A wee bit of Dundee history today, courtesy of auctioneers Bonham’s.
I brought you a book last week – and here is another. This is a basket case of a bible, though, if you’ll pardon the phrase.
Sold for £500 at Knight’s auction of sporting memorabilia in Leicester last month was a cricket item I have never seen in 30 years of auction watching.
Readers the length and breadth of Courier Country will have owned a piece of McIntosh furniture at some stage. Alas, no, not Charles Rennie Mackintosh, but Alexander Henry McIntosh (1835-1919).
Illustrated is small oil painting by the Scottish artist John Pettie which caused a stir at John Nicolson’s auctions in Haslemere, Surrey at the tail end of January.
Some years ago I wrote a wee biography of Williamina Fleming – putting her on the map, so to speak. That’s exactly where she belonged, as this daughter of Dundee created, in part, the present alphabetical notation of the stars.
With record winter temperatures across the country, the dilemma on what to wear outdoors has been as much a topic of conversation as the weather.
‘Baxter Patentee’ is often seen on needle-box prints produced by George Baxter (1804-1867), a Victorian entrepreneur who recognised that sewing machine manufacturers might like to spruce up the large quantities of needle boxes produced for their machines.
An Eye for Design, the two-catalogue sale of over 400 lots from the collection of specialised decorative arts dealer Paul Reeves provided stellar results for Lyon & Turnbull in Edinburgh.
Special Auction Services of Newbury featured a remarkable Second World War survivor in its antiques sale on February 5 – and it duly sold for 10 times its pre-sale estimate.