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All of our Arcadia Publishing Company Lighthouse, Life-Saving Service and Coast Guard titles in stock, dated 2015 or earlier are 30% off suggested retail price.  No other discounts may apply.

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8109-105. [set flag and commissioning pennant set] U. S.  Coast Guard c.1915-1953.  Original set includes official U. S. Coast Guard Ensign size #5 (15” h x 27”w) and Commissioning Pennant 50” for use on small and medium size craft. Ensign manufactured for Coast Guard has not been flown, with no wear, in near fine condition. Field consists of vertical red/white stripes, with Coast Guard shield on crossed anchors overlaying on the right portion, with the words “Semper Paratus”. Top left corner is white with  U. S.  eagle and shield, with an arc of 13 stars above. Stamped on hem is “C.G. Ensign No. 5”, and “American Flag Co.”. Accompanying is an official U. S. Coast Guard Commissioning Pennant No. 7 (2 ” h x 50”w) was flown from the mast-head on commissioning and is fresh, as new, never been flown. Field consists of 16 vertical red/white stripes, with 13 printed on blue stars on white field at the head. Pennant is clean and crisp and has never been flown. Fresh, clean, extremely rare, this is a wonderful item for your display and quite difficult to get these original pennants. Wonderful set for your display and quite difficult to get in such fine condition. Superb condition, as new, never flown, only a few very small pinholes from mothing. As nice as you will find. (F-). $375.

 

8109-104. [flag] U. S.  Coast Guard Ensign. c.1915-1953.  Official  U.  S. Coast Guard Ensign size #4 (30” h x 48”w) for use on small and medium size craft. Ensign manufactured for Coast Guard has been flown only a few times. Made of all wool bunting. Field consists of vertical red/white stripes, with Coast Guard shield on crossed anchors overlaying on the right portion, with the words “Semper Paratus”. Top left corner is white with  U. S.  eagle and shield, with an arc of 13 stars above. Manufactured by “Annin High Grade All Wool Bunting.”. Wonderful earliest of the Coast Guard ensigns for your display and quite difficult to get in this early design. Good condition, no fraying, only light soiling from light use, small ½” tear at hoist hem, some very small holes from mothing. Colors still bright. (VG+).  $228.

17106. Bennett, Robert F. Life-Saving Along the Coast 1848-1871. Its New Jersey Beginnings and How it Expanded. 2003. Ocean County Historical Society. This rare text combines two works by Captain Robert F. Bennett. The first is a reprint of the long out of print SURFBOATS, ROCKETS, AND CARRONADES. (GPO. 1976. 98p). Written before the resurgence of interest in the origins of the Life-Saving Service, Surfboats, Rockets, And Carronades  traces the little known origins, successes and failures of the earliest federal efforts in lifesaving along the coasts. During the years from 1848 through 1870 volunteer efforts of private citizens saved countless thousands of lives from shipwreck. To help them, they had only native experience, abundant courage, and some token federal assistance in the form of … SURFBOATS, ROCKETS, AND CARRONADES. The second, An Appropriation of a Very Unusual Kind – A Documentary History of the Origins of the U.S. Life-Saving Service, is a carefully researched chronological presentation of official correspondence and documents relating to the funding and creation of the early life-saving stations. This compilation discloses the tools and equipment provided by the Federal government as well as early station keepers and other important officials connected with the Life-Saving Service during its development from 1848 to 1871. Excellent early information – well worth the price. (VG+). $125.

2126b. [flag] U. S. Coast Guard Rear Admiral (upper half) Flag or Ensign c.1916-1966. Official U. S. Coast Guard Rear Admiral Flag size #6  (42” h x 63”w) for use on vessels when the Admiral was on board. Ensign was manufactured for the Coast Guard use and is still fresh with light use. Made of 100% nylon with sewn on pattern. Pattern consists of a field of blue with Coast Guard shield on crossed anchors overlaying on the center portion, without the words “Semper Paratus” [1966-date], flanked by two white stars. Manufacturer not marked. Marked “ U.S. Coast Guard Rear Admiral No. 6”. Coast Guard personal flags are used according to the same rules followed by the Navy, serving as a distinctive mark in lieu of the commission pennant when a flag officer is on board a ship. Today the Commandant of the Coast Guard flies a flag similar to that of the Chief of Naval Operations, but with the Coast Guard seal in full color replacing the Navy's eagle and anchor. Today the Commandant is the Coast Guard's only full admiral. Before 1979, Commandants simply flew the flag appropriate to their rank, up to a four star version similar to the Navy full admiral's flag with the Coast Guard emblem in the center in white. When displayed in the bow of a boat, the staff would be ornamented with a spread eagle finial. Wonderful for your display and quite difficult to get any early Admiral flags. Overall clean, perfect for display. (VG+). $135.

6332-75. Light-House Board. LIST OF BEACONS, BUOYS, MONUMENTS, AND OTHER DAY-MARKS IN THE FIRST LIGHT-HOUSE DISTRICT…SEACOASTS, BAYS, HARBORS, AND RIVERS FROM THE NORTHEAST BOUNDARY OF THE UNITED STATES TO HAMPTON HARBOR , NEW HAMPSHIRE. Corrected to December, 1858. Wash. 62pp. As original without wraps. Generally clean, tight, light staining to margins. Includes a wealth of early information including descriptions and colors or aids, locations, light characteristics, fog signals, sailing directions, and more. Very difficult to find these early lists. (VG). $68.

17105. (DVD) America’s Forgotten Heroine – Ida Lewis Keeper of the Light. 46min. Goodnight Irene Productions. 2014. Ida Zoradia Lewis lived and died while tending the light on a small outcropping of Lime Rock in Newport (R.I.) Harbor from 1857 to 1911, saving the lives of more than 25 people – and a prize sheep – from certain peril. This first DVD on her life tells the dramatic story of one of this country’s most famous lighthouse keepers, and one of the bravest women in American maritime history. This historical documentary provides an intimate portrayal of Ida Lewis from age 15 to 69. It resurrects her story of both fame and isolation, the impact she inadvertently had on the early women’s rights movement, and the passion and moral fiber she intrinsically brought to her work as a lighthouse keeper and unlikely heroine.  Narrated by Marilyn Murphy Meardon as the elder Ida, the documentary is shot in HD and includes compelling interviews -- including with Ida biographer Lenore Skomal -- animation of Ida’s dramatic rescues, and historical photographs and illustrations. This film renews the national memory of Ida Lewis and returns her to her rightful place in American maritime history. (M). $26.95. (x)

 

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SR-537. GLASS FRESNEL BUOY or DRUM LENS CLEAR. Beautiful clear glass Fresnel drum lens for use in lamps and other Lighthouse Service and Coast Guard buoy / aid to navigation lantern lamps and lanterns, etc. This style of lens was used in smaller beacons and lights, as well as in numerous buoys and navigational lights using acetylene burners, electric, etc. The lens measures outside rim diameter of 8 3/16”, inside diameter range from 7 ½” – 7 11/16” and height of 7”. Lens is one piece, prism completely intact, clean, only one slight chips, part number engraved on prism (date 1986). A great piece, perfect to repair your  lamp or for use in your own lighthouse or for display. Weight about 7 lbs. (VG+). $220.

SR-538. QUALITY CLEAR GLASS 200mm DIRECTIONAL FRESNEL BUOY or DRUM LENS. Beautiful clear glass Fresnel drum lens for use in Lighthouse Service and Coast Guard buoy / aid to navigation lantern lamps and lanterns, etc. This style of lens was used in smaller beacons and lights, as well as in numerous buoys and navigational lights using acetylene burners. The lens is a combination directional lens (200mm). These were specialty lenses used to focus a light source in a degree spectrum. (note the vertical bars in the glass, inside of lens). The standard horizontal portion of the lens sends out a light beam in all directions around the horizon, providing a 360 degree disc of light. The interior vertical prisms intensify the light and cause the light to form one very bright spots of light that can be aligned in a specific direction. Thus you have a 360 disc of light around the horizon with a very bright spot of light sent to some specific point on the horizon. These were very similar to what the British called sector lights, intended to light a specific sector or rock while also covering the horizon. The lens measures approximately 200mm inside diameter or 8 ¼” rim od, 7 ¼” – 7 ¾” id, 7” high. May be by Corning although not marked. Lens is one piece, prism completely intact, 8-10 small chips. In good condition, needs a good cleaning. A great piece, perfect to repair your lamp or for use in your own lighthouse or for display. A rare style. Weight about 8 lbs. (VG+). $225.

SR-539. GLASS FRESNEL BUOY or DRUM LENS CLEAR. Beautiful clear glass Fresnel drum lens for use in lamps and other Lighthouse Service and Coast Guard buoy / aid to navigation lantern lamps and lanterns, etc. This style of lens was used in smaller beacons and lights, as well as in numerous buoys and navigational lights using acetylene burners, electric, etc. The lens measures outside rim diameter of 8”, inside diameter range from 7” – 7 3/8” and height of 6 ½”. Lens is one piece, prism completely intact, clean, no significant  chips. A great piece, perfect to repair your  lamp or for use in your own lighthouse or for display. Weight about 7 lbs. (VG+). $180.

SR-540. GLASS FRESNEL BUOY or DRUM LENS CLEAR. Beautiful clear glass Fresnel drum lens for use in lamps and other Lighthouse Service and Coast Guard buoy / aid to navigation lantern lamps and lanterns, etc. This style of lens was used in smaller beacons and lights, as well as in numerous buoys and navigational lights using acetylene burners, electric, etc. The lens measures outside rim diameter of 8”, inside diameter range from 7” – 7 3/8” and height of 6 3/8”. Lens is one piece, prism completely intact, clean, only one very slight chip. A great piece, perfect to repair your  lamp or for use in your own lighthouse or for display. Weight about 7 lbs. (VG+). $180.

2640-10. GLASS FRESNEL BUOY or DRUM LENS CLEAR. Clear glass Fresnel drum lens for use in lamps and other Lighthouse Service and Coast Guard buoy / aid to navigation lantern lamps and lanterns, etc. This style of lens was used in smaller beacons and lights, as well as in numerous buoys and navigational lights using acetylene burners, electric, etc. The lens measures outside rim diameter of 8 1/16” – 8 3/16”, inside diameter range from 7 7/8” – 7 11/16” and height of 6 15/16”. Lens is one piece, prism completely intact, clean, 2-3 chips. Inside had a clear coating at one time that has yellowed and crazed. May be able to clean off. A good piece to repair your lamp or for use in your own lighthouse or for display. Weight about 7 lbs. (VG-). $85.

2640-8. GLASS FRESNEL BUOY or DRUM LENS CLEAR. Beautiful clear glass Fresnel drum lens for use in lamps and other Lighthouse Service and Coast Guard buoy / aid to navigation lantern lamps and lanterns, etc. This style of lens was used in smaller beacons and lights, etc. The lens measures outside rim diameter of 5 1/16” – 5 3/16”, inside diameter range from 4 3/8” – 4 5/8” and height of 5 ¼”. Lens is one piece, prism completely intact, clean, only 2 slight chips. A beautiful piece, perfect to repair your  lamp or for use in your own lighthouse or for display. (VG+). $95.

