Unique sailor's Clip-Point Bowie knife, ca. 1840-1855. This bowie features a 6.75" clip-point blade, attached to a 3" whale's tooth handle carved into the head of an American Eagle. Overal length is approx. 10.625". The hilt is made of whalebone, and a hand-forged brass ring showing beautiful wear and patina runs through the eagle's mouth. The eyes appear to be made of Baleen or wood. The knife shows all the propper patina and use that it should, and is beautifully untouched. A very rare sailor's knife, combining the desireable clip-point blade style with interesting useage of whalebone components. Very Unusual, Documented New Bedford Whaling Ship's Anchor Chain, ca. early 19th century or earlier. We recently aquired this piece from a local antiques dealer here on the Connecticut coast. The chain just came out of the estate of Isaiah Tollman in New Bedford, Mass, where it had been stored away in the attic for over 100 years! Isaiah's Great-Great-Grandfather was a whaling captain out of New Bedford. At approx. 10 feet long, the chain is in relic condition, showing signs of being in the sea, or on the shore, for many years. This is a very interesting piece off an authentic whaling ship that you don't normally find, and right out of one of the biggest whaling cities! Accompanying the chain is a signed COA from Shoreline Antiques, attesting to the story of this great chain.
Rare Frederick Riley New York Flute and brass trunk plate attributed to Seaman Edward W. Bennett. Wonderful flute made of Boxwood and German Silver, with Ivory ferrules. Marked on all four pieces by "F-RILEY N. York". The head joint is in addition marked "CHATHAM ST.". Frederick Riley made instruments at three locations throughout his career from 1842-1851, 29 Chatham St. being his first. This flute was made between 1842-1844 and is complete in "as found" condition with great patina. A old collector's tag is attached, which reads:
Flute was used by EWB
on ships. He played
for them to dance
1825 to 1833
Edward W. Bennett was born May 25th 1805 in Nova Scotia, and went to sea at an early age, sailing all over the world throughout his life. This flute was found in his trunk and came directly from a relative of Mr. Bennett. He supposedly served at one time on the famous frigate USS United States (1797-1861) though this has yet to be confirmed. Bennett went on to become Captain of Police in Buffalo, and later settled in Rockford, Iowa. Accompanying this flute is a brass plate removed from Edward Bennett's seaman's trunk, which is beautifully engraved with his name and date of birth. It too shows great patina and has not been cleaned. This is an opportunity not only to own a rare period musical intrument, but one attributed to a colorful American sailor and with potential for a very rich history. Very Fine "Naughty Nellie" Whalebone Ladie's Leg Cane, ca. 1845-1860, certainly one of the finer examples we have seen. The cane measures 32" long overall, with the leg measuring 2.75". The shaft of the cane is one piece of tapered Whalebone, tipped with 3.75" of silver at the base. The rings below the leg are made of Baleen and wood. The leg itself apears to be made of either Walrus Ivory, or a carved whale's tooth, and is inlaid with five pieces of silver. It is also scrimshawed with red ink. Overall in beautiful condition with one period age crack between the rings on the left side. These leg canes are very hard to find, and even harder to find with this much craftsmanship and usage of various materials. A beautiful sailor made cane. RARE 1756 Bill of Lading for Sperm Whale oil and Cocoa from Newport to Boston, Very hard to find, written by Aaron Loper and dated in Newport RI, October 8th 1756. Document measures approx. 