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The Collectors Newsletter #270 October 2004
The Collectors Newsletter #270 October 2004
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In this issue, over 318,000 collectors will read about....
1. Family "Hairloom"
2. The Atlantique City Show.
3. Your Classifieds
4. Managing your Collection (sponsors message)
5. Lost and Found
6. A NEW book from the Kovels
7. Newly listed items
8. Funny Old Stuff
9. Wanted ads. Can you help?
10. A Vintage Recipe
11. A Vintage Recipe Request from a Reader
12. New Online Merchants
13. Helpful Resources For Collectors
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1) After you read these stories, tell us your interesting story. Send your
story to firstname.lastname@example.org and we may publish it here . We want to
hear any interesting or unusual stories you would like to share with us
that are related to collecting or anything vintage.
In our family, on my paternal grandmother's side, they came from a town
called Paulding, Ohio. The wreath got here by ox cart, driven by my
grandma's three brothers, with all the family goods and belongings on it, for
three months! While my grandmother Clara only one year old was brought
by the parents, by train up to Breckenridge, Michigan where they settled.
I can still go there to Breckenridge to see Uncle Armous's house, and a lot
of people still remember him!
I was watching one of the television shows called FX collectibles Show, when
I was stopped dead in my tracks during a certain segment they were doing in
Ohio! They had people all over having their things appraised at a huge affair,
this one lady had in her hands this huge shadow box with a lost art form in it
.....a wreath made from hair be it human or animal....HAIR! It was not very
ornate, but it was interesting how the lost art form was hair bent in shapes
and braided and wired to form flowers and then it was put on something to
make the wreath shape. I sat there in awe, the man said this hair wreath is
worth about $350, because you don't have a hair wreath that has a lot of
different hair colors in it... the more colors, the more the value up into the
thousands! Then my heart really took a speed up, I called my brother Russ on
the phone, asked him if he still had the big ugly box in the garage encasing our
FAMILY HAIR WREATH, I had always thought it was soooooooo ugly! This
mass of dark ugly hair, in a frame that was not only ugly, but of heavy wood
and plaster and a huge ugly chain to put it on the wall.
Well he gave it to me, and I decided to restore this object for my parents
wedding anniversary, but the journey was only beginning, I learned so much
about that wreath that it now is the most exquisite piece I ever laid eyes on.
It took my great great grandmother, Laura Wilderson, 22 years to make it!
Her entire farm life, and growing children around her left her little time to make
this, but the love she put into the wreath was obvious, when I began to open
the "casket-like" ugly box. Broken over the years, but still holding the wreath
perfectly, the wreath lay open in the sunlight on my picnic table in the
backyard. I cleaned it by hand carefully brushing dust off, not wanting to
upset any wires that may be fragile. All the beads intertwined in the loops of
hair were so perfectly done, they were of course real glass beads too, and
the pistols of the flowers she must have made from winding the wire around a
knitting needle! She made perfect springs for pistols! Some of the pistols were
beads, and any form she could use, she did! Some young girl with long long
red hair, must have gotten a lot of glances from the men, because her hair
was the most lustrous gorgeous red I have ever seen, and it was shaped into
huge lilies on the wreath with yellow glass beaded pistols inside them! This
beautiful piece of art took my breath away, the poor thing lay in a barn at my
Uncle Artmous Apple's house in Breckenridge, Michigan for 25 years
unloved or looked at. When he died it went to my father, who put it up in the
garage to hang there another 29 years.....spending twice the time it took to
make it, and out of the site of anyone seeing its beauty. Well I set to make it
up to great great grandma, I put it in a new shadow box that was made of
heavy balsa wood, so it would be lightweight, I stained it and made a lovely
frame and a bed of white fabric behind it and on the walls too. Then I put the
wreath tied to the backing so it would stay in place in the box and it could be
then hung on the wall easily.
I drove up to my parents to present it to them, when my father saw it, he began
to cry, he said you did something that I have wanted to do for years and never
got to do! Thank you so much! He hung in in the house where it still is, near the
old family bible, and my grandmother's little childhood rocker sits closely too.
It waited 54 years to come out of hiding, after 22 years in the making, and I
really have no idea how long it was on the wall in great great grandma's house
too. I figure the wreath is somewhere in the neighborhood of 137 years old
according to some family history I gleaned from the family Bible. By-the-way,
the hair wreath has every color of human hair in it, pieces of my great
grandfather, Christopher Columbus Apple's walrus mustache in it, and my
father was offered $2000 the day I gave it to him for their anniversary! Goes t
o show a little love and care goes a long long way! I think Great Great Grandma
Wilderson is smiling down on me now, after all the years it took her to clip hair
swatches off relatives and friends and farm animals, years of dedication to put
these pieces of her life together, in the form of a horseshoe shape with a center
piece inside it. Wow a real pioneer woman's legacy piece still alive! Ellen G.
