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The Collectors Newsletter #430 June 2006
The Collectors Newsletter #430 June 2006
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1. Stories from our readers
2. Today's Headlines from News-Antique.com
3. Your Classifieds
4. Lost and Found
5. News from the Kovels
6. Newly listed items
7. Funny Old Stuff
8. Wanted ads. Can you help?
9. A Vintage Recipe
10. A Vintage Recipe Request from a Reader
11. New On line Merchants
12. Helpful Resources For Collectors
1) After you read these stories, 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.
Editors Note - Some absolutely wonderful stories came in this week about
lost items that found their way home. We will be running these in upcoming
issues. In this issue, we have just one story, but it's quite a story. Keep
sending us your stories and enjoy this one......Phil
The Dragon - By Renate G. Justin
My father and my father’s father collected antiques. My father loved to show
his collections of china, meerschaum pipes and etchings to all who visited our
home. His animated tale would include the history of the acquisition, where
he had found the piece, who had owned it, where it was made. My mother
also enjoyed the antiques, but when my father brought home yet another pipe
or cup and saucer she would complain,
“Something else I have to dust!” She never trusted any of the help to dust the
One of the objects my parents especially treasured was an elegant,
oval Meissen soup tureen. It had a scarlet and gold dragon with spines and
scales painted along its side. The lid edge had an indentation for a ladle.
This large soup-bowl was the center piece of a set of china and had a place
of honor on the dining room sideboard. The oriental looking, fierce dragon
also decorated a lobster platter and other dishes, which were housed behind
glass in the long hallway outside the dining room. We were taught that the
Chinese dragon brings a long life and happiness in the form of a loving,
enduring marriage. Even as youngsters we knew not to touch the tureen,
but to admire it with our eyes only. We shared my parents’ delight in and
enjoyment of this vessel.
In 1937 my father’s weaving mill, the Baumwollweberei Ellrich, in
Germany, had an exhibit of cotton table clothes and material at the German
pavilion of the Paris World’s Fair. The display won a gold medal for color and
pattern and my father brought the medal home to share with the weavers and
designers. Shortly after he arrived back at the factory three Nazis visited his
office. Rudely they demanded that he hand over the medal. No Jew, they
claimed, could represent the Reich by being honored by an international
While at the Fair my father met an American business man, also
involved in the cotton trade and impressed by my father’s success. They
became friends and my father invited Howard to come see his factory and
hike in the Harz Mountains with us before returning to America. While at our
house my father proudly showed his friend the collection of antiques and
also told him of the Nazi visit. The story of the loss of the gold medal
prompted Howard to offer to take some thing my parents valued to America
and save it for them before the Nazis seized it. Without hesitating my mother
and father asked,
“Ist die Terrine zu gross?” (Is the tureen too large?)
“Not at all,” Howard replied.
My father brought a wooden crate from the factory yard and he and
my mother carefully packed and padded the tureen before the box was
nailed shut. There was definitely an empty spot on the sideboard every time
my parents’ eyes wandered there. The situation in Germany was such that
my parents did not think that they would be able to stay in their home for
much longer. Sending away a beloved antique was not nearly as hard as it
had been to send their three young daughters to a foreign country a year
earlier to protect them from the Nazis.
Howard and my father exchanged addresses and wondered if they
would ever meet up again. My parents’ premonition was all too accurate.
Their home, as well as the antiques and factory were confiscated, my father
was sent to concentration camp, and both my mother and father barely
escaped from Germany to Holland. In December of 1939 all five of us, my
parents, my two sisters and I, left from Rotterdam for the United States.
On the boat my parents met James and Ruth, an American couple.
When they learned that my mother was a nurse they asked her if she
would like to work for them by taking care of their elderly mother. At once
my mother accepted and from this moment on her employers became our
After my mother learned English and felt at home with her patient
she told the story of Howard and the tureen. Neither my mother nor my
father was able to remember Howard’s address, not even the city in which
he lived. Ruth and James listened to the story and came up with a solution.
They called a friend of theirs who was in the cotton-weaving business. He
had an index of others involved in this industry, and so they found Howard.
When my father called him, his friend was overjoyed to know that my
parents had survived and come to the United States. He offered to send the
tureen, but my parents had no home where it would be safe. James and
Ruth came to the rescue. They knew my parents were penniless. They
offered to buy the tureen from them with the proviso that my parents could
buy it back, for the same price, as soon as they had saved some money.
