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Our November 2017 Catalogue Page.
Page posted November 8, 2017.
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.
As always, active duty U.S. Military receive at least 10% off most items.
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This Catalogue Page Changed Monthly.
Spring Sale Hundreds of Arcadia Publishing Titles at 30% off !
All of our Arcadia Publishing Company Lighthouse, Life-Saving Service and Coast Guard titles in stock, dated 2015 or earlier are 30% off suggested retail price. No other discounts may apply.
Do you know what this early flag is ?
This flag has come with a lot of early flags from the US Revenue Cutter Woodbury (Mahoning) and date from 1860 – 1890. This “1 9 5 9” Flag measures 93 x 56 1/2" and is definitely hand sewn on linen or cotton muslin (?). We would appreciate any help that you can provide to determine the origin and use of this flag design.
4231L. Life-Saving Service. REVISED
REGULATIONS FOR THE GOVERNMENT OF THE LIFE-SAVING SERVICE OF THE UNITED STATES
AND THE LAWS UPON WHICH THEY ARE BASED - 1884.
17176. (photo) U.S. Coast Guard Motor Surfboat, Flood Relief at Meadville, Pa. c.1959. Clear close press photo shows great detail as the Coast Guard crew helps to evacuate residents from the flood at Meadville, Pa. Measures 7” x 9”. Includes date and description. Excellent close view of motor surfboat underway. Dated January 24, 1959. (VG+). $38.
17173. Groth, Karen Nelson. Westport's Masterpiece: Building the Grays Harbor Lighthouse, 1897-1898. 2010. Nicholson Press. 164p. Soft wraps. Well done exhaustive account following following Carl W. Leick, an exceptional architect responsible for the construction of several lighthouses in the northwest. The Grays Harbor Lighthouse is considered to have been his masterpiece. The author drew her inspiration from the journal she discovered at the National Archives in Seattle. She then unearthed several letters in Washington DC, and copies of the original plans at the Coast Guard’s archives in California. Combined with an archive of the family’s photographs that she obtained, the author examines the construction of the lighthouse from a new perspective. Well done, detailed work. A fine addition to any lighthouse library. Clean, tight, rarely opened. Difficult to find. (VG+). $76.
2640-11. GLASS FRESNEL BUOY or DRUM LENS RED. Beautiful red glass Fresnel drum lens for use in lamps and other lanterns, etc. The lens measures outside rim diameter of 5 ¼” – 5 3/8”, inside diameter range from 4 ½” – 4 ¾” and height of 5 7/8”. Lens is one piece, prism completely intact, clean, no chips except one on rim where hidden by mounting. May be new old stock. Lens is marked “Corning” and “4072-L-8”. A beautiful piece, perfect for use in your own lighthouse or for display. (F-). $135.
6762-33. United States Light House Establishment / Service Lighthouse Lamp Feeder / Oil Filling Can c.1880-1910. Scarce, original, early United States Light House Establishment / Service brass oil lamp feeder can is in good condition. The bottom of the can bears the distinctive oval stamp: “U. S. L. H. DEPOT, 3 DIST., LAMP SHOP, STATEN ISLAND, N.Y.”. Brass oil filler is original, with its original side handle and top bail handle. With rare spout cap and chain. Top cap and chain is missing. A few slight dents. Old solder repair to base of spout only. A very good example of this sought after style of earlier lamp filling can for your display at a greatly reduced price. Base measures 7” diameter. Overall height 6 ½”. Overall length approx. 11 ½”. (VG). $685. (no discounts apply).
29348k. Brass oil filler can. Can is completely original, with brass spout and brass lower and upper brace, and screw threads with cap on top, complete with cap but without chain. Can has its two original handles. With few if any slight dents, no repairs, original patina and should polish up nicely. In lovely condition, perfect for display. Bottom marked “Seebach & Co., New York”. 4 ½” high. 9 ¾” long. Perfect for display where you don’t wish to risk a more expensive Lighthouse service can. (VG+). $115.
17172. (photo) Nantucket Lightship No. 106 Wallowing Between Heavy Seas c.1936. Striking clear, close, original 8” x 10” press photo shows excellent detail as Nantucket Lightship No. 106 wallows in the trough between two giant seas. Although she seems to have foundered, she has not. She will rise again and again on the crest, a rough ride for the seamen aboard the lightship at this most dangerous of stations. Photo is b/w and includes lengthy description on back. Not dated but about 1936 before Lightship No. 106 was replaced by Lightship No. 112. Clear, close view, great detail, a few marks. (VG). $48.
