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8. Ship Relics

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8.71  SHIP’s KEY BOX.  Authentic ship’s key locker from the early 1900’s.  This handsome example is made of sturdy oak with a glazed door.  It houses 20 authentic ship’s keys of various sizes and types used in locks throughout the ship.  Each key is hung on a brass hook.  The backdrop is classic green felt.  Many of the keys are marked with compartment numbers or identifying brass tags such as “4TH OFFICER, STRONG ROOM or Br D DOOR NO 128 WC.- PASS.”   All keys are authentic, there are no reproductions.  The hinged door with brass pull and brass lock opens from the left.  The back of the case is marked “KEY LOCKER CHIEF ENG’R’S OFFICE CONT. #448 SUN SKT. #52.”  The case measures 16 ½ by 19 ½ inches that is 3 inches thick.  Excellent original condition.  Ready to hang as a most interesting display.   349  Special PackagingBack to Top


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5.74 /8.70   U.S. BELL.   Genuine World War II or earlier ship’s bell from a medium size American military vessel.  This high quality bell is heavy solid bronze.  Cast in high relief on its front are the letters “U.S.”  The bell is complete with its “swan’s neck” mounting bracket, acorn finial, and rarely-found original mounting shoe.  The shoe provides security when the bell is not in use allowing it to be easily removed for safe storage.  The bell measures 8 inches in diameter and 6 ¾ inches tall.  With bracket and shoe it extends 8 3/4 inches from the bulkhead.  It is complete with its old sailor-made macramé bell rope and brass shackle.  The overall presentation is 17 inches tall and it weighs 8 1/2 pounds.  All surfaces retain their lovely original aged statuary bronze finish.  The clapper, when striking the thick wall of the bell, exudes an amazingly loud and clear tone which carries for nearly half a minute!  This indicates a professional manufactory using the highest quality bell alloy (silver?).  The original condition is outstanding.  That this bell was employed in either U.S. Army or U.S. Navy service is indeterminable.  What is certain is that it is a proud veteran of World War II service.   Included in this offering are 6 heavy duty brass mounting screws.  Price Request

Surprisingly, the U.S. Army boasted over 127,000 vessels and small craft of various sizes in World War II service!   The U.S. Navy operated 6,768 ships by war’s end.  They included 28 aircraft carriers, 23 battleships, 71 escort carriers, 72 cruisers, 232 submarines, 377 destroyers, and thousands of amphibious, supply, auxiliary ships together with hundreds of thousands of yard craft and small boats.



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8.69  CAT HEAD.   Charming hand-carved rendition of an18th century ship’s structure which decorated the end of the cat post used for weighing in and supporting the ship’s anchor on the foc’scle.   This especially pleasing example is made of rich African mahogany and exhibits the sure clean strokes of a master shipcarver.  10 ¼ by 10 inches and 3 inches thick, made from a solid piece of this heavy, dense wood.   A more realistic and charismatic carving is not to be found!   Extremely rare, good original examples bring over $10,000 if they exist.   795



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8.67  EXCEPTIONAL SHIP’s WHEEL.  Large, beautifully proportioned steering wheel from a major 19th century yacht or commercial passenger vessel.  This svelte yet very strong helm is a cut above the rest in that it is decorative as well as functional.  The laminated wood rim is made of alternating bands of rich teak and mahogany.  The decoratively-turned spokes and spindles are of sturdy oak.  The solid brass hub has a 1 17/16 ID mounting hole with keyway.  In what is a spectacular feature beyond typical wheels is that each spoke is not only mortised into the hub, it is additionally attached by brass stays 1 ¼ inches thick radiating outward 2 inches in all directions.   The king spoke (rudder amidships marker) is denoted by an inlaid rectangular ivory plaque in the rim.  The rim is 4 inches wide by 2 ¾ inches thick and 42 inches in diameter.  Overall the wheel measures 54 inches across from spindle to spindle.  Outstanding original condition with a few minor age cracks consistent with a working ship’s wheel over 150 years old.  Rich age patina with original surfaces.  2100  Special PackagingBack to Top



