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Page posted February 25, 2020.  

We now issue most of our catalogues on line rather than in print by mail. This allows us to issue more catalogues and feature more items, with better photos and descriptions. 

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In this month’s listing we are featuring some new books and items acquired this past month. 

Also included this month are great selection of Antiques and more. 

Recently Acquired Items:

Early Lighthouse Service items, Life Saving Service items, Coast Guard, Revenue Cutter Service items, Nantucket, Cape Cod, Martha’s Vineyard and more.

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29344g. U. S. Coast Guard Sword Letter Opener. c.1950-80. Attractive solid cast metal letter opener in the form of a Coast Guard sword with sword knot and removable scabbard resembles nicely the actual dress sword. Hilt is beautifully marked with cast “USCG”. Attractive opener measures 9 ½” long and is of metal, with nicely made matching scabbard. Perfect for your Coast Guardsman’s desk. Only light wear to scabbard. (VG+). $134.

1705. (belt) Leather Belt marked "USCG". Early leather belt measures 1 ¾” wide by 42” long and has brass hook on one end and brass catch from 2-part buckle. Belt is stamped with large 1” letters “U.S.C.G.” on both the inside and the outside. This appears to be made from a Revenue Cutter Service or early Coast Guard undress sword belt (with half of the 2-part buckle) and may have been used to replace a lost or damaged belt on the Keeper’s haversack. One tear, well worn but still intact and fairly supple. A rare artifact. (G+). $86.

21479f. [sword] U.S. Coast Guard Sword with Scabbard, Knot, Sword Belt with Buckle, Cotton Bag and Case c.1982.  This is a U.S. Coast Guard dress sword complete with sword knot, sword belt with buckle, scabbard, cotton bag and case. Sword is marked “USCG” on the guard. Blade with detailed etching including “USCG” and the owner’s name “Daniel E. Fancher”. Case is lettered in white “D.E.F. USCG”. Daniel E. Fancher graduated from the Coast Guard Academy as an Ensign in 1981-1982. The entire set shows little age if any. The original “fish-skin” grip and wire are in excellent condition. The scabbard is in overall excellent condition. The bottom of the blade is marked: "Vanguard Stainless Toledo Spain.". Included is a small brass circle marked “proved". The pommel has an eagle with thirteen stars. The fittings appear to be cast brass with 24 carat gold plating. The sword is in as new, was used for ceremonial purposes only. The blade itself is in excellent condition. The carrying case is clean, only a few light scuff marks. Blade length 28” to guard. Belt is by Vanguard size 34, clean, supple, as new. (F-). $385. Reduced $335.

 

14202b. [sword knot] U.S. Coast Guard Sword Knot. c.1970’s – 1990’s. This is a U.S. Coast Guard dress sword knot with blue tip in original Vanguard Military Equipment Corp., New York box. New old stock, unused in box. The sword knot has a navy blue tip. Rare find. (F-). $68.

 

     

21479b. [sword] U.S. Coast Guard Sword with Scabbard and Case.  This is a U.S. Coast Guard dress sword complete with scabbard and case. Sword is marked “USCG” on the guard. Blade with detailed etching including “USCG” and the owner’s name “John H. Larson”. Case is lettered in white “J.H.L. USCG”. The entire set shows little age if any. The original “fish-skin” grip and wire are in excellent condition. The scabbard is in overall excellent condition. The bottom of the blade is marked: "Armed Forces Equipment...Meyer / New York....Trade Mark Conqueror...N.S. Meyer Inc...Stainless...West Germany.". Included is a small brass circle marked “proved". The pommel has an eagle with thirteen stars. The sword also comes with a sword knot, this one has a black tip. The fittings appear to be cast brass with 24 carat gold plating. The sword is in great condition with only some minor tarnish on the fittings. The blade itself is in excellent condition with no pits. The carrying case has some scuff marks here and there. Blade length 28” to guard. (F-). $325. Reduced $285.

 

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.

 

18114. (mounted photo) May be Cape Cod Lighthouse Keeper, can’t be sure. I have seen this image before but cannot confirm his identity. Has anyone else seen this gentleman ? 

  

Our Reproduction Uniform Insignia used in Oscar nominated movie The Lighthouse with Willem Dafoe and Robert Pattinson. Pic. Universal.

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1910. Galluzzo, John. By Resolution and Perseverance: The History of the Humane Society of the Commonwealth of Massachusetts. 2017. CreateSpace. 143p. Soft wraps. The Humane Society of the Commonwealth of Massachusetts is the oldest lifesavig organization in the United States, preceding even the parent agencies of the United States Coast Guard. Formed in 1785, inspired by the notion that the "apparently drowned" could be revived, the Humane Society took lifesaving of mariners in distress at sea to the next level with the construction of the first American shore-based lifeboat in 1807. Volunteers living under the motto "I'd like to think that if I was out there, someone would come for me" bent over the oars for the next century and rowed into the teeth of the biggest storms the Massachusetts coast has ever seen, as sailing ships headed for shore. Join veteran lifesaving history author John Galluzzo for the history of the 18th century founders, the 19th century heroes and the 20th and 21st century champions of the Humane Society cause of preserving life along the Massachusetts coast. One of the few references on this important organization. (M). $29.95. (x)

   

8152L. (powder flask) U.S. Coast Guard Powder Flask for Lyle Gun c.1900. Early Coast Guard powder flask used by the station crews for priming the Lyle Gun. Flask is of brass and copper construction and measures 10 ½” in length, with four brass loop hangers. On each side of the body of the flask are stamped the initials “U.S.C.G.”. This original powder flask has no dents but a 2” secrion of the seam is starting to open. The spring in the charger nozzle is still intact and operable, with original screw-on spout. Surface has expected tarnish but will polish up to a beautiful shine. Coast Guard flasks are even more difficult to find than those of the Life Saving Service as there were far less made and used. Overall a most presentable and rare example of this early Coast Guard powder flask. (VG+). $1,450. 

3019. (testimonial) Massachusetts Humane Society. Monitor Life Raft. Nantucket. c.1884. Testimonial in form of a printed letter with printed signature of F. C. Sanford, extolling the Monitor Life Raft. Nantucket. April 22, 1884. 8" x 10.5". In 1872 the Massachusetts Humane Society purchased the “Monitor” Life Raft and delivered it to Nantucket to be experimented with and test its qualities. This printed letter by Frederick Coleman Sanford [supposed] Massachusetts Humane Society member, praises the life saving Monitor raft for how easy it is to inflate and set out, how well it handles, and its capacity. Sanford writes "The men of the Monitor said, as they struck the shore, that they could beat anything afloat, and would go to Bermuda in this craft….” The Massachusetts Humane Society commonly purchased or funded new life-saving boats and devices in an effort to improve the survival of sailors and rescuers along the coast. This document relates to their testing of this new life-saving craft. Short tear at top middle and another on right hand fold and smudge not affecting text. Nothing on verso. Frederick Coleman Sanford was an island benefactor and probably a member of the Massachusetts Humane Society on the island. He worked circa 1828 as a silversmith and watchmaker in Nantucket and was a partner in 1830-1838 with James Easton in Nantucket as EASTON & STANFORD. After he sold his interest in the shop to Easton, Sanford went on to become an extremely wealthy ship owner, international businessman and benefactor to Nantucket. He was the president of the island's leading bank, Pacific National Bank, from 1865 until his death in 1890. He was also an avid book and art collector and at his death his 1,000+ volume library and paintings from the China trade era were given to The Nantucket Atheneum along with 1/3 of his fortune as an endowment. The remaining 2/3 was divided between the town and the Unitarian Church. (VG+). $44. 

 

3022. Connelly, T. Garth. U.S. Coast Guard 83-Foot Patrol Cutters in World War II. CreatSpace. 2016. 76p. Soft wraps. The 83-foot Patrol Cutters are virtually unknown to the general public, yet while the Carriers and Battleships grabbed the headlines, these wooden hull boats were working behind the scenes to help the war effort. The author, Mr. T Garth Connelly, has compiled this book of photos, plans and data on these members of the "Matchstick fleet". The book, though only76 pages, includes information on their construction and design as well as their power plants and weapons are documented in their own chapters. There are many drawings showing not only the boats, but also the weapons and fittings. There are tables documenting the hull numbers and their disposition. There are many photos, some in color showing these boats in operation. The Normandy photos taken before, during and after are most interesting as well. (M). $21.95. (x)

3021. (photo) New Orleans Lightship WLV-189 c.1970. 8” x 10”. Clear close b/w press photo provides great detail of WLV-189 on station. WLV-189 was the first lightship built after the Coast Guard took over the Lighthouse Service in 1939, and the first all-welded lightship. She was expressly built for service at Diamond Shoals station, and remained in service there until 1966, when she was transferred to New Orleans. In 1971 the New Orleans station was replaced by a buoy and WLV-189 transferred to Five Fathom Bank and later Boston Station. Photo includes date and description on back. Clear and close view. Dated September 14, 1970. (VG+). $46.

Reproduction of the Original United States Life Saving Service Pennant.

Treat your family to this replica of the official sewn U. S. Life Saving Service flag. Flag is professionally made of high quality 400 denier nylon flag material, using an applique (cut and sewn) construction. The header is woven polypropylene webbing (not lightweight canvas) with #3 brass grommets for attaching to halyard. The flags are double sided. Professionally made in the United States and will last longer than most others that you may find. Our pennants are flown at stations across the country as well on vessels of the U. S. Coast Guard and have received the highest praise.

27463S. [reproduction] U. S. Life Saving Service Station Flag - small. This triangular station flag measures 24” long by 12” high and is typical of the flags once flown at Life Saving Service stations to identify them as such to vessels at sea. The flag is of the standard design instituted by General Superintendent Sumner I Kimball, with blue, white and red fields and one white star. Heavy duty for moderate weather conditions. Made in America. (design as shown above) $54.95.

27463L. [reproduction] U. S. Life Saving Service Station Flag - large. This triangular station flag measures 48” long by 25” and is typical of the flags once flown at Life Saving Service stations to identify them as such to vessels at sea. The flag is of the standard design instituted by General Superintendent Sumner I Kimball, with blue, white and red fields and one white star. Heavy duty for moderate weather conditions. Made in America. (design as shown above) $84.95.

 

6524p. (souvenir creamer) “U. S. Life Saving Station, Salisbury Beach, Mass.”c.1900. An unusual, bold, bright cobalt blue commemorative creamer featuring a beautiful full color image of the “U. S. Life Saving Station, Salisbury Beach, Mass.”. This striking piece has a large 2” full color image of the tall Duluth-type station that was constructed in 1897. The detailed image shows the entire station including the porch, boat ramp and drill pole. This item is quite attractive and unusual, with deep cobalt blue color and gilded trim. Creamer measures 4” wide and is clean and bright. Marked "Tanner Souvenir Made in Germany for Wm. P. Phillips, Salisbury Beach, Mass." A very detailed, striking piece for your display. (VG+). $48.

3016. (souvenir vase) U.S. Life Saving Station, Sheboygan, Wisconsin c.1898. A rare, bright, decorated edged petite commemorative vase featuring a beautiful clear, full color hand painted image of the Life Saving Station, Sheboygan, Wisconsin. One of only a few like this station that I have had, this attractive piece has a quite detailed image as if from a painting, of the 1889 Bibb #3 Type life-saving station. This beautiful display piece measures 3 ¼” wide and is enhanced by a petite decorative trim on the handles. Not marked making this c.1898. Very little wear, an interesting display piece and quite rare. With period gift inscription on bottom. (VG+). $32.

