Nantucket and Martha's Vineyard

Cuttyhunk & Elizabeth Islands

 Including photos, stereoviews, souvenir china, charts, books and more....

 

14118. Waterway, William. Gay Head Lighthouse – The First Light on Martha’s Vineyard. 2014. History Press. 176p. Soft wraps. On the afternoon of October 21, 2013, Gay Head Lighthouse researcher William Waterway discovered the 1844 stone foundation for Martha’s Vineyard, Massachusetts’s original 1799 wooden Gay Head Lighthouse when it was moved back 75 feet from the eroding cliffs. Today, still standing tall on the colorful clay cliffs of Martha’s Vineyard, Gay Head Lighthouse continues to provide safe passage to seafarers as it has since 1799. The steadfast tower marks a dangerous and heavily traveled passage between the island and mainland known as Devil’s Bridge. Being the first lighthouse on the Vineyard, Gay Head Light has a rich and varied history filled with stories of inspirational lighthouse keepers, disastrous shipwrecks and even mysterious deaths. Today, Gay Head Light serves as an iconic symbol of the island’s maritime history and attracts visitors from around the world. Join author William Waterway as he charts the history of the lighthouse from the original wooden tower lit with oil lamps to the rebuilt brick structure that houses the famous Fresnel lens. Filled with information on the light’s keepers and their families, changes over the years, the nearby Life-Saving station and crews, and more, this is a long awaited addition to our lighthouse libraries. (M). $19.99. 

   

2726-73. (stereoview) Fair Street, Nantucket. c.1870’s by J. Freeman photographer. Close, clear view shows great detail of Fair Street from the corner of School Street, looking toward Main Street. The 2 ½- story home at #15 was formerly the home of Judge Defriez. The 3 -story home on the left is #13, now the Ships Inn. Quite clear, light soiling, some corner and edge wear. (VG). $88.

2726-72. (stereoview) Fisherman at Siasconset, Nantucket. c.1870’s. By J. Freeman. Close, clear view shows great detail of a fisherman sitting on the fence in front of his fishing shack. On one shack behind him is a quarterboard of the vessel Cornella. Labeled in pencil “Hermit Fred Parker”, but believe this is in error. A greatly detailed view, quite clean and clear. (F-). $88.

27474b. (souvenir dish) Edgartown Harbor Light, Martha’s Vineyard c.1900. Superb ornate commemorative dishe bears a detailed full color image of the Edgartown Harbor Light on Martha’s Vineyard. Large image includes great detail of the keeper’s house with lantern on the roof. This is certainly one of the nicer pieces yet found. Extremely attractive piece measures about 5” square and includes gilded decoration on molded rim. Only light wear to edge gilding, one very slight chip to underside of rim. Marked “Made in Germany for Jernigan & Huxford, Edgartown, Mass.”. Clean, bright piece. (VG+). $185.

 

13356. (photo album) George A. Mason Family, Summers on Nantucket c.1910-1915. Early album chronicles the Mason family summer on Nantucket  near the turn of the century. The album contains about 85 photos, of which about 63 are of Nantucket. In addition to family views on the island, included are the country fair, boat races, the cottages, Captain Jones on the “good ship Lillian”, Brant Point , Cross Rip Lightship, Siasconset, old mill, hospital fund festival, Sankaty Head Lighthouse, Main Street, picnic on island, Wauwinet, beach scenes and more. Intact, light wear. $68.

7162b. (souvenir plate) Edgartown Harbor Light, Martha’s Vineyard c.1900. Superb large commemorative plate bears a detailed b/w image of the Edgartown Harbor Light on Martha’s Vineyard. Large image includes great detail of the keeper’s house with lantern on the roof. This is certainly one of the nicer pieces yet found. Extremely attractive piece measures 7 5/8” in diameter and includes gilded decoration on the rim. Only light wear to edge gilding. Marked “Made in Germany [for] Marchant & Co, Edgartown, Mass.”. Clean, bright piece. (VG+). $165.

1496. (painting o/f) Rebecca Baxter Bunker (1793-1871), wife of Alexander Downes Bunker, Nantucket light-keeper. (19th century)Portrait of Rebecca Baxter Bunker (1793-1871), wife of Alexander Bunker, unsigned, oil on fiberboard, 8-3/8 x 7 in.; in original gilt wood frame. From the collection of Nantucket collector June Ide Ellison (Boston, Mass.) which also included a rich archive of Nantucket letters, journals, photographs, and paintings from the Bunker and Ide families of Massachusetts. Other family names included in the collection were Macy, Starbucks and Coffin of Nantucket as well as Worth, Baxter, Draper and Goddard. Most of the primarily 19th century material related to family members who resided in the coastal town of Nantucket but includes other areas of Massachusetts and even as far away as California. Her ancestor Alexander Bunker was a well known captain on a whaling vessel and later became keeper at Sankaty-Head Lighthouse. Another family member, William B. Ide ventured to Northern California and became the leader of the short-lived 1846 Bear Flag Rebellion. He later described the revolt in his book, [The Conquest of California], published in 1880. Some grime, crackle, flaking. Needs professional cleaning. Rare Nantucket lighthouse related work. $895.

2726-71. (stereoview) Delivering Mail in S’conset, Nantucket c.1870’s. Early view shows fine view of men in wagon sounding horn announcing the arrival of the mail in “S’conset as villagers look on. A greatly detailed view, overall clean and bright, only very light foxing. (VG+). $124.

 

2630b. (souvenir cup) “Brant Point Light-House” Nantucket c.1900. An unusual, bright, decorated commemorative cup featuring a beautiful sepia image of the “Brant Point Light-House” on Nantucket. This unusual item is quite attractive and bears a fine, close, detailed image of the early masonry lighthouse tower with attached keeper’s dwelling. Cup is quite bright and distinctive, and measures 2 ¼” in diameter and 2” high, and is enhanced by a decorative gilt trim around the rim and on the handle. Marked “Whitlock Made in Germany [for] Phebe E. Clisby Nantucket, Mass.” Clean, no cracks, a very detailed, pretty piece for your display with beautiful coloration. (VG+). $138.

1442. (copy photo) U.S. Life Saving Crew, Surfboat Drill, Nantucket c.1900 view. 7” x 9”. Superb, crystal clear image shows a Nantucket crew at drill in the station surfboat. The keeper is standing at the steering oar as the men prepare to row. Clear, close image. (VG+). $24.95 each.

SS Seaconet loading coal (not included). 

1430a,b. (lot 2 photos) Sinking of the Steamer S.S. Seaconnet With Loss of Seven Men in Vineyard Sound, April 29, 1923. Clear, close, original 8” x 10” and 6” x 8” press photos show the Vineyard lightship passing survivors of the ill-fated steamer Seaconnet to the Lighthouse Tender Anemone for transport to New Bedford, and twenty-three survivors posing after arrival in New Bedford. After loading coal for Boston, Massachusetts, the steamer Seaconnet departed Norfolk, Virginia. Nearing New England waters a gale began to blow. For two days high winds heavy seas and torrential rain hammered the five-year-old steamer which soon began to leak. On April 29th, about a mile south of the Vineyard Sound Lightship, pounding seas opened the steamer's seams and water was pouring in. As his ship began to list to starboard Captain Miller ordered the water ballast tanks and bilges pumped overboard. But the steamer continued to settle and list even greater. In an attempt to stay the rising flood Miller ordered all hands to man the pumps and stoke the boilers. By 6AM the men in the boiler room were working in water up to their waists but the pumps could not handle the inflow of water. Distress signals were sent but so quickly did the Seaconnet sink that vessels would arrived in time only to report nothing more than floating wreckage. At 6:15 Captain Miller had ordered a lifeboat lowered over the starboard side. Passengers, Mr. and Mrs. Hudgins were put aboard along with five crewmen to man the boat. Shortly after casting free, the boat was carried away by the storm but managed to row to the nearby Vineyard Lightship. Within 20 minutes seas were sweeping Seaconnets decks and the smokestack was nearly parallel with the water's surface. Realizing his vessel was doomed Captain Miller ordered all hands on deck. There wasn't a minute to spare, at any moment the ship could capsize trapping his men below decks. The order was given for all hands to don life jackets and abandon ship as the smokestack dipped below the waves and began taking on water. Tense moments followed the jamming of the second lifeboat in its launching apparatus. It was quickly cut free only to capsize in the water, but eventually right itself. Captain Miller and Quartermaster John "Santy" Santiago held the bridge until the very end. "As the lifeboat turned over I ordered him to jump," Miller said. "Then I jumped myself. I grabbed a bit of wreckage and hung on looking for Santy. I saw him clinging to the ship's bottom as she started to go down. I tried to cry out to him, but my voice was smothered by the waves…the Seaconnet went down and I saw him no more". In all 7 men were lost. Photos are b/w and includes date and detailed descriptions on back. Dated May 1, 1923. Clear, close views, great detail. (VG+). $120.

2782c. (souvenir creamer) c.1900. Superb bright souvenir creamer featuring a bold, bright image of “West Chop Light [House], Vineyard Haven, Mass” Close, bright image shows the 1 ½-stork keeper’s dwelling and lighthouse tower from the roadway. Large hand painted image, the nicest I have yet found, is highlighted by gilded border and rim. . Creamer measures 3” in diameter by 5 3/8” high and is marked “Made in Germany for L. E. Briggs, Vineyard Haven, Mass.” Rare Martha’s Vineyard piece. (F-). $265. 

2726-64. (stereoview) Wreck of the Brig Poinsett on Nantucket September 3, 1870 by J. Freeman. Extremely rare view of the aftermath of the wreck as the beautiful 2-masted wooden vessel continued to be driven well up on the beach, later to break up, on the south side of the island near Nobadeer Pond. She came ashore on the morning of August 30, 1870 . She was heavily laden with sugar and all but 40 casks were lost when she soon broke up and became a total loss. It was said that fragments of the vessel were strewn along the beach for miles. This extremely rare view was taken before she broke up and shows good detail of the vessel as life-savers and citizens work to salvage her. View is clear, close, only light edge and corner wear. It is extremely difficult to find views of Nantucket shipwrecks. (VG+). $94.

2726-65. (stereoview) Wreck of the Brig Poinsett on Nantucket September 3, 1870 by J. Freeman. Extremely rare view of the aftermath of the wreck as the beautiful 2-masted wooden vessel continued to be driven well up on the beach and broken up, on the south side of the island near Nobadeer Pond. She came ashore on the morning of August 30, 1870 . She was heavily laden with sugar and all but 40 casks were lost when she soon broke up and became a total loss. It was said that fragments of the vessel were strewn along the beach for miles. This extremely rare view was taken after she broke up and shows good detail of remnants of the vessel. View is clear, close, only light edge and corner wear. It is extremely difficult to find views of Nantucket shipwrecks. (VG+). $88.

 

2726-67. (stereoview) Nantucket view looking toward Second Congregational (Unitarian Universalist) Church on Orange Street c.1870’s by J. Freeman. Great view looking south on Orange Street from Main Street, with a fine view of the north face of the Second Congregational (Unitarian Universalist) Church clock tower as well as the street and homes in the area. View is clean and clear, with only light edge wear. (VG+). $56. 

2726-66. (stereoview) Nantucket view Corner Main and Pleasant Streets c.1870’s by J. Freeman. Great view looking down upper Main Street with a fine view of the homes. View is clean and clear, with some edge wear. (VG). $46. 

2726-68. (stereoview) Nantucket view Lower Main Between Union and Orange Streets c.1870’s by J. Freeman. Great view looking down Main Street with a fine view of the stores. View is clean and clear, with some edge wear, light foxing. (VG). $44. 

 

 

13256. Gardner, Arthur H. A List of the Wrecks Around Nantucket Since the Settlement of the Island, and the Incidents Connected Therewith, Embracing over 500 Vessels. Nantucket. 1877. 64p. Soft wraps. Rare early first edition of this long sought after work by Arthur H. Gardner. This work was later published and updated in 1915 and 1943 as well , but this first edition was limited to only 500 copies and is nearly impossible to find. Situated some 20 miles south of Cape Cod amidst numerous dreaded shoals, Nantucket has always been the scene of numerous shipwrecks as vessels make their way through the area. This important reference chronicles a 213 year period, detailing many of the major shipwrecks. Many of these disasters called forth deeds of daring and heroism by Nantucket boatmen and Life-Savers including men of the Massachusetts Humane Society, much of which is related herein. Contents are fairly clean and tight, just a bit of light soiling and some moisture staining to last few pages. Wraps are intact, some chipping and wear to edges. Spine has been crudely tape reinforced with masking tape. Still a good or better copy. Most interesting reading and an invaluable reference. (G++). $184.

14120. Dresser, Thomas, Herb Foster & Jay Schofield. Martha’s Vineyard in World War II. Charleston. 2014. 192p. Soft wraps. Illustrated with over 50 photos. The small, tight-knit island community of Martha’s Vineyard was irrevocably transformed by World War II. From rationing and blackouts to a military presence in Chilmark, the war was brought home to the residents of the island. In the air, pilots flew training missions from the Martha’s Vineyard Naval Auxiliary Air Facility. At sea, ferryboats served as hospital ships in the D-Day invasion, while enemy submarines lurked offshore. Mock invasions were undertaken by military forces from across Vineyard Sound, and remote sites were used for training missions and bombing practice. Residents participated in the war effort by buying war bonds, supporting USO activities and conducting air raid drills. Remnants and reminiscences of this illustrious past can still be found today. Join authors Thomas Dresser, Herb Foster and Jay Schofield as they revive the story of this resilient island during World War II. (M). $19.99. (x)

 

13298a. (glass plate negative) Surfside Life-Saving Station, Nantucket c.1870’s. This extremely rare view provides great detail as station Keeper, probably Capt. Joseph Winslow, stands near the boat ramp demonstrating their new Merriman rubber life-saving suit while other surfman pose around the beach apparatus cart and the surfboat. Probably dates in the 1870’s as the crew is not uniformed. In the background we can see the charming 1874-Type station as another surfman looks out from the second floor bunkroom window.  The Merriman rubber life-saving suit was an innovation of the time. The inventor, Clark S. Merriman, in a bid to help sea-rescue, designed this life preserving suit, which was made from India rubber and was inflatable. This suit had been tested by Captain Boyton of the New Jersey Life Saving Service, when he was dropped over the side of a steamer into the Irish sea, in a gale. Soon suits were issued to some other stations as warranted, including the Surfside Life Saving station on Nantucket. The suit did see some use including at the well known wreck of the Metropolis near the Poyners Hill station in North Carolina in 1878. There, after a number of unsuccessful attempts to get a shot line aboard the stricken vessel, Keeper Chappell then donned the Merriman life-saving dress and made two valiant attempts to carry a line out to the vessel. There are very few views in existence of the equipment and boatroom at Surfside, and even fewer of the Merriman suit. Note too the man by the Lyle gun with keeper’s haversack on his waist. Large clear image measures 5” x 8” and is clear and close, but does have numerous spots from moisture. Still, great detail and an important view. Includes one print made from this glass plate negative. Rare image. (VG). $254.

13298b. (glass plate negative) Surfside Life-Saving Station, Nantucket c.1870’s. This extremely rare view provides great detail as station Keeper, probably Capt. Joseph Winslow, stands near the boat ramp demonstrating their new Merriman rubber life-saving suit while other surfman pose around the beach apparatus cart and the surfboat. Probably dates in the 1870’s as the crew is not uniformed. In the background we can see the charming 1874-Type station as another surfman looks out from the second floor bunkroom window.  The Merriman rubber life-saving suit was an innovation of the time. The inventor, Clark S. Merriman, in a bid to help sea-rescue, designed this life preserving suit, which was made from India rubber and was inflatable. This suit had been tested by Captain Boyton of the New Jersey Life Saving Service, when he was dropped over the side of a steamer into the Irish sea, in a gale. Soon suits were issued to some other stations as warranted, including the Surfside Life Saving station on Nantucket. The suit did see some use including at the well known wreck of the Metropolis near the Poyners Hill station in North Carolina in 1878. There, after a number of unsuccessful attempts to get a shot line aboard the stricken vessel, Keeper Chappell then donned the Merriman life-saving dress and made two valiant attempts to carry a line out to the vessel. There are very few views in existence of the equipment and boatroom at Surfside, and even fewer of the Merriman suit. Note too the man by the Lyle gun with keeper’s haversack on his waist. Large clear image measures 5” x 8” and is clear and close, but does have numerous spots from moisture. Still, great detail and an important view. Includes one print made from this glass plate negative. Rare image. (VG). $254.

 

 

13280. (glass plate negative) Brant Point Lighthouse, Nantucket c.1891. Clear glass plate negative provides a rare look at the early light station on Brant Point. Nine lighthouses have stood on Brant Point since the first was lit in 1746. The image is before 1895 when the tower was changed from brown to white. Note the family members standing on the stoop. Large image measures 5” x 8” and is clear and close. Includes one print made from this glass plate negative. Rare image. (VG). $124.

13197. (photo) Sankaty Head Lighthouse, Nantucket c.1920’s.  Crystal clear, close view shows the tall light tower and keepers house. Inside the lantern can be seen the large First Order Fresnel lens uncovered. Photo measures 3 ½” x 5” on postcard paper. Clean, clear, only light scuffing to bottom of image. (VG). $24.

13297. (glass plate negative) Nantucket  Light-House Keeper c.1870-1890's. This extremely rare view provides great detail of a Nantucket lighthouse keeper. Note the early brass lighthouse with crossed buoys insignia on his hat – very few keepers wore that insignia. View is a studio portrait, possibly done on the island by Freeman or others and is unusually clear and close. We are not yet sure which keeper this is, but he may be Keeper Andrew Jackson Sandsbury. Born in 1830 in Nantucket, Sandsbury served on a whaler out of New Bedford in the 1850s. His career in the Light-House Establishment began in the late 1860s on the South Shoal Lightship and by the 1890’s he was Keeper at Brant Point Lighthouse. He passed away in 1902. There are very few views of Nantucket Keepers and this is an early, crystal clear image. Large clear image measures 5” x 8” and is quite close providing great detail. Includes one print made from this glass plate negative. Rare image. (VG). $324.

13318. (glass plate negative) Paddock House, Tuckernuck, Nantucket c.1880-1890's. Possibly by E.B. Robinson, Nantucket. This extremely rare view provides great detail of the Paddock house near South Pond on Tuckernuck. This unusual home  includes a lookout on the roof where a man with a spyglass can be seen. On the ground a man pushes a dray while another saws wood. Note too the pennant flying on the pole. Large clear image measures 5” x 8” and is quite close providing great detail. Includes one print made from this glass plate negative. Rare image. (VG). $134.

13316. (glass plate negative) Town Crier Billy Clark, Nantucket c.1880 -1890's. Possibly by E.B. Robinson, Nantucket. This extremely rare view studio photograph provides great detail of Nantucket Town Crier Billy Clark at a at a fairly young age. William (“Billy”) Clark (1846–1909), was probably the best known of the Nantucket town criers. Billy Clark’s crying was linked to newspapers, the town's only source of hard news in those days,  and the daily arrival of the boat from the mainland. He began by “sighting the boat” from the Old South (Unitarian Church) Tower, and blowing his horn in all four directions from the windows above the belfry. It is said that his horn still resides in the lower-level sanctuary of the Unitarian Church. Large clear image measures 5” x 8” and is quite close providing great detail. Includes one print made from this glass plate negative. Rare image. (VG). $144.

13315. (glass plate negative) Remains of the Warren Sawyer at Surfside, Nantucket c.1884. Possibly by E.B. Robinson, Nantucket. This extremely rare view shows the remains of the wreck of the 3 masted schooner Warren Sawyer, which occurred in December 1884. She was bound from New Orleans to Boston with a cargo of cotton. She came ashore at Surfside Nantucket just west of the Lifesaving Station. All the crew escaped and some of the cargo saved before she broke up. A storm occurred and pounded the ship to pieces such as this bow section, with bits of timber and cotton scattered over miles of the beach. Note the men in the left of the view, probably “wreckers” salvaging what remained. Large clear image measures 5” x 8” and is quite close providing great detail. Includes one print made from this glass plate negative. Rare image. (VG). $94.

 

    

6744r,v. [Topographic Plate]. COAST LINES: PART OF MARTHA'S VINEYARD MASS. US Geological Survey. c.1908. Size 10”h x 16”. Double page plate from early report. Beautiful, early, three color topographic map shows the important contours and features of the area including the Lighthouses and Life-Saving Stations, as well as roads, harbor and important features. This map includes most of the island, from Chilmark Pond and Lamberts Cove east to Oak Bluffs to the northeast and Cape Pogue to the east.  Lighthouses include Cape Pogue Light and  Edgartown Light. Also includes harbors, shoals and bars, and much more. Plate is quite desirable for framing. Unusually clean and crisp, a beautiful piece. These early coastal maps are most desirable for display and bring a premium, particularly on the Cape and the islands. (F).   $118 net. Reduced $76.

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13183. D’Entremont, Jeremy. Everyday Heroes: The True Story of a Lighthouse Family. Coastlore Media. 2013. 252p. Soft wraps. Wonderfully illustrated with 26 black and white photos and maps. Lighthouses are an essential part of our American culture. They stand as symbols of altruism, strength, hope, faith and guidance. And today, in the age of automation, they also stand as memorials to the lighthouse keepers and their families who once devoted themselves to “keeping a good light” in service to mariners. Traditional lighthouse keeping has passed into history with automation, but there are still those who recall lighthouse life with nostalgia. Seamond Ponsart Roberts, daughter of a lighthouse keeper, is one of those people. Seamond was born while her parents lived at the rugged Dumpling Rock Light Station off Dartmouth, Massachusetts. She went on to spend the rest of her youth at two other southeastern Massachusetts light stations: Cuttyhunk Island and West Chop on Martha’s Vineyard. During her lighthouse years, Seamond experienced good times and bad, tragedy and heroism. She is a born storyteller who has always shared her memories with family and friends, and her unique story is now told in the new book - Everyday Heroes: The True Story of a Lighthouse Family. “I am, and always will be, a lighthouse keeper's daughter. I had the good fortune to be born to a different kind of childhood. I didn't recognize this fact back when I was small. I thought that everybody lived like we did on our little island of Cuttyhunk, Massachusetts, which in itself was a life apart,” she writes. This is the true story of a family's life at lighthouses on the edge of civilization. It's a story of adventure, danger, devotion to duty, and love. Seamond Ponsart Roberts shares her memories and emotions with good humor, a sharp eye for detail, and above all an appreciation for a way of life that has passed into history. (M). $16.99. (x)

 

 

13211. [Victorian commemorative Mauchlineware diary book] Sankaty Lighthouse, Nantucket, Mass. c.1900. Superb, extremely rare wooden Victorian covered diary book features a beautiful b/w lithograph of the Sankaty Head Lighthouse, Siasconset, Nantucket, Mass. A charming piece, the book cover is of hardwood, varnished and measures 3 ¼” x 4 ½”. The pretty image measures about 1 ½” oval and shows the tall masonry light tower and keeper’s dwelling. The interior diary book has marbled endpapers and rose colored page edges. Title page entitled “Best Wishes from Scott” and is published by W.P. Nimmo, Hay, & Mitchell, Ltd., Edinburgh and London. Diary contains about 124 pages, with worthwhile quotations and spaces to write thoughts for each day. On back free endpaper written “Father Died June 19, 1920”. Such wooden Victorian era commemorative pieces, known as Mauchlineware, are exceptionally difficult to find and are quite pretty for display. Further, books such as this are more difficult to find and command a premium. Clean, some scuffing and scratches to cover, one chip to image. Contents are clean and crisp, rarely opened. Most Rare! $325.

 

2726-61. (stereoview) Keeper Capt. Joseph Winslow, Surfside Life Saving Station, Nantucket by J. Freeman. c.1878. This extremely rare view provides great detail as station Keeper Capt. Joseph Winslow stands on the boat ramp demonstrating their new Merriman rubber life-saving suit. Dated in pencil July 30, 1878. In the background we can see into the boatroom floor where their early Manby mortar line gun sits next to the Francis Metallic Lifeboat. The Merriman rubber life-saving suit was an innovation of the time. The inventor, Clark S. Merriman, in a bid to help sea-rescue, designed this life preserving suit, which was made from India rubber and was inflatable. This suit had been tested by Captain Boyton of the New Jersey Life Saving Service, when he was dropped over the side of a steamer into the Irish sea , in a gale. Soon suits were issued to some other stations as warranted, including the Surfside Life Saving station on Nantucket. The suit did see some use including at the well known wreck of the Metropolis near the Poyners Hill station in North Carolina in 1878. There, after a number of unsuccessful attempts to get a shot line aboard the stricken vessel, Keeper Chappell then donned the Merriman life-saving dress and made two valiant attempts to carry a line out to the vessel. There are very few views in existence of the boatroom at Surfside, and even fewer of the Merriman suit. View is nicely intact with only a bit of edge wear and some very light soiling. A similar view recently fetched over $700 at auction. (VG+). $245.

2726-60. (stereoview) Brant Point Lighthouse, Nantucket. c.1880 by J. Freeman. Clear and crisp view provides a rare look at the early light station on Brant Point. Nine lighthouses have stood on Brant Point since the first was lit in 1746. In addition, other beacons were constructed on the Jetties Beach and in the harbor as additional aids to vessels approaching the harbor. View is clean and clear, providing a good view of the station buildings in the late 1870’s or early 1880’s. Clean, clear view, only light edge wear. (VG+). $136.

 

1379. (souvenir footed dish) Steamship Nantucket at Cottage City, Martha’s Vineyard, Mass. c.1900. Lovely rare form, this charming footed dish in white bears a detailed b/w image of the steamship Nantucket. The sides of the dish turn up in leafy forms with gilded highlights on the tips. Unisual “feet” are in the form of three branches to support the dish. Marked “Carlsbad BFHS China Made in Austria from Stchi Ban, Cottage City, Mass. Made in Austria”. Measures 4 5/8” in diameter, 1 ¼” high. An unusually bright, bold piece for display and an exceptionally rare form. (VG+). $144.

 

12393c. (photo) Station Crew, U.S. Coast Guard, Coskata Station, Nantucket c.1920. Original photo on postcard paper shows two officers with a woman on the beach. Photo measures 3 ½” x 5 ½”. Good view of period uniform cap and coat. Clean, clear. Rare view. (VG). $34. Sold.

