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8/1/22

 

2445c. United States Life-Saving Service. Lyle Bronze Line Gun “C”. #499  1900 HBD  A.O.CO.  with quoin and firing mechanism. Scarce, original bronze United States Life-Saving Service Lyle Gun complete with Carriage, Quoin (Elevation Block), and firing mechanism. Muzzle embossed:   “A.A.CO. No 499  1900  H.B.D. Trunion is embossed: “U. S. L. S. S.”. Carriage branded “U.S.C.G.” Original Lyle Bronze Gun “C” Life-Saving Service line cannon was cast for the Life-Saving Service at the  in 1900. Barrel measures 24 ¼” overall with a 2 ½” bore. Carriage is constructed with wooden cheeks, bound with iron and with four original iron handles and mounting hardware. Carriage measures 30 ¼” overall in length, 10” wide and 9½” high.” Condition is very good and will be quite striking when polished in your collection. Barrel is in very good condition, and includes firing mechanism. Carriage nicely finished with stain on wood surfaces, iron with black paint. Also includes original quoin (Elevation Block). Wonderful patina, needs only cleaning, polish, light touch-up. This is an exceptionally rare chance to obtain this excellent set.  (VG+). $11,800. 

17123b. (photo) U.S. Life Saving Station, Knobbs Beach /  Plum Island, Mass. c.1910. Close photo provides a great view of the station with a surfman and Keeper Frank E. Stevens posing in front. There were two life-saving stations on Plum Island, Newburyport (Merrimack River) on the north end and Knobbs Beach (Plum Island) on the Ipswich end. During his 33-year career, Captain Stevens participated in the rescue of crews from over a hundred wrecked or stranded vessels. On the back Keeper [Capt.] Stevens writes in pen: “Compliments of Capt F. E. Stevens. This is the best and latest picture of the station and crew.” Photo itself is clear and close. Great early detail, on postcard paper. 3 ½” x 5 ½”. (VG+). $124.

2321h. (souvenir creamer) Chatham Bluffs - Old Chatham Twin Lights, Chatham, Mass. c.1900. A lovely, bright, gilt decorated commemorative creamer featuring a large, detailed, clear b/w image of the old  twin Chatham lights on Cape Cod. The superb piece measures 3 1/8” high and is enhanced by a beautiful decorative gilt trim on the handle and on the rim. The unusually detailed image includes all aspects of the two early stone light towers and the 1 ½ story keeper's dwelling. Labeled "Made in Germany for Boston Store, Chatham, Mass. 109" Very clean, no cracks or checks, light wear to gilding on rim. A very detailed, striking piece for your display. Chatham lighthouse china pieces are quite rare and in great demand. Unusually attractive piece at an unusually low price. As nice as they come. (VG+). $34.

 

7185f. Bunting, W. H. PORTRAIT OF A PORT: BOSTON 1852 - 1914. Cambridge , MA . 1971. 519p. Without DJ. Two hundred and thirty-four striking photographs of the port of Boston combine with interpretive commentary to recapture the flavor and excitement of the city’s years as one of the two or three great American ports. Considered by many to be one of the three best maritime books available today, this wonderful compilation of early photography offers deep water sail and steam vessels, naval ships, light vessels and tenders, fishing boats, catboats, tugs, schooners and sloops, and the picturesque wharves to create a kaleidoscopic visual history. Includes the widest selection of photographs ever published by pioneer marine photographer Nathaniel Stebbins. A wonderful volume for hours of visual enjoyment. Includes 10 page supplement published in April 1973 which includes corrections and additional information. Clean, tight, in original green cloth wraps, without dj. Ex Harvard College library with bookplate and pocket pasted in. (VG). $26.

32037. (souvenir butter pat) Monomoy LifeSavers At Wychmere, Harwichport, Mass. c.1900.  Striking bright white butter pat, featuring a close b/w image of the Monomoy life savers standing up, posing as they arrive in their surfboat. Commemorative pieces featuring Life Saving Service images from the Monomoy area of Cape Cod are extremely rare and desirable and we have been only able to find a few in our career. This is certainly one of the nicer pieces yet found. Extremely attractive piece measures 3 3/8” in diameter and is enhanced by a decorative gilded rim. Large b/w image is extremely detailed right down to the facial hair. Back marked “Made in Germany for A.N. Smalley, Harwichport, Mass.” Very nice, bright, only some wear to gilt on rim. (VG+). $58.

32031. Black, Captain William Murray. The United States Public Works. Containing A Summary Of The Methods Of Construction And Character Of Materials And Plan. Including Works Of River And Harbor Improvement, Buildings At Posts Of The United States Army, Lighthouses, Public Buildings, Life Saving Stations, And Works Of Municipal Engineering. A defective copy of a rare title: lacks pp. 91-92 & plates 15-19. Illus. by over 40 Photogravures And Working Drawings. NY: Wiley, 1895. 276pp., 36 plates, - measured drawings and some photographic, 19 illustrations through the text.  23pp. ads. 9 ½” x 12” publisher's gilt decorated cloth. This hefty compendium of public works and civil engineering is uncommon outside the libraries of North America. As well, there is a directory of agents in charge of works, contractors, manufacturers and dealers of machinery and materials. Pages 108-135 are devoted to light-houses. They feature two full halftone plate illustrations - Galveston TX light-house & the Front Beacon at Baltimore Craighill Channel - and numerous line drawn illustrations amidst the text, which is occupied with bureaucratic matters, construction protocols, Districts, business methods, procuring materials, contracts, and technical analyses of specific sites. Some other illustrations include Fowey Rocks LH, skeleton towers, Cape Henry, Deer Island, Mosquito Inlet, Spectacle Reef, and more. Pages 164-167 are devoted to Life-Saving Service which includes organization, districts, purchase of land, and description of life-saving station construction. Material on life-saving stations gets interspersed through various other sections of the text block as well. Other chapters include General Laws and Treasury Regulations, War Department Public Works, Treasury Department Public Works, District of Columbia Public Buildings…, Forms, Public Works directories, and more. Original cloth, hinges broken but wraps and spine present, text block sound except missing pp. 91-92 & plates 15-19, clean, fine illustrations including some fold-out (U.S. Dredge “RAM”). Ex Lib. (G+). $124. 

32032a. (document) U. S. Coast Guard Honorable Discharge Surfman c.1919. Coast Guard Form 2510 Honorable Discharge #20504 for Surfman Willard Howell Alfred who served at Station No. 75 Westhampton Beach, Long Island from October 1918 to September 1919 and filled out and signed in hand by District Superintendent C.A. Lippincott. Includes on back description of Surfman Alfred, his service record, proficiency ratings, reason for discharge and more. Clean, two original folds, perfect for framing. (VG+) $74.

32032b. (document) U. S. Coast Guard Honorable Discharge Surfman c.1918. Coast Guard Form 2510 Honorable Discharge #9623 for Surfman Willard Howell Alfred who served at Station No. 75 Westhampton Beach, Long Island from October 1917 to October 1918 and filled out and signed in hand by District Superintendent C.A. Lippincott. Includes on back description of Surfman Alfred, his service record, proficiency ratings, reason for discharge and more. Clean, two original folds, perfect for framing. (VG+) $74.

32032c. (document) U. S. Coast Guard War Service Certificate c.1919. Coast Guard Form 4-4599 War Service Certificate #5436 for Surfman Willard Howell Alfred who served at Station No. 75 Westhampton Beach, Long Island and station No. 87. from April 6 1917 to September 4, 1919 and filled out and signed in hand by District Superintendent C.A. Lippincott. Clean, two original folds, perfect for framing. (VG+) $62.

32034. (chart booklet) U.S. Department of Commerce and Coast And Geodetic Survey. TIDAL CURRENT CHARTS NARRAGANSETT BAY to NANTUCKET SOUND. c.1950-60’s. This is a 12 page booklet without wraps measures 18 ½” x 11”, 3-color charts showing direction and velocity of currents at various times in the tide cycle for the area indicated. Front page is hand stamped “From the Yacht WHISTLE WING Kingston, Mass. F.W. and M.R. Zwicker”, which has some renown in yachting circles. Booklet is staple bound and has one light fold down the center, but each sheet would flatten out nicely for framing. Quite nice. (VG+). $48.

32033. (mounted photo) U.S. Coast Guard Station, Nahant, Mass. Nahant Coast Guard (Life-Saving Service) station north of Boston was one of George Mendleheff’s finest designs, built in 1899. The distinctive tower was of a different shape and placement from his other designs. At the center of the balanced façade was a two-bay boatroom flanked on either side by a covered entry porch. This wonderful view measures 5 ½” x 9 ½” on a 9” x 13”  beveled mount. Mount has old cardboard backing attached. Nice close view. (VG+). $88.

26313c. (burgee - pennant) Ida Lewis Yacht Club in Newport , Rhode Island c.1950’s +. Established in 1928, the Ida Lewis Yacht Club, is housed in the original Lime Rock lighthouse where Ida Lewis was to become famous. This burgee (“A small distinguishing pennant flown by a yacht, usually representing the yacht’s home club.”) has a red background and measures 14 1/2” at the hoist, and 22” on the fly. The burgee has a red background, with eighteen 1 ½” white stars (8 vertically and 10 horizontally) representing the lives saved by Ida Lewis during her career at Lime Rock Light. In between is a representation of a lighthouse measuring 7 ½” tall. The pennant is made by Annin and is labeled NYLANIN 75% nylon 25% wool bunting. Pennant is double sided, with the stars and lighthouse stitched on. The hoist has 2 grommets, lightly corroded by salt water. Pennant has been lightly used with only light edge wear. No holes. A wonderful historical piece and excellent for display. (VG+). $74. 

32035. Chelsea Mariner  4 1/2" Presentation Clock with Chimes to Capt. George E. Eaton, Superintendent 2nd Lighthouse District c.1940. Low serial number #253. Please inquire.

 

25306d. U. S. Lighthouse Service. INSTRUCTIONS TO EMPLOYEES OF THE UNITED STATES LIGHTHOUSE SERVICE 1927. Wash. GPO. 1927. 124 p. Extremely rare original Instructions to Employees includes general instructions to all employees, instructions for light keepers and depot keepers, instructions relating to fog signals, for all light vessels, lightships, lighthouse tenders, engineering instructions for lighthouse vessels, and more.  Includes all aspects of station and apparatus maintenance including approved painting color scheme, paint mixing specifications, equipment marking, furniture approved, leaves and vacations, food supplied, bedding, maintenance of equipment and much more. In original government paper wraps, only light expected wear, contents clean and tight, wraps toned and light soil from age, unusually good condition for this title. A very complete and important book with invaluable information. Also laid in original Letter of Transmittal to Keeper G Alexius, Cape Spencer Lighthouse, Oregon.  (VG+). $335.

6/01/22

29201. Butler, Karen. Nantucket Lights: An Illustrated History of the Island’s Legendary Beacons. Nantucket. 1996. (151 pp. / 148 illus.) DJ. Lavishly illustrated, Nantucket Lights tells the story of the island’s lighthouses and lightships and the men and women who faithfully kept them. This is one of the most comprehensive and attractive books ever done on the lighthouses of Nantucket. Dazzling images including fascinating historic illustrations as well as recent photographs and paintings, and a carefully researched text illuminate an important aspect of Nantucket’s maritime past. Nantucket's three lighthouses all have fascinating history -- little Brant Point Light, which has been rebuilt more than any other American lighthouse; remote Great Point Light, completely destroyed in a storm in 1984 but rebuilt only two years later; and Sankaty Head Light, the famous "Blazing Star." There's also an excellent chapter on the Nantucket Lightship. Even if you've never been to the "Far Away Island," this book is a must. (M). $24.95. SALE PRICE $18.95.

 

32027. (cabinet photograph) U.S. Lighthouse Establishment Principal Keeper, Wisconsin c.1890. J Braun Photographer, Two Rivers, Wisc. This rare posed original portrait photograph shows the clean-cut rather handsome young Principal Keeper proudly posing in his double-breasted uniform coat. Clearly visible on his collars are the “K” insignia, indicating his position as Principal Keeper. Also visible are the early “U.S.L.H.E.” buttons on his coat. Clearly visible too is the typical hat with nice view of the embroidered insignia and cord chin strap. The image measures about 3 ¾” x 5 ½” on a 4 ¼” x 6 ½” original mount. Mount stamped “J Braun [Photographer], Two Rivers, Wisc. “ Photo is clear and crisp, but the background is heavily foxed. It is rare to find images of the Keepers in any format. (VG). $445.

32023. (photo) Chatham Twin Lighthouses c.1900. This rare early photo features a fairly close image including all aspects of the two twin iron light towers and the clipped-gable keeper's dwelling from the front (land side). Beyond can be seen some homes and the Mack Memorial commemorating the attempted rescue of the crew of the barge Wadena and the loss of the Life-Savers lost off Monomoy Island on 17 March 1902. Measurements 3 ½” x 5 ½” on postcard paper. Clear, only light soiling. Rare early view. (VG+). $24.

 

6674e. (stereoview) U.S. Light-House Establishment. Block Island Southeast Lighthouse, RI c.1880's. Circa 1880’s albumen stereoview on mount of the Southeast Lighthouse on Block Island (New Shoreham), Rhode Island by unknown photographer. The Southeast Light cost about $80,000 -- $10,000 for the huge first-order Fresnel lens alone. The lighthouse was designated a primary seacoast aid to navigation, which meant it was equipped with the most powerful lighting apparatus available. The fixed white light, illuminated by lard oil, was first exhibited on February 1, 1875.The large brick keeper's house, attached to the tower, was a 2 1/2 story duplex residence with twin 1 1/2 story kitchen wings to the rear. Great early photo also includes the fog signal building with steam powered Daball fog trumpets. Very good, clear, light wear and bending to corners. Written in pencil on back “Palatine Light and Fog Horn House Block Island 1880 R.J.” Good view. (VG). $88.

