship No. 90, Cross Rip Lightship No. 96, and probably Relief Lightship No. 98. Photo is b/w and includes date and description on back. Dated September 8, 1955. Clear, close view, great detail, unusually large photo. (VG+). $74.
1399. (photo) Plum Point Lighthouse, Jamestown, Rhode Island c.1974. Clear, close, original 8” x 10” press photo shows good detail of the Plum Point Lighthouse, at this point home to a large pigeon colony under study by scientists. Photo is b/w and includes date and description. Dated April 23, 1974. Clear, close view, great detail. (VG+). $24.
13148. Weare, Nancy V. Plum Island – The Way it Was. Newburyport Press. 1996. 2nd. 106p. Soft wraps. The story of Plum Island from the time of the early settlers up through the 1930's -- a glimpse of island life and activities in text and photographs. This book is loaded with historic images and informative text. Lots of rare photos include life at the Plum Island Lighthouse showing both the old and new towers, Keeper Kezer, Newburyport and Merrimack River Life-Saving Stations, crews, Coast Guard station and more. Also includes the many different villages on the island, gunners and more. Great account, wonderful photos. Light wear to spine. (VG). $39.
28262. Bostick, Douglas W. The Morris Island Lighthouse: Charleston's Maritime Beacon. History Press. 2013. 2nd. 128p. Douglas Bostick, historian and former director of Save the Light, Inc., recounts the stories of the many light keepers and their families who braved meager provisions, low pay and grueling conditions living on a small island at the entrance to Charleston Harbor. Filled with over 55 black & white photographs. Well done, most interesting lighthouse history. (M). $19.99. (x)
9484i. (souvenir cup / saucer) Chatham Twin Lights, Chatham, Mass. c.1900. A bold, bright, gilt decorated commemorative cup and saucer in rose color, features two large and quite detailed, clear b/w images of the twin "Chatham Lights, Chatham, Mass." The superb cup measures 3” high and the saucer 6” in diameter and is enhanced by a beautiful bright rose color with decorative gilt trim around on the handle and on the rim. The unusually detailed images includes all aspects of the two iron light towers and the clipped-gable keeper's dwelling. Marked “Made in Germany for S. Rogers & Son, Chatham, Mass.” Very clean, no cracks or checks, little if any wear. A very detailed, pretty set for your display. Chatham lighthouse china pieces are quite rare and in great demand. Unusually attractive piece. (F-). $178.
8496p. (souvenir dish) Chatham Twin Lights, Chatham, Mass. c.1900. A lovely, bright, gilt decorated commemorative dish in white, features a large, detailed, clear b/w image of the twin "Chatham Lights” in Chatham, Mass. The superb piece measures about 5 3/8” in diameter and is in the form of a dish with fluited sides, and is enhanced by a beautiful decorative painted flowers and gilt trim around edges. The unusually detailed image includes all aspects of the two iron light towers flanking the clipped-gable keeper's dwelling. Marked "Made in Germany for J.J. Howes, Chatham, Mass." Very clean, no cracks or checks, very little wear. A very detailed, pretty little item for your display. Chatham lighthouse china pieces are quite rare and in great demand. Unusually attractive piece. (VG+). $68.
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13131. (reprint) Annual Report of the Chief of the Revenue Marine Bureau for the Fiscal Year Ending June 30, 1873 Showing the Operations of the Revenue Marine and the Life-Saving Service. Wash. 1873. 74p. Soft wraps. This very early report of the Revenue Marine Service details the vessels employed in the service, those under construction or discontinued, expenses, stations, etc. In addition, report includes 56 page report on the operations of the Life-Saving Service which, at that time, was under the Revenue Marine. The first separate Report of the Life-Saving Service would not be published until 1876. Early Life-Saving Service report includes list of stations and Keepers in the three current Districts (Cape Cod, Rhode Island, Long Island and New Jersey), list of proposed stations (in Maine, New Hampshire, Mass., Virginia and North Carolina), report on experiments with life-boat and rocket apparatus, complete Regulations for the Government of the Life-Saving Service, signals for Life-Saving stations, Instructions and Drill in the Use of the Rocket and Mortar Apparatus, Rules for Management of Open Row-Boats in a Surf, Instructions for Saving Drowning Persons…., Forms and Reports, and more. Detailed early information of this service during its beginnings. (M). $26.
