Skinner Auctioneers Sale to Include Colonial and Revolutionary Arms

    Skinner Auctioneers Sale to Include Colonial and Revolutionary Arms

    If you’re really into historic firearms and militaria, an upcoming auction from the folks at Skinner Auctioneers will heavily feature the second half of the William Rose Colonial and Revolutionary arms collection. Those familiar will know that the first half of this collection was offered back in the fall of 2021 and featured a wide variety of arms that were in use during the 17th and 18th centuries as well as other items including personal accouterments and documents from the period. The second half of the auction is to commence on February 25th, 2022 during a live auction.

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    Skinner Auctioneers Sale to Include Colonial and Revolutionary Arms

    Ranging in date from the mid-17th Century to the end of the Revolutionary War, the wide variety ofarms contains rare items of signature quality, including several which have been published asillustrative examples of militaria from the period as a whole.

    Lot 25. British Pattern 1776 Royal Forester’s Light Dragoon Carbine, c. 1776-80

    Skinner Auctioneers Sale to Include Colonial and Revolutionary Arms

    Note: Only two British Light Dragoon units served in American during the American Revolution, the 16th (The Queens Light Dragoons) and the 17th (Preston’s Light Dragoons). They are known to have carried four types of carbines during the war including the Pattern 1776 Royal Forester’s Light Dragoon Carbine.

    This Dragoon Carbine is expected to sell for somewhere between $7,000 and $9,000 although if the previous Skinner auction was anything to go by, potential bidders could end up spending many more thousands to acquire these historical firearms. Some of these are truly rare and for some, their historical significance is something that you almost can’t put a price on.

    Lot 32. British Colonel Churchill’s 10th Dragoons Regiment Pistol, c. 1743-44

    Another interesting item featured during this auction is this 60 caliber pistol. This pistol is illustrated and described in Robert Brooker, British Military Pistols and Associated Edged Weapons (Robert Brooker, 2016), p. 89. This pistol was part of a special order of arms for Col. Churchill’s 10th Dragoons which included 330 pairs in 1743, sixty-six pairs in 1744, and in 1745 a final order of eighty-four pairs from James Barber. This pistol is expected to sell for between $4,000 and $6,000. 

    The collection also includes other non-firearm-related items which were a part of Colonial and Revolutionary arms enthusiast William Rose’s extensive collection. These items include a 34-piece brass shot mold, various pay vouchers dated back to the time of the March on Lexington during 1775, and various bladed weapons all of which are in exceptional condition. For more information on this collection and to learn more about the auction you can visit

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