My first real science teacher Miss Cook was pretty scary but very memorable . It was the way she looked at you. The thing I remember most was when she opened the
first day of class with the word “Hypotheses” then she ask “What does it mean” ? Of course no one had the nerve to answer. She sternly answered her own question after a fraction of a second of a pause. >>> “An educated guess”. Funny how something so little can stick with a young girl in rural Alabama. But boy I liked that answer. A guess did not have to be an answer out of the clear blue but a guess could be based on the knowledge available to you at the time. Honestly a hypotheses could be wrong and still seem okay because….Still today I get a good deal relief out of that term.
A good reputable dealer of Antiques works with educated guess work and with a little effort our reservoir of knowledge grows everyday. A good antique dealer will welcome a customer who on occasion disagrees with our assessment of a situation . Sometimes we admit defeat with a smile and sometimes we dig in our heals.
A customer came in last week and was clearly studying a what appeared to be a Lectern or a podium. After working in retail for 15 years it becomes second nature to pay attention to a customer’s body language and he was interesting. I ask him what was on his mind. He responded by saying “This is not a Lectern”. He lead into his defense by pointing out that the piece was unfinished on the back, therefore it was intended to go against a closed wall and not facing the intended audience. I of course agreed with a “Huh , you are exactly right”. I later discussed this with my friend and her response was “Yes it is Bob Crachit desk”.(Charles Dickens‘ A CHRISTMAS CAROL).
Now at Noordermeer’s we now have a “Bob Crachit Desk” when we used to have an ordinary lectern. This desk would be perfect for working with a lap top while standing. This could ring a bell for my customers who prefer standing while they work due to reoccurring back problems.