We get nice old portlights from time to time (portlight is the correct term for porthole) but this one’s a show-stopper. It sure caught our attention the first time we spotted it.

This is a clean, polished unit of bronze or brass measuring about 12 inches (30 cm) across, and two inches (5 cm) deep, or 5.5 inches deep when you include the heavy round dog that secures it. Although the glass diameter is 7 inches (18 cm), this husky fellow weighs in at 18.5 pounds.

Eight bolts with smooth brass (or bronze) heads attached to the frame highlight the quality and design of this port. Steel nuts and shafts have been altered by soldering solid brass caps to the threaded shafts. The hinge pin also has a custom-made head.

This impressive porthole can be mounted to open left or right by moving the pin, and can open from the top or bottom as well. Wherever you decide to put it, you’ll have an outstanding addition to a vessel or your home.

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These top-quality, functional blocks are of a style that old riggers called turtle blocks, because of their rounded cheeks and full shells. The lot includes both single and double sheave blocks with bronze sheaves. They are all Merriman, or of Merriman quality.

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One of the more unusual items I’ve offered in the last few years is this little brass speaking trumpet.
It’s the real thing – an antique speaking horn – but it’s only 7.75 inches (20 c) tall, with a four-inch (10.5 cm) mouth.

This is not a modern reproduction but a genuinely old maritime tool from the era of sailing ships.

It is almost a miniature of a full-sized trumpet, yet is fully functional and would have been used by the coxswain of a ship’s boat or liberty launch, a rowing team, or a ships officer relaying orders to top-men aloft from the deck.

Accompanying this brass trumpet is a little mahogany shelf with a brass mounting plate that the last owner had custom-made in order to display the piece.

Morse Hard Hat Dive Pump

An original manual air pump made by the Andrew Morse Company in Boston around the turn of the 19th to 20th century. This is the famous type of pump used in the salvage of the U.S.S. Maine.
An important and dramatic piece for the advanced collector.

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Traditional Lobster Pot Buoys

We have wood lobster pot buoys for you!
When I was a kid, one of the ways a clever youth could make a few dollars was to make buoys out of wood for local fishermen.
We kids always welcomed an occasional storm knowing some buoys would be lost and we would get a little windfall.
Wood buoys are against the law in Maine now, deemed a hazard to navigation by some government genius. Everyone has turned to plastic foam. The old wood buoys have become collectible.
Every lobsterman had his own color scheme and many buoys are marked with initials and license numbers. Some are quite rough-hewn while others are more shaped and finished. All are used but in good condition and fine for indoor or outdoor display. Nearly all these lobster pot buoys are from Maine, with an occasional one from Nova Scotia.

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Some are painted. Others are plain and weathered. Regular small boat oars range from six to 10 feet long.