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Thursday, July 20, 2017

Antique Shopping 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 vintage and antique nautical items- things that are salvaged from boats or ships. These are the perfect items to accent 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 vintage 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.

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