Ahoi - Nautical Antiques
Collecting nautical antiques is not just about getting naval artillery, but storing away a bit of naval history, through weapons, art, models, dioramas, hulls and everything else related to it. Mostly dealing with anything to do with ships, navigation, or even seamen, collecting nautical antiques is more than just a hobby for most collectors. So if you have passion for ships, or anything else to do with travelling across the seas, then collecting nautical antiques should come easily to you.
The vast variety in this field is enough to make any collector skip a heartbeat. This includes not just a variety of ship models, made of sea shells, wood or even ivory, or the wide range of weaponry used by naval forces around the world, or even the different parts of ships but also the letters, documents or even art related to this form of navigation. Unlike other antiques, there are certain places that a collector needs to look for nautical antiques, as they are not usually available in garage sales, and mostly large corporations usually purchase the larger and more important pieces of nautical history. These are sometimes donated to museums and can be viewed by the general public.
A great way to get to know your nautical antiques would be to visit these museums, as they allow you to study historical items, thus teaching you about what to look out for when buying nautical antiques. Many auction houses hold maritime auctions, even if most pieces might be out of your budget attending as many of these as possible gives you a great opportunity to learn about collecting nautical antiques as would be possible. If you like a particular piece check for authenticity as reproductions are aplenty, and you are at a higher risk of ending up with one if you buy a piece without handling it first, as is the case with ordering over the internet.
When purchasing nautical equipment, remember that some items are more popular than others such as the sextant, gyrocompass, compass, the log, the wind gauge, gyroscope and the astrolabe amongst others. Nautical lighting is another popular sub category, wherein lighting ships, which involved framework baskets with a fire burning within them, to guide other ships around the coast, are hugely popular. Many online nautical portals are genuine, and can be easily verified, so thorough research is a must when buying antiques online. Now that you have all your basics down, begin the enjoyable task of collecting nautical antiques, right away.