I’VE SEEN heaps of Dundee-related printed ephemera and tons of local golf collectables coming – or going – under the hammer, including rare items at those record-breaking, single-themed golf memorabilia auctions at Bonham’s and Christie’s in the 1990s.
A CLOCK important enough to grace the catalogue cover of a major auction is worth noting. And the timepiece which appeared at Dreweatts’ at Donnington Priory on March 28 was of the highest quality.
IT WAS a privilege to witness some of the big maritime sales in London in the 1990s that dispersed many Arctic and Antarctic treasures associated with explorers Scott and Shackleton.
IT IS 16 years since I mentioned Robert Gemmell Hutchison in this column. I’m amazed at this, as he is by far one of Scotland’s most popular artists, with an army of admirers on, and beyond, these shores.
THE COURIER’S recent feature on ‘The Blackwood Magazine at 200’ exhibition in Edinburgh, courtesy of our writer Caroline Lindsay, enticed a friend to twist my arm into introducing examples from my own collection of periodicals.
GROWING UP as one of three mischievous brothers, our parents did the sensible thing and tried to keep precious objects out of our sight.
DUNDEE TOOK up the printing trade in fits and starts, but the Morison family of Perth brought great distinction to the town – not least by bringing out a Courier newspaper in 1809, seven years before this wee brother came along!
TODAY’S ITEM is offered to mark the 220th anniversary of the Battle of Camperdown, one of the most significant engagements in naval history, as well as the 20th anniversary of a landmark event at the McManus Galleries.
WITH BREXIT in mind, and the debate over access to the European market and customs union reaching trigger point, I can only apologise for gently rubbing readers’ noses in it by introducing a rare pair of Minton ‘free trade’ vases.
THE ROMAN fortress at Inchtuthil on the banks of the Tay near Blairgowrie was excavated from 1952, and subsequently the site provided the only complete plan of a legionary fortress anywhere in the Roman empire.