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The Collectors Newsletter #297 February 2005
The Collectors Newsletter #297 February 2005
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In this issue, you will read about....
1. "Finds in the U.K." & "The Estate Sale" & "The Watch"
2. Collector's Corner: Bakelite testing tip
3. Your Classifieds
4. Improve your collection. (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
NEW series on PBS (sponsors message)
Antiques Roadshow FYI
starts 1/19 @ 8pm
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1) After you read this story, tell us your interesting story. Send your
story to email@example.com 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.
Hi, Ernest Fitton from the U.K.
Many years ago whilst working on some very old building in a city
called Chester, a old Roman city in the county of Cheshire as a joiner,
I watched builders dumping rubble on the floor of this building, strolling
over, I started turning over the rubbish I started to find various items
such as a very old oil lamp, the type that has a wick turned up by a
small wheel it was about 3" high, hand beaten out of bras sheet, with a
cast lead base. it looks like one of the earliest type of oil lamp ,I have
never had it dated, also I discovered a French oil or garlic press dated
1787, further discoveries were a crystal ink well on a cast brass base &
a letter opener with the year dates of 1868 on each side not bad for a
10 minute rubble search, I have know idea of the value of these things
but it just goes to show you that somebody's rubbish is somebody's prime
possessions. Best regards Bill.
-- Another Story --
When we held Mother's estate sale last month two unlikely items found
new homes. The first was an orange demitasse cup and saucer with
paint drips on it, so it was marked down. One woman was excited to
find it - an exact duplicate of the cup and saucer her grandmother had
given her as a child and which had been broken some time ago. An
older gentlemen found an old mottled brownish plastic glass that I figured
was from about 1940. He told how when he was a kid his dad came
home one day with this glass. He gathered the family around and
explained he had a new glass for the bathroom - then threw it on the
floor to demonstrate - it's unbreakable! Perhaps this was an original
plastic worth more than $2, but he couldn't have afforded more and I'm
glad he has it. Sue C.
-- Another Story --
In 1962 my grandfather passed away. I was 12 years old. My Mother
and Father gave me his pocket watch. Not being very responsible for
things I lost it out in the yard shortly after it was entrusted to me. I still
live in the house my grandfather built two years ago while my wife was
digging a small hole to put a tomato plant in she hit something shinny.
It was the pocket watch. Sure the face was all faded and the mechanism
was all rusty, but the gold part was still nice. I know it is of no value to
any one else in its present condition, but I will cherish it for ever.
Bill P. Amsterdam NY
Comments, thoughts? Post them online at:
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 firstname.lastname@example.org .
It's no hassle to ship large antique and fragile collectibles.
Check out the new Web site at Craters and Freighters. Get your questions
about shipping answered. They have an entire new section dedicated to
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2) Collector's Corner: Bakelite testing tip
In response to last weeks story on Bakelite, a reader sent in the following
Would you like a simple test to see if your plastic item may be bakelite?
Purchase (at any grocery store) a can of Dow Scrubbing Bubbles foam
cleaner. Spray a bit on a paper towel and rub it over the item to be tested.
If the towel has a yellowish color, the item is bakelite. Item is not injured
by the scrubbing bubbles. Works like a charm! Sincerely, Janine Stone
3) Your Classifieds...
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 240,000
readers subscribe to this newsletter. One of them just might be able
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4) Improve your collection (sponsors message)
In many cases you can actually increase the value of your collection, by
keeping accurate records on the history of each piece. Accurate records can
help contribute to the overall value. There are many way to do this. The easiest is
to get yourself some collection management software from Collectify. Collectify
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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 several old photographs that were in my grandmother's things that are
of not particular interest to my branch of the family, but would probably be
quite the prize to the right person(s).
Apparently my maternal GREAT-grandmother had cousins in Oklahoma in the
early 1900's. The family name in Oklahoma is Chrisman and the North
Carolina connection is Ridenhour, Petrea and/or Stoner. From the extensive
information on the back of the photos, I know the following: Robert L.
Chrismon was in WWI and was stationed in 143 Field Hospital, 111 Sanitory
Train, 36 Division Camp Bowie, Fort Worth, Texas. There is an Alice
Chrisman, but I can't tell if she is a daughter or wife, but am assuming
wife....could have been an older child who helped raise younger siblings.
According to a photo taken when he was three, infant Herman Chrisman was
born December 17, 1908. There were also two other children Bessie and Jake.
At one time Robert lived at "1019 Street". The most interesting photo is
one of Robert in full WWI uniform with a gas mask. I would like to pass
these along to anyone with connections to the Chrisman family and is able to
tell me how our families are related. I can not find their names in any
family records except for these photos. I hope to hear from someone who
would enjoy these family relics....Brenda..... email@example.com
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
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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.
Our family had always attended a Methodist Church. On one occasion
my then 8 year old daughter spent the weekend with my brother and his
family who were Catholic. That Sunday she attended their church with
his family. When she got home I asked her how she liked attending their
church. Her response was "Fine, mom. But why does everyone put their
hand in the ash tray on their way out the door?" We still laugh about it
when were telling stories and she's 46 now. Judy M - Gladwin Mich.
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: Round Milk Bottle (s) from all 50 States
Wanted To Buy: Old Guitars and Amplifiers
Looking for something? Place a "Wanted" ad in this newsletter. Over
240,000 subscribers. It's easy, go to:
10) A Vintage Recipe
In the last issue Cheryl requested a recipe for "Thick home made
Mayonnaise". Here is one of the responses to that request. If you
have a variation of this recipe that you would like to share
with our readers, please post it to:
Be sure to also check out this weeks recipe request, below.
This recipe for homemade mayonnaise is for Cheryl. I don't
remember where I got it, but the taste and texture are great.
1 clove garlic
3 egg yolks
1/4 teaspoon prepared mustard
1/2 teaspoon salt
1 tablespoon lemon juice or vinegar
1 1/2 to 2 cups oil
Finely mince or crush the clove of garlic and place in a mixing bowl.
Add the egg yolks, prepared mustard and salt to the garlic in the bowl
and beat at a high speed with a hand mixer until thick and foamy.
Add the lemon juice (or vinegar) to the mixture and blend in.
Drizzle the oil into the mixture (slowly) while beating with the hand
mixer. Do this until you have the texture of mayonnaise (this takes just
a minute or two).
You can also make this in the blender when you double the recipe.
My blender has a special top with a hole in it where I can pour
something in while it's blending.....Sallie
-- Another Recipe --
This recipe comes straight off the Wesson Oil Mayonnaise Maker jar
that I picked up at an estate sale a couple of years ago. Hope it's
what you're looking for. PS I've never tried making the mayo, I just
liked the jar!
2 tbsp lemon juice or vinegar
tsp each mustard, salt, & sugar
dash of pepper
Beat in thoroughly(sic) as poured from can.
1 pint Wesson Oil
The jar is 3 1/2 inches wide by 7 1/2 inches tall and has a "mesh"
sort of insert that mixes the ingredients together for the mayonnaise.
I'm guessing that it is from the 1940s.
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 geographical region where
you had this recipe.
I had some candy as a child and the lady who made it was from the
Cleveland,S.C.area. It was called coffee candy and I remember it
being made with sugar, butter, coffee, peanut butter & hershey's
cocoa.There may have been more ingredients but I'm not sure.To this
day I can't come close to making it for I just can't get it right. It's
delicious and my siblings would also love to enjoy it again.Please let
me know if anyone can assist in retrieving this recipe.Thanks,JJ -
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:
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