Letters to the Editor


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ATG letter: Let’s have discussion without bias on antiques ivory issue

26 March 2018

MADAM – I was open-mouthed in disbelief to see again opinion discussed as fact when the ivory issue was aired on national television (ATG No 2334).

ATG letter: Shame of early ivory purchases

26 March 2018

MADAM – I have pieces of antique elephant tusk ivory that I collected unconcerned about the (now well-known) conservation problems.

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ATG letter: Doctor Who script – Who are you kidding?

26 March 2018

MADAM – I did a double – no, triple – take when I read the article ‘First Doctor Who script up at auction’ in ATG No 2332.

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ATG letter: Why I go for broken Staffordshire figurines

26 March 2018

MADAM – I am an artist and a restorer and have been working with broken Staffordshire figurines for some time now – re-inventing and giving them a new lease of life.

ATG lettter: Cross out the scribbles

26 March 2018

MADAM – Have sellers of antiquarian books never considered the use of ‘Post-it’ notes? Do they not realise that pencil scribbles actually devalue the product that they are trying to sell?

ATG Letter: Taking issue with Two Million Tusks' assertions

12 March 2018

MADAM – Last week (ATG No 2332) you published a response from lobby group Two Million Tusks to my suggestion that there should be a TV programme on the subject of ivory.

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ATG Letter: My copies of Antiques Trade Gazette are art in themselves...

12 March 2018

MADAM – I am an artist based in Liverpool. I found some copies of ATG in a charity shop and used them for a collage.

ATG letter: Auctioneers should ‘up their game’ on watches

05 March 2018

MADAM – I think the increased interest and associated rise in value of vintage and collectable watches means auction houses really need to up their game both in terms of what they’re selling and how they are describing lots.

ATG letter: Lost appeal of young classics

05 March 2018

MADAM – As a jewellery consultant I thought my first letter to the ATG would be about ivory. But No.

ATG letter: Silver Vaults since 1885

05 March 2018

MADAM – Re: the article by Laura Chesters concerning the future of the Silver Vaults (ATG No 2330). Just to correct a small point – that the Chancery Lane Safe Deposit was opened by the Lord Mayor in May 1885 and not in 1876.

ATG letter: Tell the full story of ivory

05 March 2018

MADAM – We write in response to the letter written by Daniel Fearon suggesting a special BBC Antiques Roadshow programme to discuss/ showcase objects solely made of, or incorporating ivory (ATG No 2330).

ATG letter: Corruption allows poaching to thrive

26 February 2018

MADAM – No amount of banning the sale of the millions of items containing antique ivory will stop the wholesale slaughter of elephants in Africa.

ATG letter: Antique ivory owners should expect compensation

26 February 2018

MADAM – Are people aware of the compensation that the UK Government paid out when the handgun ban came into force after the Dunblane massacre in 1996?

ATG letter: Museum quality tag is at odds with education aim

26 February 2018

MADAM – Gavin Littaur’s comment (Letters, ATG No 2329) that “BAMF’s definition of ‘museum quality’ is exceedingly unhelpful” pulls its punches too much.

ATG letter: Poaching battle needs real action

26 February 2018

MADAM – The proper aim of all right-minded persons is to end ivory poaching. The irrelevant ‘ivory bill’ will not help.

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ATG letter: Read more about the cross-dresser soldier Snell

26 February 2018

MADAM – The article on Hannah Snell (Fairs & Markets, ATG No 2328) mentions etchings and 15 pages about her life and times.

ATG letter: TV special should explain ivory in art

19 February 2018

MADAM – With the plethora of antiques-related shows on television, may I suggest that perhaps you could use your influence to have a specialist present a show on the subject of ivory in art.

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ATG letter: Be realistic about a tax on ivory

19 February 2018

MADAM – Although I think that the BADA certification programme goes some way to pacifying the waters, the conservationists have very strong support even if they are blind to the past as seen in the story about wildlife charity Born Free launching an ivory ‘amnesty’ (ATG No 2329).

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ATG letter: Napoleonic characters give continual allure

19 February 2018

MADAM – The continual allure of the Napoleonic period as referenced in Dealers’ Diary recently (‘Nutty about Napoleon', ATG No 2327) is indeed most interesting.

ATG letter: Bidding contests - keep it simple

19 February 2018

MADAM – I read with interest the recent article by Milton Silverman discussing a bidding contest in Europe (A lawyer writes, ATG No 2327).

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