 

2640-9. GLASS FRESNEL BUOY or DRUM LENS BLUE c.WWII. Beautiful blue glass Fresnel drum lens for use in lamps and other lanterns, etc. (see below). The lens measures outside rim diameter of 5 1/8” – 5 ¼”, inside diameter range from 4 3/8” – 4 5/8” and height of 5 ¼”. Lens is one piece, prism completely intact, clean, no chips, new old stock. This lens may have been made for ELCO MOTOR TORPEDO BOATS PT 565-624 (80-Foot) for the UNITED STATES NAVY during WWII. Lens is marked “9S 4072-L” and “GTG Co.” A look at the Historic Naval Ships Association's web site, which posts the manual titled Detail and Special Specifications For Building Motor Torpedo Boats PT 565-624 (80-Foot) for the United States Navy, Bureau Of Ships, Navy Department. 31 March 1944, shows a lens with part number 9-S-4072-L listed on page 40, as the globe lens for running and signal lights for these U.S. WWII Patrol Torpedo Boats (PT Boats), specifically the ELCO (Electric Boat Company) 80' Class Series PT-486 built by the ELCO Naval Division from 1943-1945. A beautiful piece, perfect as a replacement on a museum PT Boat restoration, or to repair your  lamp or for use in your own lighthouse or for display. (VG+). $185.

373d. (3 Annual Reports) Treasury Department. Office of the Light-house Board. ANNUAL REPORT OF THE LIGHTHOUSE BOARD OF THE UNITED STATES FOR THE YEARS 1872, 1873, 1876. Washington, D.C., 1872, 1873, 1876. 227 pages total. Includes three complete Light-House Board reports bound together in recent cloth library binding. Includes detailed reports on construction, repairs, new lights established and the overall condition of the Light-House Establishment, proposed new lights and aids, as well as listings of many of the light-houses and beacon lights as of the date of each report. With extensive information on construction and repairs in progress and condition of various stations. A wonderful set of three rare early reports with a great deal of information. Contents clean and tight. (VG+). $295.

1788. Gilmore, Rev. John. Storm Warriors or Life-Boat Work on The Goodwin Sands. London. 1885. 358p. Gilt embossed wraps. Relates the history and development of the life-boat for rescue at sea. Includes numerous accounts of rescues, methods of launching, carriages and equipping boats, distress signals, profiles of a few of the lifeboatmen, and much more. A valuable early reference and account on the subject. Nice gilt embossed boards, clean but edge worn. Contents toned, a bit brittle, some chipping. Rare, first I have ever had. (VG-). $66. 

#6658-12. (coat button) U. S. Revenue Cutter Service. 2-piece with border and rope edging. 13 stars chevron,  anchor fluke does not touch border. (FD 10A*)  21mm (13/16”)  “Horstmann Bros & Co Phil”.  $66.

23225f. [plate] "Sankoty Head Lighthouse". From lovely Nantucket comes this rare English Wedgewood Nantucket Souvenir Plate in cobalt blue decoration made for local shops in about 1910. A superb, bright, cobalt blue commemorative plate features a large, beautiful clear, detailed image of the tall Sankaty Head Lighthouse, first lighted in 1850 on the steep sand bluff. This piece is quite rare and is one of the more attractive that I have had. This pretty display piece measures 9 3/8” in diameter and is enhanced by a decorative flowered border around the edge. Back marked “Wedgewood Etruria England” “H. S. Wyer, Nantucket ”. Also with brief historical notes of the construction and lighting on the back. Clean and bright, a fine display piece. As nice as they come. (F-). $385.

23225g. [plate] "Sankoty Head Lighthouse". From lovely Nantucket comes this rare English Wedgewood Nantucket Souvenir Plate in cobalt blue decoration made for local shops in about 1910. A superb, bright, cobalt blue commemorative plate features a large, beautiful clear, detailed image of the tall Sankaty Head Lighthouse, first lighted in 1850 on the steep sand bluff. This piece is quite rare and is one of the more attractive that I have had. This pretty display piece measures 9 3/8” in diameter and is enhanced by a decorative flowered border around the edge. Back marked “Wedgewood Etruria England” “H. S. Wyer, Nantucket ”. Also with brief historical notes of the construction and lighting on the back. Clean and bright, a fine display piece. Very light edge wear on back, very light crazing on back from age. (VG+). $185.

558g. O’Connor, William D. HEROES OF THE STORM. [With an introduction by Sumner I. Kimball, Superintendent of the United States Life-Saving Service.] Cambridge . 1904. 281pp. As Assistant Superintendent of the Life-Saving Service, the author relates tales of the work and of the men of the Service as few can. His intimate knowledge and access to official sources allow him to relate the stories of these dramatic rescues as never before. Clean, tight, nice embossed cover. Light foxing to edge, light glue residue inside back cover from library pocket. Spine scuffed, cover bright, light edge wear. A good copy of a very scarce book. (VG)  $76.

6249n. Crowninshield, Mary Bradford. ALL AMONG THE LIGHTHOUSES or THE CRUISE OF THE GOLDENROD. Boston . 1886. 392pp. Beautifully illustrated embossed covers. This is a story based on the operations of the U. S. Lighthouse Tender IRIS as she tended lights in the First LH District in the 1880's. Excellent b/w illustrations as well as color USLH Establishment First District map with route indicated. Dedicated to the crew of the Tender Iris. Fine reading, should be included in every lighthouse library. Clean, tight, hinges unusually intact, bright clean covers. A very special book, difficult to find, especially in such nice condition. (VG+). $149.

17100. Woodward, Caroline. Light Years - Memoir of a Modern Lighthouse Keeper. 2015. Harbour Publishing. 232p. Hc. In 2007, Caroline Woodward was itching for a change. With an established career in book-selling and promotion, four books of her own and having raised a son with her husband, Jeff, she yearned for adventure and to re-ignite her passion for writing. Jeff was tired of piecing together low-paying part-time jobs and, with Caroline's encouragement, applied for a position as a relief lightkeeper on a remote North Pacific island. The new way of life rejuvenated Jeff and inspired Caroline to contemplate serious shifts in order to accompany him. When a permanent position for a lighthouse keeper became available, Caroline quit her job and joined Jeff on the lights. Caroline soon learned that the lighthouse-keeping life does not consist of long, empty hours in which to write. The reality is hard physical labor, long stretches of isolation and the constant threat of de-staffing. Beginning with a 3:30 a.m. weather report, the days are filled with maintaining the light station buildings, sea sampling, radio communication, beach cleanup, wildlife encounters and everything in between. Told with eloquent introspection and an eye for detail, Light Years is the personal account of a lighthouse keeper in twenty-first century British Columbia--an account that details Caroline's endurance of extreme climatic, interpersonal and medical challenges, as well as the practical and psychological aspects of living a happy, healthy, useful and creative life in isolation. (VG+). $21.95.

13431d. (photo) Crewmen of the Tanker S.S Fort Mercer Rescued by Men of CGC Yakutat. February 18-19, 1952. Clear, close, original 8” x 10” press photo shows excellent detail as crewmen of CGC Yakutat, fighting against time and the clutches of the rough seas, struggle to remove survivors from the fast sinking bow section of the tanker SS Fort Mercer by means of rubber liferafts attached to life lines. 18 crewmen were rescued from the broken tanker Fort Mercer off Chatham in this fierce northeast storm. Photo is b/w and includes date and description. Dated February 18, 1952. Clear, close view, great detail. (VG+). $54.

1223b. (photo) Coney Island Light Station, Keeper Frank Schubert checks the lens c.1961. Crystal clear b/w press photo shows Keeper Schubert, last civilian keeper at Coney Island Light Station, in the lantern room. Keeper Schubert began his lighthouse career in 1938 aboard the buoy tender Tulip. He followed that with time at the offshore Old Orchard Lighthouse, and then was assigned to the Army Transportation Service during World War II. After the war, he served as the keeper of three lights at Governors Island. While stationed there, his wife, Marie, and their three children lived on Staten Island. In 1960, Schubert accepted an assignment to the Coney Island Light as his family would finally be able to live with him at the station to which he was assigned. When interviewed by New York Times reporter, Mrs. Shubert explained “We’ve gone from one extreme to another. We never used to see Frank. Now he never leaves home.” Keeper Shubert’s duties included tending the light and the 1,000-pound fog bell. When he could no longer see Hoffman and Swinburne Islands, he would turn the bell on. In an emergency, or if the power went out, Schubert said that the fog bell could be hit “with a sledgehammer.” Schubert’s wife passed away in the late 1980s. When the station was automated in 1989, he was allowed to stay on as a caretaker, continuing to climb the 87 steps to the lantern every day to perform required maintenance duties. During his years of service, Shubert was credited with saving the lives of fifteen sailors and was invited for a visit to the White House by President George H. W. Bush. He and his dog, Blazer, remained on duty until December 11 of 2003, when Schubert passed away at the age of 88 as the last of the Coast Guard’s civilian lighthouse keepers. His lighthouse career had lasted 65 years, including the final 43 years at Coney Island Lighthouse. "The Coast Guard mourns the loss of its most courageous sentry of the sea," said Capt. Craig T. Bone, commander of Coast Guard Activities New York. "His devotion to duty and courage are unequaled." Image from World Telegram & Sun by Roger Higgins. Published week of June 24, 1991. 8” x 10”. Clear, crisp. (F-). $28.

6240j. Owen, Francis C., SENTINELS OF THE SEA. NY. 1926. 127pp. 12MO. Written for young adults, still a comprehensive and detailed overview of the work of Light-House Service, Life-Saving Service and Coast Guard. Chapters include navigation, lighthouse history, the Lighthouse Service, fog signals, buoys, light vessels, the Coast Guard, etc. Well illustrated with over 45 unusually nice photographs. Contents clean save one underlined sentence. Wraps light wear, spine worn with some tearing to cloth. (VG). $38. 

22573e. Gay Head Lighthouse Sand Jar c.1910. Edward Rowe Snow noted in his Famous New England Lighthouses, that “of the many keepers who have served at gay Head Light, none has been more popular or more willing to show the visitor around the lighthouse grounds than Keeper Charles Wood Vanderhoop….Keeper Vanderhoop probably took one-third of a million visitors to the top of Gay Head Light to see the wonderful view….” To earn additional income, Keeper Vanderhoop and his family produced this clear glass replica of the old Gay Head lighthouse on Martha's Vineyard . The words "Gay Head Light" are molded on the front of this lighthouse souvenir, and on the bottom “Charles W Vanderhoop Keeper Retired” (Later pieces did not have this marking.) Keeper Vanderhoop filled this container with the colorful clay sands from the Cliffs at Gay Head, their colorful layers swirled around to form an impressive pattern and corked on the bottom. The jar measures 6” tall by 2” diameter at the base. Still completely intact and with beautiful sand pattern, the container remains one of the more sought after commemorative pieces made by area light keepers. Nicely intact, little if any wear. Extremely difficult to find. Bottom with original cork and added cardboard bottom glued on. (VG+). $385.

   

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. (x)

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. (x)

[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.]

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. (x)

 

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We have purchased the publisher’s last remaining stock of this title. There will be no more after these have sold.

6275s. Ralph Shanks, Wick York, Lisa Woo Shanks, editor. THE U. S. LIFE-SAVING SERVICE - HEROES, RESCUES AND ARCHITECTURE OF THE EARLY COAST GUARD. 1996. Petaluma , CA. 262p. Winner of the first Foundation for Coast Guard History Award for Best Book on Coast Guard History, this long heralded work by Ralph Shanks and Wick York is once again available. Filling a longtime void in the chronicles of the Life-Saving Service, this book is the result of two decades of research by these highly respected maritime historians. In 272 large format pages, the authors present unforgettable stories of the surfmen and their unsurpassed bravery. Unique to this work is the authors coverage of the architecture of each of the stations across the country. Using over 400 rare photos from the Library of Congress and other historic sources, the authors provide a station by station look at the architectural features that make them such a unique and unforgettable piece of our history. Considered the best reference on the U.S. Life Saving Service on the market. (M).   Softcover $29.95 while they last. One hard cover with dj available $89.95.