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unusual collections, bizarre collectibles. Anything and everything that is
interesting that has to do with collecting. We may publish it here. Send
your story to email@example.com .
2) The Atlantique City Show.
A sample of the really neat stuff that was available at the Atlantique City
show in Atlantic City New Jersey, can be viewed online at:
3) Your Classifieds...
Are you looking for a special collectible for your collection? Do you
have antiques or collectibles you are just itching to sell? A simple
classified ad in this newsletter might just be your answer. Over 300,000
readers subscribe to this newsletter. One of them just might be able
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4) Managing your Collection (sponsors message)
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5) Lost and Found
We accept three types of Lost and found submissions for publication in this
1. You have a vintage item in hand and you are trying to find relatives of
the original owner(s). This could be an old photo album, baby book, diploma,
Family Bible, or other vintage items that can be linked to a specific person
2. You are looking for a fairly common vintage item that has deep personal
meaning for you or someone you know. I'm sorry, but we do not post
requests for "one of a kind items" that have been lost or stolen.
3. If you have a friend or relative that has been lost for at least 10 years,
maybe our readers can help you.
Remember to include as many details about the item(s) as you can. For
your story to run in this section, you must include your email address and
allow us to publish it. If this service helps you eventually track down the
relatives or find an item, please tell us about it in a follow-up story.
this is a last ditch effort!
I am looking for two friends of my fathers, by the names Charley Reynolds
a.k.a. malibu charley and Kim Curtis.
They both served in the navy with my father in Holyloch Scotland. this was
between 1989 and 1991. They were close friends of my dads and
unfortunately have lost touch with each other. The last I heard Charley was
living in Michigan and in 1992 I met up with Kim briefly in Florida. I think
Kim was stationed in Guantanamo bay , Cuba at the time.
My dad was diagnosed a year and a half ago with stage four renal carcinoma,
he has recently been classified as terminal. So time is of the essence.
My fathers name is George Cheshire, all three of them are in their late 50's.
Jeanette Cheshire-Bell please e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org ..... thank you
How about you? Do you have some special vintage item that is in need of
its owner or are you looking for a special item or person? Maybe we can
help. Send us info at email@example.com
6) NEWS FROM THE KOVELS
TAKE ME OUT TO THE BALL GAME. If you're a baseball fan, you may be
lucky enough to have tickets to one of this year's World Series games. The
October issue of Kovels on Antiques and Collectibles newsletter reports that
some collectors shop for Series tickets from the past and relive the glory
days of their favorite team. Some fans save old stubs, and collectors can
usually buy a stub for less than half the price of a full ticket. That can still
be a pretty penny. A ticket to Don Larsen's perfect game (the only perfect
game in Series history), pitched against the Brooklyn Dodgers at Yankee
Stadium on October 8, 1956, sold for $6,899 at a recent auction. Tickets
for Games 3 and 4 of the 1959 Series sold for a more modest price of $278
each. For more information on Kovels' newsletter, click:
7) Newly listed items for your online shopping pleasure for Tuesday
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8) Funny Old Stuff
This is our humor section. These are humorous stories and jokes that
are sent in by readers. If you have a submission you would like to share,
please send it to firstname.lastname@example.org and we may run it in the next issue.
I find the Newsletter such a bright delight - the cooking mishaps brought to
mind my first ever Pie. --and almost my last-- My husband said his favorite
pie was Banana...I had never heard of a Banana Pie... Banana pudding yes...
I go shopping for a receipt, finally found one for "Banana-Lemon Pie." I
thought "this is close enough." Purchasing all the ingredients (including pie
pans ) I was ready to have at it . It was so beautiful , the meringue in hight
peaks, picture perfect...didn't want to cut it I was soooo proud. Couldn't
wait for his reaction.
"Ummmm this is good" he said. Alas, I took a bite and thought to myself "He
has strange tastes". That evening I offered him another slice. "No, but I will
take a slice for my lunch tomorrow." That next evening I again offered slice.
"Not really, honey, had some for lunch, you go ahead have some if you want."
I didn't want... He again asked I put in his lunch for next day.
A week or so later I said " Think I'll bake a pie...." He quickly says : " Honey,
Honey, Pleeeease don't make a Banana Pie....I hate to hurt your feelings but
that was the worse pie I ever ate." My reaction was "Thank goodness, I didn't
like...but you took slices in your lunch...." "I didn't eat them...I tossed them."
We got out the recipe and he explained it was for Banana OR Lemon Pie....
"oh...ok... I will leave our the Lemon this time." I did. Only I should have
left out all that sugar that goes in Lemon pie... His advise: "Leave the Banana
Pie making to my mother ." Flora
Do you have a funny story or joke you would like to share? Make someone
feel good by sharing it with us. Send it to email@example.com and we may
publish it here.
