$3,500) and an 18th century Dutch horizontal sundial (lot 506, $1,200 to $1,600) will also be offered.
Historic Arms and Militaria
Skinner is pleased to bring Historic Arms and Militaria to auction as a new specialty focus under the direction of Joel Bohy.
The inaugural auction features a collection of material once belonging to Corporal Randall Mann of the 25th Massachusetts Civil War Regiment. The “Massachusetts 25th” attacked Roanoke Island, North Carolina on February 8th, 1862. Forty-two men were wounded in the battle and six were killed, including Corporal Mann. Mann was carrying a Bible in his pocket at the time he was shot, with the bullet piercing the book before mortally wounding him. In addition to the Bible, his temporary wooden grave marker, pistol, and other personal effects will be offered (lot 149, $8,000 to $10,000). Corporal Mann’s grave marker is particularly rare. Subject to as they were rot and decay, few wooden grave markers from the Civil War era remain today.
Two black powder kegs, both marked with the grade of powder they contained (lot 131, $300 to $500), form another rare offering.
More than 100 lots of military weaponry will be offered. Highlights include late 18th century Italian cased Frachetti e Minelli flintlock pistols with burlwood stocks, ornate silver inlays, and gilded engravings on the barrel (lot 23, $3,000 to $6,000); a pair of French belt pistols with walnut stocks carved with dog’s heads (lot 18, $3,500 to $5,000); and a pair of French brass barrel flintlock pistols (lot 14, $3,000 to $4,000).
A 1769 short land pattern Brown Bess musket (lot 233, $7,000 to $10,000) and a brass-hilted American hanger decorated with cutout hearts on the hilt circa 1770-1783 (lot 85, $800 to $1,000) will also be offered.
A 19th century “Duke of Cambridge” flintlock double game gun (lot 265, $15,000 to $25,000) from 1801 was made for Prince Adolphus Frederick, Duke of Cambridge from 1801 to 1850. Born in 1774, he was the seventh son of King George III of England. This outstanding hunting rifle was purchased at auction by the grandfather of the consignor around 1900.
Previews, Catalog, Events, and Bidding
Previews for the auction will be held on Thursday, May 2, 2013, 12 p.m.-5 p.m., and Friday, May 3, 2013, 12 p.m.-7 p.m., and Saturday, May 4, 2013, 8 a.m.-9:30 a.m. A gallery talk and reception will be held on Friday, May 3rd from 5 p.m.-7 p.m. at the Skinner Marlborough gallery, 274 Cedar Hill Street in Marlborough, MA. Please call 508-970-3240 to register or RSVP online.
An illustrated catalog for sale #2652M is available by mail from the subscription department at 508-970-3240. It is also available at the gallery.
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