Three Extraordinary and Rare Nautical Antique Treasures Highlight Joel Harry Jacobs' Christmas Offerings

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An early David Filby octant, a Robert Merrill three legged yacht binnacle, and a Cruising Club of America Blue Water Medal highlight Joel Harry Jacobs Christmas offerings

Jacobs' Land And Sea Collection is featuring three exceptional finds and many others in its Christmas selection of fine nautical antiques for the discerning buyer.

THE FILBY OCTANT: David Filby, a nautical instrument maker started operations in Hamburg, Germany in 1837 at age 27. He was noted for his fine instruments. For sale is an early Filby octant, serial number 1083, that dates from 1840. It is in remarkably fine condition. What makes Filby's instruments noteworthy, in addition to their quality, is that in 1862 Filby sold his business to Carl Plath which is what gave rise to Plath's world famous sextant business. In fact, Plath's original operations were named "C. Plath, D. Filby's Successor". Only a very few of Filby's octants are know to have survived and they are mostly in museum collections.

This is a worthy gift for someone seeking only the most prized in antique nautical instruments. For further details go:

THE MERRILL YACHT BINNACLE: Offered is a classic three legged yacht binnacle, an extraordinary find for some one who is seeking the rare and unusual. Very few three legged yacht binnacles have survived, and those that exist are hidden away in highly specialized collections as in the Trophy Room of the New York Yacht Club (one), and at the New Bedford Whaling Museum, (two). The Peabody Essex Museum has none on display. Binnacles in this form are so rare they are not often pictured in books on nautical antiques.

It is trimmed in brass with twin sculptured castle tower kerosene burners, one on each side, flanking a large oval shaped glass viewing port. The brass mushroom shaped compass tub, and its cover are mounted on a very heavy three legged bronze base, with black paint over. At the base is a turned brass finial. There is a cap on top of the hood marked R.Merrill & Sons, NY. In addition, the chimneys of the burners are stamped Patent AUG 24.69. (1869)

This binnacle is a perfect gift for the most discriminating collector, and one which rightly belongs in a museum. For further details go:

THE CCA MEDAL: Another outstanding present available is an authentic, but never awarded BLUE WATER MEDAL OF THE CRUISING CLUB OF AMERICA. This is the most coveted prize in small boat ocean passagemaking. The medal has been awarded annually since 1923 to small boat crews who, through outstanding seamanship, have exemplified the goals of the club. The recipient is selected from all amateur yachtsmen of the world, whether or not they are members, and in fact, most recipients have not been members.

Blue Water Medalists have included such luminaries of the cruising sailing world as Harry Pidgeon, Rod Stephens, Eric and Susan Hiscock, Sir Francis Chichester, Charleton Mitchell, Eric Tabarly, Pete Goss, Bernard Moitessier, Richard Nye, Hal Roth, Miles and Beryl Smeeton and most recently Richard Wilson of Rockport, MA.

This medal should be considered an ideal gift for the collector who cherishes the most unusual and rare marine antiques and artifacts. For further details go:

For more information, call 561-799-5037.

ABOUT JOEL HARRY JACOBS' Land And Sea Collection

The Joel Harry Jacobs, an internet exclusive importer, and dealer, specializes in nautical antiques and collectibles of a unique and varied nature. These include the entire spectrum of marine artifacts, but with special emphasis on sextants, both antique and contemporary, diving helmets, shipbuilder's plates, navigation lights and ship models. Jacobs has over 60 years of boating and seagoing experience, is a published author on marine topics, was an editor of the 1977 Edition of "Bowditich", is a retired Master Mariner, and formerly held a U.S. Navy "D" qualification, Senior Skipper - Oceans.                                                                                            


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