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We are continually acquiring wonderful and rare  original antiques and implements relating to the U.S. Life Saving Service. Below are photos and information. Inquiries welcomed.

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6275s. Ralph Shanks, Wick York, Lisa Woo Shanks, editor. THE U. S. LIFE-SAVING SERVICE - HEROES, RESCUES AND ARCHITECTURE OF THE EARLY COAST GUARD. 1996. Petaluma , CA. 262p. Winner of the first Foundation for Coast Guard History Award for Best Book on Coast Guard History, this long heralded work by Ralph Shanks and Wick York is once again available. Filling a longtime void in the chronicles of the Life-Saving Service, this book is the result of two decades of research by these highly respected maritime historians. In 272 large format pages, the authors present unforgettable stories of the surfmen and their unsurpassed bravery. Unique to this work is the authors coverage of the architecture of each of the stations across the country. Using over 400 rare photos from the Library of Congress and other historic sources, the authors provide a station by station look at the architectural features that make them such a unique and unforgettable piece of our history. Considered the best reference on the U.S. Life Saving Service on the market. (M).   Softcover $29.95 while they last.

1703. (matted photo print) U.S. Life-Saving Service Crew Posing. This is a large late 20th Century photo print, probably from a glass negative, of an early view as the Keeper and seven life-savers pose with others in front of a building, presumably a life-saving station. The print is quite large 10” x 14” and dry mounted in 14” x 18” double mat. Crystal clear, would be great framed. (VG+). $84.

 

25351c. Rice, Frederick Jr. THE LIFE-SAVING SERVICE. New England Magazine. May 1908. 3 p. Disbound from early magazine of the day. Quite a nice article detailing the present needs of the service, the inadequate pay rates and especially the increasing difficulties in obtaining qualified men. With three fine illustrations. Clean, crisp. (VG+). $26.

 

16202. Johnson, Leland R. Ph.D. Heroes at the Falls: Louisville's Lifesavers. Edited by Charles E. Parrish. Butler Books. 2014. 128 pages. Large 8 ½” x 11”. Life-Saving Station #10, docked at the wharf in Louisville, Kentucky, is a unique installation in American history. As the only such federal installation on the inland waterways, this rare floating life-saving station guarded against navigational disasters from 1882 until 1972. The only other similar life-saving station in the country was the City Point Station in Boston Harbor. This station in Louisville was lobbied for and manned by locally-grown heroes who maintained a constant vigil to protect vessels and their passengers, cargoes and crews from destruction on the jagged rocks of the Falls of the Ohio River in the days prior to modern lock and dam systems. This Falls area was considered the most dangerous point along the 981 miles of the Ohio River. From the time it was authorized by Congress in 1881 until 1915, thousands of people were rescued from the treacherous falls area and more than $5 million worth of boats, possessions and cargo were saved. The Coast Guard would continue this fine record at the station until 1972, when the completion of the newer McAlpine Locks and Dam  submerged most of the Falls and now required that all boat traffic pass through the canal and locks instead of passing over the Falls. The third floating station remains today, with its white double-decker building and watchtower aboard - the last of three river rescue stations at the site. Dr. Johnson tells, for the first time, the compelling story of the U.S. Life-Saving Service and Coast Guard stations at this site, and the remarkable crews who saved thousands of lives, countless numbers of boats, and millions of dollars of cargoes at the Falls of the Ohio. (M). Published at $20. Our price $18.50. (x)

 

1269b. [cabinet photograph] Life-Saving Service Surfman Frank Tuttle, Long Island, New York c.1890-1900. This rare posed original portrait photograph shows the clean-cut surfman proudly posing in his 4-button single-breasted uniform coat. Clearly visible on his right sleeve is the life ring with crossed oar and pike and the letters “US” “LSS”. On his cap is a tally lettered “U.S. Life-Saving Service”. The image measures 4” x 5 ½” on a 6” x 8½” original mat. Mat stamped G.A. Aneman, Riverhead, N.Y.” Photo is clear, and crisp,  one of the better images we have had in some time. On back is labeled in ink: My Great Uncle Frank Tuttle, U.S. Life-Saving Service…. CWO4 Alvin E. Penny U.S.C.G.” It is exceptionally rare to see such photos of surfmen in any format. (VG+). $225. 

6562g. THE BEACH PATROL. Harper’s Weekly. January 6, 1894 . Wonderful large 10” x 14” full page illustration depicts two surfmen, having just met on beach patrol, returning to their stations. The patrolman’s dress is clearly depicted with the letters “...GANSET...LSS” (Narragansett Pier, RI or Amagansett, NY) on his sweater. The Coston signal is clearly visible slung over his shoulder. Excellent b/w view for framing. The obverse contains an article by Gustav Kobbe entitled The Life-Saving Patrol, touching on the lonely but heroic lot of the life-savers. Full page original print alone. Clean, intact, perfect for framing. (VG+). $64.

24102k. 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 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 $1,095. (no discounts may be applied). 

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. (no discounts may be applied). 

 

16102a. (signed lithograph unframed) Shore Patrol by Gordon Grant (1875-1962) c.1938. Limited Edition (likely 250). Size: 9” x 12” in 14” x 18” mat. Pencil signed by artist lower right. Beautiful signed original lithograph shows Life-Saving Service (Coast Guard) surfmen patrolling the beach in a storm as heavy seas roll ashore. A vessel in distress can be seen in the background. Original lithograph has been removed from its frame but included is the original mat, card and paper backing complete with original description of the scene and biography of the artist. This is from a limited edition, likely of 250 prints on wove paper with watermark. Born in 1875 in San Francisco, Gordon Grant, traveled to Great Britain for his formal education, and then studied art at Lambeth and Heatherley in London. After his return to San Francisco, he worked as an illustrator and a correspondent artist for various newspapers in the area. Covering the Boer War and the Mexican Revolution, his images came East and appeared in Harper's Weekly in New York. Eventually, Grant, established himself as an outstanding illustrator of books. During the early 1900's he participated in a project to restore and designate as a National monument, the historic vessel, the U.S. Constitution. Publishing prints of his painting of this vessel, Grant, was able to help raise money for its preservation. The original painting now hangs in the White House. His lithographs, etchings, oils, water colors, and drawings of life on the seven seas and the vessels that sailed them, prove Grant, to be one of the foremost American marine artists. He was a member of the National Academy of Design, American Watercolor Society, the Salmungudi Club, National Arts Club, Allied Artists of America, New York Water Color Society, Chicago Society of Etchers and the Philadelphia Water Color Club. Beautiful scene, clean, only very light toning from age. When framed, will look fine on any wall. (VG). $225.

Merrimack River Life-Saving Station, Plum Island, Massachusetts

1666. (sword & book) Knights Templar, Newburyport Commandery No. 3, Thomas J. Maddock (Keeper, Merrimack River Life-Saving Station, Plum Island, Mass.) c.1900. Included in this lot is a ceremonial sword for the Knights Templar in Newburyport, owned by Thomas J. Maddock, Keeper of the Merrimack River Life-Saving Station, Plum Island, Mass., along with a used book (light wear, moisture to wraps)  about Keeper Maddock and life at the life-saving station by Vincent L. Wood (PLUM ISLAND RECOLLECTIONS - Views and Reminiscences of Plum Island c.1900). Capt. Thomas J. Maddock was the keeper of the Merrimack River Life-Saving station from July 9, 1896 until he retired on February 26, 1919. The sword includes the scabbard. The blade is beautifully etched “Thomas J. Maddock” on one side and “Newburyport Commandery No. 3 K.T.” on the other. Ricasso is marked “Boston Regalia Co.” The blade is 28 ¼” in length, elliptical in cross section and is in good condition, with only slight pitting toward the top of the blade. On the crossguard is the design of an eagle and twelve stars on each end, repeated on the other side. The black enameled wood grip features a Masonic Cross with some red remaining within. On the pommel is a Knights helmet head. The sheath is of black leather with metal fittings that appear to be silver or nickel-plated, etched "In Hoc Signo Vinces". The sheath is creased approx. 12" from the bottom. Wonderfully early set relating to this well known Keeper and Life-Saving Station on Massachusetts’ north shore. (VG+). $345. 

1269d. [mounted photograph] Surfman, U.S. Life-Saving Service. c.1890-1900. This rare posed portrait photograph shows the young handsome surfman proudly posing in his 4-button single-breasted uniform coat. Clearly visible on his right sleeve is the insignia of the Life-Saving Service, and his uniform cap with “U. S. Life Saving Service” visible on the band. The image measures 3 ¼” x 5 ½” on 4” x 5 ½” on a 5” x 8 ½” original mat. Photographer Moeckli. Photo is clear, and crisp, light soiling to mat. It is exceptionally rare to see such photos of surfmen in any format. Great view. (VG+). $165.

29319e. (oarlocks) Set 2  Solid Bronze U.S. Life-Saving Service – Coast Guard #2 Oar Locks c.1900. SIZE #2 These rare large size number 2's will fit 13 foot oars and 26' boats that carry crews of 6 or 8 plus a coxswain. These particular oar locks came from the Long Island area and are circa 1900.  Dimensions: 2 ½”  at the top, 3" at the widest point, total length 7 7/8” and with holes for spliced lanyards to secure them to the boat. Pin 3 ¾” x ¾” diameter. (VG+). $245 set.

26107i. [cabinet photograph] Life-Saving Service Surfman, Narragansett Pier Life Saving Station, Narragansett, Rhode Island c.1906. This rare posed original portrait photograph shows the clean-cut surfman proudly posing in his 4-button single-breasted uniform coat. Clearly visible on his right sleeve is the life ring with crossed oar and pike and the letters “US” “LSS”. The image measures 4” x 5 ½” on a 6” x 8 ½” original mat. Mat stamped W, H, Mowrey (photographer), Newport, RI. Photo is clear, and crisp,  one of the better images we have had in some time. On back is labeled in light pencil “From Mr. Charles L. Sa____s To Mr. Wargesett  Jackson [?]  Feb 1906”. It is exceptionally rare to see such photos of surfmen in any format. (VG+). $245. 

1269b. [cabinet photograph] Life-Saving Service Surfman Frank Tuttle, Long Island, New York c.1890-1900. This rare posed original portrait photograph shows the clean-cut surfman proudly posing in his 4-button single-breasted uniform coat. Clearly visible on his right sleeve is the life ring with crossed oar and pike and the letters “US” “LSS”. On his cap is a tally lettered “U.S. Life-Saving Service”. The image measures 4” x 5 ½” on a 6” x 8½” original mat. Mat stamped G.A. Aneman, Riverhead, N.Y.” Photo is clear, and crisp,  one of the better images we have had in some time. On back is labeled in ink: My Great Uncle Frank Tuttle, U.S. Life-Saving Service…. CWO4 Alvin E. Penny U.S.C.G.” It is exceptionally rare to see such photos of surfmen in any format. (VG+). $225. 

 

24102i. 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, without original operating ropes. Knives intact, includes 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. (VG+). $1695.

 

24102h. 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 and still with original operating ropes. Knives intact, includes locking pin. Unit is in good working order. Cutter is double branded with “USLSS” and with “USCG” over it. This is an extremely difficult to find piece from the beach apparatus cart. Condition is excellent 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. (VG+). $1,895.

 

 

1592. (photo) Life-Saving Crew Drilling with Beach Apparatus c.1910. Clear close view shows good detail of the beach apparatus as the crew drills. Location is unknown. Staining to upper margins, one corner creased. (G+). $28.

 

15188. [cabinet photograph] c.1890-1900. Original portrait photograph, of a Life-Saving Service Surfman. This rare posed portrait photograph shows the stout surfman proudly posing in his 4-button single-breasted uniform coat. Clearly visible on his left sleeve is his ranking number “8”, the insignia of the Life-Saving Service on his right arm, and his uniform cap with “U. S. Life Saving Service” visible on the band. The image measures 4” x 5 ½” on a 4 ½” x 6 ½” original mat. Mat without photographer’s marking. Photo is clear, and crisp, just a bit light. It is exceptionally rare to see such photos of surfmen in any format. (VG+). $185.

 

21498f. (cabinet photo) North Scituate Life Saving Station and Crew by Otis Barker Photographer, Scituate c.1887. Wonderful rare early image of the early 1887 Bibb #2 Type life saving station on the beach at North Scituate, Massachusetts as the crew poses with the surfboat in front. Original albumen photo measures 5 ¼” x 8 ½”. This is an early view as the crew are without uniforms at this point in time. Note the life preservers hanging on the surfboat to dry. Image is clear and close, with some foxing to margins and one chip to mount above photo. Just a bit light. (VG). $275.

1572. (photo) U.S. Life Saving Service Crew, Straitsmouth, Mass. c.1910. Great image shows a close, clear view of the keeper and his 6-man crew posing outside with their Lyle gun and beach apparatus cart. Rare, clean and clear, nice view of uniforms, beach cart, etc. as a young lad, possibly the Keeper’s son looks on. Great early detail, on postcard paper. Postmarked Rockport 1910. Believe this scene to be the Straitsmouth crew, which was in Rockport. Only very light wear, one light corner crease, clear and close. Great detail. (VG+). $88.

1570. (photo) U.S. Life Saving Service Launching Surfboat, Scituate c.1912. Superb clear, close original view shows great detail of Scituate Life-Saving Service crew launching the surfboat from the boat carriage into the surf. Quite close, great detail of the men and surfboat. Great early detail, on postcard paper. Message on back notes that “These are out life-savers….” Postmarked 1912. Little if any wear, clear and close. Great detail. (VG+). $78.

6562g. THE BEACH PATROL. Harper’s Weekly. January 6, 1894 . Wonderful large 10” x 14” full page illustration depicts two surfmen, having just met on beach patrol, returning to their stations. The patrolman’s dress is clearly depicted with the letters “...GANSET...LSS” (Narragansett Pier, RI or Amagansett, NY) on his sweater. The Coston signal is clearly visible slung over his shoulder. Excellent b/w view for framing. The obverse contains an article by Gustav Kobbe entitled The Life-Saving Patrol, touching on the lonely but heroic lot of the life-savers. Full page original print alone. Clean, intact, perfect for framing. (VG+). $64.

1577. Whitfield, George. The Young Surfman. The American Boy. Vol 3 No. 6. April 1902. 2p. The writer tells the story of the work of life-savers through the eyes of a young surfman, newly signed on but soon to be gravely hurt in a rescue during a New England gale. Well done, interesting. Illustrated including image of Sumner I Kimball, breeches buoy and more. Full issue includes numerous interesting articles and advertisements of the day. Intact, only normal wear. (VG). $32.

21511d. “SENTINELS OF THE SEA” AND HOW THEY GUARD OUR COAST. Leslie’s Weekly [magazine]. February 18, 1922 . Wonderful early article including full color cover view, is filled with photos of early Coast Guard beach operations. From the Coast Guardsman peering from the lookout tower with his long telescope, men setting up the a-frame for the breeches buoy, hauling the surfboat from the station, and much more. Two full pages combine 8 photos with descriptive captions. Superb full color cover from a painting is entitled “The Storm Veteran”. Shown is a close view of the early Coast Guard keeper at the steering oar with spray coming over the side. Simply a wonderful view for framing or illustration. Only light wear and darkening from age, clean. (VG). $86.

 

7340e. Field, Van. WRECKS AND RESCUES ON LONG ISLAND - THE STORY OF THE U. S. LIFE SAVING SERVICE. 1997. 179p. Soft wraps. Over 188 vintage photographs. I have once again found a copy of this long out of print work by Mr. Field. Filling a longtime void in the chronicles of the Life-Saving Service on Long Island, this book is the result of decades of research. In 179 large format pages, the author presents unforgettable stories of the surfmen and their unsurpassed bravery. Unique to this work are the 180 wonderful vintage photographs of the stations and the men who served along this stormy coast. In this interesting chronicle, the author provide a station by station look at the buildings, the crews and the rescues they performed that make them such a unique and unforgettable piece of our history. Filled with wonderful vintage photos. Clean, tight, only lightly used. Extremely difficult to find. (M). $59.95.

25111b. [photograph] Life-Saving Service Surfman c.1900. Original studio portrait style photograph of a Life-Saving Service Surfman. This rare posed portrait photograph shows the young surfman casually posing in his double-breasted uniform coat, unbuttoned. Clearly visible on his cap is the lettering “U.S. Life Saving Service”. The photo measures 4” x 6”. There is no photographer’s marking or label. Photo is clean and clear, some light wear to edges. Provides good detail. It is quite rare to see such photos. (VG). $165.

14292. Hunt, Edward Soper. Weymouth Ways and Weymouth People - REMINISCENCES. Boston . 1907. Reprint 2013. 307p. DJ.  In Edward Hunt’s long and distinguished career, no achievement gained him more satisfaction than his development of a life-saving mortar or “Hunt Gun” adopted by the Massachusetts Humane Society for the rescue of shipwrecked mariners. Later his gun was utilized by the United States Life Saving Service as well, prior to the development of David Lyle’s Bronze “C” gun. In Edward Hunt’s long and distinguished career, no achievement gained him more satisfaction than his development of this life saving system and the lives saved through his efforts. His life-saving gun had a barrel is of bronze, 3 ½” muzzle diameter mounted on an oak base, with three iron carrying handles. This is his memoirs, first published in 1907, which contains chapters describing in detail his work on this early life-saving device. Of particular interest are his descriptions of testing and instruction given to the men at the Humans Society and Life-Saving Service on Nauset Beach on Cape Cod and on Nantucket . (M). $32.

14251. ("tramp art") Surfman’s Hanging Necessities Holder Branded "U.S.L.S.S." c.1900. Rare hand carved holder was probably for a surfman’s razor and other hygene necessities. This type of art is referred to as Tramp art, a true American folk art. Whittling was for men what quilting was for women during long winter evenings in the country back at the turn of the century. While the women painstakingly pieced together little fabric remnants to make comfy quilts, men might take apart and carve cigar boxes and fruit crates with penknives, creating one-of-a-kind, chipped or carved wood novelties. You name it, the men created it--picture frames, clock cases, birdhouses, furniture, etc. This craft became known as "tramp art" because early collectors mistakenly thought vagabonds or tramps had made the quirky wood objects during their travels. But nothing could be further from the truth, according to author Clifford Wallach, co-author of "Tramp Art: One Notch at a Time," which profiles individual whittlers. Tramp or hobo culture evolved over the decades between the Civil War and the Second World War. These men traveled across the country, usually by rail, looking for work, but they were not without skills, and they were not bums. Wallach noted that “Tramp art became an important art movement in regard to the artistic legacy of the common man who produced art not in the schools or workshops that taught or produced art, but in their homes. Tramp art defines folk art in its purest sense. It was a way for individuals without any formal art training to express themselves in the simplest way, by chip carving a piece of wood. Tramp art is the art of textured simplicity as men, women and children took their pocketknives to wood and carved a legacy from the heart for all of us to enjoy and celebrate.” Surfmen too had much free time and such endeavors likely flourished in many stations, although few remain and fewer still were marked as this piece is. Piece measures 15” high by 9” wide and includes a box to hold the owners supplies and a small mirror in which to see while shaving, etc. The back is branded “US. L SS” in 5/8” letters. The side molding is grooved and likely the surfman’s favorite family photo was mounted below the mirror. This is a rare piece and valuable both to collectors of Life-Saving Service artifacts as well as collectors of American folk art. Well done, rare item. (VG). $425. 