Meanwhile the tureen arrived at James and Ruth’s home, had a place of
honor once more, and they, as well as my mother, enjoyed its unusual beauty.
Many years later, after James had died, Ruth kept the promise
they had made and the soup-bowl returned to my parents’ home where
many of their German refugee friends admired it and were astonished by
After my father died my mother rented a small apartment near my
home. The mover delivered many boxes including one marked ‘china bowl’.
My mother picked up this box and put it in a safe place on the top shelf of
one of the closets, then set to work to unpack the other boxes.
Unexpectedly the lights went out and she called me and the landlord. A
nice young electrician arrived to fix the lights. He went into the closet and
my mother said,
“Let me move the box on the top shelf.”
“Oh,” he replied, “you don’t need to do that, I won’t be any where
near that area.”
He set to work in the closet with a drill and the vibration from the tool
caused the box to slide off the shelf, crash to the floor, split open and
shatter the tureen. My mother was in shock, let out a scream and started
to cry. The young man, completely taken aback by this reaction, went to
the kitchen, got a broom and dustpan and began to sweep up the shards.
My mother, trembling, took the broom from him. She was hoping, in vain,
that she could glue some of the pieces back together. The electrician said,
“I am sorry, but after all, lady, it was just a piece of china.” My mother
could not answer.
I came upon this scene because, after my mother’s call, I had decided to
check on the lights in the apartment. Grasping what had happened I
asked the young man to leave and took my mother to spend the night with
me. She was beside herself, inconsolable, I had never seen her like this.
The only connection to an earlier, happier life with my father was
destroyed, the dragon was no more.
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4) 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.
Item needs home...
Found in dresser purchased in antique mall in Archbold, Ohio: postcard
photo of “Keith Lloyd Dickinson, age 28 months, 1920 – Merry Christmas!”
Would love to return this photo to descendants. If this is your ancestor,
contact me at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Please let us know if the item is found! Our readers enjoy hearing how
these searches are resolved. Send your email to LostAndFound@tias.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 LostAndFound@tias.com
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how to sell a houseful of furnishings left in an estate. In their newsletter,
KOVELS ON ANTIQUES AND COLLECTIBLES, they say it's a good idea
to call in an expert, probably a local auctioneer. In upstate New York, the
owner of a stoneware bank decorated with a blue bird and a floral design
thought it was worth just a few hundred dollars. But when put up for sale
by a local auctioneer, it brought $33,000!
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7) Funny Old Stuff
This is our humor section. These are humorous family 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.
In the early 1970's my daughter Susan was 7 years old and attending 2nd
grade in New York City. She had been born in Ohio but we moved to NY when
she was only a year old. I was attending parent-teacher conferences one
evening and was sitting at her little desk looking through her school work.
One of her assignments was to describe her favorite pastime. I laughed out
loud when I saw she had written "my favorite pastime was when I was little
and used to live in Cleveland."... Nancy
Do you have a funny family story 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.
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9) A Vintage Recipe
Kathy requested a recipe for "Steamed chocolate pudding"
We had several responses, see below....
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.
Steamed and boiled puddings have been around for at
least 200 years, probably more. They are cooked by
putting them into a buttered or greased baking dish,
shaped metal pudding mold, or greased coffee can,
setting the filled baking dish in a larger pan of hot
water (water level at least halfway up the side of the
dish), and baking the whole thing in the oven at a
moderate temperature, 250 to 375 degrees. The
traditional pudding molds have tight-fitting lids to
keep the water in the pan out of the pudding. The
finished puddings have to be turned out or spooned out
of the container when served. They turn out like a
moist sponge cake, rather than what we Americans know
as pudding, which is also known as custard. Here is a
recipe for Steamed Chocolate Pudding from my
grandmother's vintage cookbook, _Burnt Toast Recipes_,
from Elizabeth U. in California
Steamed Chocolate Pudding
1 egg, well beaten
1/2 cup sugar
1/2 cup milk
1 cup flour
1 teaspoon baking powder
1 tablespoon melted butter
2 squares chocolate, melted
Mix all together and steam in greased round tin at
least 1 hour.
Cream 2 tablespoons butter.
1 cup powdered sugar
1 egg, well beaten
1 cup cream, whipped stiff
1 teaspoon vanilla
by Mrs. William B. McCaughin and Mrs. Ralph Stevenson
Hope one of these recipes will bring back fond memories...Nancy W., Winnsboro, SC
This is a 100+ year old recipe. It takes time to cook, but not a lot of work.