3020. [nearly complete collection] THE KEEPER’S LOG. Journal of the United States Lighthouse Society. San Francisco / Hansville. Nearly a COMPLETE collection of 129 issues from the very first issue in the Fall of 1984 up to Issue No 4, 2017. Less than a handful missing prior to 2018. January 2018 to date are not included. Also included are 20+ Bulletins, and 3 Index / Table of Contents printouts. This is the premier journal for the lighthouse researcher or enthusiast, filled with hundreds of detailed articles on lighthouses, lightships and tenders across the country. Filled with remarkable original photographs. Most interesting reading. Valued when issied at about $10 each, this is a great opportunity to add this sought after reference to your library or collection at a fraction of the original price. All only lightly read, clean, crisp. Excellent condition - good historical information. (VG+). Lot 152 pieces $260. 

24319. Carse, Robert. THE TWILIGHT OF SAILING SHIPS. New York . 1965. 206pp. DJ. , Illustrated with over  200 photos and paintings, in b/w and full color. Here is the story of the years when smoke-and-soot steamers drove the great sailing ships from the seas - the last days of the clippers, square-riggers and hard-working schooners. (VG). $8.

23409. Laurence, Frederick Sturgis. COASTING PASSAGE. Arlington . 1950. 43 p. Soft wraps. Numbered 225 of 500 copies. Sought after account of a trip on the schooner Sarah C. Ropes from Norfolk , Virginia to Portland , Maine in the summer of 1897. Now that these vessels are extinct, accurate reporting of their operations and their contribution to American commercial life takes on added historical significance. The Sarah C. Ropes was Captain William R. Kreger’s third vessel. While in command of the Ropes, the captain met and survived the ill-famed “Portland Storm” of November 1898, losing several members of his crew and all the spars except the foremast, yet succeeding  nevertheless in making port without assistance some thirty days later. Excellent first hand account of life aboard ship in the latter days of sail.  Clean, tight, nice copy of rare title. (VG). $88.

3018. Schwain, Kristin and Josephine Stealey. Rooted, Revived, Reinvented: Basketry in America. Schiffer. 2017. DJ. 208p. Lavishly illustrated with over 250 superb color photographs. This book unfolds a history of American basketry, from its origins in Native American, immigrant, and slave communities to its contemporary presence in the fine art world. Ten contributing authors from different areas of expertise insightfully show how baskets convey meaning through the artists' selection of materials; the techniques they use; and the colors, designs, patterns, and textures they employ. Accompanying a museum exhibition of the same name, the book illustrates how the processes of industrialization changed the audiences, materials, and uses for basketry. It also surveys the visual landscape of basketry today; while some contemporary artists seek to maintain and revive traditions practiced for centuries, others combine age-old techniques with nontraditional materials to generate cultural commentary. This comprehensive treasury will be of vital interest to artists, collectors, curators, and historians of American basketry, textiles, and sculpture. (M). $29.95.

24201. Aymar, Gordon C., A TREASURY OF SEA STORIES. New York . 1948. 464 p. A compendium of true tales of the sea by a variety of noted authors including James A Michener, Captain Joshua Slocum, Joseph Conrad and many more. Superb fireside reading. $14.

24298.Shay,  Edit and Katharine Smith. THE PRIVATE ADVENTURE OF CAPTAIN SHAW. Philadelphia . 1945. 255 p. An account of the romantic adventures and the political education of a young Cape Cod captain in the year 1793. (VG). $8.

24310. French, Joseph Lewis. GREAT SEA STORIES. New York . 1922. 332 p. Inscribed by the author. Excerpts from the classic literature of the sea, mostly novels, 15 in all, including pieces by Melville, Hugo, Masefield, London , Cooper, and many others. (VG). $8.

508. Johnson, Gene, SHIP MODEL BUILDING . Cambridge . 1961. 301 p. Modeling is fun. You don’t have to be a sailor to enjoy model building and this early text takes you through the process from start to finish. A great early primer on the subject and filled with hundreds of photos and diagrams. (VG). $16.

24307. Masters, David. WHEN SHIPS GO DOWN – More Wonders of Salvage. London . 1945. 356 p. Another excellent title by an author who has specialized in books on salvage and hard hat diving. This one is a compendium of stories of ship and salvers, with quite a bit on submarines, and treasure. A very good read. (VG). $7.

 

23461. Gorsky, Bernard. VASTNESS OF THE SEA. Boston . 1957. The vividly recorded story of four daring Frenchmen and their adventure across 15,000 miles across the sea to explore its hidden reefs and treasures. (VG-). $16

2412. Sanderson, Ivan T. FOLLOW THE WHALE. Boston . 1956. 423 p. DJ. (VG). $18

24306. van Loon, Hendrik Willem. SHIPS & HOW THEY SAILED THE SEVEN SEAS (5000B.C. – A.D. 1935). New York . 1935. 318 p. Covers vessels from the early ships of the River Nile to the age of steam. (VG+). $8.

24311. Bombard, Alain. THE VOYAGE OF THE HERETIQUE. New York . 1954. 214 p. One of the stunters, Bombard, as a 27-year-old medical student, crossed the Atlantic alone in a 15-foot rubber dinghy without stores or water. Valuable as a clinical account of survival at sea. (VG). $8.

2406. Whipple, A. B. C., YANKEE WHALERS IN THE SOUTH SEAS . New York . 1954. 304 p. $18

24219. Forester, C. S., COMMODORE HORNBLOWER. Boston . 1945. 314 p. Continuing in his series, Hornblower is now married to Lady Barbara. The commodore is entrusted with a delicate mission to Russia and works with Colonel von Clausewitz in the Baltic. (VG). $8.

6278. Toxopeus, Klaas. FLYING STORM - Adventures of the Skipper of A Rescue Boat off the Stormy Coast of Holland. NY. 1954. 246pp. Illustrated with photographs. Describes the work of the lifeboat crews, their day-to-day routine and many of the rescues performed. Clean, tight, nice copy. (VG). $32.

24308. Tuleja, Thaddeus V., TWILIGHT OF THE SEA GODS – The Men, Ships and Battles of the German Navy in World War 2. New York . 1958. A narrative picture of naval men, the sea battles they fought, their victories and defeats. You will meet Gunther Prien, who in his submarine U-47 penetrated the blockaded main anchorage of the British fleet at Scapa Flow and torpedoed the mighty battleship Royal Oak . You will go to sea with Hans Langsdorff in Graf Spee, and watch the great sea fight off the Plata. These and other great adventures are skillfully and dramatically told against the background of German naval strategy and the great conflict of World War II. (VG). $8.

 

See the video book trailer for Brilliant Beacons on YouTubehttps://youtu.be/QUgQVFOjX2s

Sale Price $14.95 plus $4.50 media mail. (x)

1601. Dolin, Eric Jay. Brilliant Beacons - A History of the American Lighthouse. 2016. 1st. 448p. Stiff wraps. DJ. An extraordinary work of historical detection and originality, Brilliant Beacons vividly reframes America’s history through the development of its lighthouses. In a work rich in maritime lore and brimming with original historical detail, Eric Jay Dolin, the best-selling author of Leviathan, presents the most comprehensive history of American lighthouses ever written, telling the story of America through the prism of its beloved coastal sentinels. Set against the backdrop of an expanding nation, Brilliant Beacons traces the evolution of America’s lighthouse system, highlighting the political, military, and technological battles fought to illuminate the nation’s hardscrabble coastlines. In rollicking detail, Dolin treats readers to a memorable cast of characters including the penny-pinching Treasury official Stephen Pleasonton, who hamstrung the country’s efforts to adopt the revolutionary “Fresnel Lens,” and presents tales both humorous and harrowing of soldiers, saboteurs, ruthless egg collectors, and most importantly, the light-keepers themselves. Richly supplemented with over 100 photographs and illustrations throughout, Brilliant Beacons is the most original history of American lighthouses in many decades. 112 illustrations; 8 pages of color. (M). Published at $29.95. Sale Price $14.95 plus $4.50 media mail.

3017. (souvenir bowl) Mayo’s Beach Light and Keeper’s Dwelling, Wellfleet, Mass. c.1900. A rare, bright, gilt decorated rose colored commemorative bowl featuring a beautiful clear, detailed color image of the Mayo’s Beach Light and Keeper’s dwelling at Wellfleet Harbor. One of the few of this rare lighthouse that I have found, this striking piece measures 7 ½” in diameter and is enhanced by a beautiful decorative gilded flower border decoration. The unusually detailed image includes all aspects of the new cast iron tower and brick and clapboard keeper's house built in 1881. 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. Nice detailed image on the bright china piece and rose coloration make a wonderful contrast on this rare item. Marked “Altenburg China Made in Germany for Geo. P. Baker, Wellfleet Mass ”. Quite clean, bright, light wear to gilding. A beautiful display piece. Unusually large, bold view of this little-known Cape Cod lighthouse – a striking piece. (VG+). $225.

3014. (photo) U.S. Coast Guard 38-Foot Cabin Picket / Patrol Boat CG-38721. c.1940. Nice photo mounted on early mat shows Coast Guard 38-Foot Cabin Picket / Patrol Boat CG-38721 underway. These cabin picket boats were built from 1931 to 1943 an made an average speed of 18 knots depending on the engine installed. Up to about 500 were built and the last went out of service in 1965. [Kenneth G Sutherland] Photo measures 5” x 7 ¼” and has light edge wear, a few very light creases. Nice clear close view. (VG+). $48.

728h. (lot) Coast Guard Button Types Pre-WWII. Lot includes six (6) Coast Guard buttons in use prior to about 1945. Includes are work dungaree pant button (20mm), nickel FD-14B (17mm), brass (25mm) FD-14A (bent shank), brass (22mm) FD-14B, phenolic (22mm) FD-14B, phenolic (14mm) FD-14B. Nice assortment. (VG+). $64.

 

8109-116. [flag] U. S. Coast Guard Ensign. c.1915-1953. Official U. S. Coast Guard Ensign size #5 (15”h x 26”w) for use on small and medium size craft. Ensign manufactured for Coast Guard use and has had only light use, made of wool bunting. Field consists of vertical red/white stripes, with Coast Guard shield on crossed anchors overlaying on the right portion, with the words “Semper Paratus” [pre 1966]. Top left corner is white with U. S. eagle and shield, with an arc of 13 stars above. Stamped on hem is “Coast Guard Ensign No. 5”. Mfg. By Valley Forge… All New Wool”. Wonderful for your display and quite difficult to get these original early ensigns. Good condition save some light soiling and a few very small moth holes.  (VG+).  $210.

3012. (stereoview) U.S. Life-Saving Station and Lighthouse, Watch Hill, Rhode Island c.1876. Running far out into the ocean is Watch Hill, which has been the scene of many dreadful disasters. The elevation of Watch Hill made it a grand lookout point, and in 1806 a lighthouse was constructed at the point, seen here. In 1850 one of the first 28 life-saving stations in the country was erected just behind the lighthouse. In 1879, the early life-saving station was replaced by an 1876-design, seen here, dating this view to just after 1876. View is clear, images clean on stained early tan mount. No photographer noted. Rare view. (G+). 110.