  

2815m. (stereoview) Gay Head Lighthouse, Martha’s Vineyard, Mass. c.1880 by R.G. Shute Photographer, Edgartown, Mass. Clear and crisp view provides a rare look at the 1856 station high on the clay bluffs as the keeper stands on the tower gallery cleaning the window glass. The handsome Gay Head Lighthouse stands in one of the most picturesque locations in New England, atop the 130-foot multicolored clay cliffs at the western shore of Martha's Vineyard . The first lighthouse, a 47-foot octagonal wooden lighthouse was erected on a stone base, along with a wood-frame keeper's house, barn, and oil vault and went into service on November 18, 1799. By 1854 the house and tower leaked to a point where a new brick tower and dwelling were constructed. A first-order Fresnel lens was obtained and installed in the  conical brick lighthouse. Once again, due to the extreme dampness of the keeper's house, the 1856 brick keeper's house was torn down and replaced by a wooden house in 1902, thus dating this image to pre-1902. R.G. Shute was in business from about 1865 until the early 1880’s. View is clear, some foxing to sky areas. Provides a close view of the station buildings. (VG-). $78.

1361. (photo) Gay Head Life Saving Station, Martha’s Vineyard c.1915. Rare view from Gay Head Light Station of the only United States Life Saving Station located on Martha's Vineyard. The Gay Head Life-Saving station was located just east of the lighthouse at Gay Head. The station had a rich heritage dating from the days of the Wampanoag Indian surfmen and the Massachusetts Humane Society. The station was built in 1895 and was the only station in the country of that (“Gay Head”) design by George R. Tolman. Perched high above the ocean on a cliff, the structure appeared as one of the most striking Shingle Style stations built by the Life-Saving Service. For some reason, very few photos of this station were taken. Clear though distant image measures 3 ½” x 5 ½” on postcard paper. (VG+). $26.

2726-59. (stereoview) Sankaty Head Lighthouse, Nantucket. c.1880. By Kilburn Brothers, Littleton, N.H. Close, clear view shows great detail of Nantucket ’s landmark light station on Sankaty Head. Quite clear, only slightly light and a bit of edge wear. (VG). $46 net.

1377. (photo) Festive Parade - Coast Guard Marching on Nantucket Main Street c.1930. Close view of Coast Guard unit marching onto Main Street in July 4th celebration, probably in the 1930’s. Clear close view measures 3 ¼” x 5 ½”. Light foxing. (VG). $32.

1372. (cabinet photo) Looking North on Broadway, Siasconset, Nantucket c.1879. By Henry S. Wyer. Clear view of homes and dirt roadway in this fishing village on Nantucket. Note two adults and two children by the fence on the left. Clear, quite close, with some soiling and  foxing and corner wear. Measures 5” x 8 ½”. Still quite a nice view. (G+). $58.

 

1320. (photo lot) Nantucket Scenes c.1908. Rare lot of 16 original and rare photographs of Nantucket views from photo album "Nantucket July 1908" on original labeled craft paper pages. These photographs are amazing, they capture turn of the century Nantucket in clear views including: The Red Poppy Tea Room, Hussey Street, Quince Street, Surfside the Old Hardware Shop, several great shots of 'Sconset and two photos  of the family in a horse drawn carriage and more ! Photos are clear and crisp, close, great detail. Photographs measure 3 ¼” x 5 ½”. (VG+). $385. 

  

1323. Hough, Henry Beetle. Martha's Vineyard - Summer Resort 1835-1935. Tuttle. 1936. 276p. Gilt embossed blue cloth wraps. Remains of the DJ clipped neatly and laid into the book. Signed and inscribed by the author on the FFEP. Charming book, thoroughly presents a behind the scene look at summer life on Martha’s Vineyard. The reader is taken back to the day of the first summer visitors, and the events of the past hundred years are told in a history with all of the qualities of a novel. The narrative tells how the Martha’s Vineyard Camp Meeting became the greatest gathering of its kind, Vineyard sea captains and forty-niners are examined, regional areas such as Innisfail, Makonikey, West Chop and Katama are treated in detail, the lighting of Gay Head Lighthouse is described, the story of the Katama fox hunts, the burning of the Sea View Hotel, the whole panorama of summer recreation is examined, and much, much more. Quite a nice early work. Text is clean, binding tight and solid, boards clean with no wear present. (VG). $88.

 

12456. (photo) New Lantern for Sankaty Head Lighthouse, Nantucket c.1970. Clear, close 7” x 9” newspaper photo shows the new lantern room before being lifted atop Sankaty Head Lighthouse. The lantern room was a major point of controversy to Nantucket residents after the Coast Guard began replacing the old lantern room. This new lantern cost $45,000 to build. Dated June 29, 1970. With credit line and description in margin. (VG+) $49.

2726-58. (stereoview) Fishermen Siasconset, Nantucket c.1870’s. Early view shows fishermen and their families posing around fishing shacks on Front Street in Siasconset with a dinghy on the left side. There appears to be a doll baby carriage and other items  at the front on the left just in front of the boat. Early original sticker of the seller on the back "R. A. Hobbs, Dry and Fancy Goods, Toys, &c., Corner Main and High Sts., East Stoughton."  In pencil "Nantucket Fishermen". On yellow mount. A greatly detailed view, overall clean and bright, only very light foxing. (VG+). $88.

12498. na. Massachusetts 100 Years Ago – The Southeast – Cape Cod, Nantucket and the Vineyard. Compiled by Skip Whitson. Sun Publishing. 1976. 2nd printing. 48p. Soft wraps. The series consisted of articles and illustrations assembled from 100 year-old Harper's (1875), Century (1883) and Scribner’s (1873) magazines. Included are  wonderful period accounts of the areas with over 50 illustrations from woodcuts. Great reading. (M). $10.

 

  

12457. Wyer, Henry S. NANTUCKET: OLD AND NEW – Centennial Edition. Nantucket . 1895. Engraved and Printed by Andrew H.Kellogg, New York. 20p. Oblong 5 ½” x 8 ½”. This scarce turn of the century view book includes two pages of Nantucket Historical Data, Index of Views, lists 16 leaves of glossy photo views from photographs by Wyer. One of the earlier photographic view books of Nantucket with lovely early views by this most famous of the Cape and Islands photographers. Views include: Nantucket Characters, Town, from Brant Point, The Fishing Fleet, The Steamboat Wharf, Old Houses- Group, Windmill, Group of Streets- Main, Orange, North Centre, Harbor And North Cliffs, Old Streets, Springfield House, Seacliff Inn, Hotels- Four, Views on the Moors, Sconset Bank-Group, Sconset Beach- Group, Sankoty Light. Most rare. Brown cloth covers are clean with minor corner wear. All pages are clean and unmarked, tightly bound, only light wear to wraps. (VG+). $134.

2815L. (stereoview) Gay Head Lighthouse, Martha’s Vineyard, Mass. c.1871 by S. F. Adams Photographer, New Bedford, Mass. Clear, crisp view, providing a close view of the 1856 station high on the clay bluffs with the keeper high on the tower gallery cleaning the window glass. The handsome Gay Head Lighthouse stands in one of the most picturesque locations in New England, atop the 130-foot multicolored clay cliffs at the western shore of Martha's Vineyard. The first lighthouse, a 47-foot octagonal wooden lighthouse was erected on a stone base, along with a wood-frame keeper's house, barn, and oil vault and went into service on November 18, 1799. By 1854 the house and tower leaked to a point where a new brick tower and dwelling were constructed. A first-order Fresnel lens was obtained and installed in the  conical brick lighthouse. Once again, due to the extreme dampness of the keeper's house, the 1856 brick keeper's house was torn down and replaced by a wooden house in 1902, thus dating this image to pre-1902. View is uncommonly clear, providing a close view of the station buildings. A few light spots, light wear. (VG+). $85.

12391.  (glass negative) Gay Head Lighthouse, Martha’s Vineyard, Mass. c.1900. Clear glass plate negative captures nicely a view rarely seen of the handsome Gay Head Lighthouse with brick keeper’s dwelling, which stands in one of the most picturesque locations in New England, atop the 130-foot multicolored clay cliffs at the western shore of Martha's Vineyard. The brick lighthouse tower and keeper’s house were constructed in 1854-1856. Due to the extreme dampness of the keeper's house, the 1856 brick keeper's house was torn down and replaced by a wooden dwelling in 1902, thus dating this view before 1902. Note the many out-buildings, and the unusual pennany flying from the flag mast. . Large image measures 4” x 5”in original photographer’s envelope, and is clear and close. Would provide a fine image. (VG+). $84.

12355. (Kodachrome slide) Sankaty Head Light Station, Nantucket c.1949. Great view when the Coast Guard was still at Sankaty Head Light Station in the 1950’s. Original color Kodachrome slide, clear and close. Shows the keeper’s house which was later torn down. Clear, crisp, great view. Dated July 1949. Will project well or great to make prints.  (VG+). $18.

12393a. (photo) Surfboat Crew, U.S. Coast Guard, Coskata Station, Nantucket c.1920. Original photo on paper album remains shows the Keeper of the Coakata station with crew readying their surfboat. Lettered on the bow is “Station No. 45”. Photo measures 2 ½” x 4”. Moderate soiling and some moisture but does not affect the image significantly. Rare view. (G+). Shown at left. $54.

12393b. (photo) Surfboat Crew, U.S. Coast Guard, Coskata Station, Nantucket c.1920. Original photo printed on postcard paper (Cyko 1915-1920’s) shows the Keeper of the Coakata station with crew readying their surfboat. Lettered on the bow is “Station No. 45”. Photo measures 2 ½” x 4”, clean, crisp. Rare view. (G+). $64. Sold.

12384. (mounted photo) Homes in Town (Siasconset?), Nantucket c.1890. Extremely rare albumen photo shows great detail of a Nantucket street, possibly in Siasconset, as a nicely dressed gentleman pauses at the corner. View is clean, mounted on cardboard mount, light occasional foxing, some corner and edge wear. It is extremely difficult to find early views of Nantucket and this view is certainly one of the larger, better ones. Image measures 4 ½” x 8” on 8” x 10” mount. (VG). $88.

12386. (mounted photo) View from North Tower Looking East, Nantucket c.1890. Extremely rare albumen photo shows great detail looking East from the North Tower. Great detail of the relatively few homes in the area and the sparsely populated Brant Point area. View is clean, mounted on cardboard mount, light occasional foxing, some corner and edge wear. It is extremely difficult to find early views of Nantucket and this view is certainly one of the larger, better ones. Image measures 4 ½” x 8” on 8” x 10” mount. (VG). $78.

12346. Wyer, James I. Jr. (Compiled by). The Nantucket Wyers. Marion Press, 1911. 1st.  Soft wraps. 23p. Two hundred copies privately printed. Wonderful rare genealogy of this important Nantucket family. Chronicles the lives of all known Wyers in Nantucket since 1640. The first Wyers were from Scotland and this work covers the family through approx 1906. Clean, tight, paper/card covers. Intact though chipped along edges and edges are fragile. Size: 9" H x 6 1/4". Sought after reference. (VG). $48.

 

2726-57. (stereoview) Wreck of the Brig Poinsett on Nantucket September 3, 1870. by J. Freeman. Extremely rare view of the aftermath of the wreck as the beautiful 2-masted wooden vessel continued to be driven well up on the beach, later to break up, on the south side of the island near Nobadeer Pond. She came ashore on the morning of August 30, 1870 . She was heavily laden with sugar and all but 40 casks were lost when she soon broke up and became a total loss. It was said that fragments of the vessel were strewn along the beach for miles. This extremely rare view was taken before she broke up and shows good detail of the vessel as life-savers and citizens work to salvage her. View is clear, close, only light edge and corner wear. It is extremely difficult to find views of Nantucket shipwrecks. (VG+). $76. 

  

3113i. Gardner, Arthur H., WRECKS AROUND NANTUCKET . New Bedford . March 11, 1943. 176p. Green soft wraps. Later revised and updated printing of the 1915 edition. Well illustrated with vintage photographs. Situated some 20 miles south of Cape Cod amidst numerous dreaded shoals, Nantucket has always been the scene of numerous shipwrecks as vessels make their way through the area. This important reference chronicles a 289 year period, detailing most of the major shipwrecks. Many of these disasters called forth deeds of daring and heroism by Nantucket boatmen and Life-Savers, much of which is related herein. First published in 1876 but limited to only 500 copies, Wrecks Around Nantucket serves to fill in the gaps during the period of the institution of the Life-Saving Service and the construction of three life-saving stations here. Most interesting reading and an invaluable reference. Some occasional very light foxing, covers lightly soiled, otherwise a very good copy. (VG). $85.

     

4749b. Hough, George A. Jr., DISASTER ON DEVIL’S BRIDGE. Mystic, CT. 1963. 146p. Soft wraps. The most complete account of the wreck and loss of the steamer SS City of Columbus off Gay Head, Martha’s Vineyard in 1884. The first news of the loss came when the Revenue Cutter Dexter arrived in New Bedford on January 18th, with a handful of survivors. The City of Columbus sailed on her maiden voyage from New York on August 28th 1878. The beautifully appointed ship was 275’ long and displaced 2,200 gross tons. On January 17th, 1884, as the ship departed Nickerson’s wharf in Boston bound for Savannah, many on board were anticipating the pleasant climate of the south as an escape from the bitter mid winter cold of New England. Sometime later at approximately 3:15 am the lookout spotted a buoy on the starboard bow in a position where one should not have been. Captain Wright immediately recognized that the ship was perilously close to the rocks on Devils Bridge, a rocky shoal extending out into Vineyard Sound from the South West tip of Martha’s Vineyard at Gay Head. A moment later the ship struck bottom on Devils Bridge. The City of Columbus was doomed, with her bottom badly punctured by the rocks in several places she sank rather quickly, coming to rest with her bow, smokestack and masts out of the water. In the end the loss of the City of Columbus was New England’s worst maritime disaster to date - a total of 104 people either drowned or froze to death in the rigging, only 29 were saved. With a detailed account of the men of the Revenue Cutter Dexter and their heroic rescues, and the attempts of the Life-Savers, this is the most complete and interesting account of this disaster to date. Well illustrated with photographs. Contents clean, tight, light wear to wraps. Good copy. (VG). $36.

12273. (photo) Brant Point Coast Guard Lifeboat Station, Nantucket c.1968. Photo measures 8” x 10” and is clear and fairly close, providing an exceptional view of the entire station, barracks, flag mast, lighthouse and range lights, out buildings and more at the Nantucket harbor entrance. Close, clear. Dated 1968. Rare view. (VG). $28.

  

12290. Northrup, A. Judd. 'Sconset Cottage Life: A Summer on Nantucket Island. New York. 1881. 1901. 2nd. 160,[4]pp. Original brown publisher's cloth. A quaint description of the town of Siasconset and the island of Nantucket from the point of view of summer vacationers. Includes wonderful accounts of the people, summer activities, bathing and the ocean, Sunday life, the Moors, a day in “Nantucket Town”, blue fishing, a day at Wauwinet, social life and much more. A charming account that has become extremely scarce. Only two other copies found, both listing for over $300. Clean, tight, wraps with some wear and bumping, spine sunned. (VG). $288.

  

12258. (cabinet photo) Remains of the Warren Sawyer at Surfside, Nantucket by Henry S. Wyer c.1884. Extremely rare albumen photo by Henry S Wyer of the remains of the wreck of the 3 masted schooner Warren Sawyer, which occured in December 1884. She was bound from New Orleans to Boston with a cargo of cotton. She came ashore at Surfside Nantucket just west of the Lifesaving Station. All the crew escaped and some of the cargo saved before she broke up. A storm occurred and pounded the ship to pieces such as this bow section, with bits of timber and cotton scattered over miles of the beach. H.S. Wyer made a great number of Nantucket photographs for which he is well known. He published this one as part of his "Ocean and River" series and titled it "THE LONELY SHORE" which can be seen at the bottom of the image. The image was cut on the right side to fit a small frame as can be seen, but it is clear and close with good detail. With his backmark “Instantaneous Studies of Ocean and Rivers ….” Overall 5” x 7”. (G+). $28.

2726-56. (stereoview) Nantucket view looking toward Second Congregational (Unitarian Universalist) Church on Orange Street c.1870’s by J. Freeman. Great view looking south on Orange Street from Main Street, with a fine view of the north face of the Second Congregational (Unitarian Universalist) Church clock tower as well as the street and homes in the area. View is clean and clear, with some edge wear. (VG). $74. 

  

     

     

    

12264. (lot 8 glass plate negatives) Nantucket scenes c.1895. 4” x 5”, 5” x 8”. Clear glass plate negatives were taken at about 1895 during the Centennial celebration and capture wonderfully the life and images of Nantucket Town. Images are quite clear with some spotting here and there from age. Images are large and measure 4” x 5”, except one which measures 5” x 7”,  and are clear and close. Images include two of the Centennial celebration on or near Main Street, Nantucket homes and street scenes (3 views), the pacific National Bank (2 views), and one inside of the school with class in session. Would provide clear images. (VG). $48 each or $324 lot.

12223. (souvenir fold-out views) Nantucket Sketches Drawn & Engraved by Alexander Henry Seaverns, Boston, Mass. c.1890. Six engraved fold-out Nantucket views measure about 4 ½” by 26” accordion fold, and includes Town Crier Billy Clark, Brant Point Light House, a Nantucket Street, Sankoty Head Light House, Oldest House, and The Old Mill. This may have been a promotional piece for Seaverns “Picturesque Nantucket – Sketches”. Rare Nantucket souvenir, clean and crisp save very light soiling to cover, entirely intact. (VG+). $54.

  

12263. (brochure) Wyer’s Art Store and Annex, Federal Street, Nantucket c.1910. Rare 2-section promotional brochure for Henry S. Wyer’s Art Store includes a great deal of information on this noted photographer and his wares. Includes detailed descriptions of his new Colortype post cards, hand colored photographs, prints and much more Two pages of information, and one page each includes the “latest map of Nantucket”, and a charming sketch of Nantucket’s Old Mill. These would have been folded and in a rack, noting “Take one”. Clean, only light toning. (VG+). $28.

  

12314. (mounted photo) “Shanunga” Home at #10 Broadway, Siasconset, Nantucket c.1904. Lovely view measures 4 ¾” x 7 ¾” on album paper, provides clear, close view of the home at #10 Broadway, Siasconset known as “Shanunga”. This was originally the home of Captain William Baxter and later the Post office in 1881. The name originates from the ship’s figurehead once on the front lawn, from the vessel “Shanunga”. Clean and clear, great photo for framing. (VG). $48.

12330. (copy photo) Muskeget Life Saving Station Nantucket c.1900 view. Off the western tip of Nantucket, beyond Tuckernuck in the direction of Martha’s Vineyard, lies Muskeget Island, hardly more than a sandbar in the encroaching sea. In the 1880s and 1890s The U.S. Live-Saving Service station and nineteen other buildings, mostly fishermen’s shanties, stood on Muskeget. The first life-saving station on the island was built in 1883, an 1882-Type station with one boat-room door and an enclosed lookout on the roof. Construction of the first Muskeget Station began in February 1883. There was (and still remains) no way to put out fires on the isolated island, and on December 28, 1889, the station burned to the ground while the crew was out performing a rescue. Nearly seven years passed before the Live-Saving Service rebuilt the station, and the double-bay Quonochontaug-Type station was completed in 1896-1897. Photo measures 7 ½” x 10” and is clear and fairly close, providing an exceptional view of the station, as the crew watches from the porch and the flag signals fly from the flag mast. Rare view. (VG+). $20.

12329. (copy photo) Surfside Life Saving Station Nantucket c.1870’s view. This lovely detailed view includes the crew posing with the lifecar and surfboat on its carriage The Surfside station was located on Nantucket, 2 ½ miles south of the town. The station is of an 1874-Type design and fortunately, still exists today, preserved as a Youth Hostel. Photo measures 7” x 10” and is clear and fairly close, providing an exceptional view of the station, crew and equipment. Desirable view. (VG+). $20.

12341. (copy photo) Brant Point Lighthouse, Nantucket c.1895 view. Close clear view of of the light tower and attached keeper’s dwelling. Note the man, possibly the keeper,  stabding in the doorway. Close view, great detail. 8” x 10”. (VG). $14.

  

12222. (promotional brochure) Wyer’s Art Store, Federal Street, Nantucket c.1898. Henry S. Wyer, born on Nantucket in 1847, was one of the century's "big three" photographers. He worked initially on the mainland, and in 1880 he had a studio in Yonkers, New York. But his interest in Nantucket would guide his career and in 1881 he began his work of photographing the streets, houses, and waterfront of his island home. Wyer was an artist and a writer, as well as photographer. He was one of the founders of the Nantucket Historical Association in 1894. His little shop on Federal Street - Wyer's Art Store - as well as his shop in 'Sconset brought him in association with artists, musicians and and writers, and his writings and excellent photography would continue until his death in 1920 at age 73. This wonderful little brochure by Wyer for his Art Store, measures 5 ½” x 6 ½” and features a full cover photographic image of “an ocean symphony”. Inside he describes the many wares available at his store including water colors, souvenir spoons, Nantucket photo views, photographic calendars, statuary by Da Prato, fancy goods, St. Regis Indian Baskets, Wedgewood, driftwood from old ships, and much more. Fine little piece for display, quite rare. Only very light age toning and a bit of edge wear. (VG+). $34.

12180. Grieder, James Everett and Georgen Charnes. Nantucket. Arcadia. 2012. 128p. Soft wraps. 180 vintage photographs. Nantucket was first settled by Europeans in 1659. The earliest settlers, known as the “Proprietors,” envisioned a community of farmers and shepherds, but the island found its fortune as a preeminent whaling port in the late 18th and early 19th centuries. During its time under Quaker influence, Nantucket was a cosmopolitan and dynamic place; radical new ideas, like abolitionism and women’s rights, found fertile ground in the Quakers’ firm belief in equality. As the entrance to the harbor became impassible, Nantucket lost its whaling focus and experienced a general economic decline. Ironically, this downturn and the resulting absence of new building, along with modern cultural change, became the springboard for its later revival. Nantucket was transformed into a tourist destination, an artist colony, and a summer home to the wealthy and famous, with a rich maritime heritage and a proud tradition of historic preservation. Through a wealth of vintage photographs and descriptive text, the authors reveal Nantucket’s rich history and her people.  Superb photographs, well worth it for the photos alone. (M). $21.99.

 

12229d. (panoramic view) Tashmoo Lake, Vineyard Haven, Mass. c.1910. Wonderful early panoramic color lithograph postcard view shows the view from a wharf of the lake and a few cottages in Vineyard Haven. Measures 3 ½” x 11” two-section. Published by The Rotograph Co., N.Y., City. Great early detail, on postcard paper. Meant to be folded and mailed, this one is unused, intact, clean, light crease, 2 edges some wear. Charming view. (VG). $24.

  

12193. Shaw, Allison. To The Harbor Light - Lighthouses of Martha’s Vineyard, Nantucket & Cape Cod. 2012. Vineyard Stories. 96p. Soft wraps. Photographs by Alison Shaw. Text by Brenda Horrigan. Foreword by lighthouse historian Jeremy D'Entremont. Lighthouses constantly fascinate us. We look at them as links to a romantic past, as sentinels of our shores. Organizations have grown up to protect them, admirers have built their own private lighthouses, and millions of people visit the public ones each year. And nowhere is there more variety, more history, and more beauty than along the Massachusetts shores of Cape Cod and the islands of Martha s Vineyard and Nantucket. Seen through the lens of Alison Shaw, the lighthouses take on a life of their own caught in the reflection of the water they face, their lights shining against a night sky, their windows ablaze with life. The images by Allison Shaw of the twenty lighthouses featured in the book are more than just photography. In this case, the back cover of the book is telling the truth: each photograph truly is a work of art. Plus, the book is a practical guide to the lighthouses of Cape Cod and the islands that also includes historical text within its 96 pages. As an extra bonus, the publishers went out of their way to print the book on some of the best quality paper we’ve seen in a long time for a soft cover book. Lay this book on your coffee table or toss it into your backpack to use as a guide when you go off to discover the joys of lighthouse viewing. To The Harbor Light is nothing short of exquisite and we highly recommend it. (M). $20.95.

12237. (mounted view) Pacific National Bank, Nantucket c.1890's by Harry Platt. Lovely early view from Centre Street shows the bank on the right and Main Street stores. Nicely dressed residents stand at the corner with horse and buggy. The third of the 19th century trio of outstanding Nantucket photographers was Harry Platt, a native of Georgia, who came to Nantucket in the late 1880's. He opened a shop on Centre Street, and his photographs rivaled Wyer's in their excellent composition. He took many scenes about the town and along the wharves, and also made portraits of individuals as "tin-types." Rare scene measures 3 ½” x 4 ½” on 6” x 7” mount. Image clean, clear, light foxing. Rose mount with some chipping and edge wear. Backstamped “Platt Brothers…. “. (VG). $66.

 

  

12197. Dunlop, Tom. The Chappy Ferry Book. Back and Forth Between Two Worlds ~ 527 Feet Apart. 2012. Vineyard Stories. 128p. Soft wraps. Photographs by Alison Shaw. DVD by John Wilson. This is a delightful, fact-filled history of one of the shortest, oldest and most unusual ferries in the country – the Chappaquiddick ferry on Martha’s Vineyard. It includes stories about the blind man who skippered it for nearly forty years, the seaplane that struck it in 1937, and the roles it played in the filming of the movie Jaws. The book includes a centerfold illustration showing how the ferry works and a 15-minute DVD of The Chappy Ferry Movie hosted by Dick Ebersol, former chairman of NBC Sports, who has loved the ferry all of his life. Filled with hundreds of vintage photographs and more. Fine reading. (M). $25.95. 

2726-38. (stereoview) Winter Scene Main Street, Nantucket by J. Freeman c.1870’s. Rare 19th C. stereoview of image is looking up Main Street towards the Pacific National Bank. Snow is piled to the side and two men are no doubt discussing the rare amount of snow. The letters "NFS" are written on the back in pencil. A greatly detailed view, good condition, clean, toning and edge wear to mount. (VG). $78.

2726-39.  (stereoview) Steamer Landing, Nantucket by J. Freeman c.1879. Rare 19th C. stereoview looking into the harbor shows the paddle steamers Island Home and River Queen and assorted Catboat sailboats resting at their moorings. Image is taken from Old North Wharf looking across to Steamboat Wharf. Handwriting on the back indicates a date of 1879. A greatly detailed view, good condition, clean, light edge wear to mount. (VG+). $98.

2726-40. (stereoview) 2nd Floor of the Atheneum Museum, Nantucket by J. Freeman c.1870’s. Rare 19th C. stereoview showing the the early Atheneum Collection which would later be the basis for the Nantucket Historical Association collection. In the foreground is a massive 18-foot Sperm Whale jawbone (looks great in a stereoviewer). A greatly detailed view, good condition, clean, light toning, light edge wear to mount. (VG). $78.

