While awaiting your cuppa in the McManus, glance at the glazed display case lining the café and the shimmering presence of a museum treasure – the silver-gilt Doncaster Gold Cup, made for one of the oldest horse races in Britain.
I brought you a book last week – and here is another. This is a basket case of a bible, though, if you’ll pardon the phrase.
The Vincent Black Shadow is the default best-of-British motorbike for many enthusiasts.
Some years ago I wrote a wee biography of Williamina Fleming – putting her on the map, so to speak. That’s exactly where she belonged, as this daughter of Dundee created, in part, the present alphabetical notation of the stars.
I feel a toy coming on for Christmas – and there are few better than this vintage nodding Santa, the subject of much admiration at Bertoia’s seasonal sale in New Jersey last month.
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.
Angus Council was rightly cock-a-hoop at the discovery near Carnoustie of a Bronze Age spearhead with a gold socket at the end of its shaft. The weapon is one of only five gold-bound spears to have been found in Britain and Ireland.
Sold for £500 at Knight’s auction of sporting memorabilia in Leicester last month was a cricket item I have never seen in 30 years of auction watching.
NEW YEAR used to mean a drinks cabinet bulging with Perth’s finest – and in my younger days, this did not mean craft beers and pink gin.
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.