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The Collectors Newsletter #280 November 2004
The Collectors Newsletter #280 November 2004
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In this issue, you will read about....
1. Durham Cattle & Saint Palloti
2. Safe online shopping & Fun Holiday Gift Ideas
3. Your Classifieds
4. The Perfect Holiday Gift (sponsors message)
5. Lost and Found
6. News 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.
My great great grandfather was a natural trader; he didn't need any
guardian to protect his interests in a horse trade. Judge O. C. Pratt, one
of Oregon's early judges, was no slouch at trade either. My father sold a
band of long horn Spanish cattle to Judge Pratt. They were as lean as
greyhounds and as wild as coyotes. Judge Pratt sold these cattle to a
California stockman as a herd of "Durham" cows. When the buyer came
to get them and found they were wild Spanish cattle he tried to repudiate
the deal, alleging misrepresentation, as Judge Pratt had described them
as "Durham" cattle. Judge Pratt said 'I bought them off J. N. Durham
and they are commonly referred to as the Durham herd of cattle..' Ella
-- Another Story--
As a Catholic Religious Brother , I find myself drawn to " collect and rescue
" religious devotional items that I may see at antique stores , flea markets
or auctions. Many times , these are items such as rosaries, medals ,
crucifixes and statues of various saints. They probably belonged to very
devout Catholic Christian people at one time, and for some reason , ended
up " for sale " . I purchase them , and give them " a good home " , or give
them away to people that would appreciate them for their devotional purpose.
One day , a friend of mine and I went to an auction preview , just to see
what they had. I was walking around , and was drawn to this leather bound
box with a brass handle. I asked the auction house owner if I may look at it .
I opened it up , and it was a First Class Relic of St. Vincent Pallotti . I
explained in detail to the auction house owner what this object was and that
a First Class Relic , is really a piece of the bone of the saint . I explained
that relics of this sort , should never be sold , and I urged him to contact the
consignor , and explain that I as a religious , would offer them a donation
for the relic , and that I would make sure that this holy relic would be placed
properly . He flatly refused and told me " just come to the auction and bid
on it " ! With all the fire of the Holy Spirit in my soul , I did just that ! When
the relic came up to the table to be auctioned off , I was relentless in
bidding . There was only one other person bidding against me . It became a
one on one bidding match . Ultimately , I won the final bid . When I went to
pay for the relic , an elderly woman came up to me , and asked if I knew
what I just bought . I told her that I did , and that I was a Religious Brother ,
and simply wanted the relic so that it would not be placed in some
disrespectful situation. The womans eyes grew so wide ! She said:" Brother
, had I known , I never would have bid against you ! That was the same
reason that I was here ! " She also explained that she was going to bring it
to a priest friend , ( that after discussion ) , found out that we had a mutual
friend ! Weeks later, I was at a flea market , and found a framed picture of
St. Vincent Pallotti , and I bought it. The relic and picture are reverently
stationed in my prayer room. St. Vincent worked and died for the poor .
He is a wonderful Saint. He is an inspiration for all who work for and with the
poor ! +++ l.bro.michael,lfc
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We collect interesting stories about collecting. Things like your best find,
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) Safe online shopping & Fun Holiday Gift Ideas
Since 1995 TIAS merchants have offered safe online shopping. All TIAS
merchants have a 7 day return policy on all of your online purchases, so
shop with confidence at TIAS.com this Holiday season.
We have a fun tool that allows you to shop just for antiques and collectibles
in the $25 to $50 range. Every page is different and there are thousands of
fascinating items to look at. Give a unique and wonderful gift this year.
Take a look 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
to help you out. Place your ad today at:
Here are today's classifieds......
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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.
I have an Aunt who moved away from me in 197 7 or 1978. Hew name is
Estelle Cason. She is my Fathers only Sister. My Fathers name was
Anderson C. Cason Sr. She was last known to live in Ithica , N.Y. She
used to work at the college up there. I called her last phone number and
the person who answered the phone said they knew her but didn"t know
how to get in touch with her. We have been trying to look for her but have
had no luck. My Uncle Lewis who is no past away , also my Dad tried to
find her also.She moved away from Richmond and went back up North .
