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2.52/5.45  MOST IMPORTANT BUILDER’s HULL.   Original, historically very significant builder’s half block model of the famous 19th century American battleship the U.S.S. OREGON (BB-3).  This large sculpted model is constructed in laminated “lifts” of mahogany mounted to its original framed and painted pine backboard.  This builder’s model is known as a “hull plating model” because it depicts and identifies in specific detail the armor plating of the ship’s steel hull.  As such this very model was actually used as a basis for the design and construction of the ship.  On the bottom center of the backboard just below the hull is the hand-painted designation “U.S.S. OREGON” in gold.  The hull has acquired a lovely age patina and variegated surface in the 125+ years since it was laid out.  The backboard measures 97 inches long by 13 inches high.  The hull model itself is 88 inches long, 8 ½ inches wide and 8 inches high.  The entire presentation protrudes 10 inches from the bulkhead when displayed.  This authentic builder’s model of one of the most famous ships in U.S. Naval history belongs in a museum.  It is likely the only identified such model still in private hands.  Outstanding, untouched original condition showing wonderful age.  The price is more that $10,000.  Serious inquires only please. Price Request Special PackagingBack to Top

Ex.  Collection of the De Young Museum, San Francisco, California.  Deaccessioned at public auction early 1990’s.

The battleship OREGON was laid down by the Union Iron Works, San Francisco, Cal.  in 1891 and commissioned in 1896.   She spent the next two years conducting exercises off the Pacific coast.  On February 15, 1898  news was telegraphed  that the battleship MAINE had exploded in Havana Harbor.  OREGON was in the Puget Sound Navy Yard, Bremerton, Washington at the time.  War with Spain was becoming imminent and OREGON was dispatched to Spanish-held Cuba without delay.  En route, she made a brief stop in San Francisco to load more coal for the long journey ahead, departing on March 19, 1898.  Traveling around Cape Horn OREGON arrived at Jupiter Inlet 66 days later  –  a distance of 15,000 nautical miles!  This was a remarkable achievement at the time.  The record breaking voyage immediately popularized the ship with the American public.  It also emphasized the need for a shorter coast to coast route, which ultimately led to construction of the Panama Canal.  Upon arrival OREGON joined Admiral William T. Sampson’s squadron under the command of her Captain Charles Clark.  On July 3 OREGON spearheaded the Battle of Santiago de Cuba, where she and the cruiser BROOKLYN were the only ships fast enough to chase down and capture the Spanish flagship CRISTOBAL COLON.   The remainder of the Spanish fleet was decimated.   It was at this time OREGON earned the nickname "Bulldog of the Navy," because of the “bone in her teeth” – a reference to her distinctive bow wave at cruising speed..

After the Spanish-American War OREGON sailed to China Station for 2 deployments which included her presence during the Boxer Rebellion.   She was briefly decommissioned in 1906 but recommissioned in 1911.  WWI saw her escorting troop carriers to Europe.  After the Great War, as a result of the Washington Naval Treaty, OREGON was declared "incapable of further wartime service."  In June 1925 she became a museum ship in Portland, Oregon where her forward mast is on display to this day.  But by WWII her scrap metal was deemed more crucial to the war effort than her historical value and she was sold.   Her stripped hulk was later returned to the Navy to be used as an ammunition barge during the Battle of Guam.  In the typhoon of November 1948, she broke loose and drifted 500 miles out to sea.  But her hull was located southeast of Guam and she was towed back.  Sold again on March 15, 1956 OREGON’s venerable hulk was finally salvaged in Japan.

The accompanying original photograph shows OREGON in drydock at the Navy Yard, Bremerton in 1911.  Note that her Great White Fleet era configuration has been changed to haze gray and she has been fitted with a “cage mast” aft as was popular with Naval architects in the first decade of the twentieth century.



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3.16/19.87 YACHT TAFFRAIL LOG. An amazing find! Late 19th century American patent log for small vessels made by the venerable nautical firm of Negus, New York. What is particularly remarkable about this set is its mint, UNUSED condition in the original box with instructions! The lovely instrument has a porcelain dial within its glazed brass housing. The dial is signed“ NEGUS PATENT LOG” and is calibrated on the periphery from 0 – 50 miles in one mile increments, marked by 5’s. The subsidiary dial at the bottom indicates tenths of miles. The log itself is equipped with a large brass bail handle and terminates in a free wheeling governor to which the log line and lead are attached. The “fish” (rotator) is solid brass and is marked “NEGUS M.” It is attached to approximately 10 fathoms of original cotton line. All of this is contained within the original cardboard box with interior “Directions” in the lid and outer decorative label reading “NEGUS PATENT LOG.” It is complete with its rarely-found separate instruction sheet entitled “HOW TO USE.” The box measures 10 inches long by 3 5/8 inches wide and 3 ¾ inches high. Condition of the contents is superb – factory new. The box shows signs of normal wear expected of an object over 100 years old. 595

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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 to which it would have been connected to the condenser.   It would have protected the condenser from blow back.  At the top is knurled pin valve to close of 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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11.55  CASED DOMINO SET.  Classic 19th century sailor-made game set in the form of double 6’s dominos housed in their original machine dove-tailed hardwood box with sliding lid.   This perfect complete set of 28 pieces is constructed of whalebone and ebony laminated together with brass pins.  Each gaming piece is beautifully hand-detailed and measures 1 ¾ inches long by 7/8 inches wide and 5/16 inches thick.  They are housed in the original box measuring 7 inches long by 2 ¼ inches wide and 2 inches thick.  Absolutely outstanding condition in all respects.  This set exhibits its age with no flaws.  The game pieces themselves are all perfect.  Priced to sell. 179


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