32026. (mounted photo) U.S. Navy or Revenue Cutter Service Seaman Rhode Island c.1905. Good size professionally mounted photo shows proud young sailor posing in his blue uniform for the photographer. Hat tally reads “….g STATION”, may be Training Station for this new recruit. Unable to see outside of right arm to determine if Navy or Revenue Cutter Service. Image 3 ¾” x 5 ½” on 6” x 9” embossed mount. Blindstamped Sands & Brady, Providence. In about 1903 photographer Sands returned to Providence, his prior company "Rose & Sands" dissolved, now teamed with William A. Brady to organize "Sands & Brady" studio in Providence. This partnership would also prove short lived. By 1908 Sands was a freelancer working at a small studio at 333 Westminster, dating this image to 1903-1908. One mark to photo, otherwise clean and crisp. Mount has moderate edge and surface wear. (VG-). $46.

32024. (lot 16 glass slides) United States Signal Service Station Glass Slides c.1898. Slides. Excellent lot of 16 b/w glass projection slides in two original Carbutt’s Gelatino-Albumen glass plates boxes were published by William T Gregg of New York and provide rare views at Coast Signal Stations on the northern Atlantic Coast. Slides measure 3 ¼” x 4” overall. All are identified and include: Vilal Haven, Me, Bakers Island, Maine (2), Appledore Island, NH, Rockport, Mass, Highland Light, Cape Cod, Gay Head, Martha’s Vineyard, Block Island, RI (3), Montauk Point, LI, Fire Island, LI, Barnegat, NJ, Cape Henlopen (3). The Signal Service was organized to open and maintain communications, to note the development and progress of storms, to predict probable future atmospheric conditions and to report on the conditions of the sea and navigable rivers. In the later 1870’s, some forty odd observation stations were established in the principal cities of the country. The organization was sufficiently complete so that on the 1st of January, 1871, regular reports of weather observations taken synchronously were telegraphically reported to the Washington office. Signal Service Stations were established in connection with lighthouses and life-saving stations, connected by telegraph and offered communications to ships at sea by light or flag (and later by radio). They also summoned assistance to vessels in distress from the nearest life-saving stations or ports. After the turn of the century this organization would become the U.S. Weather Bureau. These views are exceptionally rare and provide unprecedented details of these remote outposts including the buildings, roof signal tower with men signaling, and more. The glass slides measures large 3 ¼” x 4” and would provide a large clear view. Three have visible cracks, one has a corner crack not visible in the image. The rest are crack free.Fine, crystal clear images, close, quite detailed, rare. Dated on boxes 1898. (VG+). Lot 16 slides in original boxes  $495.

32022. (lot 24 color photos) U.S. Life Saving Service Equipment / Museum Displays. Nice lot of 4” x 6” color photographs by a life-saving historian provides a great look at Life-Saving Service and lighthouse equipment and artifacts in museum displays. Great for research and documentation. Briefly, included are: Sand Anchor & Beach Cart, old USCG/USLSS Station, Virginia Beach; Beach Cart, Chicamacomico, NC;  Beach Cart, Glen Haven MI; Beach Cart, Ocean City MD; Beach Cart, Gurnet MA; Beach Cart, Spermaceti Cove NJ; Beach Cart, USCG, (modern), Point Aux Barques USLSS Station Huron City MI ; Faking Box and Lyle Gun, Glen Haven MI ; Life Car, Cockpit Open, Glen Haven MI; Life Car, Glen Haven MI; Life Car with Life Lines Engaged, Fairport OH Lighthouse; Life Car with Life Lines, Huron City MI ; Fresnel Lens Clock Works, Fairport OH ;  Oil Can, Dossin Museum, Detroit MI; Flair Gun and Flairs, Glen Haven, MI ; Lyle Gun Dunkirk, NY Lighthouse; Faking Box, Mortar and Lyle Gun, USLSS Del Station; Mortars, Fairport OH; Dewatering two-man Pump Glen Haven, MI; Block and Tackle for use with Beach Cart and Life Car, Glen Haven, MI; Breeches Buoy and Life Car, Ocean City, MD USLSS Station; Breeches Buoy, Huron City MI; Mass. Humane Society Life Boat, Hull LS Museum, Mass; surfmen await USCG Rotory Wing Aircraft from the 2000's. practicing a Sar Case USCG Traverse City MI. (F). Lot 24 photos $68.

 

32017b,c. (copy photo) Mezzotint “To the Merchants of Boston this View of the LightHouse is most humbly presented By their Humble Serv’ Wm. Burgis” c.1729 view. The first Boston Light stood as a beacon in Boston Harbor for 60 years until the British blew it up in 1776. Built in 1716, it was the first lighthouse in the United States. In 1719 it was asked "That a great Gun may be placed on Said Island to answer Ships in a Fogg" and one was supplied that year on which the date 1700 was engraved. The gun is shown on this mezzotint engraving of Boston Light made by Burgess in 1729 (to the right of the base of the light tower). Called the first maritime print made in America, the original mezzotint that this photo represents, of Boston Light, is remarkable in several ways. First, as has often been said, it is the only print known bearing Burgis’ name as both artist and engraver. But in point of fact it is the only print bearing Burgis’ name as engraver. Then, too, it is a very early example of mezzotinting in America, second only to Peter Pelham’s portrait of Cotton Mather of 1727. Photo measures 8” x 10” clear close view. $18.

 

32017a. (photo) Boston Light Station c.1960’s – 1980’s. Large 8” x 10” press photo provide unusually close, clear view of the light station on Boston’s Little Brewster Island. View includes the tall light tower, fog signal building and oil house, keeper’s house and more. Taken from the air with Cape Cod on the horizon. Good view, clear and clean. (VG+). $14.

32019a. (photo) Eastern Point Light Station, Gloucester, Mass. c.1900. Old and rare original view of Eastern Point Lighthouse in Gloucester, Massachusetts showing two fog bells on top of the fog signal station. Good close view of the configuration of buildings near the light tower at this well known light station on Massachusetts’ Cape Ann. Measures 4 ½” x 6 ½” overall. Image clean, clear. Back soiled, stamped “Brown Brothers, Sterling, PA…” from a number of eras. (VG+) $28.

32016. (wool blanket) U.S. Navy. Wool c.1940’s WWII. Rare heavy wool blanket of the U.S. Navy came home with a sailor following World War II. The bright wool blanket measures 74” x 55” with sewn edges and bears two dark blue stripes with “U.S. NAVY” faded printing below each, on a crème background. Virtually no wear, in excellent condition. No holes or stains. A very scarce and desirable Navy item. (VG+). $166.

1934a,b,c. (copy photo) U.S. Lighthouse Service Truck 2nd District c.1919. Nice clear, close copy photo digitally printed shows good detail of a Lighthouse Service truck in the Second Lighthouse District. Rare view. 8 ½” x 11”. (F-). $24.

 

32021. Cooper, Fredrick. Destruction Island. 2014. Fredrick Cooper. 452p. Soft wraps. Destruction Island, an isolated island with an abandoned lighthouse off the coast of Washington State, has a tragic history and has held its secret for over a hundred years only for the secret to be discovered and then lost for another hundred years. Finally a clue to its mystery is found in the logs kept by the first lighthouse keeper. Earl Armstrong, a descendent of the keeper, becomes curious about what happened on the island after a series of vivid dreams in which his great-grandfather’s spirit asks for his help and before long, Earl is entangled in the island’s past and present. He discovers the body of a Native American man who apparently was murdered on the island. As forces beyond his control begin to bear down on him, and with the help of the dead man’s brother and an Indian shaman, Earl sets out to discover the secret his great-grandfather chose not to reveal. With vivid, almost cinematic settings, this exciting adventure will hold the reader’s interest page after page. (M). $9.

 

28269. (lot 10 photos) Cape Cod – Highland Lighthouse and Area c.1926-1938. Rare lot of eleven snapshot photos show Cape Cod / Highland Lighthouse and area in the 1920’s and 1930’s. Includes six views of the light station and clay cliffs, two of the old mill in Eastham, one of Salt Pond and one of a period sedan automobile. Measure from 2 ½” x 4” to 3 ½” x 5 ½”. Some on black album page. All clear, good views. (VG). $66.

4/01/22

31093. (newspaper article) At A Life-Saving Station – A Day With Men Who Risk Their Lives to Save Life. Providence Journal, RI., January 15, 1876. Rare lengthy account of a visit to the Bridgehampton USLSS station and the lives and work of the men who work there. The interview with Superintendent Capt. Henry L. Hunting reveals that during these early years of the Service, the surfmen live on their farms in fine weather and only one man is on duty in the daytime. Valuable account and well worth the time to read and preserve it. About 55 column inches. Includes numerous additional interesting articles and advertisements of the day. Intact, some wear. (VG). $85.

31091. (CDV) [Carte De Visite format] U.S. Revenue Cutter Hugh M. McCulloch c.1865. Image by “A.A. Turner Photographer, New Orleans”. Interesting pre-printed backmark in purple ink for the Turner Gallery. Popular during the Civil War when images of heroes and loved ones were widely collected, a CDV consists of an albumen photograph mounted on a 2 ½” x 4” card. Rare, clear image of the U.S. Revenue Cutter Hugh M. McCulloch was possibly produced to commemorate the vessel’s commissioning on December 1, 1865. She was first stationed at New Orleans and made the passage to Cuba in 1867 to convoy the Harriet Lane to the United States. She was then stationed at Savannah, GA, in 1869 and then transferred to Portland, Maine. In 1876 she was decommissioned and sold, to become the merchant vessel John H. Starin. Good detail includes ensign and commissioning pennant of the Revenue Cutter Service flying. Such images are extremely rare and collectible, particularly of Revenue Cutters, etc. Clean, edges good, light moisture or foxing to back. (VG+). $155. 

31068. (photo) Dumpling Rock Lighthouse Interior Coal Heating Unit View c.1911. Rare early photo shows great detail of the coal-fired steam heating boiler in the cellar of the Dumpling Rock Light Station in South Dartmouth, Mass. Handwriting by Keeper Edward E. Brewer indicates that this was the same unit that Edward Bliss of Plymouth Hardware Company had installed at Monomoy Point Light Station in Chatham. Divided back, postmarked 1911 from South Dartmouth, Massachusetts and mailed to a Mr. Bliss in Plymouth, Massachusetts. (Plymouth Hardware Company). Interior photography at the time was difficult to poor lighting and any interior photo taken at a light station is extremely rare. Photo measures 3 ½” x 5 ½” on postcard paper. Postmarked November 3, 1911. Light soiling, a few light bends. Rare view. (VG+). $68.  Sold.

16241c.  (photo) U.S. Revenue Cutter Service Lookout Post, St. Marys River, Soo, Michigan c.1915-1925. Rare early view shows the Coast Guard lookout station on the St. Mary’s River. Note the post lantern hanging and the Light-House Establishment Cast iron oil house beside. Rare view. Snapshot photo trimmed to 2” x 4”. (VG+). $48.

31097. (postcard) Buffalo Life-Saving Crew in Surfboat Under Sail c.1910. Rare lithograph view of a Life-Saving Service surfboat under sail.  Great detail. Postcard measures 3 ½” x 5 ½” and is unused, clean and crisp. Published by the Albertype Co., Brooklyn, NY. (F-). $26.

2826. (lot mounted photo & glass slide) Keeper Mills & Grace Gunderson, Ipswich Range Lights, Massachusetts c.1909. Extremely rare views shows the keeper’s house at the Ipswich Range Lights, with Keeper Mills Gunderson and his wife Grace standing at the porch stairs. In 1837, two lighthouses were built on the stretch of sand now known as Crane Beach, east of the mouth of the Ipswich River. These two lights served as a range for mariners coming through the main channel toward the mouth of the Ipswich River. For just over a century, a succession of keepers and their families kept watch at this light station. Keeper Gunderson immigrated from Norway in 1890 and married Grace Stanley in 1894. He was appointed keeper at Duxbury Pier Lighthouse and served from 1897 to 1902. He then transferred to this station in Ipswich from 1903 to 1911, and then to Boston Light  from 1911-1916. He then transferred to Stage Harbor Light on Cape Cod at a reduction in salary of $200, where he received a commendation in 1918 for the excellent condition of his station. In 1918, after setting the light for the night, Keeper Gunderson committed suicide by hanging himself in a shed while his wife was in town. Reportedly, he was distraught by the illness of his son. Rare view, one of the few in existence showing Mills with his wife Grace, and one of the few providing a close view of the keeper’s residence in Ipswich. In addition is a period glass projection slide showing the light tower and elevated walkway. Photo measures 3 ½” x 4 ½” on 5” x 6” mount. Marked in pen on back “This is the house we live in. Mrs. Grace Gunderson, Ipswich Light St., Ipswich, Mass. Box 680”. Image clean, light wear/soil to mount. Slide measures 3 ½” x 4” overall and is extremely clear. (VG). Set $74.

20283-12. (button) U.S. Life-Saving Service, early style FD 20A c.1870’s. Life-boat with crossed oar and boat-hook below the initials “U.S.L.S.S.” above, on a lined field. Two piece with rope border, soldered loop on back. Reversible type with black composition back, threaded shank. Rare to find this style without the threaded shank. This is the first style used by the Life-Saving Service for only a few years and style is almost impossible to find.  (FD 20A.) 15mm (9/16”) cuff size. (VG+). $145.