1234-52. (document) U.S. Life-Saving Service, First District, Fletchers Neck Life-Saving Station, Maine c.1900. L.C. Totman, Keeper. Document relating to clothing order for the crew at the station. Consists of original hand-written letter on official Life-Saving Service stationery to James A. Robinson & Son (clothiers), of Bangor, Maine, regarding an order for the “Winter man’s” suit of clothes, as well as a request for pants and a vest for himself. One sheet 8” x 10” original stationery dated January 8, 1900. Quite clean and crisp, one chip at top. Rare Fletchers Neck LSS lot. (VG+). $88.

4574w. THE LIFE-SAVING SERVICE. Harper’s Weekly. March 27, 1886 . 1pp. Three WONDERFUL woodcut illustrations of the life saving stations. at Kenosha , Wisc. and at  Fletchers Neck, Maine and a half-page illustration showing the station interior. Extremely clear, detailed, probably as nice as I have seen. Excellent for framing, includes half-page article describing the Service. 2p disbound. (VG+) $48.

1234-39. (lot 2 documents) U.S. Life-Saving Service, First District, Jerrys Point Life-Saving Station, NH c.1900. A.H. Harding, Keeper. Lot consists of two documents relating to clothing orders for the crew at the station. The first is an original hand-written notes by the keeper, 5” x 8” 3 pages, with sizes and notes on uniform design including comments on recent new uniform regulations. Members listed include Captain A A Macy, Capt A.H. Harding, Surfman FH Barber, E Tarlton Jr., F.W. Tibbetts. The second is 7” x 11” containing hand written notes on uniforms (suits, pants, etc.) with prices and some sizes, specs., etc., on order for men at the station. Men listed include Captain AA Mayo, Surfman JH Barbour, E Tarlton Jr, JW Tibbetts, Capt AH Harding. Both quite clean, light wear. Rare Jerrys Point LSS lot. (VG+). $45.

3013. (albumen photo) Butler Flats Light Station, New Bedford, Mass c. 1898. 7 ½” x 9 ½”. Extremely rare albumen photo by unknown photographer shows great detail of the lighthouse as the Keeper stands at the rail looking on. Butler Flats Light replaced the old Clark's Point Light, which had been active since 1804. The structure was a fairly typical "sparkplug" style lighthouse of the period, built at a cost of $34,000 on a cylindrical cast-iron caisson 35 feet in diameter, which was put into place after five feet of mud was dredged. The cylinder was filled with stone and concrete, then the brick lighthouse was built on top. The 54-foot lighthouse has a storeroom and cistern in the basement, topped by four levels including a keeper's office and two levels of living quarters. The lantern was fitted with a fifth-order Fresnel lens. The tower was painted red for a time, but it was changed to white in 1899, dating this view prior to 1899. Superb close view, clear and crisp. It is extremely difficult to find such early views and this view is certainly one of the larger, better ones. (VG+). $68.

3006. (photo) Chief John J. Gibbs At Rockaway's Lifeboat Station Explains Operation Of Station’s Self-Righting And Self-Bailing Motor Lifeboat c.1991. Clear, close Coast Guard photo measures 7 ½” x 10” and shows great details of the Coast Guard 36-foot Motor Lifeboat at Rockaway Beach (NY) Lifeboat Station c.1991. Nice view of the bow fender, etc. Photo is b/w, unusually clear and includes date and lengthy description on back. (VG+). $44.

3011. Conway, Brendan Patrick Eoin. The Boy Who Built Lighthouses: Memoirs of a Travelling Lighthouse Keeper. 2017. Self published. 114p. Soft wraps. In 1985 Brendan Conway signed up with Ireland's lighthouse authority Commissioners of Irish Lights as a temporary lighthouse keeper and worked on some of the most beautiful lighthouses in the Republic of Ireland. He was stationed on the Tuskar rock, Rockabill, Skellig Michael, Bull Rock, Fastnet Rock and Baily. As a child he lived on Wicklow Head lighthouse; holidayed on Mizen Head while is father was stationed there in the 1970s; and visited Kish Bank lighthouse on a number of occasions while is father was stationed there in the 1980s. He has written about his experiences working at all of these lighthouses. An interesting account of an unusual career. (M). $21.95. (x)

Read of that day from Coxswain Webber himself: 

 

  20209. Webber, Bernard C., CHATHAM “The Lifeboatmen”. Orleans , Mass. 1985. 1st. 128p. Illustrated with numerous photographs. Late in February 1952, a northeaster swept New England with bitter cold, snow and gale force winds. East of Chatham 70-knot winds and 60-foot seas battered merchant vessels as the tankers SS Fort Mercer and SS Pendleton met the full force of the storm. They both broke in two on the morning of February 19th with 84 half-frozen men marooned on the battered hulks. The story of how these men were rescued is retold even today. In the days following the ordeal, twenty-one Coast Guardsmen would be decorated. The men who ventured into 60-foot seas in the little 36-foot CG36500 motor lifeboat to rescue the tanker crews showed what heroism really is. How this all came about, and the story of life at Cape Cod small boat stations in the 1950’s, is a tale well worth reading and a tribute to Coast Guardsmen everywhere.  Wonderful reading. (M).  $44.95.

Special numbered edition with actual wood piece from MLB CG-36500.  $59.95. 

 

 

 

20515a. Framed photograph U. S. Revenue Steamer Levi Woodbury. 22" x 26" framed albumen photograph on mat. Photo is of the crew on deck. Moisture staining to mat but does not affect photographs  and can be matted out. Photo is clear, fair contrast. Original frame is intact but worn, need re-gluing. $285 net. Reduced to $255. (no discounts apply) (x)

10124b. (helm compass) U.S. Navy Lifeboat Compass WWII. The compass is marked on the compass rose “U.S. Navy Boat  2273 The Lionel Corporation, New York”. Included is original oil lamp with match container, and with nickled mirror. Compass was liquid filled but is no longer, has free movement. Compass rose bright. Interior white paint chipped, exterior black paint light chipping but fairly good condition. Compass would have been for a motor lifeboat or lifeboat, etc. A rare WWII Navy piece from an early life boat. (VG). $225. Reduced to $195. (x)

29219c. Lamp Oil / Kerosene Can c.1900-1940. Perfect for museums that require an inexpensive alternative to the U.S. Lighthouse Service oil cans for your display. This soldered tin oil or kerosene can is in very good condition. Tin oil filler can is original and quite like the original Lighthouse Service filler cans, with top handle and spout with cap and chain. Can has no dents and spout is present and solid with no repairs. This will be a fine display piece. With old patina and will display beautifully. Needs only a cork for top fill.  Can base measures  6 ½” diameter. Overall height 12 ½”. A perfect alternative. (VG+). $128. Reduced to $85. (no other discounts apply) (x) 

Finally found one!!

8207c. Chenery, Richard L. III., OLD COAST GUARD STATIONS - VOLUME I – VIRGINIA: POPES ISLAND TO FALSE CAPE . 1998. 94p. Soft wraps. 70 photographs and illustrations. Just Released by well known author Richard L. Chenery, III. In this first of a series, Mr. Chenery provides wonderful details about the little known early years of the Coast Guard. Included are recollections of veteran surfmen, surfmen’s uniform and insignia, beach apparatus drills, covers the Early Coast Period from 1915 to early 1960’s, details surfboats, motor lifeboats and DUKWs, pulling boat drills and races, WW II beach patrols, Life-Saving Branch, and much more…Mr. Chenery has been researching the early Coast Guard for a number of years and has a particularly fine knowledge of early uniforms and insignia, as well as stations and equipment. In Volume I he covers the lifeboat stations in Virginia in wonderful detail, with excellent photos and illustrations, many never before published. 8 ½” x 11”. Now long out of print this is extremely hard to find and A MUST for your library. (F-). $68. (x)

 

7159t. (magazine) THE MENTOR. July 1925. Vol. 13, No. 6. Pub. Springfield , Ohio . 66 pp. b/w photos & gravures: few color ads. Special issue devoted to the U. S. Coast Guard, Lifesaving Service and Lighthouse Service contains 4 articles with beautiful illustrations chronicling the history and work of the Life-Saving Service, the Light-House Service and the Coast Guard. Includes an article on "Lighthouses Tended by Women", article on Winslow Homer titled "He Painted the Might of the Sea" and containing reproductions of his paintings of the Lifesaving Service, a  photo-article titled "Picturesque Lighthouses", featuring photos of 11 different lighthouses, article "Through Calm & Storm" relating to lighthouses & Coast Signals, and the article "Knights of the Wave" 17 pages with 16 photos relating "The Story of Rescue at Sea-Duties, Responsibilities and Perilous Service of the Coast Guard of Today". An important lighthouse and life-saving issue. Clean, tight, light wear, very good copy. (VG+). $48. (x)

     Keeper Jennings next to the light.

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6721. Jennings , Harold B., A LIGHTHOUSE FAMILY. Orleans . 1989. 1st. 118p. DJ. A wonderful narration of boyhood memories while growing up at Lovell’s Island Lighthouse in Boston Harbor . Lovell’s Island Range Lights were erected in 1902 for the accommodation o f mariners coming up the South Channel of Broad Sound, Boston Harbor . The lights were placed in the charge of Keeper Alfred G. Eisener. Known as a poet and a writer, Keeper Eisner is best known for his book Dan, or the Gale of ‘73. In 1919 Eisener was succeeded by Charles H. Jennings, who later transferred to Boston Light. The light was extinguished in 1939 and subsequently torn down. A wonderful story of adventures, shipwrecks, storms, living without electricity and learning how to run a lighthouse combine to provide entertainment and a learning adventure. (F). Special Sale Price  $5.95. (x) (no other discounts apply) 

11372. HABS Co-Author Alan Giagnocavo. Lighthouses - A Close-Up Look : An Intimate Tour Through Historic Photos and Architectural Drawings. Fox Chapel Publishing (2011). 176p. Soft wraps. The Historic American Building Survey (HABS) and the Historic American Engineering Record (HAER) collections are dedicated to preserving America’s architectural history by gathering a diverse range of historic photographs and architectural designs of buildings throughout the country. Along with over 90 vintage and recent photos of lighthouses across the country from the HABS/HAER website, this book includes over 50 detailed architectural plans that feature the internal and external structure of the lighthouses. In this book, readers will find unique lighthouse structures, such as the Port Mahon Lighthouse, which hovers over the water on pilings and the Portland Breakwater Lighthouse, which contains architectural details similar to those found on the White House. Not to worry, though, the towering buildings typically associated with the word lighthouse can also be found on these pages. Color photos, plans, GPS coordinates and a brief history of many of the locations are also included. Well worth reading. (M). Published at $19.95. Reduced $6.95. (x) (no other discounts apply)

 

1234-5. (lot 4 documents) U.S. Life-Saving Service, First District, Rye Beach Life-Saving Station c.1899-1900. A.L. Remick, Keeper. Lot consists of four documents relating to clothing orders for the crew at the station. The first is an original hand-written letter on official Life-Saving Service stationery to James A. Robinson & Son (clothiers), of Bangor, Maine, regarding payment for uniforms for Keeper Remick and five named surfmen. One sheet 8” x 10” original stationery dated September 11, 1899. Quite clean and crisp. The second is an original hand-written letter on official Life-Saving Service stationery to James A. Robinson & Son (clothiers), of Bangor, Maine, requesting white Duck Suits jumpers with overalls. One sheet 8” x 10” original stationery dated March 1, 1900. Quite clean and crisp. Remaining sheets 7” x 11” (2) and 4 ½” x 7” (1) contain hand written notes on uniforms (duck suits, overcoat, Keeper’s cap, blue surfman’s cap, pants, etc.) with prices and some sizes, specs., etc., on order for men at the station. Men listed include Surfmen: Albert Johnson, George A Simpson. Elward Wheeler, J B Card, Joseph Fernald, G A Locke, Fred H Crowley. Overall quite clean. Rare Rye Beach LSS lot. (VG+). $145.