She was raised in New Jersey by my Fathers Aunt. I don't know her
name. Please if anyone can help me find her or tell me if She is still alive
I would like to find her I Love Her and I don't have many family left on that
side of my family. Thank you Nancy A. Cason e-mail me at:
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 firstname.lastname@example.org
6) NEWS FROM THE KOVELS
COIN SILVER-If you're rummaging around at a house sale and find a silver
piece marked "coin," don't discard it because it isn't sterling. According to
Ralph and Terry Kovel in the November issue of Kovels on Antiques and
Collectibles newsletter, coin silver can be every bit as valuable as
sterling-perhaps even more so. From the 1830s to the 1860s, many
silversmiths melted down coins to obtain silver to make their hollwware and
flatware. They marked these products "coin," "pure coin," "dollar," "standard,"
"premium," "C," or "D". For more information on the 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 email@example.com and we may run it in the next issue.
Those new fangled spray cans of whipped cream also caused an interesting
incident in my family. My newly married mother was serving pumpkin pie
after a meal, and proudly was attempting to demonstrate how to get the cream
out of the can to her in laws. Unfortunately, she didn't aim correctly.
The cream skidded across the table and covered her husband's face. She
claims that after a short moment of shock, he calmly tried to lick it off.
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 firstname.lastname@example.org 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: Wanted to Buy: Old Ace Hippie Guitar Straps
Wanted To Buy: Old Guitars, Amplifiers and Saxophones
WANTED: old Reed & Barton stainless flatware 'Colonial Forge'
Looking for something? Place a "Wanted" ad in this newsletter. Over
319,000 subscribers. It's easy, go to:
10) A Vintage Recipe
In the last issue Jacque B. requested a recipe for a "Chili Recipe
with beef suet" Here is one 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.
I have the Household Searchlight cookbook from 1939, there are two
Chili recipes listed. The one with suet is called Chili Con Carne.
1 pound Hamburger, 1/2 cup Ground Suet, 2 1/2 Cups Cooked Kidney
Beans, 2 Cups Cooked Tomatoes, 1 Cup Water, 1 Clove Garlic or
1/4 Teaspoon Garlic Salt, 1/4 Cup Onion, Chili Powder, Salt
Brown Meat in suet. Add onion. Cook until brown. Add beans,
garlic, water and tomatoes. Season to taste. Simmer until the flavors
are well blended. 8 servings- Mrs. Bess H., Norfolk, Nebr.
Hope this helps, I collect old books and just love this old cookbook!
Stacy, in Minnesota
Did you know TIAS merchants have over 1000 vintage
cookbooks for sale online? They make great gifts. Take a
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.
When my Polish mother-in-law married her Italian husband in the early
1950s, she was surrounded by her husband's relatives and quickly
learned the art of Italian cooking. By the time I met her in 1999, I would
have sworn she was 100% Italian based on her mannerisms and her
fine Italian cooking abilities. Unfortunately, she passed away last year,
and with her went a recipe for something she'd make for my husband
at Christmastime. It was a dish pronounced "fogots" (like "for gots"
without the "r"). She only made it one time in the past 5 years, and what
I remember was that it was in a casserole dish, it had a bread-like
consistency, and it had a lot of thinly sliced onions. Unfortunately, none
of her four daughters took much of an interest in cooking or family
traditions, so none of them have any idea how to make this. I would
LOVE to be able to surprise him this holiday season and make this, so
if anyone can help me out , I would dearly appreciate it! Thanks!
Elaine C. Park Forest, IL
If you can help this reader with this recipe, please forward it to
email@example.com . If you have a vintage recipe request send it to
firstname.lastname@example.org and we might just publish it here.
Be sure to check out our vintage kitchen collectibles section online at:
12) New Online Merchants
These merchants just opened shop online. Stop by and check out their
fresh inventory for Holiday shoppers.
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crafts, Americana We offer Quality antique dolls, antique quilts, American
Indian jewelry, intriguing vintage costume jewelry.
Our store contains antiques and collectibles mostly found in our mountain
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We are known for our Eclectic mix of treasures from around the globe -
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Contemporary, Fine Art, Home Decor, Collectables, So Much More!
In my store you will find many discontinued china patterns and glass of
all sorts and shapes. Jewelry from a by gone era. Candle sticks, lamps,
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