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This month’s postbag delivers a mystery candlestick and an exhibition recommendation from a reader

If readers get a chance, can I recommend an exhibition mentioned in last month’s magazine (All at Sea, April issue of Antique Collecting magazine) namely The Last Voyage of the Gloucester: Norfolk’s Royal Shipwreck? It is on at the Norwich Castle Museum & Art Gallery in Norwich until September 10. My wife and I spent a wonderful afternoon learning about life aboard a royal warship which, in this case, had sank off the coast in 1682. I was also struck by the determination of Norfolk brothers Julian and Lincoln Barnwell and their friend James Little who discovered the wreck in 2007. Norman Hethcote, Holt, by email

I would be interested to know fellow subscribers’ thoughts on the recent proposal to “cancel” Pablo Picasso, widely seen as the 20th-century’s most influential artist – because of his misogyny.

Does Picasso’s terrible treatment of women and cultural appropriation mean that he deserves to be put on the trash heap? If we hold a moral mirror to all artists, how many of them would pass the standards set out by Gen Z? Laudable as they are. H. F. Howarth, by email

Our star letter receives a copy of British Designer Silver by John Andrew and Derek Styles worth £75. Write to us at Antique Collecting magazine, Riverside House, Dock Lane, Melton, Woodbridge, Suffolk, IP12 1PE or email magazine@

Left One of the discoveries from the wreck of the Gloucester

Above right April saw the final antiques fair at the East of England Arena in Peterborough

Below The George II candlestick was bought at a local fair

I visited the Lomax Antique fair in Southwold over the Easter weekend and while I was there took the plunge and bought my first candlestick. I was very taken by the shape and quality of the piece. The item was described by the dealer as George II (c. 1730) heavy candlestick. It weighs 590gms and is 22cm tall with an octagonal base, which I think is possibly bronze.

I cannot see any seam down the length of piece as one might expect for an item of this period so was wondering if anyone could give me their opinion, or point me in a direction for further research? The base certainly looks as though it has been turned on a lathe. Mike Percival, Ipswich, by email

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One of the highlights of the antiques calendar, as far as my husband and I are concerned, is a trip to

One of the highlights of the antiques calendar, as far as my husband and I are concerned, is a trip to Peterborough Festival of Antiques which is usually held around Easter and has, in most cases, been blessed by good weather. So it was a real shock to discover this year’s would be the last as the East of England Arena where it is held is being redeveloped to include new homes, sports pitches, a school, and other facilities.

Some but not all the dealers we spoke to will be going to Newark, also run by the IACF, so it looks like that will be our next destination a bit further up the A1. Such a shame to see it go. Helen Whitmore, Lowestoft, by email

The answers to the quiz on page 48 Q1 (c). Q2 (d). Sierra Leone’s stamps depicted the velociraptor; Eritrea’s depicted the triceratops and Liberia’s, the stegosaurus. Q3 (a) and (b). In German it was known as the krummhorn or ‘curved horn’. The reed, being concealed, was indirectly set in vibration and so the tone could not be varied. Q4 (d). Q5 (c). Firing glasses (rapped on a table during toasts and sounding like gunfire…hence the name) were used by many societies and clubs. The ice-cream glasses have been known to be sold as such by the unscrupulous to the unwary. Q6 (a). An 18th-century term for pearwood stained to simulate ebony. Q7 (a) A 17th/18th-century low stool for children, and (c). 17th-century plain three-legged table (it has been suggested that the three legs resembled the three stumps in cricket, the game). Q8 (c). An early 20th-century card-game published in London but printed in Saxony e.g. put an oriental head on a John Bull body over a Swiss milkmaid’s legs. Q9 (b). It had an arrangement for passing the smoke through water. Also spelt Nargilé. Q10 (d). Dating from the 8th/9th century it is a large scarf worn at High Mass covering the hand of the celebrant. (From Latin humerus, shoulder.)

Open cavern could be rearranged to make provenance; any odd cops could be rearranged to make caddy spoon; oilier film could be rearranged to make millefiori and earth vicar could be rearranged to make architrave.


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