1234-35. (lot 3 documents) U.S. Life-Saving Service, First District, Damiscove Life-Saving Station, near Boothbay Harbor, Maine  c.1900. Elwood F Richardson, Keeper. Lot consists of three documents relating to clothing orders for the crew at the station. The first is an original hand-written letter on official Life-Saving Service stationery to James A. Robinson & Son (clothiers), of Bangor, Maine, regarding an order for a new uniform due to his recent appointment as Keeper (formerly #2 Surfman at Cranberry Island LSS). One sheet 8” x 10” original stationery dated September 11, 1899. Quite clean and crisp. The second is Remaining sheets 7” x 11” (1) and 4 ½” x 7” (1) contain hand written notes on uniforms (duck suits, overcoat, Keeper’s cap, blue surfman’s cap, pants, etc.) with prices and some sizes, specs., etc., on order for men at the station. Men listed include Surfmen: EF Spofford, J… Wallace, Walter Fuller, FE Stanley, A. Snowman, CL Gray. Overall quite clean. Rare Damiscove LSS lot. (VG+). $135.

1234-8. (lot 2 documents) U.S. Life-Saving Service, First District, Cross Island Life-Saving Station, Maine  c.1898-1900. Lyman E. Wright, Keeper. Lot consists of two documents relating to clothing orders for the crew at the station. The first is an original hand-written letter on official Life-Saving Service stationery to James A. Robinson & Son (clothiers), of Bangor, Maine, regarding an order for one No. 7 cap for himself. One sheet 8” x 10” original stationery dated October 22, 1898. Quite clean and crisp. The second similar accompanied payment for clothing order for Surfman Leroy L. Myers. Dated January 18, 1900. Quite clean and crisp. Rare Cross Island LSS lot. (VG+). $125.

1234-1. (lot 2 documents) U.S. Life-Saving Service, First District, Wallis Sands Life-Saving Station, New Hampshire c.1899. S.F. Wells, Keeper. Lot consists of two documents relating to clothing orders for the crew at the station. The first is an original hand-written letter on official Life-Saving Service stationery to James A. Robinson & Son (clothiers), of Bangor, Maine, regarding an order for one cap for Surfman Richard L. Rawleye that was too small and requests a larger if possible. One sheet 8” x 10” original stationery dated October 4, 1899. Quite clean and crisp. The second similar is the original order requesting the above cap. Dated September 6, 1899. Quite clean and crisp. Rare Cross Island LSS lot. (VG+). $125.

1234-9. (lot 2 documents) U.S. Life-Saving Service, First District, Crumple Island Life-Saving Station, Maine c.1899. O.B. Hall, Keeper. Lot consists of two documents relating to clothing orders for the crew at the station. The first is an original hand-written letter on official Life-Saving Service stationery to James A. Robinson & Son (clothiers), of Bangor, Maine, regarding an order for a suit of heavy Jersey for Surfman Fred R Spirling. One sheet 8” x 10” original stationery dated November 26, 1899. Quite clean and crisp. The second is 7” x 11” containing hand written notes on uniforms (suits, pants, etc.) with prices and some sizes, specs., etc., on order for men at the station. Men listed include Surfmen: GA Sullivan, WA Young, ED Kelly, Capt OB Hall. Quite clean, light wear. Rare Crumple Island LSS lot. (VG+). $85.

2083b. (souvenir trivet) Cahoon Hollow Life Saving Station Wellfleet, Mass. c.1900. A rare, bright, flower decorated rose and crème colored commemorative trivet featuring a beautiful clear, detailed color image of the Cahoon Hollow Life Saving Station in Wellfleet on Cape Cod. 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 Quonochontaug-type life-saving station at Cahoons Hollow, now the Beachcomber Restaurant. 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 Geo. P. Baker, Wellfleet, Mass ”. Geo.F. Baker was a sea captain from Wellfleet 1836 - 1872 and then owned a building supply/lumber store in Wellfleet. No chips or cracks but some wear to image and decoration. Still a beautiful display piece. Unusually large, bold view of this little-known Cape Cod life-saving station. (VG). $148.

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14199a. (document) U.S. Light-House Establishment Repair Voucher, Painting Piles & Braces Narrows (Bug) Light House, Boston Harbor c.1860. Early pre- civil war document details items purchased and delivered to Lieut. C. N. Trumbull, Light House Engineer, for painting the piles and braces of the Boston Narrows Light Station. Items listed include scrapers, etc. at a cost of $2.20. Dated October 5, 1860. Document is signed by Light House Engineer Charles N. Turnbull. Built in 1856, Bug Light stood, until destroyed by fire in 1929, to warn mariners of the dreaded Harding’s Ledge, four miles to the southeast. The lighthouse constructed was a screw-pile type on iron “legs” (thus its nickname "Bug Light"), with a hexagonal wooden dwelling with galvanized metal roof and lantern perched on top. This lighthouse design was quite unusual at the time and was the first such design constructed in New England . Document is good condition, with original folds, some edge wear to top and bottom. . Measures 8 ½” x 14”. (VG). $64.

14199b. (document) U.S. Light-House Establishment Repair Voucher, Painting Piles & Braces Narrows (Bug) Light House, Boston Harbor c.1860. Early pre- civil war document details items purchased and delivered to Lieut. C. N. Trumbull, Light House Engineer, for painting the piles and braces of the Boston Narrows Light Station. Items listed include 1 gallon paraffine varnish, etc. at a cost of $1.25. Dated October 6, 1860. Document is signed by Light House Engineer Charles N. Turnbull. Built in 1856, Bug Light stood, until destroyed by fire in 1929, to warn mariners of the dreaded Harding’s Ledge, four miles to the southeast. The lighthouse constructed was a screw-pile type on iron “legs” (thus its nickname "Bug Light"), with a hexagonal wooden dwelling with galvanized metal roof and lantern perched on top. This lighthouse design was quite unusual at the time and was the first such design constructed in New England . Document is good condition, with original folds, some edge wear to top and bottom. . Measures 8 ½” x 14”. (VG). $64.

3007. (lot 2 photos) Coast Guard Station Chatham Lighthouse / Watch Tower / Duck” (DUKW) c.1960. Wonderful quite clear, close view shows Chatham Lighthouse, Watch Tower with Duck” (DUKW) CG-31312 parked in front c.1960. Very clear, great detail. Measures 4” x 5”. Also includes snapshot photo of US Navy seaman from same album. (VG+). $58.

16146. (document) Congress of the United States. House of Representatives, Congressman Robert F. Drinan c.1974. Typed letter signed in hand by Congressman Robert F. Drinan to James A. Alford of Watertown, Mass., provides lengthy commentary with regards to proposed provisions to Tax Reform Ammendments that would result in taxation of veterans compensation and military retirement disability pay. Clean, signed in hand, with two original folds. (VG+). $22.

3008. (photo) Minot’s Ledge Lighthouse, Scituate c.1940. Clear, close, original 7” x 9” press photo shows great detail of the lighthouse at Minot’s Ledge as it is lashed by a furious Atlantic storm, isolating the keepers there for the duration. Note the top of the mast (lower right) where small boats are moored at low tide. Photo is b/w and includes date and description. Clear, close view, great detail. (VG+). $38.

3009. (photo) Wolf Rock Lighthouse, Penzance, England c.1948. Clear, close, original 7” x 9” press photo shows great detail of the lighthouse at Wolf Rock as the gale-lashed seas break halfway up the 110-foot tower, defeating all attempts to get supplies to the three keepers stranded for a month at the light. Photo is b/w and includes date and description. Clear, close view, great detail. (VG+). $28.

#6658-19.  Revenue Cutter Service. 2-piece with border and rope edging. (FD 9A*)  23mm (15/16”)  “Shannon Miller & Crane, NY” $68.

#6658-17.  Revenue Cutter Service. 2-piece with border and rope edging. (FD 9A*)  23mm (15/16”)  “Shannon Miller & Crane, NY” $68.

#6658-18.  Revenue Cutter Service. 2-piece with border and rope edging. (FD 9A*)  14mm (9/16”)  “Shannon Miller & Crane, NY” $48.

#6658-20.  Revenue Cutter Service. 2-piece with border and rope edging. (FD 9A*)  15mm (9/16”)  “Shannon Miller & Crane, NY” $38.

#6658-22.  Revenue Cutter Service. 2-piece with border and rope edging, initials “U.S.”. (FD 9A*)  23mm (15/16”)  “Shannon Miller & Crane, NY” $68.

#6658-23.  Revenue Cutter Service. 2-piece with border and rope circle within border, initials “R.C.S.” above . (FD 9A*)  20mm (13/16”)  “Shannon Miller & Crane, NY” $68.

 

3010. (postcard set) Life-Saving Service To The Rescue Cape Cod c.1906. Published by C.B. Webster & C.O. Tucker, Boston. Set of 3 lithographed postcards illustrating the work of the U.S. Life-Saving Service on Cape Cod. Views include Flashing the Coston Signal, The Start of the Life-Boat, Off to the Rescue. Views all unused, only very light edge wear if any. Set 3. $34.

 

24246. Freuchen, Peter. BOOK OF THE SEVEN SEAS. New York . 1957. 512 p. A wonderful volume filled with story, lore, and legend, with history and fact, myths and strange tales. An exciting, colorful account of man’s adventures upon the sea. A winter’s worth of reading. (VG). $10. (x)

2408. Chippendale, Captain H. A., SAILS AND WHALES. Boston . 1951. 232 p. DJ. (G). $16 (x)

2410. Melville, Herman. WHITE JACKET or The World on a ‘Man-of-War’. Boston . 1892. 374 p. An epic tale -  a semi-autobiographical account of experiences in the Navy by this renown maritime literary talent. (VG-). $14. (x)

SR-569. [saucer] United States Coast Guard c.1942. Scarce original early United States Coast Guard saucer manufactured in the World War II era for use in ships’ wardrooms and at some ‘stag’ stations. Made of heavy white institutional type china, dish is of the earlier pattern with the United States Coast Guard emblem in blue with crossed anchors surrounding Coast Guard shield, no stripes on rim. Bottom labeled "Jackson Vitrified China Made in U.S.A. Falls Creek, Pa. 1942". Attractive dish measures 5 ¼”  in diameter. With little if any wear, clean, free of any cracks or major defects, scarce piece. (VG+). 2 available. $44 each.

SR-570. [small bread plate] United States Coast Guard. Bottom labeled "Jackson Vitrified China Made in U.S.A. Falls Creek, Pa. ". 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 ½” diameter. Light wear. (VG+). $24.

SR-571. [small bread plate] United States Coast Guard. Bottom labeled “Walker China Vitrified Bedford Ohio. 1962”. 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 ½” diameter. Moderate wear, finish dulled. (G+). $14.

