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The Collectors Newsletter #571 -- December 2007
The Collectors Newsletter #571 -- December 2007
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1. Featured Collectors Club
2. Stories From our Readers
3. Antique News
4. Your Classifieds
5. Newly listed items
6. Funny Old Stuff
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8. A Vintage Recipe
9. A Vintage Recipe Request from a Reader
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11. Helpful Resources For Collectors
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I have many of my mother's, grandmothers' and great aunt's items in my kitchen, and they are by far my favorites. Not only do they work better and look better (not cheap plastic), but I feel my mother, grandmothers and aunt are there with me helping me cook. I have an old nut grinder, aprons, rolling pin, dishes, cast iron apple peeler, spice rack, ladle, ice cream scoop, pie tins, cake carrier, etc. Those lovely ladies have all passed on, so there's something about pulling one of these items out to use and it bringing up memories of them that brings love into my kitchen and my heart. Sue G., Richmond, VA
In regard to the question about how to display a hankie...
My Mother was NEVER without a lovely hankie in her purse. She would have been 99 years old this year, and I miss her and think of her every day. I framed one of her treasured hankies along with her high school graduation picture and her diploma. High school graduation was so very important to her having been raised during poor times and having lost her Mother early. Put those cherished items where you can always pass by them and look at them with sweet memories. Jackie
I love vintage hankies and still use them. They have been fabulous "something old" at each of my daughters' weddings. They look quite lovely in an evening bag, also. If one is damaged, parts can usually be salvaged to use as trim on one of my doll projects or other projects (throw pillows, etc.). They look pretty peeking out of an antique trunk ( I have a steamer with drawers, an antique flat top that I use as a coffee table and several vintage and one antique, doll trunks that are perfect for antique finery). My antique and vintage dolls are just for the pleasure of handling and displaying. My boudoir dolls beautify my bedroom. Sometimes I'll make them a new outfit from a vintage or antique dress that has seen better days. My favorite was silk lounging pajamas I made for one doll. They're pale gray and beaded. In my hutch in my dining area are my lovely collected plates, some small vintage dolls, including a small composition tree top angel with gold paper wings. If I see something I love, I buy it, (if I can afford it!). I even have lovely antique and vintage "family" photos on display.
In regard to "antique" items still be used on a regular basis...
I still use a pressure cooker that I received as a wedding present in 1951. I have many beautiful cut glass bowls, relish dish, and pitcher that belonged to my mother and they were antiques when she obtained them. Betty of SC
I’ve been interested to read what people use from their relatives estates. In our case, we have an idol (Mayan or some tribe from the Yucatan that has been in our family for over 50 years). It is carved out of lava rock, weighs about 30 lbs., and we call it ‘Geronimo’. It has been a wonderful doorstop for us all of these years, which I always thought was ironic…..from an object of adoration and sacrifice, to a door stop….how times change. Jim D.
I bought a box of kitchen items at a sale since I love collecting the old cooking utensils. In the bottom of the box was this rather terrible looking paring knife...chewed up handle and eaten away razor-thin blade. Remembering that someone had told me the best kitchen knives were the ones that looked as if they had been used the most, I scrubbed it off and put it in my utensils drawer. What a wonderful knife! I have used it for many years many times a day, to slice apples so thin you can almost see thought them, to peel potatoes, to cut thin wedges of cheese, and so on. I have a drawer full of knives and my cutlery set, but rarely are they used. That knife gives me great pleasure, and no one else would look twice at it. It may deserve a special place in my will, but I'm not sure who would want it, until they used it....Nita
In the most recent newsletter, a reader explained how she had relatives put colored stickers on objects they wanted to inherit. It sounds like a good way to solve a perennial problem. However, there are very few stickers on the market that would be safe to apply to many surfaces, particularly paper and other organic materials, and certainly even fewer that could be left in place for any length of time. I hope that her efforts to make things easier for her heirs haven't damaged the items they hope to inherit. Tags tied on with cotton string or notes placed inside of objects would be safer, though possibly less convenient. If stickers have to be used, they should be made of acid-free materials and left in place for the least amount of time. John H.
