OUR LATEST SELECTION OF MARITIME & NAUTICAL ANTIQUES
Below is our latest selection of maritime antiques and nautical collectables.
SHIP'S STEAM WHISTLE.
Antique ship's steam whistle. Reputedly removed from a Clyde steam tug boat before being scrapped.
A fine example of a quality ships fitting that would have been in daily use, the steam whistle has a unique sound that was synonymous with the age of steam.
Constructed from brass with side operating lever.
Height 46cm / 18 inches.
EXCEPTIONAL ANTIQUE QUINTANT / SEXTANT
Antique Quintant / Sextant made by L. Casella, London.
A Quintant is similar to the more common and better known sextant and used in the same way.
A fine late 19th century navigators Quintant, engraved on the arc L. Casella, Maker to the Admiralty & Ordnance, London. No 1718. The silver scale reads from -5 degrees to 175 degrees and is divided into 10 minute increments. The index arm has swinging scale magnifier with glass light diffuser and the silver vernier scale reads from 0 to 10 seconds of arc. 6 inch radius.
ANTIQUE PELORUS NAVIGATION INSTRUMENT
Antique pelorus, bezel engraved Heath & Co Ltd, New Eltham, London, No.133. Contained in the original hardwood box.
Box dimensions L 20cm x D 20cm x H 13.5cm.
A pelorus is a navigational instrument used by the ships navigator to aid the safe navigation of a ship. It is used to determine the angular distance between objects (point of land, lighthouse, buoys, another ship, stars and planets) and the ship's bow. The pelorus can be used to measure relative bearing (relative to the ship's bow= 0 degrees) or be used to measure true/magnetic/ compass headings if you know the ship's heading (ship's heading plus pelorus angular bearing).
ANTIQUE SHIPS LOG
Antique John Bliss ship's log dial. Brass sling type pattern ship log, porcelain face marked: JOHN BLISS TAFFRAIL LOG, NEW YORK, USA. Brass and glass cover for dials.
Date of manufacture Circa 1880.
ANTIQUE MARITIME DEPTH SOUNDING INSTRUMENT
Antique Wigzell's Patent Sea Sounding Instrument. A remarkable depth sounding instrument based on water pressure. The instrument is contained in the original pine box and is complete with fathom scale. The original instructions are also present on the inside of the box lid.
ANTIQUE BREECHES BUOY LINE CUTTING BLOCK
A rare Life Saving Apparatus Breeches Buoy Hawser cutting block. Circa 1890. The cutting block is in excellent condition and complete with all the original components: block, hinge, locking pin, internal cutting blades, levers and tripping lanyards. The block measures: 15 1/2" tall x 11 1/4" width (including arms). The Breeches Buoy line cutting block was used to retrieve the valuable hawser line once all the shipwrecked crew had been rescued.
BREECHES BUOY LINE THROWING ROCKET GUN.
Also known as a Rocket line gun or line throwing pistol. It was used for firing a line over to a shipwreck. This was so the shipwrecked crew could haul the breeches buoy equipment across to the ship.
ANTIQUE CLIPPER SHIP WEATHER GLASS
A rare antique clipper ships weather glass or water barometer, they are also sometimes referred to as a Cape Cod glass or storm glass. This item was used to detect changes in the atmospheric pressure, a low pressure caused the level in the glass to fall and the neck level to rise indicating an imminent storm. A drop or fall in the glass level was known as a "falling glass" and was an indication of impending storms. The term "falling glass" is referred to in many factual stories about sailing ships encountering storms and it even features in traditional Sea Shanties: eg, chorus from the pumping shanty STRIKE THE BELL - "Strike the bell, second mate, Let us go below, Look away to windward, You can see it's going to blow, Look at the glass, You can see that it has fell, We wish that you would hurry up, And strike, strike the bell "
The hanging eye is worn from being hung and the back of the glass has wear marks where it has swung with the motion of the ship. The rear of the weather glass is etched with a picture of a Clipper Ship and the words SA CLIPPER SHIP, WEATHER GLASS, GERMANY. These items were hand blown and date to around late 1800's. Height: 20cm / 8 inches.
ANTIQUE SHIPS SEARCH LIGHT
Antique ships search light. This Francis search light was reputedly removed from a scrapped RNLI lifeboat.
The chrome plated brass search lamp has been polished and mounted on an antique mahogany tripod.
It has been re wired to operate on 240 volts and accommodate modern light bulbs.
This decorative maritime antique certainly makes a statement and it has a maritime style all of its own.
Height: 1.7 m / 5.5 feet. Diameter: 28 cm / 11 inches.
SORRY THIS ITEM HAS BEEN SOLD.
ANTIQUE DIVING HELMET CHEST & BACK WEIGHTS.
A pair of antique Siebe Gorman diving helmet weights.
constructed from lead and brass. Both stamped SIEBE GORMAN & CO LTD, LONDON. Non matching serial numbers.
SORRY THIS ITEM HAS BEEN SOLD.