31087. (reproduction) U.S. Coast Guard Lighthouse Keeper’s Hat Band Embroidered. Reproduction of the insignia and mohair band worn by Coast Guard Lighthouse Keepers after 1939 (as opposed to civilian keepers after 1939) . Consists of silver embroidered lighthouse surrounded by a gold embroidered wreath, under which are the letters “U.S.C.G.”. Embroidery is on an original period Coast Guard mohair band 1 ½”. Perfect for your reproduction Coast Guard Keeper’s uniform. This insignia was in use into the 1950’s or so. (M). $58.

31098. U.S. Coast Guard Auxiliary Brass Insignia 4”. This insignia is high quality metal, may be copper or brass, measures 3 7/8” in diameter with enamel lettering background. We are not sure where it was mounted, may have been on a boat, or storage chest of some kind, etc. Nice piece, collectible, old patina. (VG+). $48.

 

 

13431-4. (photo) Crewmen of the Tanker S.S Fort Mercer Rescued by Men of CGC Eastwind. February 18-19, 1952. Clear, close, original 7” x 8” press photo shows excellent detail of two survivors, Second Mate Willard Fahrner and Third Mate Vincent Galdon,  huddle in a rubber liferaft as crewmen of CGC Eastwind, fighting against time and the clutches of the rough seas, struggle to remove survivors from the fast sinking stern section of the tanker SS Fort Mercer by means of this rubber liferaft 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. Clear, close view, great detail. (VG+). $38.

13431-3. (photo) Crewmen of the Tanker S.S Fort Mercer Rescued by Men of CGC Eastwind. February 18-19, 1952. Clear, close, original 7” x 9” press photo shows excellent detail as crewmen of CGC Eastwind, fighting against time and the clutches of the rough seas, struggle to remove survivors from the fast sinking stern 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. Clear, close view, great detail. (VG+). $42.

31099. (framed photo image) U.S. Revenue Cutter John Sherman 1860’s view. This appears to be an early photo image of a detailed drawing or lithograph of the U.S. Revenue Cutter John Sherman as seen in 1860’s. Very small lettering on the original reads “Revenue Cutters Built By Peck (unreadable) Cleveland, O 1868 Engines by Fletcher Harrison & Co (Newsome?)”. Image measures 6 ½” x 9 ½” on mounting mat and is extremely clean and detailed. Note the Revenue Cutter Service ensigns on the mainmast and on the stern, and the RCS commissioning pennant. On the bow is the revenue Cutter Jack flag. Not also the seal of the Revenue Cutter Service on the paddle wheel. The revenue cutter John Sherman, was commissioned on 1 May 1866 after being constructed in Cleveland, Ohio, for service on the Great Lakes. She patrolled the waters of the Great Lakes during the navigation season and was decommissioned and laid up during the winter months, usually from late-November until May. She was decommissioned on 21 October 1871 and was sold on 25 June 1872 and was converted for merchant service as a schooner in 1893. A very interesting and displayable piece – deserves more research. Clean, very presentable. (VG). $145.

31128. (photo) Crew Pose on Deck U.S. Revenue Cutter Woodbury c.1900. Rare early photo shows great detail of the complement of the U.S. Revenue Cutter Woodbury in full dress posing on the stern of the cutter. On back F.E. Stuart writes to his mother that he is standing in front of the flag. Great view of uniforms. Photo measures 3 ½” x 5 ½” on postcard paper. Not dated. Rare view. (VG+). $48.

31124. (photo) U.S. Light House Tender Sequoia c.1909. Rare early photo shows great detail of the U.S. Light House Tender Sequoia on her voyage from New York to San Francisco in 1908-1909. Very rare image shows the newly commissioned Sequoia under sail on the trip. She served her entire career in the Twelfth LHD. Photo measures 3 ½” x 5 ½” on postcard paper. Not dated. Rare view. (VG+). $68.

31123. (photo) U.S. Life Saving Service Crew Relaxes, Garibaldi, Oregon c.1912. Rare early photo shows great detail of the six surfman at the Garibaldi Beach Life-Saving Station posing on the steps with their canine mascot. Good view of summer work uniforms. Photo measures 3 ½” x 5 ½” on postcard paper. Postmarked 1912. . Rare view. (VG+). $68.

03/01/22

32008. (souvenir creamer) U. S. Life Saving Station, Ottowa Point, East Tawas, Michigan c.1900. An unusual, bold, bright rose pink commemorative creamer featuring a beautiful full color image of the “U. S. Life Saving Station, Ottowa Point, East Tawas, Michigan”. This bold piece has a large 2 ¾” full color image of the “magically decorated” 1875-Type station on Lake Huron. The station was different from other 1875-Types in that it did not have clipped gables and was “decorated” with an exterior winding stairway to the roof lookout. The detailed image shows the entire station including the boat ramp and kitchen/Keeper’s quarters on the left. This item is quite attractive and unusual, with bright rose pink color and decorations and gilded trim. Creamer measures 3 ¼” high and is clean, only light wear to gilding. Marked “Made in Germany”. A very detailed, striking piece for your display. (VG+). $88.

 

02/2/22

 22414g. [pin/ribbon] U. S. Life-Saving Service Surfman’s Mutual Benefit Association c.1900. The Surfman’s Mutual Benefit Association was instituted in the later 1800’s to provide an organization to which the surfman could belong to provide comradeship as well as promote their common interests. Through their efforts retirement and death benefits were later instituted for the men and other benefits lobbied for. The organization held annual meetings and published a monthly journal entitled Along the Coast. This medal was worn by members at their annual meeting and consists of three parts: The upper bar has a pin back, and bears the initials “S.M.B.A.” beneath an eagle with spread wings. Hung beneath is the insignia of the Life-Saving Service consisting of life ring with crossed oar and hook. On the life ring is lettered “U. S. Life Saving Service”.  Suspended is a 3 ½” red-white-blue ribbon. Medal appears to be un- plated brass or copper, though it is not marked. Both pieces are backmarked “The Whitemead & Hoag Co., Newark NJ.” Extremely rare and collectible life-saving surfman’s item. Entirely intact, light surface wear, needs a bit of cleaning. Rare artifact of this little-known surfman organization. (VG). $325.

25347f. (souvenir dish) Ship Jason, Wrecked Dec. 5, 1893 Cape Cod c.1900. One of the nicer commemorative dishes, a superb, unusually large, bright, white, gilt edged commemorative dish featuring a nice detailed full b/w image of the ship Jason pounding on the bar with the Life-Saving Service surfboat returning from the wreck. It was on the dreaded Peaked Hill Bars that the terrible ocean tragedy, the wreck of the ship Jason, occurred in a furious winter storm on December 5, 1893. The wreck of the Jason was one of the most appalling disasters that has ever taken place on the shores of Cape Cod , twenty-six lives being lost. Of the whole crew, Evans, the ship’s apprentice, was the only person that managed to reach the shore. Marked “153 Made in Germany for S. A. Chase, West Dennis, Mass. ” Unusually large piece measures abolut 8 ½” in by 7 ½” with a raised fluited shell-like edge enhanced by a petite, bold gilt border. Bright, only some light edge wear to gilding. A very pretty and bold display piece. (VG+). Specially priced at $110 (no discounts apply.)

31101. Ektachrome 35mm Slide. Surfman U.S. Life-Saving Service Maine. 35mm slide of circa 1880 cabinet photo of U.S. Life-Saving Service Surfman from the Bath, Maine area. This rare posed original portrait image shows the clean-cut surfman proudly posing in his 4-button single-breasted uniform coat. Clearly visible on his on his cap is a tally lettered “U.S. Life-Saving Service”. The original mat can be seen stamped “Higgins Hatch Studeo Bath Maine.”  Omage is clear, and crisp and can be projected or copied and printed. Slide is dated January 1990. Rare image of surfmen. (VG+). $25.

31100. (photo) Sankaty Head Lighthouse, Nantucket c.1940. 11” x 14” b/w. Quite clear, close b/w professional photograph of Sankaty Head, Nantucket, Massachusetts probably in the 1950’s or so. This photo measures about 11" x 14" and is in very nice condition with only minimal wear to the edges, one slight tear. This is an actual photograph printed on professional paper and is sharp throughout, completely in focus though a bit dark and dust visible from printing. Visible is the tall lighthouse and the 1960’s ranch-style houses for the Coast Guard keepers. Would be quite striking matted and framed. (VG+). $38.

 

8109-121. [flag] U. S. Coast Guard Ensign c.1953-1966. Official U. S. Coast Guard Ensign size #5 (15”h x 26”w). Marked on hem “Coast Guard Ensign No. 5” and “Annin & Co”. Ensign was manufactured for Coast Guard use and is unused and completely intact, probably made of 75% nylon / 25% wool bunting. Pattern is of an earlier design consisting of vertical red/white stripes, with Coast Guard shield on crossed anchors overlaying on the right portion, with the words “Semper Paratus” [1953 -1966]. Top left corner is white with U. S. eagle and shield with bunched stars above. Manufactured by the Annin & Co., Verona , NJ (NYLANIN). Wonderful for your display and quite difficult to get these original ensigns. Superb condition, completely intact, as new, a beautiful piece. (F-). $135.

8109-122. [flag] U. S. Coast Guard Ensign. c.1915-1953. Official U. S. Coast Guard Ensign size #4 (26”h x 46”w) for use on small and medium size craft. Ensign manufactured for Coast Guard use and has had only light use, made of 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” [pre 1966]. 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. 4” and [Mfg. By] “Solkar Manufacturing”. Wonderful for your display and quite difficult to get these original early ensigns. Good condition save some light soiling or age toning. (VG+).  $185.

27406d [flag] U. S. Customs Service Ensign c.1951. Official U. S. Customs Service Ensign size #4 (29”h x 48”w) The Customs Service ensign originated in the practice of flying at their customs houses the flag originally adopted in 1799 to identify revenue cutters at sea. This practice was officially approved in 1874 by Secretary of the Treasury William Richardson, who directed that what was then known as the revenue ensign be hoisted alongside the national flag outside all customs houses during business hours. In 1910, President Taft directed that the flag used by the Revenue Cutter Service be distinguished from that flown ashore by the addition of the RCS badge on the fly. In 1915, the U.S. Coast Guard was established as a bureau separate from the Bureau of Customs, inheriting the RCS ensign, while that without the badge was retained by what is now the U.S. Customs Service. The most recent change to the Customs Service ensign was the 1951 redesign of the national coat of arms to conform to the rendering on the great seal of the United States . This flag does not retain the arc of 13 stars above the eagle, dating it after 1951. Made of a cotton bunting, pattern consists of vertical red/white stripes, top left corner with U. S. eagle and shield. Above the eagle is a bunch of 13 stars. On the eagle is a crest representing the U.S. This flag design has flown  as the emblem of the Custom's Service since 1951. Mfg. by Dettras, this flag has the mark of the "Bull Dog Bunting" made by Dettras Flag Products. The label also says "Moth Proof , Best By Test, 2 ply warp and filling, 100% cotton". Flag has no wear, never flown, only a few small soil spots and some moisture staining. Very good, nicely intact and strong. Wonderful for your display and quite difficult to get these earlier original Customs Service ensigns. Rarely flown if ever. (VG+). $245.

3028. [cover engraving] INSIDE A LIGHTHOUSE – CLEANING THE SILVER REFLECTORS. Scientific American Supplement, No. 429. March 22, 1884. Exquisitely detailed cover full-page 9 ½”  x 15” matted b/w engraving of the Keepers as they clean the silver lamp reflectors in the lighthouse lantern. Shown are more than 30 reflector lamps making up the lantern in the large lantern room. Great detail and an attractive portrayal. A really nice image. nice dark lines and definition. Clean, crisp, matted in white for framing. A striking piece for your wall. (VG+). $88.

2399b. Evans, Clayton. RESCUE AT SEA – An International History of Lifesaving, Coastal Rescue Craft and Organizations. Maritime Press, Annapolis. 2003. 296 p. DJ. This heavily illustrated volume includes over 150 color photographs and offers a comprehensive and dramatic history of coastal life saving and rescues at sea from the earliest times to the present day. Divided into four sections, the first section covers the beginnings in Europe and China, followed by a section on rescue craft design, from the earliest pulling and sailing lifeboats to the high-speed boats of today. The last two sections provide a look at contemporary maritime rescue organizations and SAR network. Published in cooperation with the International Lifeboat Federation, Royal National Lifeboat Institution, and the US Coast Guard, this book also features some of the most awe-inspiring heroics and epic tragedies of the lifesaving service. Strongly recommended by authorities in the field, this is surely one for your reference library. New old stock, never opened, dj one tape-repaired tear and light wear. (M). Published at $49.95. Our Price $35.

1521e.  [reproduction pennant] U. S. Lighthouse Service Station Flag. This triangular station flag measures 44” long by 23” high and is reminiscent of the flags once flown on Lighthouse Service vessels and at the light stations for over one hundred years. The flag is triangular,  double sided sewn, with the standard design, with red border on a field of white, with a large blue lighthouse silhouette. Appears to be 100% polyestrer. Light weight with sewn edges and hem, with grommets for flying. As new never flown. (M). $48.

32003. Brebner, Alan. Relative Powers of Lighthouse Lenses. Institution of Civil Engineers. London. Vol. 111. 1893. pp. 296-325.  30 pages, 6 figures on 1 folding plate. Disbound from Institute report. Scarce report “…describes a novel method of determining the relative values of lighthouse lenses of different form, size or composition, in condensing the light of a flame of given dimension. Quite detailed with calculations used. Clean, crisp. Scarce information in early work. (VG+). $64.

