Maritime Trade Cards

Explore the world of maritime trade cards and discover a rich history of exploration, commerce, and culture! From antique 1830 lithographed trade cards for nautical warehouses in Leith, Scotland to vivid 1910 P&O Steam Navigation Company Mediterranean cruises handbills, rare charts has something for everyone. Take a journey through time with antique maps of Pisa, Italy from Jonni's Grand Hotel Minerva circa 1915 or an antique George Philip & Son Ltd. trade card from 1880. Uncover a fascinating past with Samuel Thaxter & Son Nautical Instruments Trade Card from 1880-1900 or an Antique 1888 Boston & Gloucester Steamboat Company Annual Pass. For those looking for a more unique piece of history, check out the scarce 1881 Iron Steamboat Co. Trade Card to Coney Island. At we offer a wide selection of maritime trade cards that are sure to captivate any collector or enthusiast alike. Our collection spans centuries and cultures and is sure to provide insight into the past like never before. With our vast selection you’ll be able to explore the world of maritime trade cards and uncover their hidden stories! Keywords: Maritime Trade Cards, Antique 1830 Lithographed Trade Card, Nautical Warehouse Leith Scotland, Vivid 1910 P&O Steam Navigation Company Mediterranean Cruises Handbill, Antique Map Pisa Italy Jonni's Grand Hotel Minerva 1915, Antique George Philip & Son Ltd., Samuel Thaxter & Son Nautical Instruments Trade Card 1880-1900, Antique 1888 Boston & Gloucester Steamboat Company Annual Pass, Scarce 1881 Iron Steamboat Co., Coney Island

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6521 Trade card for the Nautical Warehouse in Leith, Scotland.DetailsNautical Warehouse1830
Rare trade card Nautical Warehouse Leith Scotland harbor map
Nautical Warehouse
$375.00Nautical-WarehouseRare-trade-card-Nautical-Warehouse-Leith-Scotland-harbor-mapRare lithographed trade card c. 1830 for the Nautical Warehouse in Leith, Scotland. 4.5" x 3". As a logo a naval officer ("the Little Midshipman") is shown with a sextant taking a sighting atop a bracket shelf bearing the name "Hume." <br><br> Verso with a plan of Leith Harbor. The plan shows the East and West piers, a Martello Tower offshore, two wet docks and a small number of depth soundings leading to the entrance into the harbor between the two piers. The map includes an arrow showing the set off the ebb tide, an important consideration for mariners entering the harbor given the small entrance. <br><br> Recto reads: <div class="indenttextblocksingle"> AT THE NAUTICAL WAREHOUSE 57 SHORE, Sign of the NAVAL OFFICER are sold Charts of North Sea, Baltic, Atlantic, English, and St. Georges Channel &c </div> The trade card goes on to list many of the items sold at the Nautical Warehouse: <div class="indenttextblocksingle"> <ul style="list-style-type: circle;"></li> <li>Nories, Riddles, and Moore's Navigations</li> <li>Bibles</li> <li>Tonnage tables</li> <li>Mathematical instruments</li> <li>Log books</li> <li>Coaster's guides</li> <li>Shipmaster's Assistant</li> <li>Parallel Rules</li> </ul> </div> Lithographed by Hume.
6503Lithographed handbill for P&O lines Mediterranean cruises in 1910.DetailsPeninsular and Oriental Shipping Co.1910
P and O Pleasure Mediterranean Cruises Handbill for 1910
Peninsular and Oriental Shipping Co.
$120.00Peninsular-and-Oriental-Shipping-Co-P-and-O-Pleasure-Mediterranean-Cruises-Handbill-for-1910Small strikingly vivid, original lithographed handbill for Mediterranean cruises with the ships of London-based Peninsular and Oriental (P&O) Steam Navigation Company in 1910. Twin inset schedules with details and dates of cruises aboard the Mantua and the Vectis two of P&O's eight new steamers of the "M" class. Text on verso. <br><br> A very attractive and colorful chromolithograph related to Mediterranean tourism at the beginning of the twentieth century.
