Norman Watson

Courier columnist
Collectors' Corner

Adam Smith eclipses pre-sale hopes

October 16 2019

The collection of Scottish tokens formed by the late Michael Paterson has just been dispersed by London auctioneers Dix Noonan Web. Leith-born Mr Paterson collected stamps from the age of 13, but coins became his abiding passion in later life, after the family had moved to Fife. In particular, he built a comprehensive collection of 18th century Scottish trade tokens.

Collectors' Corner

17th Century silver quaich was made in Banff

September 7 2019

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.