1378b. Newell, William A. “Out of a Wreck Was Born the Life Saving Service ". Success Magazine. March 1901, Vol IV, No 82. Full issue. Detailed 1 ½ page article by the founder of the Life-Saving Service, Governor William A, Newell of New Jersey. Governor Newell relates the story of a wreck that he observed in 1839, when an Austrian brig was wrecked on Long Beach, Monmouth, where the Captain and crew, thirteen in number, were drowned and their bodies washed upon the sand. Newell then relates his efforts over the ensuing years to get a number of bills through Congress forming the new Life-Saving Service. Throughout his career he championed this cause and helped to build one of the best life-saving services in the world. Excellent account of his early work in this area. Very good article with engraved illustration of “modern surfboat going to the rescue of a foundering ship”, and a second of Mr. Newell. Full issue with numerous other articles of the day. Contents clean and tight, wraps with some soil and staining, light wear. (VG). $48.
13431j. (photo) Wife of Crewman of the Tanker S.S Fort Mercer Looks at Photo of Ship. February 1952. Clear, close, original 7” x 9” press photo shows excellent detail as Mrs. Hilda Colby, looks at photo of the Fort Mercer. Her husband, Howard S. Colby, was First Engineer on the doomed vessel and was listed as missing when this photo was taken. Photo is b/w and includes date and description. Dated February 20, 1952. Clear, close view, great detail. (VG+). $44.
7300c. Floherty, John J. MEN WITHOUT FEAR. New York. 1940. 1st. 224pp. DJ. Well illustrated with official photographs, this work presents the work of men faced with danger in their daily occupations, barred to all but men without fear. Includes chapter on the men on Atlantic coast lightship duty, with 14 photographs including rare photo of Lighthouse Service Quartermaster hat insignia. Other chapters include the Harbor Patrol, blasters, test pilots, linemen and others. Interesting reading by this well known author. Clean, tight, nice copy in rare but edgeworn and chipped dj. (VG+). $44.
17168. (photo) Coast Guard 36-Foot Motor Lifeboat Searches for Four Missing Cleveland Boy Scouts c.1950. Clear, close, original 7” x 9” press photo shows excellent detail as the 36-foot motor-lifeboat (possibly CG-36422) from Cleveland searched a choppy Lake Erie for four Cleveland Boy Scouts adrift in a rubber raft, in a gale, on the 36-degree waters of Lake Erie. After an all-night search by five Coast Guard boats and 10 planes, the boy’s bodies were recovered after 17 hours many miles off-shore. The four boys; William Von Hof, David L. Hahn, Roland Farmer and Richard Bauer, perished from exposure during the night. Excellent view of the motor-lifeboat and crew. Photo is b/w and includes date and description on back. Dated April 11, 1950. Clear, close view, great detail. (VG+). $58.
1234-11. (lot 4 documents) U.S. Life-Saving Service, First District, White Head Life-Saving Station c.1899. Capt. Freeman Shea, 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 clothing delivered. One sheet 8” x 10” original stationery dated September 26, 1899. Quite clean and crisp. Remaining sheets 7” x 11” (1) and 5” x 8” (2) 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. Men listed include Keeper Freeman Shea, E. Meservey, W.S. Clark, D. A. Elwell, J.E. Kenney, Alonzo Maker, Leland Mann. Overall quite clean. Rare White Head LSS lot. (VG+). $88.
20150b. Watch Record Book. U.S. Lighthouse Service. Shinnecock Bay Light-Station, 3rd. District….” January 1, 1919 to April 30, 1927. This is the Watch Record Book kept in the light tower for the Shinnecock Bay Lighthouse, from January 1, 1919 to April 30, 1927. Hard bound folio in marbled boards with remains of half-calf spine and corners. Volume measures 11 ½” high by 9” wide and contains 200 form pages completed in the hand of Keepers M. F. Murphy, Waldo L. Penny, G. J. Thomas, W.F. Chichele, and Paul G. Peterson, who bids his comrades “Good Bye” on Sept 11, 1920. This type of record was kept at all stations having two or more keepers and contained the weather conditions, working condition of the light and fog signal, time of starting and stopping of each on a daily basis, and any irregularity in the working equipment or appliances during each watch. Watches were normally divided so that an equal share of work and desirable hours fell on each keeper and assistant. Each entry is signed in the hand of the Keeper or Assistant. Record has all 200 pages completed. Additional notations indicate some difficulties with the lens and burner, mantle, no light due to burner problems, etc. Also noted are the signatures of District Inspector Luther after review of portions of the log. Pages are in good condition, generally clean. Some are becoming loose as spine has worn, hinges weak, spine repaired with light canvas. Binding lightly soiled, with expected light wear, without any labels. These Watch Record books do not surface very often. (VG). $1,495.
