Harriet Wynter was, in her time, doyenne of the antique scientific instrument trade, and this is her story. Forced to make a living as a single parent - at a time when being a working mother was looked at askance by society - she bravely, and ultimately successfully, set up in business as an antiques dealer.
She at first specialised in porcelain, but fell in love with the complexity and beauty of those articles of utility which are known as scientific instruments. Co-author of one of the first books on this fascinating subject, her life is told with the verve and panache which it deserves. q
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