Just had a pleasant weekend. Ann's middle brother David. and his wife Mo spent Saturday with us.
David, who is five years younger than I, retired at much the same time as I did, and I asked him how he is managing his retirement; and how he's managing to stay retired? He said something like :- "Mike. I think I know what your problem is. You've spent the last few years dealing in, and restoring, high quality antiques, and I know you're missing that. I think you've now got to turn yourself from a specialised dealer into a specialised collector". I must think that one out very carefully. It ties in with something my accountant said a few months ago. That brings me to the two photographs. The top one shows (from left to right) a candlestick of the thirteen hundreds, a candlestick of the fourteen hundreds, a candlestick of the sixteen hundreds, and a candlestick of the fifteen hundreds. The candlestick shown below is of the mid seventeen hundreds. It is an English chamber candlestick, dating from circa 1740-50, and is fitted with a pair of wick trimmers of the same period, and a slightly later douser, douter, or putter outer.
Between them they cover five different centuries. They are of great interest, but not of tremendous value., and I think a similar approach to collecting may well be my way forward.
Comments from my blog friends would be welcome.