13137a. Mace, Henry O. Collectors Guide to Early Photographs. 1990. Wallace-Homestead. 214p. Soft wraps. This one-of-a-kind reference guide provides invaluable information on identifying and dating cased images to help readers succeed in the hot hobby of collecting and preserving 19th-century photographs. Collector's Guide to Early Photographs goes beyond describing the basic types (categories) of old photographs. It provides entire chapters detailing the descriptions of each category and sub-categories of old photographs. There is specific advice regarding collecting each category of old photograph, as well as advice on which photographed subjects (animals, children, etc.) images are most rare. Also included is a listing of notable early photographers (ten pages long) whose work is of particular interest to collectors. There is rarely a page in the book doesn't include at least one picture / illustration of a category of photographs, photographed subjects, close up details of case markings, brass mats, etc. Approximately half the book is devoted to the non-paper based photographs (daguerreotype, ambrotype, and tintype) with the remaining half addressing the various paper based photographs including calotypes, cartes de visite, cabinet cards, stereographs, dry plate and gelatin prints, Civil War images, and more. This is an outstanding book for learning the details about the various categories and types of photographs in existence. Clean, tight, light wear, a few creases to wraps. (VG). $24.
1391. Catalogue No. 1. The Army and Navy Co-Operative Company. New York. 1912. 308p. Post binding. This, their first illustrated catalogue, was printed as Catalog No. 1 Established 1912. Catalogue was directed at officers of the Army, Navy and Marines, graduating classes of the academies, Revenue Cutter Service and Public Health Service, to provide them with anything they could possibly need. Includes also portions of Uniform Regulations for officers of the U.S. Army, Navy and Marine Corps as well as detailed offerings of uniform pieces and equipment for the services including as well the Revenue Cutter Service, Public Health Service, Militia and others. Included too are all equipment, all personal gear, clothes for the entire family, furniture, toiletries, china, auto supplies, etc. The officer could purchase anything he or his family could conceivably ever need no matter where he would be stationed. Literally thousands of items, all illustrated with photographs, include in addition to uniforms : camp furniture, binoculars, cartridge belts, slings, revolver belts, oak furniture, men’s and women’s furnishings and clothing, Stetson shoes, field boots, razor assortments, luggage and trunks, cooking utensils, French ivory military brushes, house-wares of all descriptions, typewriters, carbide lamps and lights, silver service, alarm clocks, watches, horse bits and stirrups, saddles, tobacco products, and much more. Catalogue is set up in a format where punched pages could be inserted for additions or revisions. Overall measures about 9 ½” x 12 ½”. Expected wear to the covers from years of use but pages overall clean and bright, only light edge wear. This one of the most complete and unique references for personal/family military related items I have come across. (VG-). $54.
13132. Padded Leather Coast Guard Sword-Saber Carrying Case c.1920’s – 1940’s. Vintage felt padded calf leather case measures 37 ½” overall for protecting and carrying the regulation U.S. Coast Guard officer’s sword. Case is nicely marked “T.G.M.” “U.S.C.G.” on the cover flap. Cover flap was closed with two leather straps and buckles. Straps have broken but could be replaced. Otherwise in good condition. With restoration would be good case for your period sword. Difficult to find. (G+). $135.
13136. (newspaper) "The Light-House System" "Proposed Light-House At Race Rock, Long Island Sound--Foundation Successfully Laid – The Superstructure to be Proceeded With.” The New York Times. November 7, 1874. Lengthy one column article discusses the construction of the lighthouse at Race Rock. Good detail. Complete newspaper with other news of the day. Complete in 12 pages, minor margin wear, otherwise very good. (VG). $68.
