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.
Not so long ago, a decent all-singing, all-dancing Georgian architect’s table would easily have set you back a thousand or two.
At times of political upheaval and crisis you could do worse than invest in gold.
One of our unsung local artists is Robert Herdman.
What do you make of the British abstract artist Bridget Riley? Bit like Marmite, I imagine – half the country loves her, the other half says yeeuch!
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.
There seems no end to the public’s love of Art Nouveau jewellery from the early years of the 20th Century. Sales are buoyant – yet some wonderful pieces can be secured for relatively modest sums.
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.
With most auction publicity and Antiques Roadshow items being big budget nowadays, often in multiples of thousands, I am sometimes asked to recommend what to collect when funds are limited. I hope this week’s piece suggests an answer.