7238h. Dobbins, David Porter. THE DOBBINS LIFE-BOAT ILLUSTRATED. Buffalo , NY . 1886. 48p. Gilt embossed beveled wraps with marbled endpapers. Exceptionally scarce publication by the inventor of the self-righting life-boat that was adopted for use by the United States Life-Saving Service. Mr. Dobbin’s experience included over twenty five years on sail and steam vessels and ten years experience as Superintendent of the Ninth District of the United States Life-Saving Service. Here Mr. Dobbins presents a brief overview of advantages and disadvantages of various life-boat designs and the design features of his self-righting boat. Includes an addendum of testimonials by officers of the United States and Canadian Life-Saving Services. With engraved illustrations. Contents clean, intact but becoming loose, hinges intact but becoming loose. Wraps with some staining, edges worn, spine with one chip at base. (G+). $124.

 

13396. (engraving) 1874-Type life-saving station c.1870’s. Early engraving from periodical of early 1874-Type life-saving station. Measures 3” x 4”. Great for illustration. (VG+). $12. 

29222d. [full page b/w plate with article] Uniforms and Equipment - United States Life-Saving Service, 1899-1915. The Company of Military Historians. Winter 1976. Two page article with b/w full page plate details the various uniforms used by the United States Life-Saving Service including Keeper’s uniform, cook, surfman winter and other dress, storm suit, summer uniform and more. Also includes numerous pieces of equipment including Lyle gun, powder box, beach lantern, early station and more. Includes full page of descriptions of uniforms and equipment from uniform regulations and other research. The Company of Military Historians has published a continuing series of articles and military prints, Military Uniforms in America , for many years. These b/w or full color prints are executed by different member artists to illustrate military dress relating to the American scene. As far as possible, the plates show items of material culture never illustrated before or not accurately depicted in the past. They are a unique form of reference. With over 800 plates completed to date, this continuing series represents the single most comprehensive documentation available on the subject. Excellent article and drawing, great for reference. Plate measures 8 ½” x 11” b/w. Full issue with additional articles on other military uniforms and equipment including holsters, cartridge boxes, Confederate swords, militia coat, and more. (VG+). $44.

 

 

 

14143. (carving set) William Wallace Cook (1851-1923), Keeper, Peaked Hill Bars Life- Saving Station, Provincetown, Mass. c.1909. This is an antique bone handle carving set, engraved from Keeper William W. Cook of Peaked Hill Bars Life- Saving Station, Provincetown, Mass. The set consists of three matching pieces and one additional piece, the largest being 15” in length. The large knife is beautifully engraved “William W. Cook July 24, 1909. Keeper of Peaked Hill Bars U.S. Life Saving Station Provincetown Mass.”One of the most dangerous stretches of coastline in the United States is Peaked Hill Bars. Known as the graveyard of the Atlantic, Samuel Champlain named it in his journal as "Mallebarre" in 1602. From the 64 gun British frigate Somerset in 1778, to the JASON, the last full rigged ship to go aground in 1873, hundreds of ships have been lost there spilling men's lives and ships cargoes onto its shores. Peaked Hill Bars Lifesaving Station was located two and one half miles east of Provincetown was another of the nine original stations built in 1872. William Wallace Cook was born in Provincetown in 1852 and joined King Hiram's Lodge November 3, 1879. As a boy he joined the fleet of Provincetown whaling vessels that cruised on the north and south Atlantic grounds becoming thoroughly familiar with boat handling. He attributed his great success in the Lifesaving service to using a twenty one foot steering oar when going to a wreck in a surfboat, similar to the kind used by him in his whaling days. Cook was married to Annie Young Snow of Provincetown and they had an adopted daughter. Cook was a great favorite of the Provincetown writers who arrived during the 1920's, particularly Mary Heaton Vorse O'Brien. She relates of bringing a lobster, a particular favorite of Captain Cook's to the station at Peaked Hill Bars and his stories of wrecks and rescues. After serving as a surfman at Peaked Hill Bars Station for fourteen years, William W. Cook was appointed as Keeper on January 14, 1897 and served until he retired on November 3, 1915 at age 64. He passed away in 1923. He is shown seated at center in this 1901 photo (from Dalton. The Life Savers of Cape Cod). Completely intact, some rust and soiling. Rare wonderful Cape Cod life-saving antique from a Cape Cod estate. (VG). $525.

29221b. (tintype) U.S. Life Saving Service Surfman c.1880’s. 1/4th. plate. Offered is an incredibly rare tintype of a U.S. Life Saving Service Surfman with wife or girlfriend. The subject is sitting in a chair, probably in the photographer’s studio. Clearly visible is the gentleman’s cap, with no markings, but on his uniform jacket right sleeve is the life ring with crossed oar and pike and the letters “US” over “LSS”, and on his left sleeve is his ranking number “5”. He appears to be a fairly young man. We have long suspected that, like cabinet views and other early forms of photography, there must have been some tintypes of life-savers produced but until now we had never been able to find any. Presently this is one of only three known to us. Tintypes, also known as a ferrotypes, originated in the early 1850’s and became the choice for photographers before photographic paper was invented. The use of this form peaked in the 1861-1870 period and began to give way to other forms of photography by 1900. Tintypes were produced on a metallic sheet (not actually tin) instead of the more common glass plates. The sheet was coated and sensitized just before use, as in the wet plate process. These early metal plates were then placed in the back of a box camera and exposed directly though the camera lens. Because of this all forms of early photography resulted in a mirror image of the subject, as is this image. The most common size for a tintype was 2 5/8” x 3 ¼” [1/6 plate], but they were made in numerous sizes. Tintypes were the first inexpensive photographic print and as such, made photography available to the working class. Also, being quite rugged, tintypes could be sent by mail, and many photographers did quite a trade visiting the encampments during the Civil War. The surfman sports a single breasted jacket common to life-savers of this early era, but without the brass buttons instituted in the later in th e1880’s. I would suspect that this image was captured in the early 1880’s, during the earlier years of the reorganized Life-Saving Service. Measures 3 3/8” x 5” and is in original cardboard mount. Condition is very good, clear, fine contrast, some scratches and marks from mount and storage. Extremely rare. (VG). $425.

14147. (photos) U.S. Life Saving Service Surfman c.1900. Lot of two snapshot photos on portion of album page shows young surfman in summer white uniform with his girlfriend, sitting in front of a Quonochontaug style life-saving station. Photos measure 2 ¼” x 3 ¼” and are clean and clear. (VG+). $22.

 

  

 (similar 1871 Red House-Type station at Fire Island. Not included.)

12315. (framed portrait) Keeper Joseph F. Reed, U.S. Life-Saving Service, Island Beach Station, NJ., c.1870-1880. Lovely early hand-colored portrait, possibly from photo, of Keeper Joseph Reed of the  Island Beach Life-Saving Station, New Jersey on Barnegat Bay. Joseph Reed was appointed Keeper of the Island Beach Life-Saving Station #14 in on December 30, 1870 and served until his death on March 15, 1895. The station was an 1871 Red House-Type station, built in 1872. Portrait is early as Reed is pictured without uniform, with early style home made “LSS” insignia on kepi-style cap. Portrait measures 13 ½” x 19 ½” oval, in period 2 ¾” wide gold painted oval wood frame fitted with striking early convex glass. Overall measures 24" x 18". A paper label on the back notes: "Captain Joseph Reed, Island Beach Life Saving Station, lent by the Robert Brower family". The photo was loaned for display in an area museum in the 1960's. Rare early Life-Saving piece. No real issues other than a bit of cleaning needed. (VG). $445. 

1234-26. (document) U.S. Life-Saving Service, Office of Superintendent, First District, Portsmouth, NH. c.1899. Silas H. Harding, Superintendent, 1st. L.S. Dist. Original typed letter on official stationery, signed in hand by Superintendent Harding, is addressed to James A. Robinson & Son (clothiers), of Bangor, Maine, regarding pricing for an overcoat. In the short, terse text Superintendent Harding notes that “In reply to your [letter]…, prices for overcoat, I inform you that I can do better in this city and shall place my order here. Dated September 29, 1899. 8” x 10” on official Life-Saving Service stationery. Rare First District document in overall clean, crisp condition, signature somewhat smudged, overall much better than my image shows. A great piece to frame. (VG+). $74.

  

12431d. (brochure) Sparrow, Mary Evelyn. Lectures on New Subjects given at Point Allerton Life-Saving Station, Hull, Mass. The Life-Saving Service of the United States. The Massachusetts Life-Saver. c.1904. 4p folded. 8” x 11”. Keeper William Sparrow was the second keeper at the Point Allerton Life-Saving Station and served there through its transition to the U.S. Coast Guard in 1915. Point Allerton Station was one of the busier and more distinguished in the Northeast. Other stations that he served at included Wood End Station in Provincetown. When not involved with cooking and other duties at the station, his wife, Mary Evelyn Sparrow, began traveling and lecturing on the work of the U.S. life-savers in an effort to promote the work of the U.S. Lifesaving Service, to increase public awareness of their hazardous work and great life-saving record, and to aid in securing donations for shipwrecked mariners as well as encourage politicians to support their work and thus secure necessary government funds. Mrs. Sparrow used many photographs, as well as a set of lantern slides, in public lectures she gave throughout New England and even as far west as the Great Lakes. This brochure was used to advertise her three lectures including: “The Life Saving Service of the United States”, “The Massachusetts Life Saver”, and “Beautiful Women (In The Bible, In History, In Song And Story, In The World Today)”. Brochure is illustrated with a few Life-Saving Service photos, and includes 16 testimonials to Mrs. Sparow’s abilities including one from General Superintendent Sumner I. Kimball, Superintendents of the 2nd. and 3rd. Life-Saving Districts, the Boston Globe and more. Rare early information and Life-Saving Service. collectible. Intact, light edge wear, some moisture spotting and soiling to edges. (VG). $145.

1258e. U.S. Life-Saving Service. Order Form for Uniform c.1890’s. 2p. 8 ½” x 14”. Two page original Life-Saving Service uniform form for Oehm & Co., Army and Navy Outfitters of Baltimore, Md., includes all necessary forms for ordering and paying for uniforms. Includes listing of items ordered including Kersey coats, vests and trousers for winter, flannel for summer, caps, overcoats, jumpers, storm suits, cap ornaments, and buttons. Also includes page for measurements with diagrams. Partially filled out for waistcoat, trousers, cap. Rare early Life-Saving Service uniform information and form. Expected wear, edges worn and chipped, light soiling, original folds. (VG-). $85. 

14160. Lane, Mark. The United States Life Saving Service. Treasure Trove Magazine. October 1891. Half-page article discusses the short history and work of the crews at the 225 stations in the country. Full issue with interesting early articles of the day. (VG). $18.

29222c. [full page plate] United States Life-Saving Service, 1899-1915. The Company of Military Historians. Winter 1976. Full color, full page plate details the various uniforms used by the United States Life-Saving Service including Keeper’s uniform, cook, surfman winter and other dress, storm suit, summer uniform and more. Also includes numerous pieces of equipment including Lyle gun, powder box, beach lantern, early station and more. The Company of Military Historians has published a continuing series of articles and military prints, Military Uniforms in America , for many years. These full color prints are executed by different member artists to illustrate military dress relating to the American scene. As far as possible, the plates show items of material culture never illustrated before or not accurately depicted in the past. They are a unique form of reference. With over 800 plates completed to date, this continuing series represents the single most comprehensive documentation available on the subject. Excellent color plate of Life-Saving Service uniforms and equipment for framing. Extremely difficult to find. Light edge wear. (VG+-). $54.

 

  

12431c. (brochure) Sparrow, Mary Evelyn. Lectures on New Subjects given at Point Allerton Life-Saving Station, Hull, Mass. The Life-Saving Service of the United States. The Massachusetts Life-Saver. c.1904. 4p folded. 8” x 11”. Keeper William Sparrow was the second keeper at the Point Allerton Life-Saving Station and served there through its transition to the U.S. Coast Guard in 1915. Point Allerton Station was one of the busier and more distinguished in the Northeast. Other stations that he served at included Wood End Station in Provincetown. When not involved with cooking and other duties at the station, his wife, Mary Evelyn Sparrow, began traveling and lecturing on the work of the U.S. life-savers in an effort to promote the work of the U.S. Lifesaving Service, to increase public awareness of their hazardous work and great life-saving record, and to aid in securing donations for shipwrecked mariners as well as encourage politicians to support their work and thus secure necessary government funds. Mrs. Sparrow used many photographs, as well as a set of lantern slides, in public lectures she gave throughout New England and even as far west as the Great Lakes. This brochure was used to advertise her three lectures including: “The Life Saving Service of the United States”, “The Massachusetts Life Saver”, and “Beautiful Women (In The Bible, In History, In Song And Story, In The World Today)”. Brochure is illustrated with a few Life-Saving Service photos, and includes 16 testimonials to Mrs. Sparow’s abilities including one from General Superintendent Sumner I. Kimball, Superintendents of the 2nd. and 3rd. Life-Saving Districts, the Boston Globe and more. Rare early information and Life-Saving Service. collectible. Intact though moderate edge wear, a few spots and soiling to edges. (VG). $185.

 

22159c. York , Wick. ARCHITECTURE OF THE U. S. LIFE-SAVING STATIONS. Log of Mystic Seaport. Spring 1982. 32 p. Soft wraps. Fine article by noted architectural historian provides a good overview of the architectural history of the stations of the Life-Saving Service. Interesting are the early 1870’s “red-house” stations constructed along the New Jersey coast. Includes over 20 photographs and a wonderful large full page illustration of the beautiful 1882 Victorian station in Bay Head, New Jersey . Also included is a lengthy article on the wreck of the Jason off Cape Cod in 1893. Great for reading or research. (F-). $38.

27361v. U. S. Life Saving Service Lyle Gun Folding Octant c.1878-1901. This 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. (shown)

1234x. (document) U.S. Life-Saving Service, First District, Fletchers Neck Station. September 8, 1899. L.C. Totman, Keeper. Original hand-written letter from Keeper Totman to James A. Robinson & Son (clothiers), of Bangor, Maine, regarding difficulty with an order for coats. Text reads: “Dear Sir. The uniform arrived for this station all right except some mistakes. J.H. Bruell pants & P. L. Hupper coat L.S. Milgate vest. They will tell you where they need to be changed. Return them to …by … to be changed over. Will send returns next week. Respectfully yours, L.C. Totmans, Keeper.” 8” x 10” on official Life-Saving Service stationery. Rare First District document in overall clean, crisp condition. (VG+). $84.

1234v. (document) U.S. Life-Saving Service, First District, Fletchers Neck Station. September 21, 1899. L.C. Totman, Keeper. Original hand-written letter from Keeper Totman to James A. Robinson & Son (clothiers), of Bangor, Maine, regarding difficulty with an order for coats. Text reads: “Dear Sir. The three over coats with rest of …arrived all right. My coat was all right. Huper’s and Wilcot was too small have returned coats by Ed today to be altered am sorry that we have to send the clothes back but can’t help it. I enclose the following ant $15.25 to pay for suit for J.B. Bunker $5 on coat of J.L. Goldwaith $5 on …of Lislie Wilcot $5 on … of L.C. Totmans. Respectfully yours, L.C. Totmans, Keeper.” 8” x 10” on official Life-Saving Service stationery. Rare First District document in overall clean, crisp condition. (VG+). $110.

1234w. (document) U.S. Life-Saving Service, First District, Fletchers Neck Station. October 15, 1899. L.C. Totman, Keeper. Original hand-written letter from Keeper Totman to James A. Robinson & Son (clothiers), of Bangor, Maine, regarding payment for orders. Text reads: “Inclose the following amt. Perry L. Hupper $10 James H. Bruell $5 Lislie Wilcot $4 Levis C. Totman $5.25. Will send the remainder next payment. Respectfully yours, L.C. Totmans, Keeper.” 8” x 10” on official Life-Saving Service letter paper. Rare First District document in overall clean, crisp condition. (VG+). $84.

 

1234q. (lot 4 documents) U.S. Life-Saving Service, First District, Great Boars Head Life-Saving Station, Hampton, NH. c.1899. 1page each. B.F. Smart, Keeper. Lot of four original hand-written letters from Keeper Smart to James A. Robinson & Son (clothiers), of Bangor, Maine, regarding various orders for uniforms, accounts and payments, etc. For example, text of one letter reads: “Gentlemen: In regard to the account of Irving Burke, I have to ask your pardon for stating that the $7 was sent to balance acct. It was my mistake as I misunderstood him. He owes you $3.50 as per bill sent him. Please send buttons for over coats as the eyes have pulled out so bad that some coats have only a few buttons left on them. Remaining three letters are similar, regarding payments, accounts and delivery of uniforms and are dated Sept. – Oct. 1899. Respectfully yours, B.F. Smart [Keeper].” About 5” x 8” on lined stationery (not letterhead). November 10, 1899. Rare set of documents from the Keeper of the Great Boars Head Life-Saving Station. Overall clean, crisp condition. (VG+). $174.

Rare U.S. Life Saving Service Tintypes:

 

29221. (tintype) U.S. Life Saving Service Surfman c.1870. 1/6th plate. Offered is an incredibly rare tintype of a U.S. Life Saving Service Surfman. The subject is sitting in a chair, probably in the photographer’s studio. Clearly visible is the gentleman’s cap, with the words [LIFE] “SAVING SERVICE” visible to the camera. His weathered appearance speaks of his long career on the sea. We have long suspected that, like cabinet views and other early forms of photography, there must have been some tintypes of life-savers produced but until now we had never been able to find any. Presently this is the only one known to us. Tintypes, also known as a ferrotypes, originated in the early 1850’s and became the choice for photographers before photographic paper was invented. The use of this form peaked in the 1861-1870 period and began to give way to other forms of photography by 1900. Tintypes were produced on a metallic sheet (not actually tin) instead of the more common glass plates. The sheet was coated and sensitized just before use, as in the wet plate process. These early metal plates were then placed in the back of a box camera and exposed directly though the camera lens. Because of this all forms of early photography resulted in a mirror image of the subject, as is this image. The most common size for a tintype was 2 5/8” x 3 ¼” [1/6 plate], but they were made in numerous sizes. Tintypes were the first inexpensive photographic print and as such, made photography available to the working class. Also, being quite rugged, tintypes could be sent by mail, and many photographers did quite a trade visiting the encampments during the Civil War. The surfman sports a jacket common to life-savers of this early era, but without the brass buttons instituted in the late 1870’s. I would suspect that this image was captured in the early 1870’s, at the inception of the reorganized Life-Saving Service. Measures 2 3/8” x 3 9/16”. Condition is exceptional, clear, fine contrast, no scratches to image. (VG+). $625.