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8.68/19.89 YACHT WHEEL WITH IDENTIFIED MAKER. Very handsome turn-of-the-last century steering wheel from a major yacht. This classic 6 spoke helm bears the inlaid brass maker's plate reading "American Engineering Company, Phila. PA." It is beautifully constructed with a hefty laminated rim consisting of teak inlaid with two concentric rings of a lighter blonde wood, either birch or maple, interrupted at the each spoke with inlays of mahogany. The spokes and spindles are of nicely turned oak. The hub is of heavy solid brass with a key way corresponding to the king spoke identified by the maker's label. This substantial ship's wheel measures 41 inches from spoke to spoke, 31 inches across the outer rim and weighs a hefty 24 pounds. Excellent condition with the original old finish, showing goods signs of use at sea, but no abuse. Price Request Special Packaging


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8.66 SHIP WHEEL. Delightful, almost miniature, classic 6-spoke ship’s wheel for a small craft. This handsome relic has a single piece cast bronze center, spokes and rim. The handles are turned mahogany capped with large brass round head screws. The rim diameter is only 5 ½ inches and the distance from spoke to spoke is 13 inches. The top of the inner rim is stamped “PERKO,” the venerable Perkins Marine Lamp & Hardware Co. of Brooklyn, NY in the 1930’s. They don’t come any smaller than this! Perfect original condition showing a great patina from actual use from years at sea. A fabulous identified American décor item for a small area with the most iconic nautical image there is! 195


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8.61  FAMOUS MAKER's PLAQUE.  High relief cast bronze maker's plate reading "J. & E. HALL, Ltd. MAKERS... Dartford, England."  This heavy oval plaque measures 4 ¼  by 2 ½  inches.   It shows signs of rust on the back indicating it was mounted on an iron component, likely a ship's boiler.  Excellent original condition.   39  

J & E Hall began as an iron works in Dartford, Kent in 1785, producing papermaking machines, steam engines and gun carriages.  It began producing refrigeration machinery in the 1880s.  In the late 1960s it was still in existence as part of the Daikin Group.  Dartford is downriver from London on the Thames Estuary, near the English Channel, making it very accessible to the sea.


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8.59  KENOTOMETER.  Very scarce, turn-of-the-last century English steamship’s vacuum gauge.   This surviving dinosaur from the engineroom of a coal-burning ship is actually a “manometer” which indicates negative pressure (vacuum) in inches of mercury in real inches of mercury!  It consists of a complex arrangement of brass tubes, glass vials and canisters contained within a solid teak case with glazed front for viewing.   On the right is the prominent faux ivory scale marked “INCHES OF MERCURY” on the left hand scale and “PERCENT OF PERFECT VACUUM (BAROMETER = 30o) ABSOLUTE PRESSURE IN CONDENSER,” on its right side.  The scale is adjusted using a rack and pinion system operated by a brass knurled knob on the right outside of the case.  The inlet for this gauge is mounted on the left, complete with a knurled shut off valve.  In case of spills the bottom is lined with an old fashioned blue and white hard-fired porcelain tray!  Above it the maker’s plaque reads, “KENOTOMER Brand Vacuum Gauge --->.<--- Brady & Martin Ltd. Newcastle-On-Tyne.”  The glazed front is hinged on the left, closing on the right with two brass hook and eye closures.  On the outer left is a brass sleeve containing a blown glass check valve which was connected to the condenser.   It would have protected the condenser from blow back.  At the top is knurled pin valve to close off the system completely.  There are 2 large screw holes in the back at the top and another just below the maker’s plaque for mounting to the bulkhead.   The case measures 17 ½ inches high by 10 3/4 inches wide and 5 inches deep, exclusive of the exterior brass fittings.  This rare relic is in a remarkable state of original preservation given its potential fragility and the harsh working environment in which it served over 100 years ago.  A simply great looking “What is it?” maritime relic.  1495  Special PackagingBack to Top