17160. (stationery sheet) U. S. Lighthouse Service, Third District c.1920’s. Large original official stationery sheet from the U. S. Lighthouse Service, with printed originating address “Superintendent of Lighthouses, Staten Island, N.Y. Third District. Sheet has light age toning and normal postmarks, and light tear at bottom. A great memento for collection or framing. 8” x 10 ½” on buff lined stock. (VG). $44.
17154. (cover / envelope) Superintendent Tenth Life-Saving District to Keeper, U.S. Life-Saving Station, Louisville, KY c. 1908. Large original official envelope from the Superintendent Tenth Life-Saving District, Buffalo, NY., with address filled in to Keeper of Louisville Life-Saving Station, Kentucky. Envelope has light age toning and normal postmarks, and some wear, chipped corner, moderately soiling, etc. A great memento and a rare Life-Saving Service cover. 4” x 9”. (VG-). $54.
17158a. Scheina, Robert. U.S. Coast Guard Cutters & Craft of World War II. Naval Institute Press. 1982. 332p. DJ. Ex lib. For anyone interested in the role of the Coast Guard in World War II, this is the book to check out. From 1939 through 1945, the Coast Guard greatly expanded its operations and vessels. At the height of the war, 425 Coast Guard cutters and more than 400 small craft were in operation. The book gives a comprehensive listing of all the craft used by the Coast Guard and transferred to the Navy. From 25-foot utility boats to tenders, lightships, motor life-boats, utility boats, harbor tugs, Coast Guard reserve craft and 250-foot cutters, thousands of vessels are included in this first complete and systematic listing. The book lists the various boats based on their length and then the chapters are subdivided into subsections detailing the various vessels in that category. A must reference for history research into this time in history. Filled with period photographs detailing their wartime configurations and paint schemes. An interesting and important reference. Long out of print. Only lightly used. (VG+). $54.
17162. (photo) U.S. Coast Guard 36-Foot Motor Lifeboat Underway. Clear close photo shows good detail as the lifeboat crew works their way through the breakers. Measures 3” x 4”. Clear and close. (VG+). $32.
17157. (photo) Coast Guard Surfman c.1920. Clear close photo shows young Coast Guardsman with his girlfriend posing for the camera. Great view shows the typical surfman uniform of the era including hat, tunic with collar insignia, pants, leggings and boots. Rare view. Measures 2 ½” x 4 3/8”. (VG). $48.
8341-104. (demitasse saucer) United States Coast Guard “U.S.C.G.” Dinnerwarec.1920’s – 1930’s. Scarce, original United States Coast Guard demitasse saucer in the rare early intertwined “U.S.C.G.” pattern. Saucer is back-marked “Shenango China, New Castle, Pa, Made For L. Barth & Son, New York.”. This pattern was used shortly after the merger in 1915 and mimics the earlier Revenue Cutter Service pattern. L. Barth & Son was a distributor of restaurant china and would have been one of the suppliers of china to the Coast Guard at the time the saucer was made. In Restaurant China Volume 2 by Barbara J. Conroy Page 414, the author states that this mark with the words New Castle, PA italicized was used circa 1920’s - 1930’s by Shenango and that frequently the name of the distributor accompanied the mark. Saucer measures 4 7/8” in diameter and is as new, possibly never used. One slight spot, manufacturing defect. Extremely rare pattern. (F-). $165.
14125b. (photo) USCGC General Greene WSC / WMEC-140 Aground at Sandwich, Cape Cod c.1960. 8” x 10” press photo taken from the air shows good details of the cutter well up on the beach in 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. 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. Dated March 7, 1960. Includes date and description. (VG). $38.