1 c. sugar
2 tbsp. soft butter
2 sq. unsweetened chocolate, melted
1 3/4 c. flour
1 tsp. salt
1 tsp. cream of tartar
1/4 tsp. soda
Beat dry ingredients into chocolate mixture, alternating with 1 cup milk. Pour
into a greased 1 quart mold (a casserole dish will do) and steam over water for
2 hours. Serve with cream sauce. -
-VANILLA CREAM SAUCE:--
A perfect topping for chocolate steamed pudding:
1 egg, whipped until foamy
1/3 c. melted butter, beaten into egg
1 1/2 c. sifted confectioners' sugar and 1 tsp. vanilla, stirred into egg mixture
1 c. stiffly beaten cream, folded in
Refrigerate until serving time. Spoon over warm pudding.
1 tbsp. butter
1/2 c. sugar
1 sq. unsweetened chocolate, melted
1/2 c. milk
1 c. flour
1/2 tsp. baking soda
1 tsp. cream of tartar
Cream butter and sugar. Add egg and chocolate. Mix separately the flour,
baking soda, and cream of tartar. Add flour mixture and milk alternately to mix.
Cook in a steam pan covered, with a cloth for 45 minutes.
2/3 c. butter
2 c. confectioners powdered sugar
1 tsp. vanilla
4 egg yolks
4 egg whites
Mix butter, confectioners sugar, vanilla and egg yolks. Beat egg whites until
stiff and dry. Mix egg whites to rest of sauce ingredients and cook in a double
boiler over boiling water until sauce is hot (approximately 15 minutes). Serve
sauce over the cake.
This is a fourth generation recipe from Sydna's family and has always been
the special favorite dessert of the Zeliff family.
My parents made steamed pudding in a coffee can filled about 3/4 full with
batter. They covered the can with waxed paper (secured to the can with
butcher's string). The can was then set on a rack inside a large kettle holding
several inches of water. The kettle's lid was placed on it and the water was
boiled for the required length of time.
I'm a bit more modern...I use a metal mold with a metal lid. But "make do"
with whatever you have that will fit inside the kettle or Dutch oven that you'll
be using. I never tried this using foil on the can, but that may be your answer
if you're using a bundt pan. - Mary (Youngstown, OH)
Here is a good recipe for CHOCOLATE STEAMED PUDDING:
CHOCOLATE STEAMED PUDDING
* 3 T Butter
* 2/3 C sugar
* 1 egg, well beaten
* 1 C milk
* 4 t baking powder
* 1/8 t salt
* 2 1/2 squares chocolate
* 2 1/4 C flour
* Melt chocolate in a double boiler or microwave.
* In a bowl, cream butter with sugar.
* Add beaten egg; beat thoroughly.
* Sift flour, measure, and sift with baking powder and salt.
* Add alternately with milk to first mixture.
* Add melted chocolate; combine thoroughly.
* Pour into a well-buttered mold.
* Cover; steam for 30 minutes.
Serve with any desired sauce.
...A tasty sauce for this is:
ORANGE or VANILLA SAUCE
* 1 C sugar
* 1/4 t salt
* 2 T flour
* 1 orange (zest and juice) OR 1 t vanilla flavoring
* 2 C boiling water
* 2 T butter (or margarine)
* In top of double boiler, combine sugar, salt, and flour.
* Add water slowly, stirring constantly.
* Cook over hot water, stirring constantly for 8 minutes.
* Add orange zest and juice (or vanilla flavoring).
* Add butter (or margarine); stir until blended.
Serve with steamed or baked puddings.
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10) 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.
This is my first email; I hope I’m at the right place. I thoroughly enjoy the
newsletter and in particular, the recipe finds! When I and my husband were
in high school, we use to pool our lunch money to use on dates, so for
lunch on some days, we chose lemon pie (lemon was the largest slice) and
milk and split it – yea, I know, really nutritious lunch, but hey, we were very
young and still had a good home cooked dinner at home. This pie was
delicious and over these many years, I have tried every recipe I have found
and can’t even come close! It had graham cracker crust, and probably
something similar to Cool Whip as topping, but the lemon filling was a very
clear yellow color and was creamy like pudding, but not the cloudy, dull
yellow color. This dessert was served all 4 years we were at Powell High
School in Knoxville (Powell), Tennessee, during the good ol’ days – 1963-
1967. If anybody thinks they may have a recipe that stays clear yellow, I
would love to try it! I still miss that pie and so does my husband of 38 years!
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.
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