ADAM DUNCAN is a significant figure in Dundee history – and many believe his role in the wider history of the British Isles has been played down, partly due to the infatuation with Horatio Nelson of column fame – though not this one.
I’VE OWNED a few oddball cars in recent times – including a Morris from the 1930s, an Austin from the 50s and a basketcase from the 1970s, but never anything as grand, historic or famous as the four-wheel thunderbolt in today’s illustration.
A VICTORIAN silver snuff box depicting a mansion in Ramsgate has just sold for world record price of £48,800 at Matthew Barton’s in London.
WE’RE NOT short of humorous or daft names in the collecting world, but I suspect the American auction house Pook & Pook takes some beating.
DC THOMSON, the famous proprietor of this newspaper and founder of the Dundee publishing dynasty, was apparently a keen cyclist. He wrote to a friend in 1891 telling him how, “I do not anticipate much trouble learning the Safety. I mastered the Ordinary bicycle in a very short time.”
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 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.