MARLBOROUGH, MA – October 3, 2018 – Skinner is pleased to announce the November 2, 2018 auction of Historic Arms & Militaria. The bi-annual sale offers collectors material of historical interest from the American Revolution through World War II, including artillery, pistols, muskets, rifles, swords, powder horns, and uniforms.
The Billy Ahearn Collection of American Revolutionary War Firearms
The collection includes numerous rare examples of British, French, and American military muskets with provenance to specific soldiers or regiments that played prominent roles in the American Revolution from Lexington & Concord through the conclusion of the war in the early 1780s. One highlight is a rare British Long Land Pattern musket (lot 19, estimate: $5,000-7,00) used by the 4th or The King’s Own Regiment’s flank companies saw service at Concord on April 19, 1775.
The David F. Post Collection of Important Colt Revolvers and Winchester Rifles
The collection features a fine offering of the iconic historical firearms of the American west including single-action army revolvers used by the military and a selection of fine lever-action rifles from the Civil War through the early 20th century. Condition was of paramount importance to Mr. Post and the sale offers an opportunity for discriminating collectors to acquire historic pieces in unusually fine condition.
Also included is a selection of objects from the American Revolution through the early 20th century. Highlights include a block stamped Boston wallet (lot 234, estimate: $3,000-5,000) identified to Ezra Tilden, a French 1768 musket identified to the 2nd New Hampshire Regiment, as well as items from the Civil War.
Previews, Catalogs & Events
Previews for the auction will be held in Marlborough on Wednesday, October 31, 12PM-5PM and Thursday, November 1, 12PM-7PM. Free and open to the public, specialists will be on hand to answer questions. Auction catalogs may be purchased at www.skinnerinc.com or by phone at 508-970-3234.
On Wednesday, October 31 Skinner welcomes Erik Goldstein, Senior Curator of Mechanical Arts & Numismatics at the Colonial Williamsburg Foundation. Goldstein’s lecture “The Collection of Billy Ahearn” will introduce the material on auction in historical context. Reception at 5:30PM and talk at 6PM. Please RSVP.
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