1768. (3 negatives) U.S. Life-Saving Service, Straitsmouth, (Rockport) Mass. c.1900. Extremely rare negatives show the Straitsmouth life-saving crew with the station surfboat including two close views detailing the boat and carriage nicely. Negatives measure about 2 ½” x 3 ½” and should produce good prints. Some clarity issues. (VG). $32.
16205. (glass plate negative) Coast Guard Breeches Buoy Demonstration (Point Allerton ?) c.1930 by Leslie Jones. Good view shows nice detail of the breeches buoy as a man “escapes” the ship for the Coast Guard station on shore. Good view of the station boathouse as well. Leslie Jones joined the Boston Herald-Traveler newspaper in 1917 and was a staff photographer until 1956. He received acclaim for his work and many of his images remain today in the Boston Public Library's collection. Measures 4” x 5”. Clear, close view will print well. (VG+). $74. Sold.
17149. Nordhoff, Charles. Cape Cod and All Along Shore: Stories. Harper & Brothers, New York, 1868. 1st. 235p. Brown beveled cloth. A collection of seven short stories by the author, previously published in Harper's Magazine and Atlantic Monthly. One interesting story is ”Mehetabel Rogers’s Cranberry Swamp, which takes place at Nauset Lights in Eastham as Keeper Rogers aunt, Mehetabel Rogers, tries to convince stubborn fishermen to invest in a radical agricultural scheme of turning marshes into cranberry bogs. This is a tale about the changing times on Cape Cod and how Cape Cod communities, now thriving in their coastal workspaces, survived Cape Cod’s interrelated ecological, economic, and social challenges. Other stories include: Captain Tom: a resurrection; What is best?; A struggle for life; Elkanah Brewster's temptation; One pair of blue eyes; Maud Elbert's love match. A handsome copy bound in publisher's brown cloth covers with gilt letters on spine cover. Beveled edges. Four pages of advertisements. Brown end papers. Varying light and medium wear to some few edges. Corners bumped a bit. Ink signature and 1868 date on front end paper. Minor foxing internally. Otherwise, a wonderful old first edition that looks terrific. Overall good condition. Good Cape Cod reading. (VG-). $68.
Snow, Edward Rowe.
(souvenir spoon) Three “Sisters” lighthouses,
Nauset Beach, Cape Cod c.1900. Beautiful petite early gold wash
commemorative spoon bears a lovely engraved image of the early “Three
Sisters” lighthouses on Cape Cod’s
STEVENGRAPH VICTORIAN SILK PORTRAIT "Grace
Darling” (To The Rescue) c. 1893. “Stevengraph” as a
title was invented by Thomas Stevens to describe his silk pictures, and he later
extended it to include his silk bookmarks, silk portraits and silk postcards.
Such items were first introduced to the public as a gimmick at the York
Exhibition which was opened on
17155. (photo) Old Mackinac Point Lighthouse, Michigan c.1972. Clear, close, original 8” x 10” press photo shows excellent detail of the “old” lighthouse and keeper’s house in 1972. Mackinaw Point marks the narrowest part of the Straits of Mackinac at the junction of Lake Michigan and Lake Huron. Founded in 1889, the Old Mackinac Point Light Station was in operation from 1890 until 1957. Mackinac Island State Park Commission purchased Old Point Mackinac Lighthouse in 1960 and incorporated it into Michilmackinac State Park. After $70,000 in restoration work, the lighthouse was opened in 1972 as the focal point of Michilmackinac Maritime Park. Budget constraints and falling attendance led to the closure of the lighthouse in 1990. Photo is b/w and includes date and identification on back. Dated September 3, 1972. Clear, close view, great detail. (VG+). $32.
17153. (photo) Tarpaulin Cove Lighthouse & Keeper, Naushon Island, Mass. c.1900. Clear close snapshot photo shows the Keeper standing outside the entrance to the light tower. Behind is a good view too of the flag mast with wind vane on top. Tarpaulin Cove Lighthouse was on the east shore of Naushon Island, the largest of the Elizabeth Islands extending westward into Buzzards Bay from Falmouth on Cape Cod. Nice clear, close view. Measures 2 ¼” x 3 ½”. (VG+). $32.
7197zzz. [newspaper] Light-Houses
17137. (photo) Eastern Point Light Station, Gloucester, Ma. c.1939. Good close view of the many buildings at this well known light station on Massachusetts’ Cape Ann. Note the Keeper standing on the gallery cleaning the glass. Dated 1939 in pencil on back. Measures 3 1/8” x 5 ½”. Clean, crisp. (VG+) $24.
