Lighthouses, Baskets, Sailor's Valentines & Scrimshaw

Brant Point Lighthouse

Nantucket boasts three iconic lighthouses: Brant Point Light (pictured, and right in Town), Sankaty Light, and Great Point Light.  Visiting all three is a great full day's jaunt.

And when you think of Nantucket, you also think of Lightship Baskets, Sailor's Valentines, and Whaler's Scrimshaw.

Nantucket Lights: An Illustrated History of the Island's Legendary Beacons Cover Image
$45.00
ISBN: 9780963891068
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Published: Mill Hill Press - December 1st, 1996

Lighthouses of Cape Cod, Mv, Nantucket Cover Image
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ISBN: 9780975850268
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Published: On Cape Publications - January 1st, 2006

This profusely illustrated book tells the story of Cape Cod's lighthouses like no other. Admont Clark notes all the physical facts -- when and where each lighthouse was built, the type and range of each light, etc. But it is his emphasis on stories of the people who lived and worked in the lighthouses that makes this book so enjoyable.


Lighthouses of Cape Cod, Martha's Vineyard, Nantucket: Their History and Lore Cover Image
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ISBN: 9780940160545
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Published: Parnassus Press (IL) - June 1st, 1992

Lightship Baskets of Nantucket Cover Image
$24.95
ISBN: 9780764308918
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Published: Schiffer Publishing - December 31st, 1999

On the island of Nantucket, the Nantucket Lightship Basket developed over many decades into the distinctive basket so highly prized by collectors today. The baskets evolved in the mid-nineteenth century from wooden splint baskets made by Algonquin Indians and were adapted by Nantucketers, who introduced hardwood bottoms, utilized wooden molds, and replaced wooden splints with rattan.


Sailors' Valentines: Their Journey Through Time Cover Image
$45.00
ISBN: 9780764323782
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Published: Schiffer Publishing - June 22nd, 2006

Seashells from the worlds' oceans have fascinated people since the dawn of time, and they continue to inspire study, collections, and decorative uses today.


Sailors' Valentines Cover Image
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ISBN: 9780847824144
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Published: Rizzoli International Publications - January 5th, 2002

Avid collector Fondas shares his expertise on the history, making and collecting of sailors' valentines--octagonal wooden boxes made of Spanish cedar or mahogany. They contain intricate, stunning mosaics made primarily of colorful shells and often incorporate sentimental messages. 60 color photos.


Scrimshaw: The Whalers Legacy Cover Image
$69.95
ISBN: 9780887404559
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Published: Schiffer Publishing - January 8th, 1997

Intricate, painstaking, sturdy yet incredibly delicate...scrimshaw has been a beautiful tradition on the sea and at the sea-side for centuries. Far from the comforts (and distractions) of land, whalers from America, England, Australia, and Portugal could spend the long hours of attention necessary to perfect the scrimshander's art.


Scrimshaw: A Complete Illustrated Manual Cover Image
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ISBN: 9781565232419
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Published: Fox Chapel Publishing - April 1st, 2005

From sailors on the high seas who carved ivory to contemporary artists who work with ecofriendly substitutes, scrimshaw is celebrated and explicated in this introduction to developing the preparation and reproduction skills required to practice this ancient art.


Scrimshaw Techniques: With Gallery of Contemporary Artists Cover Image
$29.95
ISBN: 9780764328312
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Published: Schiffer Publishing - February 20th, 2008

This guide is a dazzling showcase of this uniquely American art form. The pages are filled with tips, techniques, and insights that both educate and demonstrate the steps to creating authentic and beautiful scrimshaw. An examination of ivory includes a wide range of alternative natural and man-made ivory substitutes, including bone, horn, and nuts.


Scrimshaw: A Complete Illustrated Manual Cover Image
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ISBN: 9781565232419
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Published: Fox Chapel Publishing - April 1st, 2005

From sailors on the high seas who carved ivory to contemporary artists who work with ecofriendly substitutes, scrimshaw is celebrated and explicated in this introduction to developing the preparation and reproduction skills required to practice this ancient art.