1793. (cap) U.S. Coast Guard Retired. 6-Panel “one size fits all” with snap size adjustment. Dark navy blue. Made in USA. Only one available. New. (M). $12.

8341-96, 97. [dish] United States Coast Guard. Scarce original early United States Coast Guard butter or small dish manufactured in the early years of the Twentieth Century for use in ships’ wardrooms and at some ‘stag’ stations. Made of heavy white institutional type china, dish is of the earlier pattern with the United States Coast Guard emblem in blue with crossed anchors surrounding Coast Guard shield, no stripes on rim. Bottom labeled "Jackson Vitrified China Made in U.S.A. Falls Creek, Pa. 1942". Attractive dish measures 5 ¼”  in diameter. With little if any wear, clean, free of any cracks or major defects, scarce piece. (VG+). 2 available. $44 each.

8341-100. [saucer] United States Coast Guard. Scarce original early United States Coast Guard saucer manufactured in the early years of the Twentieth Century for use in ships’ wardrooms and at some ‘stag’ stations. Made of heavy white institutional type china, dish is of the earlier pattern with the United States Coast Guard emblem in blue with crossed anchors surrounding Coast Guard shield, no stripes on rim. Bottom labeled "J The Bailey Walker Vitrified China Bedford Ohio 1941". Attractive piece measures 6 ¼”  in diameter. With only very light wear, clean, free of any cracks or major defects, scarce piece. (VG+). $44.

8341-98. [dish or bowl] United States Coast Guard. Scarce original early United States Coast Guard small dish or bowl manufactured in the early years of the Twentieth Century for use in ships’ wardrooms and at some ‘stag’ stations. Made of heavy white institutional type china, dish is of the earlier pattern with the United States Coast Guard emblem in blue with crossed anchors surrounding Coast Guard shield, no stripes on rim. Bottom labeled "Jackson Vitrified China Made in U.S.A. Falls Creek, Pa. 1942". Attractive dish measures 7”  in diameter. With little if any wear, clean, free of any cracks or major defects, scarce piece. (VG+). $54.

8341-99. [dish or bowl] United States Coast Guard. Scarce original early United States Coast Guard small dish or bowl manufactured in the early years of the Twentieth Century for use in ships’ wardrooms and at some ‘stag’ stations. Made of heavy white institutional type china, dish is of the earlier pattern with the United States Coast Guard emblem in blue with crossed anchors surrounding Coast Guard shield, no stripes on rim. Bottom labeled "I The Bailey Walker Vitrified China Bedford Ohio 1942". Attractive dish measures 7”  in diameter. With little if any wear, clean, free of any cracks or major defects, scarce piece. (VG+). $54.

8341-101, 102. [dinner plate] United States Coast Guard. Scarce original early United States Coast Guard dinner plate manufactured in the early years of the Twentieth Century for use in ships’ wardrooms and at some ‘stag’ stations. Made of heavy white institutional type china, dish is of the earlier pattern with the United States Coast Guard emblem in blue with crossed anchors surrounding Coast Guard shield, no stripes on rim. Bottom labeled "Jackson Vitrified China Made in U.S.A. Falls Creek, Pa. 1942". Attractive plate measures 9 5/8”  in diameter. With little if any wear, clean, free of any cracks or major defects, scarce piece. (VG+). 2 available. $74 each.

 

1798. Osmers, Henry D. A Legacy of Valor - A History of Lifesaving and Shipwrecks at Montauk, New York. 2016. Outskirts Press. 195p. Soft wraps. Long before it became the resort and fishing community of today, Montauk was a lonely, barren, desolate peninsula where few dared tread. From the middle of the 17th century to the early 20th century, Montauk served as pastureland for thousands of cattle, sheep and horses from farms “up island.” In the mid-1800s, lifesaving stations were built at Montauk and other locations along the shores of Long Island. Here, and in the face of cruel and harsh weather conditions, crews of hearty, brave men headed out to sea to save those in peril from shipwrecks. This book is the story of the U. S. Life Saving Service, its activities at Montauk, and an account of more than 100 shipwrecks that took place there over a period spanning more than 300 years. Well done. (M). $29.95.

 

8109-103. [flag] U. S.  Coast Guard Ensign. c.1915-1953.  Official  U.  S. Coast Guard Ensign size #5 (16” h x 27”w) for use on small and medium size craft. Ensign manufactured for Coast Guard has never been flown. Made of all wool bunting. Field consists of vertical red/white stripes, with Coast Guard shield on crossed anchors overlaying on the right portion, with the words “Semper Paratus”. Top left corner is white with  U. S.  eagle and shield, with an arc of 13 stars above. Stamped on hem is “Coast Guard Ensign No. 5”, and “Annin High Grade All Wool Bunting.”. Wonderful earliest of the Coast Guard ensigns for your display and quite difficult to get in this early design. Nearly as new condition, the colors are still bright, entirely intact. No fraying or wear. Superior condition for its age. (F-).  $248. 

8109-102. [flag] U. S.  Coast Guard Ensign. c.1915-1953.  Official  U.  S. Coast Guard Ensign size #4 (30” h x 48”w) for use on small and medium size craft. Ensign manufactured for Coast Guard has never been flown. Made of all wool bunting. Field consists of vertical red/white stripes, with Coast Guard shield on crossed anchors overlaying on the right portion, with the words “Semper Paratus”. Top left corner is white with  U. S.  eagle and shield, with an arc of 13 stars above. Manufactured by “Annin High Grade All Wool Bunting.”. Wonderful earliest of the Coast Guard ensigns for your display and quite difficult to get in this early design. Good condition, no fraying, only light soiling from light use, small 1” tear at hoist hem, some small holes from mothing. Colors still bright. (VG).  $228.

25185i. Early United States Coast Guard Good Conduct medal Sheboygan Lifeboat Station c.1923. The medal is mounted on a pinback brooch with a locking catch. This rare medal is named and engraved to: “C.J. Anderson U.S.C.G. April 21, 1923 Sheboygan Station”. The Sheboygan station was at the north side of the Sheboygan River, at the  entrance to Sheboygan Harbor, 9/16 mile west of Sheboygan Breakwater Light. The original station was built in 1875 and the location is still in operation. The medal consists of a bronze medallion one and a half inches in diameter, a ship is depicted sailing on water and is contained within a circle formed by a rope which is tied in the six o'clock position. Beneath the rope and ship are crossed oars, and forming a circle around the rope and the edge of the medal, a circle of chain. Between the circle of rope and chain, the words SEMPER PARATUS. The ship is the Tampa , a Coast Guard cutter sunk on September 26, 1918, by a German submarine. All hands on the Tampa were lost. The Tampa thus represents the ultimate in "fidelity, zeal, and obedience." The oars represent the United States Lifesaving Service, which merged with the Revenue Cutter Service in 1915 to form the United States Coast Guard. The chain and rope are nautical devices that allude to sea service, while the words SEMPER PARATUS and mean "always ready," which is the motto of the Coast Guard. The ribbon hangs from a squared bronze pinbar with the words U.S. COAST GUARD in the center, and the medal is connected to the ribbon by a straight suspension bar. Such named Good Conduct medals are extremely difficult to find. The issuance of Good Conduct Medals in the Coast Guard was begun in 1923, making this medal from that first year. Extremely rare. Entirely intact, overall clean, one spot on back, nice patina. (F-). $385.

25185J. Early United States Coast Guard Good Conduct medal with three Stars Lewes Lifeboat Station c.1954. The medal is mounted on a pinback brooch with a locking catch. This rare medal is named and engraved to: “Paul E. Sparrow Lewes LB Station 12-3-54”. Included are three bronze stars 3/16” for additional awards. The Lewes station was located on the Breakwater Harbor, 2 miles southwest of north tip of Cape Henlopen. The original station was constructed in 1883 and replaced in 1939. The station is still in operation. The medal consists of a bronze medallion one and a half inches in diameter, a ship is depicted sailing on water and is contained within a circle formed by a rope which is tied in the six o'clock position. Beneath the rope and ship are crossed oars, and forming a circle around the rope and the edge of the medal, a circle of chain. Between the circle of rope and chain, the words SEMPER PARATUS. The ship is the Tampa , a Coast Guard cutter sunk on September 26, 1918, by a German submarine. All hands on the Tampa were lost. The Tampa thus represents the ultimate in "fidelity, zeal, and obedience." The oars represent the United States Lifesaving Service, which merged with the Revenue Cutter Service in 1915 to form the United States Coast Guard. The chain and rope are nautical devices that allude to sea service, while the words SEMPER PARATUS and mean "always ready," which is the motto of the Coast Guard. The ribbon hangs from a squared bronze pinbar with the words U.S. COAST GUARD in the center, and the medal is connected to the ribbon by a straight suspension bar. Attached to the ribbon are three bronze stars 3/16” for additional awards. Such named Good Conduct medals are extremely difficult to find. The issuance of Good Conduct Medals in the Coast Guard was begun in 1923. Extremely rare. Intact, only light soiling, nice patina. (VG+). $365.

 

25185e. WW II United States Coast Guard Good Conduct medal with two bars. The medal is mounted on a pinback brooch with a locking catch. The medal is not named and not numbered. Duty stations include CGC Bering Strait and CGC Poplar (WAGL241). CGC Poplar was built as a tender for the Lighthouse Service at Dubuque, Iowa and launched in 1939. She was one of two Goldenrod-class river tenders. These 104-foot river tenders were constructed of steel except for the top of the pilot house and Texas deck, which were wood. Their propellers were mounted in tunnels for operations in shallow waters, the first tenders so equipped. Upon completion Poplar assumed tender duties out of her permanent station at St. Louis, Missouri and serviced navigational aids along the Mississippi River in the region. In the center of a bronze medallion one and a half inches in diameter, a ship is depicted sailing on water and is contained within a circle formed by a rope which is tied in the six o'clock position. Beneath the rope and ship are crossed oars, and forming a circle around the rope and the edge of the medal, a circle of chain. Between the circle of rope and chain, the words SEMPER PARATUS. The ship is the Tampa , a Coast Guard cutter sunk on September 26, 1918, by a German submarine. All hands on the Tampa were lost. The Tampa thus represents the ultimate in "fidelity, zeal, and obedience." The oars represent the United States Lifesaving Service, which merged with the Revenue Cutter Service in 1915 to form the United States Coast Guard. The chain and rope are nautical devices that allude to sea service, while the words SEMPER PARATUS and mean "always ready," which is the motto of the Coast Guard. The ribbon hangs from a squared bronze pinbar with the words U.S. COAST GUARD in the center, and the medal is connected to the ribbon by a straight suspension bar. Such Good Conduct medals with bars are extremely difficult to find. (VG+). $285.