 

3004. U.S Coast Guard. Damage Control Book USCGC Chautauqua WHEC-41 c.1968. 78 pages in Coast Guard screw-post binder. Folio 11” x 17” with numerous (11) colored fold-out 17” x 27” diagrams. USCG Chautauqua (WHEC-41) was an Owasco class high endurance cutter which served with the US Coast Guard from 1945 to 1973. Originally intended for World War II service, she was commissioned only days before the end of hostilities and consequently never saw combat. Damage control is a vital function which may make the difference between the saving or sinking of the ship. This book serves as the principal source of information on the ship’s characteristics and data vital to the prevention and control of damage. Damage control books are a living document, for they are of no value is the information is not up to date. Thus this book has written changes as well, made as they occurred. Book is thoroughly illustrated with large fold-out diagrams of Flooding Effect & Loading, the ship’s systems including Drainage, Fuel Oil Filling & Transfer, Oily Ballast, Vemtillation Supply and Exhaust, Compressed Air, Casualty Power Supply, and more. Much of the information contained in this volume can be applicable to other Owasco class high endurance cutters. Book is as originally used on board the cutter, some soiling and wear, edges of fold-out plates worn but all intact. A great artifact and resource. (VG). $145.

18122b. [photo] Historian William H Wincapaw Dropping Christmas Packages at Boston Light c. 1939. Large 7”x9” b/w press photograph by ACME  shows a wonderful view of the entire Boston Light Station on Little Brewster Island. The description on the back notes that in 1930 (1926) Captain William Wincapaw began the tradition of dropping Christmas gift packages from his plane to remote lighthouse families. In 1936, author and historian Edward Rowe Snow would continue the “Flying Santa” tradition, which continues to this day by local groups. From 1936 until the 1960’s  Snow had completed each year except during World War II. Photo is clean and clear and quite a nice close view. Includes news caption on the back. Dated December 23, 1939. Quite nice, rare. (VG+). $44.

3005. (photo) U.S. Coast Guard Station Scituate Crew c.1944. Large original 6 ½” x 16” photo includes the entire crew of the Scituate Lifeboat Station posed for the camera. Commander Stonewood Elwyn Whitcombe identified in ink as “Dad”. Dated on back 1943-1945. Nice early view. Light wear to edges, a few very light folds, will mat and frame well. (VG). $48.

1962. (photo) U.S. Life-Saving Service Old Chicago Station c.1905. Beautiful clear, close photo shows the Keeper and crew drilling with flag signals in front of the station. The Old Chicago station had a massive lookout tower and ornamental façade with four boat bays. This was the archetype of the Old Chicago-type station, built in 1903. Photo is clear, great detail, on postcard paper. 3 ½” x 5 ½”. (VG+). $88.

1979. The Ship Fort Mercer Sinks near Cape Cod. Life Magazine. March 3, 1952. Large 2-page article relates the struggle as the crewmen of the Tanker S.S Fort Mercer were rescued by men of CGC Yakutat during the fierce February 18-19 storm off Chatham, Cape Cod. One man had been swept from the Mercer’s bow and four lost in a desperate night rescue attempt by the Yakutat. At daybreak a launch took off two more men. Then the Yakutat moved in dangerously close, shot across a line attached to a rubber raft, and the last two seamen were rescued, just 19 minutes before the bow of the Mercer slipped below the waves.  With three photos and text. Full issue with interesting articles of the day. Clean, tight, light wear to spine, good condition. (VG+). $44.

13431w. (photo) Crewmen of the Tanker S.S Fort Mercer Rescued by Men of CGC Eastwind. February 18-19, 1952. Clear, close, original 7” x 8” Coast Guard / press photo shows excellent detail as crewmen of CGC Eastwind, fighting against time and the clutches of the rough seas, struggle to remove survivors from the fast sinking stern section of the tanker SS Fort Mercer by means of rubber liferafts attached to life lines. 18 crewmen were rescued from the broken tanker Fort Mercer off Chatham in this fierce northeast storm. Photo is b/w and includes date and description. Clear, close view, great detail. (VG+). $42.

23252r. U. S. Army Officer hat. c. 1940’s. With Army hat insignia, small gilt buttons holding gilt chin strap. Hat by Bancroft. Size not indicated. Only light wear, overall intact in good condition. (VG+). $25.

23252q. U. S. Navy Officer hat. c. 1940’s. Without hat insignia, small gilt buttons holding gilt chin strap. Hat by Berkshire. Size not indicated. Some wear, interior band present but needs to be re-sewn, otherwise intact in good condition. (VG). $15.

1970. (reproduction hat tally) “U.S. Life Saving Service” reproduction cap ribbon or “ Tally” is of black silk, 1 ½” wide, and bears the words “U. S. Life Saving Service” in ½” gold block letters. Tally was worn around the band on the surfman’s visor hat. Tally is machine woven and measures 36" long X 1 ½” in width. Tally is reproduction, as new. All letters clear, bright and sharp. Perfect for docents or collectors for your display or reenactor’s uniform. (M). $24. (x)

2383c. Reproduction “U. S. Life-Saving Service” Embroidered Insignia. Insignia shows “ U.S. Life Saving Service” on life ring with crossed pike and oar. Reproduction patch is embroidered in white on black, measures about 3” square and would be perfect for display or for mounting on your uniform. (M). $14. (x)

 

 

6762-43. U. S. Light-House Establishment Brass Light-House Keeper’s Oil Measure Can. c. 1870-1900.  Brass one quart oil can was used by Keepers of the Light-House Establishment to measure and transfer oil for the lamps. Can is entirely of brass, and in original condition, with no repairs. Can measures 6 ¾” high. The body of the can is bears the original, distinctive oval (double) stamp:  “U. S. L. H. DEPOT, 3 DIST., LAMP SHOP, STATEN ISLAND, N.Y.” Also bears original stamping “ U. S. LIGHT-HOUSE ESTABLISHMENT” beneath. This can is one of six sizes used by the Light House Establishment and has a few very small expected small dents. Can has bright patina and will enhance any display. With some light tape remains from past polishing but should come off with the right solvent. THIS STYLE OF CAN IS A RARE FIND in a rare size. (VG+). $1,695. 

6762-45. United States Lighthouse Establishment Small Brass Light-House Keeper’s Oil Measure. c. 1870-1900. Brass one pint oil can was used by Keepers of the Light-House Establishment to measure and transfer oil for the lamps. Can is entirely of brass, and in clean and original condition with few if any marks and only a few very minor dents, no repairs. Can measures 5” high and approx. 3 ½” in diameter. The body of the can is bears the original, distinctive oval stamp:  “U. S. L. H. DEPOT, 3 DIST., LAMP SHOP, STATEN ISLAND , N.Y. ” Also bears original stamping “ U. S. LIGHT-HOUSE ESTABLISHMENT” beneath. Can has bright patina and will enhance any display. With some light tape remains from past polishing but should come off with the right solvent. THIS STYLE OF CAN IS A RARE FIND in a rare size. (VG+). $1,695. 

6762-44. U. S. Light-House Establishment Brass Light-House Keeper’s Oil Measure Can. c. 1890-1900.  Brass 1 gill oil measure was used by Keepers of the Light-House Establishment to measure and transfer oil for the lamps. Can is entirely of brass, and in original condition, with few if any marks and no repairs. Can measures 3 ¼” high. The body of the can is bears the original, distinctive oval stamp:  “U. S. L. H. DEPOT, 3 DIST., LAMP SHOP, STATEN ISLAND, N.Y.” Also bears original stamping “ U. S. LIGHT-HOUSE ESTABLISHMENT” beneath. This can is one of six sizes used by the Light House Establishment and has no dents. Can has bright patina and will enhance any display. With some light tape remains from past polishing but should come off with the right solvent. THIS STYLE OF CAN IS A RARE FIND in a rare size. (VG+). $1,695. 

Set of 3 oil measures $4,800. 

24102J. United States Life Saving Service / Coast Guard Beach Apparatus Hawser Cutter. After a shipwrecked crew was landed from a stranded vessel, it would be necessary to release the large hawser from the vessel so that it could be used again. In this case, the hawser cutter would be used. The cutter is hinged and would be closed around the hawser with the white painted end on the inshore side. The whip was then tied to the cutter and with it pulled back toward the wreck. Once as close to the wreck as possible, the hauling in whip would be pulled, closing the knives in the cutter and severing the hawser. The hawser, cutter and whips could then be pulled ashore. Cutter is in wonderful condition, with original two-color finish still visible although well worn, complete with 3 of the 4 original operating ropes. Knives intact, includes hand forged locking pin. Unit is in good working order. Unit is not marked (many were not). This is an extremely difficult to find piece from the beach apparatus cart. Condition is very good and this will make an important addition to your collection. Exceptionally scarce, and simply a must if you have a Lyle gun or beach apparatus, or to complete your collection or exhibit. Because we purchased this “right”, we are offering it at a greatly reduced price. (VG-). (Regularly $1,495 - $1,695.) Sale price $1,045. Reduced $985. (no discounts may be applied). (x)

27361v. U. S. Life Saving Service Lyle Gun Folding Octant c.1878-1901. This type of octant, or elevation level, was used by the Life Saving Service for setting the elevation of the Lyle Gun. From 1878 until 1901 the Life Saving Service use this octant, made by the Chapin Stephens & Co in Riverton , Conn. In 1901 when this company ceased operation, the government began to make their own elevation levels. However these were entirely of metal, lighter and of a lesser quality. Octant is made of boxwood, brass bound and includes a metal fold-out scale for setting the angle, with a bubble level set into the upper arm. The octant was carried by the keeper in his haversack. Marked “No. 036 The Chapin Stephens Co” Scarce, early piece. Clean, bright, light rust to scale. (VG+). $325. Sale $285.  (x)

27361y. U. S. Life Saving Service Lyle Gun Folding Octant c.1878-1901. This type of octant, or elevation level, was used by the Life Saving Service and later Coast Guard for setting the elevation of the Lyle Gun. From 1878 until 1901 the Life Saving Service use this octant, made by the Chapin Stephens & Co in Riverton , Conn. In 1901 when this company ceased operation, the government began to make their own elevation levels. However these were entirely of metal, lighter and of a lesser quality. Octant is made of boxwood, brass bound and includes a metal fold-out scale for setting the angle, with a bubble level set into the upper arm. The octant was carried by the keeper in his haversack. Marked very lightly “No. 036 The Chapin -Stephens Co Conn. USA”, much of which has worn off over the years.  Clean, bright, light rust remains to scale, two chips to the boxwood on each side of the bubble level. Scarce, early piece. (VG). $295. Sale $265. 

574f. Coston, Martha J., SIGNAL SUCCESS. The Work and Travels of Mrs. Martha J. Coston. An Autobiography. Philadelphia . 1886. 333p. First edition. Signed presentation copy by the son, William F. Coston to James Minor Lincoln. Frontispiece portrait, color plate of ship signals, plate of ship signaling, a few vignettes. 12MO. Beveled pictorial cloth covers, gilt embossed, clean and bright, light edge wear. Top page edges gilded. Widow of the inventor of the Coston flares used extensively by the Life-Saving Service, tells of her efforts to perfect and sell his night signals. Quite clean, tight, front hinge just beginning to loosen. (VG+). $138. (x)

18103. Lawrence , Charles A. THE BUILDING OF MINOT'S LEDGE LIGHTHOUSE. October 1896. 14pp. Soft wraps, staple bound. Originally published in the New England Magazine, Vol. XV. No 2. October 1896. Illustrated work, describes the design and construction of both lighthouses on this exposed site. Includes portraits of some of the designers and engineers on the project, fitting the masonry on Government Island , the Light Keeper’s homes, and more. (VG). $12.

