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The Collectors Newsletter #539 -- July 2007
The Collectors Newsletter #539 -- July 2007
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2) After you read these stories, 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 is one of those --'how could anyone be that cruel" stories...neighbor at a garage sale, sold signed originals of a famous New York artist---he didn't know the fellows things had gotten collectible....8 pictures for $60.00...the buyer put them in the car and came back and told the seller they were valued from $3500.00 and up-- went back to his car and drove away...i said no way would anyone be that arrogantly cruel....i said i'd check it out on the net...the buyer was right...i did not tell my friend.....but he likely checked it out himself.......but i have never figured out why that man had to go back and tell my friend what he did... why didn't he just drive away....sadistic arrogance was my only conclusion....my friend was happy with $60.00 and perhaps would have never given them another thought had the man not returned....if anyone can enlighten me or put forth a different conclusion, please do so, i still feel it was one of the cruelest things i have ever heard of as , i believe, the man did not mean to inform ...he meant to hurt.....sas
Another letter on the state of antique stores. I am not a dealer but I frequent many, many antique stores wherever I am. I also do business on ebay and go to as many auctions as possible. On-site estate auctions and yard sales are robust in our area (Fredericksburg, Virginia). Actually, many of the antique stores seem busy and we have quite a few in my town. But, when I visit antique stores I often think they are too pricey. Knowing I can get the same item on ebay for a lot less deters me from buying at these stores. Occasionally I will buy at antique stores but only if the price is right. More often than not I leave empty handed. I am willing to pay more at an antique store but the prices are way out of reach, sometimes 3-4 times as much as ebay. Store owners might be more successful if they were not so pricey. In my opinion, that is why the antique shop is dying---they are not keeping up with the times.
A week ago, or so, I decided to rummage through a large box containing some paintings I did back in the 1970s. Among the packing I found an old print based on John Trumbull's painting of 'The Signing of the Declaration of Independence.' I recall it was layered in an old oak frame I bought at a house sale in the late 1960s. I used the frame, stashed the print and forgot about it. In the shuffle of moves from Ohio to New Hampshire to Pennsylvania it traveled along sandwiched between mat boards and foam-core. I took it out and examined it. Its text is entirely in French. I did some on-line research and inquired about its value. One authority said this particular edition was valued around $3000, and in parenthesis noted - 'some say as much as $5000.' That got my attention! Coincidentally, my wife was watching PBS and saw a promo for an upcoming Antiques Road Show from Reno, NV. She said she caught a glimpse of the same print. We eagerly awaited the Show and the segment about the print. Sure enough, it was the same image and same size, but not the same print. The one I have is a mezzotint version done by a French engraver - Jazet - while the one on the show was done by the American artist, Asher B. Durand, a contemporary of Trumbull and the signers. The expert said the Durand version was the most desirable '...among the numerous versions of the subject out-there.' He valued the Durand in question at $600 and told the owner it was a 'nice piece, but probably not worth restoring - if he planned to sell-it.' Well, there-are-authorities and there-are-authorities. In this case, without seeing first-hand the condition of the piece, it appears the Road Show expert was realistic, or perhaps overly conservative in his valuation. Joe
As a longtime Fenton collector I have little room to add to any of the 3 full cabinets I own. Last week at the Trufant, MI Thursday morning Flea market I happened across a cardboard Fenton Box. Curious as it was marked $2.00, I just had to open it. I was amazed to see a beautiful bell, frosted greenish glass, beautifully hand painted with raised grapes and dark purple glass trim at the base. It had the original tag and artist signature as well. I thought I might faint handing over only $2.00!! What a bargain for such a lovely piece. Love the newsletter! Denise S. in Michigan
I had wanted a wall hanging oil lamp, the one with the cast iron holder and round flat bottom lamp. I finally found a very good one that I got for a fair price on Ebay. I shopped and shopped trying to find another to go with it, but had no luck. One day after work I decided to stop at a small local antique store on Main Street here in Grand Junction, Colorado and only had a short time to shop, as they were almost ready to close. As I paid for my purchases, I looked up and saw the almost identical hanging wall lamp. It was a little higher priced than I had paid for the first one, but I could touch and feel this one and was able to see that there were no cracks, or other damage. What a thrill for me. They both hang on my living room wall and I love them!
