Odd though it may seem, I was particularly pleased to see on our travels two reproductions that I had not seen before. They are definitely quite vintage--probably early 20th century--and I am pleased I know such things exist so I can share that knowledge with you when I see such figures on the market. We had two great lectures. Stuart Slavid lectured on early Toby Jugs, and I have a love of these that goes back to my teenage years--in fact, early Tobies turned me into a serious collector. Philip Zimmerman's lecture on the appropriateness of conservation/restoration and the modern techniques used to assess authenticity left me with a lot to think about. A phrase Philip used has stuck in my mind: The Myth of Perfect Survival. It encapsulates my belief that far too many collectors do not ask the right questions of themselves and dealers when buying figures. They would far rather think these fragile treasures have survived the centuries unscathed. And the delusion of Perpetual Survival compels dealers and collectors to restore damage that should best be left alone. A shame, really, but that seems to be the current trend. Wait till all that restoration turns yellow in years to come. I am betting that stripping it off will be back in vogue before I am in my dotage!