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8.22   TRIMMETER   Genuine early 1900’s ship’s instrument used to compute the loading of cargo on early merchant ships.  This complicated device of English manufacture is signed on the maker’s label, “The “UNIT “ Trim Indicator PATENT John Lillie & Gillie Ltd. North Shields. No. 1269.”  As the name implies, this unusual instrument showed the Chief Mate (Super Cargo) the fore and aft orientation of his vessel during the loading and unloading of freight.   As such it obviated the need for the officer to physically view the ship’s fore and aft draft readings known as “trim.”  This was cleverly accomplished by the internal glass tube filled with a combination of mercury and immiscible red alcohol backed by a sliding ivorene scale.  The scale is marked “FEET BY THE STERN” and “EVEN KEEL” divided by half foot increments from -13 to +2, and is further marked “SCALE FOR SHIP 640 FEET LONG.”  Because the tube contains mercury and alcohol, it is affected by temperature.  So to these ends a small mercury thermometer graces the presentation in the upper left, reading from 30 to 130 degrees Fahrenheit and signed “John Lillie & Gillie, Ltd., North shields.”  Accordingly the sliding scale can be adjusted for temperature by means of the knurled Bakelite knob on the right.  A small indicator points to the varying temperature indications on the scale, 50 – 110 F, with the notation “Set Scale To Temperature.”  This handsome ship’s relic measures 18 inches wide by 9 ¼ inches high and 2 ½ inches deep.  It is made of thick, solid teak using high quality machine-dovetailed construction.  It has 3 solid brass hanging brackets and another brass tab for fine adjustment of its position on the bulkhead of the cargo office. 795  Special PackagingBack to Top



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8.54 SHIP’s VOICE TUBE. Very, very scarce late 1800’s flexible sound-powered voice tube. Every aspect indicates it is British. This very well-made device has a heavy solid brass “telephone” receiver and mouthpiece, both encircled by thick rubber rings. The brass handle is insulated with hand-stitched leather. It is attached by means of a wire coupling to a canvas-covered corrugated tube containing an inner spiral ribbing which provides complete flexibility with extreme durability. At the opposite end is a knurled brass coupling, secured by multiple wire turnings attached by wires, which connected it to the ship’s internal hard-mounted voice tube network. Of great significance is the fact that this early device is sound powered, accomplished by thin diaphragms of mica in the handset, which picked up and amplified the vibrations of the user’s voice. This clever system is similar in time and function to Alexander Graham Bell’s invention of the telephone using such oscillations augmented with electricity. However, on shipboard, a simplistic system sans electricity was the preferred fail safe method of interior communication. This was true whether the ship lost power, or of course if it was pre-electric. In either case the system provided a very effective means of reliable interior communication. 73 ½ inches long overall. The handset measures 11 ½ inches long by 6 inches wide. This rare shipboard relic is the first of its type we have ever seen. It is in an outstanding state of original preservation showing good use, but remarkably no abuse or damage. Without question, this is a precious survivor from the age of steam/sail, the likes of which was little valued and summarily discarded at the time of the ship’s demise. Price Request



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8.53 EARLY SHIP’s MAIN STEAM PRESSURE GAUGE. Huge, heavy solid bronze ship’s main steam gauge made for “Thompson & Co., PTY, Ltd. Castilemaine Victoria Australia” and dated “1914” as engraved on the lustrous brass dial. Below center it boldly reads “INITIAL STEAM PRESSURE.” At the bottom it bears the shield trademark of the maker, the famous American steam valve and gauge company “ASHCROFT, New York.” The calibrated dial reads from 0 to 350 pounds per square inch in 5 pound increments marked by 50’s. The early style ornate blued steel indicator needle has a “clover leaf” counter balance opposite the tip resting at zero. Typically such dials indicated a working pressure of about 2/3 of the maximum shown, so in this case about 230 psi, consistent with steam plants operating prior to World War. Unlike most gauges of this vintage and size this gauge is in a classic ship’s clock configuration with flared bezel which actually screws on to the case rather then being attached by screws. The case itself has a large mounting flange with 3 holes for mounting. The input fitting, located on the lower back, is a threaded female coupling. The handsome dial measures 9 ½ inches across. The glazed bezel is 12 inches in diameter while the flange is 13 inches wide. This is the largest all brass gauge we have had in our 39 years, weighing in at an amazing 19 pounds! Immaculate condition. 939

Sincere thanks to U.S. Navy Captain Terry Tilton (Ret.), author and expert on marine engineering who provided authentication.