 

32002. na. Lighthouse Service Has Vivid and Colorful History. Federal Employees Magazine. 34p. January 1927 Vol XII No. 1. Full issue. Fine 3-page article looks back at the history of the Lighthouse Service and its co-operation with the Military in times of war, and its record of heroism in National emergencies. Wonderful full cover image of Minot’s Ledge Light Station off Massachusetts coast, as well as a large photo of Diamond Shoa Light Vessel No. 105 (which notes that its entire crew is 100 per cent organized in the Baltimore union local). Magazine includes numerous other interesting articles relating to Federal employees of the day. Overall clean, tight, light moisture spine and portion of back wrap. (VG-). $76.

32001. (mounted photo) U.S. Life Saving Station, Surfside, Nantucket c.1890. Large early mounted photo shows the charming 1874-Type station as a group of visitors stand on the boat-ramp holding the day’s catch of cod. There are very few views in existence showing good detail of the signature station at Surfside, and although a bit light, this view includes very good detail of the architectural details of the front and roof lookout. Image measures 4 2/4” x 6 ¾” on 6” x 8” mount. Two small chips to photo margins and one to mount corner. (VG-). $245.

31070. (mounted photo) U. S. Life-Saving Service Surfman #1 New Jersey c.1890-1910. This rare posed original portrait photograph shows the clean-cut mustachioed surfman #1 proudly posing in his 4-button single-breasted uniform coat. Clearly visible on his right sleeve is the life ring with crossed oar and pike and the letters “US” “LSS”. On his cap is a tally lettered “U.S. Life-Saving Service”. On his left arm is the large “1” indicating his rank. The image measures 4” x 5 ½” on a 5 ¼” x 7 ¼” original mat. Mat stamped “Underwood Long Branch NJ.” Photo is clear, and crisp,  one of the better images we have had in some time. One substantial chip to mat corner, image not harmed. It is exceptionally rare to see such photos of surfmen in any format. (VG+). $225.

 

31096. (photo) U.S. Life-Saving Station, Fairport, Ohio Lake Erie c.1911. Rare early photo shows good detail of the expanded 1875-Type clipped-gable type station located on Lake Erie in Ohio. The station was expanded on both sides, with the original station in the center. Fairport’s favorable Harbor's played an important role in the building of this part of the Western Reserve . It was a port of call for boats carrying immigrants from Europe , going to the upper lake regions, and a haven of calm water for boats in a storm. Photo measures 3 ½” x 5 ½” on postcard paper. Postmarked June 1911. Rare view. Light soiling. (VG). $38

31109a. (photo) Life Saving Crew in Surfboat, Tawas, Michigan c.1909. Photo No. 47 by Bradshaw of Oscoda, Mich. Rare early photo shows great detail of Life-Saving Surfboat as the crew rows. The Keeper is seen standing in the stern operating the steering oar. Quite clear, good detail. Photo measures 3 ½” x 5 ½” on postcard paper. Postmarked July 1909. Rare view. (VG+). $65. 

31109b. (photo) Life Saving Crew in Surfboat, Tawas, Michigan c.1905. Photo No. 7 by Bradshaw of Oscoda, Mich. Rare early very close photo shows great detail of Life-Saving Surfboat as the crew rows. The Keeper is seen standing in the stern operating the steering oar. Quite clear, good detail. Photo measures 3 ½” x 5 ½” on postcard paper. Postmarked March 1907. Rare view. (VG+). $74. 

31067. (lot 2 photos 1 plan) Two Mile Beach Life-Saving / Coast Guard Station #135 Copy Photos and Plan c.1923 views. Lot of two copy photos show two views of the Two Mile Beach Coast Guard Station #135 NE of Cape May City. Built in 1872, the station was a classic New Jersey Red-House Type station with an addition on one side. These views from two sides offer excellent detail of the rare design. In addition is an original ink on vellum “Sketch of Location of Lot of U.S. Life-Saving Service at Cold Spring Inlet to Accompany Report of Feb. 1, 1913. Plan measures 10” x 10 ½” and is an original hand drawn view of the area to show the location of the station, bulkhead, east and west jettys, area to be dredged, and more. Scale 200’ = 1”. Wonderful lot 3 pcs. (VG+) $195.

31092. (photo) Ambrose Lightship WLV-613 at Caddell Dry Dock & Repair c.1953. Clear, close, original 7” x 9” press photo shows excellent detail of the Ambrose Lightship, probably WLV-613, at Caddell Dry Dock & Repair Co in West Brighton. It may be at this time in 1953 that the large cylindrical lantern housing was installed on a tripod foremast with a British duplex revolving high intensity light. Nice view from the stern.  Photo is b/w and is not dated. Clear, close, nice detailed view. (VG+). $48.

13431-2. (photo) Bow of the Tanker S.S Fort Mercer Wallows in Heavy Seas off Cape Cod. February 19, 1952. Clear, close, original 6 ½” x 9” press photo shows excellent detail as the bow section of the tanker S.S Fort Mercer wallows in heavy seas off Cape Cod. Crewmen of CGC Yakutat, fighting against time and the clutches of the rough seas, struggled to remove survivors from the fast sinking bow section of the tanker 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. Clear, close view, great detail. Photographed by Navy photographer Frank Morgan who flew over the scene. (VG+). $44.

31127. (photo) Merrimack River Life-Saving Station, Plum Island, Newburyport, Massachusetts c.1900-1910. Fine photo provides an unusually clear, crisp views of the station with the boatroom doors open, looking through. Photo itself is exceptionally clear and crisp. Note the children standing in the boatroom in front of the surfboat. Great early detail, on postcard paper. 3 ½” x 5 ½”. (VG+). $64.

 

10/23/21

8152m. U. S. Life Saving Service Powder Flask c.1880. Early style Life Saving Service powder flask used by the station crews for priming the Lyle Gun. Flask is of brass and copper construction and measures 10 ½” in length, with four brass loop hangers. On each side of the body of the flask are stamped the initials “U.S.L.S.S.”. This original powder flask has only one expected dent and is in wonderful condition and should polish up well, or looks quite nice with its early patina as is. The spring in the charger nozzle is still intact and operable, with original screw on spout. Also marked “Walton Bros., NY.” [distributor] and “Am Flask & Cap Co.” [manufacturer]. Overall a most presentable rare example of this early Life Saving Service powder flask, one of the nicest that I have had. (VG+). $2895.

 

31103. Small Yacht Block (pulleys), deadeyes, etc. $25-$40 each. Please inquire.

SR-581. [Life-Saving Service 3-dimensional gravure print.] RETURNING FROM THE WRECK. c.1902-1909. A superb early multi color hand-colored three dimensional gravure print shows the life-saving crew pushing the surfboat onto the beach as they return from a wreck. With waves and storm clouds in the background, this delicate image is quite beautiful. The Keeper and six mustachioed surfmen can be seen in their kapok life vests in great detail, as is the surfboat. Done in about 1902 from a photograph, in a number of forms, this original gravure print may have been produced by Campbell Art Company, Elizabeth , New Jersey . The coloring is subtle in shades of greens, browns, reds and blues,  and has the appearance of a photo or fine painting and the three-dimensional nature of the image, done by pressing the image from the back, gives the scene a life of its own. The print is clean and bright on a lightly soiled mount. The print is still mounted in its original gilded plaster period frame with wood backing. Frame and matt will benefit from some repair but you will be rewarded with a superb piece. Image measuring about 7” x 9”, matted and in a period 11 ½” x 13 ½” frame. This is really a “must” for every museum display or for your collection. A beautiful early depiction. (VG). $228.

31083. (photo) U. S. Life Saving Station Sandy Hook, New Jersey c.1910. Rare early photo shows the Bibb #2-Type station located at the south approach to New York Harbor. Great view, clear and close includes four surfmen on the porch. Photo measures 3 ¼” x 4 ½” on postcard paper. Light foxing. Rare view. (VG+). $54.

31084. (photo) Visitors Enjoy Life-Saving Service Surfboat on Beach. Rare early photo shows Victorian visitors posing in and on a Life-Saving Service surfboat on its carriage as a surfman poses with the steering oar. Photo measures 3 ½” x 6”. Overall close, detailed view, only very light soiling. Rare view. (VG+). $22.

31090. (photo) U.S. Life-Saving Service Breeches Buoy Drill. Rare early cyanotype photo shows the life-saving crew drilling with the beach apparatus cart, setting up the hawser as the Keeper aims the Lyle gun. Photo measures 3 ½” x 5 ½” on postcard paper. Labeled Mass., may be Cape Cod. Overall close, detailed view, clean. Rare view. (VG+). $64.

5103d. [stereoview] Long Point Lighthouse, Provincetown, Cape Cod . c.1890’s by G. H. Nickerson, Provincetown, Mass. Clear close images provide an unprecedented view of the second light station at Long Point. Image includes the 1 ½ story keeper’s dwelling with square brick light tower, fog bell tower, and more guarding the Provincetown harbor. In 1873, an inspector reported that "a new dwelling is a necessity... the entire structure is in danger of being carried off by a heavy storm." $13,000 was appropriated for a new tower, keeper's dwelling and fog signal. This new 38-foot brick lighthouse tower, painted brown,  and a 1 1/2-story keeper's house shown here were built in 1875. The 1,200 pound fog bell was installed at this time. Wonderful view is extremely clear and close, providing great detail. Such views of Long Point are quite difficult to find. (F-). $168.

31085. (photo) Boon Island Light Station, Maine c.1955. Clear, close, original 8” x 10” press photo shows excellent detail of the tall granite light tower, boathouse and keeper’s dwellings on Maine’s Boon Island. The present lighthouse was constructed between 1852 and 1854, along with a new keeper’s dwelling. The stone tower is 133 feet high -- the tallest lighthouse in New England. Of lonely Boon Island Light, Samuel Adams Drake noted in his book The Pine Tree Coast in 1891: “Eight or nine miles out, in plain sight, Boon Island lifts its solitary shaft aloft like an 'eternal exclamation mark' to the temerity of its builders. There is no comfortable dwelling on that lonely rock, over which storms sweep unchecked. The tower is itself both house and home to the watchmen of the sea, and in great gales a prison from which there is no escape until the return of fine weather.” Photo is b/w and is dated December 28, 1955. Clear, close, nice detailed view. A few spots. (VG+). $28.

31079. (chart) Long Island Sound Showing the Light Stations from Block Island to New York. The New England Almanac by David A. Daboll, Center Groton, Conn. 1917. Superb Chart of Long Island Sound Showing the Light Stations from Block Island to New York Adapted for use in the New England Almanac from Coast Survey Charts by L. E. Daboll C.E. Fold-out chart measures 7” x 21” and is crisp and clean, with original folds, perfect for framing. Chart is contained within original New England Almanac and Farmers’ Friend for 1917 (New London. 1917. 95p. ) Chart includes light stations, lightships, buoys, towns and citys and more. Almanac contains three pages of lighthouses, buoys and beacons with colors and description of marks. Almanac is complete with early observations, predictions and early stories of the day, moon and tide information, lists of Life-Saving Stations along the East Coast, iceberg information, Income tax law, storm signals, courts, farming information, many interesting advertisements of the day, and much more. Intact, overall clean, spine original staple bound, cover soiled. Chart perfect for framing. (VG). $48. 

6320q. Floherty, John J. SENTRIES OF THE SEA. Philadelphia . 1942. 220pp. DJ. Well illustrated with over 85 U.S. Coast Guard photos. Vivid presentation of the men of the Lighthouse Service and their battles with the elements of nature. The author tells the story of who the men are that man these lonely sentries, what they were like and what their work consisted of. Numerous vintage photographs show details of the stations, lanterns, lens apparatus, tenders, and more. Very nicely done. Clean, tight, light wear to covers. DJ chiped with area on spine missing. A desirable title. (VG). $48.

31086. Tucker, Michael F. United States Army Cap Insignia 1902-1975. 2021. Dorrance Publishing. 292p. Stiff wraps. In the Twentieth Century numerous changes applied to the United States Army and its uniforms, in particular, the uniform cap and its insignia. Presented here are those changes in U.S. Army cap insignia during the twentieth century. Shown in photographs and words drawn from U.S. Government and U.S. Army archives, with dimensions and close-up images of insignia, a thorough history can now be revealed!  With regards to this new research aid, John Adams-Graf (www.militarytrader.com) noted that “…Organized chronologically, the book not only illustrates the fronts and backs of eagle insignia, it delves into the slight nuances and variations while attributing to particular manufacturers and assigning a rarity level...With a foreword and endorsement by the preeminent US Army insignia scholar, Lt. Col (Ret.) William K. Emerson, United States Army Cap Insignia takes its place on the shelf of standard research material for any collector, student, or dealer of 20th century U.S. Army insignia and uniforms. It is one of the books you need to buy immediately before it becomes an "out-of-print" standard…." (M) $88.

9/1/21

20238q. (dish) United States Revenue Cutter Service “U.S.R.C.S.” Dinnerware Dish c.1886-1910. Scarce, original United States Revenue Cutter Service medium dish in the rust, blue/gray and pink “U.S.R.C.S.” flower  pattern. Dish is quite attractive, with little if any  expected light wear and is entirely intact. Plate is back-marked “W” and imprinted with " Greenwood China , Trenton N.J. ” dating it to 1886-1910. There are no other markings visible. In wonderful condition,  oval, and measures 8 ½” by 5 1/8”. Larger than we have found in the past, in wonderful condition. (VG+). $385.