5256Map of Pisa, Italy for Jonni's Grand Hotel Minerva.DetailsJonni, G.1915
Pianta di Pisa
Jonni, G.
$75.00Jonni--G-Pianta-di-PisaMap of Pisa, Italy for Jonni's Grand Hotel Minerva ca 1915. Located on verso of a folding trade card for the hotel. No phone number, but electric lights … estimated ca. 1915 when adoption rates for the telephone in Italy were about 5% of the rate in the U.S.A.
4718Trade Card for the pilot boat schooner G.W. Blunt.DetailsBlunt, George W.1860
Rare trade card- NY Pilot Boat 11 the George W. Blunt
Blunt, George W.
$500.00Blunt--George-W-Rare-trade-card--NY-Pilot-Boat-11-the-George-W--BluntVery rare and desirable antebellum trade card for Pilot Boat No. 11, the George W. Blunt (G.W. Blunt) of the New York harbor pilots. Named after one of three sons of Edmund Blunt, who was one of the most important figures in U.S. nautical cartography during the first half of the 19th century. This scarce Civil-war era artifact should have strong interest for collectors of 19th-century maritime nautical cartography, the history of New York harbor, or civil-war era nautical artifacts. <br></br> The George W. Blunt was a 76 ton wooden schooner for the New York Pilot Commission, acquired by the U.S. Navy and commissioned in December 1861. She served with the South Atlantic Blockading Squadron through mid 1864. This trade card dates to before 1861 when the Pilot Commissioners' office was located at 69 South Street, Corner of Pine Street. In 1875 the G. W. Blunt was lost on the Long Island shore about thirty miles from the Sandy Hook light vessel (1). <br></br> G. W. Blunt, the third son of Edmund M. Blunt was born in Newburyport, Mass in 1802 (2). The elder Blunt prepared and composed a work entitled "The American Coast Pilot" which described every port on the coast of the United States, the publication went through 18 successive editions beginning in 1796. <br></br> George W. Blunt served as a member of the New York Board of Pilot Commissioners, from 1845 to 1877. and owned the New York pilot boat Moses H. Grinnell (3). At his death G.W. Blunt held the office of Secretary of the Board of Pilot Commissioners. <br></br> <i> (1) Pilot lore; from sail to steam. United New York and New Jersey. Sandy Hook Pilots Benevolent Associations. 1922. Online. </BR> (2),%20George%201883.pdf </BR> (3) Cunliffe, Tom. ed. Pilots: Pilot Schooners of North America and Great Britain. Wooden Boat Publications. Brooklin, Maine. 2001. </i>
1276Scarce 19th century London publishers trade card.DetailsPhilip. George1880
Antique trade card for publishers George Philip and Son, London
Philip. George
$165.00Philip--GeorgeAntique-trade-card-for-publishers-George-Philip-and-Son--LondonLarge 19th-century <b>trade card</b> ca. 1880 for <b>George Philip & Son Ltd.</b>, London, England, one of the oldest publishers in the United Kingdom. This trade card promotes Philips' map design capability and printing technology: "MAPS SPECIALLY PREPARED FOR ALL PURPOSES" and "For Ideal Advertising. Philips' Map Schemes always attractive, useful, and profitable. Colour printing by modern methods." <br></br> The two-color card image shows the Isle of Wight with the Solent and Spithead. <br></br> George Philip and Son, a British publishing house, one of the oldest in the United Kingdom. The company, specializing in maps and atlases, was founded in 1834. In 1852 a London house was opened at 32 Fleet Street, to promote sales of the firm's geographical and educational publications at home and abroad. The firm grew rapidly, helped by new technology — notably power-driven lithographic presses and the machine-colouring of maps. <a href="" target="_blank">(Online)</a>
1218Antique Boston and Gloucester Steamboat Company pass.DetailsAnonymous1889
Boston and Gloucester Steamboat Company pass for 1888
$70.00AnonymousBoston-and-Gloucester-Steamboat-Company-pass-for-1888An antique Boston and Gloucester Steamboat Company annual pass for the year 1888. On green card stock. Issued as number 116. Valid until January 1, 1889. Ship's wheel decoration with the date "1888". <br></br> Boston and Gloucester Steamboat company began year round service in 1870 and continued operating between Boston and Gloucester until 1926 when they ceased operations. Steamboats from the line included the "Ella Knight", "George Chaffee", "City of Gloucester", and the "Cape Ann" a steel-hulled propeller driven vessel of 171 feet in length. <br></br> Text on the verso of this antique pass with rules and stipulation for use of the pass.
