The Best Wholesale Nautical Items

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The Best Wholesale Nautical Items
Model boats are a popular choice for decorators looking to achieve a nautical theme. (Jupiterimages/liquidlibrary/Getty Images)

Decorating a house or office to depict a theme or era often reflects the preferences of the owner. A boat owner, fisherman or career Navy officer may chose to decorate using a nautical theme. Finding decorations, furniture and other accessories is not hard. Wholesale dealers offer hundreds of nautical items to choose from but a few are more popular than others.


Made to resemble famous lighthouse landmarks, the models come in many different sizes, from a few inches to a few feet tall. Some are made from wood and others are made of resin. The larger lighthouses are designed for outdoor display while the smaller ones tend to be used indoors.

Model Boats

From famous sailboats to tug boats, boat models come in many sizes and types. A large replica of a famous boat can be displayed in a window, on a high shelve or on a fireplace mantel. Using other nautical items on display around the boat helps to further the nautical theme for the room.

Wooden Ships Wheels

Nineteenth century ships used wooden wheels with spokes for a very distinct look. Modern boats do not necessarily use this design so displaying a wooden ships wheel will evoke a feeling from a past era. Hanging from a wall or on a pedestal, a wooden wheel will anchor a nautical theme.

Clocks and Barometers

Brass clocks and barometers are a common sight on most ships. Ship's captains used barometers to predict weather and having these nautical items on display is both practical and decorative.


Before radar and radios, ships' captains used bells to signal location. Many buoys also have bells that ring as the waves rock the marker, warning approaching ships of a shallow place in the water. A ships' bell is distinct, comes in many sizes and can be displayed near a door or on a wall.

Sextants and Compasses

Computers and global positioning systems are used today for pinpoint accuracy of a ship's location. Before these electronics where invented, ship navigators used sextants, an 18th-century instrument used to measure the angle between two objects, and the compass, which shows direction, to determine location. Antiques are an excellent way to depict a theme of a past era.


To keep a boat or ship in one place, the universal tool used is the anchor. Usually a distinct shape, anchors can be full sized replicas often seen in front yards or as two dimensional nautical items for display on walls, as jewellery or as a paperweight.

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