9.5" by 7.5". It details the shipment of 27 casks of Spermacity Oil and 2 Hog heads of Cocoa, by way of the Sloop "Endeavour", from the Harbor of Newport to Boston. The shipment was made by Lott Hall, and to be delivered to the merchant William Henry Lloyd. In beautiful condition overall. The contents of the shipment are written in the appropriate placement, and again on the left side of the document along with the brand of Aaron Loper, and is thirdly written on the backside of the paper, having bled through to the front. Wonderful whaling and nautical history, and rare to find from the time of the French and Indian War. Group of two early Jagging Wheels and Booking Stamp, ca. 1860. Two similar jagging wheels of simple design, made of wood, one with a wood wheel and the other with a bone wheel. The stamp would have been used in book keeping and features a crosshatch pattern, bone stamp, fixed to a wonderfully worn, turned wooden handle. Nice period pieces. RARE Whaling Spade made by Blacksmith "James Durfee", New Bedford Massachsetts, ca. 1829-1849, complete with it's original handle. This spade would have been used on deck for slicing whale blubber, and retains it's original wood handle showing very nice wear and patina. It is much more common to find harpoons and spades with their handles broken or simply rotted away. The spade is made in a fitting "whale's tale" pattern and shows the clear touchmark of James Durfee. A thin coat of black paint appears to have been applied some time ago. The spade itself measures 17.5", and with the handle 57" overall. A great piece with excellent history right from "The Whaling City". Wonderful Sitting/Hanging Brass Whale Oil Ship's Lamp, ca. 1840-1860, from the Phillip Schwartz collection (Ex. Vice President of Colt Firearms Mfg.) Very rare piece made to be either rested on a trunk or table, or hung during rough seas. The bowl pivots and levels itself. Absolutely perfect patina, never cleaned. No repairs, damage, or replaced parts. Does not appear to have been marked. Sitting, it stands 6.25" tall, and 6.25" accross from it's handle to hanger. Round base measures 4.25" in diameter. Wonderful period look. RARE Pair of Pewter Ship's Warming Plates by Susannah Cocks, London, ca. 1819-1840. From the Phillip Schwartz Collection (Ex. Vice President of Colt Firearms Mfg.) Susannah Bonnin married the pewterer Samuel Cocks in London in 1802. They worked together for several years, until early in the business Samuel died. Susannah Cocks carried on making pewter goods until approx. 1838-1844, depending on which source you refer to, passing away herself sometime in the late 1840's. This matching pair of warming plates bare identical marks of Susannah Cocks, as well as matched hallmarks. Filled with boiling water, they would have kept food warm for quite some time aboard a ship. The handles would have served to help hold the plates and to tie them down under rough conditions. The first plate has both handles and the filler door intact, and has a large split in the pewter along the top of the plate with various light dings throughout. Nice patina and clear markings underneath. The second plate is missing it's door and both handles, but is free of splits. It has several large dents along the top rim and underneath. Clear markings once again, and with a pleasing uncleaned patina. Both plates measure 9.5" accross and 1.75" tall. Two very hard to find nautical plates and with a intriguing history. Very Unique Hand Forged Whaling Skimmer, ca. 1800-1830. After the whale's blubber had been melting in the Try Pots for some time, a skimmer would be used to take any left over solids, such as skin, off the top of the oil. These leftovers would in return be thrown into the fire below the pot. This piece came from a small whaling collection here in Connecticut, and measures 19.5" long. Turned center with a flared handle, and nicely done rat tail end. Great uncleaned patina throughout. Appears to be unmarked, but could very well been touchmarked. Very interesting whaling piece with an impressive look. RARE George Wostenholms IXL Cuttlery Sheffield US Navy Sailor's Knife, ca. 1845-1865. Great, untouched original condition. Measuring 4.75" closed and 8.25" open. Beautiful original stag handles are free of cracks or chips, and show nice wear and patina. Slight seperating of the lining and handle near the butt on one side from age. Very crisp Wostenholm and US Navy markings. Correct provision for a laynard ring or strap. Blade shows slight sharpening, but with nice color and patina. Very hard