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The Collectors Newsletter #307 March 2005
The Collectors Newsletter #307 March 2005
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In this issue, you will read about....
1. "The Cane" and "The Lamp"
2. The "Hot List" of antiques and collectibles
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
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1) After you read this story, 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.
This story was handed down from my mother, Aunts and Uncles. My
grandfather had a fine walking cane, silver topped and bottom. He carried it
in WW1, a swagger stick type cane. My grandmother unfortunately died in
childbirth when my mother was about 12, she was the second to eldest, there
were six of them altogether. Grandfather ruled his household without a
mother with an iron hand. His enforcer was this walking cane! There came
a time when the children rebelled. They tried breaking this cane in two, they
tried burning it. The cane wouldn't break, does show a slight bend to it,
where they tried, it wouldn't burn, shows signs of this also.
I only remember my grandfather as a very lovable man and now that his
children have grown and all but one gone, that one Aunt left tells me, they
would really have run wild, if it hadn't been for the threat of that walking cane,
it for the most part, kept them on the straight and narrow.
Where is that cane now? Well, in 1982 my 18 year old daughter and I went
back to England for a holiday. My mother gave us the cane to bring to the
U.S.A. My daughter wore a bowler hat and carried the cane under her arm,
something, I'm sure, with security as it is today, could not now happen. The
walking cane, along with a picture of my grandfather in full uniform, carrying
it, is one of my proudest processions! Shirley D.
-- Another Story --
After reading the most recent story about the "Teapot", I felt compelled
to share the story of the Hanging Lamp.....
I am 70 plus and when my Aunt passed in the 1970"s I was asked by my
Mother to help with her sister's belongings....We sorted out many
interesting items, a 1930's Lane Cedar Chest, which I saved for my
daughter....assorted furniture and collectibles and the usual things
owned by someone of that age. My Mother wanted to move a few things
to her home for sentimental reasons and all made sense until it came to
"the Lamp" hanging over the dining room table. Where or why my Aunt
purchased this was a mystery....It was a large bejeweled Brass Bell
,probably made in India. Being of English-German background and
decorating in very traditional country theme, we were surprised that my
Mother wanted that lamp in her home. Actually, all the children,
grandchildren and friends thought it to be quite a joke....except for my
brother, who usually would try
to say what he thought my Mother wanted to hear and he raved about
"The Lamp" ( We all knew he felt as we did about it!)
The Lamp hung over the dining room table in the home of my Mother for
many years and the family always viewed it with a smile.
When Mother passed years later, we all gathered for the reading of the
will and as each was designated to receive an item from her home, our
thoughts went to the Lamp....rather a tense moment....then the words "to
my older son, the lamp he so admired".......! Not one to admit the joke
was on him. He graciously accepted.
The Lamp hangs in his home now.......
Today, while looking thru a decorating magazine...there it was....a
similar Lamp...now considered a collectible and very much in demand for
the current home style......guess the joke is on us! Nell T.
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 email@example.com .
2) The "Hot List" of Antiques and Collectibles For March 2005
These top ten lists are based on hundreds of thousands of searches by
people using the online search engines at the indicated Web sites in the
month of February 2005.
Keep in mind that these searches are what people were looking for, not
necessarily what they were buying. In many cases, people will search for
items when they are just trying to determine a value of a specific item
that they have in their possession.
Here are the top ten search words used at
site specializes in offering a broad range of antiques and collectibles:
1. Avon (No Movement)
2. Depression glass (No Movement)
3. Milk glass (No Movement)
4. Dolls (up from #9)
5. Cookie jars (No Movement)
6. Carnival glass (down from #4)
7. Fenton (no movement)
8. Teapots (up from #10)
9. Zippo (not listed last month)
10. Pyrex (down from #8)
"No Movement" means the item has not changed position since the
previous months list. "Down from #.." indicates that the item has dropped
on our list since the previous list was published. "Up from #.." indicates
that the time has risen on our list since the previous list was published.
"Not listed last month" means that this item was not in the previous top
Here are the top ten search words used at
This site specialized in "high end" Antique and Art:
1. Chairs (no movement)
2. Limoges (no movement)
3. Mirrors (no movement)
4. Tables (up from #7)
5. Staffordshire (down from #4)
6. Desk (no movement)
7. Tiffany (up from #9)
8. Nippon (up from #10)
9. Transferware (down from #8)
10. Sofas (down from #5)
Here are the top ten search words used at
site is a free online price guide to antiques and collectibles:
1. Dolls (no movement)
2. Bottles (up from #3)
3. Avon (up from #8)
4. Books (down from #2)
5. China (up from #7)
6. Vase (down from #4)
7. Lamps (down from #6)
8. Plates (not listed last month)
9. McCoy (up from #10)
10. Roseville (not listed last month)<>
Past hot lists can now be viewed online in the TIAS Newsletter archives,
just search for "Hot List" at
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
to help you out. Place your ad today at:
OysterPlates.com : Antique and vintage oyster plates
Mary's Porcelain and Pottery Restoration
Art Nouveau Enameled Ring 1920s- 1930s (signed)
RETRO BANGLE WATCH 1940s-1950s
Sampler with House, Trees & verse, Caroline Trask 1849
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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 ways to do this. The easiest is
to get yourself some collection management software from Collectify. Collectify
is the only collection management software recommended by Sotheby's to
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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 for the lost and found, and I hope some-one can help me. My
mother was raised by a women who she always thought was her biological
mother, until she went to get a copy of her birth certificate for her ss. At
first she had no idea what was happening until we went looking through my
grandmothers things. We found a the family bible, my grandmother had
written, my daughter, Agnes Catherine Conway, Sept 9, 1940,a certificate
number, and then the rest of the family (my brothers and sisters name and
Further family investigating found out that my grandmother had never given
birth, my mother remembers a baby girl named Artilee Farris, which was
suppose to of been her sister, no-one knows what ever happened to her,
my grandmother divorced Clarence Farris, and my mother was to tiny to
remember back then.
