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22.03.17. Images of the construction of the Forth Rail Bridge are set to come under the hammer at Tennants' sale of Toys, Models and Collectables on April 5th. Construction of the UNESCO World Heritage Site and iconic Scottish landmark began in 1882, and was at the time the longest single cantilever bridge span in the world. Whilst many pictures exist of the completed work it is rare to find those of the bridge under construction, schematics of the ironwork and caisson supports and even including one of the engineers demonstrating the cantilever principle with the aid of two chairs, some timber and a hundredweight. The slides are being sold with an estimate of £500-700 ... more  Add a comment

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While bargains are to be had at auction, for the uninitiated, I think it's worth quoting from John Carter's ABC for Book Collectors. "The novice collector does well to recognise that in a bookshop there is a strong bond of common interest across the counter, but that in the sale-room every man's hand is against him. If he is a man of spirit, he may relish the encounter; hoping to beat the professionals at their own game and be prepared to take a few knocks in the process. Yet if he is also a man of sense, he will only do so after careful reconnaissance, and then with his eyes wide open".

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