3001. (photo) U.S. Life-Saving Crew, Quonochontaug, RI c.1900. Beautiful clear, close photo shows the Keeper and crew at Rhode Island’s Quonochontaug Life-Saving station posing on the boatramp. Shown may be Keeper William F. Saunders, who spent his career as keeper of the Quonochontaug Life Saving Station during the late nineteenth century. Photo is clear, great detail, on postcard paper. 3 ½” x 5 ½”. Light wear to corners. (VG+). $88.

14125c. (photo) USCGC  General Greene WSC / WMEC-140 Dragging Anchor at Sandwich, Cape Cod c.1960. 8” x 10” press photo shows good details of the cutter dragging anchor near Sandwich, where she was driven by 30-foot waves and near hurricane force winds. The cutter had gone to the aid of a disabled tug when her towing hawser got caught in her propeller. She was later driven  onto the beach when one anchor parted and the second could not hold her off. Twenty four crewmen were rescued off the 125-foot vessel. The General Green was one of the Active Class Patrol Boats. This class of vessels was one of the most useful and long- lasting in Coast Guard service with 16 cutters still in use in the 1960’s. They gained a reputation for durability that was only enhanced by their re-engining in the late 1930’s; their original 6-cylinder diesels were replaced by significantly more powerful 8-cylinder units. The General Greene was built at a cost of $90,000 in 1927 by the American Brown Boveri Corporation of Camden, New Jersey. She was launched on 14 February 1927 and was commissioned on 18 March 1927. She was stationed at Boston, Massachusetts where she patrolled for rum runners and other law enforcement and search and rescue duties. The General Greene was assigned to the International Ice Patrol from 1931 to 1933. She was at Woods Hole, Massachusetts, in the late 1930s and conducted an oceanographic survey off Newfoundland in 1941. Includes description. (VG). $38.

1056c. (photo lot) Christening U.S. Revenue Cutter Guard c.1913. Wonderful lot of four original professional photographs detail the christening of the USS Guard in 1913. Photos are b/w and measure 8” x 10”. Two images show the lovely young woman as she lets the champaigne bottle go, striking the bow of the vessel, as RCS officers and yard workers look on. Third image shows the vessel as she is lowered into the water by a large crane. Third image shows RCS officers and finely dressed visitors posing for the camera. The USS Guard was a wooden hulled harbor craft built for the United States Revenue Cutter Service at the Mare Island Naval Shipyard in California. She was launched October 20, 1913 and would be stationed at Friday Harbor, WA., and Seattle, WA. She served in the U.S. Navy during World War I, returned to the Coast Guard in 1919; decommissioned and sold in 1943. Displacement 52 tons. 67’7” length, 12’6” beam, 6’3” draft. One triple-expansion steam engine, fitted for oil. Compliment 10 men. Photos clear, crisp, some wear and creases to corners or edges. A superb set, rare views. (VG). $145.

3003. (photo) U.S. Coast Guard 36-Foor MLB Dog Rescue c.1960. Clear, close, original 7” x 9” press photo shows good detail of Coast Guard Motor Lifeboat CG-36519 from Chicago as they maneuver to effect a rescur of a German Shepherd stranded on an ice floe in the harbor. Photo is b/w and includes date and description. Clear, close view, great detail. (VG+). $38.

1972. (photo) U.S. Coast Guard Station No. 116 Ship Bottom (?) New Jersey. Clear, close, original 2 ½” x 4 ¼” snapshot photo shows good detail of a Jersey Pattern station No. 116. Station appears to be boarded up in this view. (VG+). $18.

1973. (photo) Launching Surfboat Fort Point Life-Saving / Coast Guard Station, California c.1915. Clear, close, original photo shows good detail as the crew practices launching the station surfboat. This may be during the 1915 period during the change-over to Coast Guard, as the men appear to have Coast Guard white hats while the Keeper may have a Life-Saving Service hat on. The lettering “USLSS” and “Fort Point” can be seen on the boat. Photo is clear, great detail, on postcard paper. 3 ½” x 5 ½”. (VG+). $64.

1975m-p. (lot 4 photos) Coast Guard Receiving Center, Alameda, California c.1956. Clear, close Coast Guard photos measure 8” x 10” and show great details of the men in training at the Coast Guard Receiving Center, Alameda, California. Photos are b/w, unusually clear. (VG+). $34 lot.

1975q. (photo) Coast Guard Base / Buoy Depot Washington – Oregon, 13th District c.1956. Clear, close official Coast Guard photo from the air measure 8” x 10” and shows great detail of a Coast Guard base / Buoy Depot in the Northwest. Photo is b/w, unusually clear. (VG+). $14.

1974. (pamphlet) Speech of Hon. S. S. Cox...on the CONFERENCE REPORT FOR THE RE-ENFORCEMENT OF THE LIFE-SAVING SERVICE BY INCREASED PAY AND STATIONS, ETC... April 27, 1882. 15pp. Given the title “Father of the Life-Saving Service”, Mr. Cox spent his thirty year career in the United States Congress attempting to upgrade the Life-Saving Service. Mr. Cox was most proud of his work in creating the Federal statute that created the Life-Saving Service and his untiring zeal in pressing for its eventual passage. This speech prays for death and disability payments to the families of members of the life-Saving Service who are lost or disabled. Includes chronicles of attempted rescues including one involving the loss of 7 life-savers off Carrituck Beach , N.C. , and the loss of 3 off Peaked Hill Bar, Cape Cod . As issued without wraps. Clean, tight, light wear to edges. (VG). $74.

1971. (certificate & photo) Certificate of Service, U.S. Coast Guard c.1945. Coast Guard Certificate certifies that Marcus Mason Sipes was qualified to serve aboard American vessels of 100 tons gross and upward in the Engine Department. Also includes second photo in Coast Guard uniform. Dated September 25, 1945. Some wear. (VG). $28.

  

6641. Wood, Vincent L., PLUM ISLAND RECOLLECTIONS - Views and Reminiscences of Plum Island c.1900 Recounting the Deeds of Capt. Thomas J. Maddock and the Crew of the U. S. Merrimack River Life-Saving Station, Plum Island, Massachusetts. Newburyport . 1995. 81p. Soft wraps. Signed by the author. Whatever your interest, you are sure to enjoy this readable account of every day life at a station of the U. S. Life-Saving Service. This wonderful account of life as Keeper of the Merrimack River Life-Saving Station brings together over 80 never before published vintage photographs made from the family’s archives of glass plate negatives. Taken by Mr. Wood’s grandfather, these negatives provide unusually clear, crisp views which have been faithfully reproduced in a high quality format. Using these views, along with personal notes and family memories, Mr. Wood presents a rare portrait of station life and training in 1910. This interesting account is only available here and is priced unusually low considering the rare accounts and quality photographs, well worth the retail price. A wonderful addition to your library. (M).  $24.95.

6641b. (b/w photo print) Captain Maddock of the Merrimack River Life-Saving Station seated in front of the surfboat in the station’s boatroom. Taken by Mr. Wood’s grandfather, the original glass plate negative provides an unusually clear, crisp view which have been faithfully reproduced in a high quality format and is perfect for matting and framing. Wonderful view of the boatroom interior and the equipment on hand. Image measures 4 ½” x 6 ¼”. Matted for framing (1) $22. Print only $14. 

 

29174g. United States Lighthouse Service Table Lamp with Rotating-Burner Wick Raiser, with Chimney and Milk Glass Globe from Point Loma Light Station c.1880 - 1900. This lamp is from the family of James Milford Johnson, Keeper at Point Loma Light Station in California and includes letter of provenance with information and photos of Keeper Johnson from a recent book on Point Loma. James Milford Johnson transferred to the station in 1931 and was certainly happy to be closer to civilization after his assignment at the Farallon Islands. Johnson would witness several changes at the station during his twenty-one years on the point. When the Coast Guard assumed control of all U.S. lighthouses in 1939, Johnson became a Boatswain’s Mate, the Coast Guard rank commensurate with his pay level in the Lighthouse Service. Assistant keeper Johnson was offered the head keeper position in 1952, when Head Keeper Dudley retired. Johnson, however, did not want to move into the head keeper’s dwelling, a move that was considered mandatory, so he reluctantly took an early retirement instead. (from Lighthousefriends.com) The lamp was manufactured in the Third District Lamp Shop on Staten Island, measures 13" high and is in good condition save electrical modification and a few light dents to the base. Lamp is marked "TABLE LAMP" on brass cartouche applied to side of tank. The font has been removed and a lamp socket has been attached, with a cord running down through the reservoir with switch added and out the base. Included is a clear glass chimney and decorated milk glass globe. These lights were modifications of the Funck lamp design. The stand and the burner are the same as in a Funck 4th order lamp, the only thing different is the oil reservoir itself in that it has a different shape and holds less fuel than a lamp used inside a lens. These would have been used from about 1870 to 1905. This table Lamp with Rotating-Burner Wick Raiser is of the early style. Later versions incorporated a pinion wick raiser similar to today’s lamps. I have rarely seen this style Lighthouse Service lamp available on the market before, and have seen only one other in a museum. They were provided for keeper's house, and may have been used in the light tower watch room as well. Base with a few light dents. Glass chimney has one ½” chip from base but is hidden when in place. Milk glass globe is nicely decorated, with small ¼” chip to bottom rim. An extremely rare item. $2,695. Reduced $2,195.

 

  

12448b. Means, Dennis R. SAND ENOUGH – The Legacy of Captain Joshua James of Hull, Massachusetts. 2019. 3rd Enlarged Edition. 426p. Soft wraps. Map, filled with enhanced b/w photos and illus., appendixes, select bibliography, index. Over 120 photos and illustrations. The author, Great Grandson of Captain Joshua James, has after a generation of research put together this comprehensive look at the life of this famed life-saver. Thoroughly illustrated including several not seen outside the family for a century, and many others forgotten or nearly lost in time. Descriptions of virtually all, if not all, shipwrecks off Hull and Nantasket Beach, 1836-1889, and including information regarding the rescue exploits of local Massachusetts Humane Society Volunteers. Detailed accounts of all recorded assistance rendered to persons and vessels by the Point Allerton L.S.S. Station crews, 1889-1902, drawn primarily from Capt. James’s Wreck Reports and Journal. Among numerous and authoritative contemporary sources, this book draws upon newspaper interviews, some lengthy, with the Captain. Includes a great deal on James’ early life including photos of he as a young man, and of his family, his early efforts as a lighterman, his life-saving efforts with the Massachusetts Humane Society, Life-Saving Service years, Keeper at Point Allerton, and more. Also includes information on daily life at the station, drills, station crews with photos, and more. Well researched, dispels a few myths and answers scores of questions. Well worth it, interesting reading and a great reference. (M). $74.