to find a Navy marked example, by this maker, and this early. Wonderful American Ship's Figurehead, ca. 1750-1780, from the Phillip Schwartz Collection (Ex Vice President of Colt Firearms Mfg.) Constructed of five seperate pieces of wood. Measuring just under 28" tall, she was most likely much taller at one point. As evidenced by the signs of fire charring around the back of the base, it is likely that the piece was cut off a salvaged or wrecked vessel. A ship's figurehead was looked upon as being one of the most important parts of a ship, and certainly would have been saved if it was possible. Excellent patina overall, with a few age cracks. Some original hand forged bronze nails can be seen (see photos), while a few later nails were added to assist in holding her chest in place. A truly stunning piece of nautical history. RARE Early 19th Century Iron Manby Mortar with Ball, ca. 1805-1830. This cannon was the first of it's type made, and produced in very small quantities. It was intended to be stationed on the coast, and fired a ball with attached line over ships that were in distress. The men on the ship now had a direct line back to shore to be rescued. The gun was developed by Captain George William Manby, who also invented the first portable fire extinguisher. This particular mortar was actually found in Essex, CT. inside an underground garage located right on the coast. It has an original ball stuck half way in the muzle. Who knows what is behind it? Possibly another ball, a piece of wood holding it in place, or valuables? Regardless, the ball has been sitting in place for many many years, and shows signs of someone trying to dislodge it by striking the ball. The mortar itself is in excellent condition, with and even mottled patina overall. It has four holes in the base, for mounting on a moveable platform. The barrel measures 12" long, and has a approx. 5 1/2" bore. The base measures 18"x12". Overall this piece weighs over 350lbs! This is a super piece of nautical history. Extraordinary 18th Century American Made Ship's Half Hull Model, ca. 1760-1800. This piece is from the Phillip Schwartz collection (ex. Vice President of Colt Firearms Mfg. Co.), and is a true one of a kind piece of maritime folk art. The piece has been authenticated by several nautical historians, including the ex. curator of the Mystic Seaport Museum. The ship itself measures approx. 27 1/2" long and 7" tall. It is meticulously detailed, including the deck, and retains much of it's original paint. It is mounted on a hand planed board, that measures just under 35" long, and approx. 11 3/4" tall. The ship is mounted by way of several hand forged Rosehead nails. The bow of the ship is marked "JOHN CO????". Possibly the maker's name, or the ship's name. Further research about the name could yield some very important information . This is the best half hull we have ever had the pleasure to offer, and is a unique and important maritime piece right out of one of the best antiques collections in Connecticut. Wonderful Ship Builder's Half Hull Model Model of the 1860 Bark "Egypt", ca. 1860's. This piece is right out of a collection on the southeastern shore of Connecticut, and is a rare shipbuilder's model depicting the hull design for the Bark "Egypt", built in 1860 by Edward Holmes. The model is comprised of seven lifts, and is mounted on two boards. The ship is natural color, while the backing is stained darker. There is an old coat of varnish on the piece, possibly original, that shows some age crackling primarily on the mounting board. The ship's name is painted on
the front, with a old copper "No.8" tag on the bottom right hand corner. The label is fixed to the back. The ship is fairly large, measuring 37 1/2" long, with the entire board measuring 45 3/4" long and 12" tall. There are two contemporary brass hooks screwed into the top of the board for hanging. This model would have either hung in the shipbuilder's shop to demonstrate the hul design, or could have been given as a presentation to someone associated in the actual ship's construction. A great representation of a beautiful, period ship's half hull.
