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Tuesday, June 9, 2020

Skipjack's New Showroom in Round Pond, Bristol Maine

Okay. So it's been quite some time since I have sat at my desk and wrote a blog on Skipjack's Nautical Living. That is because so much has happened over the course of the last two years for us to deal with, that it seemed to me to be a waste of time to write. Nothing in our lives was as usual (the typical status quo). So let's start today, in the now, and I will create a blog that is current, and then I'll work on getting you caught up on the restfulness past.

Yesterday, I went on a road trip here in Maine...yes, here in Maine, to purchase a vintage cupola for our Skipjack barn renovation, our new showroom here in Bristol, Maine. It's the icing on the cake, the cherry topping to top off the ongoing renovations of the early 19th century barn. After many months of hunting for the right cupola, this one finally showed up on Facebook's Marketplace. The cupola was removed from a building somewhere in the vicinity of Portsmouth, New Hampshire and then moved to a Maine property where we purchased it. Though a bit weathered from years of outdoor use, this one was the right scale and proportion for our project, had a copper roof, and was fitting for our planned alterations. Basically, we plan to keep the side vents for summertime airflow and heat exhaust, but replace the front and rear vents with retractable windows for barn-top outer view... somewhat like a lighthouse with an authentic 360 degree Fresnel lens interior light source. It will be functional with a wood floor and wood ladder, with access through a hinged hatch door for standing and personal viewing of the surrounding landscape.


Cupola to top Skipjack's barn showroom.

So, this is where we are today. Renovations of both our new mid-coast, Round Pond Maine residents and barn showroom continue. I'll try to get us all caught up through numerous blogs, outlining what has happened in that last few years here. Cheers. Joe Elder. Skipjack Nautical Wares & Marine Art Gallery.

Sunday, April 15, 2018

Skipjack Nautical Wares & Marine Art Gallery is Everything Nautical

A vignette inside Skipjack's nautical showroom.
Welcome to the world's most unique and diversified nautical store. Skipjack Nautical Wares & Marine Gallery is an upscale retail store located in historic Olde Towne Portsmouth, Virginia. The store offers a focused collection of authentic maritime antiques, fine marine paintings, prints, sculpture and carvings, custom nautical furniture and furnishings, lamps, lighting and lampshades, most re-purposed from retired vintage and antique ships salvage. We also carry maritime instruments such as telescopes, sextants, octants, compasses, clocks and barometers.

Skipjack Nautical Wares & Marine Art Gallery showroom
window display, spring 2018. Olde Towne Portsmouth, VA.
Our ship model gallery offers a varied selection of antique, vintage and newly made models of boats and sailing ships, half-hulls and ships-in-bottles.

Authentic nautical antiques, marine art, maritime instruments, nautical decor
can be found at Skipjack Nautical Wares & Marine Art gallery
Skipjack also creates their own line of boating apparel, jewelry and other custom nautical/coastal inspired products and gifts too!


Skipjack Nautical Wares
& Marine Art Gallery
620 High Street ~ Portsmouth, VA 23704 ~ 757-399-5012
www,SkipjackNauticalWares.com

Tuesday, March 27, 2018

Virginia Artist Herb Jones Personal Maritime Collection

Herb Jones (1923-1998 ) marine artist Herb Jones, a native of Norfolk, Virginia was known for his
Marine and wildlife artist
 Herb Jones
paintings that reflected his intense love of nature, geese in flight and the Back Bay of Virginia.

He sold over 500,000 of his limited edition prints during his lifetime. His works were selected for permanent collections in museums and exhibits throughout the world. Before his life's end, he received worldwide recognition as an artist, listing among 'Who's Who in American Art' and various international catalogs of artistic and intellectual notables.

Lionel US Navy Ship's Binnacle is part of
the Herb Jones Maritime Collection

Herb Jones was also an avid outdoorsmen, fisherman and hunter. The inspiration for his paintings was a direct reflection of the life that he lived and the places he visited.

An authentic 8-spoke brass ship's wheel.
The Herb Jones Maritime Collection is composed of vintage and antique nautical items that the artist owned for years in his Norfolk, Virginia residence and art studio. Here is a rare opportunity to own an item once cherished by this world-renowned artist!

An original egg tempera painting by Norfolk Virginia
artist Herb Jones titled "Backbay Blizzard".
We also just received two original paintings by Herb Jones. Here's the link: Herb Jones

Dealers of nautical antiques and collectibles, marine art, lamps, lighting, ship salvage and hardware, Skipjack sells quality nautical furniture and furnishings, marine instruments, model boats, nautical gifts and decor. Skipjack’s Marine Art Gallery features marine paintings, sculptures, ship models and folk art featuring mermaids, whales, fish and fowl.

Please visit our online store again soon or if in the Hampton Roads (Tidewater) coastal region of Virginia, visit our marine gallery in historic Olde Towne Portsmouth. We're just a short distance from Virginia Beach, Colonial Williamsburg and the Outer Banks of North Carolina, and just across the river from downtown Norfolk. By boat, we're located at mile marker "0" of the Atlantic Intra-coastal Waterway!


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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Skipjack Nautical Wares
& Marine Art Gallery
620 High Street Portsmouth, VA 23704  ~ 757-399-5012
www.SkipjackNauticalWares.com

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. 
Photo images are the sole property of Skipjack Nautical Wares & Marine Art Gallery and cannot be reproduced without the written permission from Skipjack Nautical Wares & Marine Art Gallery!
Skipjack Nautical Wares 
& Marine Art Gallery
620 High Street ~ Portsmouth, VA 23704
757-399-5012 ~ skipjacknauticalwares@gmail.com
www.SkipjackNauticalWares.com


Tuesday, August 22, 2017

Re-purposing Authentic Marine Lighting into Nautical Table Lamps

Re-purposing Authentic Marine Lighting into Nautical Table Lamps

We offer one-of-a-kind nautical table lamps created using authentic vintage and antique marine ships lights, lamps and lanterns. We also produce nautical inspired table lamps re-purposed from other authentic maritime items such as wood blocks and other shipboard items, handcrafted driftwood sculpture and fancy knot work lamps and as well as colorful coastal creations including painted vintage lobster buoys and hand-blown netted glass jugs and other coastal beach home favorites.  

Check back regularly to view our latest nautical table lamp creations as they are added to the Skipjack Nautical Wares web store or come by and visit us at our showroom in Olde Towne Portsmouth, Virginia! Visit our great selection of nautical table lamps and also our gallery full of everything nautical at Skipjack Nautical Wares & Marine Art Gallery.

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.