I have, over time, been called a dinosaur and its equivalents. The deployment of the term Luddite isn’t unknown either. Never a fossil, though.
The centenary of the First World War has been marked in well researched and written ways by The Courier, not least by a series of commemorative supplements, one of which was presented to those attending the extraordinarily poignant Battle of Loos centenary concert in the Caird Hall last September.
One of the greatest rarities in the book world appears at auction in just over a week’s time.
From Adam Partridge’s auction at their Cheshire saleroom in Macclesfield I illustrate the oldest item to grace this column for a considerable time.
I was able to handle two Jennies when I was younger.
DC Thomson's home in Fleet Street, London, was the one-time location of Sweeney Todd’s infamous barber shop. Journalism was a cut-throat business back then, too!
The Courier carried details of Lyon & Turnbull’s recent antiques sale in Edinburgh due to its inclusion of contents from Ravensby Hall, Carnoustie.
You may have seen Charles II medallions on the Antiques Roadshow a couple of Sundays ago. They were rare survivors; not so much as regards value, but in their venerable age, scarcity – and tendency to be eclipsed by those Premier League players of collectables; coins and military medals.
I am indebted – and not for the first time – to Dunfermline antiquarian bookseller Larry Hutchison for providing details of a special item from his stock.
If you look for a watch nowadays, chances are it will be battery operated.