 

SR-567. (set 46 U.S. Navy Miniature Waterline Ship Recognition Models with Hinged Case) WORLD WAR II USN NAVY Set 5-A TEACHER MODELS  1/1200 scale c.1943. Large set being model 5-A in original hinged U.S. Navy wood case (27” x 6” x 14”h) by South Salem Studios, So. Salem N.Y. SN-3485 and Comet Metal Products, Richmond Hill, NY. SN-2988. In addition to two brass nameplates, box is stenciled “U.S. NAVY TEACHER MODELS”. These sets of recognition models were used to help aviators and seamen identify friend from foe. The models are all likely 1/1200 scale, made of pot metal (mostly lead and some zinc) and painted flat gray. I understand that these large U.S. recognition sets were manufactured around 1943-1944 for the Special Devices Division of the U.S.N. - this type of set being manufactured by South Salem Studios of NY and by Comet Metal Products. When open, the case has thirty two compartments, some holding more than one ship. There are a total of 46 miniature ships, extremely delicate and highly detailed. Each ship is screwed to a piece of quarter-inch plywood. Everything is painted Navy gray. All the ship have their name and/or class stamped into the metal on one side of their hull or stamped in ink or written onto the bottom of their wooden base. Most are also stamped on the base "South Salem Studios, So. Salem N.Y." or “Comet Metal Products, Richmond Hill, NY”. Abraham Slonim founded Comet in 1919 as a die-casting firm. The firm developed a timesaving centrifugal-casting apparatus in the 1930s. As the 1930s ended, the firm looked to expand its product line. According to Henry I. Kurtz's and Burtt R. Ehrlich's "The Art of the Toy Soldier" (Abbeville Press, 1987): "With the outbreak of war in Europe, Comet began angling for a U. S. government contract to produce small-scale identification models of warships, military vehicles and aircraft. The Japanese attack on Pearl Harbor brought those efforts to fruition, and within a few days after America's entry into the war, the Comet plant in Richmond Hill, N.Y., was running on around-the-clock, seven-day schedule producing scale models for the War Department. A retrospective New York Times article (Sept. 13, 1959) noted that "from 1941-1945 Comet produced more than 10,000,000 models of defense items."' A very unusual and rare item in the correct USN box(27 in x 14 in x 6 in) with clips and carrying handles. Ships are great in a sound box, most unusual and very rare. In all there are 46 Ships/Classes represented in this set. Included are: USS Fulton, Somers class (DD), USS Omaha (CL), USS Mahan, USS Brooklyn (CL), USS New York (BB), Colorado class (BB), Tennessee class (BB), USS Atlanta, Portland Class (CA), USS Card, USS Sangamon (CVE), USS Livermore, Pensacola class (CA), USS Curtiss, USS Chicago & Northhampton, USS Satatoga (CV), USS Iowa (BB), USS Yorktown, USS Ranger (CV), Essex class (CV), USS New Orleans (CA), Porter class (DD), USS Independence (CV), USS Fletcher, USS Denson, USS Farragut, DD 186 class, USS Cimarron, DE 51, North Carolina class (BB), USS Baltimore (CA), New Mexico class (BB), USS Pensylvania (BB), USS Nevada (BB), USS South Dakota, USS Arkansas (BB), USS South Dakota, USS Arkansas (BB), USS Evars DE-5, USS Barnegat, USS St. Louis (CL), USS Cleveland (CL), USS Gridley, USS Sims, USS Wichita (CA), USS ?. Models vary from good to VG+ condition. A few have a missing gun turret(s) or bridge, or some light damage, bent masts, etc. There is a small bag of a few loose parts. Some models have come loose from their plywood base but can be reattached. Considering age and use, the ships are in very good condition. Today the individual ships sell between $15 and $25 in very good condition and $30 and $35 in fine condition. (VG+). $935.

 

 

 

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All of our Arcadia Publishing Company Lighthouse, Life-Saving Service and Coast Guard titles in stock, dated 2015 or earlier are 50% off suggested retail price.  No other discounts may apply.

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Wonderful Life-Saving and Coast Guard Caricature Prints by noted artist Darrel Somerville

11” x 14” and include mat for overall 16” x 20”. Each print signed by the artist. Perfect for decorating. 

14114. 36-foot Motor Lifeboat. $69

14114b. 36-foot Motor Lifeboat. Inscribed  "To Barry". $44

14115. Breeches Buoy Drill. $69

14115b. Breeches Buoy Drill. Inscribed  "To Barry". $44

14116. Lyle Gun Firing. $69

17156. Boonisar, Richard M. Gurnet Point: A Small Remote Summer Community with a Fascinating History. West Barnstable Press. 2017. 112p. Soft wraps. Gurnet Point is on a point of land at the tip of Duxbury Beach, that extends out from Duxbury and protects Plymouth from the fierce gales. Its first lighthouse was built there in 1768, and in 1806 two Huts of Refuge were erected along the beach by the Massachusetts Humane Society. The first life-saving station was erected at the Gurnet in 1874 following the wreck of Brig “Regulator”. The author has spent summers on the Gurnet since 1939 and brings to this work a wealth of knowledge about the area gleaned from years of research, as well as over 160 early photos from his private collection, nearly all never before published. Includes two wonderfully detailed chapters covering the history of the lighthouses and life-saving stations there. Wonderful reading, well done. (M). $23. (x)

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26114. (Fine art print) The Point Allerton Life Saving Station at Hull, Massachusetts by Donna Elias. 8” x 20”. New, ready to frame print by acclaimed maritime artist Donna Elias presents a wonderful water color-like view of the Bibb #2-Type station built in 1890 on the beach at Nantasket , Massachusetts . Artist Donna Elias began painting for lighthouse prints since the 1980’s. Donna’s lighthouse work continues and today she has completed an astonishing 250 paintings. To accompany her lighthouse collection, she has created “Heroes of the American Coast ”, a series of paintings celebrating the US Lifesaving Service, the forerunner of the Coast Guard, and the sister service of the lighthouse service. Only a hundred or so of these historic structures survive today and the stories of the heroic lifesavers that worked these stations are fascinating. All are in brand new excellent condition. These superb prints regularly retails for up to $15.00 each!  Our price $6.95. (wholesale quantities available)

 

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Sale Price $14.95 plus $4.50 media mail. (x)

1601. Dolin, Eric Jay. Brilliant Beacons - A History of the American Lighthouse. 2016. 1st. 448p. Stiff wraps. DJ. An extraordinary work of historical detection and originality, Brilliant Beacons vividly reframes America’s history through the development of its lighthouses. In a work rich in maritime lore and brimming with original historical detail, Eric Jay Dolin, the best-selling author of Leviathan, presents the most comprehensive history of American lighthouses ever written, telling the story of America through the prism of its beloved coastal sentinels. Set against the backdrop of an expanding nation, Brilliant Beacons traces the evolution of America’s lighthouse system, highlighting the political, military, and technological battles fought to illuminate the nation’s hardscrabble coastlines. In rollicking detail, Dolin treats readers to a memorable cast of characters including the penny-pinching Treasury official Stephen Pleasonton, who hamstrung the country’s efforts to adopt the revolutionary “Fresnel Lens,” and presents tales both humorous and harrowing of soldiers, saboteurs, ruthless egg collectors, and most importantly, the light-keepers themselves. Richly supplemented with over 100 photographs and illustrations throughout, Brilliant Beacons is the most original history of American lighthouses in many decades. 112 illustrations; 8 pages of color. (M). Published at $29.95. Sale Price $14.95 plus $4.50 media mail.

29325. Karentz, Varoujan. Beavertail Light Station on Conanicut Island. Booksurge. 2008. 242p. Soft wraps. For over 250 years, America’s 3rd oldest lighthouse has stood as a sentinel at the entrance of Rhode Island's Narragansett Bay. The author tells the story of technological innovation and federal bureaucratic conflict as four different organizations, beginning in 1749, attempt to improve operations and reliability of the light station there. Woven into this history, the author follows the early slave trade and Colonists who insisted that the lighthouse be built, and describes the work ethics and reporting requirements of the generations of 'Keepers' who tended the light. (M). $47.99. (x)

 

 

FG-02. Early Life-saving Line Gun. Heat Transfer Products Company. Recent restoration. $2,900. Reduced $1,995.

FG-03. Early Life-saving Line Gun. D. Kahnweiler's Sons. Was heavily rusted, restored, fresh paint. $2,450. Reduced $1,595.

 

 

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12119a. (reproduction mug) United States Lighthouse Service Mug. 10 oz. $8.95 each.

12119b. (reproduction mug) United States Life-Saving Service Mug. 10 oz. $8.95 each.

 

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DVD. Disney's THE FINEST HOURS - a movie based on the extraordinary true story of the Coast Guard's greatest small boat rescue in history is coming to a movie theater near you in January 2016. We will have the DVDs of this thrilling account as soon as they are available in late January. Reserve yours now and we will send it out as soon as they come in. 

 

 

10281. [reproduction] U. S. Lighthouse Service Station Flag. This triangular station flag measures 48” long by 25” and is typical of the flags once flown on Lighthouse Service vessels and at the light stations for over one hundred years. The flag is of the standard design, with red border on a field of white, with a large blue lighthouse silhouette. Heavy duty for moderate weather conditions. Made in America. (design as shown above) $98.95.

20418. [flag] U. S. Lighthouse Service Station Flag. This similar triangular station flag measures 48” long by 25” and is made of cotton - polyester for light to average weather conditions or for display. The flag is of the standard design, with red border on a field of white, with a large blue lighthouse silhouette. Made in America. (design as shown above) $79.95.

Photo courtesy Chad Kaiser, U.S.L.H.S.

Our flag shown flying at the headquarters of the U. S. Lighthouse Society at Point No Point Lighthouse, Washington.

Our flag shown being raised at the Graves Lighthouse in Boston Harbor. The light, now privately owned, is being carefully restored and cared for by its new owners. 

Reproduction of the Original United States Life Saving Service Pennant.

   

Treat your family to this replica of the official sewn  U. S. Life Saving Service flag. Flag is professionally made of high quality flag material, with sewn hem and brass grommets for attaching to halyard. Professionally made and will last longer than most others that you may find. Our pennants are flown at stations across the country as well on vessels of the U. S. Coast Guard and have received the highest praise.

27463. [reproduction] U. S. Life Saving Service Station Flag. This triangular station flag measures 48” long by 25” and is typical of the flags once flown at Life Saving Service stations to identify them as such to vessels at sea. The flag is of the standard design instituted by General Superintendent Sumner I Kimball, with blue, white and red fields and one white star. Heavy duty for moderate weather conditions. Made in America. (designs as shown above, both available) $89.95.

 

21444. Lighthouse Stationery. Create outstanding Letters, Reports, Correspondence, Memos. High quality, 8½” x 11”, 24lb. bond paper available in packs of 25, 50 or 100 sheets, compatible with Laser Printers, Photocopiers, and Ink Jet Printers.   a. Pack of 25 sheets $3.99.  b. Pack of 50 sheets $5.99. c. Pack of 100 sheets $7.99.

 

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957  [lightship model] Nantucket Lightship No. 112. WAL 534. Again we have found this sought after model of the Nantucket Lightship No. 112, by Lindberg Classic Replicas. This kit #717, copyright 1986, is a 1/95 scale replica and one of only a few ever designed of a U. S. light vessel It is also fairly close to HO railroading scale of 1/87. It likely had its origins as the Pyro and Frog kit of the same subject in the late 50s. Lindberg bought the molds and produced the kit for a few years. It has been sought after for many years since going out of production in the late 1980’s. This is complete and un-built, new old stock and is a perfect way to spend the cold days remaining of winter. This is an exceptional find for you lightship enthusiasts as very few were produced and still fewer have survived. (VG+). $78. Sale Price $24. (no discounts apply)

 

20272a,b,c. Gleason, Sarah C., KINDLY LIGHTS – A History of the Lighthouses of Southern New England . Boston . 1991. 175p. DJ. A wonderful account of the evolution of a lighthouse system in Southern New England with considerable historic detail on the 98 light stations in the area. Covering the area from Great Captain Island in Connecticut, to Newburyport Harbor Light on the Massachusetts/New Hampshire border, the author weaves tale of Pleasonton, Winslow Lewis and notable others in the evolution a system of lights. Well done and a most worthwhile investment. (VG+).   $15.95. Sale $8.95.