Amazing Pennsylvania Windsor Low-Back Armchair ("Captain's Chair") Ca. 1760 picked up at sea by American Revolutionary War Privateer Captain David Hawley in 1780. What a truly amazing piece of American history! This chair comes right from a very old, private collection along the Connecticut coast. The low-back arm chairs are among the most sought after and scarce of the early Windsors, and this chair in particular has a very unique history. The chair shows the typical wear and tear of something that was kicked around the ocean for a brief period of time, and a paper label fixed to
the bottom of the chair from the period tells why. It reads; "Picked up at sea about 1780 by Captain David Holly of Stamford". A brass plaque, probably added in the early 19th century, is fixed to the top of the chair and clarifies; "PICKED UP AT SEA, 1780 BY CAPTAIN DAVID HOLLY OF STAMFORD, CONN." I spoke with Stamford historian Barbara Kaye, who has confirmed that the surnames "Hawley" and Holly" were often used interchangeably during the time. David Hawley (Holly) of Stamford, Connecticut, is of course the infamous American Revolutionary War Captain, who is most noted for serving under Benedict Arnold at the Battle of Valcour Island in 1776, the capture of over 20 enemy ships, escaping capture himself on several occasions from the British in Long Island Sound, and the daring raid and capture of Thomas Jones, Esq, of Suffolk County. Hawley played a crucial role in the events that took place throughour Long Island Sound during the Revolutionary War. It is safe to say that this chair was probably aboard a ship (either British or Colonial) that was either sunk or ransacked off the New England coast, and it was salvaged by Hawley's ship. Original green paint can still be observed on the bottom of the chair, while it has been worn/removed from the other surfaces, and coated with an old shellac. The small ball feet of the chair were removed long ago. The extensive wear appears to have occured at the time, and as stated, looks just like a stone or piece of glass you would find tumbled around in the ocean. A stunning piece of true American history, and an absolute one of a kind.
RARE Massive 17th Century Bronze Swivel Cannon, ca. 1650-1725, 1 1/2" bore. A wonderful gun, measuring 41 3/4" long overall and weighing over 100 lbs. Swivel guns of this style, along with the similar "Lantaka" guns, were commonly seen mounted to the rails of ships from the 15th century right up through the 1800's. They also proved to be a very popular trade item, as a man's wealth was measured on how many cannon he owned, and these guns were relatively easy to move and could be
mounted to any ship's rail. This gun is probably of Dutch origin, and has terrific style and proportions. It is cast of solid Bronze, and still fixed in it's original swivel yolk. The gun itself measures 38" long, and is approx. 4 1/2" wide at the breech. It tapers down to aprox. 2 7/8" before the muzzle, and flares to 4" at the muzzle. The bore is 1 1/2". At the rear of the gun is a socket, in which a long wooden pole would have been inserted to aim the gun while being fired. It has a square touchhole, and crowned front "sight". The gun rests on a beautiful wooden box, probably dating from the mid 19th century. The patina overall is just perfect. This gun may have even been recovered from a shipwreck judging by it's appearance! A very impressive piece in person.
"BLACK BALL LINE"
Rare American Oil Painting of a "Back Ball Line" Packett Schooner in Original Frame, ca. 1850, oil on board. The Black Ball Line was established about 1816 in New York, and is regarded as the very first transatlantic shipping fleet, transporting goods between New York and Liverpool . Four schooners were originally commissioned; The Amity, Courier, Pacific, and James Monroe. The line's distinctive red swallow-tail flag and black ball was flown aboard every ship. The firm was very successful, and was even noted in several sea chanteys of the period. The firm was dissolved about 1879. Here we have a fantastic original oil painting of one of the Black Ball Line schooners, presumably approaching the English coast. The ship is a two-masted schooner, flying at least one American flag and the Black Bal Line flag on it's mainmast. The painting itself measures 21" wide and 14 1/2" tall, while the heavy original frame measures 28" wide, 22" tall, and 3 1/4" thick. The painting is untouched and uncleaned, but is very fine with vibrant colors and no notable damage. There are two very small scrapes near the middle/right area of the painting. It appears to be unsigned, however there is a three part name written in pencil on the back of the frame which we can't quite decipher. The frame is very good overall considering it's age. There is some loss to it's decorative boarder on three of it's corners, the worst being the upper left corner. The frame could be easily restored or shown as it is. Early American maritime oil paintings have become very sought after and increasingly scarce, and being a rendition of a ship of the Black Ball Line makes this a unique and impressive addition to any collection or den. Rare 8 Gauge Muzzleloading Bronze Yacht Signal or Salute Cannon, 8 Ga, mfg. ca. 1910. A great looking early cannon with a 14" bronze barrel and nicely turned muzzle. The trunnions are also turned bronze, and the cannon is mounted to iron brackets that are bolted to a wooden base. The brackets and base are painted black, and two metal loops are bolted under the base to tie off and secure the gun. The mechanism features a spring loaded flip up hammer that locks into the trigger. A pull cord connected to the trigger releases the hammer which strikes a shotgun shell primer, firing the cannon. Fantastic untouched patina overall, and even the original cord is intact. No visible markings. A fine addition to any cannon collection, or display in your den or vintage boat!
