Letters to the Editor


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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: 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).

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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).

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: 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: 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: 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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ATG LETTER: Bottles collection opens opportunities

01 April 2019

MADAM – For the past 20-25 years I have been supplying table cruets and glass cruet bottles to the public by way of antique centres and directly to the trade via antique fairs.

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ATG LETTER: Pot pourri mystery Napoleon link

01 April 2019

MADAM – Inspired by the feature in ATG No 2384 about the little-known Girl-on-a-Horse English ceramic factory [also known as Compass factory], perhaps I could offer your readers another puzzle.

ATG letter: A Clarice Cliff book to remember

18 March 2019

MADAM – It was good to see Clarice Cliff featured in ATG No 2383. As mentioned, the pottery has had its ups and downs over the years and in any case ‘Clarice’ has always been a little ‘Marmite’.

ATG letter: Fee rises need to be much clearer

18 March 2019

MADAM – I believe auction houses should make it clear to bidders that buyer’s premium has gone up and the fee does not include VAT.

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ATG letter: What has happened to customer service?

11 March 2019

MADAM – Having received issue No 2381 of your informative magazine, I discovered an advert for a forthcoming sale in March with two items I much desired.

ATG letter: Maas strict on recto dysfunction

11 March 2019

MADAM – A definition in your glossary is incorrect (ATG No 2382). Strictly, the terms verso and recto apply to books, meaning the left and right pages. Certainly they don’t both apply ‘to the back of a picture’.

ATG letter: Parcel policy is puzzling

04 March 2019

MADAM – We can always count on Gavin Littaur to fill your letters page with a hefty dose of common sense (ATG No 2381). But I fear his dispute with Defra will come to nothing if my present spat with HMRC is anything to go by.

ATG letters: Ivory antiques ban ‘madness’

04 March 2019

MADAM – In so many respects, anyone reading or watching the news over the last 12 months could quite easily believe that the whole world has gone mad.

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ATG letter: Engine meets the family

25 February 2019

Stephen Campbell, descendant of Victorian engineer John Campbell, surprised his family last weekend when he revealed that he had bought his great-grandfather’s award-winning steam engine (Pick of the week, ATG No 2380).

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ATG letter: Wilde trials were later

25 February 2019

MADAM – I am sure that others will have identified a mistake in your piece about William Powell Frith’s 'The Private View at the Royal Academy' (News, ATG No 2380).

ATG letter: My world came crashing down

25 February 2019

MADAM – Further to handling horrors stories (Letters, ATG No 2379), I can remember visiting a general sale at WH Lane auction house in Penzance in the early ’70s, when all sales were general, and spying an interesting painting high up on the wall, was given permission to climb up to see it.

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