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Uniforms - Reproduction
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Our Reproduction Uniform insignia used in Oscar nominated movie The Lighthouse with Willem Dafoe and Robert Pattinson. Pic. Universal.
Keeper Baker's Island Lighthouse, Mass c.1920.
Bob Trapani of the American Lighthouse Foundation modeling our uniform.
Reproduction U. S. Lighthouse Service Uniforms.
After repeated inquiries, we have begun offering tailor made Reproduction c.1900 Lighthouse Keeper’s Uniforms. Perfect for museum interpreters and tour guides, these uniforms are tailor made to your size and made to U. S. Lighthouse Service c.1900 design. Made in America.
include “bell top” cap, 8-button double breasted jumper with matching
pants. Either reproduction or authentic buttons and insignia are available
to meet your requirements.
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The Outer Banks Conservationists noted: “This one worked out perfectly for us, and we will continue to put it to good use with Brent going into classrooms and being "on duty"….The Park is very much in favor! "
Richard C. in Muncie, Indiana wrote of his uniform: "I received the Assistant Keeper's Uniform today and I am very impressed with the quality and craftsmanship that went into it. Thank you very much - it fits exceptionally well and you were right, the efficiency badge and the 5-year strip on the sleeve really and an extra nice touch to the uniform. I will wear it proudly and, with your permission, I would like to tell everyone exactly where I purchased it. Thanks again for a wonderful product."
Dana in Pasadena, Maryland wrote of their uniform: “Happy Day! The uniform arrived yesterday evening and what a surprise! He loved it and it fits superbly! The uniform quality is exceptional and I can't say enough good things about it! Thank you so much for your prompt service and great selection. I look forward to getting more items from your website for our lighthouse refurbishing project.”
Early USLHE style cap.
Keeper Robert J. Carr, Ram Island Ledge Light Station, Maine c.1929
Keeper Michael D. Bedard (USCG-Aux 11-2 Woods Hole) at Nobska Lighthouse on Cape Cod wearing our uniform.
Winter uniform in 13 ½ oz blue wool serge-like (55%/45%) poly wool) material, summer white 11 ½ oz (for warm climates).
Keeper's overcoat / trench coat, water repellant (shown below).
Keeper's collar "K" $7.95 each. Standard quality. (2 required) or:
collar "K" $24.95 each. Extra quality, made in
Keeper's collar "1" $7.95 each. Standard quality. (2 required)
Keeper's collar "2" $7.95 each. Standard quality. (2 required)
Keeper's embroidered hat insignia $9.95 Standard quality. (1 required) or:
embroidered hat insignia $45 Extra quality, made in
Keeper's brass USLHE cap insignia $8.95
LHS style button large 1" $2.95 ea
LHS style button small 1/2" $2.45 ea
early "USLHE" style button large1" $2.95 ea
of Service hash marks (left sleeve) $6.50 each (1 for each five years service
- 1-4 needed) , or
25 years of service gold star (left sleeve) $14
S. Lighthouse Service Efficiency Pins
The 1912 report of the Bureau of Lighthouses to Congress stated, in part, “To promote efficiency and friendly rivalry among lighthouse keepers, a system of efficiency stars and pennants has been established. To this end a system of efficiency stars and pennants was established. Keepers who were commended for efficiency at each quarterly inspection during the year were entitled to wear the Inspector’s star (red enamel on gold) for the next year. Those who received the Inspector’s star for three successive years were entitled to wear the Commissioner’s star (blue enamel on silver).
We now offer exact reproductions of the Inspector’s and
Commissioner’s stars. The inspector’s star is red enamel on brass, and
measures 1 1/8” inches in diameter (#2511a). The Commissioner’s star
is the same size but is blue enamel on brass (#2511b). Each just $8.95.
We now offer exact reproductions of the Inspector’s and Commissioner’s stars. The inspector’s star is red enamel on brass, and measures 1 1/8” inches in diameter (#2511a). The Commissioner’s star is the same size but is blue enamel on brass (#2511b). Each just $8.95.
Keeper's embroidered hat insignia Standard quality $9.95 (left) and Extra quality, made in USA $45 (right)
Pricing on request.
21372c. Lighthouse Service Style Button Cufflinks. Just the thing for your favorite lighthouse keeper to spruce up his Sunday best – here is another set of these cufflinks made using two reproduction U.S. Lighthouse Service buttons. The Waterbury Button Company has been making America's buttons for nearly 200 years. Over 50 years ago, they used their original 7/8" button dies and made these beautiful cuff links at their factory. Pair is plated, and of the highest American quality. The buttons are similar to the original US Light-House Service with the image of a masonry (Minot’s Ledge] lighthouse [FD24]. Cufflinks measure 7/8” in diameter with modern style cufflink professionally attached. Quite nice looking, these will make the perfect gift. Pair of cufflinks nicely mounted in felt snap-lid gift box. These are just as bright and pretty as the day they were made and have not seen daylight in decades. (M). $32.
Replica U. S. Lighthouse Service Helmet Insignia.
Perfect for your cap or lapel. Replica of keeper’s insignia from the
1880’s depicts a granite lighthouse tower on crossed spar and whistling
buoys. Although this insignia was intended for the helmet of the watchmen
at lighthouse depots, many of the keeper’s of the day wore it as well
With clutch back, perfect to use on your cap, lapel or on your uniform. 1
¼”. (M). $8.95
25356. Enamel U. S. Lighthouse Service Flag Lapel Pin. Perfect for your cap or lapel. Enamel lapel pin includes the triangular Lighthouse Service flag on a white rectangular background. With the words “U. S. Lighthouse Service Flag. With clutch back, perfect to use on your cap, lapel or on your uniform. ” ¾” x 7/8”. (M). $3.95
Photograph by Janine Slater , courtesy Outer Banks Conservationists. Shown with permission.
Keeper Alvin Glatkowski, Currituck Beach Lighthouse, poses in his recently acquired uniform.
Shown above left are the "keepers" at Pigeon Point Light Station in their recently acquired uniforms. Above right Keeper's overcoat.
Hat, jacket, pants, overcoat, shirt, tie, garrison belt or complete reproduction uniforms are available.
Ed Miller shown at Baileys Harbor Range Light, Door County, Wisc.
Ed used our insignia on a locally sourced blue jacket and trousers.
Reproduction Life Saving Service Insignia
Waterbury Life Saving Service style button large 1" $2.95 ea (please check on availability)
Life Saving Service style button small 1/2" $2.45 ea
SURFMAN’S CHECK] Replica
1970. (reproduction hat tally) “U.S. Life Saving Service” reproduction cap ribbon or “ Tally” is of black silk, 1 ½” wide, and bears the words “U. S. Life Saving Service” in ½” gold block letters. Tally was worn around the band on the surfman’s visor hat. Tally is machine woven and measures 36" long X 1 ½” in width. Tally is reproduction, as new. All letters clear, bright and sharp. Perfect for docents or collectors for your display or reenactor’s uniform. (M). $24.
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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".
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".
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