S. Life Saving Service Type - Brass Chelsea Clock c.1912-1919. Clocks
from the U. S. Life-Saving Service are unusually rare and always in demand. Such
pieces sell in the $6,000 range in good working condition. This clock comes from
the M. Low Company, a business that had operated on Pearl Street in Manhattan
from 1848 through the mid-Twentieth Century. The repair shop serviced watches
and ships’ instruments at a time when travel by sea was the primary mode of
transport. As ships would pull into port, their instruments would need to be
repaired and serviced as their insurance companies required. The M. Low Company
would travel onto the ships to repair, test and certify chronometers, binnacles
and other nautical instruments as necessary when the boats came into the
Manhattan harbor. In addition to servicing commercial ships, the company was
also awarded government contracts. M. Low serviced U.S. Government clocks and
other instruments as well as purchased old pieces no longer serviceable or
needed. In 1962, the M. Low Company bought the Negus Company, a prolific
American nautical instrument manufacturer that also operated out of Manhattan,
adding to the collection that came to be. The contents of M. Low Company was
auctioned over the past year and this clock was one of the lots. Over the years
parts making up this clock have been interchanged such that now the clock face
(U.S. Life-Saving Service), case (SN#124548 c.1919) and movement (SN#123097
c.1918) were not originally together. However this represents the exact type of
clock used by the Life-Saving Service with an authentic face, at a greatly
reduced price. The 4 ½” Model E movement is in a Chelsea red brass case with
screw bezel, with early patina. Case measures about 5 ½” across the bezel and
about 3” deep. The dial is lettered “U.S. Life-Saving Service. Chelsea Clock
17150. (framed photo) U.S. Life-Saving Service Motor Launch c.1900. Extremely rare framed albumen photo shows the Life-Saving Service motor launch underway in Massachusetts Bay. According to author and small boat expert Tim Dring, the launch shown is “…either one of two of this type that served at Station City Point (Boston Harbor) , or another one of the same design and builder that was also assigned to Station Gurnet (Plymouth, Mass.) All three were built by Lawley at their boatyard in Neponsett in the very early 1900s…. These “motor launches” (the correct term for this type of boat) were used for both rescue work as well as supply trips. Most of these were initially powered by naptha engines, but were converted at some point to gasoline engines during their service lives.” Wonderful early view with great detail. Image measures about 6” x 8 ½” in 12 ½” x 15 ½” original stained and gilded oak frame. Frame has likely never been opened. Superb piece, will clean up nicely. Some moisture to mat but can easily be re-matted. (VG). $325.
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)
(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
See the video book trailer for Brilliant Beacons on YouTube- https://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.
[can] Jonesport Fish Flakes [Pollock] packed
by R. B. & C. G. Stevens,
[vintage can labels] Jonesport Mackerel and Jonesport
Sardines packed by R. B. & C. G. Stevens,
8341-103. (serving bowl) United States Revenue Cutter Service Serving Bowl c.1886-1910. Scarce, original United States Revenue Cutter Service serving bowl in the rust colored “U.S.R.C.S.” flower pattern. This is a scarce original china dinnerware piece from the United States Revenue Cutter Service manufactured of heavy white institutional type china, in the latter years of the Nineteenth Century and early years of the Twentieth Century for use in ships’ wardrooms. Bowl is large and bold, quite attractive, with little if any expected wear. There are two closed age lines on one side but do not detract. This pattern is in rust, brown, and green, and consists of a floral pattern around the rim. In the center of the rim is the United States Revenue Cutter emblem in rust with crossed anchors behind. Dish is back-marked “Greenwood China, Trenton, N.J.” and date stamped “Greenwood China P” indicating a date range of 1886-1910. Dish is oval, and measures 8 1/8” x 10 ½” x 2 ¼” high. In wonderful condition, an exceptionally rare find. $425.
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)
13416c. (photo) Klipsan Beach Life-Saving Station and Crew, Washington c.1915. Rare early photo on postcard paper shows great detail of the rare Fort Point-type “Witch’s Hat” boathouse as the crew poses with the surfboat on the station ramp. The Life-Saving Station at Klipsan Beach (formerly Ilwaco Beach) was north of Cape Disappointment. Rare view, great early detail, 3 ½” x 5” on postcard paper. c.1904-1915. Light soiling, message on back. (VG+). $138.
