YOU WOULDN’T get away with today’s item as cabin baggage on Ryanair!
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.
ONE ROLE I proudly fulfil is helping with the Great War Dundee project, an umbrella group of organisations which includes archives, libraries, universities, historic groups, private companies and visitor attractions. You may recall some of our events, such as the Loos centenary concert in the Caird Hall in 2015.
SOLD BY Cambridge-based Cheffins on July 12 was a rare copy of one of the most remarkable books of the 20th Century – The War of the Worlds.
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.