1390. (chart) Eastern Entrance To Nantucket Sound Massachusetts Chart #250. Coast & Geodetic Survey. 1913. Reissued 1917. 36” x 27”. 1:40,000. 36”w x 27”h. February 1917. Bright, very large detailed original Coast Survey chart includes the area of shoals between Monomoy Point off Chatham to Great Point, Nantucket. Chart includes all Coast Guard Lifeboat stations including Station No. 43 Monomoy and #44 Monomoy Point, as well as all lighthouses, lightship, buoys, and features and more. Lighthouses include Monomoy Point when it was manned and had a red sector to the ENE, Great Point Light, Pollock Rip Slue Lightship, Pollock Rip Lightship, Handkerchief Lightship, Stone Horse Lightship, Great Round Shoal Lightship, and more. The area has numerous shoals and bars, and the entire area is exceedingly treacherous. Included on the chart are bearings, tides and currents for the area, and soundings, rules of road, storm warnings, and more. Chart is in very good condition, overall clean, bright, only two original folds. Rare chart showing early Coast Guard stations. Wonderful for wall display. (VG+). $74. Sold.
11457b. (photo) U. S. Coast Guard Lightship Swiftsure WAL-535 (LV-113). c.1946.Close clear view of the Swiftsure Lightship on station off the coast of Washington. Nice view, b/w, 8” x 10”, clear and close, shows wonderful detail as she is re-supplied by long-boat by the tender. Official Coast Guard photograph with credit line on back. Dated November 20, 1946. Superb detail. (F-). $56.
13133. Waters, Harold. Smugglers of Spirits: Prohibition and the Coast Guard Patrol. 2007. Flat Hammock Press. 186p. Soft wraps. The days of bootlegging and bathtub gin on land was called the Rum War at sea and was played for keeps when organized crime moved in. Here's the view from the Coast Guard side and reads like an old salts yarn. Rum War veteran Harold Waters recalls both serious and lighter moments of his time enforcing Prohibition in the Coast Guard of the 1930’s. His personal observations recount a time long past. Waters entered the Coast Guard in 1922, at age 17. He served for 25 years, retiring after service in the Pacific during World War II, with the rank of Lieutenant. Rare account of the early years - wonderful reading. (M). $24.95. (x)
7440c. Bishop, Eleanor C., PRINTS
IN THE SAND - The U. S. Coast Guard Beach Patrol During World War II.
13116. [commemorative dish] A petite, bright commemorative dish featuring a beautiful clear, b/w image of the East Chop Light [House], Oak Bluffs, Martha’s Vineyard, Mass. c. 1900. This dish is quite attractive, with a detailed image of the 1 ½-story Victorian keeper’s dwelling flanked by the brown iron light tower. This pretty dish measures 5 3/8” in diameter and is enhanced by gold leaf trim decorated, cobalt blue upturned rim. Marked “Germany”. A very attractive piece. Clean, bright, only very light wear to rim, a few chips to underside of rim. (VG). $46.
6267J. Howe, M. A. DeWolf. THE
HUMANE SOCIETY OF THE
[color plate] color plate UNITED STATES FLAGS. c.1903.
Stone chromolithograph color plate by Julius Bien & Co., one of the
finest US lithographers of the early 20th century. This 1-page 6” x 9” color
plate disbound from an early reference details 17 types of
2115r. [color plate] FLAGS FOR MARITIME DISPLAY OF THE INTERNATIONAL CODE OF SIGNALS. c.1903. Stone chromolithograph color plate by Julius Bien & Co., one of the finest US lithographers of the early 20th century. This 1-page 6 ½” x 10” color plate disbound from an early encyclopedia details the 27 letter flags including the Answering Pennant. Clean, crisp, rich saturated colors characteristic of the stone litho process and printing quality is excellent. Printed on stiff paper--blank on the reverse. The condition is excellent, would look wonderful matted and framed. (VG+). $22.
