Letters to the Editor


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ATG letters: Mystery plaque has bard vibes

10 June 2019

MADAM – In Fairs & Markets (ATG No 2395), Gallops Architectural Salvage and Reclamation wondered what a legend on its plaque said.

ATG letter: BADA logo – image problem and solutions

27 May 2019

MADAM – I find that making a priority issue of the BADA logo is a classic systemic issue of misdirected priorities within the trade.

ATG letter: Would you say Grandfather Clock?

27 May 2019

MADAM – Further to Mr Adam’s letter in ATG No 2393, and Mr Lewis’ letter in ATG No 2392, the facts that I supplied in my letter about the history of the Ordinary Bicycle and its incorrect renaming are entirely accurate.

ATG letter: Football bribery back in 1904

27 May 2019

MADAM – The recent offering in Wiltshire of a gold pocket watch presented to the then FA Cup-winning manager of Manchester City, Tom Maley, in 1904 is perhaps a reminder that corruption in the football world is not a new phenomenon.

ATG letter: The Lady Chatterley's defence loved this prosecutor

27 May 2019

MADAM – It was counsel for the crown Mervyn Griffith-Jones, and not the 'Lady Chatterley’s Lover' trial judge Sir Laurence Byrne in R v Penguin Books Ltd, November 1960 (see Books Supplement, ATG No 2393), who asked the jury in his opening remarks: “Is it a book that you would wish your wife or your servants to read?”

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Meanwhile in the canine world…

27 May 2019

Blissfully unaware of the BADA logo controversy, the big Ordinary Bicycle debate, a notorious novel, football bribery in 1904 and the Pepys family, here is Gunna admiring the front cover of ATG No 2392 featuring another handsome canine (picture posted on Instagram by owners, dealership Leslie & Baggott).

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ATG letter: Story of a derelict factory and a mystery super sign seller

20 May 2019

MADAM – I believe I can shed some light on the story regarding the Gilbert Rae’s embossed tin sign (Letters, ATG Nos 2389 & 2391) – also pictured below.

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ATG letter: ‘Penny Farthing’ is just fine

20 May 2019

MADAM – I take great issue with the recent letter on Penny Farthings written by Peter W Card (ATG No 2391).

ATG letter: Credit cards have drawbacks for auction houses

20 May 2019

MADAM – David Southwell (Letters, ATG No 2392) makes a good point but there are reasons for auctioneers refusing credit cards.

ATG LETTER: White glove sales – on the other hand

20 May 2019

MADAM – In Letters, ATG No 2390, Nicholas Oddy raises the question of the origin of the term ‘white-glove sale’ (an auction in which all lots are sold).

ATG letter: Background story to the Canning Jewel auction

13 May 2019

MADAM – I was interested to see the reference to the Canning Jewel (News, ATG No 2390).

ATG letter: Auctioneers are short-sighted when refusing to accept credit cards

13 May 2019

MADAM – As a collector, not a dealer, of fine-quality bracket clocks and live steam engines, I do not have unlimited funds and therefore have to sometimes sell one item in order to acquire another for my collection.

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ATG letter: Why Penny Farthing is the wheel deal when it comes to practicality

13 May 2019

MADAM – With regard to Peter Card’s letter (ATG No 2391) regarding the use of the term ‘Penny Farthing’ instead of ‘Ordinary Bicycle’, it is the same as the term ‘Hoover’ when referring to a vacuum cleaner of any manufacture.

ATG letter: My plea on the derisory ‘Penny Farthing’ term

06 May 2019

MADAM – I have noticed an increasing penchant for editors, advertisers and auction companies to use the term ‘Penny Farthing’ in the pages of ATG when in fact they should be using the term ‘Ordinary Bicycle’, or, if there is a need to be more descriptive, ‘High Bicycle’.

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ATG letter: Not so rare but highly desirable

06 May 2019

MADAM – Robert Vince asks an interesting question of the tin-printed Gilbert Rae show-card (Letters, ATG No 2389).

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ATG letter: Giacomo Herman cabinet must stay in UK

29 April 2019

Copy of a letter sent to Jeremy Wright MP, secretary of state for culture, concerning the temporary export ban placed on a 350-year-old cabinet by Baroque artisan Giacomo Herman in the hope a buyer can be found to keep it in the UK (see ATG No 2388):

ATG letter: But why is it ‘white glove sale’?

29 April 2019

MADAM – In the ‘Glossary’ in ATG No 2583, a ‘white glove sale’ is defined as one in which all lots are sold.

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ATG letter: This has got my aerated waters going

29 April 2019

MADAM – Having collected advertising for over 50 years, I recently sold this rare Gilbert Rae’s tinplate sign (below) which I always believed to be one of only a handful that still exist.

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ATG letter: Napoleon pot pourri puzzle – it’s a later date

08 April 2019

MADAM – I write in response to the letter by Simon Butt (ATG No 2386) titled 'Mystery Napoleon link' and requesting information on a soft paste pot pourri depicting Longwood House.

ATG letter: Enough to drive you to drink

08 April 2019

MADAM – I love the 5 Questions every week [in Dealers’ Diary] but you seem to be missing an important question recently: espresso martini or real ale?

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