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The Collectors Newsletter #490 -- January 2007
The Collectors Newsletter #490 -- January 2007
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1. Stories from our readers
2. Antique News
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
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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.
When I read the story about the masseuse and the oak dresser I was
reminded of an experience I had a few years ago. My mother-in-law was
still alive at the time and living with us. I was working on the family tree
so I was always pumping her for information. Her mother had been a
really horrible person, physically and mentally abusive at home but
concerned about appearances in public so she always had beautiful
clothes and things. My mother–in-law was telling me about her mother’s
expensive furniture and one piece in particular, a rocker with carved
swans head arms, had been a favorite. It was one of the few things my
mother-in-law inherited from her parents’ home. Unfortunately, she never
knew what had become of it because when she and my husband’s dad
went to live in Africa for a few years, she gave it into the keeping of her
husband’s mother. When they returned, they never got the rocker back.
About a year after my mother-in-law told me this story, my husband
and I were visiting his cousin, on his dad’s side, who he hadn’t seen in
about 20 years. She proudly showed me the beautiful rocker she had
inherited from her grandmother (my husband’s dad’s mother). She was
under the impression that it had been in their family for years as it had
been in the home of an elderly aunt who had lived with her
great-grandmother. I’m looking at it and dawn breaks—it’s my
mother-in-law’s rocker, swans heads and all! Talk about mixed emotions.
My husband’s cousin wanted me to sit in it and I nearly died. After all
the horror stories about my husband’s other grandmother (the original
owner) I didn’t even want to touch it. I decided not to breathe a word
about the real origin of the rocker to my husband’s cousin as it would
only cause trouble. (She had refinished and reupholstered it so the value
probably had been decreased any way—always thinking like a
collector!) When I told my mother-in-law about it when we got home we
had a good laugh. By rights it belonged to her side of the family and
she said I should say something if I wanted it but I said, “No way.” I did
not want an object associated with such an unpleasant person in my
home. It bothers me a little that the cousin will continue to tout it as a
family heirloom from the wrong side of the family but what the heck. The
bad will my claim on it would have caused was not worth it, especially
since once I got it, I wouldn’t have wanted it anyway! Denise S.
While in college in 1973 I attended a performance given by a psychic. I
was a chosen volunteer from the audience where he told each of us
something about ourselves. At one point he stopped, thought and
asked me if I owned a blue porcelain or china bird, then corrected
himself and said “no, a blue butterfly”. I did not, nor had I ever owned
such an item and told him so. He seemed so sure that he asked me
again if I was sure I didn’t own a blue porcelain or china butterfly. When
my response again was no, he said “well if you don’t own one now you
Several months later I returned home for the holidays and asked my
mother if I had ever had a blue china butterfly. She could not recall my
ever having such an item during my childhood either.
Several days later we went to my great grandmothers house to help
other family members clear it out as she had suffered a stoke and had
to be placed in a nursing home. While we were there my grandmother
handed me something that was wrapped in newspaper and told me my
great uncle wanted me to have the wrapped item. I unwrapped it and it
was a small porcelain statue of a nymph and perched on the tip of his
hand was a blue butterfly! This is a piece of pre WWII Metzler & Ortloff
German porcelain that my uncle had sent to his mother (my great
grandmother) from Germany during WWII. I shared with my family the
story of the psychic’s prediction and to this day the statue with the little
blue butterfly is one of my most treasured possessions. Thanks for the
great newsletter! Laurie Cheyenne WY
Our most prized antique is an old wooden icebox that belonged to my
husband's grandmother. After she died his dad happened to go out to
the barn several months later and saw this old icebox, not knowing
how many years it had been there. He did recall his family using it
when he was young. My husband learned of this discovery and ask his
dad to bring it back (over 4 hrs. away) the next time he came our way.
Well you can imagine the weight of an old oak icebox that is 55"X44"X23"!
His dad, who was a carpenter, had to replace only one piece, which no
one ever notices! It is beautiful and we have enjoyed it over the years.
When we moved we had to hire 2 large moving men to move it! Now our
2 sons will have to decide who will inherit this prize possession that is
now about 100 yrs. old. I never see one this large when antiquing.
S. Beth Fraley - Katy, TX
I live on a 200 Year Old Civil War Farm with a lot of history and collect
everything. Have a physical store in my Barn. Last year we had a Physic
visit to perform a Reading. She was quite accurate with respect to some
of the historical research that I had accumulated over the years. One
thing she mentioned over and over again was that there was a little girl
that used to live in the house that had a Music Box with a Horse on top
of it and she was asking for it to be placed back in the House.
I explained to the Physic that I had no such Music Box.
One month later I was in the Barn unpacking Old items that I had stored
away when I hear Music playing. As I continued to unpack the box, low
and behold there was an Old Music Box with a Horse on top of it. I
took it in the House and that is where it is going to stay!