13122. (copy photo) Mayo's Beach Lighthouse, Wellfleet, Cape Cod c.1890 view. 8 ½” x 11”. High quality digital copy photo shows Mayo’s Beach Light Station at about 1890. The new cast iron tower and brick and clapboard keeper's house shown here, were built in 1881, and the original lantern and wood dwelling was removed. This light station as shown, remained in service until it was discontinued on March 10, 1922. The light station property was sold at auction on August 1, 1923, to Capt. Harry Capron and the tower moved to the West Coast. (M). $19.95.
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.
555b. Freeman, James. A
DESCRIPTION OF THE EASTERN COAST OF THE COUNTY OF BARNSTABLE, FROM CAPE COD, OR
RACE POINT...TO CAPE MALEBARRE, OR THE SANDY POINT OF CHATHAM....POINTING OUT
THE SPOTS ON WHICH THE TRUSTEES OF THE HUMANE SOCIETY HAVE ERECTED HUTS, AND
OTHER PLACES WHERE SHIPWRECKED SEAMEN MAY LOOK FOR SHELTER. October
1802. By a Member of the Humane Society.
11180e. (coat button) “House of Refuge” (Florida). U.S. Life Saving Service. 23mm. 7/8”. Backmarked “Browning King & Co.”. The Houses of Refuge in Florida were a series of stations operated by the United States Life Saving Service along the coast of Florida to rescue and shelter ship-wrecked sailors. Five houses were built on the east coast in 1876, with five more added in 1885. The houses were manned by civilian keepers, contractors who lived in the houses with their families. Most of these houses remained in service as life-saving stations until 1915 or later. Buttons from the few uniforms that were worn are extremely rare. (VG+). $195.
11180f. (coat button) “House of Refuge” (Florida). U.S. Life Saving Service. 15mm. 9/16”. Backmarked “Browning King & Co.”. The Houses of Refuge in Florida were a series of stations operated by the United States Life Saving Service along the coast of Florida to rescue and shelter ship-wrecked sailors. Five houses were built on the east coast in 1876, with five more added in 1885. The houses were manned by civilian keepers, contractors who lived in the houses with their families. Most of these houses remained in service as life-saving stations until 1915 or later. Buttons from the few uniforms that were worn are extremely rare. (VG+). $145.
Set two buttons, one of each size. $315.
13108a. (photo) American Steamer Onondaga Stranded on Nauset Beach, Chatham c.1907. On January 13, 1907 the American Steamer Onondaga, bound from Boston to Jacksonville, Florida, stranded on Nauset Beach in Chatham in dense fog. Life-Savers from the Old Harbor Station responded and hauled out the breeches buoy, but as the seas had calmed none of the crew were landed at that time. The vessel remained for three months when in March the steamer was refloated, with the aid of tugboats. In order to pull the steamer from the beach, she had to be lightened and unloaded by hand, which we see here. Clear close view shows great detail of locals unloading the steamer. Dated March 11, 1907. Clean, clear on postcard paper, trimmed to 3” x 4 ¾”. (VG+). $44.
13108b. (photo) American Steamer Onondaga Stranded on Nauset Beach, Chatham c.1907. On January 13, 1907 the American Steamer Onondaga, bound from Boston to Jacksonville, Florida, stranded on Nauset Beach in Chatham in dense fog. Life-Savers from the Old Harbor Station responded and hauled out the breeches buoy, but as the seas had calmed none of the crew were landed at that time. The vessel remained for three months when in March the steamer was refloated, with the aid of tugboats. In order to pull the steamer from the beach, she had to be lightened and unloaded by hand, which we see here. Clear view shows good detail of locals unloading the steamer. Dated March 15, 1907. Clean, a few marks, clear on postcard paper, 3 ½” x 5 ¼”. (VG). $34.
S.S. Pendleton off Chatham , Cape Cod February 1952
the weather wreaked havoc on land, the freezing
13110a. (photos) Coast Guard CG-36500 Offloading Survivors of S.S. Pendleton off Chatham , Cape Cod February 1952. Clear, close, original 8” x 8” press photos shows excellent detail of the survivors of the S.S. Pendleton as they arrive at the dock in Chatham after being rescued from the broken hull of the SS Pendleton. 32 of 33 men were rescued by the four-man crew of CG-36500 that day. Photo is b/w and includes date and description on back. Taken on February 18, 1952. Clear, close view, great detail. (VG). $64. Sold.
