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The Collectors Newsletter #570 -- December 2007
The Collectors Newsletter #570 -- December 2007
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I think it is nice for some of your readers who have found personal item at thrift stores or at auctions and try to reunite them with their owner or owner's heirs. After all this is family history and mementos that have been displaced for whatever reason. I know that I certainly would like to be re-united with a piece of our family past, given the opportunity. This could be a great service of your newsletter, titled lost and found. I really enjoy this letter. Tom --
Editors note - If you have antique items that you would like to reunite with their family, send us a description of the item along with where it was found and as much information about the original owner as you have. Old photo albums, family bibles, class rings, family papers are just some of the items that our readers have found and reunited with descendants of the original owner. If you a possible lost and found item that we can help with, send the information about the item to firstname.lastname@example.org ...Phil
I think I qualify as an "antique" myself & still use my mother's cast iron frying pan from the 1930's as well as hand sewn quilts from my grandmother. So many "old" items are still in use because they were well made in America. If anyone has old appliances, have them repaired & keep them! I have two-yr old washing machine & refrigerator that do not work properly. Repairmen advise us to consider ourselves lucky if the "new" appliances last 5 years! So sorry I replaced the 15 yr old refrigerator & 40+ yr old dryer (thought it would be more energy efficient to replace it). Love reading your newsletter. Tjrsnan
I just happened to read about old things still in use. I have a few. I think the oldest is a chest made on Nantucket in 1853 (however my grandmother ‘modified’ it by knocking the backboard and two little drawers off to hammer a much larger board to the top for more space). I also have two chairs that belonged to my great grandfather’s 12 chair set for the dining table. They were probably Hitchcock, but the two that his son, my grandfather, received have been in use constantly over the years and very little paint was left. They are now ‘natural’. We use them daily in the summer when we move to our summer room for our meals. Those would date to 1855- 1865. Next is a library table lamp of about 1900 to 1905 which is used daily (after rewiring). Also in use are some flat soup dishes, a wedding present in 1880 in a friend’s family – no one wanted these but I did!. I also have another set of dishes, same era, same source. Then I have much of my grandparent’s furniture, all in use and everything is loved. Even our house is old, built about 1873 from hurricane lumber. It had a mirror image twin when built, but both houses have had changes. Also in the collection of ‘things’ was an old blue plate (English) probably from 1920 as it is of the Pilgrim’s. I have added to the blue plates. I call them souvenir plates and have them from Maine to Florida and a few places inland. These and similar ones from the Maritimes make up our dinner plates for any occasion. There is nothing of real value but the sentimental value is priceless. Carol in New England
My house is filled with antiques I still use, such as iron pots and pans made by Wagner Ware in Sidney, Ohio, and Favorite Ware made in Piqua, Ohio. Since I was born (83 years ago) and raised in a country crossroads general store near Sidney and Piqua, I not only treasure these items for the nostalgia factor, but you can't find any cook ware that works better. I also have a large collection of old restaurant chinaware made by Buffalo, Tepco, Wallace, Shenango, Jackson, Buffalo, etc., which I use daily. Some pieces have the name of the eatery printed on them. Although I have enough to make many matching sets, when I set the table for company it is fun to make each place setting in a different pattern and color. And what fun it was collecting all these things! Dode P. Long Beach, CA
Almost everything in our 100 year old house is old. We even use the grandmother's copper boiler for the dogs food storage. We still use daily the silverware (Queen Bess 1946) that my grandmother collected for my mother's hope chest with Betty Crocker coupons. We still have the boxes it arrived in. We use antique furniture, great grandmother's sleigh bed (which has a Select Air Mattress), two unique serving tables, etc.. The utensils that came with the Hoosier (still being used) also come in handy. The things they made back then were made to last, Don't throw them away, Usually a little tlc gets them back in working order. Now-a-days things have plastic parts that break, and then the thing becomes worthless. Jan/Oregon
Hi, When I was a child, my father owned "Oakfield Dairy farm" on Long Island, New York. I was not into collecting then but now I am. I would love to get one of the milk bottles or the milk boxes with the name on it. If anyone could help me I would greatly appreciate it. My Dad passed away quite a while ago and this would be great to have something from his old company. Thanks, Perry
I really enjoyed the letter from the person who wanted to know about our antiques still in use. We still use our antique coffee table, a tall cabinet, a potato masher, and all of my three sets of depression glass. We have a 1940s era TV / phonograph that is like the one my husband and I both had as children. This is not used in the way it was intended, but holds a place of pride in our living room and the top is used as a display area. My husband has many antique hand tools and uses them all the time. Frankly, if I can't use it don't buy it. All except for the TV/phonograph which was bought strictly for sentimental reasons. My desk is an antique as well and so is my brass bed. All the rooms in our house have antiques, and they are all in use every day.
