Lot 48 in this weekend’s New Year catalogue sale at Hutchinson Scott auctions in Skipton, Yorkshire, is a rarely-seen Moorcroft mantel clock with strong Dundee connections.
Collectors ‘long excited’ by mail recovered following the Tay Bridge Disaster of 1879, says Dundee historian
A Dundee journalist and historian has shed fresh light on the aftermath of the Tay Bridge Disaster following The Courier’s recent coverage of the 140th anniversary of the tragedy.
On the landmark date of May 6, 1840, the very day that the world’s first adhesive postage stamp made its debut, a ‘constant reader’ wrote to The Morning Post to suggest a type of envelope which would do away with the need for letters to be closed on the back by sealing wax.
I found myself a tad disappointed at the opening day of the new exhibition Cars: Accelerating the Modern World at the V&A in London, which runs to April.
Now why would I show a $5 note on St Andrew’s Day, the special day of Scotland’s patron saint? Curiously, there is a connection.
Last year was the 300th anniversary of the birth of the greatest English cabinet-maker, Thomas Chippendale (1718-1779).
It remains on my wish-list to see The McManus Galleries in Dundee filled with its wonderful textiles collection.
COLLECTING: Picture of Glasgow traction engine goes for £2,125, nearly quadrupling pre-sale estimate
Something different for you this week, plucked from Lyon & Turnbull’s sale of rare books, manuscripts, maps and photographs in Edinburgh on October 9.
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.