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Ahearn and Post Collections Lead Skinner Historic Arms & Militaria Auction

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

Martial Artistry: Skinner Offers Noteworthy Historic Arms & Militaria Auction, October 26

Skinner Inc. will hold an auction of Historic Arms & Militaria on Thursday, October 26 at 10 AM in Marlborough. Previews will be held on Tuesday, October 24, 12 to 5PM; Wednesday, October 25, 12 to 7PM; and Thursday, October 26, 9 to 10AM

The product of conflict is a large and varied quantity of artifacts, truly the stuff of history. But there is always more of significance than the physical objects themselves. Joel Bohy, Department Director, comments that “This auction is full of stories—the most important part.”

This auction is distinguished for the number, variety and quality of Civil War weapons offered.… Read More

Skinner to Host Historic Arms & Militaria Online Auction, April 21-29

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

Photography on the Battlefield

Photographer’s tent at Antietam National Battlefield

On a recent trip to Maryland, my husband and I visited the national park at Antietam, the site of a ferocious one-day battle on September 17, 1862, in which 23,000 Union and Confederate soldiers were killed, wounded, or went missing. We were fortunate to be there at the tail end of a week and a half series of lectures and living history events commemorating the 153rd anniversary of the encounter. Our visit began with a fascinating overview of the role of the United States Sanitary Commission in improving the lives of the soldiers, especially at the front lines (we were surprised to learn that over two-thirds of the 622,000 men who lost their lives in the Civil War died from disease rather than from battle).… Read More

A Civil War Collector’s Prize: The Richmond Depot Type II Jacket

Richmond Depot Type II Jacket

One of the most interesting Civil War collectors I knew when I was young was the late Denis Reen. His antics are still talked about over campfires in the living history community, and I am proud to be offering his collection in Skinner’s upcoming, October 30th, Historic Arms & Militaria auction.

One of his most prized possessions was the Richmond Depot Type II jacket he tracked down. Passed down through the family of the original owner for generations until he acquired it, it is the only known Stonewall Brigade jacket in private hands.… Read More

Denis E. Reen Civil War Collection Leads Fall Militaria Auction

Richmond Depot Type II Jacket

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

Important and Historic Americana to be Offered at Skinner

BOSTON, MA – February 11, 2015 – Skinner, Inc. presents a strong selection of American folk art and furniture during its March 1 auction of American Furniture & Decorative Arts. The sale will feature rare needleworks, paintings, folk art, furniture displaying the cabinet makers’ art spanning the 1730s to the 1830s, and much more.

“We’re pleased to offer a broad selection of important material in this auction that will appeal to a wide range of tastes and collectors,” said Stephen Fletcher, Executive Vice President and Director, American Furniture & Decorative Arts.… Read More

Auction of Historic Arms & Militaria Features Objects from the Collection of Fort Ticonderoga

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.

A Clocks, Instruments & Militaria – Online auction will also be open for bidding from October 28th through November 4th, 2014.… Read More

Skinner Auction of Historic Arms & Militaria Features an American Civil War Collection

BOSTON, MA – April 7, 2014 – Skinner, Inc. will hold an auction of Historic Arms & Militaria on May 3,2014 preceding its Clocks, Watches & Scientific Instruments auction. Over 300 lots of military antiques from the American Revolution through World War II will be offered, showcasing the collection of Peter F. Frazier and M. Prudence Fleck. An additional selection of over 200 lots of Clocks, Instruments, and Militaria will be offered online only from April 29 through May 6, 2014.… Read More

November Fine Books & Manuscripts Auction Achieves Exceptional Results

BOSTON, MA – December 5, 2013Skinner, Inc. is pleased to announce strong results from its November 17 auction of Fine Books & Manuscripts. Grossing over $1.1 million, this sale garnered tremendous enthusiasm across both emerging and established collecting areas, highlighting Skinner’s continued growth in the category.

Early Photography

19th century photography performed well, led by Alexander Gardner’s Photographic Sketch Book of the War.… Read More

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