1162Antique schedule for the Iron Steamboat Company of New Jersey.DetailsNew York and Sea Beach Railroad1881
Antique Schedule for the New York and Sea Beach Railroad
New York and Sea Beach Railroad
$90.00New-York-and-Sea-Beach-RailroadAntique-Schedule-for-the-New-York-and-Sea-Beach-RailroadScarce antique folding trade card / schedule for 1881, the inaugural year for service by Iron Steamboat to Coney Island. With a purple ink hand-stamp: <b>"1881. IRON BOATS. 1881."</b>. Front cover contains a drawing of Sea Beach Palace, the terminus of the New York and Sea Beach Railroad at <b>Coney Island</b>. Back cover with a colorful scene of Bay Ridge Landing with the steamboat "Idlewild" docked. <br></br> The <b>Iron Steamboat Company of New Jersey</b> (1881-1932) provided ferry service between Manhattan and Coney Island in the late 19th and early 20th centuries. The original fleet consisted of seven iron-hulled, multi-deck, coal-fired sidewheel steamboats, divided into twelve watertight compartments. Each boat was named after a constellation--the Cygnus, the Cepheus, the Cetus, the Pegasus, the Perseus, the Sirius and the Taurus. An early advertisement for the fleet boasted "They Cannot Burn – They Will Not Sink". (Cudahy, Brian J.<a href="" target="_blank"> "How we Got to Coney Island". </a>Fordham University Press. 2002.) <br></br> Folded card with 4 sections. Printed by Donaldson Brothers, Five Points, New York.
1160Antique trade card for the Inman Steamship Company.DetailsInman Steamship Company1880
Trade card for Inman Steamship Company
Inman Steamship Company
$110.00Inman-Steamship-CompanyTrade-card-for-Inman-Steamship-CompanyLate 19th-century lithographed trade card for the <b>Inman Steamship Company</b> ca. 1880. Three of the vessels depicted on the card carry the Inman Company flag. Along with the steamship which also flies the U.S. flag, one steam screw tug and one steam sidewheel tug show the Inman flag, with its red background, and a black diamond within a white quadrant at upper left. <br></br> Inman Steamship was one of the three largest 19th-century British passenger shipping companies on the North Atlantic ocean, along with the White Star Line and Cunard Line. Peter Wright and Sons were the line's general agent. <br></br> On the back of the card is information about the company and its ships, with a large portion of text aimed toward the <b>steerage</b> section. These five ships were in the Inman fleet at the time of printing <div class="indenttextblock"> <ul style="list-style-type: circle;"> <li>City of Chicago</li> <li>City of Berlin</li> <li>City of Richmond</li> <li>City of Chester</li> <li>City of Montreal</li> </ul> </div> No mention of the steamship "City of New York" suggests a date between 1875 and 1888. <br></br> By embracing new technology, the Inman Line was the first to show that unsubsidized ocean liners could profitably operate on the North Atlantic. With its first steamer, City of Glasgow of 1850, Inman led the drive to replace wood-hulled paddle steamers with iron-hulled ships equipped with screw propulsion. In 1852, Inman established that steerage passengers could be transported in steamships. Inman's City of Paris of 1866 was the first screw liner that could match the speed of the paddlers.
