Christopher Fox has enjoyed a lifelong interest in early American military history. After studying anthropology and archaeology at the University of Michigan, Chris spent a long and fruitful career as Curator of Collections at the Fort Ticonderoga Museum. He has written and lectured on numerous topics, including 18th century engraved powder horns, weapons, uniforms, and related military items. He has also appeared in several history-based television programs and has twice been featured on PBS television’s acclaimed series History Detectives.
Chris has a passion for history—he is a tireless researcher, and highly adept at discovering provenance. Sometimes just a name and a date, Fox says, can open a window to the past, revealing a long-forgotten story, and making an object more interesting to prospective collectors. Chris lends expertise to regional historical museums and cultural organizations, and volunteers at the Concord Museum.
In his capacity at Skinner Chris has used his knowledge and passion to successfully bring to auction important militaria and Americana items, achieving strong results including the Bill Ahearn collection of arms of the French & Indian War and American Revolution, early engraved powder horns, rare collectible modern firearms, and significant political items.
Highlights from the Ahearn collection include a British Pattern 1756 Long Land Service Musket, marked for the 43rd Regiment of Foot (sold for $49,200), and a British Pattern 1730 Long Land Service Musket (sold for $36,900).
From the David F. Post Collection of Winchester Rifles and Colt Revolvers, a Model 1860 Henry Lever-action Rifle (sold for $18,450).
Other highlights include a Continental Factory “New Construction” Cartridge Box, and Bayonet, Carriage, and Belt, c. 1777-80 (sold for $53,125), and a New Haven Arms Volcanic Carbine, c. 1857-60 (sold for $16,250).
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