RARE & MASSIVE L.T.SNOW/R.H. BROWN STYLE
1 Gauge Bronze Breechloading Yacht Signal Cannon
RARE & MASSIVE L. T. Snow/R. H. Brown Style 1 Gauge Bronze Breechloading Yacht Signal Cannon, 1 Ga, mfg. ca. 1885. This extraordinary gun has been in a private collection it's entire life and is being offered here for the first time ever. The bronze barrel measures 28 3/8" from the muzzle to tip of the knob, and 29 1/4" overall including the firing pin (closed). The breech measures 5 1/2" wide, while the muzzle measures 3" across. The inside diameter of the bore comes in at 1 5/8", and the rim diameter of the original cartridge it would have fired measures 1 3/4" at the breech. To the best of our knowledge this would correspond with a 1 Gauge shotshell. A bronze insert has been fitted into the breech during the period of use to fire more common 10 Gauge shells. No machining appears to have been done, and the insert could easily be removed if desired. The original firing pin and lanyard pull are intact, however the firing pin spring is missing. This can be easily replaced. The original 1 Gauge extractor is intact with the exception of the small handle or pull which appears to have broken away long ago. Again, a replacement could be easily made. The breechblock shuts and locks up as tight as a bank vault, absolutely no play when closed. The barrel, trunnions and caps, and carriage caps all have a perfect, mellow untouched patina. The entire gun looks exactly the way you would hope to find it. The original Mahogany carriage also displays outstanding patina and wear throughout. There are a couple very small repairs done during the period on top near the trunnion caps, and one old chip that is missing forward of the left trunnion. All original bronze caps and rope breeching hardware. Even the original pulley for the lanyard is there! The original elevation screw was lost long ago, and the previous owner had been using the one pictured for decades. It is of the proper age and style, and could be machined to turn and screwed to the carriage if desired. As it is, it simply sits on the carriage holding the barrel up to it's pictured elevation. Original wood wheels are leather wrapped and keyed through brass caps. We can not find a maker's mark on the gun, but not to say there isn't one. I find it hard to believe the gun was never marked, however some of the early Brown or Strong cannons may bear no markings. It is certainly done in the style, age, and quality of the L.T. Snow/Strong or Brown cannon, and I would greatly assume it was produced by one of those firms. This would have been a very expensive and uncommon size for the period suitable for a 85-100 foot yacht. While we have not weighed it, we estimate it's weight to be well in excess of 100 lbs. It is unlikely you will find another period signal cannon of this size and quality, and you will certainly be heard pressed to find one with such a fantastic look! Wonderful Iron 4 Gauge Muzzleloading Rampart or Ship Signal Cannon, 4 Ga, mfg. ca. 1840-1860. This is a great looking cannon that measures 19" long overall and features a 1" perfectly centered bore. It weighs 39 lbs. It would probably have been used as a signal piece, however it certainly could have been intended for defensive use if mounted to a swiveling yolk. The touch hole appears to be at least partially blocked and would need to be drilled/cleaned out. The knob and trunnions are cast right into the barrel, and there is a finely ground casting seam around the entire cannon horizontally. Overall the gun just has a fantastic look, and you can really feel the quality of the metal and casting when you hold it. A perfect addition to any early military or nautical collection!