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8.48  DECORATIVE AMERICAN SHIP WHEEL.  Particularly handsome ship’s pilot house wheel from the earliest 1900’s.  This stout helm is constructed of dense mahogany with decoratively turned spindles and handles in the classic 8-spoke pattern   The substantial hub with keyway is made of solid brass secured with 8 heavy duty machine screws on its periphery.  What is remarkable and very eye appealing are the series of diamond-shaped brass inlays on both sides of this wheel.  While decorative, they also serve thel function of effectively joining the curved wooden sections of the rim together.  The rim is also secured with dozens of brass flathead screws on each side.  The wooden surfaces of the wheel are highly finished in gloss marine varnish.  The brass components are not polished and show good age from use at sea.  Interestingly there is an old, very fine repair to the wood in the rim just below the king spoke on the back side.  It consists of inlaid wood carefully sculpted to the contour of the rim, held with 4 hidden fasteners.  This is a very decorative, genuine veteran of the sea, close to 100 years old.  It measures 37 1/2 inches from spoke to spoke and the rim is 28 inches in diameter.  If only it could talk!  Priced to sell.  879  Special Packaging

This wheel comes directly from the estate of a family living in the coastal town of Ventura, California.  According to the family member, it was acquired by his grandfather in the 1930’s.  Knowing the average ocean-going vessel life is 20 to 30 years, it is likely this wheel dates to the turn-of-the-last century, or very shortly thereafter.

 


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8.44   MORE SHIPS’ COMPARTMENT PLAQUES.  Genuine early 1900’s identifying plates taken from various steamers salvaged in the 1970’s.  All of these plaques are solid brass and are guaranteed to be authentic -- actually removed from the vessels on which they served dating from the 1920’s.   Lengths and configuration vary.  These have been in our possession, untouched, for over 30 years.

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CERTIFIED FOR OFFICERS.  Engraved brass.  8 3/4 inches.  49

MAIN STEAM.  Engraved brass.  3 7/8 inches. 24

STEAM.  Engraved brass.  4 inches.  19

W.C.  Engraved brass.  4 inches.  29

W.C.  Engraved brass.  4 inches.  29

The following plaques come from a pre-World War II Hungarian freighter:

OFFICERS ACCOMODATION.  Engraved brass.  4 inches. 39

WIRELESS STATION.  Engraved brass.  4 inches.  45

BOATSWOIN (sic).  Engraved brass.  4 inches.  29

SHOWER.  Engraved brass.  4 inches.  29

SHOWER.  Engraved brass.  4 inches.  29

CREWS MESSROOM.  Engraved brass. 4 inches.  39

RESERVE ROOM.  Engraved brass.  4  inches.  29

PANTRY.  Engraved brass.  4 inches.  34

CHIEF MATE’S BEDROOM.  Engraved brass. 4 inches.  49



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8.43   SHIPS’ COMPARTMENT PLAQUES.  Genuine early 1900’s identifying plates taken from various steamers salvaged in the 1970’s.  All of these plaques are solid brass and are guaranteed to be authentic -- actually removed from the vessels on which they served dating from the 1920’s.   Lengths and configuration vary.  These have been in our possession, untouched, for over 30 years.

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CAPT’S STATE ROOM.  Engraved brass.  7 7/8 inches. 69

