1079edmund's spirit is indomitable. He's weathered the storm of multiple complaints to eBay, MSTP blog postings, an eBay listing about his enamel-faking activities, and an article in the Antiques Trade Gazette. And yet he's still listing items unabashed. However, MSTP isn't going to knock a man for doing the right thing.
1079edmund has had his paint stripper out and removed the offending enamels from his maritime verse plaque. (To see how it looked last time he listed it, see the Fake over-painted items page.) It is now described as being in 100% original condition with no chips, cracks or restoration.
I for one wish him all the best in his new honest life. One word of warning though. Buyers should watch out for shill bidding patterns (their bid being pushed up in small increments by eBay accounts with 100% activity with the seller). If you have suspicions on this score, report them to eBay and your local Trading Standards Office.
Stephen Smith lives in London, and is always happy to hear from other collectors. If you have an interesting collection of plaques, and are based in the UK, he will photograph them for you. Free advice given regarding selling and dispersal of a collection, or to those wishing to start one. Just get in touch...
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