Carol at Antique Annies Country Store
SEND US YOUR VINTAGE STORIES! send them to firstname.lastname@example.org
Comments, thoughts? Write to us: email@example.com
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
2) The latest news from News-Antique.com
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8. San Diego County Estate Hits Auction Block
9. Morphy’s successfully launches Fine & Decorative Arts
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13. Just Released 2007- Antique Quilt Dating Guides…by style
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3) Your Classifieds...
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classified ad in this newsletter might just be your answer. Over 210,000
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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.
Hello! I have always wanted a Shirley Temple doll and I found one at a flea
market, but the right leg is missing. It would be such a shame to throw her
away because she's in great condition except for the leg. She's a 1972 Ideal
doll. Does someone out there have a leg they would part with? Please email
me : 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 LostAndFound@tias.com
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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 firstname.lastname@example.org and we may run it in the next issue.
I too begged for a Betsy Wetsy doll as a young child and Santa eventually
came through. I was intrigued that she would magically "wet" herself. My
father who was somewhat of a practical joker insisted that this doll, sooner
or later, would perform a second bathroom function. I was appalled and told
him he was wrong, but each day I would secretly check the doll to make
sure. This went on for days, when eventually we landed at my grandmother's
house for a large family dinner. In front of all my relatives, my father again
insisted that today was the day! To prove him wrong, I retrieved the doll and
brought her out for everyone's inspection. My look of absolute shock and
yell of "she did it!" sent everyone into hysterics. My doll never did this again,
and I discovered years later that peanut butter has a variety of uses. I wish
I still had this doll to remind me of that day and my fun loving father.
Sincerely, Linda F. Dundas, Ontario, Canada
Do you have a funny family story you would like to share? Make someone
feel good by sharing it with us. Send it to email@example.com and we may
publish it here.
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9) A Vintage Recipe
John requested a recipe for "stuffed pork chops". We
had several responses. If you have a variation of this recipe that you
would like to share with our readers, send them to us at firstname.lastname@example.org
Be sure to also check out this weeks recipe request, below.
STUFFED PORK CHOPS
16 oz. sliced mushrooms
5 T. butter, divided
3/4 cup chopped onions
1 cup soft bread cubes
2 T. chopped parsley
1 tsp. salt, divided
1/4 tsp. pepper, divided
6 center cut pork chops, cut 1-inch thick
2 T. vegetable oil
1 beef bouillon cube or equivalent base or granules
1/2 tsp. dried rosemary, crumbled
1 tsp. paprika
1 T. all-purpose flour
1 cup plain yogurt or light sour cream
16 to 20 oz. frozen chopped spinach
Clean mushrooms. Chop half of the mushrooms and slice the other half. In
a medium skillet, melt 3 tablespoons of butter over medium-low heat. Add
onions and sauté for 2 minutes. Stir in chopped mushrooms; sauté
2 minutes longer.
Add the bread cubes, parsley, 1/2 teaspoon salt, and 1/8 teaspoon pepper.
Set stuffing mixture aside.
Cut a pocket in each pork chop. Sprinkle outside of the chops with
remaining salt and pepper. Stuff about 1/4 cup of the cooked mixture into
each pork chop and secure edges together with toothpicks.
In a large skillet heat vegetable oil over medium heat. Add pork chops and
cook for about 5 minutes on each side, until browned. Remove chops from
skillet. Dissolve bouillon in 1/2 cup boiling water then add to the skillet.
Blend with juices, scraping bottom of skillet to get browned bits. Place
chops back in skillet and sprinkle with the rosemary. Bring to a boil. Reduce
heat, cover, and simmer for about 40 minutes, until pork chops are tender.
Meanwhile, melt remaining 2 tablespoons butter in medium skillet. Add the
sliced mushrooms and sauté 2 minutes. When chops are tender, remove
from large skillet and keep warm. Add the cooked sliced mushrooms to
the sauce in the large skillet along with paprika. Blend flour with a small
amount of cold water, stirring to make a smooth paste. Blend flour mixture
into the pork chop juices in the large skillet, cooking and stirring until
thickened. Stir in the yogurt or sour cream and return chops to skillet.
Cover and heat over low heat for 5 minutes. Do not boil.
Serve pork chops over hot cooked spinach; spoon sauce over the chops.
Pass remaining sauce as a gravy. Stuffed pork chops recipe serves 6.
Donna Carnall - Cherryvale, Kansas
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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.
When I was a kid, I loved these amazing cookie bars that were
made with coconut, chocolate chips and I think they also had
sweatened condensed milk in them as well as other ingredients.
Everything was baked in a pan then cut into bars. Any recipe ideas
come to mind? 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:
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