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Skinner Presents Clocks, Watches & Scientific Instruments at Auction on November 1

MARLBOROUGH, MA – October 11, 2014 – Skinner, Inc. will hold an auction of Clocks, Watches & Scientific Instruments on November 1, 2014 in Marlborough, MA, featuring European, American, and Japanese clocks. From enameled French mantel clocks to an impressive selection of tall clocks as well as antique and modern watches, the auction offers something for everyone with an interest in horology. In addition, the auction features antique vehicles and a selection of Historic Arms & Militaria.… Read More

May 2 | Lecture by Robert C. Cheney in Marlborough

Friday, May 2, 2014

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

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

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

Skinner Marlborough 274 Cedar Hill Street Marlborough, MA 01752

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Contact 508-970-3240 events@skinnerinc.com

 

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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

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 Militaria Gallery Walk

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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Location

Skinner Marlborough 274 Cedar Hill Street Marlborough, MA

Driving Directions

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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

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

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

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. Many collectors and appreciators of Civil War history clearly felt the same way, as the collection sold for $13,200 in the Historic Arms & Militaria Auction on May 4, 2013.… Read More

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