  

25185d. WW II United States Coast Guard Good Conduct medal. The medal is mounted on a pinback broach with a locking catch. The medal is not named and not numbered, and with no duty station bars. In the center of a bronze medallion one and a half inches in diameter, a ship is depicted sailing on water and is contained within a circle formed by a rope which is tied in the six o'clock position. Beneath the rope and ship are crossed oars, and forming a circle around the rope and the edge of the medal, a circle of chain. Between the circle of rope and chain, the words SEMPER PARATUS. The ship is the Tampa , a Coast Guard cutter sunk on September 26, 1918, by a German submarine. All hands on the Tampa were lost. The Tampa thus represents the ultimate in "fidelity, zeal, and obedience." The oars represent the United States Lifesaving Service, which merged with the Revenue Cutter Service in 1915 to form the United States Coast Guard. The chain and rope are nautical devices that allude to sea service, while the words SEMPER PARATUS and mean "always ready," which is the motto of the Coast Guard. The ribbon hangs from a squared bronze pinbar with the words U.S. COAST GUARD in the center, and the medal is connected to the ribbon by a straight suspension bar. Such Good Conduct medals are quite difficult to find. (VG+). $115.

8176-24. Coast Guard Enlisted Man’s Cap. Dark navy-blue enlisted man’s “duck” style cap. Around the barrel is stitched a ribbon of black silk, 1 ½” in width with the words “U. S. Coast Guard” stitched in gold. Cap is in very good condition, complete, with no apparent tears, only light wear, clean. Tally letters clear and crisp. Marked size 7. Caps of this type were in white or blue, and have been most difficult to find. Hat size not marked. (VG). $110.

SR-535. Coast Guard Enlisted Man’s Cap. Dark navy-blue enlisted man’s “duck” style cap. Around the barrel is stitched a ribbon of black silk, 1 ½” in width with the words “U. S. Coast Guard” stitched in gold. Cap is in good condition, complete, with no apparent tears, only light wear, clean. One small area under inside band insect damaged. Tally letters clear and crisp. Inside band labeled with owner’s name “Crandell, R.W.”. Caps of this type were in white or blue, and have been most difficult to find. Hat size not marked. (VG). $88.

1785. (cup/saucer) U.S. Forest Service. Manufactured by Buffalo China. This pattern includes one green stripe around the perimeter with the shield and logo of the U.S. Forest Service. Cup measures about 3 ½” diameter, 3 ¼” high, saucer 6” diameter. Little if any wear. (VG+). Set $56.

25343e. (block plane) US Light-House Establishment c.1900. Early original U. S. Light-House Establishment woodworker’s block plane. Hand plane measures 16” long and is branded with the early marking “U.S.L.H.E.” in five places. Knife marked Sandusky Tool Co. The Sandusky Tool Company was founded in 1869. From its founding until the late 1920’s they produced high quality hand tools including planes and hoes. By the 1880’s they employed about 200 men and produced 70 dozen planes a day. The company closed in 1929. This will be a rare, early compliment of the station tool chest. Complete, in good condition, expected wear. (VG+).  $785.

22160c. Appleton, Thomas E., USQUE AD MARE – A History of the Canadian Coast Guard and Marine Services. Ottawa . 1968. 318 p. It is extremely difficult to find early information on the Canadian Lighthouse Service and later Coast Guard and this provides a treasure trove of information. The author begins in the early years and tells of lighthouses and buoys, of the government steamers, of lifesaving and rescue, dangers and disasters and the men and women who served so well. A wealth of scarce information about our sister services.  History includes early light and fog stations in the Dominion, light vessels, beacons, construction, political influences, shipwrecks, lifeboat stations, icebreakers, and more. Clean except some underlining in ink, crisp, tight. (VG+). $48.

6632c. Muller, J. W., RULERS OF THE SURF - A Story of the Mysteries and Perils of the Sea. D. Appleton . New York . 1910. 324p. Though the names and places are fictitious, the events narrated as part of the life of bay and surf are true. The work of the life-savers in a winter gale has not been exaggerated and is based on the wreck of the schooners Augustus Hunt and Louis V. Place off the Lone Hill Life-Saving Station on Long Island. While returning from a desperate rescue of nine men, and while badly frost-bitten, the life-savers immediately embarked on a second rescue effort. With the crew of the Blue Point L. S. Station, they fought for 36 more hours to get into the sea and at last were able to rescue two more survivors. Clean, tight, with bright embossed cover, light scuffing. (VG). $68.

7143e. Edwards, E. Price. OUR SEAMARKS;  Plain Account of the LIGHTHOUSES, LIGHTSHIPS, BEACONS, BUOYS, AND FOG-SIGNALS MAINTAINED ON OUR COASTS FOR THE GUIDANCE OF MARINERS. London . 1884. 192p. Beautifully binding embossed with light-vessel, clean and bright. Over 40 very nice detailed engravings of apparatus and equipment with one large fold-out map showing the ranges of the principal lighthouses and lightships on the coasts of the British Islands . Wonderful detailed information on apparatus; includes chapters on lighthouses and towers, illumination and apparatus, the Lighthouse Service (Trinity House), lightships, buoys and beacons, coast fog-signals and much more. Generally clean, tight, some foxing to frontis pages and some chapter pages, contents overall clean. Wraps bumped, light edge wear, wear to ends of spine. Small 2” tear to corner of fold-out map. Scarce title, very good information on apparatus. (VG-). $88.

4342s. Otis, James. THE LIFE SAVERS. A Story of the United States Life-Saving Service. New York . 1899. 1st. 327 p. Nicely illustrated with official photographs. Nice pictorial cover scene of life-savers launching their surfboat. Relates the history of the Life-Saving Service and the work of the U.S. Life-Savers through various chapters in this fictional account. Though probably intended for a teenage audience, this is by far one of the best early day-to-day accounts. Based on fact. Quite scarce. Clean, tight in bright wrap, spine slightly sunned, light edge wear. (VG+). $58.

6114e. David, Evan J., OUR COAST GUARD - High Adventure with the Watchers of Our Shores. NY. 1937. 298pp. DJ. Combines true, dramatic stories of Coast Guard rescues with interesting accounts of the function and duties of various branches of the service. Includes early air operations as well as beach patrol with rescues, ice patrol and smuggling interdiction. Quite clean, tight, nice copy in edge-worn dj. (VG+). $44.

2586. (souvenir dish) Plum Island Lighthouse, Newburyport, Mass. c.1900. A lovely, bright, gilt decorated commemorative dish in white, features a detailed, clear b/w image of the replacement 1898 Plum Island light tower and surrounding area. Plum Island, a nine-mile long barrier island off the northern coast of Massachusetts. During its nineteenth-century heyday as a resort, steamships and a trolley line serviced Plum Island to bring throngs of visitors to the area. The present Plum Island Lighthouse was first lighted on September 20, 1898, probably the third or fourth lighthouse on this site. The superb piece measures about 6” in diameter and is enhanced by a beautiful decorative gilt trim and molded decoration around edges. Marked “Chas. Emerson & Sons Importers Haverhill, Mass. U.S.A. Made in Austria”. A very detailed, pretty little item for your display. Plum Island lighthouse china pieces are quite rare and in great demand. Unusually attractive piece, near fine. (VG+). $78.

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

7238j. Dobbins, David Porter. THE DOBBINS LIFE-BOAT ILLUSTRATED. Buffalo , NY . 1886. 48p. b/w engravings. Exceptionally scarce publication by the inventor of the self-righting life-boat that was adopted for use by the United States Life-Saving Service. Finding the American surf-boat, the common lifeboat and the English life-boat all inadequate, Dobbins invented his life-boat. His boat “is strong, portable, self-righting and self-bailing, and literally unsinkable.” Mr. Dobbin’s experience included over twenty five years on sail and steam vessels and ten years experience as Superintendent of the Ninth District of the United States Life-Saving Service. Here Mr. Dobbins presents a brief overview of advantages and disadvantages of various life-boat designs and the design features of his self-righting boat. With engraved illustrations and beautiful frontis portrait photographically reproduced. Bright gilt cover illustration. Overall clean and tight. Moderate foxing to frontis illustration page margins. Wraps clean, some bumping, wear to one edge. $138.

6639c. Lamb, Sir John Cameron [Deputy-Chairman Royal National Life-Boat Institution]. THE LIFE-BOAT AND ITS WORK. London . 1911. 8VO. 88pp. Beautifully illustrated with over 45 photos and diagrams. Relates the history and development of the life-boat for rescue at sea. Includes methods of launching, carriages and equipping boats, profile and construction diagrams as well as rescues performed. Also includes listing of medals awarded by the Institution and lives saved. A valuable early reference on the subject. Nice embossed boards, quite clean, tight. Only light edge wear to wraps. Very nice copy. (VG+) $118.

1781. (photo) Sand Point Lighthouse, Escanaba, Michigan UP c.1939. Clear, close, original 8” x 10” press photo shows excellent detail of the sturdy lighthouse, a landmark at Escanaba, Michigan since 1867. It was deactivated in 1939 and has been an unofficial aid to navigation since 1989. The restored lighthouse is now open to the public during the summer months. Photo is b/w and includes date and description on back. Dated October 1, 1939. Clear, close view, great detail. (VG+). $34.

13431c. (photo) Crewmen of the Tanker S.S Fort Mercer Delivered to Boston by Coast Guard Cutter Acushnet. February 1952. Clear, close, original 7” x 9” press photo shows excellent detail as Alanson S. Winn of Marlboro, Mass., waves goodby to the crew of the Coast Guard Cutter Acushnet after the cutter docked in Boston. Winn was one of the 18 crewmen rescued from the broken tanker Fort Mercer off Chatham in a fierce northeast storm. Photo is b/w and includes date and description. Dated February 20, 1952. Clear, close view, great detail. (VG+). $54.

1771. (photo) Coast Guard 30-Foot “Duck” (DUKW) Coming Ashore Kill Devil Hill, NC. c.1943. Clear close photo shows great detail of the vehicle and some of its equipment as the vehicle comes ashore after a simulated rescue. A great view. Measures 6 ½” x 8” . Includes description on back. Dated June 18, 1943. (VG+). $58.

 

1779. (lot) 10 Photographs Related To The Wreck Of The Steamer Norseman and Humane Society Rescue, Station #10, Marblehead, Mass. c.1899. Six original photos depict the SS Norseman including four views of the Humane Society crew's rescue by breeches buoy and two views of the salvaging, including one large panoramic view. Two images depict the Marblehead division of the Massachusetts Humane Society. Also two are panoramic views of the town of Marblehead. Most with handwritten captions, men identified. The S. S. Norseman went aground on Marblehead Neck, next to Tom Moore's Rock in 1899. All on board, 108 people, were saved using the breeches buoy by the Marblehead Humane Society, Station #10, lifeboat crew, as seen in these photographs. Includes copy of 4-page typed description of the rescue, etc. Rare Humane Society lot – most rescues were never recorded on film. (VG). $925.

1783. (souvenir cup) Wrecked Steamer "Onondaga, Orleans, Mass. c.1907. This early piece is quite handsome and enhanced by gilt trim and embossing. Bold cup features a detailed full color image of the steamship Onondaga aground on Nauset beach in Chatham. On January 13, 1907 the American Steamer Onondaga, bound from Boston to Jacksonville, Florida,  stranded on Nauset Beach in Chatham in dense fog. Life-Savers from the Old Harbor Station responded and hauled out the breeches buoy, but as the seas had calmed none of the crew were landed at that time. The vessel remained for three months when in March the steamer was refloated, with the aid of tugboats. In order to pull the steamer from the beach, she had to be lightened and unloaded by hand. The cup measures 3” high by 3” in diameter. Marked “Made in Germany [for] G.W. Higgins, Orleans, Mass.”. Cup is clean, bright, no chips or cracks. An unusually bright, bold piece for display, near fine. (VG+). $88.