9) Wanted ads. Can you help?
Here are the latest wanted ads from the TIAS Exchange. Can
you help someone out? To place an ad of your own take a look at:
WANTED: DIONNE QUINTS MISSING NAME PIN--MARIE.
WANTED: WANTED VINTAGE WATCHES AND PARTS
WANTED: WANTED MENS VINTAGE POCKET WATCHES ,WRIST WATCHES
WANTED: WANTED: COLLECTOR WANTS POSTCARDS & Calendars(pre 1970)
WANTED: COLLECTOR WANTS AUTHENTIC TIFFANY STUDIOS LAMPS!
WANTED: COLLECTOR BUYING AUTHENTIC FINE TIFFANY ART GLASS
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10) A Vintage Recipe
In the last issue Timothy requested a recipe for "pecan pie pound cake"
Here are several of the responses. If you have a variation of this recipe that
you would like to share with our readers, please post it to:
Be sure to check out this weeks recipe request, below.
Here is a recipe I found in response to Timothy's request - Hope this is
what you are looking for. I am from Georgia so I am assuming that this
recipe if from Savannah Georgia! Good Luck! C.L. Smith
Pecan Pie Cake
From Leah Chase's Open House Cookbook Savannah Candy Recipe
Yield: 12 to 16 servings
3 cups finely chopped pecans, toasted
2 cups flour
1 teaspoon baking soda
1/2 cup butter or margarine, softened
1/2 cup shortening
2 cups sugar
5 egg yolks
1 tablespoon vanilla extract
1 cup buttermilk
5 egg whites
3/4 cup dark corn syrup
Pecan Pie Filling (recipe follows)
Sprinkle 2 cups of the chopped pecans evenly over the
bottoms of 3 buttered 9-inch round cake pans, shaking
to coat the bottoms and sides of the pans. Combine the
flour and baking soda in a bowl and mix well. Beat the
butter and shortening in a mixer bowl at medium speed
until light and fluffy. Beat in the sugar gradually.
Add the egg yolks 1 at a time, mixing well after each
addition. Stir in the vanilla. Add the flour mixture
and buttermilk alternately, mixing well after each
addition and beginning and ending with the flour
mixture. Stir in the remaining 1 cup pecans. Beat the
egg whites in a mixer bowl at medium speed until stiff
peaks form. Fold 1/3 of
the beaten egg whites into the batter. Fold in the
remaining egg whites. Pour the batter into the
prepared pans. Bake at 350 degrees for 25 minutes or
until a wooden pick inserted in the center comes out
clean. Cool in the pans on wire racks for 10 minutes.
Invert onto waxed paper-lined wire racks. Brush the
tops and sides of the layers with corn syrup, Cool
Place 1 layer pecan side up on a serving plate. Spread
with half the Pecan Pie Filling. Place
the second layer pecan side up on the filling. Spread
with the remaining Pecan Pie Filling.
Place the third layer pecan side up on the filling.
Pecan Pie Filling
1/2 cup packed dark brown sugar
3/4 cup dark corn syrup
1/3 cup cornstarch
4 egg yolks
1 1/2 cups half-and-half
1/8 teaspoon salt
3 tablespoons butter or margarine
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
Whisk the brown sugar, corn syrup, cornstarch, egg
yolks, half-and-half and salt in a heavy 3-quart
saucepan until smooth. Bring to a boil over medium
heat, whisking constantly. Boil for 1 minute or until
mixture thickens. Remove from heat. Whisk in the
butter and vanilla. Place a sheet of waxed paper on
the surface of the mixture. Chill for 4 hours.
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11) A vintage recipe request from a reader
As with collectibles, people also have very strong feelings about foods
from their past. Sometimes these special recipes get lost. This section
is to help people who are looking for lost recipes from their past. If you
submit a request, please include the the geographical region where
you had this recipe.
Several years back a friend and I were in Bardstown, Kentucy. We
stopped at a small cafe there. I can not remember the name of the cafe.
We had for desert a piece of chess pie which is, I think, the best piece
of pie I have ever eaten. Since I live many hundreds of miles away and
can not make a trip there on a regular basis, I asked if I could have the
recipe for this chess pie. Of course, they refused saying that they did
not want other people selling the same pie in competition with them. I
have looked in cookbooks and made a few but none of them taste as that
pie did. Perhaps it is a southern recipe. I would like, please, for
someone in the southern states to send a recipe and will hope that it will
be the same that we ordered. Thanks for your help. J. Jackson
If you can help this reader with this recipe, please forward it to
firstname.lastname@example.org . If you have a vintage recipe request send it to
email@example.com and we might just publish it here.
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My store is like a very fine flea market. Things change often. We have
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