Remember the famous Cottingley Fairies? They were among the most remarkable images of the 20th century – photographs of two girls with fairies in a Yorkshire garden, produced in 1917 as a practical joke.
Swann Auction Galleries of New York stage on Thursday one of the finest sales of rare and important travel posters seen for many years. Trains, planes, automobiles and ocean liners will be represented with posters by accomplished artists and designers.
A curiosity of the horological world is the early “flat”, or horizontal, clock.
Silver does not necessarily have to be old to be considered for inclusion in an antiques sale.
Angus Council was rightly cock-a-hoop at the discovery near Carnoustie of a Bronze Age spearhead with a gold socket at the end of its shaft. The weapon is one of only five gold-bound spears to have been found in Britain and Ireland.
Many families keep grandad’s silver pocket watch in a bottom drawer. Alas, having fallen out of fashion, these once-treasured heirlooms often face a fate of being melted for scrap.
I welcome Rosebery’s Auctions of London to this column for the first time, as I have dipped into their summer antiques sale for a little item which I cannot recall seeing previously.
A rare Jacobean mourning ring in memory of a five-times Dundee provost is expected to sell for hundreds of pounds in London this week.
The only stand-alone Medieval Museum I have seen is in Waterford, Ireland.
Tea was once a luxury. Its price, heavily taxed, placed it beyond all but the well-to-do. The Female Spectator in 1745 declared that the tea table “costs more to support than would maintain two children and a nurse.”