1784. (souvenir plate) Highland Light and Cape Cod c.1895-1910 by Adams Co for Jonroth Co. From lovely Cape Cod comes this rare Old English Staffordshire rose transferware plate. Made in England c.1895-1910 by Adams Co for Jonroth Co. and imported. Charming plate is in rose color with flower decoration, with a fine images that include Highland Lighthouse, Bridge over Cape Cod Canal, Cape Cod cottage, fishing boats at pier, and Old Cape Cod Windmill. This piece is quite rare and is one of the more attractive that I have had. This striking piece measures 9 7/8” diameter. Marked “The Cape Cod Plate. Old English Staffordshire Ware. Adams Est 1657 England. Jonroth. Imported for The Mayflower Sales Co., Provincetown, Mass.” Clean and bright, wonderful detail and excellent color, a fine display piece. Only very light age crazing as is common for this type china. (VG+). $48.

1761. (map) Physical Survey Cape Cod, Mass, Comparison of Surveys, showing Changes in Shore Line, 1848-1888. U.S. Coast & Geodetic Survey. 1889. 11” x 44”. Rare fine, in attractive horizontal format, antique 1889 map, titled Physical Survey Cape Cod, Mass, Comparison of Surveys, showing Changes in Shore Line, 1848-1888, Party of Henry L. Marindin, Asst. U.S. C. & G.S. 1889 and dated 1889. Map covers the coastline from Pleasant Bay in Chatham to Highland Lighthouse in North Truro. The size of the map is 11" by 44". Five original folds and 4 light library embossing, but will flatten nicely for framing. Crisp, clean, bright, will be wonderful framed. Rare. (VG+). $178.

1786. Hargrove, James L. and Carol A. Talley. Cape St. George Lighthouse and Apalachicola Bay. Arcadia. 2017. 96p. Soft wraps. With over 122 vintage photographs. The beacon of the historic Cape St. George Lighthouse still guides mariners into Apalachicola Bay. Sheltered from the Gulf of Mexico by a string of barrier islands, the port flourished as the only site in Florida on a river that is navigable for over 300 miles to the fall line at Columbus, Georgia, Apalachicola’s sister city. Generations of lighthouse keepers were bound to St. George Island and its great bay by an intense sense of duty to sustain seagoing commerce and a love for a place where they could raise their families in freedom. When the lighthouse foundation washed away in 2005 after a very active hurricane season and a final surge from Hurricane Wilma, residents took action to salvage and rebuild the historic lighthouse. Visitors may still climb the lighthouse tower, surrounded by the bricks that were first laid in 1852. This compact volume features numerous early photographs dating from the 1880’s to the present, drawn from the author’s and other private collections, most never before published. (M). $21.99.

 

13164b. (small boat compass) U.S. Lighthouse Service Small Boat Compass by E.S. Ritchie & Sons, Boston c. 1938. Rare early gimbaled small boat compass is marked “U.S.L.H.S.” on the compass rose. On the brass bezel is marked “E.S. Ritchie & Sons, Boston” and serial number #88563. Also marked “Ritchie Boston U.S.A.” within the compass rose. Compass was sold to the U.S. Lighthouse Service on June 27, 1938 and included is email letter from Ritchie Navigation Company, who retained their original sales records, verifying the date and buyer.  Compass is made entirely of brass, with original black paint, beautiful brass bezel and gimbal and works fine. It may have been liquid filled at one time (1/2 denatured alcohol & ½ water). Compass rose is bright, interior white paint fairly clean, exterior black paint somewhat worn and chipped as expected. Glass face measures  4 ¼”, bezel overall 5 ¼” diameter. On gimble mount in period replacement Ritchie & Sons wood box with removable top. Box is of mahogany and measures 7 ½” x 7 ½” x 5 1/8” high with two hook latches. Ritchie began making marine bearing compasses for the U.S. Navy before the American Civil War. At the time, British Admiralty dry-mount nautical compasses were considered by all navies and merchant shipping companies as the technological standard of the day. Ritchie thought they could be improved upon, and by 1860 had received a U.S. patent for the first successful and practicable liquid-filled marine compass suitable for general use, a development that has been described as the first major advance in compass technology in several hundred years. With the damping provided by the liquid, together with a gimbal mounting, the floating indicator or card of the Ritchie compass remained relatively stable even when a ship's deck pitched and rolled during periods of severe weather. Ritchie liquid-filled nautical compasses soon became a U.S. Navy standard, and were also widely used by American merchant mariners. The business he began in 1850 became E. S. Ritchie & Son in 1866 and E. S. Ritchie & Sons in 1867, and moved from Boston to Brookline in 1886. Following Ritchie’s death in 1895, his sons transferred the scientific instruments to the L. E. Knott Apparatus Co., while retaining the nautical instrument line, which was renamed E.S. Ritchie & Sons. The firm was incorporated as E.S. Ritchie & Sons, Inc. in 1939 (thus also dating this piece to 1895-1939), and continues operations to the present day. This is only the second Lighthouse Service compass that I have ever found and likely was used by a light keeper on a fairly remote island location to aid him in his trips to the mainland for supplies. A very nice boat compass and a rare Lighthouse Service item for your display. (VG+). $1,595.

8341-95. [bullion cup] United States Revenue Cutter Service “U.S.R.C.S.” c.1900. Scarce, original United States Revenue Cutter Service bullion cup in the rare later intertwined “U.S.R.C.S.” pattern. This pattern is one of the two the later pattern used just before the service was combined with the Life Saving Service to form the Coast Guard. The pattern is done in rust and green, and consists of one green stripe around the perimeter bordered by two thin rust stripes. Beneath, in a green shield, are the letters “USRCS” in an intertwining pattern. This pattern would be continued into the early Coast Guard with only the letters changed to “USCG”. Cup is quite attractive, with little if any expected wear. Piece is back-marked “M China L” ( Maddocks Lamberton China Co. ). There are no other markings visible. Piece is in superb condition, complete, no chips, in wonderful condition. Cup measures about 5 ½” wide, 2 3/8” high. An extremely rare pattern. (F-). $445.

Interestingly, in this case, although the pieces are almost identical in size and design, the patterns are different. While on one the letters are within the daisy and leaf design, on the second the lettering is below. The pitcher on the left is marked on the bottom “Jackson China 1931”. Jackson China Company (as well as others) manufactured heavy vitrified china for the government including the Lighthouse Service from 1917 until 1939. The “1931” may be the date of manufacturer, or may be a code for some other date. The second pitcher is not marked. We can only speculate on the reason for the differences in pattern. It may be a change that was made at some particular date, or it may simply be a variation due to different manufacturers. Such pieces are extremely rare.

7463-39. United States Lighthouse Service “U.S.L.H.S.” Cream Pitcher c.1900. Original “U.S.L.H.S.” brown leafy pattern. This is a scarce original early china dinnerware piece from the United States Lighthouse Service manufactured of heavy white institutional type china, in the latter years of the Nineteenth Century for use in ships’ wardrooms and at the light stations. With only expected light wear, and one 2” closed crack at rim. There were three patterns used over the years by the Lighthouse Establishment and Service and this is the second of the three patterns. About 1900 a third pattern was instituted which included a turquoise lighthouse within a circle. Both patterns were then used up until 1938. Bottom is not marked. Creamer is fairly large and is clean, complete, no chips and in good condition. Only light wear and 2” closed crack near rim. Measures 5 ½” high, 5 ¾” wide, 3 ½” deep. Marked on bottom “Jaxkson China 1931”. It is now extremely difficult to find these early lighthouse dinner pieces, particularly in this pattern. (VG). $1495. (shown at left)

7463-9. United States Lighthouse Service “U.S.L.H.S.” Cream Pitcher c.1900. Original “U.S.L.H.S.” brown leafy pattern. This is a scarce original early china dinnerware piece from the United States Lighthouse Service manufactured of heavy white institutional type china, in the latter years of the Nineteenth Century for use in ships’ wardrooms and at the light stations. With only expected light wear, free of any cracks or major defects. There were three patterns used over the years by the Lighthouse Establishment and Service and this is the second of the three patterns. About 1900 a third pattern was instituted which included a turquoise lighthouse within a circle. Both patterns were then used up until 1938. Bottom is not marked. Creamer is fairly large and is quite clean, complete, no chips and in very good condition. Measures 5 ¾” high, 5 ¾” wide, 3 ½” deep. It is now extremely difficult to find these early lighthouse dinner pieces, particularly in this pattern. (VG+). $1595. (shown at right)

13222c. (small boat compass) Small Boat Compass by E.S. Ritchie & Sons, Boston c. 1930’s for The Thomas Laughlin Co., Portland, Maine. Rare early gimbaled small boat compass is marked “The Thomas Laughlin Co., Portland, Me. U.S.A.” on the compass rose. On the brass bezel is marked “E.S. Ritchie & Sons, Boston” and serial number #69700. Also marked “Ritchie Boston U.S.A.” within the compass rose. In 1836 T.S. Laughlin opened a marine hardware business called Thomas Laughlin Co. The Thomas Laughlin Co. were manufacturers of marine hardware in iron and brass, wire rope fittings and served as marine chandlers, fitting out yachts and ships, etc. Today they are a division of Crosby Group, Inc, the largest manufacturer of drop forged fittings for chain and wire rope. Compass is made entirely of brass, with original black paint having been polished off, beautiful brass bezel and gimbal and works fine. It may have been liquid filled at one time (1/2 denatured alcohol & ½ water). Compass rose is bright, interior white paint fairly clean. Glass face measures  4 ¼”, bezel overall 5 ¼” diameter. With gimble mount but without box. Ritchie began making marine bearing compasses for the U.S. Navy before the American Civil War. At the time, British Admiralty dry-mount nautical compasses were considered by all navies and merchant shipping companies as the technological standard of the day. Ritchie thought they could be improved upon, and by 1860 had received a U.S. patent for the first successful and practicable liquid-filled marine compass suitable for general use, a development that has been described as the first major advance in compass technology in several hundred years. With the damping provided by the liquid, together with a gimbal mounting, the floating indicator or card of the Ritchie compass remained relatively stable even when a ship's deck pitched and rolled during periods of severe weather. Ritchie liquid-filled nautical compasses soon became a U.S. Navy standard, and were also widely used by American merchant mariners. The business he began in 1850 became E. S. Ritchie & Son in 1866 and E. S. Ritchie & Sons in 1867, and moved from Boston to Brookline in 1886. Following Ritchie’s death in 1895, his sons transferred the scientific instruments to the L. E. Knott Apparatus Co., while retaining the nautical instrument line, which was renamed E.S. Ritchie & Sons. The firm was incorporated as E.S. Ritchie & Sons, Inc. in 1939 (thus also dating this piece to 1895-1939), and continues operations to the present day. A very nice boat compass and a rare Lighthouse Service item for your display. (VG+). $145. 