13110b. (photos) Survivors of S.S. Pendleton off Chatham , Cape Cod in Ambulance February 1952. Clear, close, original 8” x 10” press photos shows excellent detail of survivors of the S.S. Pendleton as they get into the ambulance after arriving at the dock in Chatham. Photo is b/w and includes date and description on back. Taken on February 18, 1952. Clear, close view, great detail. (VG). $56.
13110f. (photos) Survivors of S.S. Pendleton off Chatham , Cape Cod Greet Coast Guardsman in Charge of Rescue Operations, February 1952. Clear, close, original 8” x 10” press photos shows excellent detail of five survivors as they greet Chief Warrant Officer Daniel W. Cluff, in charge of rescue operations. Survivors pictured include Edward A. Gallagher, J.W. Zezotarski, V.A. Collins, Frank Fauteux, and J.J. Hicks. Photo is b/w and includes date and description on back. Taken on February 19, 1952. Clear, close view, great detail. (VG). $44.
13101. Smith, Ken. Coast Guard Follies – My Humor in Uniform. Yeoman House. 2007. 96p. Soft wraps. Ken Smith was just a boy of 18 in 1951 when the government asked him to serve. Despite his flat feet, he enlisted in the U.S. Coast Guard and began a three-year adventure that took him from the frigid North Atlantic to a tiny atoll in the South Pacific called Ulithi. This book is Smith's fond recollection of his time in the service, when the only dangers came from the push-push girls, the bad decisions of Lt. Lard-Ass and an ungrounded gooseneck lamp. This is a hilarious and heartwarming story that will appeal to all old Coasties and landlubbers alike. Great reading – takes one back for sure. (M). $16.95. (x)
13128a,b. Light House Establishment 1st Order Lantern Wall Ventilator c.1880. Rare original 1st Order brass lighthouse lantern room ventilator removed from Boston Lighthouse during an upgrade in 1999-2000. Ventilator measures 9” flange diameter, 8” thru-hole diameter. These were used in the lower lantern walls to provide cool air into the lantern room. Lanterns had typically 4 – 8 spaced below the lantern glazing. Complete, rotates to close. Extremely rare. $560 each.
21371. (silver plate flatware) U.S. Coast Guard marked “U.S.C.G.” with shield. (VG+).
(3) dinner forks 7 ½” $48 ea.
(1) dinner fork 7 1/8” $48.
(2) cocktail forks 6” $56 ea.
(6) tablespoons 6” $48 ea.
(1) spoon large 7 3/8” $48.
(3) table knife 9 ¾” $48 ea.
(1) table knife 8 ¾” $48.
8341-61. [cup] United States Coast Guard. Bottom labeled “Walker China Vitrified Bedford Ohio 1963”. This pattern is a later pattern which includes one brown stripe around the perimeter bordered by two thin turquoise stripes. Within the stripe are the United States Coast Guard emblem with brown crossed anchors surrounding Coast Guard shield. Cup measures 3 7/8” diameter, 2 ¼” high. Little if any wear. (F-). $52.
8341-62. [saucer] United States Coast Guard. Bottom labeled “Mayer China Beaver Falls U.S.A. 264”. This pattern is a later pattern which includes one brown stripe around the perimeter bordered by two thin turquoise stripes. Within the stripe are the United States Coast Guard emblem with brown crossed anchors surrounding Coast Guard shield. 6 ¼”. diameter. Little if any wear. (F-). $52.
[bread plate] United States Coast Guard.
Bottom labeled “Jackson Custom China Falls Creek, PA. USA H12”. This pattern
is a later pattern which includes one brown stripe around the perimeter bordered
by two thin turquoise stripes. Within the stripe are the
[bread plate] United States Coast Guard.
