Ken Claflin began Kenrick A. Claflin & Son in 1956. In those days, the company specialized in antique automobile information and parts, as well as estate and antique car auctions. Current owner, James Claflin, joined his father in the family business in the 1960′s. Almost 20 years later, the focus of the business changed to nautical antiques, and that tradition carries on.
Today, we serve a large customer base which extends from maritime collectors, to lighthouse enthusiasts, to interior decorators, to major museums throughout the United States , parts of Canada , Europe, Asia and Australia . We have become the largest dealer of nautical antiques in the world.
While we deal in all types of nautical antiques, our specialty includes items from the United States Lighthouse Service, Life-Saving Service, Revenue Cutter Service, and the early Coast Guard. We also own the largest collection of Edward R. Snow merchandise in the world.
In addition to the items we have for sale in our listed inventory, we also accept items on consignment. We have an unparalleled ability to achieve the highest return for your items. Your items will be included in our extensive online catalogue, as well as in our Internet auctions as well. We can also utilize our known customers database to identify buyers with an interest. We consign on a percentage basis and starting at a minimum selling price approved by you.
To help you with determining values of your items, we offer appraisal services on an hourly basis at a rate of $25/hour. However, if you chose to sell your items through us this fee would be waived.
We are always looking for new acquisitions and actively purchase individual items or entire collections. Because of our knowledge and experience, and our ability to find qualified buyers, we can pay the highest prices possible for your treasured items.
We also enjoy just talking about nautical antiques. So if you are doing research on the subject, or if you just like to chat about it, drop us a line, we would love to hear from you!