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Navy

Naval forces were paramount in the discovery of new worlds and in maintaining conquered lands. Over time, navies became essential for warfare and for colonization due to the increased speed at which boats could travel compared to foot soldiers. Their equipment was unique to their needs and including cannons, muskets, swords, uniforms, and boots. Often times, antique naval uniforms are adorned with items from the lands the sailor has seen.

Naval collectible can include items of martial concern, including swords, knives, muskets, rifles, and some modern repeating rifles. Other Naval collectibles include a wide variety of different uniforms from around the world, nautical equipment, navigation equipment, and even antique maps.


Quick Facts

  • Colt manufacturing had a long history of producing revolvers with both Army and Navy moniker, each with different features and calibers
  • The compass was invented in 3rd century China. While it did not reach Europe until the 12th century, it was an immediate success and became common on ships shortly after
  • Sharps and Hankins M1862 rifle was popular with Naval forces due to the metallic rimfire cartridge is used. Metallic cartridges were better suited for Naval use due to their moisture resistance

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Dooney & Bourke Brown & Navy Blue Leather Handbag
Oct 30, 10:00 AM MST
Dooney & Bourke Brown & Navy Blue Leather Handbag
by EJ'S Auction & Appraisal
Est: $0- $0
$202 Bids
AN EMERGENCY BRIDGE 'HEAD' FROM THE ROYAL NAVY, CIRCA 1915
Nov 02, 10:00 AM GMT
AN EMERGENCY BRIDGE 'HEAD' FROM THE ROYAL NAVY, CIRCA 1915
by Charles Miller Ltd
Est: £100- £150
£501 Bid
Very Cool Royal Navy Collapsible Spyglass Binoculars
Oct 30, 12:00 PM EDT
Very Cool Royal Navy Collapsible Spyglass Binoculars
by South Florida Auction & Estate Sale Services
Est: $6- $1,000
$61 Bid
UNITED STATES NAVY VICE ADMIRAL HOPWOOD GROUP.
Nov 05, 10:00 AM EDT
UNITED STATES NAVY VICE ADMIRAL HOPWOOD GROUP.
by Poulin Antiques & Auctions
Est: $1,200- $1,500
$6001 Bid
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Royal Yacht Britannia Sailor's Cap [139494]
Oct 29, 8:00 AM PDT
Royal Yacht Britannia Sailor's Cap [139494]
by Holabird Western Americana
Est: $100- $200
$501 Bid
HAND CARVED US NAVY PILOT TRENCH ART WINGS
Nov 07, 9:00 AM MDT
HAND CARVED US NAVY PILOT TRENCH ART WINGS
by Davis Brothers Auction
Est: $25- $50
$101 Bid
Russian Navy & Air Forces Built on Voluntary Donations 1913 St. Petersburg
Oct 28, 12:00 PM EDT
Russian Navy & Air Forces Built on Voluntary Donations 1913 St. Petersburg
by Zikorn Arts
Est: $200- $500
$1700 Bids
‘A PROSPECT OF HER MAJESTIES ROYAL NAVY LYING AT THE SEVERAL MOORINGS AT CHATHAM’ [CIRCA 1714]
Nov 02, 10:00 AM GMT
‘A PROSPECT OF HER MAJESTIES ROYAL NAVY LYING AT THE SEVERAL MOORINGS AT CHATHAM’ [CIRCA 1714]
by Charles Miller Ltd
Est: £300- £500
£1500 Bids
A RARE VICTORIAN BRASS-BOUND OAK HARNESS CASK FOR THE ROYAL NAVY
Nov 02, 10:00 AM GMT
