Discovery - Interiors Online May 12 through May 20 features Coins, Currency and a Collection of Historic Games

1900 Lafayette Commemorative Dollar (Lot 1063, Estimate $200-$400)

1900 Lafayette Commemorative Dollar (Lot 1063, Estimate $200-$400)

MARLBOROUGH, MA – Skinner is hosting an auction of Interiors online from May 12 through May 20. Interested bidders are invited to view items and meet with specialists in person on Tuesday, May 17 and Wednesday, May 18, or anytime online. Kerry Shrives, Senior Vice President of Skinner, Inc., notes, “A variety of individual collections headline Interiors online, as May’s eclectic sale showcases a breadth of offerings from America, Europe and Asia sourced by Skinner, all with the convenience of bidding from home or away.”

The auction leads off with a selection of coins and currency including 18th and 19th century United States large cents, Carson City Morgan dollars, American gold coinage, Colonial, fractional, and obsolete paper currency, items of international interest, and silver and copper coins from ancient Greek and Roman civilizations.

Immediately following is a collection of Historic Games showcasing over 300 cribbage boards, board boxes, games compendia, and other objects of leisure, organized into nearly 150 auction lots. Collector John McDonald of Dayton, Ohio sought to gather great examples in as many forms as possible; highlights of the collection include 18th and 19th century engraved and personalized cribbage, chess, checker and backgammon boards in a variety of materials, from brass to intricately inlaid wood; French prisoner-of-war examples; and scrimshaw-decorated boards made by North American Eskimo tribes.

Triangular Carved Inlaid Marble "1779" Cribbage Board, probably England, c. 1779 (Lot 1189, Estimate $300-$500)

Triangular Carved Inlaid Marble “1779” Cribbage Board, probably England, c. 1779 (Lot 1189, Estimate $300-$500)

In addition, the auction features presidential ephemera and collectibles, railroad memorabilia, posters, and advertising, as well as 18th-21st century American, European and Asian furniture and decorative arts including extensive collections of Royal Crown Derby bone china dinnerware in a variety of Imari, Aves and Asian Rose patterns and other ceramics and glassware for the elegant table.

Approachable and fun, Discovery auctions offer something for every buyer and seller. Collectors, dealers, and art or antique enthusiasts will find antique and vintage furniture, fine, and decorative art and accessories that add richness and depth to any home or workspace. And, the online auction format makes it possible for bidders to participate whenever and wherever they are.

Previews, Catalog, and Bidding

All lots offered at Skinner may be viewed online or in person, and specialists are available to answer questions, setting our auction house apart from internet-based auction companies. Previews for the Discovery – Interiors Online auction are open to the public and will be held in our Marlborough, MA gallery on Tuesday, May 17 from Noon to 5PM and on Wednesday, May 18 from 10AM to 7PM. View driving directions.

View the catalog on the Skinner website, and log in or create an account to start bidding. Each lot in the online catalog displays the current bid, asking bid, and time remaining in the auction, in addition to detailed images and condition information. Place a bid for the next bidding increment, or place a maximum proxy bid and the system will automatically bid competitively up to that price. Specialists are available throughout the auction to answer questions and provide additional information about the lots offered; lots begin a staggered close on Friday, May 20 at 10AM.

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About Skinner

Skinner auctions draw international interest from buyers and consignors alike, with material regularly achieving record prices. The company’s auction and appraisal services focus on fine art, jewelry, furniture, and decorative arts from around the globe, as well as wine, fine musical instruments, rare books, Asian art, clocks, Judaica, and more. Monthly Skinner Discovery auctions feature a breadth of estate material. Widely regarded as one of the most trusted names in the business, Skinner appraisers have appeared on the PBS-TV series, Antiques Roadshow, since the show’s inception. Skinner has galleries in Boston and Marlborough, Massachusetts, as well as in New York City and Miami, Florida, with bidders participating in person, by phone, and online. Join auctions live with SkinnerLive! and Bidsquare. For more information and to read our blog, visit the website at, find us on Facebook, or follow us on Twitter.


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