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The Collectors Newsletter #330 June 2005
The Collectors Newsletter #330 June 2005
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In this issue, you will read about....
1. "Glass" and "Knives"
2. Collectible Hair
3. Your Classifieds
4. Increase the value of 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.
I used to collect early American children's pattern glass. At one auction
I spotted a pretty little blue piece that was either a child's or an individual
creamer. I'm usually a very conservative bidder but that day I got a little
crazy and ended up paying $40 for this piece. It sat in my china cabinet
for about 3 years while I searched in vain for other pieces to match it.
Finally I decided to sell it on-line, to get at least part of my money back.
When I examined it closely, I was dismayed to find a tiny chip in the
pattern and some small internal fractures in the foot that I hadn't noticed
before. I was sure the thing wouldn't sell in that condition but decided to
look it up in the price guides. I couldn't find any mention of that pattern
in blue so I checked other pattern glass books and found no reference
to blue anywhere. I listed the piece at $24.95 , stating the damage, and
it sat there for 5 days with no bid, then finally a $24.95 bid. The last 30
minutes of that auction, however, became a bidding frenzy. When the
smoke cleared, my little damaged creamer had sold for $586.00
It was indeed a rare color and I'm not sure which of us was more
thrilled with that sale-the buyer or myself.
-- Another Story --
When my husband and I were married 38 years ago, we were presented
with 12 very ornate knives covered with sheaths which came from Argentina.
At first I had them mounted on red velvet. Then over the years I thought that
I should use them for dinner parties. Each one has the ONYX stamp on the
blade portion. Over the years, we used them to cut brisket, steak, and
The Antique Road Show came into New York City a few years back and we
were lucky enough to get in. I brought the knives with me and at the
Christie's booth we were told that they were really not knives, but letter
openers, replicas of the knives that the gauchos wore on their belts during
the 1920s. I was also told that they were made of silver and worth $200. I
thought that was a good price for letter openers but then the woman at
Christie's said, "no, they are worth $200 each." I couldn't believe it. She
also said they would have been worth more had I not have used them.
However, I must say it gave me satisfaction when we had used them and
told how lovely they were.
I haven't used them since the appraisal...Ronna W., Manchester, NJ
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2) A Barber in Cincinatti Sold Neil Armstrong's Hair
Turns out that the former astronaut does not like his hair being sold
without his permission. Interesting Story:
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5) Lost and Found
We have a new email address for lost and found comments and requests!
Send them to -- LostAndFound@tias.com
We accept two 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.
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 come across an old music notebook that was constructed by
Delois Williams when she was in the 6th grade at Bingham grade school
in Mishawaka, Indiana. It is dated 1945. It looks like she really put a lot
of time and thought into this book. She received an A and a comment by
her teacher that read "A fine notebook" If Delois is still alive or if she has
any descendants that would like to have this book, or if you have any
information about Delois or her family please contact 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 LostAndFound@tias.com
6) NEWS FROM THE KOVELS
If you're looking for an attractive little collectible that's not too costly,
consider pocket match safes. KOVELS ON ANTIQUES AND
COLLECTIBLES newsletter reports that at a recent auction some
sold for as little as $28, while others went for as much as $1,650.
Between about 1840 and 1920, before safety matches were widely
available, matches could light accidentally. Pocket match containers
provided a relatively safe way to carry such dangerous matches.
Some were miniature works of art, with ornate repousse or engraved
designs; others were plain and unadorned.
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7) Newly listed items for your online shopping pleasure for Friday
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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 firstname.lastname@example.org and we may run it in the next issue.
My 9 year old grandson's private school had closed in the middle of the
year. His mother had enrolled him in the local public elementary school
where the rules were a little different. At the new school they had silent
lunches. He was having difficult time being silent during lunch. Each
day when I picked him up from school I would ask if he had an "S" for
satisfactory or an "N" for needs improvement. Each day he would tell
me most of the time it was an "N" for silent lunch.
On one of these occasions I told him that perhaps he didn't understand
what a silent lunch meant. I pretended to zip my mouth and lock my lips
while throwing away the key. I told him that is what he needed to do. He
looked up at me with his big beautiful blue eyes smiled and replied but
grandma I have a pocket full of keys....Deborah A.
