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Thursday, July 20, 2017

Antique Hunting in Hampton Roads Virginia- Nautical Treasures Abound

Always a favorite pastime for many is the adventure of getting out and shopping for antiques. I know when we travel, hunting for antique stores and other shops that carry unique vintage items is on the top of our list. One of the top categories for treasure hunters here in coastal, Hampton Roads,Virginia (also known as Tidewater) is for old nautical items- things that are salvaged from boats or ships. These are the perfect items to dress up any nautical room and coastal beach home!

An original marine art valentine hangs above an antique ship-in-bottle with old
decoy and a  custom made lamp re-purposed using an antique New England
Lighthouse bird house. These items are displayed on a 19th century antique painted sea chest.
Skipjack Nautical Wares & Marine Art Gallery.
These run from ship parts such as portholes and ship lighting to marine instruments like telegraphs and binnacles. Other sought after items for the nautical home decor are oars, colorful buoy markers, old nets, signal flags, ships wheels, blocks and anchors. Other maritime instruments of the trade are binoculars and spyglasses, compasses, clocks and barometers, sextants, octants and gauges.

A British made 19th century brass antique sextant is an example of maritime instruments
available at Skipjack Nautical Wares & Marine Art Gallery.
Then there's the handcrafted items created by sailors during their leisure time like scrimshaw, ships-in-bottles and boat models, fancy knot work and treasures of the past like sailor valentines.

Handcrafted antique model of  sailing schooner  encased in a glass display.
Displayed on the wall is an antique ship's wheel.
Skipjack Nautical Wares & Marine Art Gallery.
You may happen to find a few of these items around Hampton Roads antique shops and malls, but for a sure bet you need to find your way over to Olde Towne Portsmouth,Virginia to Skipjack Nautical Wares & Marine Art Gallery. This store is everything nautical!

Antique marine navigation light from
 Skipjack Nautical Wares & Marine Art Gallery.
Skipjack Nautical Wares is known for it's broad collection of authentic ship salvage and maritime antiques from the 18th, 19th and 20th centuries. they were also selected as one of the top 10 art galleries in Virginia and is the premier marine art gallery of the Commonwealth.

Skipjack Nautical Wares & Marine Art Gallery is the place if you are seeking nautical
antiques and marine art. located at 620 High Streetin Olde Towne Portsmouth, Virginia.
So. if you are visiting Tidewater Virginia and are interested in nautical antiques and vintage decor, then Skipjack is a "must visit" to add to your agenda. Skipjack Nautical Wares also offers most of it's current inventory for sale on their web store, so you can shop with them wherever you are 24/7 and they ship worldwide!

*Hampton Roads includes the cities of Portsmouth, Norfolk, Virginia Beach, Chesapeake, Hampton, Newport News, Suffolk and Williamsburg.

Friday, July 14, 2017

Re-purposing Marine & Nautical Lamps to Light Your Coastal Home

Authentic marine and nautical lighting is a top choice to use in your coastal home for many reasons. Quality and classic nautical design are top reasons for choosing marine lighting for today’s interior and exterior home use. Here’s a few good reasons for selecting authentic over replicated lighting for your nautical room and coastal home. Nautical Table Lamps For Sale

Design

The best words to describe nautical lighting design is traditional and classic. Some also refer to ship lights as industrial and even steampunk because of it’s antique heritage. I like to envision the light used during the days of tall sailing ships, or maybe the sleek, highly polished marine lights that once adorned beautiful classic wooden yachts. Some prefer the elegant lights that glistened up the skies at night on board the great ocean liners or the virtually indestructible fixtures that were used aboard naval and coast guard ships. Whatever is your taste and desire, these great old marine lights are in high demand today for home d├ęcor lighting and use. Nautical lighting
It's very difficult to replicate the look of a true seafaring ships lantern or light. This takes decades of actual seafaring use to retain this old worn patina, which makes these great old fixtures a top choice for re-purposing into table lamps creating an authentic look to your nautical room and coastal home.


Quality

Marine lighting was created to weather the harsh elements that are a constant threat to mariners and ships that sail upon the vast oceans of our world. These exceptional nautical fixtures have proven to withstand the elements and have been tested through centuries
An early 20th century galvanized metal anchor lamp retains a pleasing old black-painted surface. The wire guards protect the 360 degree glass Fresnel lens. The lamp lighting selection toggles between the interior light and the outer light by the upper light switch. You can choose either the upper room light, the interior lantern light or both on and off as desired.

