For a period of six years, Tony Wood was the person behind these popular Masterspy pages. Tony’s enthusiasm for Best Ware was very apparent in the words he wrote about Carlton Ware for sale on eBay.
It is with great sadness that we have to tell you that Tony passed away on 23 June 2017.
Below are his words of introduction written in October 2010.
We have kept all he has written so that he will still be with us in spirit. His words can accessed from the menu above in reverse year order.
Rest in peace Tony.
Hello everybody out there,
This is “eBay Masterspy” here (cue the theme from James Bond, or perhaps the Pink Panther). I have been asked by the Carlton Ware World committee to look at what is happening on eBay in respect of our favourite pots and make a monthly report for you all on the website.
At this stage I am not sure what you will be interested in and how it should be presented. Naturally I have my own areas of interest, which I will cover by default unless you good people tell me to look at things you want covering more regularly.
Obviously, what I need is your views and feedback, so leave at comment via the link at the bottom of this page or and to let me know.
Like many of you out there I don’t have bottomless pockets and I know only too well the frustration of seeing a cherished target lost to another bidder, but eBaying is as addictive as collecting Carlton Ware itself, so perhaps we can share some of our triumphs and sorrows in the coming months. I am not a dealer, in fact at this moment in time I have never sold so much as a used staple on ebay. My perspective therefore is purely as a collector (and certainly not an expert, even in my area of interest), but if there are dealers out there who want to see things covered from their point of view in some way I am happy to oblige within the limits of my ability and knowledge.
No doubt I will make many factual mistakes, but that will only give you something to give me feedback on, of course (just don’t shoot the messenger, as they say). Your comments will remain confidential unless you wish your views to be published and I will not attribute any comment to you by name unless you give me permission to do so. I have no idea if I will receive 1 email per month or 1000, so I will have to decide later if I am going to be in a position to answer every email or not. Please bear with me on this.
I hope in time my page on the site may prove to be of value to some of you and that you visit my page regularly.