1130Antique trade card the Ocean Steamship Company of Savannah, GA.DetailsOcean Steamship Company of Savannah1886
Antique Trade Card for the Ocean Steamship Company of Savannah Georgia
Ocean Steamship Company of Savannah
$270.00Ocean-Steamship-Company-of-SavannahAntique-Trade-Card-for-the-Ocean-Steamship-Company-of-Savannah-GeorgiaRare trade card for the <b>Ocean Steamship Company of Savannah</b>. This antique trade card records the names of steamships and their sailing dates for this Savannah, Georgia based shipping company. <br></br> The Ocean Steamship Company of Savannah was founded in 1872 with passenger and cargo service between the cotton export port of Savannah, Georgia and the northern export ports of New York and Boston. This company was a subsidiary of the Central of Georgia Railway and was integral in moving cotton from Georgia and Alabama to New York and Boston, Massachusetts over the next seventy years. <br></br> Steamships listed on the card include: <div class="indenttextblock"> <ul style="list-style-type: circle;"> <li>City of Augusta</li> <li>Chattahoochee></li> <li>Tallahassee></li> <li>City of Savannah></li> </ul> </div> Sailing dates listed on the back of the card are for routes from New York to Savannah, GA. during November 1886.
1219Trade Card ca. 1890 for Samuel Thaxter and Son, BostonDetailsThaxter, Samuel and Son1890
Samuel Thaxter and Son, Boston, trade card
Thaxter, Samuel and Son
$325.00Thaxter--Samuel-and-SonSamuel-Thaxter-and-Son--Boston--trade-cardScarce trade card for the Boston, Massachusetts firm of <b>Samuel Thaxter and Son</b>. Samuel Thaxter was an importer and manufacturer of nautical and optical instruments. Thaxter was the publisher of Eldridge's charts and coast pilots, and an agent for U.S. Coast Survey charts and books. During this period, they operated from a store at 125 State Street, Boston. <br></br> Samuel Thaxter and Sons sold sextants, charts, compasses, binnacles, levels, and other nautical items that occasionally are found on the antiques market today. <br></br> Absence of red overprinting of a new address at bottom of card suggests a date between 1880 and 1900. Verso carries the following historical information about the firms' genesis:<br></br> <div class="indenttextblock"> <b>One Hundred Years Under One Sign</b> <br></br> (From the Boston Evening Transcript, February 2d 1873.) <br></br> In 1779 William Williams carried on the Nautical-Instrument business in King, now State Street, having as a sign an image called "Admiral Vernon". In 1794 Samuel Thaxter, who married his niece, succeeded him and carried on the business in his own name thirty years. Then, taking his son a partner, the style of the firm was changed to S. THAXTER & SON, under which name it has continued the last fifty-one years at 125 State Street, corner Broad Street. Samuel Thaxter Cushing, grandson of S. Thaxter has been connected with the business thirty-eight years, and for the last thirty-three years, the only surviving partner. For all that time the "Admiral" with his quadrant has stood guard and stands guard now, on State Street, fit prototype of the smart little image displayed by Walter's uncle as chronicled in "Dombey & Son".</div>
561Belgian Shipbrokers Porcelain Trade Card - mid 19th centuryDetailsGyselynck, F and E1840
Ghent Ship Brokers Porcelain Trade Card
Gyselynck, F and E
$80.00Gyselynck--F-and-EGhent-Ship-Brokers-Porcelain-Trade-CardAntique ornately printed and decorated 19th century Belgian porcelain trade card for B. Kreps, A. Van Engelen, & F. Leys. Gend.”, Office and Company of Ship Brokers and Builders ("Courtiers de navires, Scheeps-Makelaars, Shiffsmakler"). Elaborate typography and Illustrations include: at top a ribbon design with words in Flemish describing the firm’s services; the firm’s name within a central cartouche design of seashell and anchor, illustrations of sailing ships at either side; and firm’s street address in Ghent beneath; printed in metallic ink and blue on shiny white card stock (hence name Porcelain Card). Name of Lithographer in Ghent lower left: "F & E Gyselynk".