Thanks for a great newsletter. Jan in OK
ESTATE AUCTIONS: The other side of the story.
I inherited a large amount of antiques, collectables, and just plain junk that I do not have room for. I wanted to find a way to sell these items. I also had some New items from a gift shop that I had owned a few years ago. I live in a remote area in the mountains so Garage sales and Estate sales at my home was not feasible. So, I contacted an Estate Auction House in Denver, CO. They told me that they could not send trucks to my area to pick up the stuff. Also, that would be very expensive to hire someone to do this. But if I brought some down, a little at a time, they would include it as extra items in one of their regular estate auctions. I took a few New items from my gift shop thinking that they would sell very well. They were put on a shelf behind the main auction items.
Of course these would be the last to be sold. As one of your readers mentioned, as the auction gets longer and more tedious, the auctioneer will finally go to these items and ask a minimum for the entire shelf of items. They usually state a $5.00 minimum for everything on the shelf. Well, my shelves had items that were new and normally sold for over $100.00.
I had about 3 shelves of new items.
The auctioneer did not explain this or quote any normal retail price for these, even though they were tagged. So I ended up accepting $5.00 for each SHELF of items which normally would have sold for $$$$$$ much more.
I will never again take anything to a live auction unless it is totally junk. The buyers really lucked out on that one ! Sherry, Colorado Mountains
In answer to a reader who asked how many people used their original or old items on a daily basis, I am one. Many of them are much better that the new ones.
My mother gave me her Singer Featherweight Sewing Machine that she received as a wedding gift in 1941. This was while I was in college and then she gave me a newer Touch and Sew by Singer in the 1970s. Well guess which one I used and still use--the Featherweight. It is a great machine. The Touch and Sew was sluggish in comparison. I also use my Fiesta dishes on a daily basis and now keep my Franciscan Desert Rose (not the new stuff on either) for more important events. My husband uses an old Burr Coffee Grinder made by Kitchenaid (they reissued a new one that I bought him for a gift and he refuses to use it). We use an old toaster and many kitchen tools when needed just to name a few. They made things not for planned obsolescence. I could probably keep going the more I thought about, but I feel that I have said enough....Madeleine, a misplaced Texan in Atlanta
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4. RESULTS: The Sporting Sale - November 29, 2007
5. RESULTS: American Paintings, Drawings and Sculpture - November 28 , 2007
6. Results- Sporting and Wildlife Art realizes $6,254,963 at Christie's
7. Superb Collection of Historic Texana to be Auctioned by Heritage
8. Magnificent Jewellery and Jadeite Jewellery Totals HK$ 368,240,875
9. First NY Liquor Auction Since Prohibition at Christie's, December 8
10. LiveAuctionTalk.com Highlights War Posters
11. WorthPoint Launches New Web Site for Collectors
12. Olbermann Tackles Intelligent Design in Sports Collectors Digest
13. MEDAL NEWS DECEMBER/JANUARY NOW ON SALE!
14. LITTLE OWL GIVES A BIG HOOT IN CENTRAL FLORIDA PRE THANKSGIVING SALE
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I took my then 3 yr old grandson to the zoo. He was chasing the chickens and I asked him what he was doing and he said "I am chasing the Chicken McNuggets"...one too many trips to MacDonalds I guess.
Joyce M, NC
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9) A Vintage Recipe
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In the last issue, Kim requested a recipe for turtle cookies. We had several responses mailed in by a readers.