12504. (tintype) U.S. Life Saving Service Keeper (New Jersey) c.1860-1870. 1/6th plate. Offered is an incredibly rare tintype of a U.S. Life Saving Service Keeper, believed to be in the New Jersey area. The subject is sitting in a chair with a young girl, possibly his daughter, probably in the photographer’s studio. Clearly visible is the gentleman’s white bell-top cap, with insignia consisting of life ring with crossed oar and pike. The color of the hat suggests that this is a station keeper, the only paid person dusing this early 1849-1870 period before the reorganization of the Life-Saving Service under General Superintendent Sumner I. Kimball. During this early period there were no official uniforms and we find personnel wearing locally designed clothing. The keeper’s weathered appearance speaks of his long career on the sea. We have long suspected that, like cabinet views and other early forms of photography, there must have been some tintypes of life-savers produced but until recently we had never been able to find any. Tintypes, also known as a ferrotypes, originated in the early 1850’s and became the choice for photographers before photographic paper was invented. The use of this form peaked in the 1861-1870 period and began to give way to other forms of photography by 1900. Tintypes were produced on a metallic sheet (not actually tin) instead of the more common glass plates. The sheet was coated and sensitized just before use, as in the wet plate process. These early metal plates were then placed in the back of a box camera and exposed directly though the camera lens. Because of this all forms of early photography resulted in a mirror image of the subject, as is this image. The most common size for a tintype was 2 5/8” x 3 ¼” [1/6 plate], but they were made in numerous sizes. Tintypes were the first inexpensive photographic print and as such, made photography available to the working class. Also, being quite rugged, tintypes could be sent by mail, and many photographers did quite a trade visiting the encampments during the Civil War. The Keeper sports a jacket common to life-savers of this early era, but without the brass buttons instituted in the late 1870’s. Measures 2 3/8” x 3 9/16”. Condition is exceptional, clear, good contrast. (VG). $625.

 

13236. Freeman, Rev. Thomas J.A. The Life Saving Service in the United States. The American Catholic Quarterly Review, 1893, Volume XVIII., 17 Pages. Disbound. Chronicles the need and establishment of life-saving services in the world since the time of Henry III (1216), but focusing on the United States since the establishment of the Massachusetts Humane Society in 1786. Detailed account describes the evolution of the U.S. Life-Saving Service, the establishment of Districts and building and design of new stations over the years and in various parts of the country. Also examines the equipment design and its use, the lives of the men and much more. Quite a nice, detailed account. Clean. (VG+). $54.

 

  

12479. (mounted photo) Captain Thomas J. Maddock and Crew, Merrimack River Life-Saving Station, Plum Island, Newburyport, Massachusetts c.1900-1910. Close clear mounted photo provides a good view of the crew posing at the Bibb #2 station with the boatroom doors open and beach cart on the ramp. Captain Maddock is leaning on the beach cart wheel, with his dog laying in front. His five-man crew are posing in the beach-cart pulling ropes. Photo itself is quite clear and crisp, on original grey mount. Mount has one missing corner 2”, a few stains to margins. Will mat and frame nicely. Great early detail. 4” x 5 ½” on 7 ½” x 9”. (VG). $185.

 

MG-03. U. S. Life Saving Service Lyle Gun Powder Box. Scarce, original United States Life Saving Service Powder Storage Box. Cover embossed: “U. S. L. S. S. POWDER” Powder boxes were used to store and carry pre-measured bags of powder on the beach apparatus cart for use in the bronze Lyle gun. Box has all copper outer shell with top of hinged lid having large raised lettering “U. S. L. S. S. POWDER”. Entire interior is tin or lead lined and is divided into four compartments. Box has cast brass carrying handles on each end and a hasp on the front for securing shut. Box measures 14 ½” long x 10” wide x 7” deep. Condition is exceptional, as nice as they come without damage or repairs. Has aged patina with a few stains from can storage on the top, but will be quite striking when polished and placed in your collection. Powder box dates from the mid Life Saving Service years as designed and described by David Lyle in his reports. Exceptionally scarce, and simply a must if you have a Lyle gun,  or to complete your exhibit. (VG+).  $4,600. 

 

LN-02. U. S. Life Saving Service Lyle Gun Powder Box c.1880. Scarce, original United States Life Saving Service Powder Storage Box. Cover embossed: “U. S. L. S. S. POWDER” Powder boxes were used to store and carry pre-measured bags of powder on the beach apparatus cart for use in the bronze Lyle gun. Box has all copper outer shell with top of hinged lid having large raised lettering “U. S. L. S. S. POWDER”. Entire interior is tin or lead lined and is divided into four compartments. Box has cast brass carrying handles on each end, one side missing handle but brackets intact,  and a hasp on the front for securing shut. Previous owner has had a handle blank made from brass and all that remains is to have it properly filed or turned to round and inserted into brackets. Box measures 14 ½” long x 10” wide x 7” deep. Condition is very good, has had coat(s) of Coast Guard paint removed and has been professionally polished. Has old pitting on cover but is quite striking as polished. Powder box dates from the mid Life Saving Service years as designed and described by David Lyle in his reports. Exceptionally scarce, and simply a must if you have a Lyle gun,  or to complete your exhibit. Great value for the price. (VG). $2,100. 

 

  

1234n. (document) U.S. Life-Saving Service, First District, Jerry’s Point Station c.1899. A.A. Mayo, Keeper. Original hand-written letter from Keeper Mayo to James A. Robinson & Son (clothiers), of Bangor, Maine, regarding order for surfman’s uniforms. Text reads: “Gentlemen. Will you please make and send to me as soon as possible one pair uniform pant for Isreal A. Hill surfman #5 of this station, goods to be the same quality that you have already furnished this station crew this season. Also sent two blue flannel shirts for Elias Tarlton surfman #3 size of neck 18 inches and two blue flannel shirts for Walter Becker surfman #4 size of neck 17 inches quality of shirts same as you furnished for Thomas H. Barber #2. Very Respectfully, A.A. Mayo Keeper.” Dated October 2, 1899. 8” x 10” on official Life-Saving Service stationery. Rare First District document in overall clean, crisp condition. (VG+). $110.

1234o. (document) U.S. Life-Saving Service, First District, Jerry’s Point Station c.1899. A.A. Mayo, Keeper. Original hand-written letter from Keeper Mayo to James A. Robinson & Son (clothiers), of Bangor, Maine, regarding order for surfman’s uniforms. Text reads: “Gentlemen. I respectfully inform you that I received the bill for a pair of pants for surfman Hill #5 but no bill for shirts for #3 and 4 that I ordered at the same time that I ordered the pant for Hill #5. If you have not already shipped the shirts I wish you would as soon as possible as they are greatly in need of them. 2 blue flannel shirts for Elias Tarlton surfman #3 size 18 inches neck 2 blue flannel shirts for Walter Becker surfman #4 size 17 inches neck. Very Respectfully, A.A. Mayo Keeper.” Dated October 28, 1899. 8” x 10” on official Life-Saving Service stationery. Rare First District document in overall clean, crisp condition. (VG+). $110.

 

12418. (photo) Dobbins type pulling lifeboat, 28ft. version (boat No. 884). Station Ilwaco/Klipsan, Washington c.1910. Rare view shows great detail of the 8 surfmen and keeper rowing the rare Dobbins pulling surfboat of the Ilwaco Beach Life Saving Station. The boat in the photo is a Dobbins type pulling lifeboat. Station Ilwaco/Klipsan had two of them at various times, with the first being a 27ft. version that they inherited from Station Golden Gate Park in 1892 (no boat number assigned), and the second being a slightly larger 28ft. version (boat No. 884) which they received new in 1909. This may be either, but probably No. 884, the 28-footer Dobbins lifeboat. Rare view of this seldom seen boat model. Great early detail, on postcard paper. Not postmarked, light wear, clear and close. Dates from c.1904-1915 based on the backmark. (VG). $86.

12467. (photo) U.S. Life-Saving Service Horse-Drawn Parade Float c.1900. Rare view shows Life-Saving crew in surfboat on carriage, oars in upright position, being drawn by a team of horses in a parade. “U.S.L.S.S. can be seen on the bow of the boat but location is not known. Measures 3” x 3 ¼”. Clear, close view. (VG+). $68.

  

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).  $19.95.

Rare U.S. Life Saving Service Tintypes:

 

29221. (tintype) U.S. Life Saving Service Surfman c.1870. 1/6th plate. Offered is an incredibly rare tintype of a U.S. Life Saving Service Surfman. The subject is sitting in a chair, probably in the photographer’s studio. Clearly visible is the gentleman’s cap, with the words [LIFE] “SAVING SERVICE” visible to the camera. His weathered appearance speaks of his long career on the sea. We have long suspected that, like cabinet views and other early forms of photography, there must have been some tintypes of life-savers produced but until now we had never been able to find any. Presently this is the only one known to us. Tintypes, also known as a ferrotypes, originated in the early 1850’s and became the choice for photographers before photographic paper was invented. The use of this form peaked in the 1861-1870 period and began to give way to other forms of photography by 1900. Tintypes were produced on a metallic sheet (not actually tin) instead of the more common glass plates. The sheet was coated and sensitized just before use, as in the wet plate process. These early metal plates were then placed in the back of a box camera and exposed directly though the camera lens. Because of this all forms of early photography resulted in a mirror image of the subject, as is this image. The most common size for a tintype was 2 5/8” x 3 ¼” [1/6 plate], but they were made in numerous sizes. Tintypes were the first inexpensive photographic print and as such, made photography available to the working class. Also, being quite rugged, tintypes could be sent by mail, and many photographers did quite a trade visiting the encampments during the Civil War. The surfman sports a jacket common to life-savers of this early era, but without the brass buttons instituted in the late 1870’s. I would suspect that this image was captured in the early 1870’s, at the inception of the reorganized Life-Saving Service. Measures 2 3/8” x 3 9/16”. Condition is exceptional, clear, fine contrast, no scratches to image. (VG+). $625.

12504. (tintype) U.S. Life Saving Service Keeper (New Jersey) c.1860-1870. 1/6th plate. Offered is an incredibly rare tintype of a U.S. Life Saving Service Keeper, believed to be in the New Jersey area. The subject is sitting in a chair with a young girl, possibly his daughter, probably in the photographer’s studio. Clearly visible is the gentleman’s white bell-top cap, with insignia consisting of life ring with crossed oar and pike. The color of the hat suggests that this is a station keeper, the only paid person dusing this early 1849-1870 period before the reorganization of the Life-Saving Service under General Superintendent Sumner I. Kimball. During this early period there were no official uniforms and we find personnel wearing locally designed clothing. The keeper’s weathered appearance speaks of his long career on the sea. We have long suspected that, like cabinet views and other early forms of photography, there must have been some tintypes of life-savers produced but until recently we had never been able to find any. Tintypes, also known as a ferrotypes, originated in the early 1850’s and became the choice for photographers before photographic paper was invented. The use of this form peaked in the 1861-1870 period and began to give way to other forms of photography by 1900. Tintypes were produced on a metallic sheet (not actually tin) instead of the more common glass plates. The sheet was coated and sensitized just before use, as in the wet plate process. These early metal plates were then placed in the back of a box camera and exposed directly though the camera lens. Because of this all forms of early photography resulted in a mirror image of the subject, as is this image. The most common size for a tintype was 2 5/8” x 3 ¼” [1/6 plate], but they were made in numerous sizes. Tintypes were the first inexpensive photographic print and as such, made photography available to the working class. Also, being quite rugged, tintypes could be sent by mail, and many photographers did quite a trade visiting the encampments during the Civil War. The Keeper sports a jacket common to life-savers of this early era, but without the brass buttons instituted in the late 1870’s. Measures 2 3/8” x 3 9/16”. Condition is exceptional, clear, good contrast. (VG). $625.

 

11501. Stover, Douglas. Pea Island Life-Saving Station, Rodanthe, North Carolina, Coast Guard Station #177 : Historic Resource Study. National Park Service. 2008. 83p. Provides a valuable foundation for the restoration of historic structures and insights into the lives of the crews. Report is particularly important in documenting the historic significance of the property and the accomplishments of the Life-Saving Service and Coast Guard crews here. In this case, the Pea Island, North Carolina Life-Saving Station was studied using evidence present at the site, historical documents found at the National Archives, Life-Saving Service records, logs, reports, letters from the keepers and more. Using these and other sources, the author is able to provide a detailed assessment of how the structure would have looked during the period of interest, and more. The report includes numerous period and current photos and diagrams, architectural plans, and excerpts from Life-Saving Service books and documents, original specifications, and more for guidance. A most important reference for anyone interested in what the station building(s) would have contained and looked like as well as an in depth look at the construction and work of the Life-Saving Service there. (no longer in print) PDF File on Disc. (M) $29.95. (x)

 

12505. The Life-Saving Service, and its Chief. Frank Leslie's Illustrated Newspaper. April 11, 1874. Lengthy full page article describes the new Life-Saving Service and its new Chief, Sumner I. Kimball. Good detail includes a brief biography of Chief Kimball, a look at the Service and the improvements that will be implemented, new stations being built and their costs, and more. Includes six beautiful woodcut engravings depicts Chief Kimball himself, life-saving station at Long Branch, new station design, new surf-boat and carriage, improved “safety-car”, life-saving station at Narragansett, R.I. Great illustrations, wonderful detail. Full issue includes other articles and advertisements of the day. Intact, clean, fine for framing. (VG+). $58.

 

  

1258d. U.S. Life-Saving Service. Order Form for Uniform for Crumple Island Life-Saving Station, Jonesport, Maine c.1899. 2p. 8 ½” x 14”. Two page original Life-Saving Service uniform form for Oehm & Co., Army and Navy Outfitters of Baltimore, Md., includes all necessary forms for ordering and paying for uniforms. Includes listing of items ordered including Kersey coats, vests and trousers for winter, flannel for summer, caps, overcoats, jumpers, storm suits, cap ornaments, and buttons. Also includes page for measurements with diagrams. Filled out for Surfman No. 2 Fred R. Spurling at Crumple Island Life-Saving Station, Jonesport, Maine. Form is filled out in hand by Surfman Spurling. Rare early Life-Saving Service uniform information and form. Expected wear, light soiling, original folds. (VG). $185. 

20386. Barnett, J. P., THE LIFESAVING GUNS OF DAVID LYLE. South Bend . 1976. 3rd. 108p. Soft wraps. 3rd. updated edition. This is the definitive reference on this well known backbone of the Life-Saving Service and early Coast Guard – the Lyle Gun. Using early records and searching out makers and specimens, the author presents a most complete account of the manufacture and history of these important tools. Includes Manby mortar, Hunt gun, and numerous civilian guns including Hall’s, Coston, Cunningham’s rockets, Galbraith, General Ordnance, Naval Co., Steward, American Ordinance, Sculler, HTP, and many more. Also includes firing mechanisms, faking equipment, projectiles, octants, powder, performance tests, and more. Filled with vintage photos and diagrams, this is an extremely valuable reference on the subject. (M). $21.50. 

12435. (photo) U.S. Life Saving Service Crew, Big Sandy Life-Saving Station, Lake Ontario c.1913. Great image shows a close, clear view of the keeper and his 6-man crew posing outside with their beach apparatus cart. Rare, clean and clear, nice view of uniforms, insignia, beach cart, etc. The life saving station at the mouth of Sandy creek was established in 1876. Before the station went into operation, more than 80 boats and vessels were driven into the Mexico bay region, and of this number one-half were total wrecks, while the fatalities aggregated 80 lives lost. Great early detail, on postcard paper. Postmarked 1913. Only very light wear, clear and close. (VG+). $156.

12248i. [envelope] Office of Superintendent of Life-Saving Stations, Second District, East Orleans, Mass. c.1892. Original envelope from District Superintendent Benjamin C. Sparrow addressed to Keeper E.P. Worthen, Highland Life-Saving Station No. 8, North Truro. With nicely printed return address, envelope is cancelled but without stamp. Great rare piece for framing. Expected moderate soiling. (G). $26.

 

2054c. [paperweight] Heavy glass paperweight featuring an early c.1910 photograph of the ”Crew Life-Saving Station, Salisbury Beach, Mass.” This rare item features a nice detailed image of the life-saving station boatroom as the crew poses on the ramp with their surfboat. Nice early Life-Saving Service image, clear, somewhat faded. Paperweight measures 2 ½” x 4” x 1”. By Pyro Photo, New York. (VG). $54.

 

7159q. (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 spine wear, good copy. (VG). $46.

7159s. (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, good copy. (VG+). $48.

  

12431. (brochure) Sparrow, Mary Evelyn. Lectures on New Subjects given at Point Allerton Life-Saving Station, Hull, Mass. The Life-Saving Service of the United States. The Massachusetts Life-Saver. c.1904. 4p folded. 8” x 11”. Keeper William Sparrow was the second keeper at the Point Allerton Life-Saving Station and served there through its transition to the U.S. Coast Guard in 1915. Point Allerton Station was one of the busier and more distinguished in the Northeast. Other stations that he served at included Wood End Station in Provincetown. When not involved with cooking and other duties at the station, his wife, Mary Evelyn Sparrow, began traveling and lecturing on the work of the U.S. life-savers in an effort to promote the work of the U.S. Lifesaving Service, to increase public awareness of their hazardous work and great life-saving record, and to aid in securing donations for shipwrecked mariners as well as encourage politicians to support their work and thus secure necessary government funds. Mrs. Sparrow used many photographs, as well as a set of lantern slides, in public lectures she gave throughout New England and even as far west as the Great Lakes. This brochure was used to advertise her three lectures including: “The Life Saving Service of the United States”, “The Massachusetts Life Saver”, and “Beautiful Women (In The Bible, In History, In Song And Story, In The World Today”. Brochure is illustrated with a few Life-Saving Service photos, and includes 16 testimonials to Mrs. Sparrow’s abilities including one from General Superintendent Sumner I. Kimball, Superintendents of the 2nd. and 3rd. Life-Saving Districts, the Boston Globe and more. Rare early information and Life-Saving Service. collectible. Intact though moderate edge wear, a few spots and soiling to edges. (VG-). $225.

8426b,c,d. [glass slide] Some Operations of the Life-Saving Corps, Jamestown Exposition. #14219. c.1907 by Keystone View Company. Beautiful b/w glass projection slide featuring the Life-Saving Service performing breeches buoy drill at the Jamestown Exposition. The crew of six are in the foreground pulling a seventh member from an offshore vessel. The pinstriped wheels of the beach apparatus cart are just visible in the foreground. Slide measures 3 ¼” x 4” and presents a superb, clear image. Includes original printed description.  (F).  $32. Reduced $26.

 

28122. [15 glass slide set] The Life-Savers of Cape Cod. c.1902. In 1902 Dalton wrote probably the finest and most complete history of the Life-Saving Service and its 13 stations on the outer reaches of Cape Cod . In it he looked at each of the 13 stations individually including their men, equipment, construction and modifications of the buildings, rescues, and much more. It was profusely illustrated with over 100 fine b/w photographs. During this period, surfman Asa Cobb Paine Lombard along with his Cahoon’s Hollow companion, Eugene Young, gave lectures at the time in the eastern part of Massachusetts describing the wrecks that occurred on Cape Cod from Monomoy to Provincetown , explaining how rescue attempts were made, and the operations of the United States Life Saving Service. The proceeds from the lectures were used to buy Station personnel the necessary extras needed to perform their duties — equipment not provided by the government. In addition, other surfmen gave similar lectures, all using similar b/w projection slides using these images from Dalton’s book and others. This lot of 15 glass projection slides is from such a set used for these lectures. Crystal clear views include: Surfman E. S. Dyer, Pamet River LSS, oldest surfman in the U.S.L.S.S.; wreck Katie J. Barrett breaking up on beach; ship A. S. Ropes dismasted off Provincetown; Highland LSS crew; wreck Panchita driven ashore in Provincetown; High Head LSS; High Head LSS crew; Wood End LSS crew; Nauset LSS crew; Monomoy LSS; Keeper Seth Ellis, Keeper Monomoy LSS; Keeper Joseph Kelley, Monomoy Point LSS; Schooner ashore; wreckage on beach; dismasted schooner. The views are superb and crystal clear, perfect for printing or projecting in a proper projector. Slides measures 3 ¼” x 4” and presents a superb, clear image. Two slides have crack but are intact, remaining near fine. (VG+). $445. Reduced $325.