A RARE VICTORIAN BRASS-BOUND OAK HARNESS CASK FOR THE ROYAL NAVY
by Charles Miller Ltd
Est: £800- £1,200
£4000 Bids
A FINE PAIR OF RECONDITIONED ROYAL NAVY SIGNAL LIGHTS, CIRCA 1940
Nov 02, 10:00 AM GMT
A FINE PAIR OF RECONDITIONED ROYAL NAVY SIGNAL LIGHTS, CIRCA 1940
by Charles Miller Ltd
Est: £3,000- £5,000
£1,5000 Bids
A COPPER AND BRASS PORT/STARBOARD BOW LAMP FOR THE ROYAL NAVY, BY G.P. LTD, 1943
Nov 02, 10:00 AM GMT
A COPPER AND BRASS PORT/STARBOARD BOW LAMP FOR THE ROYAL NAVY, BY G.P. LTD, 1943
by Charles Miller Ltd
Est: £250- £350
£1200 Bids
Vintage Sterling Navy Blue Inlaid Necklace, Southwestern Vibe, 18"
Nov 05, 6:00 PM EDT
Vintage Sterling Navy Blue Inlaid Necklace, Southwestern Vibe, 18"
by Maria's Vintage & Estate Treasures
Est: $45- $60
$360 Bids
ROYAL NAVY WWI SILHOUETTE RECOGNITION KIT, PATCHES, A CAP, MEDAL RIBBONS, BUTTON SETS, (3) BOOKS
Nov 14, 11:00 AM EST
ROYAL NAVY WWI SILHOUETTE RECOGNITION KIT, PATCHES, A CAP, MEDAL RIBBONS, BUTTON SETS, (3) BOOKS
by Thomaston Place Auction Galleries
Est: $800- $1,200
$4000 Bids
GARGANTUAN LOT OF US NAVY RATING BADGES, SERVICE
Nov 05, 10:00 AM EDT
GARGANTUAN LOT OF US NAVY RATING BADGES, SERVICE
by Poulin Antiques & Auctions
Est: $600- $900
$3000 Bids
A PAIR OF 7 X 50 FIXED FOCUS U-BOAT BINOCULARS REFURBISHED FOR USE BY THE ROYAL NAVY, CIRCA 1940
Nov 02, 10:00 AM GMT
A PAIR OF 7 X 50 FIXED FOCUS U-BOAT BINOCULARS REFURBISHED FOR USE BY THE ROYAL NAVY, CIRCA 1940
by Charles Miller Ltd
Est: £600- £800
£3000 Bids
A RARE ROYAL NAVY AIR SERVICE BROOCH
Nov 02, 10:00 AM GMT
A RARE ROYAL NAVY AIR SERVICE BROOCH
by Charles Miller Ltd
Est: £400- £600
£2000 Bids
PORTUGUESE SCHOOL, 20th Century - 'Navy'
Oct 28, 8:00 PM WEST
PORTUGUESE SCHOOL, 20th Century - 'Navy'
by Marques dos Santos
Est: €525- €700
€3500 Bids
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US Navy / Hercules NO TRESPASSING Signs (2) [138178]
Oct 29, 8:00 AM PDT
US Navy / Hercules NO TRESPASSING Signs (2) [138178]
by Holabird Western Americana
Est: $200- $500
$1000 Bids
Adm. George B. Lord Rodney AL, British Navy, 1782
Nov 05, 12:00 PM EDT
Adm. George B. Lord Rodney AL, British Navy, 1782
by Alex Cooper
Est: $200- $300
$1000 Bids
USS LEVIATHAN TRANSPORT REGULATIONS
Oct 31, 8:00 AM EDT
USS LEVIATHAN TRANSPORT REGULATIONS
by Alexander Historical Auctions LLC
Est: $30- $40
$100 Bids
CHILEAN NAVY MEMORIAL PLATE
Oct 31, 8:00 AM EDT
CHILEAN NAVY MEMORIAL PLATE
by Alexander Historical Auctions LLC
Est: $60- $80
$300 Bids
U.S. NAVAL CAP
Oct 31, 8:00 AM EDT
U.S. NAVAL CAP
by Alexander Historical Auctions LLC
Est: $50- $70
$200 Bids
JAMES ALFORD
Oct 31, 8:00 AM EDT
JAMES ALFORD
by Alexander Historical Auctions LLC
Est: $40- $60
$200 Bids
DUNCAN N. INGRAHAM
Oct 31, 8:00 AM EDT
DUNCAN N. INGRAHAM
by Alexander Historical Auctions LLC
Est: $80- $100
$400 Bids

Sellers Who Sell Navy


Charles Miller Ltd

Charles Miller Ltd

Alexander Historical Auctions LLC

Alexander Historical Auctions LLC

East Coast Fine Arts

East Coast Fine Arts

Hermann Historica GmbH

Hermann Historica GmbH