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The Collectors Newsletter #332 June 2005
The Collectors Newsletter #332 June 2005
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In this issue, you will read about....
1. "Hidden Art" and "Gold Treatment"
2. The "Hot List" of Antiques and Collectibles for June
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
Some Headlines from News-Antique.com
-- New Host for Antiques Roadshow --
-- Masterpieces of American Jewellery --
-- Antiques prices on hand-held devices --
For the latest news, take a look at:
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.
About 10 years ago when we were just starting to collect I bought at a
local auction a pair of "Johnny Walker sports" prints in what looked like
nice old gilt frames for $40.00 for the pair. Later at home I started
cleaning the glass and noticed that one print had become loose in the
frame, revealing some color underneath. I opened the back to find a
wonderful crisp watercolor of Owen Staples, a name that at that time meant
nothing to me. Since the frames were identical, I decided to open up the
other picture, just in case. You guessed it, another Owen Staples original
watercolor was hiding underneath that one too. After a bit of research I
found out that Owen Staples is a well listed Canadian artist whose works
are in our National Gallery in Canada and worth close to Can $1,000 each.
These two never sun kissed original works are now in my dining room
reminding me to always look underneath all the pictures as you never know
what you are going to find. I have since sold the Johnny Walker prints for
more than I paid originally and enjoy my two "free" treasures every day.
Robert, Ontario Canada
-- Another Story --
My Mother, an Alzheimer's patient for many years, passed away in 1999.
As the disease progressed, her habits became more and more unusual.
She went through a phase of wanting to spray paint everything gold. After
she passed, I found a pin that had received the "gold treatment." The pin
is in the shape of a little jumping burro. I recalled seeing it as a small
child and knew it had a silver tone finish. Only the front was painted and
when I turned it over and looked closely, I found a surprise. The letters
"S.B." in a circle beside the word "Sterling" are on the inside of one of the
little legs. It took some careful cleaning to remove the gold paint, but I did
it and love wearing my little burro..... Beverly
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) Collector's Corner: Slide Rules
Before calculators, there were slide rules. Michele Alice gives us the run
down on these now old-fashioned calculating devices. Batteries not
Here are some nice examples of slide rules:
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 235,000
readers subscribe to this newsletter. One of them just might be able
to help you out. Place your ad today at:
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4) Increase the value of 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 of your collection. 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 their clients. It works with EVERY type of
antique or collectible.
Order a free 30 day trial version of Collectify or you can even download
it from the Web. If you decide to keep it, as a newsletter reader you can
get a huge discount off the regular retail price. For more info, take a look at:
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 found a book at an estate sale and inside are some personal items
belonging to David Rossman who lived in Northridge California in the 1950s.
Included are his 1957 Junior High School photo i.d., a newspaper clipping
with a photo of him receiving a rotary club award, letter from his
congressman congratulating him and several other items of sentimental value.
If anyone knows where I can find him, I'd like to get these back to him.
S. Hayden email: firstname.lastname@example.org
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
According to the June issue of KOVELS ON ANTIQUES AND
COLLECTIBLES newsletter, whimsical, colorful Bakelite jewelry is still a hot
collectible, although prices are a bit lower than they were during the
record-setting Bakelite craze in the 1990s. Top price at a recent auction
was $6,576 for a carved butterscotch bangle. A brooch with a man
wearing a wooden sombrero sitting on a donkey sold for just $294. The
1920s and '30s were the "golden age" of Bakelite, the first synthetic hard
plastic used in jewelry.
For more information on the Kovels' newsletter, click
7) Newly listed items for your online shopping pleasure for Friday
June 10, 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.
When my son was about 11,he attended a country antique auction with me.
He enjoyed looking at all the unusual items and listening to the chit chat
among the adults browsing the room. After a while, I felt an urgent tug and
nudge from beside me as my son insisted that I come to see an old wooden
pie safe. At his insistence,I followed over to where it was waiting for the
auction block and other people were browsing in the minutes before the
auction would begin. "Mom,Mom, he pleaded,you've got to buy this
cabinet!"?? Puzzled, I looked it over and as it didn't appear incredibly
appealing to me, I couldn't imagine why my son insisted that I buy it.I
started to walk away,and again, he yanked at my shirt,"Mom,YOU"VE GOT
TO buy THIS!" Finally, I couldn't imagine why he was so insistent that I buy
the pie safe,so I asked just "WHY" did I have to buy it? He leaned over to
whisper in my ear "See those two men over there? Well,they were talking
and I heard the one man tell the other man that "he's got a hundred dollars
in there"... :-) Jerrye B.