 

 

   

4234. Pond, James L., HISTORY OF LIFE-SAVING APPLIANCES, AND MILITARY AND NAVAL CONSTRUCTIONS. INVENTED AND MANUFACTURED BY JOSEPH FRANCIS WITH SKETCHES AND INCIDENTS OF HIS BUSINESS LIFE IN THE UNITED STATES AND EUROPE .... New York . Published and Printed by E. D. Slater 1885. 127. Tall octavo, olive green cloth titled in gilt on spine with gilt embossed vignette of the "1850 Francis Patent Metallic Life-Car". on front cover. Indexed; illustrated in black and white throughout with 17 wonderful engraved illustrations, with several full-page drawings and a folding plate of equipment related to life-saving and life boat construction. With presentation label from Joseph Francis pasted to inside front board. First edition presented to Captain Franklin C. Jessup by Joseph Francis, with Jessup’s name handwritten on Francis’s printed presentation label mounted on the front pastedown. The book is wonderfully illustrated with plates depicting shipwrecks and other maritime accidents, and boats and equipment built by Francis. Chronicles the design and use of Francis’ life-saving appliances including his Patent Metal Life-Car, which saw use on the coast of New Jersey in January, 1850 and was credited with saving 200 lives from the wreck of the Ayrshire. Later the metallic life-car was adopted for use by the United States Life-Saving Service. Excellent descriptions of many terrible wrecks and rescues including the Ayrshire, with many fine engravings. Also includes a great deal of information regarding many other designs of life-saving appliances, some of which were adopted for use by the Life-Saving services throughout the world. The binding is rubbed & stained; the covers are bumped & the head of the spine is chipped. there is insect damage to the portrait frontispiece & to the front edges of the following 3 leaves & of the last 24 pages of the book; there is a short tear to the bottom edge of the folding plate; there is occasional light soiling & staining. A most important work by this early life-saving inventor, a sought after collector’s piece. (VG). $275. Reduced $185.

 

  

12448. Means, Dennis R. SAND ENOUGH – The Legacy of Captain Joshua James of Hull, Massachusetts. 2012. 328p. Soft wraps, spiral bound. Map, 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). $135. With each book receive a free copy of Prologue - below)

9139. Means, Dennis R., A HEAVY SEA RUNNING: THE FORMATION OF THE U. S. LIFE-SAVING SERVICE 1846-1878. [Prologue pp.222-243. Journal of the National Archives. Winter 1987 Vol. 19, No.4.] This excellent issue has become almost impossible to find and contains a thoroughly research article detailing the numerous events leading up to the formation of the Life-saving Service. Included is information on Senator John P. Stockton who helped convince Congress to employ surfmen, Treasury Secretary James Guthrie who obtained Congressional support for local keepers in 1854, Treasury Secretary George Boutwell who promoted Sumner Kimball and much more. Wonderfully illustrated with many early photographs and engravings. This is one of the better accounts of the early years. (M). $38.

  

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1258c. U.S. Life-Saving Service. Order Form for Uniform Form No. 1852 c.1899. Wallis Sands Life-Saving Station, Portsmouth, NH. 4p. 8 ½” x 14”. Four page original form includes all necessary forms for ordering and paying for uniforms. Includes listing of items ordered including Kersey coats, vests and trousers for winter, flannel for summer, caps, overcoats, jumpers, storm suits, cap ornaments, and buttons. Also includes page for measurements with diagrams, invoice page and receipt. Filled out for Surfman Richard L. Rawley at Wallis Sands Life-Saving Station, Portsmouth, NH. Form is filled out in hand by Surfman Rawley. Rare early Life-Saving Service uniform information and form. Expected wear, light soiling, original folds. (VG). $295. 

  

12248a. (document) U.S. Life-Saving Service, Second District, Highland Station, Cape Cod c.1895. E.P. Worthen, Keeper. Original hand-written letter on official stationery from Keeper Edwin P. Worthen to Captain C.A. Abbey, U.S. Revenue Marine, Inspector of U.S. Life-Saving Stations, New York City, regarding supplies that have not yet arrived. The letter reads: “Sir. I have to report articles of supplies which have not arrived, named in your list. Vis., 1. Brush dust; 3 Brush paint – flat 4 ½ inch; 1 Tarpaulin 10x10 feet; 1 Oil Polish, Berlman’s, in 1 gt cans. Very respectfully, E.P. Worthen, Keeper.” The letter was read by Captain Abbey and returned to Keeper Worthen with this notation: “As stated in notice of shipment, the articles … referred to, will be forwarded when received in stock. The list should not be returned, nor the receipt signed until all articles are delivered. C.A. Abbey [stamp] Captain, U.S.R.C.S., Inspector.”  8” x 10” on official Life-Saving Service, Second District stationery. Dated February 5, 1894.  Rare Second District life-saving document in overall clean, crisp condition. (VG+). $115.

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1234k. U.S. Life-Saving Service, First District, Great Boars Head Life-Saving Station, Hampton, NH. c.1899. 1p. B.F. Smart, Keeper. Original hand-written letter from Keeper Smart to James A. Robinson & Son (clothiers), of Bangor, Maine, regarding delay in shipment of order for surfman’s uniforms. Text reads: “Gentlemen: Yours of 26th. Inst. At hand, I have no fault to find in regard to delay in shipment of clothing; for with exception of Surfman No. 6 (who sent his order through the Assistant Inspector) the men are not without uniforms. Knowing that you will forward clothing at the first opportunity, without being urged to do so, I find no fault. Respectfully yours, B.F. Smart, Keeper.” 8” x 10” on official Life-Saving Service stationery. Dated August 28th., 1899.  Rare First District document in overall clean, crisp condition. (VG+). $94.

  

1234L. U.S. Life-Saving Service, First District, Great Boars Head Life-Saving Station, Hampton, NH. c.1899. 1p. B.F. Smart, Keeper. Original hand-written letter from Keeper Smart to James A. Robinson & Son (clothiers), of Bangor, Maine, regarding delay in shipment of order for surfman’s uniforms. Text reads: “Gentlemen: Yours of 26th. Inst. At hand, I have no fault to find in regard to payment for a shipment of clothing. Letter reads: “Gentlemen: Enclosed please find money order $32.50 from myself and crew. Please credit the same as follows: [Keeper] B.F. Smart $10 on account, Geo. W. Palmer $8.50 amount of bills enclosed, Frank N. Garland $2 amount of bill enclosed, H.C. Lattime absent on sick leave, W.A. Mason $4 on acct., Roderick McDonald $8 on acct. I will send the balances of my acct. next month. Respectfully yours, B.F. Smart, Keeper.” 8” x 10” on official Life-Saving Service stationery. Dated September 10, 1899.  Rare First District document in overall clean, crisp condition. (VG+). $76.

 

Rye Beach Life-Saving Station:

1234J. (document) U.S. Life-Saving Service, First District, Rye Beach Station c.1900. A.L. Remick, Keeper. Original hand-written letter from Keeper Remick to James A. Robinson & Son (clothiers), of Bangor, Maine, regarding order for surfman’s uniforms. Text reads: “Sirs; Enclosed herewith please find order for uniform for Surfman No. 6 Donald A. Randall of my crew. He would like a little time on the goods. He says he will pay the whole bill when he receives his February payment which will be the first part of March. If the terms of payment is satisfactory to you, please ship the good as soon as possible by American Ex. To Portsmouth, N.H. Respectfully Yours, A.L. Remick Keeper.” 8” x 8 ½” on official Life-Saving Service stationery. Dated January 12, 1900.  Rare First District document in overall clean, crisp condition. (VG+). $124.

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12177. (document) George Frisbie Hoar, Senate of the United States re. Life Saving Service. c. 1893. Rare document is on United States Senate stationery, dated September 16, 1893 and is signed in hand by Senator Hoar. Letter is addressed to Solomon R. Hawes, Esq., Wellfleet, Mass., who apparently wrote to Hoar discussing the importance of the work of the Life-Saving Service and the need for proper compensation for the men. The letter reads “My dear Sir: You can say nothing that will seem to me exaggerated in regard to the importance of the Life Saving Service, or the title of the brave men who belong to it to public gratitude and to full and generous compensation. I shall do all that I can to carry out the principles so well stated in your letter. I am faithfully yours, [signed] Geo F. Hoar.” George F. Hoar (1826 – 1904) was a U.S. Representative (1869-1877)  & Senator (1877-1904) from Massachusetts. Hoar was long noted as a fighter against political corruption, and campaigned for the rights of African Americans and Native Americans. He argued in the Senate in favor of Women's suffrage as early as 1886 and opposed the Chinese Exclusion Act, 1882. As a member of the Congressional Electoral Commission, he was involved with settling the highly disputed U.S. presidential election, 1876. He authored the Presidential Succession Act of 1886. Letter is typed by a stenographer on official Senate stationery and is signed in hand by Hoar. Rare and important document. Clean, crisp, with original folds. (VG+). $145. 

10257. Menz, Kahterine B. Historic Furnishings Report - Sleeping Bear Point Life-Saving Station: Sleeping Bear Dunes National Lakeshore.  Harpers Ferry, WV: Historic Furnishings Branch, Harpers Ferry Center, National Park Service, 1983. 275p. Thoroughly illustrated. Detailed report describes all property items issued to and used at the Marquetts-style life-saving station boathouse and sleeping quarters during the period 1901-1902. Report is extensively researched and details all items issued to the station with a great deal of information about each, and then presents an interpretive plan for the current museum with recommended artifacts to properly convey the life and work of the life-savers. Thoroughly documented with plans, illustrations and reports including a copy of the complete Life-Saving Service, List of Articles of Outfit for the Sleeping Bear Point Life-Saving Station, Twelfth District, June 24, 1901. Superb information. (spiral bound photocopy $58). 

20141. Dalton, John W. ALONG THE COAST [Official Journal of the Life-Saving Service Surfman’s Mutual Benefit Association]. Volumes No. 1 through 9. From March 1909 to June 1910. Folio 11" x 14". 210 pages. Spiral bound. Along The Coast was the official monthly journal of the Surfman of the Life-Saving Service, distributed monthly in the early 1900’s. The magazine was published by John W. Dalton and was devoted to the work and interests of the Life-Saving Service, the men and the organization. During that period men of the Lighthouse Service at shore stations and on lightship duty also found the publication most interesting as much news of their stations was also reported. Each issue contains hundreds of stories of historical shipwrecks, service incidents, detailed wreck reports, and the work of the life-saving crews. Also included are wonderful photographs [though poorly reproduced in this copy from microfilm] and biographical sketches of the heroes of the Life-Saving Service. Also included are other interesting stories of the sea, official notifications and reports of meetings. One almost never finds any of these publications and now we have an opportunity to read the first nine issues. This is by far the most interesting material that I have ever read on the day to day operations of the Service. A MUST for anyone interested in the subject. [210 pages, spiral bound, folio 11" x 14" photocopy.] $138.

 

  

98220f,g. (lot 2 mounted photos) Rye Beach Life Savers Drill with Breeches Buoy c.1880. Lot of two original mounted photos show the life savers from the Rye Beach, New Hampshire, station drilling with the Lyle Gun and breeches buoy apparatus. In one rare view, the photographer catches the projectile in the air just after being fired from the Lyle Gun. In the background can be seen the 1874-type life-saving station. The second view includes the beach apparatus cart and breeches buoy set up including the crotch pole. Rare views, taken by Clarence N. Trefry, Rye Beach, N.H. Images measure 4 ½” x 6 ¾” on 8” x 10” matts. Images are clear and crisp, no damage, some wear and corner missing from mat of one photo. Superb set. (VG). $185.

 

1234i. (document) U.S. Life-Saving Service, First District, Jerry’s Point Station c.1899. A.A. Mayo, Keeper. Original hand-written letter from Keeper Mayo to James A. Robinson & Son (clothiers), of Bangor, Maine, regarding order for Keeper’s and surfman’s uniforms. Text reads: “Gentlemen. I respectfully inform you that I have received clothing for myself and surfman of this station, and all clothing is allrigfht excepting the vest for surfman T.H. Barber. That is too small for him and I return it to you by the American Express this date for you to make larger. The vest is allright as to length, but vest must be 39 inches around the body over the chest and under the arms, and 40 inches around the bottom of the vest. I will send you a check for the clothing soon. Very Respectfully, A.A. Mayo Keeper.” 8” x 8 ½” on official Life-Saving Service stationery. Rare First District document in overall clean, crisp condition. (VG+). $124.

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1258b. U.S. Life-Saving Service. Order Form for Uniform Form No. 1852 c.1899. Great Boars Head Life-Saving Station, Hampton, NH. 4p. 8 ½” x 14”. Four page original form includes all necessary forms for ordering and paying for uniforms. Includes listing of items ordered including Kersey coats, vests and trousers for winter, flannel for summer, caps, overcoats, jumpers, storm suits, cap ornaments, and buttons. Also includes page for measurements with diagrams, invoice page and receipt. Filled out for Surfman Roderick MsDonald at Great Boars Head Life-Saving Station, Hampton, NH. Form is filled out in hand by Surfman McDonald and by Assistant District Inspector Lt. Worth G. Ross. Rare early Life-Saving Service uniform information and form. Expected wear, light soiling, original folds. (VG). $295. 

 

  

1234h. (document) U.S. Life-Saving Service, First District, Damariscove Station. August 31, 1899. E.H. Spinney, Keeper. Original hand-written letter from Keeper Spinney to James A. Robinson & Son (clothiers), of Bangor, Maine, regarding order for buttons and fur coat. Text reads: “Gentlemen: In reply to yours of the 16th. Inst. Will say. You may send ten of the large and seven of the small buttons, coat and vest size. The prices that you quote for the buttons are so small I am inclined to think they will not stand the test of sale water – still I am willing to give them a trial. Please inform me if you can furnish me with a fur coat, if so state the kinds of fur and quote prices. Respectfully yours, E.H. Spinney, Keeper.” 8” x 10” on official Life-Saving Service stationery. Rare First District document in overall clean, crisp condition. (VG+). $110.

   

12179. [photo] Merrimack River Life-Saving Station, Plum Island, Newburyport, Massachusetts c.1900-1910. Close photo provides a good view of the station with the boatroom doors open, looking through. Photo itself is clear, a few marks and written message. Great early detail, on postcard paper. 3 ½” x 5 ½”. (VG). $28.

12174. (photo) Klipsan Beach Life Saving Station with Crew, Washington c.1910. Original photo shows the life savers from the Klipsan Beach station (formerly Ilwaco Beach station) posing on the lawn in front of the station. The station guarded a sandy beach many miles long, a rarity on the rocky Pacific coast. The Marquette-style station was built in 1891 on the southwest Washington coast, 13 miles north of Cape Disappointment. Crystal clear view, unusually clear, as nice as they come. Great detail. Photo measures 3 ½” x 5” on postcard paper. Rare  image. (VG+). $76.

28413h. (wooden block) United States Life Saving Service c.1880. Early U. S. Life Saving Service wood block  is complete with hook and is nicely branded “U.S.L.S.S on the wood cheek. Block is, of course, used but is nicely intact, and in wonderful condition. This is an extremely difficult to find item used in the life-saving station. Condition is excellent and this will make an important addition to your collection. Measures 10 ½”  overall length including hook. Shieves 3 ½” diameter. (VG+). $585.

     

12132. (document) U.S. Life-Saving Service, First District, Great Boar’s Head (Hampton Beach) Station c.1899. B. F. Smart, Keeper. Original hand-written letter dated July 11, 1899, from Keeper Smart to James A. Robinson & Son (clothiers), of Bangor, Maine, in which he orders a light weight officer's suit for himself and discusses the quality of uniforms from other distributors in comparison to those of Robinson & Son. Keeper Smart notes his satisfaction and that he will recommend this clothier to his crew as well. Quite interesting insight. 3 sheets. 8” x 10” on official Life-Saving Service stationery. Rare First District document in overall good condition, light soiling. Two original folds. (VG). $144.

 2526. (lighthouse life-saving blotters) c.1900. This is a striking collection of seven turn of the century blotters issued by the First National Bank of Portsmouth , NH . Each of the seven blotters bears a period photo image of a New Hampshire lighthouse or life-saving station including White Island Light, Whale’s Back Light, Fort Point Light, Wallis Sands LSS, Wood Island LSS, Hampton Beach LSS, and Rye Beach LSS. Blotters measure 3 ½” x 9” and are clean and crisp, would look wonderful framed as a set. Set 7 blotters $110. Reduced $84.

 

     

1283. (hat pin) U. S. Life Saving Service c.1880-1910. Period Victorian lady's hat pin is only the second that I have found. This pin was probably owned by the wife of a Life-Saving Service keeper or surfman and bears an original top from a  “U.S. Life Saving Service” button. Button measures 5/8” in diameter and is mounted in a decorative mount. Hat pin appears professionally made and dates to the period 1880-1910. Pin measures 7 ¼” long. This is a wonderful artifact of the period and a rarely found wife’s possession. Light wear and soiling, needs a good cleaning. (VG). $184. 

 BR-71. SCENES IN THE LIFE OF A WRECKER. Harper’s Weekly. February 21, 1874. Wonderful large 10” x 14” full page illustration depicts the life and work of a wrecker in a large central illustration and 10 vignettes. Includes firing the rocket and mortar to effect a rescue, landing the crew, the underwriters at work, welcoming the crew at the hut, laying in stores, salvaging timber, divers at work, and more. Framed to 16”  x 20” , double matted in shades of green. Superb image. (F-).  $148. Reduced $88.

793d. Bennett, Robert F. SURFBOATS, ROCKETS, AND CARRONADES. GPO. 1976. 98p. Stiff wraps. Inscribed by the author. Written before the resurgence of interest in the origins of the Life-Saving Service, Surfboats, Rockets, And Carronades  traces the little known origins, successes and failures of the earliest federal efforts in lifesaving along the coasts. During the years from 1848 through 1870 volunteer efforts of private citizens saved countless thousands of lives from shipwreck. To help them, they had only native experience, abundant courage, and some token federal assistance in the form of … SURFBOATS, ROCKETS, AND CARRONADES. This is the story of these first rescue stations and of the later establishment of the Life-Saving Service. Extremely difficult to find. Contents clean, tight, light soiling to wraps, light foxing to end papers. (VG).  $88.

   (later view Mecox LSS) 

858. (mounted photo) U.S. Life-Saving Station (possibly Mecox, NY) c.1878. Clear close view of this 1875-Type station as the crew drills with the breeches buoy apparatus to the drill pole in the foreground. Regarding the identification of this station, Wick York, co-author with Ralph Shanks of “The U.S. Life-Saving Service”, notes: “I think (but I'm not certain) that this is an 1875-Type and that it could be the 1877 Mecox, NY station on Long Island that's on page 78 in our book. However in the book photo (and in all other photos of the station I've seen) the roof of the side lean to intersects the sidewall of the main part of the station below the eave of the main roof. In your photo the lean to's roof is an extension of the main roof. I've also never seen any photos of the station with a gable roof dormer like the one in your photo, although I have seen photos of the station with a shed roof dormer. And the station has two chimneys in the book photo while it has only one in your photo. I've seen photos of most but not every 1875 Type station and the Mecox station is the only one I've seen with an 1882 type tower like this one. It's very possible the Mecox station only had one chimney at some point but I find the lean to roof more difficult to explain.” This is a superb early view, one of the few that I have found of this vintage. Probably taken shortly after the station was constructed. Photo image measures 5 ½” x 8” on original 8” x 10” mount. Beautiful original piece. Overall clean, very good condition, only light moisture to margins of mount, foxing to back. (VG). $285. 