MY mother would love to meet anyone who is related, she was raised as
an only child and always wanted sisters and brothers. She doesn't want
anything but to get to know who her family really should of been. She was
never legally adopted, she does'nt even know how my grandmother came to
be her mother. So what we know is this: birth name: Agnes Catherine
Conway. Contact us via email at Dbop1958@aol.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
6) NEWS FROM THE KOVELS
A TIP FROM THE KOVELS
In the March issue of Kovels on Antiques and Collectibles newsletter,
Ralph and Terry Kovel suggest you use vegetable oil to clean oil-based
paint off old brass fixtures or hardware. Paint the vegetable oil on the
brass, let it sit for 15 minutes or more, then wipe it off with a rough cloth.
If necessary, repeat.
For more information on the Kovels' newsletter, click:
7) Newly listed items for your online shopping pleasure for Friday
March 4, 2005 Stop by and check out today's fresh inventory at:
8) Funny Old Stuff
This is our humor section. These are humorous stories and comments 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.
While on a disaster mission for a hurricane in P.Rico, a fellow Red Cross
coworker was "scouring" all the gift shops for the "Perfect gift" for her friend
at home in Oregon. What she picked out, was by far the ugliest and gaudiest
gift I had ever seen. She announced to us all,,,,,this is JUST PERFECT, as
we all stood there wondering who the poor soul was that was going to get this
monstrosity.She than began to giggle, and proceeded to tell us that, at their
age, they had beautiful homes filled to the brim with all the "nice presents",
so they all decided that they would draw names, and the giver had to buy the
oddest present ever , without spending a whole lot of money. the birthday girl
then HAD to display this "gift" in a prominent place, where the giver would
see it when she visited - for a whole year. I loved the idea, and thought I
would pass it on. How many of us have said "I don't need any more "stuff"
at my age. Jeanne
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: Cracked or Broken Roseville and Hummels
Wanted to Buy: Old Guitars and Amplifiers
WANTED: Nadal Gres Gold Egyptian Girl figurines
WANTED: POSTCARDS /CALENDARS/OLD PAPER--pre 1970
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 Dee requested a recipe for "boston cream pie"
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.
BOSTON CREAM PIE
1 c. sifted cake flour
3/4 tsp. baking powder
1/8 tsp. salt
1/3 c. milk
3 tbsp. vegetable oil
3 lg. room temperature eggs
1 egg yolk
2/3 c. sugar
1 tsp. vanilla
1/2 recipe Boston cream filling - recipe followed
Put rack in lower third of oven and heat to 350 degrees. Line a
9 inch springform pan with parchment or waxed paper; don't
grease. Sift together flour, baking powder and salt. Combine
the milk and oil in a small bowl; don't worry if they don't blend
together. Whisk together the eggs, yolk and sugar in a large
mixing bowl. Using an electric mixer at medium speed, beat the
egg mixture until it is light ivory in color and very fluffy, about 6
minutes, adding the vanilla toward the end. Using a rubber
spatula, fold in the flour mixture in 2 additions. Pour the milk
mixture down the side of the mixing bowl (it will sink to the
bottom of the bowl under the batter). Gently fold until it is
thoroughly incorporated. Pour the batter into the pan. Bake
25 to 30 minutes, or until the cake is golden on top and it
springs back when lightly pressed in the center. Remove pan
from oven to a wire rack until cool. To assemble the dessert:
Split the cake into 2 layers. Spread half the filling evenly over
the bottom cake layer. Center the other layer on top. Place the
cake on a serving plate, cover with plastic and refrigerate.
Before serving, sprinkle top of cake with powdered sugar.
Spoon warm chocolate sauce onto individual plates. Using a
serrated knife, slice dessert into pie shaped wedges and center
each portion on the sauce.
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.
My uncle is disabled to the point that he has to have 24 hour care.
When his sitter isn't available, I stay with him. He loves to talk about
his mother, and mentioned that he would love to make an "oven beef
stew" like she made. She put her stew meat, carrots, potatoes, and
"tapioca balls or pearls" in a dutch oven, and put it in the oven, and
several hours later, pulled out a delicious thick beef stew. I would
love to make this for him as a surprise, if anyone can help with the
recipe. Thank you. Denita
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
Offering Tins in all price ranges, vintage advertising and other
treasures of the past.......
Railey Creek Collectibles
We buy from all over the Ozark Mountain region to be able to stock a
wide variety of collectables and dinnerware, both old and new.
Inventory changes quickly as new items are added. So check us out
For more new online shops, take a look at:
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13) Helpful Resources:
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