In order to survive harsh seafaring use, manufacturers of authentic marine lighting choose to use the best materials for construction. Though materials like wood and tin were commonly used throughout our maritime history, copper, brass and galvanized metal became the top choices for nautical lighting from the late 19th century and throughout the 20th century into modern times. Most authentic lamps and lighting that are available today are of the latter. Aluminum fixtures also became popular during the 1960’s, sometimes replacing the more expensive brass and copper choices. From navigational lights to hanging lanterns, quality production and materials were essential to survival on the high seas! Authentic re-purposed nautical lighting and lamps

This exceptional early to mid 20th century large ship's masthead light features an early re-painted surface and thick glass Fresnel lens. The lamp lighting selection toggles between the interior light and the outer light by the upper light switch. You can choose either the upper room light, the interior lantern light or both on and off as desired.

Price

If you seek to own one of these seafaring artifacts of the past, then you should anticipate that they are going to come at a higher price than the replicated fixtures that flood the decorator market today. Yes, you can buy an inexpensive nautical style fixture from your local lamp and lighting stores, even the big hardware stores have marine style lighting that could suffice, but don’t expect these fixtures to survive in a salted air environment like a beach home. They will rust out and become a fire hazard in short order. Also, aluminum fixtures are NOT a good choice for the salty air environment. These should only be used as an interior light fixture and are a good choice for areas like bathrooms where you may have brushed-steel fixtures. Quality nautical lamps, lighting and accessories.

High quality brass boat navigational lights are used to create this beautiful pair of port and starboard nautical table lamps. These classic design lanterns are new but are manufactured for actual boat navigational use. 


Re-purposed For Today’s Nautical Room and Coastal Home

The truth here is no matter what you do with a newly made light fixture, you cannot reproduce the look of an old seafaring marine light and lantern. This comes from years of exposure to harsh saltwater environment to create this natural oxidized patina. On the flip side, when we produce marine table lamps using new fixtures, we choose to use those made for actual boat and ship use because of quality factors not found in a cheap production examples.

The primary lights that we seek for re-purposing are old navigational lights like port and starboard, bow and stern as well as mast lights. Other marine lights would include anchor and cabin lanterns.
The images below demonstrate what can be achieved by using retired nautical lamp and lighting fixtures, re-purposed into beautiful table lamps and lighting for the nautical room and coastal home.To preview the current selection of authentic nautical ship lights and lanterns re-purposed into table lamps, click on the web link here: Nautical Table Lamps

We re-purposed this authentic brass marine bow light into a nautical table lamp. Features thick glass Fresnel lens and retains a wonderful and pleasing bronze patina. The lamp lighting selection toggles between the interior light and the outer light by the upper light switch. You can choose either the upper room light, the interior lantern light or both on and off as desired.
The lamp lighting selection toggles between the interior light and the outer light by the upper light switch. You can choose either the upper room light, the interior lantern light or both on and off as desired.We re-purposed this authentic brass marine bow light into a nautical table lamp. Features thick glass Fresnel lens and retains a wonderful and pleasing bronze patina. 
Authentic ship's brass 90 degree passageway lights are used here in a Florida Keys homes bathroom.

Looking for the best selection of nautical antiques, marine art and nautical decor? Visit Skipjack Nautical Wares & Marine Art Gallery for all of your nautical product needs!

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Monday, May 22, 2017

Skipjack Nautical Wares Featured on Portsmouth VA Travel & Tourism Show May 2017

Skipjack Nautical Wares & Marine Art Gallery was recently featured on the May 2017 video, Portsmouth VA Travel & Tourism Show, episode 2. This video also features Olde Towne Portsmouth's historic Hill House Museum and the Portsmouth Colored Community Library Museum. Skipjack's segment begins at 16 minutes 45 seconds into the video. Thank you David Shulte and the City of Portsmouth, Virginia for including us on your  travel and tourism show!

Here's the link to the video at: Portsmouth VA Travel & Tourism Show, episode 2.

Skipjack Nautical Wares & Marine Art Gallery, 620 High Street, Portsmouth, VA.