  

12173. Cape Lookout National Seashore, Portsmouth Life-Saving Station: Historic Structure Report. 2006. 168p. Portsmouth, NC. . Historic Architecture Program, Southeast Region, U.S. Dept. of Interior, National Park Service. Soft wraps. Historic Structure Reports provide a valuable foundation for the rehabilitation, restoration, stabilization or reconstruction of historic structures. Such a report is particularly important for finding or fabricating significant missing architectural details and other items that would have been found on such structures, and for documenting the history and changes to such structures over time. This allows one to recapture the appearance of a property at one particular period of its history, removing later additions, or substantially modifying existing historic fabric. In this case, the Portsmouth, North Carolina Life-Saving Station was studied using evidence present at the site, historical documents found at the National Archives, Life-Saving Service records, logs, reports, letters from the keepers and more. Using these and other sources, the authors are able to provide a detailed assessment of how the structure would have looked during the period of interest, and more. The report includes numerous period and current photos and diagrams, architectural plans, and excerpts from Life-Saving Service books and documents, original specifications, and more for guidance. A most important reference for anyone interested in what the station building(s) would have contained and looked like as well as an in depth look at the construction and work of the Life-Saving Service. (M). $78.

 

(lot) Damariscove Life Saving Station c.1900. Includes photos, documents, etc. 

    

1269. [mounted photograph] c.1900. Original portrait photograph, of a U.S. Life-Saving Service Surfman, from the Damariscove Life-Saving Station, Maine c.1900. This rare posed portrait photograph shows the handsome surfman proudly posing in his 4-button single-breasted uniform coat. Clearly visible is his uniform cap with “U. S. Life Saving Service”, and life ring and “U.S.L.S.S.” on the right sleeve. Clearly visible too is his surfman No. 7” on his left sleeve. The view measures 4” x 5 ½” on original 6” x 9” mount. Mount is labeled “Holmes [photographer] Bath, ME”. Photo is clear, and crisp, one of the better images we have had in some time. Light soiling to mount. It is exceptionally rare to see such photos of surfmen in any format. From a private collection lot of Damariscota Life-Saving Service items. (VG+). $345.

  

1234a. (document) U.S. Life-Saving Service, First District, Damariscove Station. August 8, 1899.  E.H. Spinney, Keeper. Original hand-written letter from Keeper Spinney to James A. Robinson & Son (clothiers), of Bangor, Maine, regarding uniform measurements for his No. 1 Surfman. Text reads: “Gentlemen: As Mr Curran was unable to see my No. 1 man you will use his last year’s measure with this difference – make the pants 22-inches at the knee and bottom of leg. Make the legs an inch longer than the measure you now have. His last years coat is smaller in the arm sizes. Respectfully yours, E.H. Spinney, Keeper.” 8” x 10” on official Life-Saving Service stationery. Rare First District document in overall clean, crisp condition. One spot, light soil. (VG+). $134.

2245. Griffin , Carl R. III AND Alaric Faulkner. COMING OF AGE ON DAMARISCOVE ISLAND , MAINE . Orono. 1981. 116 p. Soft wraps. A wonderful chronicle of growing up and of life on Maine ’s Damariscove Island . Includes a most interesting chapter on the Coast Guard [Life-Saving] station on the island, their work and details about the men stationed there at the time. Wonderful coastal Maine reading. (VG).  $26.

Lot four (4) Damariscove Life Saving Station items $685 (savings of $68). 

1151. (booklet) The LIFE SAVING SERVICE. Speech Of Hon. Chas. B. Roberts of Maryland, Delivered in the House of Representatives, Monday, June 3, 1878. Baltimore. 1878. 16p. Soft wraps. Text of the speech delivered before the House of Representatives begging the funds to increase the life-saving apparatus along the coast. Details some of the fearful wrecks that have occurred in the area and some of the equipment presently on hand, as well as denying the need to combine the service with the Navy. Important information on these very early beginnings of the Life-Saving Service. Light wear, contents clean, tight. (VG-). $54. Reduced $44.

 

27431c. Civilian line gun projectile. $685 (1 available) .Reduced $435 each

 

North Scituate Life Saving Station c.1890-1910 

25363. One of the finest original views that we have ever had. Original cabinet view, a full 10” x 12” and with gilded edges show superb detail in an unprecedented format. Station is the North Scituate Bibb #2-Type station, built in 1887 and located near Minot, Mass. Clearly the largest and finest view that we have yet seen.  Exterior view with crew posing on the boat ramp. $375. Reduced $285.

25362. Rare interior view $685.         Reduced $595.

 

8426b,c,d. [glass slide] Some Operations of the Life-Saving Corps, Jamestown Exposition. #14219. c.1907 by Keystone View Company. Beautiful b/w glass projection slide featuring the Life-Saving Service performing breeches buoy drill at the Jamestown Exposition. The crew of six are in the foreground pulling a seventh member from an offshore vessel. The pinstriped wheels of the beach apparatus cart are just visible in the foreground. Slide measures 3 ¼” x 4” and presents a superb, clear image. Includes original printed description.  (F).  $32. Reduced $24. 

11155. Carlson, Commander Arnold E. USCG. Captain Joshua James -- Lifesaver Nonpareil. United States Naval Institute Proceedings. August 1959. 7p. Joshua James (1826-1902) is to this day still acknowledged to the most distinguished seafaring lifesaver in te United States. Capt. James served in the lifeboats of the Massachusetts Humane Society from 1842 and later as Keeper of the Point Allerton Life-Saving Service station at Stoney Beach until his death in 1902. According to Sumner I. Kimball, General Superintendent of the Life-Saving Service, "Joshua James was probably the best-known life-saver in the world….his sixty years of rescue work gave him a longer term of service and a more diversified experience in battling with the sea than any of his contemporaries. In this regard he might be called the greatest among them."  Some of his sixty years of rescues and the medals that he and his crews earned are chronicled in this scarce work. Includes photographs. Full issue - this 164 page magazine also contains comment and discusion, book reviews, professional notes, USNI publications in 1959 and other interesting items including a lengthy article on the San Francisco Maritime Museum, advertisements carried which show various items purchased and used by the Navy, and more. Clean, tight. (VG). $24.

 

  

1234c. (document) U.S. Life-Saving Service, First District, White Head Station. September 12, 1899. Freeman Shea, Keeper. Original hand-written letter from Keeper Shea to James A. Robinson & Son (clothiers), of Bangor, Maine, regarding uniforms received at the station. Text reads: “Dear Sirs, The clothing for this station is just received. There was an order for a white-duck suit given for Surfman Leland Mann, which did not come with the clothing, and I see that it is not on his bill. Will you please send them, and I will forward the pay for the whole lot. Everything else is all right. Yours truly, Freeman Shea, Keeper White Head L.S.S.” 8” x 10” on official Life-Saving Service stationery. Rare First District document in overall clean, crisp condition. Light soil, toning. (VG+). $134. (postcard view not included)

  

1234d. (document) U.S. Life-Saving Service, First District, Hunniwells (Popham) Beach Station c.1900. E.H. Spinney, Keeper. Original hand-written letter from Keeper Spinney to James A. Robinson & Son (clothiers), of Bangor, Maine, regarding uniform material ordered. Text reads: “Gentlemen. I sent you an order for a blue flannel suit. If not too late I would like to change kind of cloth. Instead of flannel I would like to have suit made out of middle weight goods. Respectfully, E.H. Spinney Keeper, Popham Beach, Maine.” 8” x 8 ½” on official Life-Saving Service stationery. Rare First District document in overall clean, crisp condition, 1 ½” removed at bottom (original). A few soiled areas, 3 pin (clip) holes. (VG). $124. (postcard view not included)

1258. (copy) United States Life-Saving Service. Order for Uniform. Form No. 1852. c.1895. 4p. 8 ½” x 14”. Four page copy of form includes all necessary forms for ordering and paying for uniforms. Includes listing of items ordered including Kersey coats, vests and trousers for winter, flannel for summer, caps, overcoats, jumpers, storm suits, cap ornaments, and buttons. Also includes page for measurements with diagrams, invoice page and receipt. Filled out for Surfman Donald Randall, Rye Beach Station, NH. Rare early Life-Saving Service uniform information. (photocopy $4).

     

U.S. Life-Saving Service, Light-House Establishment & Lighthouse Service buttons available - all designs. Please inquire. 

 

 

  

1234b. (document) U.S. Life-Saving Service, First District, Cross Island Station c.1899. Lyman E. Wright, Keeper. Original hand-written letter from Keeper Wright to James A. Robinson & Son (clothiers), of Bangor, Maine, regarding uniform measurements for Surfman Daniel L. Foss. Text reads: “Dear Sirs. Please send two Duck Jumpers to Surfman Daniel L. Foss at this station. Please mark the goods: Daniel L. Foss, Cross Island L.S. Station, North Cutler, Me. And he will remit as soon as the bill is received. Very Resply., L.E. Wright, Keeper.” 8” x 10” on official Life-Saving Service stationery. Rare First District document in overall clean, crisp condition. A few soiled areas. (VG). $134. (postcard view not included)

1209. (mounted photo) U.S. Life Saving Station, Yaquina Bay, Newport, Oregon c.1895. Rare mounted image of the Marquette-style station built in 1895. In the foreground can be seen the unusual “U.S.L.S.S. Yaquina Bay” sign, next to the flag pole flying the Life-Saving Service pennant. Image is clear and clean and measures 4” x 4 ¼” on 5 ¼” x 6 ¼” decorated mount. Probably taken shortly after the station was completed in 1895. (VG+). $88.

 

  

6553q. United States Life-Saving Service. ANNUAL REPORT OF THE OPERATIONS OF THE UNITED STATES LIFE-SAVING SERVICE for the Fiscal Year Ending June 30, 1881. GPO. 1881. 428p. Typical govt. cloth binding. Includes extensive details of operations and of rescues throughout the year. Also details personnel, construction and repairs of stations and equipment, evaluation of new equipment and much more. Includes account of rescue by acclaimed light keeper Ida Lewis for which she was awarded the Gold Life-Saving Medal. Also includes 52 page report on Hunt’s Life-Saving Gun and projectile including test results, full page drawings, etc. Also similar reports on Spencer’s line guns, and report with drawings on Life-Saving Service faking boxes, sponge covers, and more. Quite detailed, becoming exceptionally difficult to find. Expected wear, contents clean and tight save overall light browning from age. (VG-). $65. Also available the following years: 1889, 1896, 1898, 1901, 1904, 1906, 1907, 1908, 1909, 1910, 1912, 1913.  Please inquire for other years. 

 

11444. Old Harbor Life-Saving Station - Historic Structure Report. 1988. 348p.  Boston, Mass. Historic Architecture Program, Northeast Region, National Park Service, U.S. Dept. of Interior, National Park Service. Soft wraps. Historic Structure Reports provide a valuable foundation for the rehabilitation, restoration, stabilization or reconstruction of historic structures. Such a report is particularly important for finding or fabricating significant missing architectural details and other items that would have been found on such structures, and for documenting the history and changes to such structures over time. This allows one to recapture the appearance of a property at one particular period of its history, removing later additions, or substantially modifying existing historic fabric. In this case, the Old Harbor Cove Life-Saving Station (Chatham/Provincetown, Cape Cod) was studied using evidence present at the site, historical documents found at the National Archives, Life-Saving Service records, logs, reports, letters from the keepers and more. Using these and other sources, the author is able to provide a detailed assessment of how the structure would have looked during the period of interest, and more. The report includes a number of period photos and diagrams, architectural plans, and excerpts from Life-Saving Service books and documents for guidance. A most important reference for anyone interested in what the station building(s) would have contained and looked like. (M). $78.

29313. Ryder, Richard G. Seashore Sentinel: The Old Harbor Lifesaving Station on Cape Cod. West Barnstable. 2009. 120p. Soft wraps. This latest account of the history and life at Cape Cod’s Old Harbor Life-Saving Station updates his older work - OLD HARBOR STATION CAPE COD – now long out of print but still in demand. This extremely worthwhile account of the life-savers at the Old Harbor Life Saving Station in Chatham , Mass., is a one of a kind, chronicling not only much of the wrecks and work of the life savers, but particularly looking at the equipment issued to such a station at the time and the lives of the men living and working there. Includes many photographs, wreck accounts, life at the station, moving the station and much more. A most interesting chronicle. (M). $12.95.

 

(postcard view not included)

479. (document) H. R. Ex. Doc. No. 244. RE-IMBURSEMENT OF CREW OF CAHOONS [Hollow] LIFE-SAVING STATION ( Cape Cod ). January 23, 1895 . 10pp. Seeks to reimburse the crew for personal losses ($968.49) sustained in the recent burning of the station (February 25, 1893). Includes listings of each surfman’s items lost in the fire, etc. Disbound, clean. $44.

 

11402. (greeting) Burnt Island Life-Saving Station, Port Clyde, Maine c.1900. Charming greeting card featuring a lovely verse and actual photo of the Burnt Island Life-Saving Station. Card measures 3 ½” x 5” on postcard paper. Photograph is pasted on and measures 1 5/8” x 2 5/8”, showing the station dwelling house and boat house, and marine railway to the water. Quite unusual. Clean, only light edge wear. (VG). $26.

11418. (stereoview) Erie (Presque Isle) Life Saving Station c.1876 by Weber Bros., Erie, Pa. Wonderful early view of the 1875-Type life-saving station shortly after it was constructed. If you look closely you can see the watchman on the roof, the Life-Saving Service pennant raised on the flag staff, the crew with boat and carriage on the boat ramp, and the old lighthouse in the background. Rare early view, only light foxing/soiling. (VG). $134.

(image courtesy Bangor Public Library)

5397. (newspaper) A WINTER GALE – Wrecks and Loss of Life Along The Coast. The Boston Daily Advertiser. January 11, 1886. Lengthy detailed article describes in great detail the recent gale resulting in scores of lives and ships lost along the New England coast. Includes detailed accounts of a number of wrecks, rescues by the Life-Saving Service, an account of the tremendous efforts aboard the steamer Katahdin to save the vessel and its passengers, and more. Most interesting with rare information and detailed accounts of incidents. Page has been encased in plastic for protection. $26. (photo not included)

  

11285. (copy photo) U.S. Life Saving Station, Eagle Harbor, Michigan. Great early view, some wear, one torn corner. 8” x 10”. (G+). $8.

 

11359. [photo] Merrimack River Life-Saving Station, Plum Island, Newburyport, Massachusetts c.1900-1910. Fine photo provides an unusually clear, crisp views of the station with the boatroom doors open, looking through. Photo itself is exceptionally clear and crisp, a few marks. Great early detail, on postcard paper. 3 ½” x 5 ½”. (VG+). $42.

 

 

HB-142b. (framed photo) Morris Island Life-Saving Station, South Carolina c.1893. 8” x 10” framed to 13” x 16”. The Morris Island Life Saving station was constructed in 1885 near Morris Island (Charleston) Lighthouse. The station was an 1882-type station, almost identical to the Cape Lookout station. This photograph was taken in March of 1893 when the station was only eight years old. View is a wonderful, clear, crisp view of the station from the front left side. This close view clearly shows the entire building. On the boatramp is the surfboat on its carriage with the Keeper and four surfmen posing for the camera. Light moisture surrounds the surfmen at the bow, detracting only slightly from an otherwise stunning photo. Good contrast and crisp details make this photo a most desirable view. This image is one of only two printed, from the files of U.S. Lighthouse Engineer Herbert Bamber, who designed and supervised the construction of lighthouses across the country in the 1880-1920 period. Image is a cyanotype, blue on white, a process which lent itself to being printed in the field, and one that was able to capture exquisite detail. Photo has been beautifully matted and professionally framed. (VG+). $295.

  

21498. (lot 3 cabinet photos) North Scituate Life Saving Station by C.H. Kelly c.1894. Wonderful set of three rare early images of the early 1887  Bibb #2 Type life saving station on the beach at North Scituate, Massachusetts. Original albumen photos measure 5” x 8” each.  Images include: Entire station with boatroom doors open as the keeper and crew stand on the boat ramp. Inside can be seen boats suspended from the rafters and the early beach apparatus cart on the floor; Crew firing Lyle gun as they drill with beach apparatus; Area residents pose on the porch of nearby home with life-saving station behind. Images are clear and close, with only light soiling and edge wear. (VG). $245. 

312e. Lamb, Martha J., "THE AMERICAN LIFE SAVING SERVICE", 17pp., February 1882. (from Harper’s Monthly) 6" x 9 1/2". With 15 excellent engravings; Patrolmen exchanging checks-Sumner I. Kimball-Lifeboat Station on Lake Michigan-Self-righting Life-Boat-United States Life-saving Station on the Eastern Coast-Nag’s Head, Scene of the "Huron" disaster-Wreck of the "Huron"-"They found him nearly dead"-Surfman’s Shield-Wreck of the Schooner "Hartzel in Lake Michigan-Life-saving Car-Life-saving Station on the North Carolina Beach-First Ball, Ship "Ayrshire"-The Lyle Gun-Life-saving Medals. Describes the history and the work of the life-savers, their equipment and the rescues. Full issue, some expected wear and chipping, clean. (G). $24.

11206d. (original framed photograph.) U.S. Surfmen on steps, probably at meeting of the U. S. Life-Saving Service Surfman’s Mutual Benefit Association on Long Island or in Washington c.1900. Found in Long Island Coast Guardsman’s estate. The Surfman’s Mutual Benefit Association was instituted in the later 1800’s to provide an organization to which the surfman could belong to provide comradeship as well as promote their common interests. Through their efforts retirement and death benefits were later instituted for the men and other benefits lobbied for. The organization held annual meetings and published a monthly journal entitled Along the Coast. Original large matted photo measures 20” x 24” overall, in original wood frame. Clear, crisp, rare Life Saving Service view. (VG+). $165. Reduced $110.

20347. [newspaper] THE LIFE-SAVING SERVICE. The Daily Graphic. August 17, 1875. Lengthy 1 column article describes the history and organization of the Service, location and organization of the stations, equipment and systems employed for the rescue of shipwrecked mariners. This early piece is quite interesting as it predates the annual reports and provides a look into the organization during its earliest years. One large full sheet, also with some with articles of the day, light browning, moderate wear. (G).$68.

97197xx8. [newspaper] THE LIFE-SAVING SERVICE. Portland Transcript. September 21, 1872. Lengthy ¼-page article details a bit of the early history of the service, with a great deal on the present state of recent appropriations and work in progress to upgrade the operations along the coasts. Additional information is presented regarding the equipment and methods currently in use. Most interesting with a great deal of information. Full issue with additional articles of the day, light browning, original folds. (VG). $32

21344. Hagar, George J., THE UNITED STATES LIFE-SAVING SERVICE – Its Origin, Progress, and Present Condition. Frank Leslie’s Popular Monthly. 1878. Pp. 165-183. Disbound. Extremely detailed article describes in great detail the early history of the Service and the work that the crews perform. Includes are lengthy descriptions of the equipment employed along with wonderful engraved illustrations of the stations and equipment. Detailed illustrations include early stations, Senator William A. Newell, Sumner I Kimball, beach apparatus, lifeboats, Francis Metallic Life-car, and more. Scarce early article. Lightly soiled, disbound. (G+). $54.