At a yard sale I got a chrome bottle opener with a golfer figure as part of the design. It came with a leather cover. I took it home and thought I'd put it in my booth for a couple of dollars. But when I told a friend about it she asked if I'd cleaned it up. I hadn't and when I did I found the mark for German Arts and Crafts. This was a great find! My bottle opener went to a NY dealer who probably made more on it than I did or who collected these arts and crafts pieces. My price had gone up considerable to $135. My little $.25 find! I've had friends who've found paintings worth $300,000 and diamonds in jewelry boxes that were worth $25,000! There are finds out there if you look and take a chance. I think a seller should check out their items before selling them. Sometimes an item is sold without knowing it's value and bought the same way. P.T. New London, CT.
I live in Oklahoma City and on Saturdays I loved going to the local Farmers Market. Inside the building it was divided into shops. I used to go and just enjoy talking to the owners. Most of them were retired and so kind and friendly. One year I found little Goebel ceramic angels and fell in love with them. I was unable to buy all seven of them at one time ($70) so the shop owner set them aside and let me come back and buy one each week. Due to now being in a wheelchair with MS, I am unable to visit, but I will always have warm thoughts about the people at the market.
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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 newsletter.
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 or family.
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.
have been researching my BUCHANAN lineage from S. Georgia for more than 25 years. Through the years I've met some wonderful fellow researchers and many of them were kind enough to share documents with me. I currently have 3 MARRIAGE - each is from Ware Co.,Georgia. I would be thrilled to return these certificates to anyone who can prove they are related to a pair of the newlyweds.
1). *** This certificate has quite a few small tears and pieces - BUT the body of it is in good condition. STATE OF GEORGIA, WARE CO., Ware Co., Certificate for: CLINTON C. BUCHANAN, Jr. to: ROXIE E. O'NEAL Obtained license on Oct. 12th, 1895 The Ordinary was WARREN LOTT(who WAS related to me) They were married on Oct 13, 1895 by A.W. WYNN, UG(?) (and cert. was recorded on Apr. 7th, 1896
2.) *** This certificate is in great condition - no tears (one fold line) STATE OF GEORGIA, WARE CO. - Certificate is an authorization for: T.G. BUCHANAN and LUCRITIA DOULGLASSwed. Certificate shows they applied for license on the 26th Day of December, 1896 - Ordinary was: WARREN LOTT
The marriage took place on Dec. 27, 1896, REV. T.W. COLE, Minister, performed the marriage.
3.)This is the fanciest of the three - very lovely. It an has an embossed seal of the Ordinary, Ware County.
Certificate applied for by: JOHN A. BUCHANAN and HATTIE M. PINKNEY. The Ordinary was ?.H. THOMAS, June 16, 1914.
They were actually married on 17th day of June 1914, by Rev. Rev. D.H. Hobbs,
NOTE: As I stated; I will be more than happy to return any or all of these certificates to any individual who can offer some measure of proof they are tied to any one of these couples. ANY FURTHER QUESTIONS - contact me directly at Jumeaujs1@aol.com Thanks, Waycross48
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8) 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.
Dawn’s story made me laugh and I remembered a story my mum used to tell me about when she was about 7 and her brother, little Fred was 3, growing up in Portsmouth, UK. It was 1918, the beginning of WW1 and times were hard. My grandfather was stage manager of a local theatre and wages were poor, so they had to play with what they could find. One day they had a special treat and visited the funfair where they were fascinated by the ‘Test your Strength’ machine – where men hit the platform with a large hammer to try and make the ball rise to hit the big bell at the top!
Next day my mum, who was always inventive, decided to build a similar contraption – with a piece of wood balanced on a piece of pipe, a brick on one end and a shovel to bash the other end (to make the brick fly upwards!). She demonstrated this to little Fred and needless to say the brick flew off – straight into their kitchen window! My grandfather charged into the garden and demanded to know what was going on! My mum told him it was the Lillywhite boys who lived over the back! My grandfather asked little Fred if that was the truth and unfortunately little Fred, who could never lie successfully like his big sister – bit his bottom lip, looked up at his dad with eyes full of tears and with such a guilty look, shook his head! Mum ended up being sent to her room with a smacked bottom ....and poor little Fred had to steer well clear of her for a few days!!! They were always very close to each other however - my mum died just over 4 years ago aged 91 and ‘little Fred’ followed her 2 years later aged 89! How I miss the stories they used to tell about all the mischief my mum got up to and how little Fred always managed to give the game away! Sheena Brown - UK
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10) A Vintage Recipe
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Over 1200 wonderful vintage recipes are listed.