26211. LaGuardia-Kotite, Martha J. So Others May Live – Coast Guard Rescue Swimmers: Saving Lives, Defying Death. Guilford. 2006. 208p. DJ. So Others May Live is the untold story of the U.S. Coast Guard’s quiet but resolute rescue swimmers. From deep ocean caves on the Oregon coast to the panicked and chaotic streets of post-Katrina New Orleans, here are their stunningly heroic stories and the greatest maritime rescues attempted since the program began in 1985. These feats, told through the eyes of the heroes, reveal an understanding of how and why the rescuer, with flight crew assistance, risks his or her own life to reach out to save a stranger. The book covers diverse environments: oceans, hurricanes, oil rigs, caves, sinking vessels, floods, and even Niagara Falls. It is truly a can’t-put-it-down collection of accounts. (M). ). Published at $22.95.  Sale $13.95.

26249. Clark, Admont. LIGHTHOUSES OF CAPE COD, MARTHA’S VINEYARD, NANTUCKET – Their History and Lore. Beverly . 2006. DJ. 244p. With a chapter devoted to each light station, this is surely the most interesting and comprehensive book on the subject. Profusely illustrated with fine early photographs and engravings. The author traces the history of each lighthouse from the beginning, the story of the construction and changes over the years, and of the men and women who lived and worked at the stations. The author’s emphasis on stories of the people who lived and worked in the lighthouses makes this book most enjoyable - readers are infused with a sense of daily life at each lighthouse, while also reading the extraordinary events that make their histories. Wonderful reading and most well done. (F). Published at $36.95. Sale $14.95.

7209s. Shelton-Roberts, Cheryl. LIGHTHOUSE FAMILIES. 2006. 210p. Soft cover. Living in a lighthouse was a way of life for the families of more than 5000 keepers and employees of the United States Lighthouse Service. These quiet people faithfully manned their remote outposts and withstood enemy attacks, hurricanes, and dishonest bureaucrats while saving countless thousands of lives. These men, women and children daily experienced physical hardship, round-the-clock work, isolation, and danger - and the strong bond of family. Though the Lighthouse Service no longer exists, many of the children who grew up at these stations do and their stories are preserved for the first time in this remarkable book. Family tales from Pigeon Point California, St. Augustine Florida, Saddleback Ledge Maine, Old Mackinac Point Michigan, Morris Island South Carolina and many more. Illustrated with over 100 family vintage photographs and a beautiful full color photo of the light as it appears today. This is a book that you won’t want to put down. (M). Published at $14.95. Sale $9.95.

 

15218. Richmond, Arthur P. Massachusetts Lighthouses and Lightships. Schiffer. 2015. 256p. DJ. A must-have book for the lighthouse enthusiast, maritime buff, and anyone who is interested in Massachusetts history. Massachusetts Lighthouses and Lightships includes more than 850 images, many never before published. Also include historic plans that describe the details of these aids to navigation, and archival and contemporary photos that trace through their history. The book covers all the lighthouses and lightships that marked the shores (exclusive of Cape Cod and the Islands) and guided mariners through the challenging waters surrounding Massachusetts. This volume also explores the interiors of towers, shows the lantern rooms of rarely-visited lighthouses and gives fascinating facts about these beacons over their 200-year history. More than 876 images in color and b/w, some more than 130 years old, show the original towers and stations. (M). $44.99. (x)

15228. Richmond, Arthur P. Lighthouses and Lightships of Rhode Island. Schiffer. 2015. 144p. DJ. This pictorial guide provides a photographic tour of the last 400 years of Rhode Island lighthouse history. More than thirty lighthouse stations are described, from Watch Hill, near the Connecticut border in the south, to the inner harbor of Providence. The lighthouse station locations are identified using navigational charts and their characteristics, including date established, tower structure, optics, and fog signals. Also included are the dozen or so lighthouses that no longer exist. Probably not as well known, images and characteristics of these aids are similarly discussed. Over 300 images, some more than 130 years old, show the original towers and stations, accompanied by present-day photographs that compare the development and evolution of these lighthouses. Many of the images found on these pages have been collected from historical resources and are being published for the first time. This book is a must-have for the lighthouse enthusiast, maritime buff, and anyone who is interested in Rhode Island history. (M). $34.99. (x)

 

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  20209. Webber, Bernard C., CHATHAM “The Lifeboatmen”. Orleans , Mass. 1985. 1st. 128p. Illustrated with numerous photographs. Late in February 1952, a northeaster swept New England with bitter cold, snow and gale force winds. East of Chatham 70-knot winds and 60-foot seas battered merchant vessels as the tankers SS Fort Mercer and SS Pendleton met the full force of the storm. They both broke in two on the morning of February 19th with 84 half-frozen men marooned on the battered hulks. The story of how these men were rescued is retold even today. In the days following the ordeal, twenty-one Coast Guardsmen would be decorated. The men who ventured into 60-foot seas in the little 36-foot CG36500 motor lifeboat to rescue the tanker crews showed what heroism really is. How this all came about, and the story of life at Cape Cod small boat stations in the 1950’s, is a tale well worth reading and a tribute to Coast Guardsmen everywhere.  Wonderful reading. (M).  $44.95.

Special numbered edition with actual wood piece from MLB CG-36500.  $59.95. 

 

 

Filled with early images, many from private collections and never before published.

Read about the heroic 1952 rescue of the crews from the SS Pendleton and SS Fort Mercer, still considered today the most heroic small-boat rescues in Coast Guard history

Read about the lightship crews and their dangerous missions, guarding the shoals and coastline of Cape Cod

Read about the Momomoy Disaster, in which seven life-savers perished while attempting to rescue the crew of the barge Wadena.

Read about Nauset’s famous “Three Sisters” lighthouses, the only such lighthouse configuration in the country, why they were built and what became of them.

Read about the Chatham lights and why they were moved so often.

Read about the Old Harbor Life-Saving Station, who’s crew rescued 34 persons in the first five years of operation.

Read about the many changes at Race Point Light Station and its renewed importance today

 

1443. Claflin, James W. Lighthouses and Life-Saving Along Cape Cod. Arcadia. 2014. 128p. Soft wraps. With over 200 vintage photographs, this is the fourth volume in a series of photographic histories of lighthouses and lifesaving along the coasts of the United States by the author. For centuries, heroic men and women have guarded the treacherous yet beloved Cape Cod coastlines. From Provincetown to Chatham, Sandwich to Cuttyhunk, and many towns in between, residents have relied on the Atlantic for employment and nourishment. But Cape Cod has always been plagued with a shifting coastline that consistently defies mariners’ efforts to pass through Massachusetts waters. In 1792, as shipping increased, mariners petitioned for a sorely needed lighthouse. It was not until 1797 that the first lighthouse on Cape Cod was built at the Highlands in North Truro. More lights and rescue stations would follow as the seas claimed their toll. Many lightship stations were also established from Chatham through Nantucket Sound to mark the constantly changing sandbars submerged offshore—more than in any other spot along the US coastline. Today, as sea levels change and sands continue to shift, some of these historic stations have been lost or moved, while still others are preserved only in such photographs as these. This compact volume features over 200 early photographs dating from the 1870’s through the 1960’s, drawn from the author’s and other private collections, most never before published, and traces the history of these services through photos and text. (M). $21.99. (x) 

 

23299. Southeastern Lighthouses U. S. Commemorative Stamp Packet. Issued June 13th. at Tybee Island , Georgia , the five new lighthouse commemorative stamps include Old Cape Henry, Virginia; Cape Lookout , North Carolina ; Morris Island, South Carolina; Tybee Island , Georgia ; and Hillsboro Inlet , Florida . From Virginia to Florida , these historic beacons have guided uncounted ships along America ’s shores. Commemorative stamp packet includes the following: Full pane of 20 mint commemorative stamps, set of five First Day of Issue cover cancellations, one of each design, and booklet of 20 stamped Postal Cards. (M).  $29.90. (additional postage needed if intending to use for mailing) 

Set 5 First Day of Issue cover cancellations $15

Booklet of 20 stamped Postal Cards using each design $6. 

One remaining:

9496. Peterson, Douglas, (U.S.C.G. Retired) U. S. LIGHTHOUSE SERVICE TENDERS. Eastwind Publishing. 2000. 169p. DJ. This is the first book to feature all of the lighthouse tenders and auxiliary craft of the United States Lighthouse service from 1840 until 1939. Lighthouse Tenders, the lifeline to the keepers of America's lighthouses and lightships, towed lightships, tended buoys, carried necessities and saved lives day and night, in weather fair or foul. Without these services the keepers of America 's lighthouses and lightships could not have survived. More than 150 years ago the first tender was launched, to be followed by 300 ships of varying design used for lighthouse service-all of which are presented in this thoroughly researched book. Vintage photographs, drawings, plans and statistics illustrate the historic profile of each ship. This long awaited book recognizes these often overlooked ships of the U.S. Lighthouse Service and their important contribution to America 's maritime heritage. 9.5"x9.5", hardbound. 175+ b/w photos and plans. Out of print, difficult to find. As new. (M) $79.95.

 

New 2nd Edition:

23290e. Demeter, Andrew and David. CHELSEA CLOCK COMPANY: The First Hundred Years. 2nd edition. 2014. For over a hundred years the Chelsea Clock Company has manufactured a distinguished line of high quality clocks. Regarded as one of America ’s highest quality products, Chelsea Clocks have been presented to heads of state throughout the world. Photographs taken in the White House throughout this century show Chelsea Clocks in settings of distinction. Collectors have long prized them for their quality, beauty, unique design and historic significance. Now in this updated and lengthened second edition, the history of the Chelsea Clock Company has been written and it reads like a contemporary enterprise including mysteries, disasters, near failure and a fascinating collection of characters. Historical photographs, vintage advertisements, as well as illustrations and photographs from old catalogues are included. This updated and expanded second edition also includes: Ten more vintage models added to the Identification Guide to help collectors in identifying seldom seen designs, with color photographs from the finest collections in America, an Alphabetical Index on every movement model developed by the company by date and designated purpose, individual indices that list every clock made for the U.S. Lighthouse Establishment & Service, U.S. Life-Saving Service, and U.S. Revenue Cutter Service by serial number, type, and date of issuance, a new Boston Clock Co. Index of this subsidiary’s manufacture of clocks from 1909 to 1931. With eighty-five more pages of material to assist the collector in identifying factory issued models and their origins, this work will surely be a “must have” for collectors and professionals alike. Andrew and David Demeter have created a remarkable volume complete with lists of serial numbers to aid you in authenticating your piece, and photographs of Chelsea Clock Company’s current staff. In Chelsea Clock Company: The First Hundred Years, the Demeters have once again provided a valuable and sought after resource for collectors and those who appreciate American craftsmanship at its finest. Only 1000 of this second edition have been printed and they will be in great demand! (M). $145. (no discounts apply) 

 

 

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