Bottom labeled “Jackson Custom China Falls Creek, PA. USA H12”. This pattern
is a later pattern which includes one brown stripe around the perimeter bordered
by two thin turquoise stripes. Within the stripe are the
8341-57. [dinner plate] United States Coast Guard. Bottom labeled “Mayer China Beaver Falls U.S.A. 284”. This pattern is a later pattern which includes one brown stripe around the perimeter bordered by two thin turquoise stripes. Within the stripe are the United States Coast Guard emblem with brown crossed anchors surrounding Coast Guard shield. 8 7/8” diameter. Only very light wear. (VG+). $48.
8341-55. [bullion cup] United States Coast Guard. Bottom labeled “Walker China Vitrified Bedford Ohio I-53”. This pattern is a later pattern which includes one brown stripe around the perimeter bordered by two thin turquoise stripes. Within the stripe are the United States Coast Guard emblem with brown crossed anchors surrounding Coast Guard shield. Two-handle cup measures 3 7/8” diameter, 2 ¼” high. Only light wear. (VG+). $44. Sold.
8341-54. [bullion cup] United States Coast Guard. Bottom labeled “Walker China Vitrified Bedford Ohio I-53”. This pattern is a later pattern which includes one brown stripe around the perimeter bordered by two thin turquoise stripes. Within the stripe are the United States Coast Guard emblem with brown crossed anchors surrounding Coast Guard shield. Two-handle cup measures 3 7/8” diameter, 2 ¼” high. Little if any wear. (F-). $48. Sold.
8341-60. [saucer] United
States Coast Guard c.1946. Scarce original early pattern
13121. (stereoview) Railroad Station, Bradford Street, Provincetown, Cape Cod c.1874 by G.H. Nickerson. Early view provides an extremely rare look at the Provincetown Train Station located on Bradford Street (formerly Back Street) between Alden and Standish Streets. The first scheduled train arrived in Provincetown on July 23rd., 1873 to much fanfare. It was reported that when the first train with dignitaries arrived, old cannons boomed out salutes, church bells were rung and a brass band helped the crowd march up to the Pavilion on High Pole Hill. Passenger service to Provincetown ended in July of 1938 but freight service survived until 1960, when the tracks above North Eastham were then abandoned. Moderate foxing, light wear, still an extremely rare, close view. (VG-). $56. Sold.
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.
13113. (demitasse cup) Grace Steamship Line. Measures 2 ¼” high 2 ¼” diameter. Rare little demitasse cup from the Grace Line (W. R. Grace & Co), New York (1882-69). What later became the Grace Line originated in 1882 as a line of sailing vessels between Peru and New York. US-flag service began in 1912 with the Atlantic and Pacific Steamship Company. The activities of both companies and the parent firm were consolidated into the Grace Steamship Company beginning in 1916. The firm originally specialized in traffic to the west coast of South America; then expanded into the Caribbean. After World War II. Cup bears the Grace Line flag - red with the word "GRACE" in blue on a white lozenge. Cup is enhanced with a gilt stripe around rim of cup and along handle. Only light wear to gilding on handle. A rare steamship collectible. (VG). $78.
13111. Snow, Edward Rowe. ATLANTIC
20386. Barnett, J. P., THE
LIFESAVING GUNS OF DAVID LYLE.
25156c. Beard, Tom [ed]. THE
2726-61. (stereoview) Keeper Capt. Joseph Winslow, Surfside Life Saving Station, Nantucket by J. Freeman. c.1878. This extremely rare view provides great detail as station Keeper Capt. Joseph Winslow stands on the boat ramp demonstrating their new Merriman rubber life-saving suit. Dated in pencil July 30, 1878. In the background we can see into the boatroom floor where their early Manby mortar line gun sits next to the Francis Metallic Lifeboat. The Merriman rubber life-saving suit was an innovation of the time. The inventor, Clark S. Merriman, in a bid to help sea-rescue, designed this life preserving suit, which was made from India rubber and was inflatable. This suit had been tested by Captain Boyton of the New Jersey Life Saving Service, when he was dropped over the side of a steamer into the Irish sea , in a gale. Soon suits were issued to some other stations as warranted, including the Surfside Life Saving station on Nantucket. The suit did see some use including at the well known wreck of the Metropolis near the Poyners Hill station in North Carolina in 1878. There, after a number of unsuccessful attempts to get a shot line aboard the stricken vessel, Keeper Chappell then donned the Merriman life-saving dress and made two valiant attempts to carry a line out to the vessel. There are very few views in existence of the boatroom at Surfside, and even fewer of the Merriman suit. View is nicely intact with only a bit of edge wear and some very light soiling. A similar view recently fetched over $700 at auction. (VG+). $245.