13416b. (lithograph view) Klipsan Beach Life-Saving Station and Crew, Washington c.1915. Rare early lithograph image on postcard paper shows great detail of the rare Fort Point-type “Witch’s Hat” boathouse as the crew poses with the surfboat on the station ramp. The Life-Saving Station at Klipsan Beach (formerly Ilwaco Beach) was north of Cape Disappointment. Rare view, great early detail, 3 ½” x 5” on postcard paper. c.1904-1915. Clean, crisp, message on back. (VG+). $74.
17145. (photo) U.S. Coast Guardsman Mans One-Pounder Gun c.1925. Clear, close, original 8” x 10” press photo shows excellent detail as crewman mans a one-pounder gun, possibly a Hotchkiss. Likely he was keeping guard on a boat seized or being investigated for alcohol smuggling during Prohibition. Photo is b/w and includes date and description on back. Dated January 8, 1925. Clear, close view, great detail, chip to upper corner margin. (VG+). $28.
21378d. Vintage Monarch Stereoscope Stereo View Viewer with 8 Views c.1904. For those of you who have vintage stereo views in your collection, this is a wonderful vintage viewer for use with your views. This is a great opportunity to clearly see the true depth of your views the way that they were originally intended. Viewer is in original condition complete with handle and eye shield and dates from about 1904. These viewers were supplied by the Keystone View Company for use with their view selections. Viewer is entirely original but in very good, clean condition with only normal wear. Included are 8 original stereoviews including one home-made view. Keystone View Company was started in Meadville, Pennsylvania in 1892 by B.L. Singley. In 1892 French Creek overflowed its banks and flooded Meadville. Singley photographed the damage, developed multiple prints of 30 negatives and pasted them on cardboard mounts bearing the name of Keystone View Company. By 1895 the company had issued approximately 700 different views. In 1898 Keystone began making and selling stereoscopes. The company expanded rapidly and by 1905, the year the Keystone View Company was incorporated, it was the largest business of its kind in the world. All of the manufacturing was done in Meadville, but branch offices were in New York, St. Louis, San Francisco, Portland, Oregon, Chicago, Toronto, Canada and London, England. Salesmen and photographers were scattered around the world, and the company was offering 20,000 different views. (VG+). $124. With this purchase receive 15% off any stereoviews on our web site.
16117b. (mounted photo) Lighthouse Tenders, U.S. Light House Establishment Depot, Staten Island c.1890. Provenance John Millis (1881-1952) , Engineer, Light House Establishment. Wonderful early albumen photograph taken at the Lighthouse Depot at Staten Island, New York in about 1890. This photo provides great detail of the lighthouse tenders John Rogers and Cactus as visitors and officials pose on the decks. This photo is from the estate of John Millis (1881-1938) , Engineer 3rd District, U.S. Light House Establishment. John Millis had a long and interesting lighthouse career and lived for more than 93 years. Millis entered West Point in June 1877, and was graduated in June 1881, at the head of his class. In November 1883, after service with the Engineer School at Willetts Point, N. Y., he was assigned as Assistant to the Light-House Engineer of the Third District on Staten Island. It was during this period that this photograph was taken. Image measures 7 ½” x 9 ¼” on 10” x 12” mounts. Photo is clear, close, just a bid light. Some soiling and foxing to mount but does not affect photo or image. Overall a very rare important image. (VG+). $110.
8333L. [stereo view] THE GREAT LIGHT-HOUSE LENS MOUNTED FOR WORK, ELECTRIC BUILDING , WORLD’S COLUMBIAN EXPOSITION. B. W. Kilburn view, Littleton, NH . c. 1893. Rare stereo view of the large bi-valve first-order lens at the Light-House Establishment exhibit in the Electric Building at the 1893 World’s Columbian Exposition. This is a clean, detailed view showing the large lens and clockwork rotating mechanism, and other portions of the electric exhibit. Nice, clear, clean view, light wear. (VG). $34.
8333n. [stereoview] International Exhibition 1876, Machinery Exhibit. (c.1870’s). By Centennial Photographic Co. (VG+). $18.