6744x,z. [Topographic Plate]. COAST LINES: PART OF NANTUCKET MASS. US Geological Survey. c.1908. Size 10”h x 16”. Double page plate from early report. Beautiful, early, three color topographic map shows the important contours and features of the area including the Lighthouses and Life-Saving Stations, as well as roads, harbor and important features. This map includes most of the island, from Miacomet Pond and Reed Pond east and north and south to the extremity. U. S. Life-Saving Stations include Surfside, Muskeget, Coskata and Madaket. Lighthouses include Bug Lights, Brant Point Light, Great Point Light and Sankaty Head Light. Also includes harbor, shoals and bars, and much more. Plate is quite desirable for framing. Unusually clean and crisp, a beautiful piece. These early coastal maps are most desirable for display and bring a premium, particularly on the Cape and the islands. (F).  $118. Reduced $76.

2726-44. (stereoview) Street View, Centre Street “Petticoat Row”, .Nantucket by J. Freeman c.1870’s. Rare 19th C. stereoview looking north on Centre Street “Petticoat Row” as seen from Main Street. Note people walking around and large flag mast visible on right. A greatly detailed view, very good condition, clear, light soiling, light edge wear. (VG). $112.

  

12102. (oil painting) Gay Head Life Saving Station, Martha’s Vineyard c.1920 - 1930’s. 8” x 10”. Oil on board. Original walnut frame. This is a vintage oil painting of the United States Life Saving Station located at one time on Martha's Vineyard. The Gay Head Life-Saving station on Martha’s Vineyard was located just east of the lighthouse there. The station had a rich heritage dating from the days of the Wampanoag Indian surfmen and the Massachusetts Humane Society. The station was built in 1895 and was the only station in the country of that (“Gay Head”) design by George R. Tolman. Perched high above the ocean on a cliff, the structure appeared as one of the most striking Shingle Style stations built by the Life-Saving Service. The painting is oil on board and measures 8x10 inches. The frame is walnut and measures 11 ½” x 13 ½” inches. The painting is unsigned but is well done with great use of color and detail. It is in very good condition, two slight indentations to board, no repairs. (VG). $148. 

2726-52. (stereoview) Fair Street, Nantucket. c.1870’s by C.H. Shute & Son photographer. Close, clear view shows great detail of Fair Street from the corner of School Street, looking toward Main Street. The 2 ½- story home at #15 was formerly the home of Judge Defriez. The 3 -story home on the left is #13, now the Ships Inn. Quite clear, clean, some corner wear. Photographer’s label from back partially removed. On green mount. (VG). $88.

  

12143. (photo album) Martha's Vineyard Gay Head Lighthouse Indians c.1920-1930’s. Vintage late 1920's small photo album with 20 original 2 ½” x 4 ¼” gelatin silver photographs of views on Martha's Vineyard. The photographs have the caption's and include Vineyard Haven ( Holme's Hole ), Cliffs at Gay Head (including distant views of the life-saving station), Indians selling Pottery Gay Head, Mrs. Curriers House School Street, Lighthouse Gay Head, Old Pease House built 1838, The House With The Cats, North Water Street, Herman Arey House South Water Street. This album is from the Arey Family on Martha’s Vineyard. In addition there are 8 loose post cards of the Edgartown area dating from the 1920’s – 1940’s. The album measures 6” x 8”and is intact save cover hinge split, loose. Overall clean, some edge wear. (G+). $65.

12123. (photo) “Whale Boats at the west end of Muskeget Island, (Nantucket) Mass. looking east.” Image c.1910 Frank E Claes collection print c.1950. A print from an original negative from the collection of Frank E Claes later of Camden Maine. This photo of “Whale Boats at the west end of Muskeget Island Mass. Looking east” Original photo was taken in 1910. 8” x 10”. Claes, a very accomplished photographer, photographed throughout New England including Nantucket. He opened a portrait studio in Camden, Maine in 1950. He also copied and made negatives for people, as well as for Historical Societies, Museums, and libraries. He was from the old school, keeping a copy of the negatives of the photos, so that people went back to him for copies. He specialized in reproducing copies of Maritime history, including photos of many ships. His photos have been featured in museums and in books throughout New England including the Maine book WALDO COUNTY - The Way It Was. Great view of early Muskeget life. (F-). $155. 

2726-54. (stereoview) Sankaty Head Lighthouse, Nantucket. c.1870. By J. Freeman, Nantucket. Close, clear view shows great detail of Nantucket ’s landmark light station on Sankaty Head. Quite clear, overall clean, only hints of very light soiling. (VG+). $74.

  

12182b. (mounted view) The Old Mill, Nantucket c.1890's possibly by Harry Platt. Early view shows a lovely early view of the old mill and crossroads. The third of the 19th century trio of outstanding Nantucket photographers was Harry Platt, a native of Georgia, who came to Nantucket in the late 1880's. He opened a shop on Centre Street, and his photographs rivaled Wyer's in their excellent composition. He took many scenes about the town and along the wharves, and also made portraits of individuals as "tin-types." Rare scene measures 3 ¼” x 3 ¼” on 6” x 6” mount. Clean, clear, one chip to lower corner of image. (VG+). $28.

12160c. (mounted view) The Old Mill, Nantucket c.1890's possibly by Harry Platt. Early view shows a lovely close, early view of the old mill. The third of the 19th century trio of outstanding Nantucket photographers was Harry Platt, a native of Georgia, who came to Nantucket in the late 1880's. He opened a shop on Centre Street, and his photographs rivaled Wyer's in their excellent composition. He took many scenes about the town and along the wharves, and also made portraits of individuals as "tin-types." Rare scene measures 3 ¼” x 3 ¼” on 6” x 6” mount. Clean, clear, quite close. (VG+). $38.

 

  

12193. Shaw, Allison. To The Harbor Light - Lighthouses of Martha’s Vineyard, Nantucket & Cape Cod. 2012. Vineyard Stories. 96p. Soft wraps. Photographs by Alison Shaw. Text by Brenda Horrigan. Foreword by lighthouse historian Jeremy D'Entremont. Lighthouses constantly fascinate us. We look at them as links to a romantic past, as sentinels of our shores. Organizations have grown up to protect them, admirers have built their own private lighthouses, and millions of people visit the public ones each year. And nowhere is there more variety, more history, and more beauty than along the Massachusetts shores of Cape Cod and the islands of Martha s Vineyard and Nantucket. Seen through the lens of Alison Shaw, the lighthouses take on a life of their own caught in the reflection of the water they face, their lights shining against a night sky, their windows ablaze with life. The images by Allison Shaw of the twenty lighthouses featured in the book are more than just photography. In this case, the back cover of the book is telling the truth: each photograph truly is a work of art. Plus, the book is a practical guide to the lighthouses of Cape Cod and the islands that also includes historical text within its 96 pages. As an extra bonus, the publishers went out of their way to print the book on some of the best quality paper we’ve seen in a long time for a soft cover book. Lay this book on your coffee table or toss it into your backpack to use as a guide when you go off to discover the joys of lighthouse viewing. To The Harbor Light is nothing short of exquisite and we highly recommend it. (M). $20.95.

 

2726-51. [stereoview] Wreck of the Bark W. F. Marshall on Nantucket, Massachusetts c.1877. By J. Freeman. Extremely rare view of the beautiful wooden vessel well up on the beach on the south side of the island near Mioxes Pond. She came ashore on the morning of March 9, 1877 in thick fog. The crew was safely landed by the crew of the Surfside Life-Saving Station but the vessel was considered a total loss. This extremely rare view shows great detail of the vessel with the breeches buoy hawser still in place, while onlookers survey the vessel. View is remarkably  clear and clean, with only some corner wear.  It is extremely difficult to find views of Nantucket shipwrecks and this view is certainly one of the better ones. (F-). $144 net.

2726-48. (stereoview) Shady Street View, Centre Street, Nantucket c.1870’s by J. Freeman. Great early view shows a lovely view down tree-lined but deserted Centre Street on Nantucket. A greatly detailed view, overall clean and clear, only very light foxing, some corner wear. (VG). $44.

2726-45. (stereoview) Sankaty Head Lighthouse, Nantucket. c.1873 by J. Freeman. Early close, clear view shows great detail of Nantucket ’s landmark light station on Sankaty Head. Early view with Fresnel First-order lens visible as keeper and visitors look on from tower gallery. Quite clear, only light foxing. Dated on back “August 9, 1873. 165 ft. above level of sea. Rare view. (VG). $58.

2726-49. (stereoview) Main Street. Looking West up Main Street from Corner of Orange Street, Nantucket. c.1870’s. By Kilburn Brothers. Close, clear view shows great detail of businesses along the road, including the Pacific National Bank. Quite clear, some light foxing, a few spots, light soiling. (VG). $78.

2726-47. (stereoview) Wreck of the Brig Poinsett on Nantucket September 3, 1870. by J. Freeman. Extremely rare view of the aftermath of the wreck as the beautiful 2-masted wooden vessel continued to be driven well up on the beach, later to break up, on the south side of the island near Nobadeer Pond. She came ashore on the morning of August 30, 1870 . She was heavily laden with sugar and all but 40 casks were lost when she soon broke up and became a total loss. It was said that fragments of the vessel were strewn along the beach for miles. This extremely rare view was taken before she broke up and shows good detail of the vessel as life-savers and citizens work to salvage her. View is clear, close, only light edge and corner wear. It is extremely difficult to find views of Nantucket shipwrecks. (VG+). $68. 

 

  

12134. Dresser, Thomas. Disaster off Martha’s Vineyard. 2012. History Press. 160p. Soft wraps. With its rocky coast and treacherous shoals, shipwrecks were a common occurrence in nineteenth-century Massachusetts. Few claimed as many lives as the City of Columbus. The night was clear and the route familiar for Captain Schuyler Wright and his experienced crew as they sailed a ship equipped with the latest technology. Yet with all this, the City of Columbus went down with 103 souls. Over a century later, Eric Takakjian and the Quest Marine Services team located the wreckage of the City of Columbus on the north ledge of the Devil’s Bridge, off the southern tip of Gay Head. Historian Thomas Dresser takes us into the icy waters of the Atlantic as he recounts the terrible chain of events that led to disaster on that fateful night. (M).  $19.99.

4749. Hough, George A. Jr., DISASTER ON DEVIL’S BRIDGE. Mystic, CT. 1963. 146p. Soft wraps. The most complete account of the wreck and loss of the steamer SS City of Columbus off Gay Head, Martha’s Vineyard in 1884. The first news of the loss came when the Revenue Cutter Dexter arrived in New Bedford on January 18th, with a handful of survivors. The City of Columbus sailed on her maiden voyage from New York on August 28th 1878. The beautifully appointed ship was 275’ long and displaced 2,200 gross tons. On January 17th, 1884, as the ship departed Nickerson’s wharf in Boston bound for Savannah, many on board were anticipating the pleasant climate of the south as an escape from the bitter mid winter cold of New England. Sometime later at approximately 3:15 am the lookout spotted a buoy on the starboard bow in a position where one should not have been. Captain Wright immediately recognized that the ship was perilously close to the rocks on Devils Bridge, a rocky shoal extending out into Vineyard Sound from the South West tip of Martha’s Vineyard at Gay Head. A moment later the ship struck bottom on Devils Bridge. The City of Columbus was doomed, with her bottom badly punctured by the rocks in several places she sank rather quickly, coming to rest with her bow, smokestack and masts out of the water. In the end the loss of the City of Columbus was New England’s worst maritime disaster to date - a total of 104 people either drowned or froze to death in the rigging, only 29 were saved. With a detailed account of the men of the Revenue Cutter Dexter and their heroic rescues, and the attempts of the Life-Savers, this is the most complete and interesting account of this disaster to date. Well illustrated with photographs. Clean, very good copy. (VG+). $28.

 

2727c. (cabinet photo) Gay Head Lighthouse, Martha's Vineyard c.1880’s, by H.F. Hatch Photographer, New Bedford, Mass. A full 5 ¼” x 8 ½” clear close view shows the light tower and early brick keeper’s dwelling Victorian visitors enjoy the view from the lantern room. By far the better views of this light that I have yet come across, view includes some out-buildings, the wife’s wash on the line and more signs of daily life. Overall clean, clear, bright, marred only by one 1” scratch to emulsion. Still, an exceptional view. (VG-). $85.

2815J. (stereoview) Gay Head Lighthouse, Martha’s Vineyard, Mass. c.1880. (Mislabeled “Nantucket Sankaty Head” in early ink. Clear and crisp view provides a rare look at the 1856 station high on the clay bluffs as the keeper stands on the tower gallery. The handsome Gay Head Lighthouse stands in one of the most picturesque locations in New England, atop the 130-foot multicolored clay cliffs at the western shore of Martha's Vineyard . The first lighthouse, a 47-foot octagonal wooden lighthouse was erected on a stone base, along with a wood-frame keeper's house, barn, and oil vault and went into service on November 18, 1799. By 1854 the house and tower leaked to a point where a new brick tower and dwelling were constructed. A first-order Fresnel lens was obtained and installed in the conical brick lighthouse. Once again, due to the extreme dampness of the keeper's house, the 1856 brick keeper's house was torn down and replaced by a wooden house in 1902, thus dating this image to pre-1902. View is clear and clean, as nice as they come and provides a close view of the station buildings. (F-). $158.

2726-35. (stereoview) Sherburne House, Nantucket, Massachusetts c.1870’s. By J. Freeman. Great view of the Sherburne House at #30 Orange Street, as a couple rides by in a carriage. A greatly detailed view, as clean and clear as they come. Very light wear to mount. (VG+). $114.

2726-36. (stereoview) Shady Street View, Centre Street, Nantucket . c.1870’s. By Kilburn Brothers. Fine early view shows a lovely view down tree-lined Centre Street on Nantucket as a few residents look on. A greatly detailed view, quite clean and clear, only very light soiling. (VG+). $88.

  

10233. Farnham, Joseph E. C. Brief Historical Data And Memories Of My Boyhood Days In Nantucket. Providence. 1923. 2nd. [1915]. Stated Second Edition. 319p. Gilt embossed stiff blue wraps. Very scarce and handsome early printing of this classic and fascinating book offering a description of the people and places and local history of Nantucket island. With vintage photographs and maps. Published more than 85 years ago, this book is now long out-of-print and quite scarce. Well illustrated with halftones featuring notable personalities, buildings, steamships and more. Contents include: Historic Foreword; Divisional Nantucket; Notable Old Structures; Social Characteristics; Ancestry and Family; School Days; Early Boyhood Experiences; Isaiah Nicholson and His Flying-Horses; Characters Once the Butt of Our Fun; Small Shops of My Boyhood; Diversified Sports; Fishing and Fishermen; Impressive boyhood Remembrances; Fire-Engines and fire Facts fifty Years and More Ago; Nantucket Commercial Affairs in My Boyhood; Bakeries of My Boyhood; Residents of Guinea in my Early Life; Unique Social conditions; The Old-Time Nantucket Circle; Weaving Rag Carpets; Then and Now; A Memorable Marine Wreck; Old time Nantucket Meat Auctions and fish Sales; Strange Fascination; merchants and Professional Men of fifty Years and More Ago; Schools and Churches; A boy on a Polpis Farm; Early Experiences at the Printing-Trade; Family Record; A Tinge of Regretful Envy; A Legend in Verse. Wonderful early Nantucket reading. Contents clean and tight. Book withdrawn from East Greenwich, RI Free Library with embossed stamp on title page and small faint stamps on blank pages; no other writing or markings in text; no torn pages; original patterned endpapers, missing rear free endpaper; tears and residue on pastedowns where labels were removed. Original publisher's hardcover binding, with fraying to spinetips and corners; light wear and small spots on covers. A solid copy of this interesting book. (VG-). $118. Reduced $88.

   

3113h. Gardner, Arthur H., WRECKS AROUND NANTUCKET 1664-1915. Inquirer And Mirror Press, Nantucket . 1915. 149p. Well illustrated with 15 vintage photographs and fold-out chart of Nantucket and surrounding shoals. Situated some 20 miles south of Cape Cod amidst numerous dreaded shoals, Nantucket has always been the scene of numerous shipwrecks as vessels make their way through the area. This important reference chronicles a 253 year period, detailing most of the major shipwrecks. Many of these disasters called forth deeds of daring and heroism by Nantucket boatmen and Life-Savers, much of which is related herein. First published in 1876 but limited to only 500 copies, Wrecks Around Nantucket 1664-1915 serves to fill in the gaps during the period of the institution of the Life-Saving Service and the construction of three life-saving stations here. Most interesting reading and an invaluable reference – extremely difficult to find. Some occasional light foxing, otherwise quite clean and tight,  an excellent copy. (VG+).  $155.

 

12112. Dresser, Thomas. The Wampanoag Tribe of Martha’s Vineyard - COLONIZATION TO RECOGNITION. History Press. 2011. 192p. Soft wraps. The Wampanoag tribe of Gay Head/Aquinnah is a group of indigenous people on Martha’s Vineyard. From their legendary giant leader Moshup, Wampanoags can trace their ancestry back more than 10,000 years. The tribe weathered colonization by missionaries in the 1600s and then endured two centuries of domination, only to have its land taken in 1870. However, over the past 140 years, the Wampanoag tribe, which still lives in its ancestral home of Aquinnah, has shown endurance and fortitude as it continues to practice traditional crafts and its tribal heritage. In this book, Thomas Dresser captures the spirit of the tribe, tracing its survival through to recognition by the federal government in 1987, nearly 25 years ago. Brief interviews with elders and current tribal members offer insight into the tribe’s remarkable history. (M). $19.99. 

  

1231. (photo) Surfside Life Saving Station, Nantucket  c.1880 view. Close clear copy photo made some years ago from an early print, provides great early view of the 1874-Type station as the crew poses with their surfboat and Francis Metallic Life-Car. Nice view, would frame well. b/w,  8” x 10”, clear and close. (VG+). $18.

1232. (photo) Great Point Lighthouse, Nantucket  c.1986. Close clear original photo from the air, provides great close view of the new light tower at Great Point. Nice view, b/w,  8” x 10”, clear and close. Dated September 1986. (VG+). $18.

  

11499b. CDV [Carte De Visite format] Franklin Nickerson House, 31 Orange Street, Nantucket c.1860’s. Image by “J. Freeman, Allen’s Block, Main Street, Nantucket, Mass.” Popular during the Civil War when images of heroes and loved ones were widely collected, a CDV consists of an albumen photograph mounted on a 2 ½” x 4” card. Rare, clear image of the Nickerson house shows great detail of the eastern stick-style architectural design formerly located at 31 Orange Street. Such images are extremely rare and collectible, particularly of Nantucket views. Clear, light edge wear, two corners clipped, some spots to one margin. (VG-). $58.

11499a. CDV [Carte De Visite format] Main Street, Siasconset, Nantucket c.1860’s. Image by “Wm. Summerhays, Photographer, Main Street, Nantucket, Mass.” Popular during the Civil War when images of heroes and loved ones were widely collected, a CDV consists of an albumen photograph mounted on a 2 ½” x 4” card. Rare, clear image shows Siasconset’s Main Street looking east, showing several homes including numbers 22 and 24. Such images are extremely rare and collectible, particularly of Nantucket views. Clear, light edge wear, two corners clipped, some soiling. (VG-). $58.

1226. (photo) Cape Poge (Pogue) Lighthouse, Martha’s Vineyard c.1986. Close clear photo provides great 1980’s view of the lonely 1893 light tower guarding Cape Poge on Martha’s Vineyard. b/w,  8” x 10”, clear and close. Dated September 1986. (VG+). $20.

  

11491. (document) Light House Establishment Repairs, Gay Head Light Station, Martha’s Vineyard c.1860. Early pre- civil war document details pay for labor as stone-cutter to Aaron Cooper at Gay Head Lighthouse. Dated December 4, 1860. Document is signed by Cooper in receipt of payment, and by Lieut. Charles N. Turnball, Lighthouse Engineer. Document is in very good condition, one original fold. Measures 7 x 8 ¼”. (VG+). $88.

21429. (souvenir saucer) Brant Point Lighthouse, Nantucket c.1900. Lovely gilt decorated round saucer without cup, measures 4 ½” in diameter, with upturned sides. Featured in the center is a large detailed b/w image of the tall masonry lighthouse with attached keeper’s dwelling and out buildings on Nantucket’s sandy harbor entrance. Backmarked “Made in Germany for Phebe E. Clisby, Nantucket, Mass.” Clean, no cracks or checks, only light wear to gilding on rim. A very detailed, pretty little item for your display, unusually attractive presentation. (VG+). $245.

2726-30. (stereoview) Keeper Capt. Joseph Winslow, Surfside Life Saving Station, Nantucket by J. Freeman. c.1870’s. This extremely rare view provides great detail as station Keeper Capt. Joseph Winslow stands on the boat ramp demonstrating their new Merriman rubber life-saving suit. In the background we can see into the boatroom floor where their early Manby mortar line gun sits next to the Francis Metallic Lifeboat. The Merriman rubber life-saving suit was an innovation of the time. The inventor, Clark S. Merriman, in a bid to help sea-rescue, designed this life preserving suit, which was made from India rubber and was inflatable. This suit had been tested by Captain Boyton of the New Jersey Life Saving Service, when he was dropped over the side of a steamer into the Irish sea , in a gale. Soon suits were issued to some other stations as warranted, including the Surfside Life Saving station on Nantucket . The suit did see some use including at the well known wreck of the Metropolis near the Poyners Hill station in North Carolina in 1878. There, after a number of unsuccessful attempts to get a shot line aboard the stricken vessel, Keeper Chappell then donned the Merriman life-saving dress and made two valiant attempts to carry a line out to the vessel. There are very few views in existence of the boatroom at Surfside, and even fewer of the Merriman suit. View is nicely intact with only a bit of edge wear darkening and some light soiling. Obverse unmarked. A similar view recently fetched over $700 at auction. (VG). $295.

2038. [view book] FIFTY GLIMPSES OF NANTUCKET ISLAND FROM RECENT PHOTOGRAPHS. John F. Murphy, Boston. 1897. 47p. This scarce turn of the century view book of Nantucket Island features 48 beautiful lithographed views from photos of local scenes. Mostly 5" x 7", views include steamers at the wharf, Sankaty Light, Great Point Light, Life-Saving Station at Great Point, Siasconset, wreck of the Warren at Surfside, Steamer Gay Head, Steamer Nantucket, Nantucket & Siasconset Railroad, the wharves, Main Street, hotels, the Ocean House [now the Jared Coffin House], area homes and businesses and more. Quite nice views, scarce booklet. Signature bound with string. Contents clean and sharp, covers crisp and bright. Scarce booklet in unusually fine condition. (F-). $148.

11471. (lithograph postcard) Launching the Surfboat, Surfside Life-Saving Crew, Nantucket c.1900. Lovely early color view by John H. Robinson. Entitled “Lifeboat Drill, ‘Landing in the Surf,’ U.S.L.S.S.” Unused, clean crisp, rare view. (F-). $38.

 

2726-31. (stereoview) Sankaty Head Lighthouse, Nantucket. c.1870. By J. Freeman. Early close, clear view shows great detail of Nantucket ’s landmark light station on Sankaty Head. Early view with old lantern room and wind vane. Quite clear, only light foxing and a few marks. (VG). $78.

11449. (framed photo) The Wyer Cottage, Lucretia Folger House, 2 Broadway, Siasconset, Nantucket c.1910 published by H. Marshall Gardiner. Overall 8 ¾” x 14 ½”. Photo may be a Wyer image image published by Gardiner, measuring  3” x 9 ½”. Printed on postcard paper, never folded. Beautifully matted and framed. (F-) $168.

 

5593. (newspaper) Fear Lightship off Nantucket May Have Sunk…Last Wireless Message to Shore Said that She Was Leaking Badly and in Helpless Condition....  The World. December 11, 1905. On December 10, 1905,  during heavy gale, while relieving Nantucket LV 66, Lightship No. 58 developed a serious leak in the fire-room compartment. Pump suctions clogged repeatedly and distress messages were sent by radio to Newport Naval Station (RI). Rising water eventually extinguished boiler furnaces and ship was then bailed by hand for 24 hours. The USLHS Tender Azalea responded, arriving in the early morning of December 11 and started towing the lightship. Heavy cross seas hindered the operation and about four hours later, lightship signaled "must abandon". The crew was safely taken aboard Azalea and 10 minutes later LV 58, listing heavily to starboard, went down by the stern in 25 fathoms about 18 miles NW of the station. Wonderful early article written as the ship was in distress and awaiting aid. This incident marked the first time in US naval history that a distress message was transmitted by radio. LV No. 58 had one of the first Marconi radios installed for testing in 1901 and it was brought into full-time use in 1904. Most interesting with rare information. Page has been encased in plastic for protection. $36.

5592. (newspaper) Lightship’s Fate a Mystery to Those on Shore. Wireless Message Appealing for Help from Anywhere….  The World. December 12, 1905. On December 10, 1905,  during heavy gale, while relieving Nantucket LV 66, Lightship No. 58 developed a serious leak in the fire-room compartment. Pump suctions clogged repeatedly and distress messages were sent by radio to Newport Naval Station (RI). Rising water eventually extinguished boiler furnaces and ship was then bailed by hand for 24 hours. The USLHS Tender Azalea responded, arriving in the early morning of December 11 and started towing the lightship. Heavy cross seas hindered the operation and about four hours later, lightship signaled "must abandon". The crew was safely taken aboard Azalea and 10 minutes later LV 58, listing heavily to starboard, went down by the stern in 25 fathoms about 18 miles NW of the station. Wonderful early article written as the ship was in distress and awaiting aid. This incident marked the first time in US naval history that a distress message was transmitted by radio. LV No. 58 had one of the first Marconi radios installed for testing in 1901 and it was brought into full-time use in 1904. Most interesting with rare information. Page has been encased in plastic for protection. $36.

11387. (newspaper) Death Knell of the Pounding Surf at Peaked Hill [Bar, Provincetown, Cape Cod]. The Denver Republican. February 19, 1911. Lengthy illustrated article describes in great detail the dreaded Peaked Hill Bars and the difficulties encountered by ships coming upon them, and by the crews of the Life-Saving Service in attempting to rescue crewmen from vessels in the area. Most interesting with rare information and detailed accounts of incidents. Page has been encased in plastic for protection. $36.

5547. (newspaper) Lightship Crews Lead Very Monotonous Lives….Narrow Escape of Men on Nantucket Shoals Vessel not First in History of Service – Diamond Shoals Ship Once Remained Out Five Months Without Relief…. The Philadelphia Press. February 12, 1906. Detailed article describes life on board these lonely sentinels, the difficulties encountered, a mutinous crew, tragedy on board, and much more. Great account of early experiences on board lightships. Most interesting with rare information and detailed accounts of incidents. Page has been encased in plastic for protection. $36.

 

2726-29. (stereoview) Codfish Park, Siasconset, Nantucket . c.1870’s. By J. Freeman. Early view shows the fishermen’s shacks and barrels as a group of fishermen watch from the bluff. A greatly detailed view, moderate foxing, light soiling. (G). $48.

