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A Portrait Painted by Paul Revere and a Moment in American History

A few weeks ago, Stephen Fletcher, Director of American Furniture & Decorative Arts at Skinner, handed me a small watercolor sketch. The two names written along the bottom caught my attention immediately: “Major John Pitcairn” and “Paul Revere, Del.” [delineavit]. I couldn’t believe what I was holding in my hands! Not only could this be a rare painting by the famed engraver Paul Revere, but it could also be the only known period image of Major Pitcairn.… Read More

The Story of Randall Mann, a Union Soldier during the Civil War

As a material culture historian, I see historically important, meaningful objects every day. Every once in a while, I have the privilege to handle something that just blows me away. The temporary grave marker, letters, bible, and other objects related to Corporal Randall Mann, Co. H, 25th Massachusetts Infantry Regiment had exactly this effect on me. Many collectors and appreciators of Civil War history clearly felt the same way, as the collection sold for $13,200 in the Historic Arms & Militaria Auction on May 4, 2013.… Read More