As a teenager in the 1980s, wristwatches, especially Swatches, were what got me and a lot of my friends into wearing timepieces. I recall owning Swatches, Seikos, and a few Victorinox “tool” watches. I remember receiving a small diameter, 34mm I think, white or ivory dial Seiko with simple stick hands and indices for my 8th-grade graduation. I loved it, but years passed and like many things it found its way to the back of a drawer (my dad found it back there—he wore it for decades, and my mother still wears it today, with an olive green leather Hirsch strap).… Read More
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The Worcester County Fowler: Hunting Longarms Turned to War, 1750 to 1825
A Lecture by Richard Colton
TUESDAY, OCTOBER 24 | RECEPTION 5PM | LECTURE 6PM
By the mid-18th century, something remarkable occurred among a small network of artisans and gunsmiths in Worcester County, Massachusetts Bay Colony. Setting aside traditional British forms and decorative styles, they adopted distinctly French patterns of flintlock long smoothbore hunting guns.… Read More
Coins are the most widely collected forms of currency and represent the largest number of lots in this online-only auction. Numerous examples of paper currency, tokens, medals and stamps are also included. Over 1,000 lots are being offered, spanning many centuries and a great diversity of countries and cultures. The auction opens on Thursday, August 17 at 10AM and begins closing on Friday, August 25 at 2PM.
As with all categories of antiques and collectibles, coins and other types of currency appeal to collectors for many reasons: rarity, age, historic significance, artistic merit, personal associations, and investment potential.… Read More
Discovery Country Americana live and Jewelry & Silver online February 4th through 12th
MARLBOROUGH, MA – March 4, 2016 – Skinner is hosting a live auction of Country Americana on Thursday, March 10 and an online-only auction of Jewelry & Silver from March 3 through 11. Bidders are invited to view items and meet with specialists in person on March 8 and 9, or anytime online.
The live auction features over 700 lots of 18th, 19th and 20th century Americana including Chippendale, Federal, country and reproduction furniture, folk art, quilts from an Arkansas collector, British and Asian ceramics, metalwork, glass and more.… Read More
MARLBOROUGH, MA – March 17, 2015 – Skinner is hosting a live auction of Country Americana in its Marlborough, MA Gallery on Thursday, March 19th at 10:00 A.M. and an online only auction of Jewelry and Silver with bidding open from March 12th through the 20th. Both auctions may be viewed in person at the Marlborough Gallery on March 17th and 18th or online at any time.
Country Americana features Chippendale, Federal, country and reproduction furniture, folk art, weathervanes, game boards, ceramics, glass and more.… Read More
MARLBOROUGH, MA – August 20, 2014 – Skinner is hosting an Online Studio Paintings auction from Thursday, August 21st through Friday, August 29th. Bidders are invited to view all lots in the auction online, or in person at the Skinner Marlborough Gallery on August 26th and 27th.
The online auction features artwork in a variety of media from Old Masters to modern artists. Over 500 landscapes, marine art, portraits, prints, woodcuts, and summer scenes will be offered, along with a collection of Frank Weston Benson prints of birds and sculpture.… Read More
Guest blog post by Nancy Carlisle, Senior Curator of Collections, Historic New England
One of my first jobs when I began working at Historic New England in 1987 was to oversee a cataloging project funded by the National Endowment for the Humanities that focused on the extensive collection of furniture housed in the Haverhill collections facility. This was to be Historic New England’s first cataloging project in which we entered a broad range of information into a database system.… Read More
I have spent many hours walking the grounds of the Gettysburg battlefield, tracing the events that took place there in July 1863. Just a few weeks ago, I was at the site again, this time with a beautifully engraved pistol that had been presented to a Confederate soldier who fought in the battle: Capt. Thomas James Eubanks of the 48th Alabama Regiment.… Read More
Few pieces of design excited the early modern American imagination like Cass Gilbert’s skyscraper for F.W. Woolworth. Built in Manhattan as the tallest building in the world (792 feet tall), it literally pushed to new heights the frontiers of modern engineering and design. Referring to Woolworth’s success as a five-and-dime magnate, the New York Times would later call the building “the skyscraper built by the nickels of millions.” The 20th century archetype for the American Dream started his first shop with a few borrowed and saved dollars; by the time he commissioned Gilbert to design his corporate headquarters, he was personally worth many millions.… Read More
I think collecting is somewhere in my DNA.
As a child I collected stamps and multicolored beach glass. As a young person I read that Alexander Calder collected “stones with holes right through them,” so I collected, and still have, shells and stones with holes right through them. Throughout my adult life, my collection focused on actors, acting, and the history of both.