27361z. U. S. Life Saving Service Lyle Gun Folding Octant c.1878-1901. This type of octant, or elevation level, was used by the Life Saving Service and later Coast Guardfor setting the elevation of the Lyle Gun. From 1878 until 1901 the Life Saving Service use this octant, made by the Chapin Stephens & Co in Riverton , Conn. In 1901 when this company ceased operation, the government began to make their own elevation levels. However these were entirely of metal, lighter and of a lesser quality. Octant is made of boxwood, brass bound and includes a metal fold-out scale for setting the angle, with a bubble level set into the upper arm. The octant was carried by the keeper in his haversack. Marked very lightly “No. 036 The Chapin -Stephens Co Conn. USA”, much of which has worn off over the years.  Moderate soiling, worn from use, light rust remains to scale, the bubble level intact and working.  Scarce, early piece. (VG-). $185. 

31062. Sharkey, Alan J. Collectors Guide The Royal Life Saving Society Bronze Medallion 1891-1991. May 2020. 1st. Edgehill. 99p. Soft wraps. This 2020 publication is the first and only book to classify the types of RLSS bronze medallions into types, and date them with their history. Illustrated in full color with glossy cover, the booklet fully details 11 distinctly different types of RLSS bronze medallions from 1891 to 1991, with 28 variations, including the 1991 centenary medal. Invaluable to collectors who own or are interested in the bronze medallions. Limited print run of 200 copies in Britain. Light edge wear from mailing. (M) $48.

31065. Griffin, Matthew. Tales of Old Harbor. 2021. Self published. 146p. Soft wraps. A fine collection of family stories of Depression Era Cape Cod. Matthew Griffin was born, raised, and has lived most of his life in Chatham, Cape Cod, Massachusetts. He attended the University of Maine, Orono and received his B.A. in English & Creative Writing in 1999. He traveled through Europe, and lived and taught and was awarded his international TESL certificate in Prague. In the years between that and the publication of "Tales of Old Harbor" he was a shell-fisherman, mechanic, livery driver, and landscaper. He has finally added the title author to that list. "Tales of Old Harbor" is his first collection of short stories. He currently lives in Orleans, and is working on his second collection. Fine reading for the Cape Cod lover. (M). $28.

31066. (mounted photo) U.S. Revenue Cutter Rush Crew at Worship Service c.1904. Silver gelatin matte finish original print 6" x 8" on 9-7/8" x 7-7/8" studio bevelled edge cut mount with studio stamp on the back (Seattle Photographic Co, 9 Sullivan Block Seattle). Written description on the back dates this as 1904: “After song service on U.S. Revenue Cutter Rush 1904. Chaplain West with Gilbert in foreground Mable West standing with sailors on boom left hand side.” Little if any wear, near fine condition view provides wonderful look at crew and friends in uniform at worship service. (VG+). $124. 

31063. (glass negative) U.S. Life-Saving Service Drill, Coney Island c.1910’s. Glass photo negative from the Brown Brothers Photo Archive, which indicated this as the Coney Island Life-Saving crew.  Original glass plate negative measures 6.5” x 8.5" and shows marvelous detail as the Lyle gun is fired and the shot line pays out from the faking box in the foreground. Behind can be seen the early beach apparatus cart as well as the Keeper and some of the surfmen. Image is clear and close and will make wonderful prints. Glass plate negative has been scanned as a positive to show image detail. (VG+). $88. 

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31057. (photo) Robbins (Ruffins) Reef Lighthouse, New Jersey c.1955. Clear, close, original 7” x 9” press photo shows excellent detail of the cast iron “sparkplug-style” lighthouse in very good condition. Robbins Reef Lighthouse was located on the west side of the main channel in upper New York Bay. Established in 1839, this “sparkplug type” tower was erected in 1883. Note the fog bell visible near the top level. Photo is b/w and is dated July 1955. Clear, close, nice detailed view. (VG+). $28.

31058. (photo) Fayerweather Island (Black Rock Harbor) Lighthouse Repaired c.1984. Clear, close, original 7” x 9” press photo shows excellent detail of the weathered Fayerweather Island Lighthouse built in 1823 to replace an earlier light, to mark the entrance into Bridgeport, Connecticut’s harbor. The photo was taken in 1984 as the U.S. Army Reserve and others work to restore the deteriorating structure.  Photo is b/w and is dated June 1984. Includes the photo as a newspaper image. Clear, close, nice detailed view. Light soiling. (VG+). $36.

 

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Available Once Again:

25355. Replica U. S. Lighthouse Service Helmet Insignia. Perfect for your cap or lapel. Replica of keeper’s insignia from the 1880’s depicts a granite lighthouse tower on crossed spar and whistling buoys. Although this insignia was intended for the helmet of the watchmen at lighthouse depots, many of the keeper’s of the day wore it as well With clutch back, perfect to use on your cap, lapel or on your uniform. 1 ¼”. (M). $9.95

25356. Enamel U. S. Lighthouse Service Flag Lapel Pin. Perfect for your cap or lapel. Enamel lapel pin includes the triangular Lighthouse Service flag on a white rectangular background. With the words “U. S. Lighthouse Service Flag. With clutch back, perfect to use on your cap, lapel or on your uniform. ” ¾” x 7/8”.  (M). $4.95

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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. Our Price $31.50

15218. Richmond, Arthur P. Massachusetts Lighthouses and Lightships. Schiffer. 2013. 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. Our price $41.95.

31056. (photo) Bass River Lighthouse, West Dennis, Mass c.1910. Rare early photo shows the Bass River Light House, West Dennis, Mass. One of the few of this rare lighthouse that I have found, this close image includes many aspects of the lighthouse with lantern room protruding from the roof, as well as fence and out-buildings. Still standing today as the Lighthouse Inn, I have stayed overnight in the room just below the lantern and it was a wonderful experience. Their web site www.lighthouseinn.com notes that “Bass River Light was among the last … lighthouses erected … on Cape Cod and the islands. Built in 1855 atop a large keeper's house, it had a range of 12 miles and flashed a white light every 6 seconds. The lighthouse replaced a lantern hung in the attic window of a private residence. It provided safe passage for an active fishing and packet fleet for 60 years. The light was shut down in 1880, re-activated in 1881 and continued until 1914. Acquired as a private residence, the keeper's house was expanded in 1933 and later as the Lighthouse Inn.” Photo measures 3 ½” x 5 ½” on postcard paper. Overall close, detailed view, light wear, soiling. Rare view. (VG). $68.

1365. Light-House Board. Manual of Light-House Engineering, Embracing Plans of Towers, Light Vessels, Beacons, Buoys, and Other Aids to Navigation, Designed and Executed Under the Direction of the Light-House Board, and Exhibiting The Present System of Lenses, Lamps, Implements, Etc., Employed in The Light-House Establishment of The United States. Wash. 1869. Volume II Plates. Folio (14 ¾” x 11 ¼”. ). With index and 77 fine lithographed plates by J. Bien, including many double plates of light houses on the American coastline. Plates include detailed plans of the external and internal structure of lighthouses for: Cape Ann, Minot's Ledge, Cape Canaveral; Iron Light House in Atchafalaya Bay, La; Ship Shoal Light House in La; Lake Superior Light House; Ediz Hook, Wa.; St. Simon's, Georgia (10 plates); Cape Hatteras, N.C (3 plates); a Screw Pile Light House for replacing light vessels; Double Dwellings for Keepers of first order lights; Light Keeper’s Implements (3 plates); Lantern for 4th, 5th & 6th Order Lenses; 6th Order Light House; Double Dwelling for Keepers of 1st Order Lights; First Order Lens and Hydraulic Lamp; Lenses; Rod Lamp & 4th Order Lens & 100 Gal Oil Butt; Lenses and Lamps, Buoys and Moorings (4 plates); First Class Light Vessel (2 plates); Bug Light; Day Beacons (2 plates); Funck's hydraulic float lamp (4 plates), and more. In modern brown morocco boards, marbled end-papers, gilt embossed. Boards & spine are both attractive and in very good condition. Overall clean, a bit of light soiling and occasional foxing spots to front few pages, otherwise v. good condition throughout. An unprecedented look at the engineering and operation of the Light-House Establishment in the 1860’s . Will reproduce well for posters, publishing and more. Excellent details for use in restoration work, etc. (VG+). $3,900. (more photos available)

31047. (photo) Officers of U.S. Revenue Cutter Bear Who Composed the Overland Expedition for Relief of Whalers Trapped in Ice at Point Barrow, Alaska in 1897. Clear, close, original 8” x 10” Coast Guard photo shows excellent detail of 1st Lieut D. H. Jarvis comdg., 2nd Lieut E. P. Bertholf, Surgeon S. J. Call of the Revenue Cutter Bear, who commanded the Overland Expedition for Relief of Whalers Trapped in Ice at Point Barrow, Alaska in 1897. Image is c.1898 from the records of the U.S. Coast Guard and reproduced for the press in August 1962. Photo is b/w and includes detailed description on back. Clear, close, nice detailed view. (VG+). $58.

31034. (mounted photo) U.S. Life-Saving Service Lifeboat in Station c.1900. Clear close view of Life-Saving Service lifeboat in the boat-house on its cradle. Good view of bow and marine railway, etc. Image measures 3 ½” x 3 ½” on 5” square mount. Mount has significant damage to corners and surface layer. Photo has some moisture and foxing but still a worthwhile image. (G) $46.

31052. (photo) Cape Cod Highland Light Station - Artist c.1920's view. Clear, close, original 8” x 10” press photo shows excellent detail of Cape Cod’s Highland Light Station in North Truro as an artist paints his interpretation of the scene. Great view of the various buildings and the light tower and lantern. Note the two automobiles, which allows us to date the photo to late 1920’s or early 1930’s. Clear, close, nice detailed view. (VG+). $38.

31054. (copy photo) Life-Saving Service Horse Pulling Surfboat c.1900 view. Good clear view shows the early life-saving crew pushing surfboat through the sand as the station horse struggles at the bow. View is fairly clear and close, great for framing or research. From National Archives photo by Leib Archives (York, Pa.). Measures 8” x 10”. Protected in plastic, label will come off with protective covering. (M). $32.

31053. (copy photo) Life-Saving Service Horse Pulling Beach Apparatus Cart c.1900 view. Good clear view shows the early life-saving crew pushing beach apparatus cart through the sand as the station horse struggles to pull at the front. Note two faking boxes on top of canvas-covered cart. View is fairly clear and close, great for framing or research. From National Archives photo by Leib Archives (York, Pa.). Measures 8” x 10”. Protected in plastic, label will come off with protective covering. (M). $32.

31051. (copy photo) N&Z Lifeboat Life-Saver with Boat Holland c.1920. View. Striking large 13” x 19” professional reprint photo shows detailed view of a c.1920 Dutch life-saver standing proudly at his lifeboat stern. Lettered on the gunnel is “N&Z Hollandschi ….” On the image appears to read “Schipper Bijl  den Helder [city in Netherlands]” “Kreuger Fotogram den Helder (Holland)”. Crystal clear - this would be superb framed on your wall. The image speaks for itself. Shipped rolled. (F). $48.

31048. (copy photo) Monomoy Point Light Station c.1987 view. Digital print of HABS (Historic American Buildings Survey) photo shows the 1849 iron tower and later keeper’s dwelling located at Monomoy Point in Chatham on Cape Cod. The first (light station) lighthouse was built here in 1823. The one shown here was built in 1849 by Cyrun Alger & Co. You can see the brick oil storage house in the right hand side of the picture which was built in 1894. Originally built in response to Federal period growth in coastal traffic, the Monomoy Point Light Station is an early example of a cast-iron fixed coastal light. This photo was taken in 1987 after a restoration of the keeper’s dwelling. 8 ½” x 11”. (F). $21.

 

 

16222-II. Demeter, Andrew. Chelsea Clocks: A Technical Manual, Part II. 2018. Revised March 2021. Demeter Publications, Ltd., 90p. Soft wraps, spiral bound. Cover Photo: Leonard Taube, retired master watchmaker for Chelsea Clock Company. Published to provide additional technical information beyond that contained in Part I (no longer in print) and Demeter’s initial work Chelsea Clock Company, The First 100 Years. Reference includes color and b/w photos and parts lists, images of blueprints,  and much more. Sublects covered include: The History Of Factory Keys & How To Identify Counterfeits (illustrated with color photographs of genuine and counterfeit keys); The Manufacturing Process Of Factory Keys; Main Spring Blueprints & Specifications; Chelsea Regulators (Their history and years of manufacture.  And not previously published, a factory photo of a Chelsea Grandfather (Model 2S) clock.); Sales Ledger Index Of All Regulators #3 And #5. (lists the Serial Number, Model, Date of Sale, Customer, Description of Wood and any sales ledger comments); Factory Screw Chart (Five (5) pages of screw sizes by Part #, Movement Model, Description, Material, Size and Style); Factory Formula For Making Silver Nitrate Compound; Factory Instructions On Silvering Dials And Reflectors; Factory Instructions On Polishing, Coloring & Lacquering Cases; Three (3) More Pages Of Factory Mainspring Specifications Dated 1922, 1942 & Circa 1948; Factory Movement Model Index – Updated (11 pages from the Personal Handbooks of Supt. John Malloy and Co-owner Walter Mutz. Listed alphabetically by Number & Letter with description of the end user both commercial and industrial); Considerations Before A Purchase (Issues to check or question that are inherent to certain model types); Factory Checklist For The Model 4l Ships Bell Movement (trouble-shooting factory procedure for twenty four (24) points of inspection of a new or re-assembled Ships Bell Movement); Factory Hands (Seventeen (17) factory pages of Hands By Size, Style and Part Number). Limited quantity available. (M). $95.95. 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

27481. Hawley, J. H. HYDROGRAPHIC MANUAL. U. S. Coast and Geodetic Survey. Special Publication No. 143. GPO. 1931. 170p. Soft wraps. Detailed work describes completely the equipment, vessels, theory and operation of the U. S. Coast and Geodetic Survey for hydrographic operations. Includes wonderful descriptions and information, locations, theory, principles of operation, equipment, systems, history and work performed. Illustrated with maps and numerous wonderful photographs of vessels, equipment, markers,  and more. . Clean, tight, rare title. (VG+).  $44 / Reduced $ 26.40.