This is a slight variation for the Turtle Cookies that Kim was looking for in the last newsletter. Instead of the cookies being chocolate, there is a layer of melted chocolate on top. This is a very southern bar-cookie recipe, with the butter cookie base...remember, Georgia is well known for its pecans, too!! Sandra Midway, Kentucky
Turtle Bar Cookies
2 cups all-purpose flour
3/4 cup light brown sugar, packed
1/2 cup butter, softened
1 1/2 cups pecan halves
1/2 cup light brown sugar, packed
2/3 cup butter
1 1/2 cups milk chocolate chips
Make the base of the cookie: Combine flour, 3/4 cup brown sugar and 1/2 cup butter; blend until crumbly. Pat mixture firmly onto bottom of ungreased 9x13-inch baking pan. Sprinkle pecan halves over the unbaked crust. Set aside.
Make the caramel sauce and bake: In small saucepan, combine 1/2 cup brown sugar and 2/3 cup butter. Cook over medium heat, stirring constantly, until mixture begins to boil. Boil for one minute, stirring constantly. Drizzle the hot caramel mixture over pecans and crust. Bake at 350° for 18 to 20 minutes or until caramel layer is bubbly and crust is light brown.
Add a chocolate layer: Remove from oven and immediately sprinkle with chocolate chips. Use a small spatula to spread chips evenly as they melt. Cool completely before cutting into squares.
Here is a turtle cookie recipe for the lady that was looking for one....Diana
I will age ungracefully until I become an old woman in a small garden, doing whatever the hell I want.
Printed from COOKS.COM
1/2 c. brown sugar
1/2 c. butter
2 tbsp. water
1 tsp. vanilla
1 1/2 c. flour
1/8 tsp. salt
8 caramels, cut in 1/4
1 c. powdered sugar
1 tsp. water
1 oz. chocolate, melted
1 tsp. vanilla
Mix sugar, butter, water, and vanilla. Stir in flour and salt. Grease cookies sheet and place 5 pecan halves in turtle shape for each cookie. Shape dough by teaspoon around caramel. Press in center of nuts. Bake 12-15 minutes at 350 degrees until brown. Cool and dip in glaze.
I walked right over to my cookbooks on my baker's cupboard and found Turtles in my Toll House Heritage Cookbook (A collection of favorite dessert recipes) copyright 1980.
1 pound (56) vanilla caramels
1/4 cup butter
2 tablespoons water
1 11 1/2-ounce pkg. (2 cups) Nestle Milk Chocolate Morsels*
1/2 cup light corn syrup
2 tablespoons water
Pecan halves (about 3 cups)
Over boiling water, combine caramels, butter and 2 tablespoons water; heat until caramels melt and mixture is smooth. Keep warm over boiling water. Over hot (not boiling) water, combine Nestle milk Chocolate
Morsels, corn syrup and 2 tablespoons water; heat until morsels melt and mixture is smooth. Keep warm over hot water. Drop caramel mixture by rounded teaspoonfuls onto greased cookie sheets. Arrange 5 pecan halves on top of each caramel to make turtle head and legs. Drop chocolate mixture over caramel-nut piece by slightly rounded teaspoonfuls. Chill in refrigerator until set (about 20 minutes). Remove from refrigerator
and allow to soften slightly before serving. Makes about 4 dozen.
*One 12-ounce package (2 cups) Nestle Semi-Sweet Real Chocolate Morsels may be substituted for Nestle Milk Chocolate Morsels. Sue Long - Poquoson, VA
Found this recipe in my "Betty Crocker's New Boys & Girls Cookbook" (1972). They do look like turtles in the photo. Gina, Nassau, Bahamas
Heat oven to 375oF. Grease a baking sheet.
Prepare fudgy brownies as directed on one package (15.5 ozs) fudge brownie mix except-omit nuts.
For each "Slowpoke", place three walnut or pecan halves (with the ends touching at center) on a baking sheet.
Drop a level teaspoon of brownie dough in center of each group of nuts.
Cool slightly before removing from baking sheet.
Cool on wire rack. These are extra good with chocolate frosting on top.
Makes about 4 dozen cookies.
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my mom used to work in rosauers bakery when i was a young child and i remember her giving us meringue kiss cookies made out of egg whites, sugar and food coloring. i was wondering if anyone had a recipe for them that i can make at home.
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