8333o. [stereo view] [LIGHT-HOUSE EXHIBIT, U. S. GOVERNMENT BUILDING – TRANSEPT LOOKING SOUTH. International Exhibition 1876. (c.1876). By Centennial Photographic Co. Rare stereo view of the large first-order and other lenses at the Light-House Establishment exhibit at the 1876 International Exposition. This is an extremely clean, detailed view showing most of the two lenses, Lighthouse Service ensign and other portions of the electric exhibit. Nice, quite clear, clean view. (VG+). $48.
17132. na. U.S. Coast Guard Vessels ONI 54-CG. Division of Naval Intelligence. GPO. 1943. Restricted. 14p. Soft wraps. Early booklet issued September 5, 1943 provides characteristics and identification information for the various classes of vessels operated by the Coast Guard at the time. Includes Campbell Class 327’, Tamps Class 240’, “A” Escanaba Class 165’, “B” Argo Class 165’, Active Class 125’, Cactus Class, and other miscellaneous cutters, patrol vessels, tenders, “sub busters”, 75’ type, and more. Clean, tight, cover with chipped and worn corner. (VG-). $54.
17142. (cabinet photo) Great Point Light Station, Nantucket by E.B. Robinson c.1880. Rare early view shows the tall stone tower and early keeper’s dwelling, as well as a shed or stable to the right. Rare early view not listed in Nantucket Historical Assoc. database. Measures 5 ¼” x 8 ½”. Generalized light foxing, some moisture and tape residue to back. (G+). $134.
17136. (photo) Breeches Buoy Rescue from SS Coos Bay off San Francisco c.1929. Clear, close, original 6” x 8” press photo shows good detail as survivor of the stricken lumber steamer Coos Bay is brought ashore by breeches buoy. Thirty three were saved by breeches buoy as the steamer broke up under the action of the fierce seas. Photo is b/w and includes date and description on back. Dated March 27, 1929. Close view, good detail, just a bit out of focus. (VG). $28.
17143. (photo) Replacing Lantern Room, Oak Island Lighthouse, North Carolina c.1957. Clear, close, original 7” x 9” press photo shows good detail as a Marine helicopter lifts the 1,700 pound lantern room and places it on top of the Oak Island Lighthouse. Photo is b/w and includes date and description on back. Dated December 18, 1957. Clear, close view, great detail. (VG+). $42.
17144a. Badgley, John. Frigate Men - Life on Coast Guard Frigate U.S.S. Bisbee, PF-46 During World War II. Published by John Badgley, 2007. 224p. Soft wraps. A true account of the life of United States Coast Guard sailors on board a fighting frigate during World War II; the humor, pathos, heroism and significance of one small ship in the United States naval armada of 1944. John Badgley (1922 – 2014) was a California architect. He was also a life-long sailor, marine enthusiast, historian and ecologist. After officer training at the US Coast Guard Academy, where he raced Star boats and served before the mast on the square rigged ship DANMARK, he joined the crew of USS BISBEE (PF-46) serving in 45 campaigns in the south and north Pacific during WWII. USS Bisbee was awarded 5 battle stars in 3 major theaters of operation. At wars end he was assigned to Admiral Chester Nimitz, Commander Eastern Sea Frontier, in charge of Air Sea Rescue Operations coordinating Atlantic traffic during the return of US forces from Europe. With declassification of the ship's log, now the true story is being told." Illustrated with 38 graphite sketches & watercolors by the author, as well as 20 wartime photographs. A brisk and entertaining read. (M). $29.95. (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.
(print) UNITED STATES COAST GUARD – “SEMPER PARATUS”
- STORM WARNINGS ARE UP by Charles Rosner c.1950's. 18” x 21”.
Wonderful large size print shows
29386c. (cork life vest) Early Cork Life Jacket c.1907. Early cork jacket was commonly in use in the late 1800’s into early 1900’s. Jacket is of canvas filled with cork panels and is in very good condition for its age, fairly clean, only 4 tears in one panel over the steel staples. Jacket is stenciled: “PASSED U.S. Asst. Inspector Steam Vessels. New York, N.Y. Sept 27, 1907 H.M.T.” and “BLOCK Manufactured by David Kahnweilers Co., New York Hundreds of Metallic Life Boats and Life Rafts”. Once white canvas life vest includes 8 cork sections. No large holes or rips and portions of the straps remain, material is strong but darkened overall and water and soil stained as expected. Cork is solid. Measures Overall 13” x 15” x 2” thick. A great piece for display or for your surfboat. (VG+). $285.
