The obituary and tributes for ‘Dick’ Turpin’s partner Jackie Mann that appeared in ATG No 2613, with a photo showing the couple.

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In early 1989, I organised a tour to Moscow and Leningrad (as it then was) for a group of friends. Dick and a lady friend joined us, he taking a room on his own, she sharing a room with another young woman on the tour.

As it transpired Dick’s friend was a tippler and was in the habit of returning late and generally annoying her room-mate. As a consequence we had to change sleeping arrangements.

My sister, who was sharing a room with me, agreed to replace the offender, who was banished to a room of her own, while Dick grudgingly agreed to share with me.

I have an indelible memory of Dick sitting upright in bed wearing his trademark tweed hat, his pipe in his mouth.

After he fell asleep with the lights still on, I would remove the hat and pipe while trying not to wake him.

Max Rutherston

Director, Max Rutherston Ltd (Japanese Netsuke and Works of Art)

London W5

ATG note: A giant of a man with a large walrus moustache, Maurice Turpin (1928-2005) was one of the best known antiques dealers of his day – a distinctive figure who achieved near-legendary status during a 50-year career. Known throughout the trade as ‘Dick’, he was a familiar sight at regional UK salerooms with his thick-rimmed spectacles and trilby hat.

On January 25, Sworders of Stansted Mountfitchet, Essex, will offer a further sale of contents from the West London flat that he shared with partner, the late Jackie Mann (see obituary in ATG No 2613).