Nautical treasures offered at annual Kaminski auction

BEVERLY, Mass. — Kaminski Auctions, one of Massachusetts’ premier antiques and fine art auction houses, announces its Annual Maritime Auction. The two-day auction features general antiques, fine art, collectibles and a wide array of nautical treasures, ranging from ship models to antique navigational instruments.

The auction takes place Saturday and Sunday, May 30-31, at 109 Eastern Ave. in Essex, Mass. Bidding commences at 10 a.m. each day and previews are scheduled Friday, May 29, 10 a.m.-6 p.m. and 8-10 a.m. on the days of the auction. A complete catalog is available online at and the auction will also feature live online bidding through For more information, call 978-927-2228.

Highlighting the auction is a cased model of the USS Constitution (estimate $4,000-$6,000). The replica boasts lifeboats, a chained anchor, bowsprit, kegs and hatches. The ship is mounted in a wood-framed case supported by a custom table stand. Measuring 46 inches long and 63 inches high, this intricately detailed model is sure to attract the interest of historians and maritime enthusiasts alike.

Additional model ship offerings include a model of the American Steam Yacht Corsair (estimate $5,000-$7,000). This 1890 model includes such detailed components as anchor davits, decklights, paneled deck houses with doors and windows and an open bridge with telegraphs, binnacle and helm. The hull is finished in a fine black and green varnish and is mounted on two turned brass columns. The model comes in a fine inlaid mahogany framed case with a table stand.

Life-size maritime memorabilia is also highlighted at this exciting two-day auction. A six-spoke ship’s wheel (estimate $4,000-$6,000), reminiscent of one found on an Edwardian era pleasure craft, boasts highly polished brass accents. The wheel measures 19 inches in diameter and is mounted on a heavy brass pedestal standing 18 inches tall.

An early 20th century brass and copper marine beacon (estimate $4,000-$6,000) also crosses the block. The beacon is fitted with a cut fresnel lens set inside eight triangular protective window panes. A hinged and vented cover tops this electrified beacon, which is marked “Gas Accumulator Company, UK Ltd. Beaconworks.”

“Our Annual Maritime Auction is one of our most highly anticipated events of the year,” comments Frank Kaminski, owner of Kaminski Auctions. “It’s a unique pleasure to offer such fine mementos of New England’s rich maritime history.”

For more information, visit or call 978-927-2223.