1763. Bleyer, Bill. The Fire Island Lighthouse: Long Island’s Welcoming Beacon. 2017. History Press. 160p. Soft wraps. This is the first complete history of the important national landmark at Fire Island. The author begins with the site, from the shipwrecks offshore dating from colonial times that prompted construction of the first lighthouse on Fire Island in 1826; the inadequacies of that lighthouse that led to construction of a new taller tower in 1858; the development of improved lighthouse illumination apparatus including the Fresnel lens; the Fire Island lightships that were anchored offshore to augment the new lighthouse; how the lighthouse was shut down by the Coast Guard at the end of 1973 and replaced by a light on the water tower at Robert Moses State Park; how the structures on the closed site deteriorated and the Fire Island Lighthouse Preservation Society was formed in 1982 to restore the property and re-lit the tower in 1986; how the original Fresnel lens was brought back from Philadelphia and displayed in a new building in 2011; and the society’s future plans for bringing back additional artifacts for display. The book is filled with dozens of historical photographs, some never published before, and a 16-page insert of new color photographs by retired Newsday photographer Audrey C. Tiernan showing the restored lighthouse, keeper’s quarters and first-order Fresnel lens in all their glory. Well done. (M). $21.99. (x)

1751. (souvenir dish) U.S. Life-Saving Station, Dolliver’s Neck, Gloucester, Mass. c.1900. Most unusual and attractive dish features the Gloucester Life-Saving Station on the West side harbor on a bold 6” dish. This early piece is quite striking and enhanced by a decorative wide teal green/blue edge with gilt decoration. Marked on back “MW Co. Made in Germany for W. G. Brown & Co. Gloucester, Mass.” Dish is clean, bright, clear with detailed image of the Duluth-type station at Dollivers Neck built in 1900. Only light wear to rim. Measures 7” wide overall. An unusually bright, bold piece for display and an exceptionally rare form. (VG-). $48.

1753. Seguin, Marc. For Want of a Lighthouse: Building the Lighthouses of Eastern Lake Ontario 1828–1914. Trafford Publishing. 2015. 566p. Soft wraps. No safe harbours for steamboats or sailing vessels could be found along an isolated 70-mile stretch of eastern Lake Ontario, dominated by the irregular-shaped Prince Edward County peninsula. Frequent storms, rocky reefs and sandy shoals were among the many dangers facing 19th century mariners. So many shipwrecks mark one narrow and shallow underwater ridge in the region that it became known as the graveyard of Lake Ontario. It was on these shores, from Presqu ile Bay to Kingston harbour and along the Bay of Quinte, that a network of more than forty lighthouses and light towers was built between 1828 and 1914. For Want Of A Lighthouse presents a sweeping look at the social and technological changes which marked the era, and brings to life the people, politics and the hardships involved in the construction of these essential aids to navigation. Through the use of extensive archival material and more than 100 maps and photographs, Marc Seguin documents the vital role these lighthouses played in the building of a nation. There is now a race against time to save the few original towers that are still standing. All of the author’s profits from the sale of this book will go towards the preservation of these remaining lighthouses. (M). $26.44. (x)

27134d. U. S. Life Saving Service Friction Primer from Cahoon Hollow Life Saving Station, Cape Cod c.1900. This entire friction priming mechanism consist of a small brass tube (3/16 inch), once filled with a flash powder that would be ignited by sparks from a friction-sensitive compound activated by a sharp tug on a serrated friction pin which passed through the upper part of the tube. The method had become the standard means of firing muzzle-loaded ordnance about a century before. Shown in the diagram is the friction primer pin inserted into the primer tube for your information. Available is the friction tube only, used, found in sand near the station. (VG). $74.

1760. (map) Cape Cod From Yarmouth to Orleans Including Monomoy, Chatham, Orleans, Harwich, Yarmouth, Dennis, Brewster, Barnstable (portion) c.1890’s. Plate No. 9 from Massachusetts Atlas. Geo. H. Walker Lith. & Pub. Co., Boston. 20" x 28 ½”. From early Atlas of Massachusetts. Beautiful, early black on buff map shows the important features of the area including the Lighthouses and Life-Saving Stations, light vessels, as well as roads and important town buildings, etc. This map includes the complete towns of Orleans , Brewster, Chatham , Harwich, Dennis, Yarmouth . U. S. Life-Saving Stations include Nauset, Orleans , Old Harbor , Chatham ; Monomoy, Monomoy Point. Lighthouses include Chatham , Monomoy Point, Stage Harbor , Hyannis, Bass River. Also includes all roads, railway lines, shoals and bars, and much more. Map is quite desirable for framing and is as original with only very light original folds. Unusually clean and crisp. These early coastal maps are most desirable for display and bring a premium, particularly on the Cape and the islands. (VG+). $245.

(cabinet photos) Nantucket & Martha's Vineyard by Henry S. Wyer & J.N. Chamberlain. Large 5 1/4" x 8 1/2". Numbered l to r, top to bottom. 

1745-1. (cabinet photo) Side-wheel Steamer Monohansett of the Martha’s Vineyard line of steamers c.1880. By J.N. Chamberlain, Cottage City. 5 ¼” x 8 ½”. The Monohansett ran from New Bedford to Oak Bluffs and Katama on Martha’s Vineyard. From 1871 until 1886, the Monohansett and the Martha's Vineyard were the only two ferries serving Martha's Vineyard. She was sold 1902 and replaced by the Uncantina. She was wrecked in the fog at Great Misery Island off Salem, Mass. August 3, 1904. Clear, close, detailed view. Two corners chipped, moderate foxing and staining upper right corner. Rare view of this steamer. (G+). $88.

1745-2. (cabinet photo) Side-wheel Steamer Chrystenah by Henry S. Wyer c.1880’s. 5 ¼” x 8 ½”. The Chrystenah was built at Nyack, New York, in 1866, and was owned by the Smith brothers of Nyack, NY, on the Hudson River. With a walking beam engine and large paddle boxes, she was typical of the smaller side-wheel passenger steamers of the late 1800’s. She is shown here as originally built with a round or “sentry box” pilothouse and fan decorations  on the paddle boxes. In 1906 she received a new pilot house as well as smaller paddle box decorations. The vessel operated as a commuter boat to New York from Nyack and Peekskill, stopping at small towns along the way. Clear, crisp view. Light toning to margins, one small stain left margin. (VG-). $74. 

1745-3. (cabinet photo) Men in Dory in Surf by Henry S. Wyer c.1880’s. 5 ¼” x 8 ½”. May be off of Siasconset, Nantucket. Clear, crisp view. Light edge toning, a few marks. (VG-). $38.

1745-4. (cabinet photo) Fishermen with boats, Nantucket by Henry S. Wyer c.1880’s. 5 ¼” x 8 ½”. Close, detailed view includes a number of boats under sail and cart, as fishermen on beach look on. This may be at Surfside. Light edge toning, a few marks. Rare Nantucket view. (VG-). $88.

1745-5. (cabinet photo) Fishermen with boats land on beach, Nantucket by Henry S. Wyer c.1880’s. 5 ¼” x 8 ½”. Close, detailed view as men land the dory on the beach, possibly at Siasconset, Nantucket. Light edge toning, bumped corner. Rare Nantucket view. (VG-). $78.

1745-6. (cabinet photo) Wreck of Schooner Warren Sawyer, Nantucket c.1884. 5 ¼” x 8 ½”. Close, detailed view of wreckage of the bow of the Warren Sawyer on Surfside Beach. The three-masted schooner, Warren Sawyer, loaded with cotton and scrap iron, was sailing from Boston to New Orleans when the vessel ran aground at Surfside on Nantucket Island, Massachusetts on the night of December 22, 1884. The crew from the life-saving station rescued the crew, and was able to salvaged part of the freight. The ship was soon destroyed in the pounding surf. The wreck was a popular landmark for many months. Clear, close, light edge toning. Rare Nantucket shipwreck view. (VG+). $110.

1745-7. (cabinet photo) Children Examine Fishing Gear, Nantucket by Henry S. Wyer c.1880’s. 5 ¼” x 8 ½”. Close, detailed view as three children play in a fishing dory and examine the gear. Light edge toning, bumped right side. Rare Nantucket view. (VG-). $88.

1745-8. (cabinet photo) Side-wheel Steamer Nantucket c.1880. By J.N. Chamberlain, Cottage City. 5 ¼” x 8 ½”. This clear close view of the paddle steamer Nantucket may have captured the ship in the year in which it came into service, 1886, operating as a ferry serving the islands of Martha’s Vineyard and Nantucket. In service from 1886 to 1910, the steamboat was beautifully decorated, featuring an ornately painted paddle-housing and copper fastenings throughout. However it was not designed for travel on the rough waters of the sound. Clear, crisp view. Light toning and a few marks to margins. (VG-). $110. 

1745-9. (cabinet photo) Side-wheel Steamer Martha’s Vineyard c.1880. By J.N. Chamberlain, Cottage City. 5 ¼” x 8 ½”. This clear close view of the paddle steamer Martha’s Vineyard docked at Cottage City. Built in 1871 in Brooklyn, NY., The Martha’s Vineyard was a 515-ton vessel, 185 feet long, with a 29' beam. From 1871 until 1886, the Martha's Vineyard and the Monohansett were the only two ferries serving Martha's Vineyard. In March 1886 the Martha's Vineyard became one of the initial four steamers operating for the newly organized New Bedford, Martha’s Vineyard and Nantucket Steamboat Company. Clear, crisp view, a bit distant. Light toning and a few marks to margins. (VG-). $74. 

1745-10. (cabinet photo) Fishermen with boat and catch at Surfside, Nantucket by Henry S. Wyer c.1880’s. 5 ¼” x 8 ½”. Fishermen with boat examine their catch, probably at Surfside. Clear, close, light edge toning. Rare Nantucket view. (VG+). $110.

1745-11. (cabinet photo) Fishermen with boats, Nantucket by Henry S. Wyer c.1880’s. 5 ¼” x 8 ½”. Rare early close view of numerous fishing dorys and carts on the beach. May be Coatue area or northeast island. Note the one dory with white sternboard with Masonic symbol, also wiers just off the beach. Clear, close, only light edge toning. Rare Nantucket view. (VG+). $110.

1745-12. (cabinet photo) “By the Sounding Sea.” Nantucket by Henry S. Wyer c.1885. 5 ¼” x 8 ½”. “By the Sounding Sea.” shows the gentle surf on the south shore of Nantucket, one of a number of surf studies done by Wyer. Clear, close, only light edge toning. Rare Nantucket view. (VG+). $38.

27252b. Smith, Darrell Hevenor, and Fred Wilbur Powell. THE COAST GUARD - ITS HISTORY, ACTIVITIES AND ORGANIZATION; Service Monographs of the United States Government No 51. Institute for Government Research. Washington. 1929. 265pp. Stiff wraps. Ex lib. Offers a complete compilation of history including Revenue Cutter and Life Saving Service, activities along the coast and at sea, organization, personnel, publications, equipment and laws relating to the Coast Guard service. Possibly the most complete, well organized overview of the early Coast Guard ever written. Superb reference and reading, extremely scarce in any form. Contents clean, tight, overalllight wear, remains of library pocket. (VG). $94.

United States Coast Guard. ANNUAL REPORTS OF THE UNITED STATES COAST GUARD. GPO. Gilt embossed blue government wraps. Reports include extensive details of operations and of rescues throughout the year. Also details personnel, construction and repairs of stations and equipment, rescues and assistance rendered, station listings, loss of life, evaluation of new equipment, ice patrol, promotions, new vessels, the Academy, the Blue Anchor Society [aid for the shipwrecked], awards of medals, report of Board on Life-Saving Appliances, and much more. Quite detailed, exceptionally difficult to find. Each overall clean, tight, only very light wear to wraps.

95501i. ANNUAL REPORT OF THE UNITED STATES COAST GUARD for the Fiscal Year Ended June 30, 1916. GPO. 1916. 299p. Clean, bright. (VG+). $88.

