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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

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

Revolutionary War History: The Musterfield Flints

At about 9:00 A.M. on the morning of April 19th, 1775, approximately 450 men from Concord and the neighboring towns of Acton, Lincoln, Bedford, and Westford congregated on a rising pasture above the North Bridge. Capt. David Brown, one of the captains of Concord’s two minute companies, happened to own the pasture, which had a good view of the bridge. In the nearby town of Lexington, 700 British grenadiers and light infantry had arrived to look for large quantities of hidden military supplies and arms.

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

American Revolutionary War History: What Happened to the Original North Bridge?

On April 19, 1775, minutemen and militia faced off with British regulars at the North Bridge in Concord, Massachusetts. This day would turn out to be the “spark” that ignited the American Revolution.

Two hundred years later, I was a 9-year-old attending the Ripley School in Concord. During a bicentennial ceremony, I received a small block of wood, and so did all of the other students at the school. Our teacher told us that these pieces of wood were remnants of the North Bridge.… Read More

The Puzzle of the Royal Artillery Pouch: A Relic of the Revolutionary War

You never know what you will find while doing research. In November 2010, I was at the Arlington Historical Society, studying the events of April 19th, 1775 that sparked the Revolutionary war in America. The Museum Director asked me if I was interested in seeing a British belt which had purportedly been taken on April 19th during the British retreat through West Cambridge, MA (now the city of Arlington). As soon as she opened the box, I realized it was not a belt, but a Royal Artillery cartridge pouch flap and strap, missing the leather pouch, wooden cartridge block, and brass insignia.… Read More

Skinner to Hold an Online Auction of Clocks, Instruments, and Militaria

Marlborough, Mass.February 12, 2014 – Skinner, Inc. will hold a Clocks, Instruments & Militaria – Online auction beginning February 25, 2014 at 10:00 a.m. EST and concluding on March 4, 2014 at 10:00 a.m. EST.  The auction is the first of its type to be offered in a convenient, online-only format and will feature antique pocket watches, nautical instruments, cast iron banks, firefighting memorabilia, antique medical equipment, antique cameras, and militaria.… Read More

Clocks, Watches, Scientific Instruments, and Historic Militaria at Auction

BOSTON, MA – October 7, 2013 – Skinner, Inc. will host its fall auction of Clocks, Watches & Scientific Instruments on November 2, spotlighting a wonderful selection of fine timekeepers and mechanical masterpieces. A section of Historic Arms & Militaria will also be offered, including important examples of military weaponry, uniforms, historical documents and more.

American & European Timepieces

A number of interesting American timekeepers will be featured, including a Joshua Wilder Mahogany Shelf Clock, Massachusetts, c.Read More

The Heroic Admiral and the Box without a Key

What could be more tantalizing to an antiques appraiser than a mysterious locked box? The great-granddaughter of Rear Admiral Frank Wildes, U.S.N. brought such a box to Skinner along with the admiral’s other belongings: a tin case with his chapeau bras, epaulettes, and an image of the admiral, his two-star flag, silver-plate items from his cabin, gloves, a few other related objects.

The box looked like a presentation sword case to me, but the great-granddaughter had never looked inside – she didn’t have a key.… Read More

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