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A Royal Copenhagen porcelain charger designed in 2004 by prolific artist and costume designer Margrethe Alexandrine Þórhildur Ingrid, known to some as Margrethe II, Queen of Denmark.

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It is with great sadness we lost Michael Winterton last night to COVID-19. He was a wonderful auctioneer back at the old Smithfield Market in #Lichfield and still regarded by many of the old farmers as the best on the rostrum

(Uncle Michael is pictured left with my dad, Tony)

So 3 years since the BBC axed Flog It. They wanted to make more “ambitious” TV,

like putting celebs in a large centrifuge (Wheel)

or dog grooming (Pooch Perfect)

& in the meantime? Nearly every day they show high rating repeats of...

Flog It.

You couldn’t make it up🙈

Last good buy of this year

Took a risk on a “World War II” Japanese blade remembering that earlier family blades were often remounted (additional holes to the tang)

Signature translated (thanks to @laura_bordignon & @V_and_A 🙏🏻) & it’s a Muromachi period blade!🙂

#Antiques❤️

Beatrix Potter–who died #OTD 1943–was a canny businesswoman & as early as 1903 had made & patented a Peter Rabbit doll. It was followed by other licensed merchandise spin-offs over the years & earned Potter an independent income, as well as immense profits for her publisher.

Ignorant of his parentage, Richard (of Eastwell) Plantagenet–died #OTD 1550–met Richard III just before Bosworth. The king proposed to acknowledge him as his son & raise him to royalty after the battle, but with the monarch's defeat, he spent his life as a reclusive bricklayer.

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