  

11392. [Victorian commemorative Mauchlineware sewing teapot or dipper) c.1900. Superb, rare wooden Victorian covered wooden sewing and needle storage container features a beautiful b/w lithograph image of the "Cliffs, Lighthouse & Life Saving Station, General View of Gay Head”, Martha’s Vineyard. A pretty little piece in a most unusual form, the dipper-shaped box is of hardwood, varnished and measures 2 ¼” h x 2” diameter with a 2 1/8” handle and removable cover. The pretty image shows the tall cliffs at Gay Head, with the light station and life-saving station visible on the top. The cover removes to expose a velvet pin cushion as well as an original size #7 thimble. Such wooden Victorian era commemorative pieces, known as Mauchlineware, are exceptionally difficult to find and are beautiful for display. Clean, very little wear. A most unusual form. (F-). Quite Rare! $225.

2726-33. (stereoview) Nantucket, Massachusetts. View from Main Street Looking Toward Brant Point c.1870’s. By J. Freeman. Great view from Main Street rooftop, looking over Federal Street toward the harbor and Brant Point. A greatly detailed view, clean, crisp and clear. (VG+). $66.

2726-34. (stereoview) Nantucket , Massachusetts . View of Thomas Macy House, Top of Main Street c.1870’s. By J. Freeman. Great view from the Soldiers’ Monument looking east, showing the top of Main Street and the home of Philip Mack, known as the Thomas Macy House. A greatly detailed view, as clean and clear as they come. Fine condition. (F). $144.

11428. (photo) Sankaty Head Lighthouse, Nantucket c.1910 by Moss Photo Service. . Crystal clear, close view shows the tall light tower and keepers house as a woman looks on from the lower gallery. Inside the lantern can be seen the large First Order Fresnel lens uncovered. Photo measures 3 ½” x 5” on postcard paper. Clean, clear, only light scuffing to bottom of image. (VG). $26.

  

11181. [commemorative pin dish] A petite, bright commemorative pin dish featuring a beautiful clear, b/w  image of the East Chop Light [House], Oak Bluffs, Martha’s Vineyard, Mass. c. 1900. This dish is quite attractive, with a detailed image of the 1 ½-story Victorian  keeper’s dwelling flanked by the brown iron light tower. This pretty dish measures 5” by 6 ¾” and is enhanced by gold leaf trim decorated, cobalt blue upturned rim. Marked “Germany”. A very attractive piece. Clean, bright, only very light wear to rim. (VG+). $110.

Brant Point Lighthouse:

7276. [An Act for Granting to the United States of America, the Light-house at the entrance of the harbour of Nantucket] ACTS AND LAWS, PASSED BY THE GENERAL COURT OF MASSACHUSETTS: BEGUN AND HELD AT BOSTON, IN THE COUNTY OF SUFFOLK, ON WEDNESDAY THE TWENTY-SIXTH DAY OF MAY, ANNO DOMINI, 1795. [Boston: Adams and Larkin. (1795)] pp.503-504. Plain original wrappers, stitched, folio. Minor scattered spotting and wear. Very good. Includes Chapter XVII; An Act for Granting to the United States of America, the Light-house situate on Brant Point, at the entrance of the harbour of Nantucket. This document speaks to a very important time in our light-house history, when the colonial period gave way to the central government, and it was realized that lighthouses were a national concern In 1789 Congress passed an act assuming to the central government responsibility for all aids, and this local Act follows. A very rare copy of an important Act, in wonderful condition. Also contains various other Acts concerning the establishment of Towns and commerce, etc. A desirable Nantucket item. (VG). $128.

8384. (mounted photo) Brant Point Lighthouse, Nantucket. c.1890. Clear and crisp view provides a rare look at the early light station on Brant Point. Nine lighthouses have stood on Brant Point since the first was lit in 1746. In addition, other beacons were constructed on the Jetties Beach and in the harbor as additional aids to vessels approaching the harbor. View is clean and clear, providing a good view of the station buildings. Image 3 ½” x 4 ½” on 7” x 9” mount. Edge wear and bumping to mount. (VG+). $78.

2726-23. (stereoview) Codfish Park, Siasconset, Nantucket . c.1870’s. By J. Freeman. Early view shows the fishermen’s shacks and barrel or drag fish cart on the beach. A group of fishermen can be seen watching from the bluff. A greatly detailed view, quite clean and clear, near fine. (F-). $64.

2726-26. (stereoview) Fishermen of Siasconset, Nantucket . c.1870’s. By Kilburn Brothers. Early view shows a group of fishermen posed on their dories and fishing gear on the beach. Behind can be seen many of their homes on the bluff. A greatly detailed view, quite clean and clear, near fine. (F-). $64.

2726-25. (stereoview) Nantucket , Massachusetts . View from South Tower Looking South c.1870’s. By J. Freeman. Great view from the South Church tower looking South with the town and plains in the distance. To the right can be seen the four roofs of the Phillip’s Block. A greatly detailed view, clean and clear. (VG+). $46.

2726-28. (stereoview) Oldest House, Built 1686, Nantucket . c.1870’s. By J. Freeman. Close, clear view shows great detail of Nantucket ’s oldest house. Built as a wedding gift in 1686 for Jethro Coffin and Mary Gardner, it remains the sole surviving structure from the island's original seventeenth-century English settlement. A greatly detailed view, quite clean and clear, near fine. (F-). $54.

2726-20. (stereoview) Sankaty Head Lighthouse, Nantucket. c.1870’s. By J. Freeman. Close, clear view shows great detail of Nantucket ’s landmark light station on Sankaty Head. A greatly detailed view, clean and clear. (VG+). $64.

2726-24. (stereoview) Old Mill Built in 1746, Nantucket . c.1870’s. By J. Freeman. Close, clear view shows great detail of Nantucket’s still surviving “smock mill”. Built in 1746 by Nathan Wilbur, a Nantucket sailor who had spent time in Holland, the "Old Mill" is the oldest functioning mill in the country. A greatly detailed view, quite clean and clear, near fine. (F-). $54.

2726-22. (stereoview) Fisherman at Siasconset, Nantucket. c.1870’s. By J. Freeman. Close, clear view shows great detail of a fisherman sitting on the fence in front of his fishing shack. On one shack behind him is a quarterboard of the vessel Cornella. A greatly detailed view, quite clean and clear, near fine. (F-). $64.

2726-21. (stereoview) “Hermit of Quidnet”, Nantucket . c.1870’s. By J. Freeman. “…Fred Parker was something of a celebrity even in the 1800s. Fred Parker had been a carpenter in town, pursuing his business in a shop on South Water Street . He made the decision sometime around the age of 60 to retire from the hubbub of humanity and live alone in a slightly ramshackle dwelling in quiet Quidnet. He was a man of intelligence and possessed a large stock of general information. He read constantly and on his death a fair-sized collection of his notes and observations was found; it was even said that he’d intended to write a book….” (excerpted from Hermits, Asylums, & Suppression of Vice by Mary Miles).  This is a fine clear view of Mr. Parker relaxing at his home. Quite clean and clear, near fine. (F-). $64.

  

2726-19. (stereoview) Main Street. Looking West up Main Street from Corner of Orange Street, Nantucket. c.1880. By Kilburn Brothers. Close, clear view shows great detail of businesses along the road, including the Pacific National Bank. Quite clear, close, Only very light soiling. Rare view. (VG+). $88.

 

2719. Page, Victor W. MOTOR BOATS AND BOAT MOTORS – Design, Construction, Operation and Repair. New York. 1920. 524p. Marked in pencil on frontis page “P A Evans Malden, Mass. U. S. Lighthouse Service, Nantucket Lt. 1937”. Apparently once the property of one of the light keepers on Nantucket, this early text details all aspects of the construction and operation of early motor boats in use at the time, and indeed used by the Lighthouse Service as well. Subjects include boat classification and types, hull construction and design, motor boat fittings, boat operation and care, popular boat designs, operating principals of boat motors, power plants, installation of power plants, propelling devices, care and repair of motors, seaplanes and flying boats, and more. Filled with photos and diagrams. A must for your maritime library. Intact, spine and hinges professionally repaired, edgewear, contents tight but some staining and soiling from years of use. (VG). $114.

11176. (photo) Sankaty Head Light Station c.1950’s. Rare aerial view shows the light station at Sankaty Head, the entire gold course and surrounding area. Clear, b/w , measures 4 ¼” x 6 ¼”. Glue residue on back from album. (VG). $17.

2179L. (photo) Brant Point Lifeboat (Coast Guard) Station No. 49, Mass c.1960’s. Clear, close 8” x 10” official U.S. Coast Guard photo shows great detail from the air of the lifeboat station at Brant Point on the island of Nantucket. Visible is the station headquarters building, lighthouses, range lights, lookout tower, and more. Great detail. With credit line or description on back. Superb clear, close view. (VG+) $28.

2179b. (photo) Menemsha Lifeboat (Coast Guard) Station No. 49, Martha’s Vineyard, Mass c.1950’s. Clear, close 8” x 10” official U.S. Coast Guard photo shows great detail from the air of the lifeboat station on the island of Martha’s Vineyard at Menemsha. Visible is the station headquarters building, five-bay garage, helipad and more. The main building was originally part of the Coast Guard station on Cuttyhunk and moved to Menemsha, leaving the original boat room and ell on Cuttyhunk Island. (Thanks Glen) Great detail. With credit line or description on back. Superb clear, close view. (VG+) $44.

  

1149 Nantucket Shoal Lightship No. 66 printing block c.1900. Early 1900's  wood plate letterpress print block was used for printing image in magazines or papers of the day. These plates were hand cut on copper or other metal and mounted on wood block. Large image measures  3 ½” x 4 ½” and provides a beautifully detailed image of the lightship in rolling seas. Lightship 66 was built in 1896 to serve on the exposed Nantucket Shoals station. She was constructed on a wood-sheathed steel frame and equipped with a 12-inch steam chime whistle, and a cluster of four electric lens lanterns mounted in galleries at each mast head. Marconi wireless telegraph equipment was experimentally installed in 1901; and Lightship 66 became the first United States lightship with permanent radio equipment in 1904. She was replaced by Lightship 85 in 1907. This is a wonderful printers block and a great Nantucket maritime collectible. Wonderful for your collection or for printing today. (VG+). $85. (photo from collection, not included)

   

1148 Sankaty Head Lighthouse printing block c.1920.  Early 1900's  wood plate letterpress print block was used for printing image in magazines or papers of the day. These plates were hand cut on copper or other metal and mounted on wood block. Large image measures  5” x 4 ¼” and provides a beautifully detailed image of the tall light tower with bathers and beach at the base. This is a wonderful printers block and a great Nantucket maritime collectible. Wonderful for your collection or for printing today. (VG+)  $78.

2815k. (stereoview) Gay Head Lighthouse, Martha’s Vineyard, Mass. c.1871 by S. F. Adams Photographer, New Bedford, Mass. Unusually clean and crisp view, providing a clear, close view of the 1856 station high on the clay bluffs with the keeper on the tower gallery cleaning the window glass. The handsome Gay Head Lighthouse stands in one of the most picturesque locations in New England, atop the 130-foot multicolored clay cliffs at the western shore of Martha's Vineyard . The first lighthouse, a 47-foot octagonal wooden lighthouse was erected on a stone base, along with a wood-frame keeper's house, barn, and oil vault and went into service on November 18, 1799. By 1854 the house and tower leaked to a point where a new brick tower and dwelling were constructed. A first-order Fresnel lens was obtained and installed in the  conical brick lighthouse. Once again, due to the extreme dampness of the keeper's house, the 1856 brick keeper's house was torn down and replaced by a wooden house in 1902, thus dating this image to pre-1902. View is uncommonly clean and clear, providing a close view of the station buildings. Dated on back in hand August 14, 1871. (VG+). $165.

  

5212. Senate Ex. Doc. No. 8. REPORT IN RELATION TO THE CONSTRUCTION OF A LIGHT-HOUSE ON THE NEW SOUTH SHOAL OFF NANTUCKET . April 10, 1852 . 61pp. Extremely detailed proposal for a screw-pile type of lighthouse on the site southeast of Nantucket, with detailed statements of shipping in the area and cost estimates for all equipment and parts, as well as all phases of construction, and much more. Quite detailed. Includes two plates showing proposed structures. Disbound, clean, age toning, corners missing from two plates of proposed beacons. (G+). $44.

1193. (chart) EDGARTOWN HARBOR, MARTHA’S VINEYARD c.1848. Coast Survey Chart. Published 1848. U. S. Coast and Geodetic Survey. Scale 1/20,000. Large 14”wide  x 19” high, original lithographed b/w on paper Coast Survey chart from report includes all of the area from Edgartown and Eel Pond west to cape Poge. The harbor has numerous shoals and buoys. Included on the chart are ranges and bearings,  tides and currents for the area, and soundings, sailing directions, as well as all lighthouses and buoys, the town and features. Also includes three recognition views of the harbor from various points. Lighthouses include Edgartown and Cape Poge. Chart is in good condition, original folds but clean, crisp, sturdy. Perfect for framing. Should clean and flatten nicely. (VG).  $45. 

4601. (photo) Sankaty Head Light Station, Nantucket c.1948. Clear, close 8” x 10” official U.S. Coast Guard photo shows great detail of the station including the neatly kept keeper’s house. Great early detail. Dated June 1948. With credit line or description on back. Superb clear, close view. Crease near right margin. (VG) $68.

1169. (lot 6 photos) Cuttyhunk Island, Massachusetts c.1950’s. Six snapshots of this rarely seen island include the fish pier, boats, one home, one leaving Woods Hole on Cape Cod. $10.

    

1129. [souvenir tile] Nantucket by H.S. Wyer c.1900. From lovely Nantucket comes this rare souvenir tile featuring four charming detailed images including Sankoty Head Light House, the Old Windmill, the Coffin house, and the “Old Village Pump, Siasconset”. Tile is decorated in a wonderful cobalt blue with background decorated by flowers. The tile measures 6” square and has a mark printed on the back. Marked “H S Wyer, Nantucket” Lovely piece, a bit of light crazing from age, one chip to side, a few small nicks to edge. Extremely rare – have had only one in twenty five years. (VG-). $110.

6744uu. [Topographic Map]. MARTHA'S VINEYARD MASS. U.S. Geological Survey. 1894 edition, from surveys done in 1887. Size 15 ½"w x 20"h. The scale of the map is 1:62,500, with contour lines at 20-foot intervals. Beautiful, early, three color topographic maps show the important contours and features of the area including the Lighthouses and Life-Saving Stations, as well as roads and important town buildings, etc. This map includes the complete towns of Tisbury, Edgartown, Chillmark and Cottage City. This map includes most of the island, from Chilmark Pond and Lamberts Cove east to Oak Bluffs to the northeast and Cape Pogue to the east. Lighthouses include Cape Pogue Light, Edgartown Light, East Chop and West Chop lights. Also includes harbors, shoals and bars, and much more. Also includes all roads, railway lines, shoals and bars, and much more. Map is quite desirable for framing and is clean and crisp as original. Would be wonderful framed. These early coastal maps are most desirable for display and bring a premium, particularly on the Cape and the islands. (VG+). $110.

2726-17. (stereoview) Muddy Street in Siasconset, Nantucket. c.1880. By J. Frdeeman. Close, clear view shows great detail of homes along a road in Siasconset village. May be Broadway or Main Street between Chapel St. and West Sankaty Road. Clear and close, wear to mount edges. Rare view. (VG-). $78.

 

Nantucket Sea Captain John L. Brooks and his family c.1860-1880’s. 

10441. (lot 5 cabinet photos / CDV’s) Nantucket Sea Captain John L. Brooks and his family c.1860-1880’s. Lot of five photos includes three cabinet card photos and two CDV photos of Nantucket Sea Captain John L. Brooks and his family. Captain Brooks was born in 1834. One Schooner that Captain Brooks owned was the three-masted "Mary E. Crosby". Built in 1873 at the beginning of the “tern schooners”,  she would be a Nantucket vessel for about a dozen years. She was launched as the "Imogene Divert" in Dennisville, New Jersey. She was not a large schooner: 111.3 feet in length, 23.4 feet in breadth, 8.6 feet in depth, and of 188 gross tons. She was of oak and pine, and iron-framed. She had a center board. The "Imogene Divert" had a twin sister, the "Deborah H. Divert," built the following year. The "Deborah" and the "Imogene" stayed together in New Jersey until 1884, when "Imogene" came to Nantucket as her new home port. Her new owner-master, John L. Brooks, changed her name to the "Mary E. Crosby." A watercolor of the Mary E. Crosby from the period that Captain Brooks owned it, hangs in the Peabody-Essex Museum in Salem, Massachusetts. The two CDVs--one of Captain Brooks and one of his wife, Eunice Brooks (maiden name, Eunice C. Gardner, born 1849), date from the late 1860s or early 1870s and show each in a finely dressed posed view. The three cabinet cards show the family a bit later in their lives - one each of Captain Brooks, his wife and another of a 16-year-old daughter identified as L. A. Brooks - probably date from the mid to late 1880s. Captain Brooks sports a longer beard in this view. Each person is identified in pencil on the back of each photo. An additional inscription in ink appears on the back of the CDV of Eunice: "A Nantucket girl, as she appeared on the 26th of Sept. at 2 ½ P.M. You will see by the picture how white my hair has grown since I have become great aunt." The cabinet cards were taken in the studio of J. Freeman, Nantucket. Photographer of the CDVs is not identified. CDVs measure 2.5" x 4.25" each and cabinet cards measure 4.25" x 6.5" each; little if any soiling, just a few very small light spots of foxing, otherwise in excellent condition. A fine early Nantucket lot. (VG+). $175. 

   This watercolor of the "Mary E. Crosby" was painted by Mina Keyes Goddard probably between 1884 and 1896-98. For illustration only, not included in above lot. 

2726-14. (stereoview) Nantucket from Brant Point. c.1880. By J. Freeman. Clear view shows good detail from Brant Point beach of the town and harbor in the distance. A nicely detailed view, crisp, only very light aging. Rare view. (VG). $68.

2726-15. (stereoview) Nantucket from Brant Point. c.1880. By Kilburn Brothers. Clear view shows good detail from Brant Point beach of the town and harbor in the distance. A nicely detailed view, crisp. Rare view. (VG+). $68.

  

10473. [view book] 65 VIEWS [GLIMPSES] OF NANTUCKET – Reproduced from Recent Photographs. John F. Murphy, Boston . nd. c.1900. 44p. This scarce turn of the century view book of Nantucket Island features 65 beautiful lithographed views from photos of local scenes. Mostly 5” x 7” or 3 ½” x 5”, views include Sea Cliff Inn, Broad Street, Point Breeze Hotel, Jail, Nesbitt House, The Old Mill, Veranda House, Post Office, Sankoty Lighthouse, Old Pump, Main Street, Springfield House, views of Sconset, Lovers’ Lane, Ash Lane, Surfside Life-Saving Station, Ray’s Court, Nantucket Wharf, Marconi’s Wireless at Siasconset, Broad Street, Ice Plant, Custom House, Pacific National bank, steamships, whalers, fishermen’s shanties, St. Mary’s Catholic Church, homes, businesses, and more. Quite nice views, scarce booklet. Staple bound, contents clean and sharp, covers crisp and bright. Four pages have come loose. Scarce booklet in unusually good condition. (VG). $78.

  

28102b. (souvenir bowl) c.1900. Striking piece features a most attractive b/w image of “Sankoty Light, Nantucket" and “Oldest House at Nantucket, Built 1686” on a large flueted bowl. Early piece is fairly large and enhanced by a gilt decoration around the rim. The piece measures 6 ½” in diameter. Marked “Made in Germany for Phebe E. Clisby, Nantucket.”. Quite clean and bright, this piece will enhance any collection. (F-). $244.

3164i,s. Kobbe', Gustav. "LIFE ON THE ( Nantucket ) SOUTH SHOAL LIGHT-SHIP". 11pp. Century Magazine, Vol. XLII. August 1891. This often quoted article is one of the very few ever written describing the life on these early light vessels, based on the author’s visit in 1891. One “old whaling captain told me that the loneliest thing he had ever seen at sea was a polar bear floating on a piece of ice in the Arctic Ocean; the next loneliest object to that had been the South Shoal Lightship….and it pitched and rolled such that even an old whaleman… felt ‘squamish’.” Excellent descriptions of the crews and the life on board. Includes nine very nice engravings. Disbound, without wraps. Clean, crisp.     $26. 

3164p,q. Kobbe', Gustav. "LIFE ON THE ( Nantucket ) SOUTH SHOAL LIGHT-SHIP". 11pp. Century Magazine, Vol. XLII. August 1891. This often quoted article is one of the very few ever written describing the life on these early light vessels, based on the author’s visit in 1891. One “old whaling captain told me that the loneliest thing he had ever seen at sea was a polar bear floating on a piece of ice in the Arctic Ocean; the next loneliest object to that had been the South Shoal Lightship….and it pitched and rolled such that even an old whaleman… felt ‘squamish’.” Excellent descriptions of the crews and the life on board. Includes nine very nice engravings. Clean, tight, full issue in well worn wraps. $32 net.

4727. Kobbe', Gustav. "LIFE ON THE ( Nantucket ) SOUTH SHOAL LIGHT-SHIP". 11pp. Century Magazine, Vol. XLII. August 1891. This often quoted article is one of the very few ever written describing the life on these early light vessels, based on the author’s visit in 1891. One “old whaling captain told me that the loneliest thing he had ever seen at sea was a polar bear floating on a piece of ice in the Arctic Ocean; the next loneliest object to that had been the South Shoal Lightship….and it pitched and rolled such that even an old whaleman… felt ‘squamish’.” Excellent descriptions of the crews and the life on board. Includes nine very nice engravings. Clean, tight, full issue in worn wraps. $28.

  

10416. (mounted photo) West Chop Light Station, Martha’s Vineyard c.1870 – 1882. Large, early view shows a lovely close scene as the keeper with his wife and one other gentleman pose for the camera on the stoop in front of the dwelling and lighthouse tower. The keeper is holding a Light House Establishment issued Bardeau telescope. The view is clear and close and includes the early lantern room with Fresnel lens inside. The image size measures 6 ½” x 8 ½” and it is mounted on its original mount. The overall size is 10 ¾” x 14". The harbor at Vineyard Haven was Martha's Vineyard's busiest in the nineteenth century, and is protected by two areas of land known as East Chop and West Chop. To aid vessels heading in and out of the harbor as well as coastal traffic passing through Vineyard Sound, Congress appropriated $5,000 on March 3, 1817 for a lighthouse on West Chop. The first lighthouse at West Chop, a 25-foot rubblestone tower, was erected along with a stone dwelling in 1817. In 1843 Keeper James West reported that the tower and dwelling were both leaky. The inside of the tower was coated with ice in winter. The keeper also pointed out that the bluff on which the lighthouse stood had eroded to within 37 feet of the tower's base. For these reasons, the station was rebuilt in 1846. A round stone tower and a stone Cape-style keeper's house shown here were constructed about 1,000 feet southeast of the old location. The 1846 tower was later enclosed in shingled wooden sheathing, creating in an octagonal form. This was apparently done to cut down on leaks. A steam-driven fog signal housed in a new building was added in 1882, and the same year a one-and-a-half-story, wood-frame assistant keeper's house was built, thus dating this image to before 1882. Beautifully composed with some of the best detail I have yet seen of this station during this early period. Photo is close and clear, just a hint of soiling to the mount. (VG+). $435.

10269. (photo) East Chop Lighthouse, Oak Bluffs, Martha’s Vineyard c.1900. Close, clear image shows great detail of the cast iron light tower and keeper’s dwelling surrounded by the white picket fence. On March 3, 1875, Congress appropriated $5,000 for the second lighthouse on this site. A conical cast-iron lighthouse tower, 40 feet tall, was erected in 1878, along with a one-and-a-half-story keeper's house. A fourth-order Fresnel lens, with its focal plane 79 feet above mean high water, originally showed a fixed light; it was changed to flashing red in 1898, and to flashing green in 1934. The lighthouse was painted white at first, but in the 1880s it was changed to a reddish-brown color that earned it the nickname "the Chocolate Lighthouse." Photo measures 4” x 5”. One small corner missing, very light moisture remains. Rare early view. (VG).  $44.

  

10443. [paperweight] Heavy glass rectangular paperweight featuring an early c.1900 photograph of Sankaty Head Light Station, Nantucket c.1900. This rare item features a close photograph of the tall light tower with curtains drawn in the lantern room and includes most of the many buildings at the station. Photo remains clear and sharp, good condition, just a bit light, light stain one corner. 2 ½” x 4” x ¾” h. One of the few such items of this well known light station and most desirable. VG-). $88.

6289d. (stereoview) Brant Point Lighthouse, Nantucket. c.1880 by R.G. Shute Photographer, Edgartown, Mass. Clear and crisp view provides a rare look at the early light station on Brant Point. Nine lighthouses have stood on Brant Point since the first was lit in 1746. In addition, other beacons were constructed on the Jetties Beach and in the harbor as additional aids to vessels approaching the harbor. View is clean and clear, providing a good view of the station buildings in the late 1870’s or early 1880’s. (VG+). $268.

10419. (photo) Gay Head Lighthouse, Martha’s Vineyard c.1930. The handsome Gay Head Lighthouse stands in one of the most picturesque locations in New England, atop the 130-foot multicolored clay cliffs at the western shore of Martha's Vineyard. The brick lighthouse tower and keeper’s house were constructed in 1854-1856. Due to the extreme dampness of the keeper's house, the 1856 brick keeper's house was torn down and replaced by a wooden dwelling in 1902, as seen here. Clear, close b/w photo. Nice view, good detail, on postcard paper. (VG). $42.

  

10115. Benchley, Rob and Robert D. Felch. Keeping the Light – The Epic Move and Preservation of Nantucket’s Sankaty Head Lighthouse. 2009. Sconset Trust. 144p. DJ. A lighthouse has stood on Sankaty Head near the village of Siasconset since 1850, the third such aid built on the island. However, in recent years coastal erosion had brought the surf perilously close to the lighthouse, threatening to topple it into the sea with a future gale. Fortunately the ’Sconset Trust took on the project to oversee the light’s restoration and to raise funds to move the light tower safely away from the eroding cliffs. This epic historic preservation project was successful due to a tremendous island-wide outpouring of support. The new ’Sconset Trust book, Keeping the Light, documenting this historic move, has just been released. Lavishly illustrated with hundreds of photographs, the book chronicles the formation of a plan, the move and the tower’s restoration, once again the famous "Blazing Star". Beautifully done, this will make a superb addition to anyone’s collection. (M). $98. 

10380. (photo) Brant Point Lighthouse, Nantucket c.1976. Clear, close 8” x 10” press photo shows great detail of the isolated light tower on Brant Point as a seagull flies over and the autumn shadows fall. Great detail, clear, close view. Dated October 3, 1976. With credit line or description on back, some crop marks. (VG) $24.