The Hill House Museum, Olde Towne Portsmouth, Va.
Portsmouth Colored Community Library Museum, Portsmouth, VA
Portsmouth is located in the Hampton Roads metropolitan areas of the U.S. Commonwealth of Virginia. As of 2010, the city had a total population of 95,535.
The Norfolk Naval Shipyard, often called the Norfolk Navy Yard, is a historic and active U.S. Navy facility which is actually located in Portsmouth, despite its name. The shipyard builds, remodels, and repairs the Navy's ships of all types.Directly opposite Norfolk, the city of Portsmouth also has miles of waterfront land on the Elizabeth River as part of the harbor of Hampton Roads. There is a ferry boat that takes riders back and forth across the water between Downtown Norfolk and Olde Towne Portsmouth.


Interested in visiting Portsmouth, Virginia, one of America's most historic seaport cities? Here's a few links to tourism information that you might find informative. Olde Towne Portsmouth, VA  and the City of Portsmouth tourism website

Thursday, December 29, 2016

Fort Norfolk from the Elizabeth River- Marine Painting by J Robert Burnell

A recent article written by Robert McCabe published in the Virginian Pilot reminded me of an original watercolor painting that we currently have on display at Skipjack Nautical Wares & Marine Art Gallery. The article titled "Fort Norfolk got the first look at "rockets' red glare" traces the history of views from Fort Norfolk on June 22, 1813, during the Battle of Craney Island, when a force of about 700 American troops held off a two-pronged British assault by 3,000 to 4,000 men. Here's the link to the rockets red glare article from the Virginian Pilot.

The painting depicted here is by Portsmouth Virginia's renowned artist J. Robert Burnell titled "Fort Norfolk from the Elizabeth River" was painted in 1994, a tranquil scene with a boy sailing a dingy in the foreground and a three masted ship docked at the water's edge. The view features the fort on the left and a brick structed house in the center. The watercolor measures 18 X 30 inches (view) and 24 X 36 inches framed. Here are a few images (sorry, there's some glare in the image from the glass).  Here is the link to the painting of Skipjack Nautical Wares & Marine Art Gallery website.

Fort Norfolk from the Elizabeth River, an original watercolor by J. Robert Burnell.
Fort Norfolk is an historic fort and national historic district located at Norfolk, Virginia. With the original buildings having been built between 1795 and 1809, the fort encompasses 11 contributing buildings which include: main gate, guardhouse, officers' quarters, powder magazine, and carpenter's shop. Fort Norfolk is the last remaining fortification of President George Washington’s 18th Century harbor defenses. It has served as the district office for the U. S. Army Engineer District, Norfolk since 1923.

Close-up view of Fort Norfolk from the Elizabeth River.

Close-up view of the brick building and the moored frigate.
You can view our large collection of marine art on our web gallery at Skipjack Nautical Wares & Marine Art Gallery. You can visit Skipjack's gallery located in historic Olde Towne Portsmouth, Virginia.

Skipjack Nautical Wares 
& Marine Art Gallery
620 High Street, Portsmouth, VA 23704
www.skipjacknauticalwares.com
757-399-5012
Visit our website for current gallery hours

Tuesday, December 27, 2016

Skipjack- The Premier Marine Art Gallery of Hampton Roads, Virginia

There are a number of exceptional art galleries to visit around coastal Virginia with a wide spectrum of art to peruse. Coastal Virginia is known as the Tidewater Region and Hampton Roads that includes Norfolk, Portsmouth, Virginia Beach, Chesapeake, Suffolk, Newport News, Hampton and Williamsburg cities. Here's the link on Goggle to the listing of art galleries in the Hampton Roads area. 

"U.S. Gunboat 'Scorpion' in the Battle of Cedar Point, 1814" By Peter Rindlisbacher
But only one gallery is solely focused on artwork created by marine artists. Since 2003, our unique art gallery located in Olde Towne Portsmouth, Virginia has featured an extensive inventory of original  marine, nautical, maritime paintings, drawings, sculptures, ceramics, wood carvings, sailor and folk art, ship models, and scrimshaw by some of the region and the world’s leading marine artists working today including Peter Rindlisbacher, Larry Bage, Jim Bolland, Kevin Collins, Bob Holland, Jac & Patricia Johnson, Sam Lafever, Joe Marinelli, Sandy Nelson, William Barth Osmundsen and David Weiss.

"Swimming Mermaid" folk art carving by Jac & Patricia Johnson
"LOOKDOWN SCHOOL" Marine Art Bronze Sculpture by Larry Bage
The S.S. United States by Bob Holland
"Summerwind," oil on canvas by Sandy Nelson


Skipjack Nautical Wares & Marine Art Gallery is proud to offer to discriminating collectors an opportunity to select from these fine marine artworks currently available for sale. We also create changing art exhibitions and opportunities to meet the artists are also offered throughout the year.      