9155. O’Connor, William D.[Assistant Superintendent of the United States Life-Saving Service.] THE UNITED STATES LIFE-SAVING SERVICE. [disbound] from an early Appleton’s Annual Cyclopaedia Vol. III, c.1878. 19 p. As Assistant Superintendent of the Life-Saving Service, the author relates tales of the equipment, the work and of the men of the Service as few can. His intimate knowledge and access to official sources allow him to relate the stories of these dramatic rescues as never before. Well illustrated. $18. 

11206b. (framed photograph.) U.S. Surfmen on steps of Treasury Building, probably at meeting of the U. S. Life-Saving Service Surfman’s Mutual Benefit Association c.1900. The Surfman’s Mutual Benefit Association was instituted in the later 1800’s to provide an organization to which the surfman could belong to provide comradeship as well as promote their common interests. Through their efforts retirement and death benefits were later instituted for the men and other benefits lobbied for. The organization held annual meetings and published a monthly journal entitled Along the Coast. Original matted photo measures 8 x 10, in original wood frame. Clear, crisp, light foxing, but with one crease down center. Still presents well, however. Rare Life Saving Service view. (G). $84. 

   

11206c. (photograph.) U.S. Life-Saving Service District Superintendents with General Superintendent Sumner I. Kimball c.1903. Extremely large, rare photograph shows ten of the Life-Saving Service District Superintendents posing with General Superintendent Sumner I Kimball. It must have been extremely difficule to get so many District Superintendents together at the same time. Included in this superb image are Morgan (7th. District), Knowles (3rd.), Bowley (2nd.), Maxam, Dominy (4th.), Sumner I. Kimball, General Superintendent, Rich (6th.), Kiah (11th.), Chapman (10th.), Harding (1st.), Morton (12th.). Unfortunately, the original photo has had severe damage and is broken into three pieces, with other marginal pieces missing. Still this is a rare image that, with the right expertise, could be restored. Possibly a one of a kind image. By Byer Photographer, Washington, DC. Overall 16" x 20". (P). $74.

 

2550. Hulbert, William Davenport. LIFE SAVING ON THE GREAT LAKES . nd. [disbound from] Frank Leslie’s Popular Monthly. c. 1900. 11pp. 4TO. Illustrated with over 15 detailed engravings, the author presents a rather detailed view into the life and duties of the life-savers on the Great Lakes as well as some of the heroic rescues performed. Engravings include many of surfboats in various stages, Lyle gun apparatus as well as station buildings. Nice article. Clean, crisp. (VG). $48.

2026c. Spears, John R., TALES OF THE MUSH-ICE-HEROES. Harper’s Weekly. March 2, 1901. 2p. Great 2-page tale of the Great Lakes life-savers as they braved to get across the “mush-ice” to perform their rescues. Mush-ice is always found along the shore as the season of lake navigation draws to a close. Though it thickens and clots, it does not harden and thus poses serious difficulties to the life-savers in making their way across it with their equipment to reach a wreck. A number of tales are told from the annuals of the Life-Saving Service reports, including the efforts of the Marquette , Michigan crews during the great of November 1886. Includes a number of other tales including the wreck of the City of Duluth near St. Joseph , the schooner J. H. Hartzell south of Frankfort , and more. Includes six nice engraved illustrations. Full issue. (VG). $38. 

7197LL. [newspaper] LIFE BOATS FOR THE COASTLINE. Yankee Farmer. January 21, 1837. Short article notes the need for establishing a line of life boats along the coast in the vicinity of New York City. It is also suggested that a “howitzer be placed at the stations, and that such equipment properly placed might have saved the individuals who perished in recent deaths. Full newspaper contains four large pages with articles of the day, clean, two folds. (VG-).  $18.

  

 

5461. Lombard, Asa Cobb Paine. EAST OF CAPE COD . Cuttyhunk. 1976. 157 pp. The author tells the stories of ships and shipwrecks and particularly of the Life-Savers of this dangerous area. The author incorporated into this account numerous photographs and records of his grandfather, United States Life-Saving Service Warrant Officer  [1885-1921] Edward Everett Lombard who was stationed at the Cahoon’s Hollow station.  Extremely well illustrated with over 80 wonderful early photographs, one of the better accounts of the Life-Saving Service. The glass slides from which the pictures are reproduced were made from 1885 to 1900. Lombard, along with his Cahoon’s Hollow companion, Eugene Young, gave lectures at the time in the eastern part of  Massachusetts describing the wrecks that occurred on Cape Cod from Monomoy to  Provincetown , explaining how rescue attempts were made, and the operations of the United States Life Saving Service. The proceeds from the lectures were used to buy Station personnel the necessary extras needed to perform their duties — equipment not provided by the government. Chapters include the Wreck of the Jason, History of the Life-Saving Service, the Lifesaver’s Tools, Lifeboat Drill, Communications, Smuggler, Restoring the Apparently Drowned, Shipwrecks, the Way of the Wreckers, and more. Becoming scarce, this has always been one of the two best on  Cape Cod ’s life-savers but so far has not received proper recognition. Clean, tight, light sunning to wraps. (VG+).  $48.

2704. Davis, Rebecca Harding. LIFE SAVING STATIONS- History, Anecdotes, and Famous Shipwrecks, Etc. Reprint from Lippincott's Magazine (Mar. 1876): pp. 301-310. This article by Rebecca Harding Davis, originally appearing in Lippincott's Magazine in 1876, presents an interesting discussion of the history of life saving stations, surf boats, and wrecking crews in the United States and particularly along the coast of Newe Jersey. Written as an interview with several old-hands at a life saving station on the Jersey Coast, includes anecdotes, discussion of the history of the lifeboat service in Britain and the U.S., pilfering of wrecked ships, life saving apparatus, etc. A scarce reference to early coastal lifesaving services in the New Jersey and Long Island area, with mention of several shipwrecks. New, staple bound card stock covers. Dimensions: 8.5x11 inches Page Count: 11. (M). $9.95.

5200J-b. Life-Saving Service. Report Of The General Superintendent On The Transfer Of The Life-Saving Service To The Navy Department. 1883. 5p. Original soft wraps. Quite a lengthy reply and discussion by Superintendent Kimball of the recent bill proposed to reorganize the Navy Department and transferring to it the duties and functions of the Life-Saving Service. Includes a detailed discussion of the origins and functions of the Life-Saving Service and in particular their duties, contrasting them with the markedly different duties and skills of the Navy Department. Rare rebuttal by the Superintendent himself, quite interesting reading. Wraps and contents tight, intact, light soiling, some expected edge wear. (VG).  $120.

28198. Groot, E. P., The United States Life-Saving Service in Ocean County. Excerpts From Annual Reports of the United States Life Saving Service for the Fiscal Years Ending June 30,  1876-1914. Ocean County Historical Society. 2005. 368p. Stiff wraps. This is a carefully prepared and attractively presented narrative of the Life-Saving Service in Ocean County from 1876 to 1914. After witnessing a shipwreck on the coast of Long Beach Island and the loss of all thirteen lives in 1839, W. A. Newell was prompted as a Congressman in 1848 to appeal for funds to establish a federal life-saving system.  This book tells the story of that system, its function, and activities at Ocean County’s eight life saving stations. Included are numerous accounts of wrecks and rescue efforts taken from original reposts and other sources, as well as extensive statistical information on maritime accidents and developments in life-saving technique.  The book contains extensive notes on the U.S. Life Saving Service, locations and manning of stations, activities and narratives of life saving crews, tabular summaries of maritime accidents, an index of vessel names, and various maps and pictures. Excellent reference and reading. Rare. (M). $88.

793c. Bennett, Robert F. SURFBOATS, ROCKETS, AND CARRONADES. GPO. 1976. 98p. Stiff wraps. Inscribed by the author. Written before the resurgence of interest in the origins of the Life-Saving Service, Surfboats, Rockets, And Carronades  traces the little known origins, successes and failures of the earliest federal efforts in lifesaving along the coasts. During the years from 1848 through 1870 volunteer efforts of private citizens saved countless thousands of lives from shipwreck. To help them, they had only native experience, abundant courage, and some token federal assistance in the form of … SURFBOATS, ROCKETS, AND CARRONADES. This is the story of these first rescue stations and of the later establishment of the Life-Saving Service. Extremely difficult to find. (F). $118.

793d. Bennett, Robert F. SURFBOATS, ROCKETS, AND CARRONADES. GPO. 1976. 98p. Stiff wraps. Inscribed by the author. Written before the resurgence of interest in the origins of the Life-Saving Service, Surfboats, Rockets, And Carronades  traces the little known origins, successes and failures of the earliest federal efforts in lifesaving along the coasts. During the years from 1848 through 1870 volunteer efforts of private citizens saved countless thousands of lives from shipwreck. To help them, they had only native experience, abundant courage, and some token federal assistance in the form of … SURFBOATS, ROCKETS, AND CARRONADES. This is the story of these first rescue stations and of the later establishment of the Life-Saving Service. Extremely difficult to find. Contents clean, tight, light soiling to wraps, light foxing to end papers. (VG).  $88.

 

21458c,d. Johnson, William Wallace. THE UNITED STATES LIFE-SAVING SERVICE.  New England Magazine. April 1890. (disbound) pp. 134-145. Quite a nice article detailing the history and work of the Life-Saving Service. Beginning in the 1700’s with the Massachusetts Humane Society, the author discusses the early years and into the 1880’s. Includes nine fine early engravings and photo images including a fine image of Superintendent Sumner I. Kimball, day signals, beach patrolman, beach apparatus cart, Peaked Hill Bar station on  Cape Cod , and more - quite a good article.   $28.  

29248. (newspaper) Life-Saving Service – Report of the Chief of the Bureau – Two Hundred and Thirty Five Lives Imperiled, and Only One Lost – An Extension of the Service Contemplated – The Storm Signal and Life-Saving Stations Connected. New York Tribune. December 4, 1873. Lengthy two column article details the progress made in the fledgling Life-Saving Service with a look toward future improvements. Includes listing of the current 81 stations, costs, plans for the future, English vs. American life-saving methods, what has been accomplished in the two years they have been operating on the coast, table of wrecks in the 1872-1873 period, and more. Excellent early account of the early years of the service. Full newspaper contains 8 large pages with interesting early articles of the day, only light occasional foxing, unusually clean and crisp. (VG+).  $74.

11175. Abbott, Jacob. SOME ACCOUNTS OF FRANCIS’S LIFE-BOATS AND LIFE-CARS. Harper’s New Monthly Magazine. 1851. 11p. With 8 detailed engravings of the life-car and life-saving efforts including rescue scenes, manufacturing process, firing the shot, surfboat to the rescue, and more. Fine early account of the manufacture and use of Francis’ metallic life-car, which was later adopted by the U. S. Life-Saving Service. Disbound. Clean, crisp. (VG+). $32.

11155. Carlson, Commander Arnold E. USCG. Captain Joshua James -- Lifesaver Nonpareil. United States Naval Institute Proceedings. August 1959. 7p. Joshua James (1826-1902) is to this day still acknowledged to the most distinguished seafaring lifesaver in the United States. Capt. James served in the lifeboats of the Massachusetts Humane Society from 1842 and later as Keeper of the Point Allerton Life-Saving Service station at Stoney Beach until his death in 1902. According to Sumner I. Kimball, General Superintendent of the Life-Saving Service, "Joshua James was probably the best-known life-saver in the world….his sixty years of rescue work gave him a longer term of service and a more diversified experience in battling with the sea than any of his contemporaries. In this regard he might be called the greatest among them."  Some of his sixty years of rescues and the medals that he and his crews earned are chronicled in this scarce work. Includes photographs. Full issue - this 164 page magazine also contains comment and discusion, book reviews, professional notes, USNI publications in 1959 and other interesting items including a lengthy article on the San Francisco Maritime Museum, advertisements carried which show various items purchased and used by the Navy, and more. Clean, tight. (VG). $24.

 

11206e. (framed photograph.) June 9, 1909. General Superintendent Sumner I Kimball, Assistant Superintendent O.M. Maxim and U.S. Surfmen on steps of Treasury Building, after shaking hands with President Taft in the White House.” The Surfman’s Mutual Benefit Association was instituted in the later 1800’s to provide an organization to which the surfman could belong to provide comradeship as well as promote their common interests. Through their efforts retirement and death benefits were later instituted for the men and other benefits lobbied for. The organization held annual meetings and published a monthly journal entitled Along the Coast. Photo may be original or may be copy print. Framed photo measures 11” x 14” in original wood frame. Clear, close view. Rare Life Saving Service view. (VG). $65. 

  

11195. (lot 3 mounted photos) Gloucester, Massachusetts, Life Saving Crew Rescuing Crew of Sloop Urad c.1905. Rare lot of three large mounted photos were taken by photographer H.W. Spooner of Gloucester on January 7 & 8, 1905. Albumen images each measures 4 ½” x 6 ½” on 10” x 12” mount. Each is fully identified on the back by the photographer. The Annual Report for the Life-Saving Service from 1905 tells the story best: “At 11:50 pm news by telephone reached the Gloucester Life Saving station that a vessel was ashore on Pavilion Beach, 1 ½ miles NE of the station, with her crew calling for help. The life-saving crew at once launched the surfboat and went to her assistance. The vessel [the Norwegian sloop Urad bound for New York City] had stranded on the rocks while entering the harbor. The crew of four was taken off and landed safely on shore and cared for at an hotel, while the life-savers carried out her anchor and 100 fathoms of cable and hove her off the rocks, it being impossible to float her until high tide. On the following day she was floated by a tug, the life-saving crew assisting with their surfboat to run her lines.” The three views include: (1) the life-saving crew launching their surfboat from the beach; (2) local crowd assembled at Pavilion Beach watching the Urad as it is towed off the rocks; (3) the entire crew of the Urad including Captain O. Brude. Images are clean and clear, very light soiling to mounts. Rare Gloucester life-saving lot. (VG+). $225.

  

26176. [photograph] Life Saving Station, Isles of Shoals, New Hampshire. c.1910-20. Original clear, close photograph of the unusual Isles of Shoals – Type station located on Appledore Island off Rye Harbor, New Hampshire. Photo measures 3 ¼”  x 5 ½” on postcard paper by St. Clair’s Studio. Photo is extremely close and clear. (F-). $74.  

Lot Photos Life-Saving Service Surfman, Narragansett Pier Life Saving Station, Narragansett, Rhode Island

26107a. [cabinet photograph] c.1900. Original portrait photograph, of a Life-Saving Service Surfman, Narragansett Pier Life Saving Station, Narragansett, Rhode Island. This rare posed portrait photograph shows the stout surfman proudly posing in his 4-button single-breasted uniform coat. Clearly visible on his right sleeve is the life ring with crossed oar and pike and the letters “US” “LSS”, and his uniform cap with “U. S. Life Saving Service” clearly visible on the band. The image measures 4” x 5 ½” on a 5 ¼” x 7” original mat. Mat stamped H. W. Rankin & Co (photographer), Newport, RI. Photo is clear, and crisp, only a few pinpoints of foxing,  one of the better images we have had in some time.  It is exceptionally rare to see such photos of surfmen in any format. (VG+).    $245 net.  

26107d. [cabinet photograph] c.1900. Original portrait photograph, of a Life-Saving Service Surfman, Narragansett Pier Life Saving Station, Narragansett, Rhode Island. This rare posed portrait photograph shows the stout surfman proudly posing in his 4-button single-breasted uniform coat. Clearly visible on his left sleeve is his ranking number “6”, and his uniform cap with “U. S. Life Saving Service” clearly visible on the band. The image measures 4” x 5 ½” on a 6” x 8 ½” original mat. Mat stamped H. W. Rankin & Co (photographer), Newport, RI. Photo is clear, and crisp, one of the better images we have had in some time.  It is exceptionally rare to see such photos of surfmen in any format. (VG+).   $245 net.

 

26107b. [cabinet photograph] c.1900. Original portrait photograph, of a Life-Saving Service Surfman, Narragansett Pier Life Saving Station, Narragansett, Rhode Island. This rare posed portrait photograph shows the clean-cut surfman proudly posing in his 4-button single-breasted uniform coat. Clearly visible on his right sleeve is the life ring with crossed oar and pike and the letters “US” “LSS”.The image measures 4” x 5 ½” on a 6” x 8” original mat. Mat stamped W, H, Mowrey (photographer), Newport, RI. Photo is clear, and crisp,  one of the better images we have had in some time.  It is exceptionally rare to see such photos of surfmen in any format. (VG+). $245 net.  

26107c. [cabinet photograph] c.1900. Original portrait photograph, of two Life-Saving Service Surfman, Narragansett Pier Life Saving Station, Narragansett, Rhode Island. This rare posed portrait photograph shows two young surfman proudly posing, one in his 4-button single-breasted uniform coat and the other in an 8-button double breasted type coat. Clearly visible on one surfman’s left sleeve is his ranking number “1”. The image measures 4” x 5 ½” on a 6” x 8” original mat. Mat stamped H. W. Rankin & Co (photographer), Newport, RI. Photo is clear, and crisp, one of the better images we have had in some time.  It is exceptionally rare to see such photos of surfmen in any format. (VG+). $245 net.  

 26107e. [cabinet photograph] c.1900. Original portrait photograph, of a Life-Saving Service Surfman, Narragansett Pier Life Saving Station, Narragansett, Rhode Island. This rare posed portrait photograph shows the tall surfman proudly posing standing on the beachin his 4-button single-breasted uniform coat. Clearly visible on his right sleeve is the life ring with crossed oar and pike and the letters “US” “LSS”, and his uniform cap with “U. S. Life Saving Service” clearly visible on the band. The image measures 6” x 8” on a 7” x 9” original mat.  Photo is clear, and crisp, but has lost contrast over time. One of the larger posed images we have had in some time.  It is exceptionally rare to see such photos of surfmen in any format. (VG-).   $145 net.  

26107f. [photograph] c.1900. Original posed photograph of three Life-Saving Service Surfman, Narragansett Pier Life Saving Station, Narragansett, Rhode Island. This rare posed portrait photograph shows the three surfman proudly posing on a nearby boulder. Visible on the men are some of their sleeve and hat markings. The image measures 3 ½”  x 5 ½” and is printed on photo paper. Photo is clear, but slightly dark, somewhat poor contrast.  It is exceptionally rare to see such photos of surfmen in any format. (VG).    $115 net.  

  

 

11206a. (framed photograph.) “June 9, 1909. General Superintendent Sumner I Kimball (second row, beside man with derby), Assistant Superintendent O.M. Maxim and U.S. Surfmen on steps of Treasury Building, after shaking hands with President Taft in the White House.” Once property of CWO4 Alvin J. Penny U.S.C.G.  (father of CWO4 Alvin E. Penny). Original mounted photo measures 15” x 18 ½, in original wood frame. Clear, crisp, no staining. Rare Life Saving Service view. (VG). $225. 