  

10427. Coffin, Edward Wayman. TUCKERNUCK ISLAND – A Pictorial Review of the Island. [self published] 2008. 200p. Soft wraps. Lying west of Nantucket , just eight miles from Martha’s Vineyard , Tuckernuck is a low bleak island, ringed with sandy shoals and often entrapped by foul weather. The island has an area of about 900 acres (1.4 square miles). Often ice bound in winter with high tides, Tuckernuck, like its neighbor Muskeget, was the scene of many shipwrecks through the years. Its population consisted occasional fishermen with only seasonal increases by the local Island Club gunners taking advantage of the prolific fowl population. This unusual book is written from the point of view of an islander (the author’s father served on the neighboring island as a Life Saving Service surfman). The book relates many interesting tales formerly untold with interesting comments on the life and recreation of the seasonal population. Also included are hundreds of rare photographs from private collections. Privately published in a very limited quantity (only 500 printed), quite difficult to find now. (M). $38.

10275. (photo) Gardiner’s Corner, Nantucket c.1959. Clear, close 8” x 10” press photo shows a close view of a young woman pointing out the sign board which indicates relative miles to many ports in the world where the island’s whaling fleet once sailed. With credit line or description on back. (VG+) $24. 

  

10233. Farnham, Joseph E. C. Brief Historical Data And Memories Of My Boyhood Days In Nantucket. Providence. 1923. 2nd. [1915]. Stated Second Edition. 319p. Gilt embossed stiff blue wraps. Very scarce and handsome early printing of this classic and fascinating book offering a description of the people and places and local history of Nantucket island. With vintage photographs and maps. Published more than 85 years ago, this book is now long out-of-print and quite scarce. Well illustrated with halftones featuring notable personalities, buildings, steamships and more. Contents include: Historic Foreword; Divisional Nantucket; Notable Old Structures; Social Characteristics; Ancestry and Family; School Days; Early Boyhood Experiences; Isaiah Nicholson and His Flying-Horses; Characters Once the Butt of Our Fun; Small Shops of My Boyhood; Diversified Sports; Fishing and Fishermen; Impressive boyhood Remembrances; Fire-Engines and fire Facts fifty Years and More Ago; Nantucket Commercial Affairs in My Boyhood; Bakeries of My Boyhood; Residents of Guinea in my Early Life; Unique Social conditions; The Old-Time Nantucket Circle; Weaving Rag Carpets; Then and Now; A Memorable Marine Wreck; Old time Nantucket Meat Auctions and fish Sales; Strange Fascination; merchants and Professional Men of fifty Years and More Ago; Schools and Churches; A boy on a Polpis Farm; Early Experiences at the Printing-Trade; Family Record; A Tinge of Regretful Envy; A Legend in Verse. Wonderful early Nantucket reading. Contents clean and tight. Book withdrawn from East Greenwich, RI Free Library with embossed stamp on title page and small faint stamps on blank pages; no other writing or markings in text; no torn pages; original patterned endpapers, missing rear free endpaper; tears and residue on pastedowns where labels were removed. Original publisher's hardcover binding, with fraying to spinetips and corners; light wear and small spots on covers. A solid copy of this interesting book. (VG-). $118.

10301. (photo) Brant Point Lighthouse, Nantucket c.1936. Clear, close 7” x 9” press photo shows great detail of the charming light tower at the entrance to Nantucket harbor in the waining days of the Lighthouse Service. Dated January 30, 1936. With credit line or description on back. (VG+) $54. 

  

29293.  (glass negative) Cuttyhunk Lighthouse, Elizabeth Islands, Mass. c.1900. Clear glass plate negative captures nicely the replacement 1891 Cuttyhunk Light Station in Massachusetts’ Buzzards Bay. This photo was taken shortly after the station was rebuilt, with a new 1 ½-story keeper’s dwelling connected to the new 5th order light tower. Large image measures 4” x 5” and is clear and close. Would provide a clear image. Rare image. (VG+). $145.

10119.  (negative) Sankaty Head Lighthouse, Nantucket, Mass. c.1900. Clear negative captures nicely the tall masonry light tower and a bit of the keeper’s house as a pair of finely dressed Victorian visitors pose for the camera at Sankaty Head Light Station. Large negative measures 2 ½” x 4 ½” and is clear and close. Would provide a clear image. (VG+). $20.

2815J. (stereoview) Gay Head Lighthouse, Martha’s Vineyard, Mass. c.1880. (Mislabeled “Nantucket Sankaty Head” in early ink. Clear and crisp view provides a rare look at the 1856 station high on the clay bluffs as the keeper stands on the tower gallery. The handsome Gay Head Lighthouse stands in one of the most picturesque locations in New England, atop the 130-foot multicolored clay cliffs at the western shore of Martha's Vineyard . The first lighthouse, a 47-foot octagonal wooden lighthouse was erected on a stone base, along with a wood-frame keeper's house, barn, and oil vault and went into service on November 18, 1799. By 1854 the house and tower leaked to a point where a new brick tower and dwelling were constructed. A first-order Fresnel lens was obtained and installed in the conical brick lighthouse. Once again, due to the extreme dampness of the keeper's house, the 1856 brick keeper's house was torn down and replaced by a wooden house in 1902, thus dating this image to pre-1902. View is clear and clean, as nice as they come and provides a close view of the station buildings. (F-). $158.

10202. (photo) U.S. Life Saving Station Gay Head, Martha’s Vineyard c.1900. Constructed on the west end of Martha's Vineyard, 3/16 mile north of Gay Head Light, the Gay Head station was built and put operation in 1895. The building was designed by George R. Tolman and was the single example of the “Gay Head-style” of station.  The station is listed as being still active as late as 1945. Photo is large 8” x 10” and shows the station and out-buildings just slightly distant. Some spotting from print process, edge wear. (G+). $18.

  

10198. (hand colored photograph) H. Marshall Gardiner. “Heartsease, Sconset ” c.1910. A vibrant crisp hand tinted photograph entitled "Heartsease, Sconset" and signed in pencil by “H. Marshall Gardiner” is in original decorated wood frame. View is looking north on Centre Streetin Sconset. On the left is the cottage known as “Hearts Ease”, with blooming roses adorning the fence and house. H. Marshall Gardiner (1884-1942) was the son of photographer William Henry Gardiner, and spent his early years in Mackinac Island , Michigan . In 1904, the family also bought a winter home in Daytona , Florida , where the elder Gardiner marketed photographs of Florida to tourists. H. Marshall Gardiner photographed in both locales, but is best known for his images of Bermuda and, especially, Nantucket Island , Massachusetts . He documented Nantucket 's buildings, beaches and people between 1910 and 1940, producing postcards and larger format hand-colored photographs. About 35 of his Nantucket images are in the collection of the Nantucket Historical Association. His late-1920s photograph of the Rainbow Fleet of sailboats has endured as the most popular picture ever taken of the island. Image measures 7 ¼” x 9 ¼”, the coloring is superb and photo is clean and crisp, matting has darkened a bit from age but is quite clean as well. Green with gold frame has some wear to edges, measures 13” x 15, with original kraft paper on back with period label for "Swain's Art Store, 317 W Front Street, Plainfield, NJ.” A wonderful piece of Nantucket memorabilia, a superb Nantucket display piece. (VG+). $295. 

26351c. (commemorative plate) c.1900. Superb bright white souvenir plate, featuring a close and detailed image of “West Chop Light [House, Martha’s Vineyard]. ” Plate features a good size, detailed b/w image of the tall white light tower, keeper’s dwelling and steam fog signal building, surrounded by a decorative rim enhanced by gilt borders. Marked “Made in Germany for E. J. Cottle, Vineyard Haven, Mass.” This large collectible measures 7 ” in diameter and would enhance any display. Unusually bright, clean, a beautiful piece, only very light wear. (VG+). $188 net. 

2726-11. (stereoview) Bluffs at Sankaty Head, Nantucket. c.1870-1880. By J. Freeman. Close, clear view shows great detail looking down the steep bluffs to the beach far below. A nicely detailed view, only very light soiling, light corner wear. Rare view. (VG). $54.

  

2726-12. (stereoview) Wreck of the Brig Poinsett on Nantucket September 3, 1870. by J. Freeman. Extremely rare view of the aftermath of the wreck as the beautiful 2-masted wooden vessel continued to be driven well up on the beach and broken up, on the south side of the island near Nobadeer Pond. She came ashore on the morning of August 30, 1870 . She was heavily laden with sugar and all but 40 casks were lost when she soon broke up and became a total loss. It was said that fragments of the vessel were strewn along the beach for miles. This extremely rare view was taken after she broke up and shows good detail of remnants of the vessel. View is clear, one stain, a bit of edge wear. It is extremely difficult to find views of Nantucket shipwrecks. (VG-). $112.

2726-13. (stereoview) Wreck of the Brig Poinsett on Nantucket September 3, 1870. by J. Freeman. Extremely rare view of the aftermath of the wreck as the beautiful 2-masted wooden vessel continued to be driven well up on the beach and broken up, on the south side of the island near Nobadeer Pond. She came ashore on the morning of August 30, 1870 . She was heavily laden with sugar and all but 40 casks were lost when she soon broke up and became a total loss. It was said that fragments of the vessel were strewn along the beach for miles. This extremely rare view was taken after she broke up and shows good detail of remnants of the vessel. View is clear, top edge has been trimmed, not affecting image, very light foxing. It is extremely difficult to find views of Nantucket shipwrecks. (G+). $48.

2810. [photo] Wreck of the Brig Poinsett, South Shore Nantucket, Sept. 1st., 1870. (c.1870). By J. Freeman. Extremely rare retouched photo by J. Freeman of Nantucket depicts remnants of vessel after crews from shore offloaded the cargo from the Brig Poinsett. As the surf pounded the vessel workers struggled to haul barrels ashore. View of the beautiful wooden vessel well up on the beach on the south side of the island near Nobadeer Pond. About 40 casks in all were saved when the vessel broke up and became a total loss. This extremely rare view was done by retouching a photo of the vessel and was published that same year in this un-mounted and unlabeled view. View is clear, clean, mounted on album page and becoming brittle from age. It is extremely difficult to find views of Nantucket shipwrecks and this view is certainly one of the larger, better ones. Image measures 4” x 5 ½”. Has lifted a bit from the page but can be carefully removed and re-mounted. (VG).   $64 net.

29312d. (mounted view) Shady Street View, Nantucket by Harry Platt, Photographer  c.1880's. Platt Image #634. Early view shows a lovely view down a tree-lined Nantucket street. The third of the 19th century trio of outstanding Nantucket photographers was Harry Platt, a native of Georgia , who came to Nantucket in the late 1880's. He opened a shop on Centre Street , and his photographs rivaled Wyer's in their excellent composition. He took many scenes about the town and along the wharves, and also made portraits of individuals as "tin-types." Much of his work was found in the attic of his Orange Street home upon the death of his daughter, Miss Marie Platt, and is now not often found. Rare scene measures 3 ¼” x 4 ¼” on 6” x 7” mount. With Platt’s wet stamp on back. Clean, clear, little if any wear, photo corner torn and reattached. (VG-). $74.

Baldwin Coolidge Photographs c.1890 - 1900.  

Baldwin Coolidge [Boston 1845 - 1928]. A veteran of the Civil War, Coolidge established himself as a photographer in Boston in about 1879. Directory listings show he was at the 154 Tremont Street address beginning in 1881. Between 1881 and 1886 he was listed as an artist at this address, and from 1883 through 1890 he was listed as a photographer. As a commercial photographer and staff photographer for the Boston Museum of Fine Arts for 30 years during the late 19th and early 20th century, Coolidge shot thousands of photographs of New England life, concentrating on the Boston area but also taking numerous photos of Woods Hole, Nantucket and Martha's Vineyard and Elizabeth Islands. He also did work along the Merrimack River valley, on the North Shore, in New Hampshire and Maine. Coolidge was noted for his maritime scenes. His images are striking both for their clarity and their content. He produced images both in the cabinet card and mounted photo format that are sought after today. Many of his original photographs have been preserved in the Woods Hole Historical Collection, and by the Society for the Preservation of New England Antiquities (SPNEA).

 

  

1061. (mounted photo) Sankaty Head Light Station, Nantucket by Baldwin Coolidge,  Photographer  c.1890 – 1900. Early view by this renown photographer shows a lovely close early view of the tall light tower with curtains drawn in the lantern room as visitors pose at the lantern railing, and keeper can be seen standing between the buildings. This rare view includes most of the many buildings at the station, including a tall temporary tower used to display a light when the tower was raised and a new lantern installed (1888). Beautifully composed with some of the best detail I have yet seen of this station during this period. Rare scene measures 7” x 9 ½” on 10” x 12” mount. Photo is close and clear, just a hint of soiling to the mount. Baldwin Coolidge image #2336. (VG+). $725.

1057. (mounted photo) Ladies on the Bluffs at Sankaty Head Light Station, Nantucket by Baldwin Coolidge,  Photographer  c.1890 – 1900. Early view by this renown photographer shows a lovely close early view of two finely dressed Victorian ladies as they look out to sea. In the background can be seen the tower at Sankaty Head Lighthouse visible above the bluffs. Beautifully composed with great detail. This is a charming view. Rare scene measures 7 ¼” x 9 ½” on 9” x 11” mount. Photo is close and clear, just a hint of soiling to the mount. Blind stamped Baldwin Coolidge, Tremont Street, Boston with his image #1926. (VG+). $185.

   

1054. (mounted photo) Aquinnah Wampanoag “Cooper & Jeffers”, Martha’s Vineyard by Baldwin Coolidge,  Photographer  c.1890-1900. Here is a wonderful and important large original 1887 albumen type photo on card portrait of two Gay Head (Aquinnah Wampanoag) native Americans on Martha's Vineyard - identified on back by family as "Gay Head Indians" "Cooper" (man on right)  and "Jeffers" (man on left). Also written in old light pencil in corner on back is "Deacon Jeffers / Mr. Cooper". Wonderful original photo taken by the noted Boston Photographer Baldwin Coolidge (1845-1928, active 1880-1917). Includes Coolidge’s Tremont Street stamp on the back. Card is 12" x 10". The image itself is 8 ¾”  x 7". Research finds an 1880 Gay Head census record which listed both an "Aaron Cooper, age 58, Farmer, Indian" (which would have made him 65 in 1887, which looks to be right age of men in photo), and a "Thomas Jeffers, age 55, Farmer, Indian" (which would have made him age 62 in 1887 which looks to be about right age also). The ancestors of Wampanoag people have lived for at least 10,000 years at Aquinnah (Gay Head) and throughout the island of Martha's Vineyard. By the 1800's there remained but three native communities on Martha's Vineyard: Aquinnah, Christiantown, and Chappaquiddick. Aquinnah being the most populous and organized, we were able to maintain control over their land, despite intense efforts by the Commonwealth of Massachusetts to end their existence. Photo is close and clear, just a bit of foxing to the mount. (VG). $485.

1050. (mounted view) Attleboro Cottage, 11 Lake Avenue, Cottage City, Martha’s Vineyard by Baldwin Coolidge,  Photographer  c.1890 – 1900. Early view by this renown photographer of the charming Victorian Attleboro Cottage as guests pose on the verandah for the camera. At the turn of the century, Mrs. I. W. Babcock was the proprietor of this pleasantly located establishment, offering rooms facing the harbor for $7 to $10 per week. Nicely composed, this rare scene measures 7 ½” x 9 ¾” on 10” x 12” mount. Photo is close and clear, just a hint of soiling. Blind stamped Baldwin Coolidge, Tremont Street, Boston with his image #2084. Mount has some foxing and hint of soiling. (VG+). $225.

1064. (mounted view) Second Congregational (Unitarian Universalist)  Church on Orange Street , Nantucket by Baldwin Coolidge,  Photographer  c.1890 – 1900. Early view by this renown photographer looking south on Orange Street from Main Street, with a fine view of the north face of the Second Congregational (Unitarian Universalist)  Church clock tower as well as the street and homes in the area. Nicely composed with arched border above image. Rare scene measures 7 ¾” x 9 ½” on 10” x 12” mount. Photo is close and clear, just a hint of soiling. Baldwin Coolidge image #1946. Mount has some foxing and a few stains. (VG). $325.

1051. (mounted photo) Road Crew in front of Vineyard Lighting Company, Martha’s Vineyard c.1900. Wonderful close view of a road crew posing with their period steam operated road roller. Photographer unknown. Labeled in pen “Grandpa Arno & work gang.” On May 18, 1908, the Cottage City Gas and Electric Light Company changed its corporate name to become the Vineyard Lighting Company. In February, having added to its plant suitable equipment for so doing, changed its gas from non-illuminating to illuminating water gas. In 1920, the Vineyard Lighting Company and the Buzzards Bay Electric Company merged to become the Cape and Vineyard Electric Co. Image measures 5” x 7” on 8” x 10” mount. Photo is close and clear, just a hint of soiling. Mount has some foxing and moderate staining. (VG-). $165.

Nominated for the 2008 Foundation for Coast Guard History book award:

27268. Claflin, James W. HISTORIC NANTUCKET: SURFSIDE LIFE-SAVING STATION - A History of Nantucket ’s Life-Saving Stations. Volume I. Worcester . 2007. 79 p. Soft wraps. Special edition, signed and numbered of 500, includes pasted in wood chip from Surfside Life-Saving Station. Historic Nantucket: Surfside Life-Saving Station is one of a continuing series of booklets that tell the story of historic lighthouses, lightships and life-saving stations along the New England Coast . The Nantucket coastline has long been one of the most dangerous areas along the New England coast. Over the years four life-saving stations and eight Massachusetts Humane Society stations stood guard over the island’s shores, standing ready to combat the seas in an effort to rescue shipwrecked mariners in their time of need. With thousands of vessels plying the dangerous waters, the chance of a shipping disaster was always great. Hundreds of shipwrecks did indeed occur off the coast with startling losses. Using descriptive text and a variety of vintage images from private as well as museum collections, we get a rare glimpse into the history of the area and the lives of these dedicated government men and women. Author James Claflin combines an extensively researched text with his exquisite collection of vintage photographs, many previously unpublished, to tell the story of this important piece of history. (M). $8.95. (other titles available including Nantucket Lightship, Brant Point Lighthouse, Great Point Lighthouse, Sankaty Head Lighthouse.) 

1073. (mounted view) Stone Alley off Orange Street , Nantucket by Harry Platt, Photographer  c.1880's. Early view shows a lovely view from Union Street looking up Stone Alley to the "Church with the Golden Dome". A famous and typical Nantucket subject for artists and photographers, alike, this charming view captures the feel of the old cobblestone walkway leading to the Unitarian (South) Church clock tower at the end. The third of the 19th century trio of outstanding Nantucket photographers was Harry Platt, a native of Georgia , who came to Nantucket in the late 1880's. He opened a shop on Centre Street , and his photographs rivaled Wyer's in their excellent composition. He took many scenes about the town and along the wharves, and also made portraits of individuals as "tin-types." Rare scene measures 3 ¼” x 4 ¼” on 6 ½” x 8 ½” mount. Backstamped “Platt, Artist & Photographer. Views of All Places of Interest. Nantucket, Mass.” Clean, clear, two spots from processing, a bit of soiling to mount. (VG). $84.

27241c. (commemorative butter pat or pin dish) c.1900 A remarkable little commemorative butter pat or pin dish featuring a beautiful, detailed b/w image of Gay Head Lighthouse, Martha’s Vineyard. The petite little dish measures 3 ½” in diameter and is enhanced by a pretty gilt decorated scalloped rim. Labeled “Made in Austria from Stchi Ban, Cottage City, Mass. Carlsbad.” Very clean, no cracks or checks, a very detailed, pretty little piece for your display and a wonderful Maine lighthouse collectible. (VG+).  $158.

2815i. (stereoview) Gay Head Lighthouse, Martha’s Vineyard, Mass. c.1880 by R.G. Shute Photographer, Edgartown, Mass. Clear and crisp view provides a rare look at the 1856 station high on the clay bluffs as the keeper stands on the tower gallery cleaning the window glass. The handsome Gay Head Lighthouse stands in one of the most picturesque locations in New England, atop the 130-foot multicolored clay cliffs at the western shore of Martha's Vineyard . The first lighthouse, a 47-foot octagonal wooden lighthouse was erected on a stone base, along with a wood-frame keeper's house, barn, and oil vault and went into service on November 18, 1799. By 1854 the house and tower leaked to a point where a new brick tower and dwelling were constructed. A first-order Fresnel lens was obtained and installed in the  conical brick lighthouse. Once again, due to the extreme dampness of the keeper's house, the 1856 brick keeper's house was torn down and replaced by a wooden house in 1902, thus dating this image to pre-1902. R.G. Shute was in business from about 1865 until the early 1880’s. View is clear, just a bit of foxing and soiling, providing a close view of the station buildings. VG). $118.

8354c. Haskell, Louise T. THE STORY OF CUTTYHUNK. 1953. 1st.  55p. A most interesting history of this Massachusetts offshore island so prominent in our maritime, lighthouse and life-saving history. Includes information on the work of the lighthouse personnel and Life-Saving Service on the island, as well origins and prominent families, fishermen, and prominent wrecks over the years. One of the few information sources on this important link in the Elizabeth Island chain off the Massachusetts coast. Scarce. Contents clean and tight, spine worn, some spotting and wear to wraps. (VG-). $28.

 

1005. (maritime chart) Massachusetts. NANTUCKET SOUND AND APPROACHES. Includes all of Nantucket and most of Martha’s Vineyard. December 1919.  U. S. Coast and Geodetic Survey. Scale 1/80,000. Bright, very large approx. 33h” x 46w”. As originally rolled, light soiling, only light wear. $44.

  

29383. (hand colored photograph) H. Marshall Gardiner. “Jethro Coffin House, 1686, Nantucket” c.1920. A vibrant crisp hand tinted photograph entitled "Jethro Coffin House, 1686, Nantucket ," and signed by “H. Marshall Gardiner” is in original decorated wood frame. H. Marshall Gardiner (1884-1942) was the son of photographer William Henry Gardiner, and spent his early years in Mackinac Island , Michigan . In 1904, the family also bought a winter home in Daytona , Florida , where the elder Gardiner marketed photographs of Florida to tourists. H. Marshall Gardiner photographed in both locales, but is best known for his images of Bermuda and, especially, Nantucket Island , Massachusetts . He documented Nantucket 's buildings, beaches and people between 1910 and 1940, producing postcards and larger format hand-colored photographs. About 35 of his Nantucket images are in the collection of the Nantucket Historical Association. His late-1920s photograph of the Rainbow Fleet of sailboats has endured as the most popular picture ever taken of the island. Coloring is superb and photo is clean and crisp, matting has darkened a bit from age but is generally clean. Frame needs re-glueing and cleaning. .11” x 14” overall. A wonderful piece of Nantucket memorabilia, a superb Nantucket display piece. (VG). $248.

29396. (cabinet photo) Child Pulling Horse Toy by J. Freeman, Nantucket. Child standing in a gingham checked dress with black high top shoes and holding onto her horse. Horse is complete with saddle and bushy tail. He stands on a wooden board with wheels ready to go. J. Freeman of Nantucket, Massachusetts is the photographer. Name written on the back appears to be “Linis H. Long” or similar. Clean, clear. (VG+). $66.

   

29391a. [chart]. Eldridge, George W. HARBOR CHART #45 EDGARTOWN, MARTHA’S VINEYARD. 1901. Scale about 3” = 1 mile. Original printed chart measures 15” x 20”, on paper. Includes all of Edgartown, Chappaquiddick, Cape Poge and Katama Bay. Includes all lighthouses and Mass Humane Society stations and more. Also includes many roads, all shoals and bars, and much more. Eldridge, whose father George started him in the chart business, is probably best known as the compiler of Eldridge’s Tide and Pilot Book, still in use today. His charts were compiled from his and his father’s own surveys. Chart is in c.1970 gilded frame but has worn and could use reframing. Chart has some overall soiling, light edge stain, one light fold, but remains striking and will be wonderful for display with a bit of cleaning up. These very early coastal maps are most desirable for display and bring a premium, particularly on the Cape and the islands. Wonderful for display. (VG-). $284.

29391b. [chart]. Eldridge, George W. HARBOR CHART #46 NANTUCKET. 1901. Scale about 6” = 1 mile. Original printed chart measures 15” x 20”, on paper. Includes all of  Nantucket Harbor from the Cliff Range Beacons on the west to Abram’s Point, and Second Point on Coatue Beach on the east, as well as Brant Point and the wharfs, etc. Includes all lighthouses and Mass Humane Society station and more. Also includes many roads, all shoals and bars, and much more. Eldridge, whose father George started him in the chart business, is probably best known as the compiler of Eldridge’s Tide and Pilot Book, still in use today. His charts were compiled from his and his father’s own surveys. Chart is in c.1970 gilded frame but has worn and could use reframing. Chart has some overall soiling, light edge stain, one light fold, but remains striking and will be wonderful for display with a bit of cleaning up. These very early coastal maps are most desirable for display and bring a premium, particularly on the Cape and the islands. Wonderful for display. (VG-). $244.

2726-9. (stereoview) “India Row” West End of Pearl Street (now India Street), Nantucket. c.1881. By J. Freeman. Close, clear view shows great detail of the homes along Pearl Street. A nicely detailed view, only a few spots of foxing. Rare view. (VG). $78.

2726-8. (stereoview) First Congregational Church, Nantucket. c.1880. By J. Freeman. Close, clear view shows great detail of the church, windows shuttered, and the surrounding fence and entrance gate. A nicely detailed view, only very light foxing, light soiling. Rare view. (VG). $114.

  

29293.  (glass negative) Cuttyhunk Lighthouse, Elizabeth Islands, Mass. c.1900. Clear glass plate negative captures nicely the replacement 1891 Cuttyhunk Light Station in Massachusetts’ Buzzards Bay. This photo was taken shortly after the station was rebuilt, with a new 1 ½-story keeper’s dwelling connected to the new 5th order light tower. Large image measures 4” x 5” and is clear and close. Would provide a clear image. Rare image. (VG+). $145.

 

2726-6. (stereoview) Pacific National Bank, Head of Main Street, Nantucket. c.1870-1880. By J. Freeman. Close, clear view shows great detail of the stately brick bank building at the head of Main Street with people posing on the steps. A nicely detailed view, only light foxing, some corner wear. Rare view. (VG). $84.

29314. (mounted view) Sankaty Head Lighthouse, Nantucket by Harry Platt, Photographer  c.1884. Early view shows a lovely close early view of the tall light tower with curtains drawn in the lantern room as visitors pose at the lantern railing, and the adjacent keeper’s dwelling. The third of the 19th century trio of outstanding Nantucket photographers was Harry Platt, a native of Georgia, who came to Nantucket in the late 1880's. He opened a shop on Centre Street, and his photographs rivaled Wyer's in their excellent composition. He took many scenes about the town and along the wharves, and also made portraits of individuals as "tin-types." Rare scene measures 3 ½” x 4 3/8” on 4 ¼” x 5 ¼” mount. Clean, clear, only very light foxing. Dated on back Aug. 27, 1884. (VG+). $118.

