Collectables

The term ‘collectables’ (or collectibles) encompasses a vast range of items in fields as diverse as arms, armour and militaria, bank notes, cameras, coins, entertainment and sporting memorabilia, stamps, taxidermy, wines and writing equipment.

Some collectables are antiques, others are classed as retro, vintage or curios but all are of value to the collector. In any of these fields, buyers seek out rarities and items with specific associations.

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Classy canes draw interest in regional sales

31 August 2020

This sailor’s walking cane below displays many elements of the scrimshander’s art: a whalebone shaft carved with spiral fluting, collars inlaid with shell from the hawksbill turtle and a handle carved as a dove from the tooth of a sperm whale.

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5 Questions: Book dealer Bernard Shapero

31 August 2020

Bernard Shapero of Shapero Rare Books is among the newcomers to the Petworth Park Antiques & Fine Art Fair (September 11-13) this year.

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The web shop window: Antique blackboard with a revolving lesson

31 August 2020

Thousands of items are available to buy from dealers online. Here we pick out one that caught our eye this week.

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Rich variety of printed material sold in Cornwall auction

31 August 2020

Extensively interleaved with scholarly notes and running to over 700pp, a Japanese and English Dictionary compiled by JC Hepburn was a notable rarity in a Cornish summer sale.

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The Magic Circle reunited with lost copy of the earliest known English book on performing magic

26 August 2020

The 16th century book 'The Discoverie of Witchcraft' by Reginald Scot is the earliest known book in English explaining how to perform magic.

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Antiques dealer's French imperial naval eagle soars at auction

24 August 2020

According to his family, this French imperial naval eagle was purchased by the dealer Jack Webb (1923-2019) from a ‘totter’ in the early 1970s over the counter at his shop in Camden Passage.

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Dealer’s kitchen antiques collection finds new home

24 August 2020

A vast collection of Victorian kitchen antiques formed by a dealer from Kent has found a new home in North Yorkshire.

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We hope toys come back in play

24 August 2020

Organiser of events across the country has fingers crossed for fairs scheduled later in 2020.

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ATG LETTER: Chelsea is lovely too!

24 August 2020

MADAM – I note with interest that the Firsts London rare book fair is on the move again (News, ATG No 2454).

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Robot paws: the new look for PBFA book fairs

24 August 2020

PBFA (Provincial Booksellers Fairs Association) has held four monthly online book fairs, with the fifth going live to the public at noon on Saturday, August 29. Up to 15 books/items can be put up for sale by each bookseller member.

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Scottish play opens in NY

24 August 2020

Edition of Macbeth that once belonged to actor Charlton Heston.

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Bayonet axed for being costly is now highly valauble

24 August 2020

The so-called Elcho bayonet was designed for the Martini-Henry rifle in 1870 by Lord Elcho, the 10th Earl of Wemyss & March.

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Japanese face armour

24 August 2020

A collection of Japanese arms and armour is a key feature of Cowan’s arms and armour auction to be held in Cincinnati on September 2.

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Carry on bidding

24 August 2020

Almost 2.5 million of these Second World War British posters with the now famous slogan were printed in 12 different sizes.

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Comic effect

24 August 2020

The two ink drawings reproduced here both made substantial sums in a June 27 sale of comic strip artwork held in Paris by Artcurial.

British and Irish book auctions, August 25-September 12, 2020

24 August 2020

Our regular listing of British and Irish book auctions.

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Through the Glasgow looking glass

24 August 2020

Featured in Previews, ATG No 2449, was an amusing illustration of the Vacuum Tube, a proposed new means of mass transport from the pages of the Glasgow Looking Glass, a publication that has come to be widely regarded as the world’s first comic.

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Bottle vase supplies a £55,000 Chinese surprise

24 August 2020

Solid selling punctuated by a number of estimate-eclipsing bids made the July 17-18 sale a very welcome return to business for Tennants (20% buyer’s premium).

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Golden oldies: abbey archive and penitential work for preachers

24 August 2020

Sold at £140,000 in the first of two early manuscript sales held by Bloomsbury Auctions (25/20/12% buyer’s premium) on July 8 was a lot featured in the front page story in ATG No 2447.

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Thomson takes pride

24 August 2020

Firsts of Jane Austen’s Pride and Prejudice have made as much as £115,000* at auction.

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