U. S. Volunteer Life Saving Corps., Sheepshead Bay Station, New York c.1900.

      

  

29369. (lot 7 glass negatives) U. S. Volunteer Life Saving Corps., Sheepshead Bay Station, New York c.1900. .Lot of seven rare clear glass plate negatives captures nicely the crew and building of the U. S. Volunteer Life Saving Corps. at Sheepshead Bay, NY. Sheepshead Bay is a bay separating the mainland of Brooklyn, New York City from the eastern portion of Coney Island, the latter originally a barrier island. The U. S. Volunteer Life-Saving Corps. existed in a number of states and was an early supplement to the U. S. Life-Saving Service in some areas, manning lifeboats and providing life-saving services on the coast and on inland waters. The Service maintained branches in 15 states where there were no stations of the Government Life-Saving Service or the Humane Society. Information and awards of this service are exceptionally scarce and this has become an interesting collection area. Views include the members posing in front of station with life-saving equipment. Large negative images measure 4” x 5” and are clear and close. There are some marks and wear to edges but do not detract. Would provide great clear images. (VG). $165.

  

98220f,g. (lot 2 mounted photos) Rye Beach Life Savers Drill with Breeches Buoy c.1880. Lot of two original mounted photos show the life savers from the Rye Beach, New Hampshire, station drilling with the Lyle Gun and breeches buoy apparatus. In one rare view, the photographer catches the projectile in the air just after being fired from the Lyle Gun. In the background can be seen the 1874-type life-saving station. The second view includes the beach apparatus cart and breeches buoy set up including the crotch pole. Rare views, taken by Clarence N. Trefry, Rye Beach, N.H. Images measure 4 ½” x 6 ¾” on 8” x 10” mats. Images are clear and crisp, no damage, some wear and corner missing from mat of one photo. Superb set. (VG). $185.

1115. [photo] Merrimack River Life-Saving Station, Plum Island, Newburyport, Massachusetts c.1900-1910. Fine photo provides an unusually clear, crisp views of the station, and of the crew posing beside the surfboat. Photo itself is exceptionally clear and crisp, near fine. This is an exceptional view will be superb matted and framed. Great early detail, on postcard paper. 3 ½” x 5 ½”. (F-). $88.

For additional views and information on the Merrimack River Life Saving station, don’t miss the book written by Vincent L. Wood, who published a chronicle of life at the Merrimack River Life-Saving Station entitled Plum Island Recollections [available in soft cover for $16.95]. This interesting work provides a wonderful account of life as the Keeper of the Merrimack River Life-Saving Station, bringing together over 80 never before published vintage photographs made from the family’s archives of glass plate negatives.

11113. (cabinet photo) U.S. Life Saving Station, Scituate area c.1896. Early close cabinet view features seven young visitors to the Life Saving station posing on the boat ramp for the camera. Inside the open door can be seen the surfboat ready for use. Photo came with a lot of Marshfield photos, probably a Scituate station. Some of the visitors are identified on the back, which also indicates that it was taken August 14, 1896. Has been cropped to 5” x 7”. Some damage to emulsion on right side, edge wear. (G). $38.

10494. [stereoview] U. S. Life Saving Drill, Yaquina Bay, Oregon c.1900 by Woodard, Clark & Company. Fine clear image features the Life-Saving Service performing breeches buoy drill at the Yaquina bay Life Saving station. The crew can be seen as the keeper fires the Lyle gun projectile toward the drill pole as one surfman leans on the beach apparatus cart. The station can be seen in the background. Nice clear image, just a bit light. Clean, clear. (VG+). $42.

10503. (photo) U. S. Life Saving Crew, Newport, Oregon c.1912. Fine clear image features the 8-member Life-Saving Service crew posing in front of the station at Newport, Oregon. Clear, close b/w photo. Nice view, great early detail, on postcard paper. Postmarked 1912. (VG+). $62.

10510. (photo) U. S. Life Saving Crew with three-horse hitch c.1910. Fine clear image features the 7-member Life-Saving Service crew posing in front of the surfboat with a rare 3-horse hitch. Clear, close b/w photo. Nice view, great early detail, on postcard paper. (VG+). $32.

  

10457a. (photo) Grays Harbor Life Saving Station, Westport , Wash. c.1900. Rare, early view shows the rare Peterson’s Point-type life saving station as the 9-member crew poses in front. Located south of Gray’s Harbor in Westport , the station was originally called the Peterson Point station. Included in this rare view is the two-story station as seen from the porch side. Image is close, clear, measuring about 6 ” x 6”. View is clean, clear, but has folds and creases, moderate wear to edge. Still a very important early image. Station identified in early ink on back. (G). $76. 

10457b. (mounted photo) Grays Harbor Life Saving Station, Westport , Wash. c.1903. Rare, early view shows the rare Peterson’s Point-type life saving station in 1903 shortly after it was completed. Located south of Gray’s Harbor in Westport , the station was originally called the Peterson Point station. Included in this rare view is the two-story station, separate boathouse, as well as the keeper’s house, flag pole with Life-Saving Service pennant flying, and more. Dated August 10, 1903.  Image is close, clear on mount. Image measures 3 ½” x 3 ½”. Clean, clear, just a bit light, identified in early ink on back. A very nice important early image. (VG). $76.

10390. (photo) Point Bonita Life Saving Station, Sausalito, California c.1900. Clear, close b/w photo shows the modified Port Huron-Type station built in 1899. The station had an unusual octagonal lookout tower and guarded this area of high headlands near the Golden Gate. Nice view, good detail, on postcard paper, unused. (VG). $54.

1068. (photo) U.S. Life-Saving Service Surfboat and Beach Apparatus on the Beach c.1904. Wonderful clear view of Keeper and crew on the beach with beach apparatus cart, surfboat and Francis Metallic Life-Car as a young boy looks on. Though just a bit distant, nice clear view, nicely composed. A rare lifesaving views and would be quite nice matted and framed. Clear view measures 3 ½” x 5 ½” on postcard paper, dating from 1904-1915 based on stamp box. Clean, crisp, not postmarked. (VG+). $110.

  

1043. (cabinet photos) U.S. Treasury Department Exhibit U. S. Life-Saving Service. c.1900. Unusual clear close views feature the Life-Saving Service exhibit building [station], probably at a world’s exposition at the time. The building is well detailed in these views from the front and a second from a higher perspective. Views measure 4 ½” x 6 ½” and are clear and crisp. Some edge wear from early trimming. These photos are from the personal collection of Lieut. C. H. McLellan, Assistant Inspector of United States Life-Saving Service Stations. (VG). $48 each

10237. (copy photo) U.S. Life Saving Station, Ditch Plain, Long Island, New York. 8 ½” x 11”. Great digital copy photograph, clear image from original photo, shows the 1882-Type life saving station SW of Montauk Lighthouse. $24. 

 

29380. (copy photo) LIFE SAVER JOSHUA JAMES WITH CREW, Hull, Massachusetts c.1890’s. 11” x 14”. Superb, crystal clear image from original glass plate negative, probably by noted photographer Baldwin Coolidge in the 1890’s, shows renown life-saver Joshua James posing with his crew in the station boatroom. Image is from the archives of the Society for the Preservation of New England Antiquities. Keeper Joshua James, from the Hull, Massachusetts Life-Saving Station, was one of the most famous life-savers in Coast Guard history. Joshua James was associated with the Massachusetts Humane Society from his early youth until he was made keeper of the Hull station of the Life-Saving Service. His sixty years of rescues and the medals that he and his crews earned were never equaled by any other keeper or crew. Amazingly clear, perfect for framing. Shipped flat. $110. 

  

29308.  (lot 4 glass negatives) Salisbury Beach Life Saving Station, Mass. c.1900. Lot of four clear glass plate negative captures nicely the Salisbury Beach Life Saving station on the Massachusetts North Shore. This Duluth-type station was built in 1897. Views include the station as well as the added beach lookout tower. Large images measures 4” x 5” and are clear and close. There are some marks and wear to edges but do not detract. Would provide great clear images. (VG). $265.

     

29318. (photo) U. S. Life Saving Service Surfmen Posing with Wives c. 1910. Rare close photo shows two surfmen posing behind their seated wives. Rare family view. Close b/w images on postcard paper. 3 ½” x 5 ½”, clean, crisp. (VG+). $48.

29258. (lot 11 photos) Damiscove Island Life-Saving station, Maine c.1900. This modified Port Huron Type station was built in 1897 near Boothbay Harbor, Maine. Views measure 3 ½” x 4 ½” and include views of the station, additional boathouse, breeches buoy drill, and a number of views of the station motor surfboat and motor lifeboat. Rare lot. These photos are from the personal collection of Lieut. C. H. McLellan, Assistant Inspector of United States Life-Saving Stations. Some duplicates. VG). $118. 

   

29287. (mounted photo) U.S. Life Saving Service, District Superintendent, 3rd Life-Saving District, Arthur Dominy c.1900. Great image shows a close, clear view of who we believe to be Arthur Dominy, 3rd Life Saving District Superintendent standing in front of an expanded Red House type station on the Long Island coast. Note to his right is a Francis Metallic Life Car sitting on blocks on the sand. Image measures 3” x 5 ¼” on original 4 ½” x 6 ½” mount. Clean and clear, nice view. This photo is from the personal collection of Lieut. C. H. McLellan, Assistant Inspector of United States Life-Saving Stations. (VG+). $85.

  

29244. (photo Lot) U.S. Life Saving Service c.1900. Superb lot of four large mounted photographs provides a number of different views of the Life Saving Service activities at a turn of the century exposition. Images measure about 6 ½” x 8 ½” each on 10” x 12” mounts. Views include: Interior view of the temporary Life-Saving station set up for the fair; Station crew posed by the station door; Close view of the crew performing the roll-over drill for the throngs of onlookers; Large group of life-savers (more than 28 surfmen and keepers) poses with family (?). Photos are all clear and close, in good condition, some wear to mounts. A rare lot. (VG). $485.

 

29252a. (photo) U.S. Life Saving Service Type E Motor Lifeboat Dreadnaught (Point Adams LSS, Washington). 4 ¾” x 6 ¾”. Crew in white summer uniform. Clear, crisp, one rust mark. (VG-). $74.

29252b. (photo) U.S. Life Saving Service Type E Motor Lifeboat Dreadnaught (Point Adams LSS, Washington). 4 ¾” x 6 ¾”. Crew in white summer uniform. Clear, fold through center, some wear. (G). $22.

29285. (lot 3 mounted photos) Arena Cove Life-Saving Station, Point Arena, California c.1900. Three large mounted photos show the station located in the canyon, and two views of the boathouse and launchway before and while under repair. The Arena Cove station was a modified Port Huron-Type station built without the octagonal tower because the high hills necessitated the look-out be placed on top of the cliff. Today the station is a bed and breakfast inn. Station photo measures 5” x 7”, and the two boathouse views measure 3 ½” x 5” each. Nice clear views. These photos are from the personal collection of Lieut. C. H. McLellan, Assistant Inspector of United States Life-Saving Stations. (VG). $118.

  

RA-414. (mounted photo) North Scituate Life Saving Station c.1890. Wonderful rare early image of the early 1887  Bibb #2 Type life saving station on the beach at North Scituate, Massachusetts. Original albumen image measures 7 ¼” x 8 ¾” and is on original 8” x 10” mount. Image is unusually close, showing the entire station with boatroom doors open as the keeper stands on the boatramp. Inside can be seen boats suspended from the rafters and the early beach apparatus card on the floor. Though image is clear and close, it has faded from time and has light – moderate foxing throughout. Still a great early image of this well known station. Photo completely intact, some edge wear to mount. Included is a scanned and retouched full size image with enhanced contrast, and both images on CD. (G+). $225. Reduced $100.

LIFE SAVER JOSHUA JAMES

     

29403. (copy negatives) LIFE SAVER JOSHUA JAMES WITH CREW, Hull , Massachusetts c.1890’s. 11” x 14”. Superb, crystal clear images made in recent years from original prints from glass plate negatives by noted photographer Baldwin Coolidge in the 1890’s, shows renown life-saver Joshua James posing with his crew. Four negative views available include: a young Joshua James with his crew in the Massachusetts Humane Society surfboat, with Hunt gun and beach apparatus gun behind; Joshua James posing with his crew on the beach in front of their surfboats and beach apparatus carts; Joshua James posing with his crew on the beach in front of their surfboats. Clear and closer; Life Saving Service surfboat on carriage. Keeper Joshua James, from the Hull , Massachusetts Life-Saving Station, was one of the most famous life-savers in Coast Guard history. Joshua James was associated with the Massachusetts Humane Society from his early youth until he was made keeper of the Hull station of the Life-Saving Service. His sixty years of rescues and the medals that he and his crews earned were never equaled by any other keeper or crew. Clear views, 3” x 4”, would make fine prints for framing. $68 each. Lot of four $234.

 

29180a. (cabinet photo) U.S. Life-Saving Service, Biddeford Pool Station, Maine c.1890-1900. One of the rarer, more desirable views that I have found. This charming piece measures 3 ¾” x 5” on original gray 5 ½” x 6 ½” mount, and provides an extremely rare view of the life saving crewman shaving another beside the early 1874-Type Biddeford Pool (later called Fletchers Neck) station. Beautiful clear view shows great detail of the two men, one with a cloth covering his uniform as he leans back under the shaver’s razor. Such views of day-to-day life are extremely rare and desirable. Image is clear and close, little if any soiling. This is an exceptionally rare view and is truly a museum piece. Photo by Charles S. Butters Photographer, Haverhill, Mass. Both stations still exist today, lovingly preserved. (VG+). $245.

2943. (photo) U.S. Life Saving Station, Little Cranberry Island, Maine c.1913. Clear though a bit distant view shows lonely station in great detail as a man poses on the boatramp. In back a surfman stationed there penned a note to a friend, noting that “The man on the post is not yours truly”. Clear view measures 3 ½” x 5 ½” on postcard paper. Light wear, postmarked July 29, 1913. (VG+). $44.

28396. (mounted photos) U.S. Life Saving Station and Crew, Ilwaco, Washington c.1900. Great set of two original mounted photos show the crew posing on the boat ramp of the station boathouse, and the crew pulling the surfboat on its carriage to the beach. Photos each measure 4” x 4” on 5 ½” x 5 ½” fancy white mat.  Photos are clear and close, but just a bit light. Only very light if any wear to mounts. (VG). $112. 

   

29204. (program) Exhibition of the United States Life Saving Service Crew, Magnolia, Mass. 1905. 4p.Rare folded program details the drill events to be presented by the experienced crew of the Gloucester Life-Saving Station including use of their Beebe McLellan Self-bailing surf-boat. Also appearing in the demonstrations, acting as the sailor in distress, was to be a sailor recently wrecked and actually rescued by the crew of the Cahoon’s Hollow Life Saving Station on Cape Cod in 1896. Clean, light wear, brittle at one early fold. Rare memento. (VG-). $46. 

     

28280. (set 3 large mounted photos) U.S. Life Saving Service Surfboat Drill, Appalachian Exposition in Knoxville, Tennessee, 1910. Superb lot of three original large mounted photographs of the life-saving crew with their Beebe-McLellan type pulling/sailing surfboat performing the surfboat roll-over drill at the 1910 Appalachian Exposition in Knoxville, Tennessee. Photos measure 7 ¼” x 9 ½” on 12” x 14” mounts. Mounts marked with photographer’s name “Thompson Photographer Knoxville”. The views show clear, close views of the life savers performing the roll-over drill including the boat upright with surfman jumping into the water, surfboat on its side as the men pull her over, and final view of the boat completely upside down with the men on the top, preparing to right her. In the background can be seen the crew’s temporary boathouse and large drill pole, as well as other exposition buildings. The Appalachian Exposition of 1910 was held in Knoxville from September 12 to October 12, 1910. Although large expositions were commonplace at the turn of the century, and county, regional, and state agricultural fairs predated this Knoxville convention, the Appalachian Exposition of 1910 was the first one held in the southern Appalachian region. The intention of the fair was to demonstrate progress in southern industry and commerce. The midway of the exposition hosted attractions ranging from "Muhall's Wild West Show" to "The Infant Incubator." Aeroplanes at the fair were the first to be seen in East Tennessee. Former president Theodore Roosevelt visited the fair and praised the promise of the fair and of the region. Moderate staining to mounts but photos are in overall very good condition. A superior set, perfect for display. (VG-). $565.

  

27356. (early framed photograph) U. S. Life Saving Crew Breeches Buoy Drill c.1860-1870 (New Jersey?) . Very early close albumen photograph image of life-savers posing at the breeches buoy as they drill. This image is from the period before uniforms were required and as such is extremely rare, giving us a look at their early dress and equipment. Behind the men is clearly visible the A-frame and block-tackle, as a man hangs from the hawser in the breeches buoy. Photo is from a New Jersey estate and is likely from of an early New Jersey crew. The image measures 5 ½” x 8 ½” in original 11” x 13 ½” wood frame with wood backing. Image is unusually clean and clear, but has faded some over time. Frame has original finish, needs to be cleaned up some. We find very few images from this time period and rarely are they this large. (VG-). $335. 

         

27361. U. S. Life Saving Service Lyle Gun Folding Octant c.1878-1901. This 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 “The Chapin Stephens Co” Scarce, early piece. (VG+). $325.

28244. (mounted photo) U.S. Life Saving Service in Parade c.1910. Fine clear, close image measures 3 ½” x 4 ½” and is on original 5 ½” x 6 ½” gray mount and shows the life saving crew riding in their horse-drawn surfboat with carriage in a local parade. Unable to determine the location but believe that it might be Cape Cod. Unusually clear, close, only light soiling. A great view. (VG+). $88.

  

27338. (cabinet photo) Brenton Point Life Saving Station and Crew c.1890 by Child & Co., Newport, Rhode Island. Superb large, close view of the 1884 Deal-type life-saving station located on Prices neck in Newport. The station was designed by Paul J. Pelz and was a bit fancier than most stations, to fit in with the architecture of the area. The photo measures 6 ½” x 8 ½” and includes the crew in their life-jackets posing in their positions around the surfboat. Photographer’s label "Child & Co, Artists in Photography, New York And Newport. Newport Studio: 242 Thames Street , Duplicates can be had at any time." on obverse. Superb clear view, just a hint of soiling and a bit light toward one side. (VG). $425.

 

   

27183. (lot 5 mounted photos)  North Scituate, United States Life Savings Service Station and Crew c.1905. Lot of five, very rare, original c.1905 mounted photographs of the North Scituate, Massachusetts United States Life Savings Service Station and members of the crew as they drill. Each of these wonderful, outdoor photograph measure approx. 3 1/8” x 2” and are mounted on their original, matching card mounts (overall size is of each card mount measures 5" x 4"). The images are unidentified but the words "North Scituate" can be read on the surfboat  seen in four of the photos. Views include a wonderful image of the seven crewmen transporting their boat across the beach to the water, two images of the boat being launched into the surf, one image of the boat in open water just off shore. Fifth image is of the Bibb Type #2 station and adjacent boathouse.  These rare photograph are in excellent condition overall, possibly just a bit light, a hint of soiling on one or two mounts. A very rare and very attractive coordinated set of members of the United States Life Saving Service "in action" and a great addition to any US Life Saving Service Collection. (VG+). $425. 