27465i. [stereoview] Brig Minmaneuth Ashore at Surfside, July 30, 1873. (c.1873). By J. Freeman. Close view of the coffee brig Minmaneuth after being driven ashore near Surfside on Nantucket in 1873. Includes close view of the vessel with all sails set as onlookers look on. Later much of the cargo of coffee was offloaded to float the vessel. View is clear and crisp, just a bit of foxing and light soiling in places. (VG).  $88 net.

27465h. (stereoview) Oak Bluffs Cottage on Martha’s Vineyard c.1870’s by Charles H. Shute & Son, Edgartown. This exceptionally close up view shows a classic cottage on Martha’s Vineyard , shown with all of its elaborate trim as the finely dressed occupants pose on the porches. Clean, clear, only two slight ink spots. Great view. (VG+). $64.

27465g. (stereoview) Oak Bluffs, Ex Governor Claflin’s House, Martha’s Vineyard c.1870’s by Charles H. Shute & Son, Edgartown. This exceptionally close up view shows a classic cottage on Martha’s Vineyard , shown with all of its elaborate trim as the finely dressed occupants pose on the porches. Clean, clear, near fine. Great view. (F-). $74.

 

29312-3. (mounted view) The Old Mill, Nantucket by Harry Platt, Photographer  c.1880's. Early view shows a lovely close early view of the old mill. The third of the 19th century trio of outstanding Nantucket photographers was Harry Platt, a native of Georgia, who came to Nantucket in the late 1880's. He opened a shop on Centre Street, and his photographs rivaled Wyer's in their excellent composition. He took many scenes about the town and along the wharves, and also made portraits of individuals as "tin-types." Rare scene measures 3 ¼” x 4” on 4 ¼” x 5” mount. Clean, clear, light foxing to mount edges. (VG). $34.

5203i. (stereoview) Gay Head Lighthouse, Martha’s Vineyard, Mass. c.1880. Uncommonly clean and crisp view, providing a clear, close view of the 1856 station high on the clay bluffs. The handsome Gay Head Lighthouse stands in one of the most picturesque locations in New England, atop the 130-foot multicolored clay cliffs at the western shore of Martha's Vineyard . The first lighthouse, a 47-foot octagonal wooden lighthouse was erected on a stone base, along with a wood-frame keeper's house, barn, and oil vault and went into service on November 18, 1799. By 1854 the house and tower leaked to a point where a new brick tower and dwelling were constructed. A first-order Fresnel lens was obtained and installed in the  conical brick lighthouse.  Once again, due to the extreme dampness of the keeper's house, the 1856 brick keeper's house was torn down and replaced by a wooden house in 1902, thus dating this image to pre-1902. View is uncommonly clean and clear, on orange mount, providing a close view of the station buildings. (VG+).  $145.

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. This long awaited work by Ralph Shanks and Wick York is now 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 the stations. 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. (M).   Softcover $21.95   Hardcover (1 left) $39.95.  

    

2450. Claflin, James W. HISTORIC NANTUCKET LIGHTHOUSES: Great Point. A History of Nantucket’s Lighthouses on Great Point. Worcester . 2004. 65 pages, soft wraps, 24 vintage black and white photographs, fold-out map. SPECIAL EDITION: First 500 copies signed and numbered with artifact from Great Point Lighthouse included. Historic Nantucket Lighthouses: Great Point is the fourth in a series of booklets that tell the story of historic lighthouses and life-saving stations along the New England Coast . Two lighthouses have stood at Great Point on the tip Nantucket’s Sandy Point since the first was lit in 1785. In addition, other beacons were constructed at Brant Point and on Sankaty Head as additional aids to vessels approaching Nantucket harbor. However, numerous pitfalls were to befall the keepers as fire and the ravages of weather would torment them for years. With thousands of vessels plying the dangerous waters, the chance of a shipping disaster was always great. Hundreds of shipwrecks did indeed occur off the coast with startling losses. Using descriptive text and a variety of vintage images from private as well as museum collections, we get a rare glimpse into the history of the area and the lives of these dedicated government men and women. Author James Claflin combines an extensively researched text with his exquisite collection of vintage photographs, many previously unpublished, to tell the story of this important landmark. (M).  $8.95

23525. Claflin, James W. HISTORIC NANTUCKET LIGHTHOUSES: Sankaty Head. A History of Nantucket’s Lighthouse on Sankaty Head. Worcester . 2003. 65 pages, soft wraps, approximately 27 vintage black and white photographs, fold-out map. SPECIAL EDITION: First 500 copies signed and numbered with artifact from Sankaty Head Lighthouse included. Historic Nantucket Lighthouses: Sankaty Head is the second in a series of booklets that tell the story of historic lighthouses and life-saving stations along the New England Coast . A lighthouse has stood on Sankaty Head near the village of Siasconset since 1850, the third such aid built on the island. Three lighthouses have watched over Great Point, and nine have stood on Brant Point since the first was lit on the island in 1746. In addition, other beacons were constructed on the Jetties Beach and in the harbor as additional aids to vessels approaching the harbor. However, numerous pitfalls were to befall the keepers as fire and the ravages of weather would torment them for years. With thousands of vessels plying the dangerous waters, the chance of a shipping disaster was always great. Hundreds of shipwrecks did indeed occur off the coast with startling losses. Using descriptive text and a variety of vintage images from private as well as museum collections, we get a rare glimpse into the history of the area and the lives of these dedicated government men and women. Author James Claflin combines an extensively researched text with his exquisite collection of vintage photographs, many previously unpublished, to tell the story of this important landmark. (M). $8.95

23194. Claflin, James W. HISTORIC NANTUCKET LIGHTHOUSES: BRANT POINT . A History of Nantucket’s Lighthouses on Brant Point . Worcester . 2003. 64 pages, soft wraps, approximately 20 vintage black and white photographs, fold-out map. SPECIAL EDITION: First 500 copies signed and numbered with wood chip from the 1901 Brant Point Lighthouse tipped in. Historic Nantucket Lighthouses: Brant Point is the first in a series of booklets that tell the story of historic lighthouses and life-saving stations along the New England Coast . Nine lighthouses have stood on Brant Point since the first was lit in 1746. In addition, other beacons were constructed on the Jetties Beach and in the harbor as additional aids to vessels approaching the harbor. However, numerous pitfalls were to befall the keepers as fire and the ravages of weather would torment them for years. With thousands of vessels plying the dangerous waters, the chance of a shipping disaster was always great. Hundreds of shipwrecks did indeed occur off the coast with startling losses. Using descriptive text and a variety of vintage images from private as well as museum collections, we get a rare glimpse into the history of the area and the lives of these dedicated government men and women. Author James Claflin combines an extensively researched text with his exquisite collection of vintage photographs, many previously unpublished, to tell the story of this important landmark. (M).  $8.95

Other titles in this series include: Nantucket Lightship, Surfside Life Saving Station, Race Point Lighthouse. 

27292. Uncatena (Nantucket-Martha’s Vineyard steamship lines) attributed to N.L. Stebbins. $185

2726pp . (stereoview) Keeper Capt. Joseph Winslow, Surfside Life Saving Station, Nantucket by J. Freeman. c.1870’s. This extremely rare view provides great detail as station Keeper Capt. Joseph Winslow stands on the boat ramp demonstrating their new Merriman rubber life-saving suit. In the background we can see into the boatroom floor where their early Manby mortar line gun sits next to the Francis Metallic Lifeboat. The Merriman rubber life-saving suit was an innovation of the time. The inventor, Clark S. Merriman, in a bid to help sea-rescue, designed this life preserving suit, which was made from India rubber and was inflatable. This suit had been tested by Captain Boyton of the New Jersey Life Saving Service, when he was dropped over the side of a steamer into the Irish sea , in a gale. Soon suits were issued to some other stations as warranted, including the Surfside Life Saving station on Nantucket . The suit did see some use including at the well known wreck of the Metropolis near the Poyners Hill station in North Carolina in 1878. There, after a number of unsuccessful attempts to get a shot line aboard the stricken vessel, Keeper Chappell then donned the Merriman life-saving dress and made two valiant attempts to carry a line out to the vessel. There are very few views in existence of the boatroom at Surfside, and even fewer of the Merriman suit. View is nicely intact with only a bit of darkening and some light soiling. Light edge wear. Obverse unmarked. A similar view recently fetched over $700 at auction. (VG-).  $285.

6264. Stackpole, Edouard A., LIFE SAVING NANTUCKET . Nantucket . 1972. 295pp. Hard cover, DJ. Stackpole was among the earliest to recognize that an era had passed, and without documentation would soon be forgotten. Life Saving Nantucket documents the triumphs and tragedies of a hardy breed of islanders who, as volunteers, manned the early Massachusetts Humane Society sites, later the U.S. Life-Saving Service stations, and still later the U.S. Coast Guard stations, saving countless lives and precious cargo. His is the most complete, definitive history of the life-saving services in this area, surrounded by shoals and known for its toll on shipping. Includes also the lighthouses and many light vessels that guarded against the treacherous shoals in the area. Well illustrated with photos. Certainly one of the best and most interesting and complete sources on the subject. (M) $24.95. 

2726-4. (stereoview) Fisherman at Brant Point with Nantucket Town in distance. c.1880. By J. Freeman. Close, clear view shows great detail of a fisherman leaning against his dory on the beach at Brant Point, with the town and harbor in the distance. A greatly detailed view, crisp, only very light foxing, some corner wear. Rare view. (VG). $98.

2726-5. (stereoview) View in Siasconset, Nantucket. c.1880. By Kilburn Brothers. Close, clear view shows great detail of homes along a road in Siasconset village as children pose for the camera. Quite clear and close, very light foxing. Rare view. (VG-). $118 net.

 

29161. Torrey, Josephine Harvey. Reminiscences of My Early Days in 'Sconset From 1907 On. nd. 15p. Soft wraps. Extremely rare personal account of what life was line in “the good old days” spending summers growing up in ‘Sconset in the early 1900’s. Wonderful reading, well illustrated with vintage family photos. Privately printed in a small quantity, it is now nearly impossible to find this interesting account. Clean, crisp. (F-). $89.

29201. Butler, Karen. Nantucket Lights: An Illustrated History of the Island’s Legendary Beacons. Nantucket. 1996. (151 pp. / 148 illus.) DJ. Lavishly illustrated, Nantucket Lights tells the story of the island’s lighthouses and lightships and the men and women who faithfully kept them. This is one of the most comprehensive and attractive books ever done on the lighthouses of Nantucket. Dazzling images including fascinating historic illustrations as well as recent photographs and paintings, and a carefully researched text illuminate an important aspect of Nantucket’s maritime past. Nantucket's three lighthouses all have fascinating history -- little Brant Point Light, which has been rebuilt more than any other American lighthouse; remote Great Point Light, completely destroyed in a storm in 1984 but rebuilt only two years later; and Sankaty Head Light, the famous "Blazing Star." There's also an excellent chapter on the Nantucket Lightship. Even if you've never been to the "Far Away Island," this book is a must. (M). $24.95.

29202. Hubbard, Sharon, with photography by Dan Driscoll. Quarterboards: A Unique Art Form. Nantucket. 2008. 100p. DJ. Quarterboards explores the tradition on Nantucket of naming homes and adorning them with the type of stunning signs found on ships. ‘Sconset’s 1680 house Shanunga, for example, takes its name from the quarter board salvaged from the wreck of a schooner in 1852. Lavishly illustrated with striking photography throughout, capturing the unique charm of Nantucket’s historic homes, bringing the deftly woven narrative filled with colorful characters and fascinating anecdotes to life. (M). Published at $39.95. Our price $36.95.

29203. Philbrick, Nathaniel. Away Off Shore: Nantucket Island and Its People, 1602-1890. Nantucket. 1993. 273p. Soft wraps. This local best-seller focuses on the real people – great and obscure, famous and infamous – behind the island at the center of a whaling empire. “For everyone who loves Nantucket, this is the indispensable book.” (M). $19.95.

Other Mill Hill Press books available: 

Harry Platt, Nantucket Photographer 

The third of the 19th century trio of outstanding Nantucket photographers was Harry Platt, a native of Georgia, who came to Nantucket in the late 1880's. He opened a shop on Centre Street, and his photographs rivaled Wyer's in their excellent composition. He took many scenes about the town and along the wharves, and also made portraits of individuals as "tin-types." 

   

29188. (mounted view) Beach Scene at Surfside, Nantucket by Harry Platt, Photographer  c.1880's. Early view shows a lovely view of the beach at Surfside as the surf crashes onto the beach. Rare scene measures 3 ¼” x 4" on 6 ½” x 8 ½” mount. Clean, clear, only very light edge wear. (VG). $74.

  

29189a. (mounted view) Bathers at ‘Sconset, Nantucket by Harry Platt, Photographer  c.1880's. Early view shows a lovely view of the calm waters filed with bathers on the beach at Sconset.  Rare scene measures 3 ¼” x 4" on 6 ½” x 8 ½” mount. Clean, clear, only very light edge wear. (VG). $74.

Lot all three Harry Platt photos $200. 

 

2726vv. (stereoview) Steamer Martha’s Vineyard. c.1880. By J. Freeman. Close, clear view shows great detail of the steamship at the pier loading passengers. Quite clear, clean, as nice as they come. Rare view. (F-). $174.

29159. (aerial photo) Martha’s Vineyard c.1950’s. Fine clear 8” x 10” b/w photo by Ben Harrison Photos shows the entire island of Martha’s Vineyard from west to east. Behind can be seen Cape Cod from Falmouth to Chatham and Monomoy. Great view, perfect for framing. (VG). $20.

2726xx. (stereoview) Fisherman at Siasconset, Nantucket. c.1880. By J. Freeman. Close, clear view shows great detail of a fisherman sitting on the fence in front of his fishing shack. On one shack behind him is a quarterboard of the vessel Cornella. A greatly detailed view, crisp, only very light soiling. Rare view. (VG). $110.

2726uu. (stereoview) Street View, Nantucket. c.1880. By J. Freeman. Close, clear view shows great detail of homes along a road in town. Quite clear, close, great view. Rare view. (VG+). $138 net.

2726yy. (stereoview) Street View, Nantucket. c.1880. By J. Freeman. Close, clear view shows great detail of homes along a road in town. Quite clear, close, some soiling/staining to margins, one corner chipped. Rare view. (G+). $48 net.

29138. Maver, William Jr. Wireless Telegraphy: Its Past and Present Status and Its Prospects. Smithsonian Report. 1902. GPO. Pp. 261-274. Disbound. Complete original article discusses the current status of communication technology, wireless telegraphy, and possible applications and practical uses to be employed in the future. Includes two rare photo views of the wireless telegraph station of the New York Herald at Siasconset on Nantucket, as well as an interior view of the apparatus. Other images include: visual telegraph apparatus used in France in 1792, signaling by ancient Gauls, French Semaphore station in 1795, a Hertzian wave wireless telegraph system, the Nantucket Shoals Lightship equipped with Marconi Apparatus by which all passing passenger steamships are signaled to the Nantucket Island Station; and many circuit diagrams. Most interesting. (VG). $46.

6394. (letterpress copy) Appointment of Light Keeper, Gay Head Light-House, Martha’s Vineyard, Mass. December 8, 1849. Rare letter regarding appointment of the Light Keeper. [document - letterpress copy. 8” x 11”. 1 page.]. “[to] Hon. Joseph Grinnell, House of Representatives. December 8, 1849. Sir: I have the honor to acknowledge the receipt of  your letter of the 5th inst. recommending the appointment of Henry Robinson as Keeper of the Light House at Gay Head, Mass. and to inform you that he has been appointed to that office. I am very respectfully, Sir, Your Obt Servent, [signed] W. M. Meredith. Secretary of the Treasury.” Clean, crisp, unusually good condition. (VG+). $285.

[Letterpress copy was a method in use fairly early in the Nineteenth century for producing one file copy of a hand-written ink document; Thomas Jefferson made extensive use of it. The process involved dampening the surface of a freshly written original letter of document, placing over it a thin sheet of paper, and pressing this sandwich in a special press. Enough ink from the original would be absorbed by the thin paper for a copy of the letter to be made. It was possible to produce an excellent reference copy using this method. Signatures as well as the text are transferred in this method, producing one copy that is difficult to distinguish from the original. Since only one copy can be produced from an original using this method, one can be fairly certain that no other copies and possibly not even some of the originals exist today.]

  

2973. (mounted photo) Sankaty Head Lighthouse, Nantucket, Mass. c.1900. Early mounted photos shows great detail of Nantucket ’s landmark light station on Sankaty Head. Shown is the tall light tower with curtains drawn  in the lantern room, and the adjacent keeper’s dwelling. Photo is oval and measures 3 1/8” x 4 1/8” on 8” x 10” charcoal mount. Photo is clear and close, just a hint of foxing. Mount has broken corners and one partial crease but does not affect the photo. Would be wonderful matted and framed. (VG-). $64.

25167c. Robinson, J. H., GUIDE TO NANTUCKET . Nantucket . 1910. 2nd. 40 p. with fold-out map. An interesting vintage view of the area, with many wonderful vintage photos including The Old Cross Rip Lightship, Great Point Light, Sankaty Head Light, Old Lighthouse at Brant Point, many whalers and try works, the lifesavers landing in the surf, numerous old shops and dwellings and more. With a great deal of historical background of the island and businesses, interesting reading. Overall clean, light bumping to corners, moderate foxing to first and last pages. Good early copy. (VG).  $38.

  

2953. (chart) PRELIMINARY CHART (A NO. 13. MUSKEGET CHANNEL, MASSACHUSETTS 1854. U. S. Coast and Geodetic Survey. Scale 1/60,000. Lovely, very large 22” x 29” original Coast Survey chart has been later hand colored to detail features of Muskeget Island (Nantucket), Martha’s Vineyard from West Chop Lighthouse SE to Cape Poge and Chappaquiddick Island, as well as a small portion of Falmouth and all of Nantucket Sound in the area. Included on the chart are sailing directions for the area, tides and currents for the area, and soundings. Light-Houses, Light-Vessels and buoys are denoted as are major towns and features. This chart has been beautifully colored and has great visual aesthetics. Included is a hand colored “telescopic view” of Cape Poge Lighthouse, as well as two hand colored recognition views of the area from East Chop to Wasque Bluff. Chart is in unusually good condition, overall clean and bright save one or two spots, with only light wear to original folds. Left margin has paper added nicely to replace margin lost when this was originally removed from its binding. Matted or not, this chart would certainly display impressively in a fine wood frame. Shipped rolled. (VG). $345. 

 

726b. Coffin, Edward Wayman. NANTUCKET ’S FORGOTTEN ISLAND - MUSKEGET. [self published] 1996. 114p. Soft wraps. Autographed by author. Lying northeast of Nantucket , just eight miles from Martha’s Vineyard , Muskeget is a low bleak island, ringed with sandy shoals and often entrapped by foul weather. Often ice bound in winter with high tides, Muskeget was the scene of many shipwrecks through the years. Its population consisted of the men of the Life-Saving Station with only seasonal increases by the local Island Club gunners taking advantage of the prolific fowl population. This unusual book is written from the point of view of an islander and a surfman (the author’s father served on the island as a surfman). The book relates many interesting tales formerly untold - fully 60% of the book tells of the surfmen and their daily lives, with interesting comments on the life and recreation of the seasonal population. Also included are many rare photographs from private collections. Privately published in a very limited quantity (only 490 printed, quite difficult to find now. (VG+).  $36.

2865. (CDV) [Carte De Visite format] Charles S. Tallman, sole survivor of shipwreck of Schooner Christina off Cape Pogue, Vineyard Sound, in the severe storm of January 7th, 1866.  Original early CDV photograph features a posed portrait of first mate Charles S. Tallmann of Osterville, the only survivor. Tallmann remained in the rigging for four days and nights before being rescued, possibly by the Mass. Humane Society lifeboat. His limbs were so badly frozen as to render amputation necessary. In his account he noted that during his four days in the rigging, he could see the church spires at Hyannis. The schooner, from Yarmouth, Maine,  sunk near Cape Page on January 7th, 1866 and the crew took to the rigging. Captain Leach and the remainder of the crew were found frozen to death still in the rigging. Rare early view, quite desirable due to the subject. Clean, only light edge wear. (VG+). $110.

21429h. (souvenir cup / saucer) Lovely cobalt blue Nantucket lighthouse set, enhanced with an image of "Sankaty Light [house], Nantucket, Mass." on the cup. The cup is footed, and measures 2 ½”  tall. The saucer measures 4” in diameter. Pieces are not marked, dating them before 1898. Beautiful set, in lovely condition, as nice as they come and quite rare early form with bright hand painted Sankaty lighthouse scene. Very light wear to rims only. (VG+). $184.

2815g. (stereoview) Gay Head Lighthouse, Martha’s Vineyard, Mass. c.1880 by R.G. Shute Photographer, Edgartown, Mass. Unusually clean and crisp view, providing a clear, close view of the 1856 station high on the clay bluffs with the keeper on the tower gallery cleaning the window glass. The handsome Gay Head Lighthouse stands in one of the most picturesque locations in New England, atop the 130-foot multicolored clay cliffs at the western shore of Martha's Vineyard . The first lighthouse, a 47-foot octagonal wooden lighthouse was erected on a stone base, along with a wood-frame keeper's house, barn, and oil vault and went into service on November 18, 1799. By 1854 the house and tower leaked to a point where a new brick tower and dwelling were constructed. A first-order Fresnel lens was obtained and installed in the  conical brick lighthouse. Once again, due to the extreme dampness of the keeper's house, the 1856 brick keeper's house was torn down and replaced by a wooden house in 1902, thus dating this image to pre-1902. R.G. Shute was in business from about 1865 until the early 1880’s. View is uncommonly clean and clear, providing a close view of the station buildings. Near fine. (F-). $185.

The back of this early Shute mount from my collection shows some of the views that were available.

 

2815h. (stereoview) Gay Head Lighthouse, Martha’s Vineyard, Mass. c.1880 by Brownell & Graham Photographers. Unusually clear and close view, providing a clear, close view of the 1856 station high on the clay bluffs with the keeper on the tower gallery cleaning the window glass. The handsome Gay Head Lighthouse stands in one of the most picturesque locations in New England, atop the 130-foot multicolored clay cliffs at the western shore of Martha's Vineyard . The first lighthouse, a 47-foot octagonal wooden lighthouse was erected on a stone base, along with a wood-frame keeper's house, barn, and oil vault and went into service on November 18, 1799. By 1854 the house and tower leaked to a point where a new brick tower and dwelling were constructed. A first-order Fresnel lens was obtained and installed in the conical brick lighthouse. Once again, due to the extreme dampness of the keeper's house, the 1856 brick keeper's house was torn down and replaced by a wooden house in 1902, thus dating this image to pre-1902. View is uncommonly clear, providing a close view of the station buildings. Some moisture to mount, some marks and light staining. (VG-). $85.

  

27465d. (stereoview) Side View Highlands Baptist Tabernacle, Martha’s Vineyard by Joseph W. Warren. This view is identified on the back in pencil as "Baptist Tabernacle Highlands". It shows an interesting side view of the open air tabernacle - a six sided structure with a large tower or cupola in the center and a raised stage at the right of the photo. The detail is excellent. With a magnifying glass, you can make out many chairs inside, a piano on the stage, and a man posing in front. View is on a buff colored mount with printed backmark reading "Stereoscopic Views, Made for sale, wholesale and retail, by JOSEPH W. WARREN, COTTAGE CITY, MASS. Views of Residences made at short notice.". Light overall foxing. (VG-). $54.

27465e. (stereoview) View Highlands Baptist Tabernacle, Martha’s Vineyard by Joseph W. Warren. This view is identified on the back in pencil as "Baptist Tabernacle Highlands". It shows an interesting front view of the open air tabernacle - a six sided structure with a large tower or cupola in the center and a raised stage at the right of the photo. The detail is excellent. With a magnifying glass, you can make out large numbers of empty chairs at far left and at far right under the trees, and even a ladder leaning up against the structure to the right of the entrance. View is on a buff colored mount with printed backmark reading "Stereoscopic Views, Made for sale, wholesale and retail, by JOSEPH W. WARREN, COTTAGE CITY, MASS. Views of Residences made at short notice.". Light overall foxing. (VG-). $58.

2726qq. (stereoview) Old Wind Mill, Built 1746, Nantucket . c.1880. By Kilburn Brothers, Littleton, N.H. Close, clear view shows great detail of Nantucket ’s old wind mill. Nantucket Windmill was built in 1745-46 by Nathan Wilbur, a native sailor and carpenter. During his travels to Holland as a sailor he acquired his knowledge of windmill construction. Due to the octagonal shape of the mill there are no square joints - each piece of lumber is dove-tailed. Nantucket Windmill stands fifty feet tall. Each of the four arms is thirty feet long and six feet wide. Clear, close, occasional very light foxing, light soil. (VG-). $34.

   

2903 . (early postcard collection) Nantucket Scenes by H. Marshall Gardiner. c.1900. H. Marshall Gardiner was a renowned photographer who came to Nantucket in 1910. For thirty years, using a large format camera for clarity, he extensively photographed the island. His postcards are very collectible today. Please inquire for views and pricing.

2918. Furbish, Lynn. (Nantucket) Personal Island. Travel Magazine. June 1938. Lovely two page article details the wonderful atmosphere on the island, with its Georgian houses, shipshape wharves and jetties, and much more. A wonderful look back at the island setting in the late 1930’s as the author details the sights and her reasons for making it her second home. Includes Sankaty Head lighthouse, as well as a most interesting account of the White Elephant hotel, run by Mrs Edward Ludwig of New York – a bit of her history and how her home slowly evolved into one of the finest hotels to be found. Full issue, with wonderful articles of the day. (VG+). $38.

2656. (hand-colored photo) Gay Head Lighthouse, Martha’s Vineyard by David Davidson c.1910-1920. David Davidson (1881-1967)  was the founder of the Davidson Photographic Studios in Providence RI . Davidson went on to become one of the national leaders in hand-colored photography -  his business ranked #2 in total overall sales of hand-colored photographs, with only Wallace Nutting selling more pictures than him. Working most of his career in Providence RI , most Davidson pictures were taken in Rhode Island , Massachusetts , and New England with a limited number were taken in the Western United States and Canada . This rare circa 1910-20 David Davidson hand-colored photo shows the colorful clay seaside cliffs with Gay Head Lighthouse on the bluff. Photo measures 7 ½” x 9 ½” in 14” x 17 original mat and frame. Signed “Gay Head Light – David Davidson”. Very nice bright color, clean on bright mat and original paper-backed frame. For more information on Davidson’s work,  see http://www.wnutting.com/nuttinglikepictures/bios-wnlikes/davidson.html (VG). $186 net.  