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: Wisconsin Brewery/Tavern Pressback Chairs
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 Laura requested a recipe for "Ammonia Cookies".
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.
Evidently, "Bakers Ammonia" or "Hartshorn" is not that easy to find. We
did track down a source online at:
Baker's Ammonia ( Hartshorn or Ammonium Carbonate ) is a leavening
ingredient called for in many old world recipes, especially those from
A type of baking powder, it yields a very light, airy product, but can
impart an ammonia flavor to baked goods. It's best used in cookies,
which are flat enough to allow all of the ammonia odor to dissipate during
cooking. Northern Europeans still use it because it makes their
springerle and gingerbread cookies very light and crisp. Look for it in
German or Scandinavian markets, drug stores, baking supply stores,
or a mail order catalogue. It comes either as lumps or powder. If it isn't
powdered, crush it into a very fine powder with a mortar & pestle or a
Unlike baking powder or soda, Baker's Ammonia (ammonium carbonate)
leaves no unpleasant alkaline off-flavor in baked goods. It is used for
cookies, crackers and cream puff-type pastries, items which are small,
thin or porous. It is not used for cakes or other large items because the
ammonia gas cannot evaporate from these items. You will notice an odor
of ammonia while baking, but this will quickly dissipate and the baked
product will not have an odor or taste of ammonia.
Because Baker's Ammonia has a tendency to evaporate when exposed
to air, it should be stored in a jar with a tight cover. It will not spoil, but
will "disappear" if not stored properly.
Don't confuse this with ordinary household ammonia, which is poisonous.
Swedish Ammonia Cookies Drommar (Swedish Dreams)
1 c Butter
1 1/8 c Sugar
2 c Flour, enriched - sifted
1 t Ammonia salt
1 t Vanilla
Cream the butter; add sugar and cream thoroughly, using an electric
beater if possible. Beat in the sifted flour, ammonia salt, and vanilla.
Put in refrigerator for a few hours, then shape into small balls and
bake in a slow oven (300 F)
Delicate, light cookies that melt in your mouth
2 cups all-purpose flour
2 tsp. Vanilla Sugar
1 tsp. Bakers' Ammonia 1 cup butter or margarine
1/2 cup sugar
48 almond halves, blanched or unblanched
Preheat oven to 275 F. Prepare baking sheet(s) by greasing or by
lining with parchment. Thoroughly combine the flour, Vanilla Sugar
and Bakers' Ammonia. Set aside. Cream butter & sugar until light.
Add the dry ingredients. Blend well. Form the dough into 48 small balls.
Press down lightly on prepared baking sheet. Press an almond half on
top of each. Be sure to keep cookies small. Yield: 4 dozen 2" cookies.
Sweet and delicious
2 cups butter
3 cups sugar
3 1/2 cups all-purpose flour 1 Tbsp. Bakers' Ammonia
1 cup finely ground almonds
Cream butter & sugar until fluffy. Combine flour, Bakers' Ammonia &
ground almonds. Blend the two mixtures together well. Form into
small balls (about 3/4") and freeze overnight. Preheat oven to 300 F.
Place frozen balls of dough on ungreased cookie sheets and bake
15 to 20 minutes or until a delicate brown on bottom. Yield: About 20
dozen tiny cookies.
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'm looking for a good recipe for Penuche Fudge. I've tried many
variation, but nothing seems to match the texture and taste of the
fudge I had 35 years ago in Solvang, California. Does anyone have
a favorite recipe that I can try out? Bill
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
Connection Collectibles connects you to the world of fine antiques,
glassware, pottery, collectible animals and the most unique items you
will love to purchase! Shop our store often - you will be glad you did!
This year, open your own online Antique & Collectible Shop.
If you have one or a few items to sell, try our classifieds at
If you have more than a few items to sell,
open your own store at TIAS. It's easy and fun. Over 200,000 customers
visit us on an average day. It costs you nothing to get started. Take a
13) Helpful Resources:
1. What's it worth? Try Kovels' free online price guide to over 300,000
antiques and collectibles. It can be found online at
2. Looking for an expert to help you with repairs, or an appraisal?
Or just some help finding an auction house or a collectors club? Try this
free service at
3. Looking for prices for antiques and collectibles?
PriceMiner.com has millions of them. Most items listed include color photos
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