Every vessel carries them, some for navigating, others serving as utility lights. We carry traditional marine lights dating from the 18th to the 20th centuries. You will find lights and lamps for the collector and for anyone restoring a classic vessel.
Generally called helms, wheels first appeared on ships around the mid- 18th century. Most are made of teak, mahogany, oak, ash or elm. In the mid-19th century, iron and bronze became popular materials for making wheels.
We offer the early, dry-card variety as well as the more modern flotation compass, and binnacles. We sell many to collectors, particularly the earlier models. Post-1866 flotation compasses are occasionally sought for vessel restorations.
The Great Age of Piracy encompasses much of the 17th and 18th centuries. We've collected artifacts and relics such as smoking pipes; jugs, bottles and pewter; pistols, pikes and cutlasses; coins and cannonballs; scales and anchors.
Here's the place for anchors, portholes, lobster traps, buoys, bits, chain, deck hardware and bollards; you might find the odd piece of salvage or something strange recovered from a wreck.
Bells are used aboard ship to mark time and the turn of the watch; for fog signals and for distress calls. Most large sailing vessels and early steamers had at least two on board. We have a number of fine old bells, and a few bell ropes, too.
Sextants, octants, dividers and parallel rules, clocks and chronometers, and more. Treasures from the earliest days or perhaps something more modern, to use when GPS fails.
When danger presented itself, seafarers had to be ready. A ship's arsenal could include small arms, cutlasses, muskets, pistols and, of course, cannons. We try to keep a few of these artifacts in stock.
The spyglass or telescope has been an indispensable part of the master mariner's kit since the late 1600s. Usually made of wood or brass, they are often covered with leather or sailcloth, occasionally personalized with engraving or knotwork.
Sea folk have always been known for their arts and craftsmanship. We like to have traditional sailor’s handiwork on hand, such as carved, wooden figureheads; quarter boards and sea chests; ships in bottles, carvings and knotwork.
Everyday items the seafarer carries and uses – from watch caps and clothing to the gewgaws and shiny things they love. Items like tobacco pipes, pocket knives, small fids, souvenirs, sail needles, photos, and jewelry.
Few ship's flags survive the ravages of wind, sun and sea. When we find interesting examples of flags, pennants or banners, we research them, then offer them to you. Flags are symbols of great pride, deserving of conservation and care.
Whether you are working on a traditional sailing ship or amassing a collection, here is the place for working gear for the working sailor, craftsman or crewman – hand tools, rigging gear, blacksmithing, spikes, palms, fids, and more.
Too many categories can make your head spin. Too much to look at all at once. So we'll end our categorizing with this catchall. If you don't see what you're looking for, or you're not sure what you want but just feel like browsing, check here.
Here are the insignia and hat emblems of navies and merchant shipping companies of the world. Plus medals and decorations earned by seamen in peace and war. Also ribbons, cap tallies and other uniform items.