   

3113f. Gardner, Arthur H., WRECKS AROUND NANTUCKET . New Bedford. 1943. 176p. Later revised printing of the 1915 edition. Well illustrated with vintage photographs. Situated some 20 miles south of Cape Cod amidst numerous dreaded shoals, Nantucket has always been the scene of numerous shipwrecks as vessels make their way through the area. This important reference chronicles a 289 year period, detailing most of the major shipwrecks. Many of these disasters called forth deeds of daring and heroism by Nantucket boatmen and Life-Savers, much of which is related herein. First published in 1876 but limited to only 500 copies, Wrecks Around Nantucket serves to fill in the gaps during the period of the institution of the Life-Saving Service and the construction of three life-saving stations here. Most interesting reading and an invaluable reference. Some occasional light foxing, covers soiled, otherwise a good copy. (VG).  $145.  

7335. (souvenir dish) “Brant Point Light [house], Nantucket, Mass. Established 1746” c.1900. Lovely gilt decorated round dish measures 5 3/8” in diameter, with upturned sides. Featured in the center is a large detailed full color image of the tall masonry lighthouse with attached keeper’s dwelling and out buildings on Nantucket’s sandy harbor entrance. Backmarked “Made in Germany for Jacob Abajian, Nantucket, Mass.” Clean, no cracks or checks, light wear to gilding on rim. A very detailed, pretty little item for your display, unusually attractive presentation. (VG). $220.

2815f. (stereoview) Gay Head Lighthouse, Martha’s Vineyard, Mass. c.1880 by S. F. Adams Shute Photographer, New Bedford, Mass. Unusually clean and crisp view, providing a clear, close view of the 1856 station high on the clay bluffs with the keeper on the tower gallery cleaning the window glass. The handsome Gay Head Lighthouse stands in one of the most picturesque locations in New England, atop the 130-foot multicolored clay cliffs at the western shore of Martha's Vineyard . The first lighthouse, a 47-foot octagonal wooden lighthouse was erected on a stone base, along with a wood-frame keeper's house, barn, and oil vault and went into service on November 18, 1799. By 1854 the house and tower leaked to a point where a new brick tower and dwelling were constructed. A first-order Fresnel lens was obtained and installed in the  conical brick lighthouse. Once again, due to the extreme dampness of the keeper's house, the 1856 brick keeper's house was torn down and replaced by a wooden house in 1902, thus dating this image to pre-1902. View is uncommonly clean and clear, providing a close view of the station buildings. (VG+). $185.

Special Purchase!  We recently purchased the author’s remaining stock and can pass on the savings to you:

20230. Farson, Robert H., TWELVE MEN DOWN – Massachusetts Sea Rescues. Yarmouth Port.2000. 246p. 191 photos and illustrations. In Colonial Days Massachusetts turned to the sea for her livelihood. With the growth of coastal and deepwater fleets, many trips ended in disaster. The loss of life was so great that in the late 1700’s the Massachusetts Humane Society was formed. Their work up to World War II, and the work of its successor the U. S. Life-Saving Service, are detailed in this wonderful new work. From Martha’s Vineyard and Cuttyhunk, to Nantucket, Cape Cod and up the coast to  Salisbury Beach, there were small stations with surfboats and breeches buoy apparatus. This is a book about rescues near the coast by men who rowed small boats into mountainous waves, many in bitterly cold weather. Thousands of sailors were saved by these intrepid men and their story of selfless dedication comes alive in Mr. Farson’s work. Nicely illustrated with numerous vintage photographs. (M). (Published at $36.)  Special Purchase Price. $19.95. 

2726JJ. (stereoview) Oldest House, Built 1686, Nantucket . c.1883. By J. Freeman. Close, clear view shows great detail of Nantucket ’s oldest house. Built as a wedding gift in 1686 for Jethro Coffin and Mary Gardner, it remains the sole surviving structure from the island's original seventeenth-century English settlement. Unusually clear, clean, only very light wear. (VG+). $78 net.

2726mm. (stereoview) View of Siasconset, Nantucket. c.1880. By J. Freeman. Close, clear view shows great detail of homes along a road in Siasconset village. Quite clear, some foxing or soiling on the image. Rare view. (VG-). $118 net.

2726bb. (stereoview) Nantucket, Massachusetts. View of Orange Street and South Church Tower. c.1870’s. By J. Freeman. Fine view from Orange Street with the South church tower in the distance. View is near fine, clean, clear and close. (F-). $118 net.

2726gg. (stereoview) Nantucket , Massachusetts . School of Blackfish on the beach. c.1870’s. By J. Freeman. Good close view of a school of blackfish beached on the shore. View is clear, just a hint of foxing, some soiling, fold to one corner.  (VG-). $44 net.

    

28378. Summer Life at Nantucket. Frank Leslie’s Illustrated Newspaper. October 11, 1879. 1p. Beautiful, sharp, full page with hand colored multiple engravings of Nantucket scenes. Especially striking is a large view of the town crier as he leans from the church steeple to announce the arrival of the steamship. A second view includes the church and homes on Orange Street. Includes short article describing the important work of the town crier. Beautiful, bright coloration, superb for framing, one of the nicer for display. 11” x 16”. Quite clean, bright, light edge wear. (VG+). $76.

9904i. AN ACT FOR ERECTING A LIGHT-HOUSE ON THE WEST CHOP OF HOLME’S HOLE HARBOR, IN THE STATE OF MASSACHUSETTS. Acts passed at the Second Session of the Fourteenth Congress of the United States. Washington. 1817. [112p.] Original soft wraps. Act request cession of land to the United States from Massachusetts for the purpose of erecting a light-house, for building said light-house and for paying the salary of a keeper. Also includes a compendium of other Acts of the day as well as a proclamation by President James Madison. Quite clean and in remarkable condition considering age. (G+). $32.

 

  

28356. (photographs from album) Martha’s Vineyard c.1900. Nice lot of twenty-one vintage photographs mounted on three original album pages include two views of the Life Saving Station at Gay Head, views of Gay Head Lighthouse and the cliffs, The Wesley House in Cottage City, View from Wesley House, Circuit Avenue in Cottage City, Gypsie’s Camp, a country school, and more. Photos each measure 2 ¾” x 4 ½” and are clear and clean. A nice Martha’s Vineyard selection. (VG+). $144. 

28312. (document) [Nantucket Light House – Great Point] Statement of Contracts Made Relative to Oil, Light Houses, Stakeages, &c…. Revenue Office. January 22nd, 1817. 1p. 12” x 16”. Early large plate from early report showing contracts made in the Treasury Department in the years 1816-1816 including those for light-houses, beacon boats (lightships), keeper’s dwellings, buoys, stakeages, etc. Includes dates, location and work performed, contractor, price, etc. Includes sum of $815 for E. M. Hinckley to take down and rebuild the dwelling-house of the keeper of Nantucket Light-house (Great Point). Additional lighthouses with work indicated include New Point Comfort (VA), Portsmouth (NH), Cape Henlopen, Reedy Island, Bald Head (NC), Point Judith (RI), Baker’s Island, and more. Also includes contracts for oil. Unusually clean and crisp for a near 200-year old document, light overall toning, wonderful for framing. (VG). $185.

28242c. (cabinet photo) Gay Head Lighthouse, Martha’s Vineyard c.1893. Fine early view of the light tower and early brick keeper’s dwelling at Gay Head. From a lot of lighthouse cabinet views dated 1893, this professional view measures 5” x 7” and is clear, though moderate foxing, just a bit of edge wear. (VG-). $88.

28102. (souvenir dish) c.1900. Striking piece features a most attractive b/w image of “Sankoty Light, Nantucket" on a large turned up dish. Early piece is fairly large and enhanced by a gilt decoration around the rim. The dish measures 5 ¾” wide by 1 3/8” high. Marked “Made in Germany for C. W. Hooper & Co. Nantucket, Mass.”. Quote clean and bright, this piece will enhance any collection. (F-). $264 set.

2656c. (hand-colored photo) Gay Head Lighthouse, Martha’s Vineyard by David Davidson c.1910-1920. David Davidson (1881-1967)  was the founder of the Davidson Photographic Studios in Providence RI . Davidson went on to become one of the national leaders in hand-colored photography -  his business ranked #2 in total overall sales of hand-colored photographs, with only Wallace Nutting selling more pictures than him. Working most of his career in Providence RI , most Davidson pictures were taken in Rhode Island , Massachusetts , and New England with a limited number were taken in the Western United States and Canada . This rare circa 1910-20 David Davidson hand-colored photo shows the colorful clay seaside cliffs with Gay Head Lighthouse on the bluff. Photo measures 3 ¼” x 4 5/8”  in 5 ½” x 7 ½” original mat and frame. Signed “Gay Head Light – David Davidson”. Very nice bright color, clean on bright mat and original paper-backed frame with David Davidson label. Frame with some wear, loose at joints but fine if glued. (VG). $116 net.

2726x. (stereoview) Oldest House, Built 1686, Nantucket . c.1883. By J. Freeman. Close, clear view shows great detail of Nantucket ’s oldest house. Built as a wedding gift in 1686 for Jethro Coffin and Mary Gardner, it remains the sole surviving structure from the island's original seventeenth-century English settlement. Quite clear, clean, near fine. (F-). $88 net.

21158. [Limited edition print] First Light [ NANTUCKET LIGHTSHIP] by Art Pressman. Fine limited edition color print was created from an original watercolor painting by Nantucket artist Art Pressman. The large print is signed and numbered of 500 copies by the artist and is printed on heavy card stock ready for framing. The print depicts the Nantucket Light Vessel No. 112 on station, where its mournful fog horn and light marked the treacherous Nantucket Shoals. This bright colorful print measures 19” x 24” including a 2 ½” border and shows a detailed view of the port side of the vessel. Mr. Pressman has been painting maritime subjects since the early 1970’s, with his work appearing in museums across the country. This would be a beautiful addition for the lighthouse and lightship enthusiast. Shipped rolled. Light edge wear but will mat out. Numbers available:  #67, 68, 69, 73, 77, 237, 238.  (VG).  $78.  

25377. (lithographed print) The Nantucket Lightship by noted Nantucket artist Marshall DuBock. Print is copyright by Nantucket Lithographers Ltd. c.1977 and measures a full 22" by 34". Marshall DuBock has always been fascinated by the inimitable history, personality, and grace of Nantucket Island . DuBock continued his art education at the Portland School of Fine and Applied Art and in Florence , Italy , and throughout the years has carefully developed a realistic watercolor style that distinguishes him as one of Nantucket Island 's most beloved artists. In 1979 he opened The Nantucket Gallery at 23 Federal Street , which offers original watercolors and signed, limited-edition prints. A year-round resident, the artist continues to combine current visual impressions with years of memories abetted by his extensive knowledge of Island history, and as a result he captures the very spirit of the Island in his watercolor paintings, which are known, collected, and loved all over the country. Print is printed on 80-lb. watercolor paper under the direct supervision of the artist. Please inquire for availability and current pricing. 

 

5203h. (stereoview) Gay Head Lighthouse, Martha’s Vineyard, Mass. c.1880 by R. G. Shute Photographer, Edgartown, Mass. Uncommonly clean and crisp view, providing a clear, close view of the 1856 station high on the clay bluffs with the keeper looking out to sea from the tower gallery. The handsome Gay Head Lighthouse stands in one of the most picturesque locations in New England, atop the 130-foot multicolored clay cliffs at the western shore of Martha's Vineyard . The first lighthouse, a 47-foot octagonal wooden lighthouse was erected on a stone base, along with a wood-frame keeper's house, barn, and oil vault and went into service on November 18, 1799. By 1854 the house and tower leaked to a point where a new brick tower and dwelling were constructed. A first-order Fresnel lens was obtained and installed in the  conical brick lighthouse.  Once again, due to the extreme dampness of the keeper's house, the 1856 brick keeper's house was torn down and replaced by a wooden house in 1902, thus dating this image to pre-1902. View is uncommonly clean and clear, providing a close view of the station buildings. (VG+). $195.

 

6744 [Topographic Maps]. U.S. Geological Survey. 1940 – 1953 edition. Massachusetts Coastline. Sizes from 16 ½” x 21” to 22” x 27”. The scale of the maps are 1:31,680 to 1:24,000, with contour lines at 10-foot intervals. Beautiful, early, three color topographic maps show the important contours and features of the area including the Lighthouses and Life-Saving Stations, Lightships and more, as well as roads and important town buildings, etc. Also includes all roads, railway lines, shoals and bars, and much more. Maps are quite desirable for framing and are overall clean. Include stamp on field of “Library Dept of Geology”. Would be wonderful framed to show the area in great detail. These early coastal maps are most desirable for display and bring a premium, particularly on the Cape and the islands. (VG).

qq-2. Tuckernuck Island Quadrangle. Includes Tuckernuck Island, Muskeget Island, Smith Point, Nantucket. 1940. 16 ½” x 21”. $24.

6744nn,oo. [Topographic Map]. NANTUCKET SIASCONSET QUADRANGLE. U.S. Geological Survey. Siasconset Sheet. 1945 edition, from surveys done in 1943. Size 17”w x 21”h. The scale of the map is 1:31,680, with contour lines at 10-foot intervals. Beautiful five color topographic map shows the important contours and features of the area including the Lighthouses and Coast Guard Stations, as well as roads and important town buildings, etc. This map includes the major part of the Island of Nantucket from the Monomoy Rotary to Surfside beach on the South, and from Sankaty Head to Nantucket Harbor and Coatue Point on the North. Also includes all roads, railway lines, shoals and bars, and much more. Map is quite desirable for framing and is clean and crisp. With only light folds, light soiling to margins, would be wonderful framed. These early coastal maps are most desirable for display and bring a premium, particularly on the Cape and the islands. (VG+).  $88 net.

2401. [Topographic Map]. NANTUCKET QUADRANGLE. U.S. Geological Survey. Nantucket Sheet. 1951 edition, from surveys done in 1943. Size 22”w x 27”h. The scale of the map is 1:24,000, with contour lines at 10-foot intervals. Beautiful five color topographic maps show the important contours and features of the area including the Lighthouses and Coast Guard Stations, as well as roads and important town buildings, etc. This map includes the major part of the Island of Nantucker from Maddaket to Surfside on the  South, and from Eel Point to Nantucket Harbor and Coatue Point on the North. Also includes all roads, railway lines, shoals and bars, and much more. Map is quite desirable for framing and is clean and crisp as original. Nearly as new, would be wonderful framed. These early coastal maps are most desirable for display and bring a premium, particularly on the Cape and the islands. (F-). $48 net.  

 

27474. (souvenir dish) Harbor Lighthouse, Edgartown, Martha’s Vineyard, Mass. c.1900. Lovely scalloped edge dish features a bright, full color image of the pier-head keeper’s house with the lantern room on the roof. A two-story house with a lantern on the roof was built on wooden piles in 1828 for about $4,000, which showed a fixed white light visible for 14 miles. In 1847, a new stone breakwater was built for $4700, replacing the old wooden one and a fourth-order Fresnel lens replaced the old lamps and reflectors in 1856. The dwelling and walkway were repaired many times through the years. The hurricane of September 21, 1938, pretty much finished off the old building. The Coast Guard took over the Lighthouse Service in 1939, and they quickly demolished the dilapidated structure. Dish is bright, a charming piece for your collection, enhanced with a gilded rim. Marked “Made in Germany for Jernigan & Huxford, Edgartown, Mass.” (VG+). $295. 

 

28112. (photo) Metropolitan liner Herman Winter after collision with Steamer Ardandhu off Gay Head, Martha’s Vineyard. Jan 23, 1900. At 3:30AM, January 23rd, while off Robinson's Hole, Vineyard Sound, Ardandhu came into collision with the Metropolitan liner Herman Winter, bound from Boston for New York. Striking amidships, the liners' bow nearly cut Ardandhu in half, with the loss of two crewmen. Resulting from an apparently been a misunderstanding of whistle signals, Ardanhu's watertight compartments kept the vessel from sinking immediately. The Herman Winter stayed in the breach until the freighter settled away as the compartments filled. There was a rush by the crew to get off their stricken vessel and it was thought that all had been saved until a head count revealed the engineer and second officer were missing. The freighter Ardandhu  drifted onto the southwest end of Naushon Island and settled by the stern, the bow sticking out of the water. After accessing that their own vessel was secure Herman Winter started for Vineyard Haven to report the incident. the freighter had slid off the bar on which she stranded and was now lying on an even keel in 60 feet of water, the masts and smokestack breaking the surface. As the wreck lay dangerously close to nearby shipping lanes in was considered a hazard to navigation and destroyed. Image measures 4 ½” x 6 ¾” and is mounted on original 8” x 10” gray mount. Image is clear and close, just a bit light, Only light wear to mound. Rare shipwreck image. (VG). $68.

2815b. (stereoview) Lighthouse and Cliffs, Gay Head, Martha’s Vineyard, Mass c.1880 by R. G. Shute, Edgartown, Mass. View No. 213. Clear early view shows the large brick first order light tower and keeper’s dwelling perched on the high clay cliffs. Built at a cost of $30,000, the 51-foot brick light tower and dwelling shown was completed in 1855 to house the enormous first-order Fresnel lens. View is clear, just a bit distant, overall clean save one area of foxing to upper margin.  (VG). $76.

2815e. (stereoview) Lighthouse and Cliffs, Gay Head, Martha’s Vineyard, Mass c.1880 by R. G. Shute, Edgartown, Mass. View No. 213. Clear early view shows the large brick first order light tower and keeper’s dwelling perched on the high clay cliffs. Built at a cost of $30,000, the 51-foot brick light tower and dwelling shown was completed in 1855 to house the enormous first-order Fresnel lens. View is clear, just a bit distant, overall clean save some sporadic foxing, mostly to back. (VG). $58.

2815a. (stereoview) Lighthouse and Cliffs, Gay Head, Martha’s Vineyard, Mass c.1870 by C. H. Shute & Son, Edgartown, Mass. View No. 213. Yellow mount. Clear early view shows the large brick first order light tower and keeper’s dwelling perched on the high clay cliffs. Built at a cost of $30,000, the 51-foot brick light tower and delling shown was completed in 1855 to house the enormous first-order Fresnel lens. View is clear, just a bit distant, overall only very light soiling, light wear.  (VG-). $76.

2815c. (stereoview) Cliffs from the Lighthouse, Gay Head, Martha’s Vineyard, Mass c.1880 by R. G. Shute, Edgartown, Mass. View No. 223. Clear early view shows the expanse of cliffs upon which is perched the large brick first order light tower and keeper’s dwelling. View is clear, overall clean, one corner chipped.  (VG). $46.

2851. (hand colored photograph) “The Old Mill (1746) Nantucket ” by William W. Coffin. c.1910-1920. Beautiful hand colored photograph taken from the beach as the rollers break on the beach at Surfside, Nantucket . Signed “William W. Coffin” and titled in pencil on the matting under the photo. In recent black frame. Coloring is superb, matting is clean and bright. Photo size is 5” x 7” and frame is 8 ½” x 10 ½”. A wonderful piece of Nantucket memorabilia, a superb Nantucket display piece. (VG+). $328. 

2726r. (stereoview) Sankaty Head Lighthouse, Nantucket. c.1880. By Kilburn Brothers, Littleton, N.H. Close, clear view shows great detail of Nantucket ’s landmark light station on Sankaty Head. Quite clear, only light foxing and a few marks. (VG). $78 net.

2726p. (stereoview) Sankaty Head Lighthouse, Nantucket. c.1880. By J. Freeman. Quite close, clear view shows great detail of Nantucket ’s landmark light station on Sankaty Head. Quite clear, only light foxing and a few marks. (VG-). $78.

2726aa. (stereoview) Sankaty Head Lighthouse, Nantucket. c.1870. By J. Freeman, Nantucket. Close, clear view shows great detail of Nantucket ’s landmark light station on Sankaty Head. Quite clear, only very light soiling and edge wear.  (VG+). $84.

     

2727b. (cabinet photo) Gay Head Lighthouse, Martha's Vineyard c.1884, probably by Chamberlain, Cottage City. A full 5" x 8" clear close view shows the light tower and early brick keeper’s dwelling as throngs of finely dressed Victorian visitors enjoy the area. By far the better views of this light that I have yet come across. Overall clean, clear, bright, a few small spots of foxing, upper corner bent. An exceptional view. (VG). $285.

27476. (souvenir creamer) c.1900. Superb large creamer, featuring a detailed full color image of the Steamer Gay Head off Martha’s Vineyard. This is one of the more striking that I have found, featuring a very pretty and quite detailed full color image of this early passenger vessel serving Martha’s Vineyard and Nantucket areas. The creamer is of a classic style, enhanced by a short spout and handle with beautiful cobalt blue coloration and a very pretty gilt borders and trim. Marked “Made in Germany” This beautiful collector’s piece measures 3 ½”  high x 4” in diameter. This is a wonderful, early commemorative piece, clean and bright, striking. With slight chip and interior glaze crack at rim only. (VG).  $148 net.

  

27460b. (photo) Sankaty Head Lighthouse, Nantucket c.1940’s by Edwin T. Schwarz. Beautiful clear, close professional b/w photograph shows the tall striped tower with attached 1887 keeper’s house. Nice clear view with the lantern room housing the large first order Fresnel lens curtained to protect the lens from the sun. Size 8" x 10". Photo does have one lengthy fold, but this does not affect the image. (VG-). $44.

  

27465. (stereoview) Martha's Vineyard, Oak Bluffs Beach and Arcades c.1880. By S. F. Adams, Oak Bluffs, Mass. Close, clear view shows great detail of beach as finely dressed Victorian visitors enjoy the beach and amusements. Quite clear and clean, choice view. (F-). $78 net.

21429f. (souvenir cup/saucer/mug) c.1900. Most unusual set features Sankaty Head Lighthouse and the  Old Windmill, Nantucket on a large mug and cup/saucer combination. Early set is quite large and enhanced by cobalt blue borders with gilt decoration throughout. Large mug features a detailed b/w image of “Sankaty Light, Siasconset, Mass”. Large cup likewise features a detailed b/w image of the “Old Windmill Built 1746, Nantucket, Mass.” The mug measures 3 5/8” high by 3 ½” in diameter. Mug measures 3 1/8” high by 3 ¼” in diameter. Saucer measures 6 1/8” in diameter. Marked “Germany”. All are clean, a few original manufacturing marks, no chips or cracks. An unusually large, bold set for display and an exceptionally rare form. (VG+). $445 set.

2726m. (stereoview) Oldest House, Built 1686, Nantucket . c.1883. By J. Freeman. Close, clear view shows great detail of Nantucket’s oldest house. Built as a wedding gift in 1686 for Jethro Coffin and Mary Gardner, it remains the sole surviving structure from the island's original seventeenth-century English settlement. Quite clear, only light foxing and wear. (VG). $78 net.

  

27390. (mounted photo) Vineyard Sound Light Vessel No. 41 c.1900. Lightship No. 41 was built at Portland, Maine by : S. Gildersleeve & Sons for a cost of $33,000. She was constructed of white oak & locust; copper & galvanized iron fastened; with a bowsprit; 2 masts with daymarks; stack forward of mainmast; 2 aux. steam boilers. She served on the Vineyard Sound station from 1876-1910, and 1915-1924. Photo measures 3 ¼” square on white 5” square mount. Image is clear and crisp, just a bit distant. Mount has had one fold but it is not visible in the image. Overall only light soiling and wear. (VG-). $78.

25344. Claflin, James W. HISTORIC NANTUCKET LIGHTSHIPS: NEW SOUTH SHOAL 1854-1896 - A History of Nantucket ’s Lightships on New South Shoal. Volume I. Worcester . 2005. 64 p. Soft wraps. Historic Nantucket Lightships: New South Shoal 1854-1896 is one of a continuing series of booklets that tell the story of historic lighthouses, lightships and life-saving stations along the New England Coast . Nantucket Sound and Davis ’s New South Shoals have long been one of the most dangerous areas along the New England coast. By 1908 twelve light-vessels stood guard over this area southeast of Nantucket , more than any other comparable area in the world. With thousands of vessels plying the dangerous waters, the chance of a shipping disaster was always great. Hundreds of shipwrecks did indeed occur off the coast with startling losses. Using descriptive text and a variety of vintage images from private as well as museum collections, we get a rare glimpse into the history of the area and the lives of these dedicated government men and women. Author James Claflin combines an extensively researched text with his exquisite collection of vintage photographs, many previously unpublished, to tell the story of this important piece of history. (M).  $8.95.

Also available in this series:

HISTORIC NANTUCKET LIGHTHOUSES: Sankaty Head, HISTORIC NANTUCKET LIGHTHOUSES: Great Point, HISTORIC NANTUCKET LIGHTHOUSES: Brant Point.

8248. Claflin, James W., LIGHTHOUSES AND LIFESAVING ALONG THE MASSACHUSETTS COAST . 1998. 128p. 200 vintage photographs. Published as part of the Images of America series by Arcadia Publishing. This is the first volume in a series of photographic histories of lighthouses and lifesaving along the coasts of the United States . Arcadia is a well known publisher of local and regional histories, including the popular Images of America series. This compact volume features over 200 early photographs dating from the 1870’s through the 1940’s, drawn from my and other private collections, most never before published. and traces the history of these services through photos and text. (M) $21.99.

     2719. Page, Victor W. MOTOR BOATS AND BOAT MOTORS – Design, Construction, Operation and Repair. New York. 1920. 524p. Marked in pencil on frontis page “P A Evans Malden, Mass. U. S. Lighthouse Service, Nantucket Lt. 1937”. Apparently once the property of one of the light keepers on Nantucket, this early text details all aspects of the construction and operation of early motor boats in use at the time, and indeed used by the Lighthouse Service as well. Subjects include boat classification and types, hull construction and design, motor boat fittings, boat operation and care, popular boat designs, operating principals of boat motors, power plants, installation of power plants, propelling devices, care and repair of motors, seaplanes and flying boats, and more. Filled with photos and diagrams. A must for your maritime library. Intact, spine and hinges professionally repaired, edgewear, contents tight but some staining and soiling from years of use. (VG). $114.

26249. Clark, Admont. LIGHTHOUSES OF CAPE COD, MARTHA’S VINEYARD, NANTUCKET – Their History and Lore. Beverly . 2006. DJ. 244p. With a chapter devoted to each light station, this is surely the most interesting and comprehensive book on the subject. Profusely illustrated with fine early photographs and engravings. The author traces the history of each lighthouse from the beginning, the story of the construction and changes over the years, and of the men and women who lived and worked at the stations. The author’s emphasis on stories of the people who lived and worked in the lighthouses makes this book most enjoyable - readers are infused with a sense of daily life at each lighthouse, while also reading the extraordinary events that make their histories. Wonderful reading and most well done. (F).     Published at $36.95.  Our Price $34.95.