If you’re looking for something with special personal significance, Skipjack can assist you in creating unique commissioned work of art through a selection of our artists.

"Don't Give Up the Ship" commissioned folk art carving by Jac & Patricia Johnson

A consignment and appraisal service is also available through Skipjack Nautical Wares & Marine Art Gallery to help collectors sell work from their personal collections. Just give us a call at 757-399-5012 or email us at skipjacknauticalwares@gmail.com.

Skipjack Nautical Wares 
& Marine Art Gallery
620 High Street, Portsmouth, VA 23704
www.skipjacknauticalwares.com
757-399-5012
Visit our website for current gallery showroom hours.
Shop our web gallery 24/7!

Thursday, December 22, 2016

The Nautical Lamps Co., Mfrs. of Nautic Brand Products, Plainville, Conn.

Every once in a while we run across a vintage or antique nautical item that has little known history or provenance. Recently, we acquired a 1930's vintage small boat anchor lantern with the label from a little-known marine manufacturer, The Nautical Lamps Co., Plainville, Connecticut. The company produced a wide range of marine and navigational lamps, lanterns, searchlights and other similar products.

Our research found a few articles that were posted in early to mid 1930's copies of Motor Boating Magazine. The articles listed the company The Nautical Lamp Company was organized  in Plainville, Connecticut in early 1932. A second article was a notification that the company was purchased by Wilcox, Crittenden & Company, Inc. of Middleton, Conn. in the later part of 1936, so the company was only in production for four years.

Here are images of the anchor lantern with it's NAUTIC BRAND manufacturer's label. We have seen a few other examples listed for sale (or sold) on the web, so other examples can be found. For other images and information, visit the webpage on Skipjack Nautical Wares website.

1930's galvanized metal small boat anchor lantern
manufactured by the Nautical Lamp Company of Plainville, Conn.

NAUTIC BRAND label

Anchor lantern shown with removable burner.
Skipjack Nautical Wares specializes in vintage and antique ship's lanterns and lights. We offer a wide variety of marine lighting, manufactured throughout the 19th and 20th century for small craft to big ships by the best known American and foreign makers. These manufacturers include Perkins, Perko, National Marine Lamp Co., Kilborn-Sauer, Wilcox Crittenden, George Carpenter, Robert Findlay, Triplex, A. Ward Hendrickson, Peter Gray, Metorite, Robert Findlay Mfg., Russell Stoll Makers, Lovell, Den Haan, Tung Woo and Sento of Japan, Sea Horse, J.H. Peters & Bey and other historic makers. You will also find a selection of new marine lamps from makers like Den Haan and Weems & Plath. Here's a link to Skipjack's selection of marine lanterns at Skipjack Nautical Wares & Marine Art Gallery.

Skipjack Nautical Wares 
& Marine Art Gallery
620 High Street, Portsmouth, VA 23704
www.skipjacknauticalwares.com
757-399-5012
Visit our website for current gallery showroom hours.
Shop our web gallery 24/7!

Wednesday, December 7, 2016

Top 10 Nautical Gifts For All Occasions 2017

One question that we are frequently asked here at Skipjack is...I'm shopping for a gift... something for an upcoming birthday, Mother's or Father's Day, maybe a house warming gift, military retirement, and a special Christmas gift for the nautical enthusiast. And of course when they're visiting our gallery we know that they're searching for something nautical. So here's our "customer's choice" top ten favorite nautical gifts for all occasions.

Our engravable crystal magnifier with compass coordinates
is a nautical gift for all occasions.

Number One-  Our crystal compass coordinate magnifier (pictured above) is a nautical gift for all occasions. This handsome optical-grade crystal glass magnifier features marked compass coordinates with "N" for north making it perfect for use with nautical charts. With crystal clarity and magnification of 4x, this magnifier enlarges small print on any task and is a welcome addition to desks or chart tables. The scratch resistant Crystal Magnifier is more durable than acrylic models and is packaged in an attractive felt-lined gift box, suitable for ceremonial occasions and as a gift for retirement. 
Engraving is available. Please allow an extra 2 weeks for engraving. Engraved items are not returnable or refundable.  Here's a link: Crystal magnifier with compass coordinates

Scrimshawed bone handled knives by Tony Perry make the perfect
gift for any nautical enthusiast!

