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.… Read More
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Skinner’s Joel Bohy to present at the Colonial Williamsburg Conference
You might have seen this director of Historic Arms & Militaria at Skinner, appraising guests’ treasures on the PBS series Antiques Roadshow. And now, you can pick his brain at Colonial Williamsburg when you register for our October 11-13 conference, The Weapons of War: Military Arms in Revolutionary America.Joel Bohy holds a fired Provincial fowler ball that he found and excavated during a 2016 Archaeology project called “Parker’s Revenge” at the Lexington and Concord Battlefields.
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.… Read More
Lecture by Erik J. Goldstein
Wednesday, October 31 | Skinner Marlborough | Reception: 5:30PM, Talk: 6PM
The Collection of Billy Ahearn featured in the upcoming Historic Arms & Militaria auction 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. Please join us on October 31 for a talk about the collection by guest speaker Erik Goldstein.… Read More
MARLBOROUGH, MA –Skinner, Inc. will hold an auction of Historic Arms & Militaria featuring pistols and muskets, historic documents, and antique arms from the time of the American Revolution through World War II. Items on offer include artillery, swords, pistols, powder horns, uniforms, muskets, and rifles. The online-only sale will begin on April 21, 2016 at noon and will conclude on April 29, 2016 at 10AM; live previews will be held at Skinner’s Marlborough Gallery on Wednesday, April 27 and Thursday, April 28 from noon to 7PM, and on Friday, April 29 from 8AM to 9:30AM.… Read More
As a child growing up in the town of Concord, Massachusetts, I have always had a passion for the history and material culture of the events leading up to the start of the American Revolution. Years ago, I began going to local historical societies trying to find new documentation, as well as objects with a solid provenance to this period. Last year, I had the wonderful opportunity to look into the ground and see if we could find the location of the spot that the Lexington militia arrived on the Battle Road on April 19th 1775 to attack the retreating British column on their return from Concord.… Read More
MARLBOROUGH, MA – October 21, 2015 – Skinner, Inc. will hold an auction of Historic Arms & Militaria on Friday, October 30th, at 4PM. The sale includes 326 lots of important militaria from the American Revolution through World War II. Items on offer include artillery, swords, pistols, powder horns, uniforms, muskets, and rifles featuring the very special Civil War collection of Denis E. Reen.
The Denis E. Reen Collection
Skinner is proud to be handling the collection of the late Denis E.… Read More
MARLBOROUGH, MA – October 14, 2014 – Skinner, Inc. will hold an auction of Historic Arms & Militaria on November 1, 2014 at 10 AM in Marlborough, in conjunction with a Clocks, Watches & Scientific Instruments auction. Skinner continues to expand its offerings of militaria and is pleased to present arms from the collection of Fort Ticonderoga.
You never know what you will find while doing research. In November 2010, I was at the Arlington Historical Society, studying the events of April 19th, 1775 that sparked the Revolutionary war in America. The Museum Director asked me if I was interested in seeing a British belt which had purportedly been taken on April 19th during the British retreat through West Cambridge, MA (now the city of Arlington). As soon as she opened the box, I realized it was not a belt, but a Royal Artillery cartridge pouch flap and strap, missing the leather pouch, wooden cartridge block, and brass insignia.… Read More
The May 4, 2013 auction in Boston offers an eclectic variety of French, English and American clocks, early watches and science material including microscopes, telescopes and medical antiques. Historic Arms & Militaria offerings include flintlock and percussion muskets, pistols and Civil War archives.