98340f. ANNUAL REPORT OF THE UNITED STATES COAST GUARD for the Fiscal Year Ended June 30, 1917. GPO. 1917. 308p. Light soiling, spotting to wraps. (VG). $78.

95502g. ANNUAL REPORT OF THE UNITED STATES COAST GUARD for the Fiscal Year Ended June 30, 1920. GPO. 1920. 429p. Clean, only light wear. (VG+). $88.

20294c. ANNUAL REPORT OF THE UNITED STATES COAST GUARD for the Fiscal Year Ended June 30, 1921. GPO. 1921. 260p. Clean, only light wear. (VG+). $88.

(Firing the Hunt gun. From Howe, image not included.) 

14292b. Hunt, Edward Soper. Weymouth Ways and Weymouth People - REMINISCENCES. Boston. 1907. 1st edition. 307p. Original beveled cloth wraps. Inscribed by the author. Only 250 copies were printed. In Edward Hunt’s long and distinguished career, no achievement gained him more satisfaction than his development of a life-saving mortar or “Hunt Gun” adopted by the Massachusetts Humane Society for the rescue of shipwrecked mariners, and the lives saved through his efforts. Later his gun was utilized by the United States Life Saving Service as well, prior to the development of David Lyle’s Bronze “C” gun. His life-saving gun had a barrel is of bronze, 3 ½” muzzle diameter mounted on an oak base, with three iron carrying handles. This volume contains Hunt’s original memoirs, which contains chapters describing in detail his work on this early life-saving device. Of particular interest are his descriptions of testing and instruction given to the men at the Humans Society and Life-Saving Service on Nauset Beach on Cape Cod and on Nantucket . Overall clean, tight. Wraps clean with edge wear, light wear to hinges. (VG). $110. 

 

1747. Mattson, Jan. CALIFORNIA LIGHTHOUSE KEEPERS – A Look at Lighthouse Life Through the Eyes of the People Who Lived It. Goat Rock. 2016. 144p. Stiff wraps. 8 ½” x 10 ½”. Filled with photos, many never before published, of lighthouse keepers and family members. In the late 1940’s the author’s relative, a talented painter and professional photographer, began photographing the keepers tending their apparatus at nearby light stations and soon had compiled a photographic history of the life at stations up and down the coast of California from San Diego to Cape Mendocino. These wonderful black and white images present a rare view into the light keeper’s life when their work was still a necessity. No matter what part of the country you are from, these views of the men and women tending their equipment and their stories will surely be of interest. (M). Published at $29.95. Our price $28. (x)

6267L. Howe, M. A. DeWolf. THE HUMANE SOCIETY OF THE COMMONWEALTH OF MASSACHUSETTS - AN HISTORICAL REVIEW 1785-1916. Boston . 1918. 398pp. No. 1 of a limited 1st edition. With bookplate on frontis of J. Collins Warren, an early member of the Humane Society and descendent of early officers of the Society. Illustrated with over 34 fine photogravures of the Society’s Life-Saving stations, boats, crews and equipment. Chronicles the founding and early activities of the Society including the establishment of stations and huts-of-refuge, rescues and resuscitations, Medal of Honor winners, etc. Includes listing of huts and stations and medal winners from 1786 until 1916. A rare title with a wealth of information on this early Service, beautifully presented. Contents clean, tight, covers lightly worn, bumped, nice copy. (VG+). $184. 

16250a. (lot 4 photos & 2 accounts) Wreck of the Lizzie Carr at Wallis Sands, Rye NH. c.1905. Rare lot includes one large original mounted photo of the life-savers as they examine the wreck and search for the missing mate lost during the wreck. Also included are three older 8” x 10” copy photos of other views of the scene. Mounted photo measures 4 3/8” x 6 5/8” on 8” x 10” mount. Also includes newspaper article detailing the use of salvaged sections from the wreck in a local home, and the account taken from the Life-Saving Service Annual Report regarding the rescues. The two-masted schooner Lizzie Carr, bound from Calais, Maine for New York, with lumber, stranded on Foss Ledge during a heavy southeast gale and rainstorm on the morning of January 7, 1905. Crews from three life-saving stations worked to exhaustion attempting to save the crew on board as the wreck was pounded to pieces. Of the seven men on board, all except the mate were rescued and brought to shore. The mate had attempted to swim to shore when the vessel struck but was carried away by the sea and never found. Important lot. (VG+). $110. 

16250b. (lot 5 photos & 1 account) Wreck of the Lizzie Carr at Wallis Sands, Rye NH. c.1905. Rare lot includes four older 5” x 7” and  one 8” x 10” copy photos of the life-savers as they examine the wreck and search for the missing mate lost during the wreck. Also includes account taken from the Life-Saving Service Annual Report regarding the rescues. The two-masted schooner Lizzie Carr, bound from Calais, Maine for New York, with lumber, stranded on Foss Ledge during a heavy southeast gale and rainstorm on the morning of January 7, 1905. Crews from three life-saving stations worked to exhaustion attempting to save the crew on board as the wreck was pounded to pieces. Of the seven men on board, all except the mate were rescued and brought to shore. The mate had attempted to swim to shore when the vessel struck but was carried away by the sea and never found. Important lot. (VG+). $74. 

1733. na. Stage Harbor Yacht Club 1932-1982. Windsor Press. 1982. 96p. Soft wraps. The yacht club at Chatham’s Stage Harbor celebrated its fiftieth anniversary in 1982 and for that event published this history of the organization, its founding, members, races and events, and more. Includes 40 black-and-white photographs, 2 drawings. Contents clean, staining top front cover, light wear. 10.5 x 7.25 inches. Rare account. (VG). $48.

1756. (photo) U.S. Life-Saving Crew in Boatroom c.1910. A rare original image shows a wonderful view of the motor-lifeboat and surfboat as two surfmen relax in the boatroom. Photo measures 3 ½” x 5 ½” on postcard paper. Unusually clear, close view with great detail. (VG+). $144.

1718a. ( lot 8 photos) U.S. Life-Saving Service, Salisbury Beach, Mass. c.1890. Lot consists of 8 original silver gelatin prints measuring 4 ¾” x 7 ¾”, possibly by S.C. Reed, Newburyport, Mass. Rare lot of five crystal clear silver gelatin prints captures beautifully the Salisbury Beach Life Saving crew as they drill with their equipment. Views include men with beach apparatus cart, breeches buoy drill including firing the projectile, which can be seen in flight, drilling with Francis Metallic lifecar, beautiful views of the surfboat, station and more. The Duluth-type station at Salisbury was built in 1897 on the Massachusetts North Shore just south of the New Hampshire state line. Excellent early Life-Saving Service images, clear, crisp, unusually bright. A rare lot. (VG+). $795.

1718b. (lot 5 photos) U.S. Life-Saving Service, Salisbury Beach, Mass. Surfboat Drill c.1890. Lot consists of 5 original silver gelatin prints measuring 4 ¾” x 7 ¾”, possibly by S.C. Reed, Newburyport, Mass. Rare lot of five crystal clear silver gelatin prints captures beautifully the Salisbury Beach Life Saving crew launching and landing on the beach as they drill in the station surfboat. The Salisbury station was built in 1897 on the Massachusetts North Shore just south of the New Hampshire state line. Excellent early Life-Saving Service images, clear, crisp, unusually bright. A rare lot. (VG+). $495.

1758. Krueger, Steve. Lighthouses of Lake Winnebago. Arcadia. 2017. 96p. Soft wraps. With over 122 vintage photographs. Winnebago has a rich history as a major settlement area in the Midwest, and a significant part of its times gone by involved water transportation for both commerce and passengers. Throughout its history, the 137,700-acre lake has been home to six current lighthouses, two navigation lanterns that have long disappeared from the landscape, and one that was scheduled to be built but never came to fruition. History has forgotten a few, but Lighthouses of Lake Winnebago will take you on a trip around the largest lake within Wisconsin’s borders and show you the familiar, while introducing you to the forgotten. This compact volume features numerous early photographs dating from the 1880’s to the present, drawn from the author’s and other private collections, most never before published. (M). $21.99. (x)

1748. (tile trivet) Lightship / US Weather Bureau Storm Warning System by Phyllis Howard. Vintage lightship Tile Trivet reads United States Weather Bureau Storm Warning System and features storm warning flags configured for small craft, gale, whole gale and hurricane warnings. Designed by Phyllis Howard, the trivet is in great vintage condition. Clean, bright, free of cracks but does have several small chips on edge. Measures 6" square. With hanger on back that may need to be reinforced. (VG+). $48.

23318f. THE BUOY STATION, QUARANTINE LANDING, STATEN ISLAND. Harper's Weekly. September 27, 1872 . Fine close, detailed half-page woodcut engraving drawn by F. S. Cozzens detail the U.S. Light House Establishment buoy dock on Staten Island with quantities of buoys lined up on the dock, with a lightship and tender moored behind. Image 7” x 9 ½”. One page only disbound. Included is photocopy of article and second illustration of Sandy Hook Lightship. Unusually clean, crisp, bright, beautiful for illustration or display. (VG+). $46.

1739. (novel) Schroeder, David M. The Surfman. 2013. 432p.  Soft wraps. Late 19th century, on the Delaware coast, the Civil War is over, but slavery has not died. Heiress Elizabeth Harrison leaps from a slave ship where she has been held captive. Jack Light, a surfman with the Lifesaving Service, pulls her to safety and at her insistence hides her until she can return to her home. But LeFrank, the captain of the ship, is bent on selling her to gain control of her fortune. Until now violent storms were all Jack had to fear, but he finds that human will, for good or ill, is stronger than the oceans of the world. He betrays the trust by which he lives to do what he thinks is right. Elizabeth has spent her life in study and refinement, but like Jack now finds herself, an innocent, in a world where men will do anything to get what they want. There are startling revelations, intensely dramatic passages, and we meet Jack s service mates, children from orphan trains, lawmen and miscreants. The surfman lives in Winslow Homer s paintings and history books, but he is hidden in fiction. (M). $21.95.

FG-01. Early Life-saving Line Gun. Coston Supply Company. Included is one original projectile and replacement firing mechanism. $3,900. Reduced $2,495.

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

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

 

1734. Riddle, Mary Ellen. Outer Banks Shipwrecks: Graveyard of the Atlantic. Arcadia. 2017. 128p. Soft wraps. With over 185 vintage photographs. Ever since ships began navigating the coast of North Carolina, the area has maintained a reputation for being dangerous. Today, the region that stretches from the Currituck Outer Banks south to Bogue Banks is referred to as the “Graveyard of the Atlantic.” From the 1585 grounding of the English ship Tiger off the Outer Banks to the 2012 loss of the Bounty, more than 2,000 shipwrecks have occurred in the Graveyard of the Atlantic. Weather, geography, war, piracy, and human error have all contributed to this dense shipwreck zone. The stories behind the shipwrecks illustrate the best and worst of mankind, showing courage and compassion as well as the atrocities of war. This history informs readers about commerce, technology, war, environment, maritime life, and the complexity of the human element. This compact volume features numerous early photographs dating from the 1880’s to the present, drawn from the author’s and other private collections, most never before published. (M). $21.99.