2764. [cabinet photograph] c.1900. Original portrait photograph, Life-Saving Service Crew, Quoddy Head, Maine. c.1890-1910. This rare posed portrait photograph shows the handsome crew of young surfman proudly posing with the keeper and a woman on the station boat ramp. The woman is holding a rolling pin in the photo may be the keeper’s wife, or the station cook. The photo itself measures 6.5" by 4.5" and has been matted to a completed size of 8 X 10 inches. A plate of glass has been placed over the mat and it has been bound to the backing with binding tape. There is an original  notation "Quoddy Head Crew" in the lower right corner of the photo. A rare view both for the location and the presence of a possible family member, and that it is labeled so we know the location. This station was built "near West Quoddy Head Light" in 1873 and until 1 June 1883, it was carried in the records as West Quoddy Head station. This is unusually close and clear,  one of the better images we have had in some time. Little or no wear, a perfect piece for framing. (VG+).  $365. Reduced to $340. 

2769. (photo) Close, clear photo of U. S. Life Saving Station, Tillamook Bay, Barview, Oregon c.1916. Close clear real photo image shows the rare Petersons Point-style station, the only surviving example of this style station. Close view of the front of the station house and detached boathouse. Clear, close b/w images on postcard paper. 3 ½” x 5 ½”, postmarked 1916. (VG+). $44.  

27349. (copy photo) Seabright Life Saving Station, New Jersey. Clear close copy photo shows the life saving station as it is washed into the sea. 8 ½” x 11” digital copy photo provides an unusually close view. (F-). $24.

27352. (copy photo) Deal Life Saving Station, New Jersey. c.1885 Clear close copy photo shows the life saving station in its early years.  8 ½” x 11” digital copy photo provides an unusually close view. (F-). $24.

27353. (copy photo) Stone Harbor Life Saving Station, New Jersey. c.1912 Clear close copy photo shows the lifs saving station with the crew assembled. 8 ½” x 11” digital copy photo provides an unusually close view. (F-). $24.

29181. (negative) Joseph Francis’ Metallic Lifecar c.1910.  Clear close negative captures nicely the early Francis’ Metallic Lifecar beside a life-saving station. Joseph Francis, born in Boston , Massachusetts in 1801, was an inventor who also had the ability to organize a business to produce his inventions and the salesmanship to sell his products. His metal lifeboats, first used in survey expeditions in Asia Minor and Central America , came into demand among the world's merchant marine, the U.S. Navy, and the U.S. Revenue Service. His corrugated "life car" would become an important tool of the U.S. Life-Saving Service. Rare, large image measures 3 ¼” x 3 ½”. and is clear and close. Would provide a great clear image. One small print included. (VG+). $68.

Merrimack River Life-Saving Station, Plum Island, Massachusetts

28395. (mounted photo) Capt. Thomas J. Maddock and the Crew of the U. S. Merrimack River Life-Saving Station, Plum Island, Massachusetts c.1900. Superb clear, close image we believe to be of Capt. Thomas J. Maddock with two of his crew, posing with their wives on the boa tramp of the Bibb #2 Type station located at the north end of Plum Island in Newburyport. The keeper’s wife is seated beside him, beautifully dressed. The gentleman on the right with his wife may be the District Superintendent, we are not certain. The surfmen too are posing with their wives nearby. This was probably taken on a Sunday after church, as the men are dressed in their finest clothes,  the surfmen with white bow ties included. The image measures 6” x 8” and is on original 10” x 12” gray mat. Mat has one corner chipped, bumping to others. Image is clear and crisp, just a few small marks, about as nice as they come. (drawer 4)(VG+). $325. 

2199. [photo on mat] Merrimack River Life-Saving Station, Plum Island, Newburyport, Massachusetts by Gardner Wood Photographer, Groveland, Mass. c.1900-1910. Photograph measures 4 ½" h x 7" w on 7 ½" by 9 ½" mat. You may remember that Gardner Wood’s grandson Vincent L. Wood published a chronicle of life at the Merrimack River Life-Saving Station entitles Plum Island Recollections [available in soft cover for $16.95]. This interesting work provides a wonderful account of life as the Keeper of the Merrimack River Life-Saving Station, bringing together over 80 never before published vintage photographs made from the family’s archives of glass plate negatives. This is an original of one of those photos, taken by Mr. Wood’s Grandfather, providing an unusually clear, crisp views of the station, and of the crew showing the surfboat to throngs of summer visitors. Photo itself is exceptionally clear and crisp, near fine. The mat on which it was originally mounted has come moisture staining and foxing which affects only the extreme edges of the photograph. In original wood frame with wood backing. This is an exceptionally clear, clean view and will be superb re-matted and framed. $155 net.

 

378a,b. (set two mounted photos) Life-Saving Service Breeches Buoy Drill, Plum Island, Mass c.1884. Large, early mounted style photographs measure 5" x 7" and provides an extremely rare view of the Keeper and crew of the Plum Island Life-Saving station performing the breeches buoy drill. Quite visible is the beach apparatus cart and rigging as the projectile is fired toward the drill pole in the distance. These are striking early views and shows good detail of the equipment laid out for the drill. The photos are large and quite clear and crisp, with only a bit of foxing, one corner fold. In one view can be seen Captain (Keeper) “Jim” Elliott. Noted on the back is also the date taken, September 3, 1894. These are exceptionally rare lifesaving views and would be superb matted and framed. (VG). $276 set.

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).  $19.95.

2883. [magic lantern colored glass slide set) Life-Saving – Our Life-Boat Men. c.1890-1900. Beautiful full color  glass projection slide set featuring the British Lifeboat Service rescuing shipwrecked sailors by lifeboat and by breeches buoy. Eight superbly drawn hand colored slides are as follows: Title Slide, Launching the Life-boat, On the Way to the Wreck, Throwing the Life-line, The Coxswain, The Life-boat at the Wreck, To the Rescue, Saved. Slides measures 3 ¼” square and presents superb, clear images. In original labeled box, complete with printed text to accompany each slide. (VG).  $78.

29370. (copy photo) LIFE SAVER JOSHUA JAMES WITH CREW, Hull, Massachusetts c.1915. 8” x 10”. Superb, crystal clear image shows renown life-saver Joshua James posing with his crew in front of their surfboat. Keeper Joshua James, from the Hull , Mass. Life-Saving Station, was one of the most famous life-savers in Coast Guard history. Joshua James was associated with the Massachusetts Humane Society from his early youth until he was made keeper of the Hull station of the Life-Saving Service. His sixty years of rescues and the medals that he and his crews earned were never equaled by any other keeper or crew. Amazingly clear, perfect for framing. $19.95 each.

  

2738b. (photo) Surfboat Underway, Coos Bay, Oregon c.1910. Clear view measures 3 ½” x 5 ½” on postcard paper, dating from 1904-1918 based on stamp box. Light soiling to back, few small stains, not postmarked. (VG). $26.

8426b,c,d. [glass slide] Some Operations of the Life-Saving Corps, Jamestown Exposition. #14219. c.1907 by Keystone View Company. Beautiful b/w glass projection slide featuring the Life-Saving Service performing breeches buoy drill at the Jamestown Exposition. The crew of six are in the foreground pulling a seventh member from an offshore vessel. The pinstriped wheels of the beach apparatus cart are just visible in the foreground. Slide measures 3 ¼” x 4” and presents a superb, clear image. Includes original printed description.  (F).  $32.

2751. [cabinet photograph] c.1900. Original portrait photograph, of Life-Saving Service Surfman, Biddeford Pool, Maine by Philbrick Photography, Biddeford, Maine. c.1890-1910. This rare posed portrait photograph shows the handsome young surfman proudly posing in his 4-button single-breasted uniform coat, holding his young daughter Thelma on his lap. View is labeled on the obverse as Everet Shurling with Thelma. Clearly visible on his right sleeve is the life ring with crossed oar and pike and the letters “US” “LSS”, and his uniform cap with “U. S. Life Saving Service” clearly visible on the band. The image measures 3 ¾”  x 5 ” on a 4 ¼” x 6 ½”  original mat. Mat stamped “Philbrick Photography, Biddeford, Maine”. Rare both for the presence of a family member, and that it is labeled so we know the identity of this young surfman, this is unusually close and clear,  one of the better images we have had in some time. Little or no wear, a perfect piece for framing. (F-). $295. 

  

29290. (photo) Breeches Buoy and Crotch c.1900. Nice view of breeches buoy and crotch, with wreck probably off the edge of the view. 3 ½” x 4 ½”. (VG). $18.

29291a,b. (photo) U.S. Life Saving Service Station, Treasury Department Exhibit, World Exposition c.1900. Nice view of the temporary station set up for an exposition, includes boatramp, motor lifeboat on railway, with signal flags flying overhead.  3 ½” x 3 ½”. (VG). $16.

29216a,b. (photo) U. S. Life Saving Station. Unknown location, may be a Bibb #2 or a Quonochontaug-Type station. 2 ½” x 3 ½”.  Pasted on album remnant, some wear, soiling. (G+). $8.

2569. (photo) U. S. Life Saving Station. Unknown location, may be a variation of a Duluth-Type station. 2 ½” x 3 ½”.  Clean, crisp. (VG). $10.

  

29187. (negative) U.S. Coast Guard Station, Manomet Point, Mass. c.1940.  Clear close negative captures nicely the 1901 Duluth-Type life-saving station. In 1928, the station surfboat was tossed end over end with the loss of Keeper William Cashman and surfmen Griswols and Stark while attempting to rescue the crew from the “Robert E. Lee”. This negative was used by the E.D. West Company of South Yarmouth to produce their postcard #44175 during that era. Large image measures 3 ¾” x 5 ½” and is clear and close. Would provide a great clear image. Includes original postcard view as well. (VG+). $24.

24157c. (photo) Point Allerton Life Saving Station c.1890. Early view, clear, close. 4 ¾” x 7” on 6 ½” x 8 ½” original mat. Superb view includes station crew and keeper posing on the front stoop with their station horse. Point Allerton Lifesaving Station was opened on October 15th, 1889 at Hull, southeast of Boston and "west one mile of Point Allerton" with with renown lifesaver Captain Joshua James being appointed as its first keeper at age 62.  Keeper James served until his death "in the line of duty" on March 19th, 1902. Just a bit light, little if any soiling or foxing. (VG). $225.

  

26127a. (photo) Landing U.S. Life Saving Service Motor Lifeboat, West Coast c.1907-1914. Clear view though a bit distant shows crew landing motor surfboat. On the bow can be seen the bronze life ring with crossed oars insignia. Clear view measures 3 ½” x 5 ½” on postcard paper dated to 1907-1914. Light wear. (VG). $22.

  

2654b.  (photo) U.S. Life Saving Station, Tillamook Bay (Barview), Oregon c.1910. Clear view shows the rare Peterson Point Type station, unique to the west coast. Today this station is a private residence, the only example of this type of station left in existence. View measure 3 ½” x 5 ½” on postcard paper. Clean, crisp. (VG+). $24

2654a.  (photo) U.S. Life Saving Crew, Point Adams, Astoria, Oregon c.1912. Clear view shows crew performing the lifeboat overturn drill during the Astoria Regatta in 1912. View measure 3 ½” x 5 ½” on postcard paper. Only very light wear, postmarked. (VG). $22

21498c. [cabinet photo] Life-Saving Service North Scituate, Mass. c.1894. Large, early cabinet style photograph measures 5" x 8" and provides an extremely rare view of the Keeper and crew of the North Scituate Life-Saving station performing the breeches buoy drill. Quite visible is the beach apparatus cart, faking box and Lyle gun aimed toward the drill pole in the distance. This is a striking early view and shows good detail of the equipment laid out for the drill. The photo itself is large and quite clear and crisp, with little or no foxing or soiling, possibly just a bit light. This is an exceptionally lifesaving view and would be superb matted and framed. (VG+). $88 net.

27396. [stereoview] Drill of the U. S.  Life-Saving Service, Louisiana Purchase Exposition c. 1904. by Universal Photo Art Co., C. H. Graves, Philadelphia . Clear image shows life-saving crew at exhibit righting their capsized lifeboat for the watching crowd. Visible are the crew and their boat “Intrepid”, and the throngs watching from shore. Clean, clear, nice view. (VG+). $44.

    

27454. (photo album) Plum Island and Newburyport , Massachusetts c.1890’s. Vintage Newburyport , Massachusetts photograph album. This great little album measures 7 ½” by 5 ½” inches and contains 44 photos, many well done. Included is a lovely close photo of the white octagonal Plum Island Lighthouse. In 1838 the original twin octagonal lighthouses on this spot were replaced by a new pair of octagonal towers built on moveable foundations. In 1856 one of the lighthouses was destroyed by fire and it was decided not to rebuild. The surviving lighthouse received a fourth order Fresnel lens and remains today. In addition, a second photo provides a close view of the Bibb #2 Type station on Plum Island at the Merrimack Ri ver . Other images include beach scenes, a nice view of salt marsh hay stacks, a beach cottage labeled "Hardy's, river scene with early ship (may be in the Merrimack River), New England church, colonial homes, family scenes, etc. Sizes vary, the average being about 4 x 3 ½” inches. About a dozen or so photos show fading or lightness from exposure problems, others are clear and sharp. (VG-). $168.

 

25111. [photograph] c.1890. Original studio portrait style photograph of a Life-Saving Service Surfman. This rare posed portrait photograph shows the surfman proudly posing in his double-breasted uniform coat. Clearly visible on his cap is the lettering “U.S. Life Saving Service”. The photo measures 3” x 5” and has been crudely trimmed. There is no photographer’s marking or label. Photo is fairly clean and clear, provided good detail. It is quite rare to see such photos. (VG-). $152 net.

26137. [original glass plate negative] Life Saving Service Landing the Surfboat. c. 1900-1915. Wonderful glass plate slide bears a full color photo image of the keeper and surfmen ashore with their surfboat as a finely dressed Victorian woman looks on. Clearly visible on the surfboat is the “U. S. Life Saving Service” marking. Nice view of the keeper and men. (VG).  $68 net.  

 

 

22386. [glass negative] Treasury Department Exhibit U. S. Life-Saving Service. c.1900. Unusual b/w glass negative featuring the Life-Saving Service exhibit building [station], probably at a world’s exposition at the time. The building is well detailed as is the surfboat and additional equipment inside the boatroom doors. Negative is large 4” x 5” and would provide a large clear print. A superb, clear image. (VG). $74 net. 

2384a,b. [stereoview] Some Operations of the Life-Saving Corps, Jamestown Exposition. #14219. c.1907 by Keystone View Company. Beautiful b/w glass projection slide featuring the Life-Saving Service performing breeches buoy drill at the Jamestown Exposition. The crew of six are in the foreground pulling a seventh member from an offshore vessel. The pinstriped wheels of the beach apparatus cart are just visible in the foreground. Slide measures 3 ¼" x 4" and presents a superb, clear image. (F). $48.

2018. [stereo view] United States Life-Saving Exhibit, Louisiana Purchase Exposition. c.1904 by Keystone View Company. A detailed, close view showing the life-savers righting their capsized 34-foot motor lifeboat in drill, in front of a large crowd at the Louisiana Purchase Exposition. This is a wonderful, clear early view and shows good detail of the men, their uniforms and the lifeboat. Clean, some wear to image and mount. (G+). $32.

6283. [stereo view] Some Operations of the Life-Saving Corps [Service], Jamestown Exposition. #14219. c.1907 by Keystone View Company. Same beautiful clear b/w image as above, featuring the Life-Saving Service performing breeches buoy drill at the Jamestown Exposition. On the back is a lengthy description of the work of the Life-Saving Service. Clean, crisp clear view. (VG). $26.

[same] Creased through one image. (F). $10.

920. [stereo view] Life-Saving Station near Cliff House, San Francisco, California. c.1900 by Underwood & Underwood. A clean, clear view showing bridge and cable arrangements to offshore rocks. In the foreground is a heavy winch and jib arrangement, making us somewhat unsure as to exactly what portion of the station this might be. Is this view of construction equipment, or was the rocky area used to launch their boats? Your guess? Nevertheless, it is a clear, clean view and quite interesting. (VG). $58.

 

Narragansett Pier Life Saving Station Crew c.1880 - 1900.

  

27381. (mounted photo) Narragansett Pier Life Saving Crew posing in the station eating area. c.1904. Clear close photo dated April 1904 shows Captain Albert Church posing with his crew seated inside the station. Keeper Church is man in center with the double breasted uniform jacket. Behind the crew can be seen the early Life Saving Service clock on the wall. Image measures 3 ¼” x 5 ½” on 5” x 7 ½” black mat. Extremely rare to find such interior views. Clean, crisp, near fine view. (VG+). $325

Original Uniform Buttons

Rare, original uniform coat buttons are available in different styles as described below. Pricing from $26-36. Sizes and backmarks vary. All guaranteed original, in VG or better condition.

United States Life-Saving Service

 

#6514.

Life-Saving Service. Life ring with smaller oar and hook, with "U.S." over "L.S.S.", plain border. (FD 18*)
Life-Saving Service. Life ring with smaller oar and hook, with "U.S." over "L.S.S.", rope edging. (FD 19*) Prices range from $26 - $38 depending on size and condition. 

 

  

1244. (copy) Treasury Department. U.S. Life-Saving Service. Amended Regulations Relative to Uniform for Employees of the Life-Saving Service. April 5, 1895. 3p. Extremely rare document prescribes complete uniforms to be worn by Keepers and Surfmen whenever they are on duty. Includes coats, vest, trousers, overcoat, caps, jumpers, buttons, suits, storm suits, overalls and more. Also prescribes prices, ordering practices, inspections by Assistant Inspectors, etc. Extremely rare information. (photocopy $4).

1258. (copy) United States Life-Saving Service. Order for Uniform. Form No. 1852. c.1895. 4p. 8 ½” x 14”. Four page form includes all necessary forms for ordering and paying for uniforms. Includes listing of items ordered including Kersey coats, vests and trousers for winter, flannel for summer, caps, overcoats, jumpers, storm suits, cap ornaments, and buttons. Also includes page for measurements with diagrams, invoice page and receipt. Filled out for Surfman Donald Randall, Rye Beach Station, NH. Rare early Life-Saving Service uniform information. (photocopy $4).

11292. (copy photo) “Schooner wrecked on reefs being swamped and dashed to pieces by pounding surf. Several crew men up in the rigging.” Date of wreck January 5, 1927. Official Coast Guard copy photo from Office of Historian. Nice view, b/w,  8” x 10”. $8. 

 

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. (M). $89.95.

  

27463M. (miniature reproduction) U. S. Life Saving Service Station Flag for Presentation or Framing. 8” x 16” This triangular station flag measures 8” long by 16” and is of the design 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. Our flag weight nylon miniature is one sided, appliquéd, no grommets, perfect for framing or as a presentation piece. Made in USA. (M). $49.95.

 

    

12239. [reproduction] U. S. Life Saving Service District Number Flag. This square district flag measures 38” by 38” and is typical of the flags once flown at Life Saving Service stations to identify the Life-Saving District as such to vessels at sea. The flag is of the standard design instituted by General Superintendent Sumner I Kimball. Each district had a distinct design and colors, with the district number in black. Heavy duty for moderate weather conditions. Made in America. (design for District #5 as shown above) $98.95.

 

 

 

Page updated July 10, 2017

Procedure to order items:

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

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

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

Massachusetts residents must add 6.25% sales tax.

 

    Can't find what you are looking for?
    We can help you find that needed book or item.
    mailto:jclaflin@LighthouseAntiques.net

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

    Phone (508) 792-6627

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