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244 Years Later: The Willard Buttrick Powder Horn

As a lifelong historian of the events of April 19th, 1775, I have been searching for related objects ever since I was quite young. One of those relics was the powder horn owned by Willard Buttrick, a member of Captain David Brown’s Concord Minute Company. I had read about the horn in a book published by the Town of Concord for the centennial celebration in 1875, although the printer had misspelled the name “William.” As a very important object from the fight that took place 100 years earlier, it was on display in the dinner tent for event visitors, the most distinguished being President Ulysses S.Read More

Parker’s Revenge Revealed: Archaeology on a Revolutionary War Battlefield | April 25 | Marlborough

Parker’s Revenge Revealed: Archaeology on a Revolutionary War Battlefield

A Lecture by Dr. Meg Watters

Wednesday, April 25, 6PM

On the morning April 19th, 1775, British troops marched from Boston to Concord, Massachusetts, to destroy supplies stockpiled in the town to form a provincial army. As the British soldiers reached the town of Lexington, militia had formed on the common. A shot was fired, and the British regulars fired into the militia killing eight and wounding ten.Read More

Skinner to Host Books & Manuscripts Online Auction, May 23 – June 2

MARLBOROUGH, MAAn archive of forty-three unpublished love letters written by secretive and celebrated artist Andrew Wyeth highlights Skinner’s spring auction of Books & Manuscripts. The online-only auction features 592 lots of historical and literary documents, fine and rare books, prints, and maps. Lots open for bidding on Tuesday, May 23 at 12PM and begin closing on Friday, June 2 at 10AM.

Andrew Wyeth’s Unpublished Love Letters

The letters (Lot 1106, Estimated between $80,000-120,000) are addressed to Alice Moore, between August 1937 and March 1939, documenting Wyeth’s earliest known romantic relationship.… Read More

Skinner to Host Fine Books & Manuscripts Online Auction May 18–26

MARLBOROUGH, MA, May 13, 2016- This spring’s Fine Books & Manuscripts  online-only auction will open for bidding on Wednesday, May 18 at 12 PM and conclude on Thursday, May 26 at 3PM.

The auction features a well-rounded selection of unique documents and rare printed books, including three documents signed by George Washington (Lots 1107, 1108, & 1109); a large archive of letters and notes by Nantucket whaler Seth Pinkham (Lot 1072, estimated between $10,000 and $15,000); a rare large-format signed photograph of Charles Dickens (Lot 1025, $8,000-$10,000); an early John F.Read More

War of 1812 History Recorded on Wood

Naval battle scenes have been popular subjects in American art for centuries, and actions during the War of 1812 inspired a great number of such works. For obvious patriotic reasons, in nearly all cases the scenes depict American victories. However, on occasion a remarkable work surfaces that captures the drama of naval combat from another perspective. A wonderful overmantel painting on wood (Lot 224) in the February 27 American Furniture & Decorative Arts auction records the battle between an American and a British frigate after the former slipped past a British naval blockade.… Read More

Skinner to Offer Fine Books & Manuscripts at Auction November 15

Complete copy of Audubon’s Quadrupeds of North America leads Annual Fall Sale

Boston, MA –October 26, 2015 Skinner, Inc. will present a Fine Books & Manuscripts auction as part of Boston’s traditional fall calendar of rare book events. The 39th Boston International Antiquarian Book Fair at the Hynes Convention Center runs during the weekend of November 13-15, and the Skinner auction of over four hundred historical and literary documents, fine and rare books, prints, and maps commences on Sunday, November 15th, at 11AM.… Read More

Skinner to Host Fine Books & Manuscripts Online Auction May 27th–June 7th

Boston, MA –May  22, 2015  This spring’s Fine Books and Manuscripts auction at Skinner, Inc. will remain true to its title, featuring printed and handwritten material spanning six centuries and celebrating cultural, literary, and historical milestones. The online-only sale will begin on May 27th, 2015 at 12 P.M. ET and conclude on June 7th, 2015 at 4 P.M. ET. Live previews will be held at Skinner’s Boston Gallery on Wednesday, June 3rd, from 2 P.M.… Read More

Skinner Fine Books & Manuscripts Auction Features Letters by Important Literary and Historical Figures

BOSTON, MA – October 28, 2014Skinner, Inc. will present a Fine Books & Manuscripts auction as part of Boston’s traditional fall rare book events. The 38th Boston International Antiquarian Book Fair at the Hynes Convention Center runs during the weekend of November 14-16, and the Skinner auction of 490 lots of historical and literary documents, fine and rare books, prints, and maps commences on Sunday, November 16th, at 10 a.m.… Read More

A Piece of American History: The Ishi Arrowhead

For those who love history, there is often nothing as satisfying as owning an historical artifact. Whether it is fine art or a practical tool, we learn about history and our collective past through material culture. Interacting with an historical artifact can bring about excitement and awe, especially if the piece has a compelling story behind it.

Skinner regularly offers objects with interesting provenance at auction. In our American Indian & Ethnographic Art auction on September 6, 2014, one piece in particular stands out: a rare, historic glass arrowhead (Lot 189, Estimate $7,000 – $9,000) made by Ishi, the last surviving member of the Yahi tribe in California.… Read More

Uncovering the History of Sleep at the Concord Museum

Guest blog post by the Concord Museum. Behind Closed Doors: Asleep in New England and Good Night, Sleep Tight: Art from Children’s Literature opens on Friday, October 10, 2014 and will be up through March 23, 2015 at the Concord Museum. 

Sleep is universal. We need it to survive, and people spend approximately one third of their lives in bed. Yet nobody, generally, talks about sleep. The Concord Museum aims to begin this conversation with two upcoming exhibitions that showcase material culture related to sleep.… Read More

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