Those belonging to steamships are the most desirable.
Many of the parts once made of copper or brass
are today made of plastic and aluminium, so
it seems unlikely that those from ships made
during the last 20 years will ever acquire much
value. Nautical antiques is a classification
that covers a broad range of objects relating
to ships or the sea in some way. They do not
necessarily have to belong to a ship that is
no longer afloat, or even to a ship at all.
Model ships, cruise posters, divr'ss helmets,
and paintings of nautical subjects all count,
as do cufflinks belonging to a captaisng uniform,
ship's coffee services, and so on. Copper and
brass objects are polished and then may be varnished
to prevent them tarnishing. Minor alterations,
such as wiring a ship's lantern for use as a
decorative lamp, may be carried out so long
as the alteration does not affect the originality
of the object. These lanterns are popular in
restaurants, hotels and offices. Nautical antique
collecting is widespread in many countries,
particularly Britain, the Netherlands, Belgium,
Spain and Italy.