Cuttysark had a whole basement full of really questionable and broken nautical items - I found one of my favorite possessions in that basement! An old oxidized brass porthole, it had turned the most lovely shade of green, was very heavy, and had a big crack in the glass right down the middle. It was perfect for my beach cottage - I wonder what happened to it??
They also carry all kinds of new nautical items, flags, fine maritime art, and instruments for navigation. Just look and see a few of the images I was able to capture!
A fabulous collection of new and also vintage model boats and sailing ships can be found at Cuttysark Nautical Antiques. I am a little partial to this vintage Chris Craft - can imagine myself, looking a little like Rita Hayworth or Marilyn Monroe with big black sunglasses in a 1950's bikini out for a cruise around Lake Washington.
(please don't laugh - I can always dream...)
Or how about this vintage Lake Union model - something out of the 1920's! Lazy days, slow cruising reading the Great Gatsby in the salon area....
Or, a traditional sailing ship from the Eastcoast.....
How about a vintage Hawaiian Hula Dancer masthead? The Cuttysark has the largest collection of mastheads that I have ever seen!
I will confess my terrible affinity for old naval dishes! Kicking myself for selling most of the ones that I had in the old Caron's store, although I did manage to hold onto 1 dinner plate and 1 salad plate. Roger not only carries a great collection of old naval dishes from various ward rooms, but some great specialty dinnerware from various yacht clubs on the West Coast too. (I bought 2 small dessert dishes as I just could not help myself!)
Cuttysark is a one of a kind experience, what Roger and his "deckhands" do is so unique - I can honestly think of only one other nautical store (Will save that story for another day: Maidhof Bros. in San Diego.) that I have been in that truly specializes in nautical antiques. There is always something new to be found at this "can't-miss" treasure trove of an antique store in Pioneer Square! Call me and I will go with you!!!