Number two- Scrimshawed pocket knives by Tony Perry. Available in different style pocket knives, these bone-handled knives are expertly scrimshawed artwork are available in a variety of nautical designs. From breaching whales to racing schooners, there's plenty to pick from.
For a current selection of scrimshawed knives by Tony Perry, here's the link to Skipjack's sailors tools: Scrimshawed knives by Tony Perry.

Nautical table lamps is a good choice for a home warming gift and is also a
good choice for birthdays and Christmas gift giving.
Number three- Nautical table lamps is a good choice for a home warming gift and is also a good choice for birthdays and Christmas gift giving. Skipjack's lamp & Lighting workshop produces unique, one of a kind quality nautical table lamps created from antique and vintage retired seafaring ships lights and lanterns. We also produce marine inspired table lamps converted from other authentic maritime items such as wood blocks and other shipboard items. Our collection also includes handcrafted driftwood sculpture and fancy knotwork lamps and as well as colorful coastal creations including painted vintage lobster buoys and hand-blown glass jugs with netting and other beach home favorites. Skipjack also offers a wide selection of lampshades and lamp finials too! Here's the link to our current selection of nautical table lamps

Compass rose bar glasses will enhance for any nautical home or office.

Number four- Nautical themed wine, beer and cocktail glasses is, well, for everyone! Choose from stemmed wine glass, beer glasses and old fashion bar glasses and bar accessories. Available in nautical compass rose and fouled anchor designs. Here's the link to Skipjack's Tabletop, Bar & Entertaining
wine,
Leather and ribbon belts for men and women in nautical
and coastal designs. A perfect gift for everyone.

Number five- Nautical leather and ribbon belts for men and women is a gift that everyone loves. Choose between a variety of great nautical and coastal designs to choose from for everyday wear. In stock from sizes 32 to 48 in even sizes. Other sizes can be ordered. Expect up to two weeks for special orders. Here's the link to our selection of nautical belts for men and women (boys and girls too) in Skipjack's belts and caps.

Dress up his nautical image with silk neckties, bow ties
and cuff links from Skipjack.


Number six- While your at it, consider dressing up his nautical image with silk neckties, bow ties and cuff links from Skipjack! Another great gift idea for the nautical enthusiast. Here's the link to our selection of Skipjack's nautical silk neckties, bow ties and cufflinks.

Sterling silver sailboat necklaces and earrings from the
Barbara Vincent collection. A great gift for the sailor in your life. 

Number seven- Sterling silver sailboat jewelry from the Barbara Vincent collection. Choose from Barbara's original necklace and earring designs created for the people in your life that love to sail! Here's the link to the collection of sterling silver jewelry from Barbara Vincent.

Fine nautical designed door knockers makes a fine
house warming gift and one for yourself too!

Number eight- Door knockers have been a favorite as a home warming gift. We also think it makes a great gift to yourself! Skipjack offers a great selection of nautical (and military) designed door knockers to choose from. All are available in brass and a few nickel-plated. The one pictured above was created from an authentic 19th century rope sea chest becket (handle). Here's the link to Skipjack's collection of nautical door knockers.

Brass porthole clock or barometer is a favored retirement gift!


Number nine- Brass porthole clock and barometer is a favorite for many. Choose from this classic nautical designed clock with quartz movement or barometer housed in brass portholes or mount them as a matching pair! Great retirement gift! Here's the link to our brass porthole quartz porthole clock and barometer

Brass yacht bells make perfect gifts for military retirement,
house warming and for your coastal home.

Number ten- Our best selling gift for military retirement, house warming and for yacht owners is our high quality Italian made brass yacht bells. We also offer a wide variety of vintage and antique ships bells, bell accessories and hand-tied bell ringers, so here's the link to Skipjack's ship's bells and accessories.

Shopping at Skipjack is an easy way to find the perfect nautical gift for all occasions. Visit us online at Skipjack Nautical Wares & Marine Art Gallery or in person at our downtown location at 620 High Street in historic Olde Towne Portsmouth, Virginia.

Skipjack Nautical Wares 
& Marine Art Gallery
620 High Street, Portsmouth, VA 23704
www.skipjacknauticalwares.com
757-399-5012
Visit our website for current gallery showroom hours.
Shop our web gallery 24/7!