(COME INTO my brackets, I want to whisper. When Prince Charles was in town in 2013 and viewed a special exhibition of D. C. Thomson treasures at Kingsway – early Beanos, Hotspurs, Wizards and the first Courier of 1816 – he whispered to me privately that, actually, as a boy he read The Eagle.)
MANY MOONS ago I visited an acquaintance on the outskirts of Perth where large, intense and valuable Edward Lear landscape watercolours of Egypt illuminated an otherwise gloomy hall.
TO FAR-OFF Suffolk auctioneers Bishop & Miller and an item probably familiar in bygone Dundee.
I NEVER thought I would admit in print (or anywhere else) that you might discover me lurking in the ladies’ lingerie department of Marks & Spencer in Dundee.
AS IF you hadn’t heard enough already of the American presidential election, here’s my two-cents worth of contribution.
SO BREXIT has affected even Marmite. But how stands the world of collectables?
THE DESKS in my photograph were keeping each other company at the Scottish Antique & Arts Centre, Abernyte when I called a week or two back.
MAYFAIR AUCTIONEERS Dix Noonan Webb sold five posy rings in their September jewellery sale – enough for a handful of fingers.
THERE IS a multitude of inkwell enthusiasts – indeed a Society of Inkwell Collectors with roots back to 1981 – and no sign yet that the finest are falling in value.
CALL IT a sheltered upbringing...I have been on a motorbike only once. This was on the back of my brother’s 1950-ish BSA Bantam when I was at primary school, or just into secondary. Goodness knows what I was thinking.