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15 YACHT BLOCKS

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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SMALL OLD NAUTICAL SPEAKING TRUMPET

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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Oars

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