1735. Hendrickson, Dyke. Nautical Newburyport: A History of Captains, Clipper Ships and the Coast Guard. 2017. The History Press. 144p. Soft wraps. With 56 Black And White images. Newburyport was once the most dangerous harbor on the East Coast and one of its most prosperous. Local captains and sailors led the nation to battle during the American Revolution and founded the U.S. Coast Guard. They sent vessels to Bombay, the gold rush and the farthest reaches of the world. Author Dyke Hendrickson explores the perfection of the clipper ship, the city’s famous Federalist mansions and the bold adventures from the Age of Sail. Follow the men and women of Newburyport into battle, into gales and into fortune—or ruin. Great reading. (M). $21.99.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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D&D Lines - United States Lighthouse Service Logo Reproduction Dinnerware. Long ago discontinued, this wonderful quality china is much sought after. We find a few pieces now and then. 

2566-1,9,10. Lighthouse Service Mug (7 available) $54.95 each. 

2566-3,5. Lighthouse Service Dinner Plate (2 available) $54.95 each. 

2566-4,6,-17. Lighthouse Service Cereal Bowl (4 available) $54.95 each. 

2566-15. Lighthouse Service Soup Bowl (8 available) $54.95 each. 

2566-29,-31,-36. Lighthouse Service Sugar Bowl (3 available) $84 each. 

2566-29,-30. Lighthouse Service Salt & Pepper Set (2 available) $76 set. 

2566-8. (set 4 pieces) Lighthouse Service Mug, Dinner Plate, Cereal Bowl, Soup Bowl  $169.95 each. Please inquire.

D&D Lines - United States Life-Saving Service Logo Reproduction Dinnerware. Long ago discontinued, this wonderful quality china is much sought after. We find a few pieces now and then. 

2567-1. Life-Saving Service Creamer (1 available) $49.95 each.

 2567-2. Life-Saving Service Mug (1 available) $38.95 each. 

 

 

11/1/2016

Limited number available - Signed by the Author:

6697. Thompson, Frederic L., THE LIGHTSHIPS OF CAPE COD. 1996. 2nd printing. 112 pp. Soft wraps. Signed by the author. Illustrated with over 93 beautifully detailed photographs. Much sought after, this scarce volume chronicles the history of the lightships in this vital area. Wonderfully detailed b/w photographs enhance the author's vivid description of the history and life aboard these vessels. One of the only volumes ever written exclusively on this subject, this fine work will make a fine addition to any library (M). $14.95. (Wholesale discounts available)

Paintings by Clifton Hunt of Rutland, Massachusetts. Wonderful still-life paintings available from Clifton Hunt or Rutland, Massachusetts. Cliff and Debi own Holiday Acres Equestrian Center, teaching young and old alike to love and excel in the world that is horses and Cliff paints in his "spare time". His work is superb and an original by Cliff would grace any room of your home. Pick from is many works available or commission a piece for yourself. His paintings are on display at local museums and other venues. See more of his work on his Facebook page Clifton Hunt

 

Also....

Sale - Special Price $9 including postage. 

6721. A LIGHTHOUSE FAMILY by Harold B. Jennings. Read a wonderful narration of boyhood memories while growing up at Lovell’s Island Lighthouse in Boston Harbor . Lovell’s Island Range Lights were erected in 1902 for the accommodation o f mariners coming up the South Channel of Broad Sound, Boston Harbor . A wonderful story of adventures, shipwrecks, storms, living without electricity and learning how to run a lighthouse combine to provide entertainment and a learning adventure. Now long out of print, we have finally found a stock of unused copies. 

Published at $15. Now $9 including postage ($5.95 plus $3.05 Media Mail).

118pages with dust jacket. 

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

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

Sale Price $21.95 plus $4.50 media mail. (x)

 

  

28348. Wilkinson, William D. and CDR Timothy R. Dring, USNR (Retired). American Coastal Rescue Craft - A Design History Of Coastal Rescue Craft Used By The United States Life-Saving Service And The United States Coast Guard. University Press. 2009. 185p. Unjacketed cloth. With CD-ROM with 323 b/w illustrations. Long awaited, this exhaustive reference work describes detailed history and technical design information on every type of rescue craft ever used by the U.S. Life Saving Service (USLSS) and the U.S. Coast Guard (USCG) from the 1800s to current day. By looking at these vessels, many of which featured innovative designs, the authors shed light on the brave men and women who served in these heroic services. The first of its kind ever to be published in the United States on this topic, the book and accompanying CD provide detailed information, drawings, and photographs (many of which have never before appeared in print) for each type of surfboat, lifeboat, and utility craft, along with a complete list of every boat ever built and assigned coastal rescue station(s). Included are motorized, wind-powered and human-powered vessels. The book is organized into two major sections: 1) a general, historical narrative, and 2) detailed technical appendices. This college text-sized book is 185 pages in length, with about 140 photos and diagrams. In addition, a reference/appendix section on a co-packaged CD will include 323 additional photos and diagrams. The book is co-authored by William D. Wilkinson, Director Emeritus of the Mariners Museum in Newport News , VA , and CDR Timothy R. Dring, USNR (Retired). Mr. Wilkinson has been engaged since the 1950s in the historical research of small craft used for rescue purposes, and is a well-recognized expert in this field. He is currently an official historical consultant to the USCG on this subject. CDR Dring, although not a professional historian, has had previous experience in the Navy working closely with the Coast Guard on harbor and coastal defense, and has a great interest in and respect for the humanitarian rescue operations this Service conducts with specialized small craft. The extensive research that went into this book, including reference to original USLSS and USCG documents held by the National Archives, has had the full support of the USCG’s Historian, Dr. Robert Browning, and his staff. The most comprehensive work on Coastal Rescue Craft used by the United States Life-Saving Service and the United States Coast Guard ever published. (M). $125. Order now as only a limited number have been printed. 

 

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

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

 

  Image Copyright Walt Disney Studio Pictures

DVD. Disney's THE FINEST HOURS - a movie based on the extraordinary true story of the Coast Guard's greatest small boat rescue in history is coming to a movie theater near you in January 2016. We  have the DVDs available on our DVD or out Pendleton pages. 

 

Read first-hand of the rescue in Coxswain Bernie Webber's book, now available again:

 

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

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

 

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

 

2nd Edition Recently Released:

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

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

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

26249. Clark, Admont. LIGHTHOUSES OF CAPE COD, MARTHA’S VINEYARD, NANTUCKET – Their History and Lore. Beverly . 2006. DJ. 244p. With a chapter devoted to each light station, this is surely the most interesting and comprehensive book on the subject. Profusely illustrated with fine early photographs and engravings. The author traces the history of each lighthouse from the beginning, the story of the construction and changes over the years, and of the men and women who lived and worked at the stations. The author’s emphasis on stories of the people who lived and worked in the lighthouses makes this book most enjoyable - readers are infused with a sense of daily life at each lighthouse, while also reading the extraordinary events that make their histories. Wonderful reading and most well done. (F). Published at $36.95. Sale $23.95.

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

 

SALE!  Booklets by Tom Tag - Fresnel Lenses & Lighting...

~ Early American Lighthouse Illumination ~ 

     

Thomas Tag has long been probably the only authority on lamps, lens apparatus and illumination for lighthouses, with his articles on the subject appearing in our catalogue, as well as the U. S. Lighthouse Society’s Keeper’s Log, Lighthouse Digest and other publications. Now Tom has put together much of this information in seven publications which detail the entire subject, from lamps and fuels, to burners, lens apparatus, manufacturing processes and more. This is a superb collection that answers the questions that many of us have been asking for some time, and will serve as a reference on the subject for years to come. Each of the booklets includes a complete set of footnotes defining the sources of the data for those interested in further research. 

Normally priced at $26 each - now on sale for $18 each while they last. Click here to see our Tom Tag page

 

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

11” x 14” and include mat for overall 16” x 20”. Each print signed by the artist on back. Perfect for decorating. $69 each

14114. 36-foot Motor Lifeboat

14115. Breeches Buoy Drill

14116. Lyle Gun Firing

 

5/1/2014

 

 (buttons) U.S. Lighthouse Establishment / Service, Life-Saving Service, Revenue Cutter Service, Coast Guard, U.S. Customs. Please inquire. 

 

957-21. [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+). $78.

13240. American Flag. 3’ x 5”. Sewn nylon flags are the most popular outdoor flags. They are very attractive to look at, durable, affordable, and they fly with the least wind. Our flags are beautiful with embroidered stars and sewn stripes , very durable, should typically last 12 months or more. These flags are 100% Made in the USA of Dupont Solarmax nylon fabric with 4 rows of stitching on fly end, and strong brass grommets. Perfect for flying at your home or camp. New, Made in USA. $21.95. 

 

Do you know where this is ?. 

I recently picked up this c.1920-1930 photo of this unidentified U.S. lighthouse. Note the tall flag mast to the left. There is also a U.S. Life-Saving station nearby as evidenced by the surfboat crew launching for the daily drill. There is also another double-ended boat sitting on the dune top. Photo measures 3 1/2" x 5 1/2". 

The first person to identify this location and I can confirm it, this original photo is yours free. 

Now Available: 

  

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

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

  

28348. Wilkinson, William D. and CDR Timothy R. Dring, USNR (Retired). American Coastal Rescue Craft - A Design History Of Coastal Rescue Craft Used By The United States Life-Saving Service And The United States Coast Guard. University Press. 2009. 185p. Unjacketed cloth. With CD-ROM with 323 b/w illustrations. Long awaited, this exhaustive reference work describes detailed history and technical design information on every type of rescue craft ever used by the U.S. Life Saving Service (USLSS) and the U.S. Coast Guard (USCG) from the 1800s to current day. By looking at these vessels, many of which featured innovative designs, the authors shed light on the brave men and women who served in these heroic services. The first of its kind ever to be published in the United States on this topic, the book and accompanying CD provide detailed information, drawings, and photographs (many of which have never before appeared in print) for each type of surfboat, lifeboat, and utility craft, along with a complete list of every boat ever built and assigned coastal rescue station(s). Included are motorized, wind-powered and human-powered vessels. The book is organized into two major sections: 1) a general, historical narrative, and 2) detailed technical appendices. This college text-sized book is 185 pages in length, with about 140 photos and diagrams. In addition, a reference/appendix section on a co-packaged CD will include 323 additional photos and diagrams. The book is co-authored by William D. Wilkinson, Director Emeritus of the Mariners Museum in Newport News , VA , and CDR Timothy R. Dring, USNR (Retired). Mr. Wilkinson has been engaged since the 1950s in the historical research of small craft used for rescue purposes, and is a well-recognized expert in this field. He is currently an official historical consultant to the USCG on this subject. CDR Dring, although not a professional historian, has had previous experience in the Navy working closely with the Coast Guard on harbor and coastal defense, and has a great interest in and respect for the humanitarian rescue operations this Service conducts with specialized small craft. The extensive research that went into this book, including reference to original USLSS and USCG documents held by the National Archives, has had the full support of the USCG’s Historian, Dr. Robert Browning, and his staff. The most comprehensive work on Coastal Rescue Craft used by the United States Life-Saving Service and the United States Coast Guard ever published. (M). $125.  Order now as only a limited number were printed. (Ask about our U.S.L.S.S.H.A. discount.) 

 

Protect your investment with Ultra-Pro Top Loader All Clear Card, Postcard or Photo Holders:

  

Ultra-Pro Top Loader All Clear Card, Postcard or Photo Holders. Keeps cards, photos and more safe and clean. Ultra-clear. UV protected, acid free for archival protection. Numerous sizes from 3” x 5” up to 32” x 43”. Pricing from $.35 each and up. Other supplies available including poly bags, etc. Please inquire for pricing. 

 

 

 

 

 

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