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Wednesday, September 13, 2017

Nautical Collection to Be Sold as Fundraiser for the Jamestown-Yorktown Foundation

The Susan ConstantGodspeed and Discovery -- re-creations of the three vessels that brought America’s first permanent English colonists to Virginia in 1607 -- are the backbone of the Jamestown Settlement sailing program and have been designated “the official fleet of the Commonwealth” by the Virginia General Assembly. The donation of nautical items stipulated that proceeds would support the Jamestown Settlement sailing program. Private funding has an essential role in supporting the largely volunteer nature of this effort. Along with three paid staff members, up to 35 individuals volunteer 10,000 hours each year to maintain and sail these historic ships.

Exceptional quality "Husun" sextant made by “Henry Hughes & Son, Ltd.,
 59 Fenchurch Street, London E.C.”
Each year one of the three ships sails on a goodwill cruise to other ports to participate in commemorative and community events and host educational programs for students. Sailing program volunteer crew assists visitors and students in exploring the ships and learning about the 1607 voyage and 17th-century shipboard activities. For more information on Jamestown Settlement or the American Revolution Museum at Yorktown, visit www.historyisfun.org.
Cased dry card compass by F.W. Lincoln, Jr., Boston, circa 1855.
Skipjack Nautical Wares is proud to be selected as this collection's marketing agent to raise funds for the Jamestown Settlement sailing program. There are 30 plus items in this collection ranging from ship models to early nautical navigational instruments. Also, please, donate generously to the Jamestown Settlement to help keep this important piece of our American history flourishing!
Highest quality commemorative/memorial bell, early to mid 20th century
Visit our web store at http://www.skipjackmarinegallery.com/ or go directly to the collection at Jamestown Yorktown Foundation Nautical Collection

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& Marine Art Gallery
620 High Street Portsmouth, VA 23704  ~ 757-399-5012
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Monday, September 4, 2017

2017 "10 Best" Nautical Table Lamps

Skipjack's 2017 "10 best" collection of nautical tables lamps created this year in our Olde Towne Portsmouth lamp studio. Which of these lamps would you find suitable for your home or office?

1. Very salty authentic antique anchor lantern re-purposed into a nautical table lamp. Features a thick, clear glass 360 degree Fresnel lens and an open bottom to access the interior light and the lamp lighting choices toggles between the interior light and the lamp light via the upper light switch. You can use either the upper room light, the interior lantern light or both as desired. Here's the link to re-purposed anchor nautical table lamp.