DISPENSARY.  Cast brass.  6 ¼ inches.   39

OFFICERS MESS.  Engraved brass.  6 5/8 inches.  SOLD

CERT. FOR OFFICERS.  Engraved brass.  8 ¾ inches. 39

WHEEL HOUSE.  Thick engraved brass.  6 ¾ inches.   SOLD

CERT. HOSPITAL W.C.  Engraved brass.  7 3/8 inches.  34

OIL SKIN LOCKER.  Engraved brass.  6 inches.  39

CERT. FOR USE OF CREW.  Engraved brass.  6 ¾ inches.  49

PASSENGERS.  Cast brass.  5 3/8 inches.  39

CERTIFIED FOR CREW.  Engraved brass. 7 ¾ inches.  49

CERT. REST ROOM .  Engraved brass.  29



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8.39  STEERING STATION.   Early 1900’s American steamship’s steering pedestal with helm wheel.  This exceptionally handsome example is made entirely of heavy solid brass.  The distinctive “mushroom” pedestal is capped by a rudder angle indicator arrow on top sweeping an arc of 38 degrees, port and starboard from the amidships centerline “0.”  The wheel is connected to the pedestal on a fitting with bearings and grease cup, secured by a large bonze hexagonal cap nut.  The hefty all brass wheel has 8 spokes radiating to bulbous brass handles measuring 41 inches from tip to tip.  The rim of the wheel is 32 inches in diameter.  The gracefully tapered pedestal flares at the bottom to a massive deck flange 1 inch thick and 11 ½ inches in diameter.  The entire assembly measures 50 ½ inches tall as pictured.  Excellent cosmetic condition with a particularly nice, smooth high polish, showing some age spotting.   A stunning original steamship relic with a bold nautical statement. SOLD Back to Top


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8.38  IDENTIFIED SHIP’s WHEEL.  Very impressive large early 1900’s ship’s wheel made by the “American Engineering Co.” of Philadelphia as marked on the inlaid brass maker’s plaque in the rim.   This massive ship’s wheel is beautifully constructed with decoratively-turned white oak spokes radiating from the hub to the scalloped mahogany rim fitted with literally hundreds of round head brass screws.  The large iron center fits a shaft with a 1 15/16 inch diameter and is equipped with a keyway for locking the fit.  Interestingly the hub is marked with applied brass plaques, on either side of the identified king spoke.  There rear “<- LEFT RUDDER” and “RIGHT RUDDER ->” respectively.  Also, just to the right of the king spoke, the rim is wood burned with the a Masonic emblem.  This unusually large and stout ship’s wheel measures 66 inches form spoke to spoke.  The rim itself is 53 ½ inches in diameter and the hub is 11 ½, weighing approximately 80 pounds.  The condition of this genuine ship’s wheel is exceptional, showing actual use but no abuse. Definitely a world class example of it genre.  Price Request Special PackagingBack to Top

 

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8.28  SALON CARVING.   Artistically-carved plaque depicting a classic old fashioned kedge anchor intertwined with a ship’s wheel, bound by rope.  The central theme is flanked by a flowing Acanthus leaf design.  The background is embellished with literally thousands of chip carvings which appear to have been made with a traditional triangular sail needle.  All of this is “framed” in a border carved in relief.  The carving is made of solid walnut in 5 planks laminated together, later supported by 2 pine splines.  The back of the carving bears the old penciled inscription “Pass Salone” (sic).  There are 4 large old wood screws in the back which originally held this carving in place on the ship’s bulkhead.  It is now fitted with a strong picture frame wire for hanging.  1 ½ inches wide by 33 ½ inches high.  1 1/8 inches thick at the maximum and weighing 16 pounds.  Excellent original condition in the original varnished finish, noting an age crack running through the middle.  The crack is stable.  A super decorative piece with documentable ship’s history.  1275 Special PackagingBack to Top

Provenance:  Originally fitted on the SS OCEAN MONARCH, a British passenger ship built by Vickers-Armstrong in 1951.  She had a length overall of 516 feet, a breadth of 72 feet and displace 13.700 tons.  She carried 430 passengers.  When scrapped in 1964 this carving was transferred to the M/V OCEAN HAROMONY II, which was sold to Greek interests, and herself scrapped in 1979.


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8.14  YACHT PORTHOLES.  Fine, early 1900’s matched pair of heavy solid brass oval portholes.  This lovely set has thick tempered glass surrounded by a heavy brass frame opening from their tops on a single hinge and closing on the bottom with a single wing nut which secures each with a water tight fit.  These portholes are in an outstanding state of original preservation with a rich high polish.  They measure 18 ½ inches wide overall, 12 inches high and 3 inches thick.  The glass is 8 by 15 inches.  Each porthole weighs a hefty 22 pounds.  Extremely rare to find original old portholes in other than the standard circular or rectangular configuration. 995/ pr Special Packaging


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