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Highlights from Skinner’s January 12th European Furniture & Decorative Arts Auction

Framed Stained Glass Panel of a Watery Landscape, early 20th century, in the manner of Duffner and Kimberly, (Lot 313, Estimate $5,000-7,000)

BOSTON, MA – Skinner, Inc. will present an auction of European Furniture & Decorative Arts in its Boston Gallery on Friday, January 12th. With over 600 lots on offer, the auction will feature an expansive selection of fine silver as well as European furniture and decorative arts of the 17th through early 20th centuries.… Read More

A Racing Relic of Fine Silver

View of William Wallace and passenger in Fiat car no. 25 at starting line during the 1905 Ormond-Daytona races in Florida. Courtesy of the National Automotive History Collection, Detroit Public Library

Before the Indianapolis 500 and the Daytona 500, some of the earliest automobile inventors, owners, and enthusiasts went to race in Ormond Beach, Florida. Races there began in 1902, but by the 1903 and 1904 races, world records were being broken and Ormond Beach was nicknamed the “Birthplace of Speed.” Motorcycle and automobile owners and racers brought vehicles that used gasoline, steam, and electricity from across the United States as well as France, Germany, and England.… Read More

October 9 | Lecture: "The Herreshoff Legacy"

Kurt Hasselbalch, Curator of the Hart Nautical Collection, MIT Museum

Thursday, October 9, 2014 6PM, Boston

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Join us for a special lecture: “The Herreshoff Legacy”

Given by Kurt Hasselbalch, Curator of the Hart Nautical Collection, MIT Museum

Reception: 5:30PM Lecture: 6PM

Skinner Boston Gallery 63 Park Plaza Boston, MA 02116

The event is free and open to the public.

Yachting undeniably reflects America’s maritime culture. … Read More

Exploration, Adventure, and Endurance Part II: Henry F. Sullivan’s English Channel Swim

The press described it as “the greatest feat of endurance of all time.” Henry F. Sullivan had become the first American, and only the third person ever, to swim across the English Channel. His feat established the world’s endurance record and the world’s breast stroke record, and earned him a stunning silver trophy.

Exploration, Adventure, and Endurance Part I: How to Earn a Three-foot-tall Sterling Silver Trophy

This monumental George V sterling silver trophy made by Elkington & Co. is an intriguing relic of the golden age of achievement, adventure, and historic firsts. Known as “The Alexander Channel Cup,” it is a stunning piece of silversmithing that measures over three feet in height — only 2 feet shorter than me. The trophy was presented to Massachusetts native Henry F. Sullivan in 1923 as a prize for becoming the first American to swim the English Channel.