Not Till Death, Debt, Divorce do we part

Not Till Death, Debt, Divorce Do We Part

In the world of collecting there are what’s known as the three D’s any one of which rings a death knell for a collection and on occasion the collector.

Divorce, Debt and Death

Divorce: In the event of divorce unless otherwise stipulated in a prenuptial agreement the collection would be divided equally between the two parties. This may be accomplished through an appraisal, which determines the dollar value of the entire collection.  The collection may then be split equally in order that each party receives its fair share. It is more likely that upon appraisal the collection would be sold and the proceeds from the sale then split equally between the divorcing couple. No doubt, this would be accomplished with no rancor or animosity and with the assistance of fine legal advice. Yeah, right. Contine reading


A Case of Mistaken Identity

In the early days of his collecting, Duncan  with great excitement and pleasure announced that he had purchased a Heriot. Well,  I was over the moon! Finally something in which we had a mutual interest. I love Herriott! I have read every word written by or about him and had seen every episode of “All Creatures Great and Small”. The very idea of collecting and owning valuable works by Dr. James Herriott was more than I could ever have hoped for. Contine reading

This ancient map hangs in the Gillinghan, Dorset Museum and shows the hamlet of Bengervill, which  is now the Benjafield farm

Eclectic Collecting

 Eclectic Collecting

Genealogists are collectors. While most people think that genealogists collect family trees and pedigree charts, I can attest that they collect a wide range of materials as well as the above. Collections can include books, maps, certificates of vital statistics, and much more. As an avid genealogist/self-appointed family historian ages, my collection of books includes not just genealogical how-to-guides, but very specific collections of any books on a specific locale or county in the U.K., from which most of my own ancestry derives (Welsh, Scottish, English, admittedly a sprinkling of Irish.) Contine reading