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How to Buy American Antique Furniture: A Guide for New Collectors

While I’ve heard some say “the golden age of antiques collecting is over,” in fact, it’s not over, and for some, it’s just beginning. There’s so much opportunity out there, especially for twenty- or thirty-somethings just starting out and setting up homes.

Lecture | Heavy Breathing & Plain White Paper

Heavy Breathing and Plain White Paper, or How to Become an Expert on Antique Silver

A Lecture by Janine E. Skerry, Curator of Metals, Colonial Williamsburg Foundation



How can one assess the state of a fine old silver tankard or tablespoon when caught unexpectedly at an auction or antiques store without a trusty XRF apparatus nearby? Join Janine Skerry in the pursuit of silver connoisseurship fundamentals on the fly as techniques like heavy breathing and the use of plain white paper are explained.… Read More

Curator Christopher Fox Joins Skinner American Furniture & Decorative Arts Department

Christopher Fox, Specialist, American Furniture & Decorative Arts, Skinner, Inc.

BOSTON, Mass. – November 17, 2014 –Skinner, pleased to announce that Christopher Fox has joined the Skinner American Furniture & Decorative Arts Department. Working with Stephen Fletcher, Executive Vice President and Department Director, and Christopher Barber, Deputy Director, Mr. Fox will lend his considerable expertise and experience to Skinner appraisals and auctions of Americana.… Read More

Exploring Early American and English Silver at Colonial Williamsburg

Colonial Williamsburg hosted a Symposium in May 2014 titled “A Handsome Cupboard of Plate Revealed: Early American and English Silver.”

Colonial Williamsburg organized a symposium during the first weekend of May this year titled, “A Handsome Cupboard of Plate Revealed: Early American and English Silver.” Hosted by the Art Museums of Colonial Williamsburg, the symposium was held in conjunction with the opening of an exhibition of silver from the Cahn Collection and featured a variety of renowned speakers.… Read More