13102. Morrison, James. Alcohol, Boat Chases, And Shootouts! - How The U.S. Coast Guard And Customs Fought Rum Smugglers And Pirates. Part I 1919-1924. Charleston. 2008. 340p. Soft wraps. If you like accounts of the Coast Guard, Customs, pirates, boat chases, rum smugglers, corrupt politicians, conspiracies, violence, and drunken sailors, then you will love this book! This is an epic story that has been buried by time. In an age when transporting and selling alcohol was illegal, brave men went to sea in an effort to stop rum smugglers and pirates. Amazingly, these true stories of sea battles and chases are not from hundreds of years ago--they are from the 20th century! This is the true story of how the Coast Guard and law enforcement attempted to enforce prohibition on the water, much of which has never been published. (M). $34.
13107. Rustic Cast Iron U.S. Lighthouse Service Insignia Sign 9”. Dimensions: 6" L x 2" W x 9" H. Solid, sturdy, and durable, this cast iron U.S. Lighthouse Service insignia reproduction is hand crafted from cast iron, based on the old Lighthouse Service Watchman’s badge design. Would be most attractive on your door or wall for decoration. With two holes for mounting. (M). $29.95 each.
1381. (photo) Light House Keeping – Bear Island, Maine c.1946. Clear, close, original 8” x 10” Coast Guard photo shows good detail of Mrs. Kennedy, wife of Coast Guard Keeper Andrew W. Kennedy who can be seen inside the lantern, giving the exterior of the lantern room windows their daily cleaning. Photo is b/w and includes date and description on back. Dated March 23, 1946. Clear, close view, great detail. (VG+). $48.
1386. (token) British Board of Trade Rocket Apparatus. Proof of Service at a Wreck. c.1883. This “Token Coin” was issued to the volunteers who assisted a stricken vessel (shipwreck) and was used to acquire a payment at a later date. The paymaster would come to the stations and pay the volunteers on presentation of the token as proof of attending at the rescue. It is stated that this was introduced to stop pilfering from any cargo that was washed up from the shipwreck. Token is of bronze and measures 36mm (1 7/16”). The obverse reads: BOARD OF TRADE / ROCKET APPARATUS surrounding three-masted ship at sea. Reverse reads: PROOF OF SERVICE AT A WRECK surrounding British royal crown. The design of the tokens was requested from the Royal Mint in January 1877, a design and samples of different types of metals was received the following April. A token the size and shape of a crown coin and made of bronze, an initial order or 3000 was placed, they were delivered in May 1877 at a cost of £10.00.A further order was placed in July 1883 and delivered in August 1883. 25 wreck tokens were issued to each Coast Guard station and were stored in a canvas bag and held in the station. Initially all tokens were identical and issued by the Board of Trade, (later the British Coast Guard). In 1922, at the formation of the “Irish Free State” the entire Coast Guard life saving equipment was handed over to the new government. The Coast Guard was replaced by the “Coast Life Saving Service” (“Saorstat Eireann”). “THE IRISH HARP” replaced the crown (dating this piece to before 1922, probably the 1883 minting) retaining “PROOF OF SERVICE AT A WRECK “, on the reverse side the “THREE MASTED SAILING SHIP” was surrounded by the lettering “SAORSTAT EIREANN and “COAST LIFE SAVING SERVICE” The wreck tokens were withdrawn in 1972. Light expected edge wear, nice chocolate brown patina. Rare piece. (VG-). $125.
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