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The Collectors Newsletter #541 -- July 2007
The Collectors Newsletter #541 -- July 2007
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Last summer, I went to a basement sale being run by an elderly woman and her son. At first glance, there seemed to be little more than old cans of paint and crates full of rusty nails. I was then instructed to go to the other side of the basement where a large table was set up with wares. I spotted a hard shell guitar case priced at $15.00 and picked it up for my son who had been wanting one. I took a quick look inside it and saw a guitar that said made in Japan and guessed it wasn't worth much. I paid the $15.00 figuring the case was a good buy anyway and went off to work. Later, I had a chance to really look at the guitar and noted it was quite beautiful and had information inside it. Turns out, it was a very early signed and dated Alvarez Yari in mint condition. It sold on Ebay for almost $700.00. I know better than to judge a sale on first glance but I have to admit, I would have turned around and gone up the stairs em pty handed if I hadn't been told to go into the other side of the basement by the seller and her son. Just another reason to hit the garage and basement sales. You never know what you will uncover. Another huge fan of your newsletter from Madison, Wisconsin.
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A great find we made at an auction... BOOKS! We attended an estate auction and I purchased two boxes of books at $10.00 per box. Even the auctioneer made the comment, "Are you in to UFO's?" On the top of the boxes there were books on UFO's, but under those books were several books about Arabian horses. I don't know much about Arabian horses but the books looked interesting. We brought the boxes home and I went through the contents. To my surprise there were actually two library's of the identical Arabian horse books. I decided to list one of the books on Ebay. It sold for over $100! I did some research and found that I had purchased some highly sought after, long out-of-print books. I kept one of the collections for myself, just because, and sold the other set making over $1000.00 on the individual volumes. Not bad for a $20.00 purchase that every one at the auction had laughed at! That was our Lucky Day! -Julie G. in California
My husband and I lived in Oh until recently and went to estate auctions every weekend we could. We bought and sold antiques and collectibles at antique shows, flea markets and on ebay. One Saturday we stayed till the end of a huge, day long auction to catch some old toys that had been stored in the garage. Before selling the toys they sold some parts and pieces that had also been in the garage. One item was a nude statue that had been broken into two pieces. I ended up paying $17.50 for it and got some "grumbling" from my husband as to what I planned on doing with that piece of junk. I kept it for several months before getting around to cleaning it up and noticed the name "Frankart" on the base. I talked my husband into using some J.B. Weld to put it together again and thought I'd keep it. A friend of his came by one day and after seeing it, offered him $200 for it. Not being too fond of the friend, I declined the offer.&n bsp; A couple of months later I decided to list it on ebay and put specifically in the description that it had been repaired with all the details and pictures. I immediately had several requests to buy it outright and cancel the listing. I would never do this because I also buy on ebay and would not want someone doing that to me if I were interested in an item. I let the 7 day listing continue. On the 7th day with minutes to go in the auction the piece was at $2,000. My husband kept updating the listing and before it ended I was so nervous that I had to make a run to the bathroom. He yelled at me that it was over and I told him not to tell me what the final price was because I didn't want him telling the story of how I was in the bathroom when it ended and he told me the price. As I raced back to the computer he's screaming $5600!! Well, the story he tells still has me on a bathroom break at the end of the auction. How embarrassing! Funny thing is the buyer who lives in AZ originally lived within 30 miles of us. He was absolutely delighted with the Frankart art deco floor ashtray. Her uplifted hands had originally held a glass ashtray. That was and still is the pinnacle of my buying and selling career. Sandy from KY (but an original Buckeye)
I have to tell you a story about a basket I found. My aunt lived in a house that was previous owned by my grandparents. My grandmother was bed ridden and my grandfather had Parkinson's disease and my aunt and uncle took care of them. After my uncle dies my aunt got sick I went to take care of her. When she passed I spent time cleaning out the house to put it on the market. I found a lot of things of value, but the best find was a basket on the sun porch filled with embroidery thread. I know my aunt didn't embroider, so it had to be there from my grandmother. On the wooden bottom of this basket was a pencil price of $1-. It turns out this basket is a Nantucket lighthouse basket and even unsigned its probably worth $2500. I will probably never sell it, but it was a great find.