 

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892. Canney, Donald L. , U. S. COAST GUARD AND REVENUE CUTTERS 1790-1935. Naval Institute Press. 1995. 128P. DJ. From 250-foot Lake -class cruising cutters to 36-foot picket boats, more than 1000 vessels are included in this first complete and systematic listing of U. S. Revenue Service and Coast Guard vessels through 1935. Includes specifications for each, as well as a service history. An interesting and important reference, difficult to find now. (M). Pub. at $49.95. Our Price $32.95.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

   

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

6275h-2. 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. DJ. Gilt embossed hard cover library edition with dust wrap (only 300 were produced for libraries and advanced collectors.) 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 in this scarce, last remaining copy obtained from the author. 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. Book is new old stock and as such has not been opened but does have a previous owner’s bookplate in front. Clean and crisp. (F). $129.95.Sold.

A few lightly used softcover are available as well for $34.95 while they last. 

3/1/2021

12435b. (photo) U.S. Life Saving Service Crew, Big Sandy Life-Saving Station, Lake Ontario c.1913. Great image shows a close, clear view of the keeper and his 6-man crew drilling with the breeches buoy apparatus. To the right can be seen the 1875-Type station sheltered in the trees. Rare, clean and clear, nice view of apparatus especially the beach cart, etc. The life saving station at the mouth of Sandy creek was established in 1876. Before the station went into operation, more than 80 boats and vessels were driven into the Mexico bay region, and of this number one-half were total wrecks, while the fatalities aggregated 80 lives lost. Great early detail, on postcard paper. Only very light wear, clear and close. (VG+). $110.

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3114. (photo) U.S. Life-Saving Station and Lighthouse, Coos Bay (Cape Arago), Oregon c.1909. Superb clear, close photo shows great detail of the 1875-Type life-saving station near Coos Bay, Oregon. This was the first life saving station on the Oregon Coast, built in late 1878, two miles southwest of Cape Arago. Note that the station was built high on wood piles to protect it from the tides. The station, a rather quiet place without much rescue activity, had 14 keepers in 37 years, the highest turnover rate on the West Coast. The station was initially reached by a platform suspended from a high cable. The lighthouse at this site was built to replace the lighthouse at the Umpqua River. Congress appropriated $15,000 on July 2, 1864 for the light, and the first Cape Arago Lighthouse was illuminated on November 1, 1866. When the fog signal had been in operation for just over ten years, erosion on the point endangered the lighthouse and fog signal building. As a replacement, a lighthouse, consisting of a wood-frame fog signal building with an attached octagonal tower, seen here, was built near the keeper’s duplex using a $20,000 appropriation made on March 4, 1907. Great detailed view includes life-saving station, lighthouse and fog-signal building, and dwelling on the extremely rocky site. Photo is unusually clear and with great detail, on postcard paper. 3 ½” x 5 ½”. Postmarked 1909. (VG+). $68.

 

28122. [15 glass slide set] The Life-Savers of Cape Cod. c.1902. In 1902 Dalton wrote probably the finest and most complete history of the Life-Saving Service and its 13 stations on the outer reaches of Cape Cod . In it he looked at each of the 13 stations individually including their men, equipment, construction and modifications of the buildings, rescues, and much more. It was profusely illustrated with over 100 fine b/w photographs. During this period, surfman Asa Cobb Paine Lombard along with his Cahoon’s Hollow companion, Eugene Young, gave lectures at the time in the eastern part of Massachusetts describing the wrecks that occurred on Cape Cod from Monomoy to Provincetown , explaining how rescue attempts were made, and the operations of the United States Life Saving Service. The proceeds from the lectures were used to buy Station personnel the necessary extras needed to perform their duties — equipment not provided by the government. In addition, other surfmen gave similar lectures, all using similar b/w projection slides using these images from Dalton’s book and others. This lot of 15 glass projection slides is from such a set used for these lectures. Crystal clear views include: Surfman E. S. Dyer, Pamet River LSS, oldest surfman in the U.S.L.S.S.; wreck Katie J. Barrett breaking up on beach; ship A. S. Ropes dismasted off Provincetown; Highland LSS crew; wreck Panchita driven ashore in Provincetown; High Head LSS; High Head LSS crew; Wood End LSS crew; Nauset LSS crew; Monomoy LSS; Keeper Seth Ellis, Keeper Monomoy LSS; Keeper Joseph Kelley, Monomoy Point LSS; Schooner ashore; wreckage on beach; dismasted schooner. The views are superb and crystal clear, perfect for printing or projecting in a proper projector. Slides measures 3 ¼” x 4” and presents a superb, clear image. Two slides have crack but are intact, remaining near fine. (VG+). $445. Reduced $345.

 

3095. (photo) Niagara Life-Saving Station, Lake Ontario c.1909. Good clear, close photo shows great detail of the crew of the Niagara Life-Saving Station posed on the boat ramp. One surfman, Clemens, is identified and the writer notes on the back “Here are some of those nice boys, the one man Red’s very nice….”. Good view includes surfboat, station doors and sign. Photo is clear, great detail, on postcard paper. 3 ½” x 5 ½”. Postmarked 1909 with message on back. Only very light wear. (VG+). $78.

3098. (photo) U.S. Life-Saving Service Dobbins Lifeboat Ilwaco Beach (Klipsan Beach), Washington c.1908. Good clear, close photo shows great detail of the 7-man crew of the Ilwaco Beach Life-Saving Station pulling at the oars of the Dobbins lifeboat as the Keeper mans the steering oar. Unusually close view shows great detail of the boat and of the man as well. The Life-Saving Station at Klipsan Beach (formerly Ilwaco Beach) was north of Cape Disappointment. On postcard paper. 3 ½” x 5 ½”. Postmarked 1908 with message on back. (VG+). $58.

 

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6724f. U.S. Coast and Geodetic Survey. UNITED STATES COAST PILOT. Atlantic Coast - Section B. Cape Cod to Sandy Hook . (1950) Fifth Edition. Hard cover. 503pp. Stamped on front cover: “Officer in Charge Brant Point Lifeboat Station, Box 479, Nantucket, Mass.” Unusually good condition, clean, tight, near fine. (VG+). $48. 

 

28346b. Boddington, Jack. A CONQUERED SEA - An Illustrated Record of the United States Presidential Lifesaving Medal and Related Awards. Self published. 1990. 90p. Soft wraps. Scarce reference lists Presidential Lifesaving Medals and associated awards from 1853 up to 1939, as well as registers of recipients where available, images of the medals, and more. Very good reference work on the subject with good detail and information. Recipients’ listing includes date, the award, the name of the recipient, their rank, nationality, their ship and what US ship they saved as well as information on the award itself. Clean, tight, near fine copy of a rare publication. (VG+). $74.

 

Clearance Sale - “Wreck Master” Appointment Certificates, Long Island c.1810-1868

 

Original New York State “Wreck Master” Appointment Certificates, County of Suffolk. Signed in hand by the Governor of New York State. c.1861 – 1869. Certificates measure 10 ½” x 16 ½” and include applied seal of New York State. Signed in hand by the Governor and by the Secretary of State.

"…Wreck Masters, appointed by the New York State Governor from 1787 on, were required to help victims and protect property belonging to wrecked ships, rescue service on Long Island relied on volunteers until the founding of the Life-Saving Service, a federal agency, in 1871”.

The appointment certificate for March 24, 1810 describes the duties of the Wreck Masters as follows: “…to aid and assist all such ships and vessels as may happen to be stranded on the coasts of said county of Suffolk with full power and authority to them…. to give all possible aid and assistance to all such ships and vessels and to the people on board of the same and to use their utmost endeavors to save the same and to save preserve and … for the purposes aforesaid the cargoes of all such ships and vessels and all goods and chattels whatsoever which may at any time be cast by the sea upon the shore and to employ such and so many men for the purpose as they may think proper. To have and to hold exercise and enjoy the said office together with the fees profits perquisites privileges and advantages to the same by law belonging or appertaining unto them…. “

Certificates list the individual being appointed and his town of residence, and the person whom he is replacing.

Long Island towns represented include Amagansett, Babylon, Baiting Hollow, Belport, Brookhaven, Centre Moriches, East Hampton, Fire Place, Fresh Pond, Mattituck, Miller’s Place, Northport, Orient, Patchogue, Penataquit, Quogue, Riverhead, Sayvile, Smithtown, Southampton, South Haven, Southold, West Hampton.

Pricing in the $200 - $40 range depending on condition and content, with discounts on multiple items available. Please inquire for towns and reduced pricing

 

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3102. Gendell, David. Thomas Point Shoal Lighthouse: A Chesapeake Bay Icon. History Press. 2020. 206p. Soft wraps. Well illustrated with vintage photographs. For centuries, the hard-packed shoal at Thomas Point menaced Chesapeake Bay mariners. Even after two separate stone towers were built on the shoreline, sailors continued to request a light at the end of the mile-long shoal. When a new lighthouse was finally approved in 1873, experts deemed its novel design too fragile for the location—but it was built anyway. Long overdue and of an inappropriate design, the iconic Thomas Point Shoal Lighthouse was lit in November 1875 and continues to serve mariners. Thomas Point is the last Chesapeake Bay screwpile-style lighthouse in its original location and one of only twelve American lighthouses designated as a National Historic Landmark. Join Annapolis sailor David Gendell as he explores Thomas Point. This compact volume features numerous early photographs, drawn from the author’s and other private collections, most never before published. (M). $21.99.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

10/1/2020

20238p. United States Revenue Cutter Service “U.S.R.C.S.” Dinnerware saucer. Scarce, original United States Revenue Cutter Service saucer in the rare later intertwined green “U.S.R.C.S.” pattern. This is a scarce original china dinnerware piece from the United States Revenue Cutter Service manufactured of heavy white institutional type china, in the early years of the Twentieth Century for use in ships’ wardrooms. This pattern is 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 brown, 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”. Saucer is back-marked “M China L”. There are no other markings visible. Saucer is near fine and quite clean and presentable.  Saucer measures 4 11/16” in diameter. A great example of this extremely rare pattern. (F-).  $274.

7118g. [Brunton, Richard Henry. BUILDING JAPAN 1868 - 1876.   [With an Introduction & Notes by Sir Hugh Cortazzi, G.C.M.G. In addition to the 1906 Introductory, Postscript & Notes by William Elliot Griffis.]. England . 1991. 269p. 1st. 4TO. Without DJ. This book is an account of an English master mariner’s participation in the early maritime development of modern Japan . Born in the early nineteenth century, Albert Richard Brown was instrumental in coastal survey and in the erection of over 30 lighthouses. Building Japan was Brunton’s memoir of the years that he spent in Japan constructing lights to light up the coast. R. H. Brunton’s Japan Lights, was first published in London in 1876. The text of Brunton’s work presented here is as edited around 1906. With 28 color and monochrome photos and illustrations and numerous appendices and data. Clean, tight, near fine condition. (F). $34.

 

9/1/20

3076. (photo) Life Savers Drill in Surfboat Near Ocean Park, Wash. c.1910. Superb clear, close photo shows excellent detail as the crew of the Willapa Bay or Klipsan Beach Life-Saving station land in the surf as they drill in the station surfboat. Labeled as “…near Ocean Park, Wash.” Photo is clear, great detail, on postcard paper. 3 ½” x 5 ½”. (F-). $54.

24376-1,2,3. MARINE SIGNAL LANTERN 155MM TYPE ML-155 CLEAR. Tideland MaxLumina. Unused, new old stock, complete, clear lens and mounting bar for 4 or 6-place bulb holder (not included). Marine ATON lantern is used in thousands of installations worldwide in lighthouses, and to mark buoys, offshore structures, channels, bridges, barges and docks. This original lantern contains a highly efficient clear 360°  acrylic fresnel lens which is single piece injection molded with 1”bird spike. Base is heavy duty PVC, gasketed. Lantern is 155 mm size and stands approximately 18" to top of cap. Base is molded from UV-stabilized fiberglass and polyester resin compound with an overall diameter of approximately 10”. Acrylic lens measures 11" high by approximately 6 ½” in diameter. A great lamp for a lighthouse, or for your den, or perfect for yard or post light, wharf, barn or driveway and will be striking when lit. As new, never used, in original box. (F-). $165. Sale $124 each.

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3075. Oppermann, Joseph K. BODIE ISLAND LIFE SAVING STATION & BOAT HOUSE - Historic Structure Report. National Park Service. 2005. 178p. Soft wraps. Historic Structure Reports provide a valuable foundation for the rehabilitation, restoration, stabilization or reconstruction of historic Bodie Island Life-Saving station and boat house. Such a report is particularly important for fabricating significant missing architectural or landscape features, recapturing the appearance of a property at one particular period of its history, removing later additions, or substantially modifying existing historic fabric. This document provides a project architect with the information necessary for making appropriate decisions on restoring or removing fabric, and on period of restoration. The report provides a clear description of the building’s architectural history: its original appearance, what changes were made and when, and its present condition. In addition, it  provides guidance with respect to any proposed new work. Includes numerous important period and recent photos and diagrams, maps and other information for guidance. A most important reference for anyone interested in this historic site. (M). $48.

