Your Courier of late has been filled with stories providing unhappy reading of the impending closure of the Camperdown golf course, which has disappointed many readers.
Scottish provincial silver – generally 18th and early 19th Century silver individually hallmarked by smiths working in towns such as Perth, Dundee, Montrose, Elgin and Arbroath – differs from other silver in that at least 90% is made up of flatware, that is, spoons, sugar nips, ladles, and so on. Other pieces, such as a beakers, teapots and snuff boxes, are known as hollow-ware and are extremely uncommon.
I recall writing 70,000 words or so on the little-known Elizabeth Cromwell, Oliver’s wife of over 30 years, who was officially titled Her Highness the Lady Protectress when her husband became head of state in 1653.
The Round House, as it is known in Perth, at the junction of Tay Street and Marshall Place, is formally titled The Fergusson Gallery and is home to the largest collection of works in existence by the Scottish Colourist John Duncan Fergusson (1874-1961).
This will be a familiar scene to many of us – a train making landfall in Fife after crossing the Tay Bridge – though the backdrop of industrial Dundee in this magnificent Terence Cuneo poster from 1957 is scarcely recognisable in the modern city’s waterfront.
Models and toys made by Dinky, Britains and Corgi have never lost their attraction – the world over – and a sale held recently by Old Toy Soldier Auctions of Pittsburgh drew global bidding.
A highly-unusual public ballot to sell an extremely rare gold sovereign will be staged by the Royal Mint on Friday this week.
An Egyptian brown quartzite head of the God Amun, its features reminiscent of the Pharaoh Tutankhamen, a device used to align the ruling King with deities, will lead Christie’s sale of exceptional treasures on Thursday.
Artist James Watterston Herald has appeared in this column a few times – though never to my dimming memory with a painting of his own backyard.
Kilkenny auction house Fonsie Mealy has a habit of setting the bar high when it sells items relating to the Irish novelist James Joyce.