Tag Archives: military antiques

Records Tumble in Skinner’s Historic Arms & Militaria Auction

MARLBOROUGH, MA — Skinner’s Historic Arms & Militaria auction, under the leadership of Christopher Fox, was met with great enthusiasm and posted strong results well exceeding presale expectations, with a final sale total of $757,784 including buyer’s premium. The October 29 live sale held at Skinner’s Marlborough gallery was headlined with the William Rose Colonial and Revolutionary War Arms Collection Part I and saw extremely active bidding in the gallery, by telephone and absentee, as well as online.… Read More

Virtual Gallery Walk | Historic Arms & Militaria

MONDAY, OCTOBER 25, 5PM

Join Skinner’s Director of Historic Arms & Militaria, Chris Fox on Zoom for an informal tour of highlights from the October live & online auctions. Chris will discuss information on the objects and their collectors, and answer participant questions.

Please register at the button below. After registering, you will receive a confirmation email containing information about joining the webinar.… Read More

New Direction for Skinner’s Historic Arms & Militaria; Announcing Two Important October Auctions

MARLBOROUGH, MA – Skinner is pleased to announce an exciting new chapter in its Historic Arms & Militaria department. Under the leadership of Director Christopher Fox, the department has taken dramatic steps to strengthen its commitment to offering fine historic, collectible, and sporting arms and related items to its vast client base. In the forthcoming sale, bidders will find a significantly enhanced web catalog with detailed lot descriptions, thorough condition reports, and numerous detailed photographs of each lot.… Read More

Skinner Appoints Christopher Fox as Director of Historic Arms & Militaria
Christopher D. Fox, Director of Historic Arms & 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

Rediscovering History through Objects

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.

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Ahearn and Post Collections Lead Skinner Historic Arms & Militaria Auction

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

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

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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