3079. (photo) U.S. Life-Saving Service Surfboat, Chicago, Ill. c.1910. Great clear, close photo shows good detail of the Life-Saving crew at Chicago drilling with the station surfboat. Photo is clear, great detail, on postcard paper. 3 ½” x 5 ½”. (VG+). $38.

 

3077b,c. Harbour Lights, Men of the Life Saving Service Keeper / Surfman Replica. Harbour Lights replicas are award winning hand painted and numbered lighthouse, life-saving station and lightship sculptures. These sculptures are part of the Life-Saving Service series that also included the Point Allerton Life-Saving Station, and the "Wig Wag Man", a figurine holding a red flag that was used for communication. The items are as new. Individually: Keeper rowing (sold), Surfman holding child $48, Surfman on beach patrol $52. 

8/1/2020

16118f. (cabinet photograph) Light House Establishment Principal Keeper Frederick Leonard Harrington, Trinidad Head Lighthouse, California c.1888. This rare posed original portrait photograph shows the clean-cut rather handsome Principal Keeper proudly posing in his 8-button double-breasted uniform coat. Clearly visible on his collars are the “K” insignia, indicating his position as Principal Keeper. Also clearly visible are the early “U.S.L.H.E.” buttons on his coat. The image measures about 3 ¾” x 5 ½” on a 6 ¾” x 9” original mount. Mount stamped “Peters [Photographers] 914 Market Ave., San Francisco, Cal.” Frederick Leonard Harrington was born in Massachusetts to Benjamin Webber Harrington and Sarah Clary Pratt, and was but a child when the family settled in California in 1852. When a youth he entered the navy, at the Mare Island yard, but bought his discharge from that branch of the service to join the army when the Civil War broke out and served faithfully to the close of the struggle. Returning to civil life after the end of the war, he was variously engaged until he went into the Lighthouse Service in 1882, taking the Cape Mendocino station for a few years. In 1885 he became first assistant at Point Montara, transferring from there to Piedras Blancos in 1886, and in 1888 to Trinidad, when promoted to keeper. He had been there continuously since, and though seventy-one years of age (1914) was still filling the position with his customary care and punctilious attention to his duties (the third oldest man in the lighthouse service in the California District). Since he was born in 1843 and became a head keeper in 1888, he would have been about 45 at the time of this photo, which looks about right – he probably posed for this photo upon his promotion to Principal Keeper. In later years, photos of Keeper Harrington show him wearing glasses. (From the on-line biography of his son, Frederick Arthur Harrington who also was a Trinidad lighthouse keeper for 38 years. Thanks too to Lighthouse Digest Historian Deborah Baldwin for her research.) Photo is clear and crisp on slightly worn mount. Very light crease across center but difficult to see. It is rare to find images of the Keepers in any format. A great image of young Keeper Harrington. (VG+). $185.

7/1/20  

3061. Henry, Ellen J. The Ponce Inlet Lighthouse: An Illustrated History. 2019. Ponce De Leon Inlet Lighthouse Preservation Association. 317p. DJ. THE PONCE INLET LIGHTHOUSE: An Illustrated History tells the story of the Ponce (originally Mosquito) Inlet Light Station and the local Florida region from prehistoric times through the present day. Published by the Ponce De Leon Inlet Lighthouse Preservation Association, this extraordinary hardcover coffee table book is the definitive history of the Ponce Inlet Light Station and represents more than 15 years of research conducted by author and museum curator Ms. Ellen Henry. The book features more than 400 images to bring it all to life and is filled with fascinating stories of human perseverance, lighthouse innovation, Native American uprisings, civil war battles, desperate shipwrecks, lighthouse builders defying the elements, heroic sea rescues, and the lives of the light station's historic keepers and their families. Well done. (M). $49.95 (x)

 

3064. Curtis, Chester B. Bi-Centennial Souvenir 1693-1893 New Castle, New Hampshire (Jerry’s Point Life Saving Station) . 1893. Republican Press Assoc. 51p Soft wraps. Nicely done booklet includes program for the bicentennial event, addresses by town officials, and the history of the town with some photos of historic locations. Tipped in is a handwritten note by Frank Hackett presenting this booklet to a Mr. John Ward Dean Esq. New Castle is the smallest and most easternly town in New Hampshire, located on an island and includes the Jerry’s Point Life-Saving Station. Included is a 2-page article on the history of the station with notes of heroic rescues during the Great Gale of 1888. Good reading. Clean, tight, light soiling to wraps, presenter’s name in ink on front wrap. (VG). $44.

7/1/20

 

SALE - ANNUAL REPORT OF THE OPERATIONS OF THE UNITED STATES LIFE-SAVING SERVICE  

 

We have just acquired a collection of these rare Annual Reports of the Life-Saving Service and, in an effort to stem the rise of prices over the last few years on these reports, have endeavored to offer them at as low a price as possible. This is the perfect opportunity to begin your collection or to fill those missing years in your present collection. Reports are printed by the Government Printing Office [GPO] and range from 180 to 600 pages. Includes extensive details of operations and of rescues throughout the year. Also details personnel, construction and repairs of stations and equipment, evaluation of new equipment and much more. In addition, many include appended reports such as the new Beebe-McLellan Life-Boat, Dobbins’s surf life-boat, launching wagon, improved breeches buoy traveler block, McLellan’s Tally-Boards, and lengthy report on tests performed on Hunt and Lyle guns on Nantucket Island in 1887, reports on surfboats and more. Quite detailed, becoming exceptionally difficult to find. Typical cloth government binding, contents overall clean, expected uniform very light browning on some copies, hinges tight and intact, covers may have some wear. Some inscribed "Compliments of Capt. F.R. Baby [President, Board on Life-Saving Appliances]. $74 net each.  

Years available include: 1880, 1884, 1885, 1886, 1887, 1888, 1912 . 

2383d. Reproduction U. S. Life-Saving Service right arm insignia patch. Insignia shows “ U.S. ” over life ring with crossed pike and oar, over “L.S.S.” Reproduction patch is embroidered in white on blue, measures 3 ½”w x 4”h and would be perfect for display or for mounting on your uniform. (M). $29.

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. Only a few remaining. (M). $79.95.

2640-12. GLASS FRESNEL LAMP OR LANTERN DRUM LENS RED. Beautiful red glass Fresnel drum lens for use in lamps and lanterns, etc. The lens measures outside rim diameter of 3 ¼” inside diameter range from 2 3/4” top to 3” bottom and height of 3 ¾”. Lens is one piece, clean, only two small 1/8” chips, one large closed crack. May be Dietz, not marked other than “top”. Perfect to repair your lamp or for use in your own lighthouse or for display. (G+). $28.

3054. (aerial photo) Block Island Sandy Point North Lighthouse c.1972. Lovely b/w  aerial photo looking south across the island from Sandy Point at the north. This is an original b/w print taken as part of coastal studies being done along the New England coast back in the 70's. In the foreground can be seen the “North Light”. The first light on the site was built in 1829. The current structure at Sandy Point is the fourth lighthouse built on the site and was made of granite and iron in 1867. At one time one of Block Island’s three life-saving stations was in this area as well. Photo measures about 9" x 9" and is in very good condition with crisp edges and corner tips. The photo image is sharp throughout, completely in focus. Marked image No. 127 and dated 8/11/1972. A striking view, would look lovely matted and framed. (VG+). $36. 

4360c. U.S. Coast and Geodetic Survey. UNITED STATES COAST PILOT. Atlantic Coast . Section A. St. Croix River to Cape Cod . Third Edition. 1933. 322pp. Covers soiled but tight. With laid-in supplement for 1934. Includes listing of Coast Guard and Mass. Humane Society Stations, Instructions to Mariners in case of Shipwreck, sailing directions and description of lights along the coast, identifies approaches, lights, ledges and other coastal features, etc. (VG) $24. Sale 50% off ! $12. (x)

 

 

6/4/20.

2825b. Bowditch, Nathaniel. (U. S. Navy) AMERICAN PRACTICAL NAVIGATOR – An Epitome of Navigation and Nautical Astronomy. GPO. Washington. 1943. 777p. The American Practical Navigator , written by Nathaniel Bowditch, is an encyclopedia of navigation, a valuable handbook on oceanography and meterology, and contains useful tables and a maritime glossary. In 1866 the copyright and plates were bought by the Hydrographic Office of the United States Navy. The most popular navigational text of the late 18th century was The New Practical Navigator by John Hamilton Moore. Edmund M. Blunt, a Newburyport, Massachusetts publisher, decided to issue a revised copy of this work for American navigators and convinced Nathaniel Bowditch, a locally famous mariner and mathematician, to revise and update it with the help of several others. Blunt's The New Practical Navigator was published in 1799, followed by a second edition in 1800. By 1802, when Blunt was ready to publish a third edition, Nathaniel Bowditch and others had corrected so many errors in Hamilton's work that Blunt decided to publish it as the first edition of a new work, The New American Practical Navigator. The current edition of the American Practical Navigator traces its pedigree to that 1802 edition. Edmund M. Blunt continued to published the book until 1833; upon his retirement, his sons, Edmund and George, assumed publication. The elder Blunt died in 1862; his son Edmund followed in 1866. The next year, 1867, George Blunt sold the copyright to the government for $25,000. The government has published Bowditch ever since. The U.S. government has published some 52 editions since acquiring the copyright to the book that has come to be known simply by its original author’s name, "Bowditch". Since the government began production, the book has been known by its year of publishing, instead of by the edition number. Hard Cover, very good, beige cloth wraps. Book tight, completely intact, some expected soiling and wear to cloth wraps. (VG). $24. Sale 50% off ! $12. 

22156c. E. I. Du Pont De Nemours & Company. DU PONT – THE AUTOBIOGRAPHY OF AN AMERICAN ENTERPRISE . New York . 1952. 138 p. Stiff wraps, folio. Tells the story of the company from its founding on 1802 to the present. Du Pont has an extensive history of producing gun powder since its earliest days, well detailed in this interesting account. (VG). $36. Sale 50% off ! $18. 

1426b. Reid, Gordon. From Dusk Till Dawn: A History of Australian Lighthouses. MacMillan. Department of Transport and Communications, South Melbourne. 1988.DJ. 264pp. Illustrated throughout in color and b&w, with more than 200 photographs, illustrations and diagrams, double-page map showing the location of Commonwealth light stations, bibliography, index. A comprehensive and well researched history of Australian lighthouses - their architects, builders, service bosses, the lives of the lighthouse keepers and their families, and more. The story of lighthouses has always started with shipwrecks. Since the beginning of world shipping, mariners have relied on devices to warn of reefs, rocks and shores. From Dusk Till Dawn is the first comprehensive illustrated history of Australian lighthouses. From the early days when lighthouse construction was hamstrung by British authorities, through the early colonial period when each colony built its own lights to when the Commonwealth took control, here is the extraordinary story of the battle to make Australian waters safe for two centuries of mariners. Wonderful details of the buildings, equipment, and more. Clean, tight, light wear, corners bumped. DJ edgeworn, one tear, light soiling. Difficult to find. (VG). $86. Sale 50% off ! $43. 

 

 

 

12320b. (newspaper) Loss of Steamship SS Portland c.November 1898. The Boston Herald for December 1, 1898. The paddle wheel steamship SS Portland was one of the largest and most palatial vessels afloat in New England during the 1890s. Built in 1889 by, the steamer ran between Portland , Maine and Boston until its loss with all hands in 1898. The wooden-hulled paddle wheel steamship Portland measured 291 feet in total length with a maximum breadth of 68 feet. Built by the New England Shipbuilding Company of Bath , Maine , the steamer was one of New England 's largest and most luxurious side paddle wheel steamships, accommodating up to 800 passengers. For nearly 10 years SS Portland connected Boston , Massachusetts and Portland , Maine for the Portland Steam Packet Company without much notoriety. The Portland carried thousands of passengers and tons of cargo along the New England coast and earned the reputation as a safe and dependable steamer. On Nov. 26, 1898, the steamship left India Wharf in Boston for Portland , Maine on a regularly scheduled run. However, she never made it to port. None of the 192 passengers and crew survived the massive storm that wreaked havoc on New England 's coast - a storm that was later dubbed "The Portland Gale" after the tragic loss of the ship. Debris was washed up all along the Massachusetts coast. This full issue includes five pages of articles with over 34 illustrations relating to this terrible loss. Articles include: Her Death Roll Forever a Secret – Portland’s Victims Being Carried Away by Ocean Currents… The Identified Dead… Unidentified Bodies at Chatham, Nauset, Eastham…List of Portland’s Passengers and Crew…. No News of Missing Steamer… She Passed Highland Light About 2 pm… Agents Believe Her Captain Put to Sea for Safety….  Over 34 drawn illustrations include many of the victims’ portrait images, Provincetown Harbor Showing the Wrecks, Scenes of Wreckage at Plymouth, Surfman at Highland Light, Launching of Lifeboat near Race Point Life-Saving Station, Wood End Life-Saving Station, Life Saver Kemp, Exchanging Checks, and many more. Excellent reference and reading. Newspaper is well worn and is brittle. Extensive chipping to edges and a few weak folds have parted. Still quite readable. Full issue 12 pages. (P+). $64.

SR-483. Matted photo CG/Navy. 6" x 15 1/2". $40 Sale 50% off ! $20.

B-175. Mounted photo RNLI Off to Rescue! c.1898.  Overall 8 1/2" x 12". $40 Sale 50% off ! $20.