Dear TIAS, I wanted to relate a story to you regarding the "finding" of valuable art. My dear husband has long been a thrift store shopper and bargain hunter ever since I can remember. He has, on occasion, come across some remarkable finds so I was not surprised to see a painting hanging in our garage when I came home from work one day. Upon inspection I saw that it was signed "Henri Rousseau". I nearly jumped out of my skin. In the dim light of the garage I noticed that it looked like an oil painting (brush strokes and all). "The Snake Charmer" was hanging in my garage! I was concerned that the painting had gone missing from some museum and had somehow ended up in my garage, but a quick check of the painting verified that it was a print mounted on canvas and strokes added to make it appear to have been painted. The original is safely hung in the Musee d'Orsay, Paris and the fake hangs in my garage. Paula M. - San Marcos, CA
My mother is 89, not getting around too well but still interested in collecting. She has pretty well filled her home with many different ones & was trying to decide what she could collect that wouldn't take up much room. Well she had two darning eggs, one black & one natural wood color. She always told me growing up that if you have three of something, it starts a collection, so I got her another one at a flea market. She now has about 25 and keeps them in a large woven basket we purchased for her birthday. It gives her plenty of room for many more. I take her lists of the different shapes, sizes & colors from ebay and she decides if she wants too bid on them. We also look at all the Antique shops & flea markets we go too. She is having a wonderful time collecting and said she had no idea there were so many different ones available. The only ones we haven't been able to get were the glass ones, they have gone for as much as $350 a piece, of course that's a bit out of range!! Joan in Florida
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3) Antique News
Garden City - New York - December 2, 2007 — TIAS.com (
the Webs largest online antique and collectible mall released their monthly "Hot List" of Antiques & Collectibles. The TIAS "Hot List" has been published monthly since 2002. These top ten lists are based on hundreds of thousands of searches by people using the online search engines at the indicated Web sites in the month of November 2007.
Keep in mind that these searches are what people were looking for, not necessarily what they were buying. In many cases, people will search for items when they are just trying to determine a value of a specific item that they have in their possession.
Here are the top ten search words used at
This site specializes in offering a broad range of antiques and collectibles:
1. Cookie Jar (No movement) 2. Fenton (Up from #3) 3. Salt & Pepper Shakers (Not listed last month) 4. Teapots (No movement) 5. Avon (Down from #2) 6. Carnival Glass (Not listed last month) 7. Coca Cola (Not listed last month) 8. Christmas Related items (Not listed last month) 9. Fire King (Not listed last month) 10. Depression glass (Not listed last month)
"No Movement" means the item has not changed position since the previous months list. "Down from #.." indicates that the item has dropped on our list since the previous list was published. "Up from #.." indicates that the item has risen on our list since the previous list was published. "Not listed last month" means that this item was not in the previous top 10 list.
Here are the top ten search words used at
. This site specialized in "high end" Antiques and Art:
1. Nippon (Up from #4) 2. Limoges (No movement) 3. Red Transferware (Not listed last month) 4. Chairs (Up from #5) 5. Staffordshire (Up from #7) 6. Tiffany (Not listed last month) 7. Ironstone (Not listed last month) 8. White Ironstone (Down from #3) 9. Tilt top table (Not listed last month) 10. Sofas (Not listed last month)
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6) 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.
I so much enjoy the newsletter.
