(508) 792-6627

Kenrick A.Claflin & Son

12164. (mounted photo) Butler Flats Light Station, New Bedford, Mass c. 1898.

Welcome to Kenrick A. Claflin & Son


Featured on our web site and in our monthly web catalogues are new and out-of-print books, documents, post cards, photographs, maps and charts, engravings, lithographs, uniforms and insignia, tools, lamps, lens apparatus, equipment and apparatus and much more relating to these heroic services.

We now issue most of our catalogues on line rather than by mail. This allows us to issue more catalogues and feature more items, with better photos and descriptions. Let us know your email address and we will email you monthly as our catalogues are posted.

Type in your search word. After hitting Enter you will automatically be brought back to this page. Scroll down to this spot to see the results of search. Pages containing your search word will be listed. You will be allowed to click on the pages found. When on each page, Windows Explorer will allow you to use Ctrl + F to bring up a search box for that page. Type in your search word again and hit “Enter”. You will be taken to that item.


12164. (mounted photo) Butler Flats Light Station, New Bedford, Mass c. 1898.

12164. (mounted photo) Butler Flats Light Station, New Bedford, Mass c. 1898. 6 ½” x 8 ½”. Extremely rare mounted photo by unknown photographer shows great detail of the lighthouse, probably while nearing completion of construction before it was painted. Butler Flats Light replaced the old Clark’s Point Light, which had been active since 1804. The structure was a fairly typical “sparkplug” style lighthouse of the period, built on a cylindrical cast-iron caisson 35 feet in diameter, which was put into place after five feet of mud was dredged. The cylinder was filled with stone and concrete, then the brick lighthouse was built on top. The 54-foot lighthouse has a storeroom and cistern in the basement, topped by four levels including a keeper’s office and two levels of living quarters. The lantern was fitted with a fifth-order Fresnel lens. The tower was painted red for a time, but it was changed to white in 1899. Superb close view, clear and only light wear to mount. It is extremely difficult to find such early views and this view is certainly one of the larger, better ones. Measures 8 ” x 10” overall. (VG+). $110.