In the last issue, María Sánchez requested a recipe for "American Pegan Pie" several were mailed in....
I'm so pleased that I can finally contribute something for your wonderful newsletter! My Mother is from Connecticut and my Father is from Carolina, Puerto Rico, and both of them absolutely LOVE my pecan pie, so I'm pretty sure this recipe is what you are looking for. It's super easy to make, too!
1 cup light corn syrup
1/2 cup light brown sugar, firmly packed
1/4 cup butter, melted
1/2 tsp. salt
1 cup broken pecans
2 Tbsp. light rum (I prefer Bacardi!)
1 tsp. vanilla
1 prepared pie shell (I've used prepared graham cracker crust with excellent results)
Preheat oven to 350 degrees. In a medium bowl, beat eggs with rotary beaters. Add corn syrup, brown sugar, butter, and salt. Beat until well combined, then stir in pecans, rum and vanilla. Pour into pie shell. Bake on center rack in oven for 50 to 55 minutes, or until filling is set in center when pie is gently shaken. Let cool completely on a rack before serving.
Hope you enjoy this one! -Cristina Alegria
I have been working on a family recipe/history for one of my children--giving the recipe and telling how our family acquired the recipe--person responsible, when we first experienced the "creation" etc. Anyway I was taking a break from doing this and read the news letter. Wouldn't you know it, the recipe I'd just entered was the plain pecan pie, with the next one in line to be the chocolate pecan pie.
Pecan Pie For 9 inch pie
⅔ cup sugar
½ tsp. salt
⅓ cup margarine(or butter), melted
1 cup light corn syrup
1 cup or more pecan halves
Heat oven to 350˚. Beat eggs, sugar, salt, margarine, and corn syrup together with rotary beater. Mix in pecans. Pour into pastry lined pie pan. I often add more pecans at this time. Bake 40 to 50 minutes or until set.
Chocolate Brownie Pie
For 9 inch pie
6 tbsp baking cocoa
2 tbsp margarine or butter
½ cup sugar
¾ cup dark corn syrup
¾ cup or more pecan halves
Heat oven to 350º. Melt margarine; add baking cocoa and mix. Beat eggs, sugar, chocolate mixture, and syrup together with rotary beater. Mix in pecans. (I usually add extra)
Pour into pastry lined pie pan. Bake 40 to 50 minutes, just until set.
Eleanor J. Stump - Sheldon, IA
I'm not sure of the origin of this recipe. I have it handwritten in one of my
cookbooks and it may be the "Dear Abby" version.
1cup light corn syrup
1cup dark brown sugar
3 whole eggs slightly beaten
1/3 teaspoon salt
1 teaspoon vanilla
1/3 cup melted butter
Pour into unbaked 9 inch pie shell.
Sprinkle one heaping cup of shelled pecans over the top.
Bake 40 minutes in 350 degree oven.
This is the Karo Syrup recipe, it is a staple all over south Texas. My mom used to make this all the time, it is the best one there is.
Classic Pecan Pie
Prep Time: 15 minutes
Cook Time: 55 to 60 minutes
Yield: 1 pie
* 3 eggs
* 1 cup sugar
* 1 cup Karo® Light OR Dark Corn Syrup
* 2 tablespoons butter OR margarine, melted
* 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
* 1-1/2 cups (6 ounces) pecans
* 1 (9-inch) unbaked or frozen** deep-dish pie crust
1. Preheat oven to 350°F.
2. Beat eggs slightly with fork in medium bowl. Add sugar, Karo® Corn Syrup, butter and vanilla; stir until blended. Stir in pecans. Place pie dough in pie pan. Pour pecan filling into pie crust.
3. Bake 55 to 60 minutes or until knife inserted halfway between center and edge comes out clean. Cool on wire rack.
4. **To use prepared frozen pie crust: Place cookie sheet in oven and preheat oven as directed. Pour filling into frozen crust and bake on preheated cookie sheet.
5. TIPS: Pie is done when center reaches 200°F. Tap center surface of pie lightly - it should spring back when done. For easy clean up, spray pie pan with cooking spray before placing pie crust in pan. If pie crust is overbrowning, cover edges with foil.
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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.
Looking for a recipe for "Lime Ice Cream" I have the most vivid memories of eating this as a child. It's hot here and I think this would be the perfect time to make some. many thanks, Jan
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