I simply cannot eat a pancake. Here is my story - as a small child in a small town in SD, I was invited to a friend's house for my first sleep over. And my friend lived over the town's movie theater with an opening in her room where you could watch the movie! Pure excitement. My Mother was wary of it because I was a picky eater. She told me I must eat everything I was given, or I would not be able to go ever again. The morning after the sleep over, I was served pancakes. I wasn't crazy about them but decided I must plow through so I chewed a bit took a swallow of milk and got through them. My friend's mother thought I must be still hungry so she gave me another. Now I had a real problem. So I chewed, wiped my mouth as Mother had taught me, and spit the whole thing into my paper napkin. Now I had another problem, how to get rid of the mess. I excused myself, used the bathroom, and attempted to flush the pancake mess down the toilet. It took several flushings and by now the mom was knocking on the door asking if I was all right. Needless to say, I have never eaten another pancake. Marsha in MN
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9) A Vintage Recipe
Be sure to check out our NEW! vintage recipe archive online at:
Over 1200 wonderful vintage recipes are listed.
In the last issue, a reader requested a recipe for "meringue kiss cookies". We had several responses mailed in by a readers.
This is a recipe I can remember my mother making back when I was 5yrs old and I make them even now.
2 egg whites 1/2 tsp vanilla 1/2 cup sugar 250 degrees for 50mins
Beat egg whites until stiff and dry. Beat in sugar (6 tablespoons) one tablespoon at a time until mixture holds soft peaks. Add vanilla and fold in rest of sugar. Take spoonful and put on paper covered baking sheet and bake.
You can cover baking sheet with parchment paper or (the old fashion way as my mom and I did it) brown paper bag cut open with writing placed down. We use to put sprinkles or half cherry on top. But I have also used a drop of food coloring folded in for holidays....Sue
This is for the lady that asked for a meringue cookie. I have made these for years at Christmas time. Hope this is what she is looking for.
2 egg whites
1/8 tsp salt
2c sifted confectionery sugar
1 tsp lemon juice
1 tsp vanilla
Beat egg whites with salt till soft peaks form. Gradually add sugar, lemon juice and vanilla. If desired,add food coloring. Continue beating until stiff. Drop by tsp full on greased cookie sheet forming a slight peak on each.Bake at 300 degree , about 20 min, until firm but not browned.Remove from cookie sheets and cool on wire racks....Jean
Here's one variation for Meringue Kiss Cookies:
2 egg whites
1 c. sugar
1/2 c. semi-sweet chocolate morsels
1/2 c. chopped pecans
1/2 tsp. vanilla extract
1/2 tsp. grated lemon rind
Beat egg white (at room temperature) until foamy. Gradually add sugar, beating until stiff peaks form. Gently fold remaining ingredients into egg whites. Drop by teaspoonfuls onto cookie sheets lined with brown paper. Bake at 200 degrees for 1 1/2 hours. Cool slightly on cookie sheets; remove cookies to wire rack to cool completely. Yield: 3 dozen. Jaci B
1 egg white
2 cups powdered confectioners sugar
2 teaspoons butter
1/2 teaspoon vanilla
Combine all ingredients in bowl. Mix until creamy. Tint with food coloring. Drop b y spoonfuls on waxed paper. decorate with nuts or candied fruit. let stand to become firm....Alvie
Here is a Meringue Cookies recipe for the reader looking for it:
3 egg whites
1/8 teaspoon cream of tartar
1/8 teaspoon salt
1 teaspoon vanilla
3/4 cup superfine sugar (NOT powdered sugar)
1/4 cup chopped nuts (pecans are best)
Beat egg whites, cream of tartar and salt until soft peaks form. Add vanilla and gradually add sugar, beat until stiff. Fold in the nuts, if using. Drop by teaspoonful on a cookie sheet covered with parchment paper or foil. Bake until dry at 300 degrees, about 25 minutes (sometimes this takes 35-45 minutes).
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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.
About 1940 my parents used to take a ham to the local bakery and the baker would put bread dough all around the ham and bake it. Can anyone tell me how to do this? Does it only work for with salt cured hams? Or would any ham work? I cannot remember if we ate the bread dough or just threw it away. Thank you, Jackie M.
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