Collectors' Corner

Medal tells of Polish valour

May 12 2018

VISIT ANY high street and a Polish voice will seldom be far distant. With over 900,000 now living in the UK, Poles are Britain’s largest foreign-born community. Additionally, there are countless descendants of the over 200,000 Poles who settled here after the Second World War.

Collectors' Corner

Dundee money box was a gift to bakery workers

May 5 2018

WE KNOW our High Streets are suffering. Retailers large and small are pulling down shutters and closing up. The service sector, however, often steps in to fill the gaps – particularly, it seems to me, fast-food outlets, hairdressers, nail bars and coffee shops.

Collectors' Corner

Rare Chinese plate fails to fascinate at auction

February 3 2018

SOME AUCTIONEERS make the most of what they’ve got. In this respect, I can pick out Nick Burns of Lindsay Burns & Co in Perth, whose marketing skills often ensure high prices on special items. The national publicity created for a picture in his last sale, for example, helped it on its way to a London dealer for a whopping 20-times estimate £26,000.