 

A-146. [calendar 1928] Manitowoc Savings Bank, Manitowoc, Wisconsin. Prominent is a 7 ¼” x 9” photograph of a Manitowoc Harbor Scene in 1890 showing clear crisp images of the U.S. Revenue Cutter Andrew Johnson. The Andrew Johnson was a 499 ton side-wheeled cutter, built in Buffalo in 1865 and  mounting three guns, and manned by a compliment of 7 officers and 30 men. Also moored near her are the steamer Nevada, wrecker Favorite, and the tugs Monarch and Arctic. Beautiful clear, crisp view and superb for hanging in your Great Lakes office or den. (VG).  $78. Sale 50% off ! $39.

 

28366d. [commemorative dish] Tillamook Rock and Lighthouse, Astoria, Oregon c.1900. An exceptionally rare, bright, gilt decorated and edged large commemorative oval dish featuring a large clear, detailed color image of the Tillamook Rock and Lighthouse, Astoria, Oregon. One of only a few of this light that I have had, this unusual piece has a large 4” image in brown of the light on the tall rock island. This pretty display piece measures a full 9 ¼” wide and is enhanced by a decorative gilded and decorated edge. Marked “…. Germany”. Quite clean, bright, a lovely piece in near fine condition. (F-). $64.

3028. [engraving] INSIDE A LIGHTHOUSE – CLEANING THE SILVER REFLECTORS. Scientific American Supplement, No. 429. March 22, 1884. Exquisitely detailed cover full-page 8 ½”  x 12” b/w engraving of the Keepers as they clean the silver lamp reflectors. Shown are more than 30 reflector lamps making up the lantern in the large lantern room. Great detail and an attractive portrayal. Clean, crisp, matted in white for framing. (VG+). $88.

3030. Clifford, Mary L. and J. Candace Clifford. When the Southern Lights Went Dark - The Lighthouse Establishment During the Civil War. Globe Pequot. 2020. 192p. Soft wraps. The Confederacy extinguished the lights in all the lighthouses it controlled long before any shots were fired at Fort Sumter. When the Southern Lights Went Dark: The Lighthouse Establishment During the Civil War tells the story of the men who assumed the daunting task of finding the lenses and lamps, repairing deliberate destruction to the towers and lightships, and relighting them as soon as the Navy could afford them protection. From Cape Hatteras to Ocracoke Light, Jupiter Inlet to Tybee Island, St. Simons to Cockspur Island and others, these are the stories from a unique era in United States lighthouse history. Unlike in peace time, when military officers filled the posts of engineer and inspector in each lighthouse district, civilians had to be found who were not only talented enough to build and maintain lighthouses, but also could supervise a party of workmen and make decisions on their own. Those men in the field had to find keepers, see that they were paid, and ensure they had food, water, and essential supplies. The Lighthouse Board was far away in Washington and could do little more than give advice, order needed equipment, record the dispatches from the field, and pay the bills it received. From Cape Hatteras to Ocracoke Light, Jupiter Inlet to Tybee Island, St. Simons to Cockspur Island and others, these are the stories from a unique era in United States lighthouse history. Well done. (M). $19.95. (available early 2021) (x) Available some time in 2023.

5414s. (clock face) U. S. Light-House Establishment. c.1880’s - 1910. Original clock face manufactured by Chelsea Clock Company, removed from clock for servicing and never replaced. Face has had some use and moderate wear to nickled surface but is perfect if yours is damaged or missing. Moderate scratching / abrasion to “U.S.L.H. Estab” marking. Face is brass, 4 ½” in diameter with six mounting holes around perimeter. Face is marked “U.S.L.H. Estab” “Chelsea Clock Co. Boston, U.S.A.”. A rare find, in great demand. (G). $485.

 

 

 

2/24/2020

 

Reproduction of the Original United States Life Saving Service Pennant.

Treat your family to this replica of the official sewn U. S. Life Saving Service flag. Flag is professionally made of high quality 400 denier nylon flag material, using an applique (cut and sewn) construction. The header is woven polypropylene webbing (not lightweight canvas) with #3 brass grommets for attaching to halyard. The flags are double sided. Professionally made in the United States and will last longer than most others that you may find. Our pennants are flown at stations across the country as well on vessels of the U. S. Coast Guard and have received the highest praise.

27463S. [reproduction] U. S. Life Saving Service Station Flag - small. This triangular station flag measures 24” long by 12” high and is typical of the flags once flown at Life Saving Service stations to identify them as such to vessels at sea. The flag is of the standard design instituted by General Superintendent Sumner I Kimball, with blue, white and red fields and one white star. Heavy duty for moderate weather conditions. Made in America. (design as shown above) $54.95.

27463L. [reproduction] U. S. Life Saving Service Station Flag - large. This triangular station flag measures 48” long by 25” and is typical of the flags once flown at Life Saving Service stations to identify them as such to vessels at sea. The flag is of the standard design instituted by General Superintendent Sumner I Kimball, with blue, white and red fields and one white star. Heavy duty for moderate weather conditions. Made in America. (design as shown above) $84.95.

 

 

 

  

6641. Wood, Vincent L., PLUM ISLAND RECOLLECTIONS - Views and Reminiscences of Plum Island c.1900 Recounting the Deeds of Capt. Thomas J. Maddock and the Crew of the U. S. Merrimack River Life-Saving Station, Plum Island, Massachusetts. Newburyport . 1995. 81p. Soft wraps. Signed by the author. Whatever your interest, you are sure to enjoy this readable account of every day life at a station of the U. S. Life-Saving Service. This wonderful account of life as Keeper of the Merrimack River Life-Saving Station brings together over 80 never before published vintage photographs made from the family’s archives of glass plate negatives. Taken by Mr. Wood’s grandfather, these negatives provide unusually clear, crisp views which have been faithfully reproduced in a high quality format. Using these views, along with personal notes and family memories, Mr. Wood presents a rare portrait of station life and training in 1910. This interesting account is only available here and is priced unusually low considering the rare accounts and quality photographs, well worth the retail price. A wonderful addition to your library. (M).  $24.95.

6641b. (b/w photo print) Captain Maddock of the Merrimack River Life-Saving Station seated in front of the surfboat in the station’s boatroom. Taken by Mr. Wood’s grandfather, the original glass plate negative provides an unusually clear, crisp view which have been faithfully reproduced in a high quality format and is perfect for matting and framing. Wonderful view of the boatroom interior and the equipment on hand. Image measures 4 ½” x 6 ¼”. Matted for framing (1) $22. Print only $14. 

 

 

 

  

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. 

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. 

28121a. Revenue Cutter Service Mug (3 available) $38.95 each. 

 

 

 

12/1/18

SALE!

1602. Webber, Bernie. Into a Raging Sea : My Life and the Pendleton Rescue. 2016. On Cape Publications. 172p. Soft wraps. Into A Raging Sea features the riveting, firsthand account of what is widely regarded as the greatest small-boat rescue in Coast Guard history, told by BM1 Bernie Webber. Webber and his crew were awarded the prestigious Gold Lifesaving medal for the miraculous rescue of thirty-two men off the stern of the SS Pendleton with a thirty-six-foot motor lifeboat, in nighttime blizzard conditions, with seas surpassing sixty feet. Made more famous in the recently released book and movie The Finest Hours, the rescue of 32 sailors from the sinking ship caught in a ferocious winter storm is a dramatic tale, but what made this mission so special is that the boat Webber skippered that terrible night was a mere 36 feet in length and the waves were almost twice that size! In Into A Raging Sea, Bernie tells that story, but the book is so much more than that. In these pages you'll read about rescue attempts that did not turn out well, stories of fishermen from a time long past, rescues done with the by-gone technique of the "breeches buoy," humorous anecdotes, and what Cape Cod and its people meant to Bernie. Into a Raging Sea is a story of sacrifice, bravery, disappointment, and challenges. And in the background of Bernie's journey is one constant, the sea. Forward by Michael J. Tougias. (M). $15.95. SALE $10.95.

 

What are These ?? Are they from England, Scotland, Ireland, Australia, etc ?? Reproduction ? Age ??

 

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. 

2566-70. Lighthouse Service Sugar Bowl $84. 

2566-69. Lighthouse Service Sugar Creamer  $84. 

Set Creamer & Sugar $148.

 

8458. [model kit] U. S. Coast Guard 36-Foot Motor Lifeboat. c.1989. Complete unassembled plastic model kit by Glencoe Models reproduces this renown rescue craft in splendid detail, including all decals and three scale figures. This sturdy craft has been responsible for the rescue of hundreds of seamen and now you can build one for display on your shelves too. This is a High Quality, injection molded plastic, made in the USA Coast Guard Rescue Boat Model Kit - 1/48 scale including three figures. This is a Hard to find Glencoe Model, known and respected by model collectors and aficionados world wide. Award Winning unique model made from the highest quality materials. Certain to create hours of excitement for any model enthusiast. 1/48 scale, unassembled kit. Includes new decal set for CG-36500. (M).  $24.98.

889. Williams, Lawrence W., A COLLECTORS GUIDE TO SOUVENIR CHINA – Keepsakes of a Golden Era, Identification and Value Guide. Paducah , KY. 1998. 232p. Soft wraps. Completely illustrated with over 500 color photographs. A hundred years ago, souvenir china was all the rage in the US . For the first time this well known expert from Chatham , Mass. presents a complete guide to the background and manufacturers, along with an in-depth analysis, descriptions, and current values. For those of you who have been collection lighthouse and life-saving commemorative pieces, or who would like to collect pieces from your hometown, this is a most valuable reference. Wonderful reading, with over 500 beautiful, clear color photographs of every type and style, manufacturer’s marks and details. (M). $32.95

 

1876. Oleszewski, Wes. World War II & the Great Lakes - Submarines, Bombers and Ore Boats. Avery. 2018. 288p. Soft wraps. Well illustrates with photos and maps. While it is not well known or publicized, the Great Lakes region played a major role as the United States was embroiled in World War II. Those who had yet to be born when World War II raged cannot imagine the fear, anger, suffering and sacrifice experienced by those who witnessed and fought in that conflict. Not only was freedom threatened, but the very fabric of human civilization was in danger. In order to preserve their very existence, free people had to mobilize and fight the evil that threatened to envelope the world. When FDR coined the term "Arsenal of Democracy" he knew that the heart of that arsenal was the industrial strength of the Great Lakes region. This book is not the complete story of that effort. Rather this is a series of stories that will give the reader a historically accurate glimpse into the efforts of everyday working people who did their part to save the world during the dark days between 1939-1945. Extremely well research and written this latest "Wes" book is an interesting and captivating read. (M). $17.95.

 

 

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

Sale Price $14.95 plus $4.50 media mail. (x)

1601. Dolin, Eric Jay. Brilliant Beacons - A History of the American Lighthouse. 2016. 1st. 448p. Stiff wraps. DJ. An extraordinary work of historical detection and originality, Brilliant Beacons vividly reframes America’s history through the development of its lighthouses. In a work rich in maritime lore and brimming with original historical detail, Eric Jay Dolin, the best-selling author of Leviathan, presents the most comprehensive history of American lighthouses ever written, telling the story of America through the prism of its beloved coastal sentinels. Set against the backdrop of an expanding nation, Brilliant Beacons traces the evolution of America’s lighthouse system, highlighting the political, military, and technological battles fought to illuminate the nation’s hardscrabble coastlines. In rollicking detail, Dolin treats readers to a memorable cast of characters including the penny-pinching Treasury official Stephen Pleasonton, who hamstrung the country’s efforts to adopt the revolutionary “Fresnel Lens,” and presents tales both humorous and harrowing of soldiers, saboteurs, ruthless egg collectors, and most importantly, the light-keepers themselves. Richly supplemented with over 100 photographs and illustrations throughout, Brilliant Beacons is the most original history of American lighthouses in many decades. 112 illustrations; 8 pages of color. (M). Published at $29.95. Sale Price $14.95 plus $4.50 media mail.

 

 

Say "Hello" to your Favorite Lighthouse Keeper with our Reproduction of the Original United States Lighthouse Service Triangular Station Flag.

Treat your family to these replicas of the official sewn U. S. Lighthouse Service flags. Flag is professionally made in the United States of high quality two-ply spun woven polyester flag material, double sewn, with appliquéd (hand sewn) pattern, reverse back and finished with brass grommets for attaching to halyard. Professionally made to withstand rugged use. 

 

10281. [reproduction] U. S. Lighthouse Service Station Flag. This triangular station flag measures 48” long by 25” and is typical of the flags once flown on Lighthouse Service vessels and at the light stations for over one hundred years. The flag is of the standard design, with red border on a field of white, with a large blue lighthouse silhouette. Heavy duty for moderate weather conditions. Made in America.  $98.95.

Photo courtesy Chad Kaiser, U.S.L.H.S.

Our flag shown flying at the headquarters of the U. S. Lighthouse Society at Point No Point Lighthouse, Washington.

21426. . [reproduction] U. S. Lighthouse Service District Superintendent’s Flag. This rectangular flag measures 48” long by 24” and is typical of the flags once flown on Lighthouse Service Tenders when the District Superintendent was on board. The flag is of the standard design, with navy blue border on a field of white, with a large blue lighthouse silhouette. Made in America. $149.95. 

 

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

 

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,-17,47,48. Lighthouse Service Cereal Bowl (6 available) $54.95 each. 

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

2566-29,-31. Lighthouse Service Sugar Bowl (1 available) $84 each. 

2566-29. Lighthouse Service Salt & Pepper Set (1 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. 

28121b. Revenue Cutter Service Mug (1 available) $42.95 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)

 

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. 

 

 

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:

23290f. 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). $162. (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

 

 

5/1/2014

 

 

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. Sold out.

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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