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May 2 | Lecture by Robert C. Cheney in Marlborough

Aaron Willard Jr. Alarm Timepiece, Boston, Massachusetts, c. 1815 (Lot 478, Estimate $7,000-$9,000)

Friday, May 2, 2014

The Pitfalls of Collecting Willard’s Patent Timepiece or “Banjo Clock”

Wine reception 5-6:30PM with lecture to follow


An illustrated lecture by Robert C. Cheney, Director Clocks, Watches & Scientific Instruments. Held in conjunction with the Clocks, Watches & Scientific Instruments preview and sale.… Read More

Skinner Auction of Historic Arms & Militaria Features an American Civil War Collection

Cased Paterson Number Two, Fifth Model Ehlers Pocket Revolver, c. 1840-43 (Lot 21, Estimate $40,000-$50,000)

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.… Read More

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

Reproduction of a Royal Artillery Pouch by Joel Bohy

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).… Read More

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

Large group of American Pocket Watches

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 Militaria Gallery Walk

Tiffany Quarter-chiming Tubular Bell Tall Clock (Lot 309, Estimate $60,000 -$80,000)

All are welcome to attend a free event at the Skinner Marlborough Gallery. Gallery walks by Department Director, Robert C. Cheney and Historic Arms and Militaria Specialist, Joel Bohy highlighting  the November 2, 2013 Clocks, Watches & Scientific Instruments auction.

Friday, November 1, 2013

5:00 p.m. Reception 6:00 p.m. Gallery Walk

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Model 1852 Presentation Sword by Bigelow Kennard & Co.

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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

William Speakman Quarter-repeating Bracket Clock, London, c.

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The Heroic Admiral and the Box without a Key

The first clue to the mystery was this clipping from the Boston Journal, December 18, 1901

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.… Read More

The Story of Randall Mann, a Union Soldier during the Civil War

Temporary Grave Marker, Pistol, Bible, Documents of Corporal Randall Mann, c. 1861-1862 (Lot 149, Estimate $8,000-$10,000)

As a material culture historian, I see historically important, meaningful objects every day. Every once in a while, I have the privilege to handle something that just blows me away. The temporary grave marker, letters, bible, and other objects related to Corporal Randall Mann, Co. H, 25th Massachusetts Infantry Regiment had exactly this effect on me.… Read More

Knights Running Amok at the Worcester Art Museum!

The Higgins Armory Collection is Moving

To anyone who grew up in central Massachusetts, it was heart-breaking to hear the news that the Higgins Armory Museum is closing at the end of 2013. This unique museum showcases one of the most significant collections of arms and armor in the country.

The good news is that the core collection– nearly 2,000 objects – will all move to the Worcester Art Museum, just across town, where they will be on permanent display.… Read More

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