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From this month's issue:

Hardware and Wetware

In last month's GAN we looked at some of the devices and implements that you might find it handy to take with you when you go to view a general auction. These simple objects - a penknife, a magnifying glass, a torch and a tape measure - can make a great deal of difference. It is true that most well-run auction rooms will have at least some of these tools laid by to assist buyers but there are two very good reasons why you might not want to use the ones they proffer.

The first is that while saleroom terms and conditions always state that 'it is the responsibility of the buyer to satisfy him or herself as the condition of all the lots on offer,' using the saleroom's own appliances lets everyone in the immediate vicinity - including the saleroom staff - know that you are doing just that. And while it is possible to overstate the number of saleroom loafers and ne'er-do-wells who will be intent on dogging your shadow (and shadowing your dog) on viewing day in the hope of learning something to their advantage, if you can keep your interest quiet and remain undetected, so much the better. Be guided by the sage advice of Kenneth Williams in his guise as Citizen Camembert in Carry On Don't Lose Your Head, when he cautions his inept underling, Citizen Bidet, played by Peter Butterworth, that: "We must be circumspect." Bidet's response "Oh I was Citizen...when I was a baby," may not be quite as useful.

The second reason you don't want to borrow the saleroom's kit is that if anybody does catch you having a sneaky peek through your lens or surreptitiously prising the back off the 1915 trench watch with your trusty penknife (very carefully, because the hinges are delicate and prone to breaking) they might as well see that the handy accessories you are using belong to you. Better they should signify that you are a seasoned and well-prepared pro than the kind of poor rube who has to borrow the saleroom's tape measure. These things say that you are a player; a body of consequence; not someone to be crossed.

But external devices are only part of the story. Many of the best tools you take with you won't simply belong to you - they will actually be a part of you. The senses you use and the use your brain makes of the information that they supply can be crucial.

Some teeth
Ideally take your own, if you still have them, but if not then someone else's will do, providing they are real. One of the best ways to check for restoration on a ceramic piece, especially around the rim of a bowl or vase, is to give the edge a little nibble. The theory goes that the restored area, which has not been high-fired and so is of a different chemical makeup and consistency, will feel slightly different and be slightly softer or even 'spongy.' This isn't an easy technique to master and after all, unless you are thinking of shelling out a lot of money for a rare piece costing hundreds of pounds, does a bit of restoration matter? I go along with Oriental expert and TV pundit David Harper here. His attitude is that restored pieces may not be valuable, but they do give you the chance to own beautiful things that would otherwise be unaffordable. Still, the teeth test is one of the ways to test for damage.

Some fingertips
Again, ideally use your own if you can. Moving fingertips are capable of noticing differences of smoothness and texture down to a minute degree. While static fingertips can only get down to 0.2mm - about twice the diameter of an eyelash - moving fingers using 'dynamic touch' can feel differences that are many times smaller and that are literally microscopic. According to research carried out by Mike Rutland and a team from the Royal Institute of Technology in Sweden "a human being can feel a bump corresponding to the size of a very large molecule." Want to feel if that cloisonn‚ vase is all it's cracked up to be or if a silver beaker has been cleverly restored? Let your fingers do the sliding.

The breath of life
Hallmarks on silver can sometimes be difficult to read, especially if they are rubbed. You may find that a warm, gentle breath will bring them out and make them just a little bit bolder. It always works for me.
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