Tag Archives: Historic Arms & Militaria

Records Tumble in Skinner’s Historic Arms & Militaria Auction

MARLBOROUGH, MA — Skinner’s Historic Arms & Militaria auction, under the leadership of Christopher Fox, was met with great enthusiasm and posted strong results well exceeding presale expectations, with a final sale total of $757,784 including buyer’s premium. The October 29 live sale held at Skinner’s Marlborough gallery was headlined with the William Rose Colonial and Revolutionary War Arms Collection Part I and saw extremely active bidding in the gallery, by telephone and absentee, as well as online.… Read More

New Direction for Skinner’s Historic Arms & Militaria; Announcing Two Important October Auctions

MARLBOROUGH, MA – Skinner is pleased to announce an exciting new chapter in its Historic Arms & Militaria department. Under the leadership of Director Christopher Fox, the department has taken dramatic steps to strengthen its commitment to offering fine historic, collectible, and sporting arms and related items to its vast client base. In the forthcoming sale, bidders will find a significantly enhanced web catalog with detailed lot descriptions, thorough condition reports, and numerous detailed photographs of each lot.… Read More

The Cyrus B. Allen Elgin Patent Cutlass Pistol: The U.S. Military’s First Official and Most Unusual Percussion Handgun

In the world of military firearms firsts, few guns are as visually unique as the Elgin Patent Cutlass Pistol. The roots of the pistol’s design extend back into the 17th century when a handful of English and European gun makers made and marketed to the public and commercial enterprises swords that incorporated flintlock pistols in their hilts, and blunderbusses and pistols with folding bayonets or daggers attached to their muzzles. Weapons of this type survive in notable numbers, showing that they enjoyed some popularity.… Read More

Skinner Appoints Christopher Fox as Director of Historic Arms & Militaria
Christopher D. Fox, Director of Historic Arms & Militaria

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