UNLESS YOU count the Press & Journal staffer that accompanied me to the London Olympics, the only Aberdeen photographer known to me is the great George Washington Wilson – renowned, of course, for thousands of high-quality images of Victorian Scotland (now available online thanks to the University of Aberdeen).
IN THE years of writing this column I have never come across a pattern book from a Dundee textile manufacturer. Perhaps they were not required for ‘out-of-sight’ jute products, such as sacking, bagging and carpet backing, and possibly the linen lords, like Baxter Brothers, who preceded the jute barons, felt their exports spoke for themselves.
“Show me another” is a well-trodden phrase in the antiques world when a spectacular or uncommonly rare item appears for sale. It’s a saying that adds value normally, but not in every case.
THE DESKS in my photograph were keeping each other company at the Scottish Antique & Arts Centre, Abernyte when I called a week or two back.
THERE IS a multitude of inkwell enthusiasts – indeed a Society of Inkwell Collectors with roots back to 1981 – and no sign yet that the finest are falling in value.
I am indebted – and not for the first time – to Dunfermline antiquarian bookseller Larry Hutchison for providing details of a special item from his stock.
I have, over time, been called a dinosaur and its equivalents. The deployment of the term Luddite isn’t unknown either. Never a fossil, though.
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.
WILLIAM CALLAGHAN was one of the footballers of my boyhood who appeared on collectable bubble gum cards. He was, of course, a member of the great Dunfermline Athletic team of the 1960s which won the Scottish Cup.
THE START of the Rio Olympics focuses auction attention on Olympic memorabilia.