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
Tag Archives: 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
Skinner’s Joel Bohy to present at the Colonial Williamsburg Conference
You might have seen this director of Historic Arms & Militaria at Skinner, appraising guests’ treasures on the PBS series Antiques Roadshow. And now, you can pick his brain at Colonial Williamsburg when you register for our October 11-13 conference, The Weapons of War: Military Arms in Revolutionary America.Joel Bohy holds a fired Provincial fowler ball that he found and excavated during a 2016 Archaeology project called “Parker’s Revenge” at the Lexington and Concord Battlefields.
MARLBOROUGH, MA – October 3, 2018 – Skinner is pleased to announce the November 2, 2018 auction of Historic Arms & Militaria. The bi-annual sale offers collectors material of historical interest from the American Revolution through World War II, including artillery, pistols, muskets, rifles, swords, powder horns, and uniforms.
The Billy Ahearn Collection of American Revolutionary War Firearms
The collection includes numerous rare examples of British, French, and American military muskets with provenance to specific soldiers or regiments that played prominent roles in the American Revolution from Lexington & Concord through the conclusion of the war in the early 1780s. One highlight is a rare British Long Land Pattern musket (lot 19, estimate: $5,000-7,00) used by the 4th or The King’s Own Regiment’s flank companies saw service at Concord on April 19, 1775.… Read More
Parker’s Revenge Revealed: Archaeology on a Revolutionary War Battlefield
A Lecture by Dr. Meg Watters
Wednesday, April 25, 6PM
On the morning April 19th, 1775, British troops marched from Boston to Concord, Massachusetts, to destroy supplies stockpiled in the town to form a provincial army. As the British soldiers reached the town of Lexington, militia had formed on the common. A shot was fired, and the British regulars fired into the militia killing eight and wounding ten.… Read More
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
One of the wonderful Powder horns coming up in the next Historic Arms & Militaria auction today (2856M), and arguably one of the best extant Siege of Boston horns carved by craftsman Jacob Gay (Lot 114, Estimate $20,000-$25,000). It was owned by Peter Perit, a Captain of a company in Colonel Charles Webb’s Connecticut regiment. In September of 1775, Webb’s regiment was ordered to Winter Hill for the siege. “TEMPELS FARM” is actually Ten Hills Farm, owned by Robert Temple on the southern bank of the Mystic River right next to Winter Hill.… Read More
One of the most interesting Civil War collectors I knew when I was young was the late Denis Reen. His antics are still talked about over campfires in the living history community, and I am proud to be offering his collection in Skinner’s upcoming, October 30th, Historic Arms & Militaria auction.
One of his most prized possessions was the Richmond Depot Type II jacket he tracked down. Passed down through the family of the original owner for generations until he acquired it, it is the only known Stonewall Brigade jacket in private hands.… Read More
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
Online Auction to Also Spotlight Militaria
BOSTON, MA – April 10, 2015 – Skinner, Inc. will host a live auction of Clocks, Watches & Scientific Instruments on April 25th, featuring nearly 300 lots and covering a range of mechanical masterpieces, from fine American and European timekeepers to musical clocks, early navigational instruments, intriguing automata and more. Collectors can also indulge their curiosities during an accompanying online-only auction of Clocks, Instruments & Militaria, running from April 21st to April 27th, spotlighting a large, private collection of World War II objects.… Read More