957 m, n, q, s, t, v, x, z, a ,cc. (lightship model kit) Nantucket Lightship No. 112. WAL 534. Again we have found this sought after model kit of the Nantucket Lightship No. 112, by Lindberg Classic Replicas. This kit #717, copyright 1986, is a 1/95 scale replica and one of only a few ever designed of a U. S. light vessel It is also fairly close to HO railroading scale of 1/87. It had its origins as the Pyro kit of the same subject in the late 50s. Lindberg bought the molds and produced the kit for a few years. It has been sought after for many years since going out of production in the late 1980’s. This is complete and unassembled, in as-new condition and is a perfect way to spend the cold days remaining of winter. This is an exceptional find for you lightship enthusiasts as very few were produced and still fewer have survived. (VG+).  $78 net.

957o,p,pp. [lightship model] Nantucket [Relief] Lightship No. 112. WAL 534. Again we have found this sought after model of the Nantucket Lightship No. 112, by Pyro Plastics Corp. c.1967. This replica is one of only a few ever designed of a U. S. light vessel and has been sought after for many years since going out of production in the 1970’s. This is a 1/95th scale model kit and is complete as-new condition and is a perfect way to spend the cold days remaining of winter. This early version is an exceptional find for you lightship enthusiasts as very few were produced and still fewer have survived. (VG+).  $88 net.

25260b. Dodge, Henry Irving. HEROES OF THE LIFE-SAVING SERVICE. Woman’s Home Companion. August 1903. Superb full page article with five portraits detail the heroic rescues of a number of members of the Life-Saving Service. Full page article depicts the heroism of the service by detailing a few notable rescues across the country including Keeper Joshua James in Massachusetts , Keeper N. C. Hayman from the Gay Head Station on Martha’s Vineyard, the Creeds Hill, North Carolina life-saving crew, Keeper W. W. Griesser of the Buffalo station, Rasmus S. Midgett of North Carolina , and more. Excellent article with five portrait illustrations. Clean, full issue, light wear. Great reading. (VG). $58. 

SCENES OF THE SHIPWRECK

'RECREATING HISTORIC SCENES OF NANTUCKET:
PAINTINGS OF THE SHIPWRECK OF THE "H.P. KIRKHAM" IN 1892'. 
A presentation by British artist Rodney Charman, and Maurice Gibbs,
Executive Director of the Nantucket Life-Saving Museum

20230. Farson, Robert H., TWELVE MEN DOWN – Massachusetts Sea Rescues. Yarmouth Port. 2000. 246p. 191 photos and illustrations. In Colonial Days Massachusetts turned to the sea for her livelihood. With the growth of coastal and deepwater fleets, many trips ended in disaster. The loss of life was so great that in the late 1700’s the Massachusetts Humane Society was formed. Their work up to World War II, and the work of its successor the U. S. Life-Saving Service, are detailed in this wonderful new work. From Martha’s Vineyard and Cuttyhunk, to Nantucket, Cape Cod and up the coast to Salisbury Beach , there were small stations with surfboats and breeches buoy apparatus. This is a book about rescues near the coast by men who rowed small boats into mountainous waves, many in bitterly cold weather. Thousands of sailors were saved by these intrepid men and their story of selfless dedication comes alive in Mr. Farson’s work. Nicely illustrated with numerous vintage photographs. (M). (Published at $36.)  Special Purchase Price  $24.95.

22233. McCalley, John W. NANTUCKET THEN AND NOW. New York . 1981. 164. Soft wraps. This Dover publication magnificently captures Nantucket as it was in the 19th Century through the use of over 100 rare photographic views, each compaired with recent views from the same vantage point.  Especially interesting are the views of the the homesteads and street scenes. The harbor and shipping, Surfside Life-Saving Station, Brant Point Lighthouse and station, Sankaty Head Light, views of the hotel era, and much more. (M).  $14.95.

26277. Hine, C. G. THE STORY OF MARTHA'S VINEYARD : From the Lips of Its Inhabitants, Newspaper Files and Those Who Have Visited Its Shores, Including Stray Notes on Local History and Industries. New York . 1908. 224 p. History collected and arranged by C. G. Hine. Profusely illustrated by C. G. Hine and Thomas A. Hine with over 125 wonderful photographs in-text. Publisher’s decorative gray cloth covered boards depicting the Vineyard and several small sail boats on a blue sea beneath a cloud streaked blue sky. Frontispiece, two page folding map tipped into front. Excellent early history includes: Early Voyages and First Owners; Edgartown; Oak Bluffs; Camp Meeting Grounds; Vineyard Haven; Holmes Hole; Prospect Hill; West Tisbury; Chilmark; Gay Head; more. Book is in very good condition, intact, pages are clean, bright, & unmarked. Solid & clean binding, name and date written in old ink on front pastedown. Minor wear to head & heel of spine, corners of boards are worn, a couple small areas of wear to edges. Quite scarce, this has become most desirable for reading and reference. (VG). $185.

25260b. Dodge, Henry Irving. HEROES OF THE LIFE-SAVING SERVICE. Woman’s Home Companion. August 1903. Superb full page article with five portraits detail the heroic rescues of a number of members of the Life-Saving Service. Full page article depicts the heroism of the service by detailing a few notable rescues across the country including Keeper Joshua James in Massachusetts, Keeper N. C. Hayman from the Gay Head Station on Martha’s Vineyard, the Creeds Hill, North Carolina life-saving crew, Keeper W. W. Griesser of the Buffalo station, Rasmus S. Midgett of North Carolina, and more. Excellent article with five portrait illustrations. Clean, crisp, full issue, great reading. (VG+).  $68.

23221. Crosby, Everett U. NANTUCKET IN PRINT. Nantucket . 1946. 225 p. Scarce first edition of this bibliography of Nantucket Island references. The author accomplishes three goals herein: To set forth in condensed form what is known about the earliest discovery and naming of the island; to publish a reprinting of all the earliest descriptive writings of the island; and the bringing to publication a bibliography of Nantucket . Excellent reference as well as most interesting reading about this “ Far Away Place ”. Unusually clean and tight, quite rare in this early form. (F-).  $148 net.

21509f,g,i. na. U. S. LIGHTHOUSE SERVICE. Fortune Magazine January 1937. Pp. 61-69, 126-132. Lengthy, large folio illustrated article details the men and equipment of today’s Lighthouse Service. Wonderfully illustrated with photographs, paintings and diagrams including a large full page diagram of the Nantucket LV No. 112  illustrating its construction, equipment and operation. Other photos include quartermaster at the wheel of the Lighthouse Tender Spruce, lens apparatus, buoys and more. Most interesting and detailed article. Full issue. (VG+). $64.

22316. Anthony, Richard H., NANTUCKET LIGHTSHIP – This Offshore Guardian of Our Coast Is the World’s Most Exposed Light vessel. Yachting Magazine. August 1937. Pp. 80-84. Excellent article chronicles the life of the crew aboard this famous beacon. With 6 close interior and exterior views including a great view of the brass lighthouse bow insignia on the tender Anemone. Disbound. (VG).  $54.

21237. na. NANTUCKET LIGHTSHIP FEATURES MASTHEAD LANTERNS  OF ALUMINUM. nd. c.1936. ¼-page disbound article details the recently constructed LV-112 manufactured by the Pusey Jones Shipyard. Article noted that these new lanterns are 325 pounds lighter than those formerly used, which means greater stability in rough weather. Includes photo of the vessel. (VG).   $16.

Nantucket Light Vessel LV-112 Model. BlueJacket Ship Crafters has been recognized as one of the premier model manufacturers and builders since their opening in 1905. Continuing in this fine tradition, they have made available to us a professionally built, 19”,  1/8” scale model of the famous Nantucket Light Vessel No. 112. Before the era of modern aids to navigation, lightships played a crucial role and none more than those on the dreaded Nantucket Shoals. This area of the coastline boasted more light vessels over the years than any other coastline in the world. The ‘112 was built in 1936 following a collision with her predecessor LV-117 in 1934 by the British liner SS Olympic. Our model shows her as launched, with a tall stack for her steam boiler, steel pilot house and two masts with 500mm lanterns and lantern galleries. This professionally built and painted model includes more than 200 cast fittings and brass items, miniature chain, rigging and more. This model will add grace and charm to any office, den or family room and will become a valuable heirloom in years to come. #22199 Kit only $289. 

9294. na. NANTUCKET LIFE-SAVING MUSEUM . pp. 23-25 Historic Nantucket . July 1972. Nantucket Historical Association. Full issue, soft wraps. Nice article describing the “new” Nantucket Life-Saving Museum and its formation, with a bit of history of Nantucket ’s four life-saving stations. Includes two wonderful photographs of the original Surfside station, and a cover image of Captain [Keeper] Joseph Winslow posing at the Surfside station in the Services’ new gutta-percha life-saving suit, which failed to gain popularity. Includes a number of other interesting historical Nantucket articles. (VG).  $14.

Commemorative Coast Guard, Lighthouse and Lightship Covers

Commemorative envelopes, each addressed and stamped and postmarked on the commissioning day and first day on station, or from Officer in Charge, and with the return address of the light station or vessel commanding officer. Covers clean, crisp, and are important Coast Guard and light vessel collector’s items:

22361j. USCG Lightship Nantucket 2 WLV 613, Commanding Officer. Postmarked April 19, 1980.  $22

22361k. USCG Lightship Relief WLV 613, Commanding Officer. Postmarked April 28, 1979.  $22

22361p. USCG Nantucket Lightship WLV 612, Includes cashet of Plymouth Lighthouse. Postmarked October 31, 1981. $12

22361q. USCG Nantucket Lightship WLV 612, Includes cashet of Port of Boston. Postmarked October 31, 1981. $12

22361r. USCG Nantucket Lightship WLV 613. Postmarked June 13, 1981  $12

L-136a,b,c. USCG Lightship Relief WLV 613, Commanding Officer. Postmarked April 28, 1979. With various light vessel cachets, etc.  $18

L-136d,e,f,g,h,I,j,k,l,m. USCG Lightship Nantucket 2 WLV 613, Commanding Officer. Postmarked April 19, 1980. With various light vessel cachets, etc.   $18

L-136o. Decommissioning USCG Lightship Nantucket 2 WLV 613. Postmarked October 18, 1984. With light vessel cachet.  $18

27290. (stereoview) Massachusetts Humane Society Boathouse, Oak Bluffs, Martha’s Vineyard, Mass. c.1870’s by S. F. Adams, Oak Bluffs, Mass. Early view shows what we believe to be a boathouse of the Massachusetts Humane Society at Oak Bluffs. The building is not labeled but inside can be clearly seen a lifeboat behind the two chairs. In the background can be seen a schooner’s masts at the wharf. Clean clear view on yellow mount. Unusually nice early view. (VG+). $144. 

  

2726g. (stereoview) Nantucket, Massachusetts. View from South Tower Looking North . c.1870’s. By J. Freeman. Great view from the South Church tower looking North with the town and beach in the distance. View is clear, just a hint of soiling and very light wear. (VG+). $44 net.

2726g,w. (stereoview) Nantucket, Massachusetts. View from South Tower Looking North . c.1873. By J. Freeman. Great view from the South Church tower looking North with the town and beach in the distance. View is clear, just a hint of soiling and very light wear. (VG+).  $44 net.

2726h. (stereoview) Nantucket, Massachusetts. School of Blackfish on the beach. c.1870’s. By J. Freeman. Good view of residents and fishermen examining a beach school of blackfish. View is clear, just a hint of foxing and a bit of light wear to the mount in places. Only very light soiling and edge wear. (VG).  $54 net.

2726o. (stereoview) Nantucket, Massachusetts. School of Blackfish on the beach. c.1870’s. By J. Freeman. Good view of residents and fishermen examining a beach school of blackfish. View is clear, just a hint of foxing and a bit of light wear to the mount in places. Clean, crisp, near fine. (F-).  $68 net.

    

2780a. (cabinet photo) Schooner Newburgh Ashore in Vineyard Haven, Martha’s Vineyard November 27, 1898. Rare view shows the schooner Newburgh driven half way through the Vineyard Haven wharf following the great hurricane of 1898. Many nameless storms have ravaged the New England coast leaving in their wake untold tales of misery and destruction. One of the worst was the Portland Gale of November 26-27, 1898. Named after the steamer Portland that sank with nearly 200 persons aboard, this two-day Hurricane caused more damage to shipping in New England, than any other in history. Over 130 vessels were lost, 26 in Vineyard Haven Harbor alone. Photo is by Richard G. Shute of Edgartown and measures 5 ¼” x 8 ½”. Image is close and clear, with some paper loss along the center line and moderate foxing and spotting. Still, excellent detail in this rare view and could be conserved. (G+).  $85.

 

J-53. [water color] Original w/c painting Great Round Shoal Light Vessel No. 86 [1913] Superb original water color shows the Great Round Shoals Light Vessel No. 86 at anchor on station off Nantucket, Massachusetts. Nice depiction of this early coal fired vessel, with great detail of the vessel and its equipment as she rolls in the choppy seas. Painting measures 13” x 26” and is professionally matted and framed to 18" x 31". Painting is signed in lower left corner "I. N. Cory 12-17-1913." Condition is excellent, perfect you museum or collector. $875 net

9128f. na. WINTER ON THE ATLANTIC COAST. Life Magazine. January 27, 1947. Wonderful 11-page article describes in photographs and text the Atlantic coast in winter and the new importance that it’s 208 lighthouses take on each season. Included is a full front cover view of Nantucket’s Sankaty Head Light and keeper’s dwelling. Also included are the lighthouses at Cape Henry, Portland, Bodie Island, Cape Hatteras, Tybee Island, Cape Lookout, Jupiter Inlet, and a full 2-page view of the iron lighthouse on Hog Island, Virginia including the broken dwellings that once housed the keepers there. Full issue, clean, crisp, little wear. (VG+).  $34.

  

27241. (souvenir dish) Gay Head Lighthouse and Cliffs, Cottage City, Martha’s Vineyard, Mass. c.1900. A bright, gilt  decorated commemorative dish in white,  features a large, detailed, clear full color image of the high light tower and the early, long brick keeper’s dwelling at Gay Head Cliffs. This superb piece measures  5” in diameter with upturned edges, brightly decorated with a gilt rim, with beautiful coloration to the image. Marked "Made in Germany for F. A. Marshall, Cottage City, Mass." Very clean, no cracks or checks, no wear. A very detailed, pretty little item for your display, unusually attractive piece. (VG+). $248

27130. (commemorative plate) An exceptionally rare, bright, gilt decorated and edged commemorative plate featuring a beautiful clear, detailed color image of the “Gay Head Lights and Cliffs, Cottage City”, Martha’s Vineyard. c. 1900. One of only a few of this light that I have had, this fairly large plate has a large 3 ¼” full color image on white of the tall brick light tower and keeper’s dwelling, and out buildings on the eroding clay cliffs. This pretty display piece measures 7” in diameter and is enhanced by a decorative scalloped gilded decoration around the edge. Nice detailed image on the bright white china make a good contrast on this rare item. Marked “Made in Germany for F. A. Marshall, Cottage Ciry, Mass.” Quite clean, bright, little if any wear, a beautiful display piece. (F-).  $184.

 

2725. (souvenir photo) Sankaty Head Lighthouse, Nantucket, Mass. c.1890. Unusual Victorian photo was probably once the cover for a Victorian booklet or album. Early circular photo shows a good view of Sankaty Head Lighthouse and keeper’s house and measures 3 3/8” in diameter. Photo is mounted on a 4” x 6 ½” decorative stock that has two punched holes, indicating that it was probably once bound with string or ribbon. It is a lovely piece but has become so brittle with age that it has numerous cracks. It has been mounted to card stock to keep it together but is still quite presentable. Without the damage this would be a $200 piece. Would look striking framed. (G). $78.

 

2729. (stereoview) Fisherman’s Cottage, Seasconset, Nantucket . c.1880. By Kilburn Brothers. Close, clear view shows great detail of a Nantucket fisherman’s well kept cottage in the Seasconset area of the island. Quite clear and bright, only light foxing and edge wear, superb view. (VG+). $124 net.

2726f. (stereoview) Oldest House, Built 1686, Nantucket . c.1880. By J. Freeman. Not quite as close, clear view shows great detail of Nantucket’s oldest house, out buildings and path that leads up to it. Built as a wedding gift in 1686 for Jethro Coffin and Mary Gardner, it remains the sole surviving structure from the island's original seventeenth-century English settlement. Quite clear, only light foxing and edge wear. (VG). $64 net.

  2726b. (stereoview) Old Mill Built in 1746, Nantucket . c.1880. By J. Freeman. Close, clear view shows great detail of Nantucket’s still surviving “smock mill”. Built in 1746 by Nathan Wilbur, a Nantucket sailor who had spent time in Holland, the "Old Mill" is the oldest functioning mill in the country. Quite clear, only light foxing and edge wear. (VG). $78 net.

2782. (souvenir creamer) c.1900. Superb bright souvenir creamer featuring a bold, bright image of “West Chop Light [House], Vineyard Haven, Mass” Close, bright image shows the 1 ½-stork keeper’s dwelling and lighthouse tower from the roadway. Large hand painted image, the nicest I have yet found, is highlighted by gilded border and rim. . Creamer measures 2 ½” in diameter by 2 ½” high and is marked “Made in Germany for L. E. Briggs, Vineyard Haven, Mass.” Rare Martha’s Vineyard piece. (F-). $245.

2782b. (souvenir creamer) c.1900. Superb bright souvenir creamer featuring a bold, bright image of “West Chop Light [House], Vineyard Haven, Mass” Close, bright image shows the 1 ½-stork keeper’s dwelling and lighthouse tower from the roadway. Large hand painted image, the nicest I have yet found, is highlighted by gilded border and rim. . Creamer measures 2 ¼” in diameter by 3 5/8” high and is marked “Made in Germany for L. E. Briggs, Vineyard Haven, Mass.” Rare Martha’s Vineyard piece. (F-). $265.

2777. (souvenir vase) c.1900. An unusual, bold, bright cobalt blue and yellow commemorative vase featuring a fine b/w image of the “East Chop Light [house], Oak Bluffs, Mass.”. This unusual item is quite attractive and bears a fine, detailed, b/w 1 ½-stork keeper’s dwelling, lighthouse tower and out-buildings from across the roadway. Vase is quite bright and distinctive, and  measures 4 ¾” high by 3 5/8” wide and is enhanced by distinctive ornate handles on each side, and by a bit of a decorative gilt trim on the handle and around the image and rim. Marked “ Germany ”. Clean, no cracks or checks, a very detailed, pretty piece for your display, unusual coloration. (VG+).                    $224 net.

 

22546. (souvenir mug) c.1900. Martha’s Vineyard. An unusual, bright commemorative mug featuring three beautiful, detailed color images of the "Gay Head Lighthouse, West Chop Lighthouse, National Bank." This early commemorative mug is bright, and intricately decorated in full color. Mug measures 3" high by 3" diameter, and is enhanced by a decorative brown trim and creme colored cup body. Clean, no cracks or checks, quite sturdy and dramatic. A pretty little item for your display of a rarely seen area.  The photos speak for them selves. (VG+). $228 net.

 

6744x,z. [Topographic Plate]. COAST LINES: PART OF NANTUCKET MASS. US Geological Survey. c.1908. Size 10”h x 16”. Double page plate from early report. Beautiful, early, three color topographic map shows the important contours and features of the area including the Lighthouses and Life-Saving Stations, as well as roads, harbor and important features. This map includes most of the island, from Miacomet Pond and Reed Pond east and north and south to the extremity. U. S. Life-Saving Stations include Surfside, Muskeget, Coskata and Madaket. Lighthouses include Bug Lights, Brant Point Light, Great Point Light and Sankaty Head Light. Also includes harbor, shoals and bars, and much more. Plate is quite desirable for framing. Unusually clean and crisp, a beautiful piece. These early coastal maps are most desirable for display and bring a premium, particularly on the Cape and the islands. (F).  $118 net.

 

6744r,v. [Topographic Plate]. COAST LINES: PART OF MARTHA'S VINEYARD MASS. US Geological Survey. c.1908. Size 10”h x 16”. Double page plate from early report. Beautiful, early, three color topographic map shows the important contours and features of the area including the Lighthouses and Life-Saving Stations, as well as roads, harbor and important features. This map includes most of the island, from Chilmark Pond and Lamberts Cove east to Oak Bluffs to the northeast and Cape Pogue to the east.  Lighthouses include Cape Pogue Light and  Edgartown Light. Also includes harbors, shoals and bars, and much more. Plate is quite desirable for framing. Unusually clean and crisp, a beautiful piece. These early coastal maps are most desirable for display and bring a premium, particularly on the Cape and the islands. (F).   $118 net.

26190b. (stereoview) Nantucket, Massachusetts. View looking up Orange Street . c.1870’s. By J. Freeman. Good view from just above the Unitarian Church of the beginning of Orange Street. The first house in the view is #13 and was the Philip H. Folger house.  Folger  then built the five contiguous houses seen in the view and they are possibly the only row houses on Nantucket. This area was known as "Philip's Block”. View is clear but somewhat faded, just a hint of foxing and a bit of light wear to the mount in places. (VG-). $44 net.  

 26100. (framed photograph) Succonnessett Light Ship No. 6. Light Ship No. 6 was built in 1855 at Somerset, Mass. She was oak framed and planked, 2 masts with a single daymark at the masthead. She was 80 feet long and was schooner rigged. Her lighting apparatus consisted of a single lantern on the mainmast, 8 oil lamps w/reflectors. During her career she served on Succonnesset Shoal (MA) 1862-1912:, 1912-1915: Relief (MA), Cross Rip (MA) 1915-1918. On February 4, 1918, she lost her anchor in a severe storm and went adrift trapped in pack ice. She was reported drifting slowly eastward in moving ice and on February 5 was sighted by the keeper of Great Point Lighthouse still trapped in heavy ice east of the Great Round Shoal lightship. The Lighthouse Tender AZALEA, Relief LV 90, and naval vessels were dispatched to the area to search but nothing found. She was lost with 6 men aboard. In 1933 the Government dredge W L MARSHALL found parts of frame, planking and windlass believed to be from LV 6. Photo is a large, b/w measuring 11” x 14” and is mounted on mat and framed to 16” x 18 ½”. Below the photo typed description is mounted below the photo. Close, clear view. Presentable with some cleaning, or would be striking if re-matted and framed. (VG-). $235.

 

2696. (painting) John W. Hutchinson Jr. (1940-). HANDKERCHIEF SHOAL LIGHTSHIP NO. 4. c.1987. #547. This is an authentic, signed original water color on artist’s board by Chatham and Cape Ann’s own artist, John Hutchinson. This bright rendition measures 6 inches by 9 inches, framed to 14" x 17" and is signed in the bottom right hand corner by the artist. Light Vessel No. 4 was built in 1855 and served on Handkerchief Shoal at the entrance to Nantucket Sound from 1858 until 1916. “Hutch” has lived for years in Salem on Massachusetts' North Shore and summers at a lovely spot near Chatham Lighthouse on the elbow of Cape Cod. He has become well known for his maritime and pilot boat views, as well as salt marsh and general coastal. Now nearing his sixties Hutch still paints with vengeance. Today John Hutchinson is one of Massachusetts’ best known artists his works have been sold all over the east. Wonderful, bright, in a mat and old frame but could use re-framing. (F).  $248 net. 

2656. (hand-colored photo) Gay Head Lighthouse, Martha’s Vineyard by David Davidson c.1910-1920. David Davidson (1881-1967)  was the founder of the Davidson Photographic Studios in Providence RI. Davidson went on to become one of the national leaders in hand-colored photography -  his business ranked #2 in total overall sales of hand-colored photographs, with only Wallace Nutting selling more pictures than him. Working most of his career in Providence RI, most Davidson pictures were taken in Rhode Island, Massachusetts, and New England with a limited number were taken in the Western United States and Canada. This rare circa 1910-20 David Davidson hand-colored photo shows the colorful clay seaside cliffs with Gay Head Lighthouse on the bluff. Photo measures 7 ½” x 9 ½” in 14” x 17 original mat and frame. Signed “Gay Head Light – David Davidson”. Very nice bright color, clean on bright mat and original paper-backed frame. For more information on Davidson’s work,  see http://www.wnutting.com/nuttinglikepictures/bios-wnlikes/davidson.html (VG). $186 net.

 

2656b. (hand-colored photo, smaller version) Gay Head Lighthouse, Martha’s Vineyard by David Davidson c.1910-1920. David Davidson (1881-1967)  was the founder of the Davidson Photographic Studios in Providence RI . Davidson went on to become one of the national leaders in hand-colored photography -  his business ranked #2 in total overall sales of hand-colored photographs, with only Wallace Nutting selling more pictures than him. Working most of his career in Providence RI , most Davidson pictures were taken in Rhode Island , Massachusetts , and New England with a limited number were taken in the Western United States and Canada . This rare circa 1910-20 David Davidson hand-colored photo shows the colorful clay seaside cliffs with Gay Head Lighthouse on the bluff. Photo measures 4 ½” x 6 ½” in 7 ½” x 9 ½” original mat and frame. Signed “Gay Head Light – David Davidson”. Very nice bright color mat and original paper-backed frame, some soiling, needs light cleaning. For more information on Davidson’s work,  see http://www.wnutting.com/nuttinglikepictures/bios-wnlikes/davidson.html (VG). $146 net.

     

24412b. (stereoview) Wauwinet House,  Nantucket . c.1880. By J. Freeman. Fine clear view from the pier of the Wauwinet House, where from the mid-1800s, when The Wauwinet House first opened, guests arrived by boat to enjoy the restaurant’s “shore dinners” and its sweeping views of Nantucket Bay. Quite clean and clear. (VG+).  $78 net.

24412a. (stereoview) “Hermit of Quidnet”, Nantucket. c.1880. By J. Freeman. “…Fred Parker was something of a celebrity even in the 1800s. Fred Parker had been a carpenter in town, pursuing his business in a shop on South Water Street. He made the decision sometime around the age of 60 to retire from the hubbub of humanity and live alone in a slightly ramshackle dwelling in quiet Quidnet. He was a man of intelligence and possessed a large stock of general information. He read constantly and on his death a fair-sized collection of his notes and observations was found; it was even said that he’d intended to write a book….” (excerpted from Hermits, Asylums, & Suppression of Vice by Mary Miles).  This is a fine clear view of Mr. Parker relaxing at his home. Quite clean and clear. (VG+).  $96 net.  

25303. (stereoview) Broadway, Siasconset,  Nantucket . c.1879. By J. Freeman. Clear view of homes and dirt roadway in this fishing village on Nantucket. Clear. Close, with moderate foxing and corner wear. (G+).  $34 net.

 

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