I also found a 6 board chest made in 1860 by a man in Dartmouth Mass for his daughter's 16th birthday. It looks like a hope chest and has a hidden drawer and her mother wrote little poems on the bottom of the drawers. It has been painted quite a few times and I have no idea of the value. The interior is all still original. I am still trying to find out how this relates to my family. So far no luck. It was made for Louisa R Snell in Dartmouth Ma in 1860. Thanks, Sue in NY
my best find wasn't mine. it was my son's while i grumbled and moaned about him wasting money on a stupid old table. we went to a garage sale in Burbank many many years ago. he wanted this table which required me walking back to the house, getting the pick up and driving back. the old gentleman had said $25.00. it was covered with old radios and ham equipment. when i got back with the truck, the wife was yelling at the gentleman saying we could have gotten $30 for that table. i still couldn't see why my son wanted that table. when we got it home, he opened it up. it had looked like a library table with metal legs, curved at the bottom. lo and behold, the table opened up into a dining table. the legs were stainless steel. the table was mahogany on the outside. when you opened it, it was rosewood on the inside. it was so art deco. straight out of a 1930's movie with william powell. he worked on that table for two days, using steel wool (00004) to take years of grime and age off of the legs. it was a work of art when he finished. i was ashamed of my reluctance to walk home (2 blocks) to get the truck. he sold it to an upscale antique store out on melrose ave (los angeles) for $600.00. when he saw it next, it was in the window for $1800.00 pretty good for $25.00 and 2 days work!. Ralphie in Redway
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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.
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Hello, I am looking for an old aviator's cap(one with the goggles). I need it for a gag gift, for a retirement. It should be cracked and dirty if possible. I've tried antique shops and flea markets but cannot find one. Can anyone help? D. Treski - Woodridge, Ill.
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8) Funny Old Stuff
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The capon story reminded me of my own capon mystery experience: In the 70's, my husband and I were a young married couple visiting Las Vegas to see Elvis perform. We were dining in a fancy restaurant and were trying to appear to be a wise and worldly couple who did this often. I asked the waiter what a capon was (I guess that was a dead give away that we were not worldly). Imagine my shock when the very stuffy waiter told me it was a castrated rooster! I didn't order it! I love reading the newsletter- finding like minded people in this hurried world is delightful! Jo Anne Scott North Port, FL
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10) A Vintage Recipe
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In the last issue, Maggie requested a recipe for "Bible cake" several different versions were mailed in....
First, an interesting note on Pecan Pies....
Pecan pie lovers might find this of interest. I read and was startled by the information in Michael Pollan's newest book, "The Omnivore's Dilemma". A large part of the book is devoted to corn and corn byproducts in our everyday life. After learning that the average American body has more corn-derived carbon in it than is the rule for people whose main food staple is corn, I decided to check the corn syrup content of my everyday foods. Yikes, it's everywhere. So now to my point. I decided that I'd avoid products containing corn syrup and look for those that used sugar, a more traditional sweetener and a more natural one. Then came Thanksgiving. Pecan pie is a must in our house and almost every recipe for it contains corn syrup so what to do? I decided the answer was cane syrup so with a little bit of nervousness, I substituted cane syrup for the exact same amount of corn syrup. The results were spectacular! Appearance, texture and taste were far and away much better and all two dozen guests said it was the best they'd ever had. I did not tell them
beforehand about my substitution and all were amazed that it was just an everyday pecan pie recipe made with cane instead of corn syrup. I'll bet you that the original pecan pie recipes used cane syrup. Alice from Texas
had the scripture cake recipe many years ago. Several years ago I dug it up again and last year did a sheet pan for hospitality after church. It went over well. With more versions of the Bible, it's hard to connect verses with ingredients. Of course the original recipe was developed by using the King James Version.
1 cup butter Judges 5:25 or Proverbs 55:21
3 cups sugar Jeremiah 6:20 ( listed as calamus)
3 1/2 cups flour I kings 4:22
2 cups raisins I Samuel 30:12
2 cups figs ( chopped) or Nahum 3:12
2 cups dates II Samuel 6:19
1 cup water Genesis 24:17
1 cup almonds, chopped Genesis 43:11
1 teas. almond flavoring
6 eggs Isaiah 10:14
1 T honey Matthew 3:4
Pinch of salt Leviticus 2:13
1 heaping teas. baking Amos 4:5 (leavener)
Spices— 1/2 teas. nutmeg I Kings 10
1/2 teas. cinnamon
Cream together butter, sugar, and honey. Add eggs and beat. Then add flour, soda, salt and spices and beat. Next incorporate the water and beat again. Add the raisins, dates, and almonds and stir. Pour into greased jelly roll pan. Bake in preheated 350º oven for 35 minutes or until an inserted toothpick comes out clean.