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feel good by sharing it with us. Send it to email@example.com and we may
publish it here.
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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:
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10) A Vintage Recipe
In the last issue Darlene requested a recipe for a "CAJUN TEA
COOKIE RECIPE". A reader also resolved the mystery of the "Pie
Melon". If you have a variation of these recipes 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 one fits the bill, i believe--it was in an old issue of "country home",
back in 1996, along with a bunch of cajun recipes. (i have never tried
it as a crust--only as cookies. they are the best!)
vanilla cream pie sweet dough
5 cups all purpose flour
2 cups sugar
5 teaspoons baking powder
1 cup butter
2 tablespoons milk
2 teaspoons vanilla
in very large bowl, combine flour, sugar, and baking powder. cut in
butter until it resembles coarse crumbs. in another bowl, combine
eggs, milk, and vanilla. gradually add to flour mixture, tossing with
fork to combine. knead with hands until dough forms ball. divide into
for pie cruse, roll out one portion of dough into a 12 inch round. ease
into 9 inch pie pan, being careful not to stretch pastry. trim to 1/2 inch
beyong pie pan. fold under to form edge. fill as directed. note: crust
will puff during baking. fluting edge is not needed. remaining dough
will keep up to six months if kept in moisture proof wrap and frozen.
for tea cookies, roll out on lightly floured surface to 1/4 inch thickness.
cut into shapes with three inch cookie cutter. place on ungreased
cookie sheets--bake at 374 for 8 minutes, or until bottoms are light
brown. one batch of dough makes about 7 dozen cookies.
the article said that when the cajun men left home to go fishing for
weeks at a time, they would bring these cookies in a pillowcase to keep
them fresh. thus, they are called "pillowcase cookies" by many in the
they have been taste tested in our kitchen, and got the empty cookie
-- Last weeks request --
Pie Melon Mystery resolved....
"The watermelon is our largest edible fruit. When ripe, the sweet juicy
pulp is eaten fresh, and the rind is sometimes preserved (Dupree et
al. 1953). The pulp of the relatively rare stockmelon, pie melon, or
citron melon is used in pies. This melon, indistinguishable externally
from the watermelon, can only be opened with great difficulty. It is
inedible in the raw state."
Oven Baked Pie Melon
Now, Pie Melon is as Country as you can get - at least in South
Australia. Look out for it in April at country stalls. Sells for about
$2.00 for a melon about as large as a large watermelon. You will
need only 50 cents worth.
I don't know the history of the pie melon, but I guess that it was a
Great Depression food - that it, during the 1930s in the country
you ate anything that didn't make you ill! Now this isn't a great
recommendation for the Pie Melon, but it is rather nice once
The melon itself does not have a lot of taste, but makes yummy
pies, tart fillings and is good served with a tart cream
(marscapone, sour cream, creme fraīche etc). So country! So
winter! So not dinner party material.
0.25 of a Pie Melon
juice and rind of a lemon
3 cinnamon sticks
juice and rind of an orange
1. Preheat the oven to 150 degrees C. Butter a deep oven dish.
2. Remove the rind of the Pie Melon, and dice the flesh, removing
seeds. This takes some time, as it is a melon with lots of seeds.
3. Soak the sultanas in the orange juice, and a little marsala, until
4. Mix the juices, rinds, sultanas, and melon and place in the
baking dish. Add the cinnamon sticks, sprinkle the lot with a
reasonable amount of sugar, and dot with butter.
5. Bake about 40 minutes or so until tender.
6. Serve hot with cream, or cold on muesli for breakfast, or use
with puff pastry for a pie, or thicken and use as a pie filling
with a creme or meringue topping.
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.
For years I made the seven minute icing from the Sunbeam Mixmaster
book. During my last move -- we were flooded by Hurricane Floyd
and had our house rebuilt -- the book survived, the recipe did not. Like
brown sugar, I have found recipes that say they are seven minute
icing, but never the truly, real one. I would be overjoyed with either.
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.
Be sure to check out our vintage kitchen collectibles section online at:
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