17152. Hastings, Scott E. Jr. and Geraldine S. Ames. The Vermont Farm Year in 1890. Billings Farm & Museum, Woodstock, Vermont. 1983. 89p. Soft wraps. Wonderful account of the activities by which a farmer supported and sustained himself and his family in East Central Vermont in 1890, by season and task. Well illustrated with period photos. (F-) $6.
FG-01. Early Life-saving Line Gun. Coston Supply Company. Included is one original projectile and replacement firing mechanism. $3,900. Reduced $2,495.
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.
1734. Riddle, Mary Ellen. Outer Banks Shipwrecks: Graveyard of the Atlantic. Arcadia. 2017. 128p. Soft wraps. With over 185 vintage photographs. Ever since ships began navigating the coast of North Carolina, the area has maintained a reputation for being dangerous. Today, the region that stretches from the Currituck Outer Banks south to Bogue Banks is referred to as the “Graveyard of the Atlantic.” From the 1585 grounding of the English ship Tiger off the Outer Banks to the 2012 loss of the Bounty, more than 2,000 shipwrecks have occurred in the Graveyard of the Atlantic. Weather, geography, war, piracy, and human error have all contributed to this dense shipwreck zone. The stories behind the shipwrecks illustrate the best and worst of mankind, showing courage and compassion as well as the atrocities of war. This history informs readers about commerce, technology, war, environment, maritime life, and the complexity of the human element. This compact volume features numerous early photographs dating from the 1880’s to the present, drawn from the author’s and other private collections, most never before published. (M). $21.99.
1735. Hendrickson, Dyke. Nautical Newburyport: A History of Captains, Clipper Ships and the Coast Guard. 2017. The History Press. 144p. Soft wraps. With 56 Black And White images. Newburyport was once the most dangerous harbor on the East Coast and one of its most prosperous. Local captains and sailors led the nation to battle during the American Revolution and founded the U.S. Coast Guard. They sent vessels to Bombay, the gold rush and the farthest reaches of the world. Author Dyke Hendrickson explores the perfection of the clipper ship, the city’s famous Federalist mansions and the bold adventures from the Age of Sail. Follow the men and women of Newburyport into battle, into gales and into fortune—or ruin. Great reading. (M). $21.99.
A Few More Gift Ideas...
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.
Lighthouse Lens and U. S. Life-Saving Service Rubber Stamps.
In response to your requests for the Rubber Stamp that I use on my mailings and packages, I have commissioned to have produced three designs of lighthouse lens and Life-Saving Service insignia. Each detailed lens image measures approximately 3” high by 2” wide, while the USLSS stamp measures approx. 2” square. Stamps are of commercial quality and are mounted on solid wooden pads with wooden handles. Choose From Three Designs ! Made in America.
#6654. Stevenson’s Improved Lens Rubber Stamp. 3”H x 2”W. $17.95.
#6653. Fresnel Lens Rubber Stamp. 3 3/8”H x 1½”W. $17.95.
#795. Life-Saving Service
1 ¾”H x 1 ¾”W. $16.95.
Image Copyright Walt Disney Studio Pictures
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.
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 on back. Perfect for decorating. $69 each
14114. 36-foot Motor Lifeboat
14115. Breeches Buoy Drill
14116. Lyle Gun Firing
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.
A Few Reduced Priced Items...
Gleason, Sarah C., KINDLY LIGHTS – A History of the
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,
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.
New Books from 2015...
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)
Available once again:
20209. Webber, Bernard C., CHATHAM
Special numbered edition with actual wood piece from MLB CG-36500. $59.95.
with early images, many from private collections and never before
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
about the lightship crews and their dangerous missions, guarding the
shoals and coastline of Cape Cod
about the Momomoy Disaster, in which seven life-savers perished while
attempting to rescue the crew of the barge Wadena.
about Nauset’s famous “Three Sisters” lighthouses, the only such
lighthouse configuration in the country, why they were built and what
became of them.
about the Chatham lights and why they were moved so often.
about the Old Harbor Life-Saving Station, who’s crew rescued 34 persons
in the first five years of operation.
about the many changes at Race Point Light Station and its renewed
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)
Set 5 First Day of Issue cover cancellations $15
Booklet of 20 stamped Postal Cards using each design $6.
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
2nd Edition Just Out:
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
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