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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

Recommended Items at Auction

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U.S. Navy 1941 Seth Thomas Mark I-Boat Clock
Dec 02, 10:00 AM EST
U.S. Navy 1941 Seth Thomas Mark I-Boat Clock
by Mebane Antique Auction
Est: $100- $10,000
$2307 Bids
U.S. Navy 1940 Seth Thomas Mark I-Deck Clock
Dec 02, 10:00 AM EST
U.S. Navy 1940 Seth Thomas Mark I-Deck Clock
by Mebane Antique Auction
Est: $100- $10,000
$956 Bids
Bicórnio de Oficial da Marinha Brasileira
Dec 07, 7:00 PM WET
Bicórnio de Oficial da Marinha Brasileira
by Palácio do Correio Velho
Est: €50- €100
€702 Bids
VINTAGE 1929 PRE WWII NAVAL ACADEMY PIN 14K GOLD
Nov 30, 9:00 AM EST
VINTAGE 1929 PRE WWII NAVAL ACADEMY PIN 14K GOLD
by Affiliated Auctions & Realty LLC
Est: $200- $250
$1602 Bids
Reichskriegsflagge Kaiserliche Marine - Naval ensign for warships German Imperial Navy
Dec 04, 9:30 AM CET
Reichskriegsflagge Kaiserliche Marine - Naval ensign for warships German Imperial Navy
by Berliner Auktionshaus GmbH & Co. KG
Est: €0- €0
€1802 Bids
Bootsflagge Kaiserliche Marine - Naval ensign ship's boats German Imperial Navy
Dec 04, 9:30 AM CET
Bootsflagge Kaiserliche Marine - Naval ensign ship's boats German Imperial Navy
by Berliner Auktionshaus GmbH & Co. KG
Est: €0- €0
€1102 Bids
Manto de confraria em seda "grenat"
Dec 07, 7:00 PM WET
Manto de confraria em seda "grenat"
by Palácio do Correio Velho
Est: €100- €200
€1001 Bid
Soviet Navy (Red Fleet), Flanka, 1930/40s.
Dec 03, 10:00 AM CET
Soviet Navy (Red Fleet), Flanka, 1930/40s.
by Auktionshaus Wersching
Est: €0- €0
€501 Bid
Schirmmütze für Marineoffiziere - Visor cap for German Navy officers
Dec 04, 9:30 AM CET
Schirmmütze für Marineoffiziere - Visor cap for German Navy officers
by Berliner Auktionshaus GmbH & Co. KG
Est: €0- €0
€501 Bid
Schirmmütze für Marineoffiziere - Visor cap for German Navy officers
Dec 04, 9:30 AM CET
Schirmmütze für Marineoffiziere - Visor cap for German Navy officers
by Berliner Auktionshaus GmbH & Co. KG
Est: €0- €0
€501 Bid
1940's U.S. NAVAL TRAINING STATION LOT
Dec 15, 11:00 AM EST
1940's U.S. NAVAL TRAINING STATION LOT
by Vintage Auctions Online
Est: $30- $50
$100 Bids
"Shipmates" VINTAGE ND circa 1942-43 Hardcover WWII Naval Remembrance Book
Nov 29, 7:00 PM EST
"Shipmates" VINTAGE ND circa 1942-43 Hardcover WWII Naval Remembrance Book
by The Book Barn
Est: $50- $100
$150 Bids
US NAVY MODEL 1870 POWDER TANK.
Dec 13, 9:00 AM EST
US NAVY MODEL 1870 POWDER TANK.
by Morphy Auctions
Est: $400- $600
$2000 Bids
LT COL DRESS BLUE MESS WWII WAVE USNA UNIFORM LOT
Nov 30, 9:00 AM EST
LT COL DRESS BLUE MESS WWII WAVE USNA UNIFORM LOT
by Affiliated Auctions & Realty LLC
Est: $200- $300
$500 Bids
SCARCE BRITISH "2ND DIVISION" MARKED NAVAL POWDER HORN.
Dec 13, 9:00 AM EST
SCARCE BRITISH "2ND DIVISION" MARKED NAVAL POWDER HORN.
by Morphy Auctions
Est: $800- $1,500
$4000 Bids
Bicórnio de Oficial da Marinha Brasileira
Dec 07, 7:00 PM WET
Bicórnio de Oficial da Marinha Brasileira
by Palácio do Correio Velho
Est: €100- €200
€1000 Bids
S.M.S. Ostfriesland German Navy Kaiser Lithophane Stein
Dec 02, 10:00 AM EST
S.M.S. Ostfriesland German Navy Kaiser Lithophane Stein
by Mebane Antique Auction
Est: $100- $10,000
$500 Bids
[Bendix, U.S. Navy] Loop & Azimuth Unit
Dec 07, 9:00 AM PST
[Bendix, U.S. Navy] Loop & Azimuth Unit
by Grant Zahajko Auctions, LLC
Est: $100- $125
$500 Bids
A 10K GOLD DIAMOND UNITED STATES NAVY POST GRADUATE SCHOOL RING, 1965
Dec 02, 10:30 AM GMT
A 10K GOLD DIAMOND UNITED STATES NAVY POST GRADUATE SCHOOL RING, 1965
by Ma San Auction
Est: £250- £300
£2000 Bids
NAVAL BADGE 
Dec 16, 11:45 AM EST
NAVAL BADGE 
by Carroll's Auctioneers & Appraisers
Est: $90- $370
$150 Bids
TAGEBUCH SEEKADETT THILO VON SEEBACH
Dec 04, 9:30 AM CET
TAGEBUCH SEEKADETT THILO VON SEEBACH
by Berliner Auktionshaus GmbH & Co. KG
Est: €0- €0
€5000 Bids

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Berliner Auktionshaus GmbH & Co. KG

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