Authentic antique ship's anchor lantern re-purposed in to a
 nautical table lamp. Skipjack Nautical Wares & Marine Art Gallery.
2.  We've re-purposed this retired mid-20th century ship's navigational light into a handsome and functional nautical table lamp. Made of galvanized metal, the surface retains an old red painted surface and bares the MASTHEAD brass ribbon tag on the front shoulder of the fixture. The glass Fresnel lens survives with a few cracks and rim chips, but is all intact and functional.
We've added all new lamp wires and fixtures and the new lamp lighting choices toggle between the interior light and the lamp light via the upper light switch. You can use either the upper room light, the interior lantern light or both as desired. You gain access to the lamp interior through the hinged back door that locks in place with a wire slide latch. Here's the link to authentic mid-20th century ship's navigational MASTHEAD light. 
 Re-purposed authentic mid-20th century ship's navigational MASTHEAD
light into a handsome and functional nautical table lamp.
Skipjack Nautical Wares & Marine Art Gallery.
3. Early to mid 20th century Perko combination boat running light that we have re-purposed into a nautical table lamp. The lantern is hinged on the sides and both the port and starboard doors open in front of the light. The oval brass Perko manufacturers label is attached to the back and states "PERKO DE-LITE, PERKINS M.L. CO. BRKLYN. NY. USA". Retains an old black painted surface and brass chimney cap and survives with expected surface wear from years of seagoing use. Fresnel lens are free of chips or cracks.  Here's the link to old Perko port/starboard nautical table lamp.
Antique Perko port/starboard boat navigational light re-purposed into a
nautical table lamp with red and blue Fresnel lens.
Skipjack Nautical Wares & Marine Art Gallery.
4.  Another favorite authentic items that we regularly re-purpose are vintage wood ships block and tackle into table lamp. This example features an authentic 4-inch double wheeled maple block with hemp rope passing through the purchase and into the round 7-inch wood base. Here's the link to vintage wood ships block and tackle into table lamp.
Handsome nautical table lamp created using an authentic ship's wood block with tackle.
Skipjack Nautical Wares & Marine Art Gallery
5.  Not all of our nautical lamp conversions are made using vintage and antique light fixtures. For example, This beautiful brass Cargo Lantern table lamp is the perfect light to use in your nautical room and coastal home! The lamp is constructed of solid brass with a polished and lacquered finish to ensure a long lasting shine. Features removable glass panes for easy cleaning and replacement if one accidentally gets broken! The lamp lighting choices toggle between the interior light and the lamp light via the upper light switch. You can use either the upper room light, the interior lantern light or both as desired. The interior bulb is reached through the bottom of the fixture by twisting and removing the interior burner. This high-quality ship's cargo lantern is made to commercial ship standards. Here's the link to Skipjack's brass Cargo Lantern table lamp.
 This beautiful brass Cargo Lantern table lamp is the perfect light
to use in your nautical room and coastal home!
Skipjack Nautical wares & Marine Art Gallery.
6.  This is a pair of vintage made buoy table lamps that we restored replacing all of the old fixtures and wires as well as touching up the old painted surfaces. I like this pair of lamps next to a sofa, on a sideboard and as a pair of lights next to your bed. These lamps are no longer on our web store, but we do find them occasionally and offer them restored for sale, Here's the link to our nautical table lamps.
Vintage marine buoy nautical table lamps that restored.
Skipjack Nautical Wares & Marine Art Gallery
7.  This 1960’s vintage anchor lantern has been re-purposed into a nautical table lamp, constructed of solid brass and retains a polished and lacquered finish. The glass that protects the burner and font is a Fresnel lens similar to the type used in lighthouses worldwide. This lens amplifies the light from the bulb so that the light appears much brighter than its actual source. Brass wire guards fastened on with copper rivets protect the lens from potential breakage.
The lamp lighting choices toggles between the interior light and the lamp light via the upper light switch. You can use either the upper room light, the interior lantern light or both as desired. A dimmer can also be added to adjust the light intensity for soft ambient light. The interior bulb is reached through the hinged lid of the fixture. Here's the link to vintage brass anchor nautical table lamp.
Skipjack's hand-carved white whale table lamp.
Skipjack Nautical Wares & Marine Art Gallery.
8.  One of my all time favorite nautical lamps that we've produced was this exceptional pair made from early blocks with tackle that we sold a few years back. These retained their original green-painted surface and gorgeous aged patina. Very large and extremely heavy- unsurpassed quality for those seeking the very best! Contact us to discuss your nautical lamp desires. Our inventory is constantly changing with new items arriving daily. 
An exceptional pair of re-purposed ship's blocks into table lamps.
Skipjack Nautical Wares & Marine Art Gallery. 
9.   Here's another new and authentic marine navigational light that we re-purpose into nautical table lamps are these beautiful authentic port and starboard brass ship's lanterns converted to table lamps. Each lamp has two sockets, one interior and one above under the lampshade. These lamps are made from brand new, never-used, ship's lanterns by the famous Den Haan Roterdam, The Netherlands. New, UL approved sockets and wiring. One turn knob above the lamp allows either just interior light, just lamp light, both lights, or no lights.  Here's the link to authentic port and starboard brass ship's lanterns converted to table lamps.
New brass port and starboard navigational lights with red and green
Fresnel lens re-purposed into nautical table lamps.
Skipjack Nautical Wares & Marine Art Gallery
10.  We'll finish up this year's "top ten" with one of my personal favorites-  a classic authentic WWII era US Navy quarterdeck bell re-purposed in to a nautical table lamp. We re-purposed this bell because of an old repaired crack (barely noticeable) but no longer produces a bell ring. See closeup pictures below.
This cast iron bell was made by the "Harvard Lock Company NY" as embossed on the top of the bell and U.S.N embossed on the bell's lower rim. The bell measures a base diameter of 9 1/2 inches and a height of 9 inches including mounting stem and 19-1/2 inches to the top of the lamp shade (as shown). This Navy bell table lamp will make a nice addition to any nautical inspired interior and home. The bell weighs approximately 17 pounds.
Nautical table lamp that we created using an authentic WWII era
U.S, Navy cast iron quartermaster bell.
Skipjack Nautical Wares & Marine Art Gallery.
These nautical table lamps represent the quality that we produce and offer for sale at Skipjack Nautical Wares & Marine Art Gallery. You can peruse our current collection of table lamps and other nautical lamps, lighting, lamp shades and finials our our web store at Skipjack's lamps and lighting. Also, you should take the time to visit all that we have to offer you- here's the link to Skipjack's home page .   You can also visit us and see our collections in person at our 6,000 sq. ft. showroom located in historic Olde Towne Portsmouth, Virginia. 
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Skipjack Nautical Wares 
& Marine Art Gallery
620 High Street ~ Portsmouth, VA 23704
757-399-5012 ~ skipjacknauticalwares@gmail.com
www.SkipjackNauticalWares.com