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Here is a plea for any UK collectors and dealers to vote to stay in the European Common Market. Please vote ‘remain’. It is getting harder to post antique items to collectors outside the EU, if those restrictions became mandatory for Europe, it would restrict selling abroad. Posting to America is now subject to more scrutiny. Any small amount of antique ivory must be declared, such as a tiny finial to a teapot. Then there are searches for sharp instruments, even small scissors of pen knife blades. Recently posting two 19th century hat pins to Paris, to my amazement, they were held in customs for 3 weeks, and the recipient had to prove they were not weapons. That is for members in the EU, imagine what it will be like if we are outside it. Please write into the blog if you have strong opinions one way or another.

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