For Maggie, I think the Bible Cake recipe that you're looking for is better known by the name Scripture Cake. There are many variations to this cake, because many of the Bible verses indicated by the recipe mention more than one possible food ingredient. Here is one version:
1 cup Judges 5:25 last clause (butter)
1 cup Jeremiah 6:20 (sugar)
1 tablespoon I Samuel 14:25 (honey)
3 Jeremiah 17:11 (eggs)
1 cup I Samuel 30:12 second food (raisins)
1 cup Nahum 3:12 (figs), chopped
1/4 cup Numbers 17:8 (almonds), blanched and chopped
2 cups 1 Kings 4:22 (flour)
II Chronicles 9:9 (spices, such as cinnamon and
Pinch of Leviticus 2:13 (salt)
1 teaspoon Amos 4:5 (leavener, such as baking soda)
3 tablespoons Judges 4:19 last sentence (milk)
Cream first 3 ingredients. Beat in the 3 Jeremiahs (eggs), one at a time. Add next 3 ingredients and beat again. Sift together Kings (flour), II Chronicles (spices), Leviticus (salt), and Amos (leavener, or baking soda). Add to first mixture. Lastly add Judges (milk.) Bake at 325 degrees for 1-1/2 hours, or until done. -- recipe from
- Elizabeth in California
Following is a recipe for Scripture Cake which Maggie was looking for in Newsletter #540. Barb S.,Jefferson City, MO
1/2 cup Judges 5:25 (butter, softened)
1/2 cup Jeremiah 6:20 (light brown sugar)
2 Jeremiah 17:11 (eggs)
2 cups 1Kings 4:22 (unsifted flour)
1/2 tsp. Amos 4:5 (baking soda)
1/4 cup Exodus 16:31 (honey)
3/4 cup Judges 4:19 (milk)
1/2 cup Nahum 3:12 (figs coarsely chopped)
1/2 cup 1Samuel 30:12 (dark raisins)
1/2 cup Numbers 17:8 (sliced natural almonds)
1 tsp. 2Chronicles 9:9 (spices: suggested - 3/4 tsp. ground cinnamon and 1/4 tsp. ground cloves)
Heat oven to 350 degrees. Grease and flour a 9 inch square pan. Beat together butter, brown sugar, and eggs until light. Add flour, soda, honey, and milk all at once and beat until smooth. In a medium bowl toss together the figs, raisins, almonds, and spices. Fold this into the cake batter and turn into the prepared pan. Bake until center springs back when gently touched, about 45 to 50 minutes. ENJOY!
As a variation I also have a Scripture Cookie Recipe. (Verses are from the King James Version)
3/4 cup Psalm 55:21 (butter)
1/3 cup Exodus 3:8 (milk)
1 1/2 cups Jeremiah 6:20 (sugar)
2 Isaiah 10:14 (eggs)
2 cups 1Kings 4:22 (flour)
1 tsp. Exodus 30:23 (cinnamon)
1 tsp. Matthew 5: 13 (salt)
1/2 tsp. Amos 4:5 (baking soda)
3 cups 1Kings 17:12 ( oatmeal)
1 cup 1Samuel 30:12 (raisins)
Beat first four ingredients together. Mix in remaining ingredients. Drop by rounded teaspoonfuls onto greased cookie sheet. Bake at 350 degrees for 12 - 15 minutes.
've had this recipe for so many years, it was originally called a "receipt". It was originally found in a church guild cookbook, which has long since been lost, but this recipe had been copied into my personal cookbook.
* 4 1/2 cups all-purpose flour (1 Kings 4:22)
* 1 cup milk, Judges 5:25
* 2 cups white sugar, Jeremiah 6:20
* 2 cups figs (Nahum 3:12), chopped
* 2 cups raisins, 1 Samuel 30:11
* 2 cups almonds, Numbers 17:8
* 2 teaspoons honey, 1st Samuel 14:25
* 1/2 teaspoon salt, Leviticus 2:13
* 2 teaspoons baking soda
1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees F (175 degrees C). Grease and flour a 9x13 inch pan.
2. In a large bowl, combine flour, milk, sugar, figs, raisins, almonds, honey, salt and baking soda. Mix thoroughly.
3. Pour into prepared 9x13 inch pan. Bake at 350 degrees F (175 degrees C) for 40 minutes, or until edges fall away from pan.
Jean Boling - Grants Pass OR
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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
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Dear Tias, I have lost my canned corned beef casserole recipe. It had 1 can of corned beef, cooked cubed potatoes, onions, salt & pepper and some other ingredients I cannot remember. I hope someone has the recipe, it is a very good recipe. Thanks, Marie
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