Nautical Antiques & Tropical Decor
2202 Ship Mechanic Row Galveston, TX 77550
409-539-5469 Email: PiecesOfShip@yahoo.com
Store Hours:
Thursday 10am-6pm
Friday 10am-6pm
Saturday 10am-6pm
Sunday 11am-4pm
Monday 10am-6pm

Tuesday CLOSED
Wednesday CLOSED
Closed August 17-19, 2017; Congratulations Chris & Leah
Closed September 23-29, 2017
Closed October 2-6; in-country buying trip

Closed November 2017 for annual buying trip

**SCROLL DOWN FOR THE MOST RECENT SHIPMENTS - CLICK ON THE DATED LINKS TO VIEW NEW ARRIVALS *As always, call or email for pricing and availability info -
our inventory changes often!

Yes, we ship within the U.S.  Shipping costs vary depending on the item
but we can ship nearly anything from a glass float to an anchor!

 

NEW ARRIVALS: Watch the space below for updates when shipments come in; join our email list to receive an email when they arrive.

(TBA; anticipated October): India shipment:
40' container of architectural salvage, ship parts, etc...

(arrival date TBA) September 2017: 2nd Indonesian shipment: supplemental shipment from our March arrival; more new, custom hand-carved wood figureheads, tropical decor, reclaimed boatwood furniture and more...

July 27th, ARRIVED: Bangladesh ship salvage (click here): 40' container of salvage from the ship breaking yard in Bangladesh including barometers, bells, blocks, flags, grates, instruments, lanterns, lights, liferings, oars, portholes, ship doors, etc...

April 2017: India ship salvage (click here): 40' container of salvage from the ship breaking yard in India...  Anchors, ship doors, instruments, lighting, flags, liferings, oars, builder plates, keyboxes, ship wheels, etc...

March 2017: Haiti shipment (click here): new handmade metal / steel oil drum FISH art and wall decor: tuna, mahi, marlin, sailfish, redfish, mermaids, turtles and sea life scenes...

Annual buying trips (click here): photos from our annual buying trip to the ship breaking yards each November... Watch this space for pictures from the upcoming 2017 buying trip around mid December and those items will begin arriving at the shop around April 2018...

Flotsam & Jetsam (click here)-updated 7/14/17: Great local finds we acquire between full shipments of salvage; scroll to the bottom for the most recent posts.

IN THE NEWS:
-This season of HGTV's Brother Vs. Brother (#BroVsBro) is in Galveston!  2017 WINNER #TeamDrew featured our salvaged Henschel Engine Order Telegraph for the winning living room makeover (episode air date 5/31/17), and one of our salvaged brass porthole tables in the guest bunk room and framed Galveston map prints in another guest room (6/28/17).   We love seeing his keen design eye find great places to show our salvaged pieces!

-Thank you, Country Living Magazine for the write up! ("Thrill of the Hunt; Out to Sea" July-August 2017 pp. 30-37)
-Thank you, Texas Monthly Magazine for the recommendation! ("Trip Guide: Galveston" July 2017)
-Thank you, The New York Times for the mention (section 9 - Jan. 19, 2017) 

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Thank you, Texas Country Reporter for visiting Nautical Antiques!  (Episode air date 10/8/16)
-Thank you, Texas Highways magazine for the coverage (click here)
- One of our favorite videos of a ship beaching in Turkey
- Nautical Antiques as seen on the 1877 Tall Ship Elissa, 1893 USS Olympia and 1910 USS Texas
                                                                         
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ABOUT US:
Hello and welcome to Nautical Antiques & Tropical Decor, the premier supplier of Nautical Antiques. We have been in business for over 17 years and we carry Ship Salvage that includes Bells, Binnacles, Buoys, Compasses, Code and Courtesy Flags, Old Glass Fishing Net Floats, Liferings, Brass, Copper, and Galvanized Navigation Running Lights and Lanterns, Oars, Rope, Sextants, Engine Order Telegraphs, Ships Wheels and much more.  In addition, we carry new (not salvaged) tropical decor including hand sculpted wood Figureheads.

We spend a month each year abroad searching ship breaking yards and chandleries of Asia and the Near East.
 

You are welcome to visit our storefront at 2202 Mechanic in Galveston, TX. (We're just a short 40 minute drive south of Houston, Texas) Regular business hours are Thursday - Monday from 10AM - 6PM and Sunday from 11AM - 4PM.  We are closed Tuesdays and Wednesdays as well as the entire month of November, which is when we embark on our annual buying trip.  Please feel free to call in advance to confirm hours if you're planning a visit.

If you would like to join our mailing list which informs you of special sales and when/what is coming in our next shipment, please click here and enter your email address.  You'll immediately receive an email asking to confirm your subscription; click to confirm - it's that easy!

You can also e-mail or call us if you have any questions about our inventory.

Thank you again,

Michael & Adrienne Culpepper

PiecesOfShip@yahoo.com
(409) 539-5469
2202 Ships Mechanic Row
Galveston, TX 77550

Click here to see where to find Nautical Antiques at local charitable fundraising events!


FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS:


1. Do you ship? 

Yes! We ship within the U.S. 
Shipping costs vary based on each item's unique packaged dimensions, weight and shipping destination. We package everything in-house to keep costs to customers as low as possible.

We ship items via USPS, UPS ground and LTL freight for large pieces or shipments weighing over 125 lbs.

We do not offer returns or exchanges on any items shipped.

Sorry, we do not offer shipping options outside of the U.S. We can ship to a freight forwarder of a customer's choosing but cannot insure or guarantee items shipped to a destination beyond the one we originate.

2. What condition should I expect my salvaged piece to come in?

All salvage we buy and sell is in what we call “good salvaged condition,” unless otherwise specified under that item's image.

This means that the piece was used aboard a working vessel, was removed and reconditioned before we display it at our shop. No salvaged items should be expected to be free from flaws or blemishes; in fact we think those are what gives each piece its own unique character and story. We do try to accurately describe and picture any “less than normal” instances from piece to piece.

3. Why are prices not listed on the site?

A number of reasons, really.

First, if we post prices on our website, the next time we purchase items from the ship breaking yards in India or Bangladesh - or from a custom carver in Indonesia - our costs dramatically increase and as a result, our customers' costs increase as well. With so many people around the world having access to the internet, the most basic reason is to protect our - and our customers'- prices from increasing. We all can appreciate getting the best deal possible, right?

Second, we sell many of our items to a number of retailers around the country who, in turn, resell those items. If you're finding us directly, that's great but we still try to respect the discretion of those outlets and their advertised prices...

Last, as the availability of salvage that we hand-pick each year diminishes, sometimes we have to pay more for a really awesome batch of brass portholes, for example, and the price that we were selling a similarly sized piece for last year might be different than what we have these specific pieces priced at this year. So sometimes we get to offer our customers a similar piece for less money than it may have been priced at another time, sometimes more – it's all variable based on what salvage we source and what we have to pay for it.

Here's the good news: finding out prices is super easy. Just call (409.539.5469) or email and we'll get that information to you asap! We are usually able to respond to email inquiries within an hour during business hours and by the next open business day (don't forget we are closed Tues/Wed) if you email us after hours!

4. How do I buy something I see that shows “available”?

Easily! Just call (409.539.5469) the shop during business hours; we can accept MasterCard, Visa or Discover over the phone.

Don't see a question you think we should add here?  Email us suggestions at piecesofship@yahoo.com...