Skinner Inc.

Auctioneers and Appraisers

Tag Archives: history

The Worcester County Fowler | Lecture by Richard Colton | October 24

The Worcester County Fowler: Hunting Longarms Turned to War, 1750 to 1825

A Lecture by Richard Colton

TUESDAY, OCTOBER 24 | RECEPTION 5PM | LECTURE 6PM

RSVP ONLINE

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

Follow the Money: Skinner’s Coins & Currency Auction Tenders a Wide Selection of Desirable, Affordable Examples of Numismatic Interest

1800 Perkins White Metal Washington Funeral Urn Medal, Baker-166C (Lot 1884, Estimate $800-1,200)

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.… Read More

Preview and Bid in Live and Online Auctions at Skinner Marlborough in March

Brown and Green ‘New York Beauty’ Variant Patchwork Quilt, late 19th century (Lot 112, Estimate $800-$1,200)

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.… Read More

Country Americana, Jewelry & Silver at Skinner Marlborough in March

Carved and Painted Wood Carousel Horse Head, (Lot 173, $600-$800)

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.… Read More

Discover Studio Art at Auction, August 21st through 29th

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.

Richard K. Loud (American, b. 1942) Racing Yacht, c. 1960s. (Lot 1014, Estimate $3,000-$5,000)

The online auction features artwork in a variety of media from Old Masters to modern artists.… Read More

A New Online Presence for Historic New England’s Massachusetts Furniture

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

Gratitude and Honor to his Memory!

Skinner will offer a historic Colt revolver at auction 150 years after Capt. Thomas James Eubanks’ death

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

F.W. Woolworth, the American Dream, and a Silver Punch Bowl

Sterling Silver Presentation Punch Bowl Commemorating the Opening of the F.W. Woolworth Building (Lot 227, Estimate $30,000-$50,000)

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

Collecting is in my DNA

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.