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The Collectors Newsletter #572 -- December 2007
The Collectors Newsletter #572 -- December 2007
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The first time I was faced with the locker for my purse I was surprised but not offended. It offered me the opportunity to shop with both hands and therefore lessened the chance of my breaking anything either with my purse or awkwardness of purse in one hand and holding something to check it over for condition or price tag. I found I liked being able to check my purse at the door.
Years later I worked at an antiques mall and finally owned one. One of my biggest problems as owner was theft by seemingly innocent looking people. The last big theft before I retired was a man and wife team. While she engaged the sales clerk in one part of the store he was elsewhere picking locks, stealing the employees billfolds out of purses, a $ 1,000 diamond ring, and $ 3,000 in pocket watches. In a neighboring town they hit another mall for $8,000 in Southwest Indian jewelry. The dealers of these items suffered the loss not the mall owner. So, I hope you can see why many malls have opted for purse or bag checking. It doesn't stop all thieves. It is hard to catch the professionals but deters the shoplifter. Marcia in Florida
In regards to antiques I use every day. Mine are larger than those items most people have already mentioned. I bought a 7' tall armoire with shelves that I use as a pantry. I have no room in my small kitchen so it's in the living room. It's so beautiful no one would suspect it's my pantry. I also have an old desk from the 1890s which is supposed to have come from Scotland which is where my Great Grandparents immigrated to Canada from. All of their stuff was given away or sold so now my home contains something that 'could' have been theirs. Nearly all my bedroom furniture is antique as well. I love it all & wish I knew the stories of the people who owned it first. Catherine in Alberta, Canada
I know you guys can help me - you have such a wonderful newsletter and I just love seeing it in my mailbox every week!
My Dad, who was born in 1932, remembers a book he read as a child. He doesn't remember the author or the name of the book but it dealt with children traveling through the different spectra of the rainbow. I'm guessing it was a fantasy book of some sort and he probably wasn't more than 10 or so when he read it.
If anyone could help me track down this elusive item, I would greatly appreciate it! My e-mail address is: firstname.lastname@example.org. Thanks again and Happy Holidays! Trish, New Harmony, UT
When I got married way back in 1969, my mom gave me my grandmother's Toastmaster 2-slice Chrome Toaster, Model 1B3.
Mom told me she never remembered ever using another toaster and hoped I would keep it. I knew this gift was hard for her to give up and I thank her every day. This Toastmaster Toaster was made in 1932 and my grandmother, being a "modern" woman of the time had to have every new modern appliance. Well, I used it this morning to make perfect toast and it has been in constant daily use since the day it was bought, 75 years ago. They really don't make things like they used to! Karen O. Williams - Baltimore, MD
When my aunt (my dadís sister) passed away her husbandís brother was the executor of the estate. He mentioned to my mom that he had some pictures that my other aunt apparently missed when going through all the stuff. My mom tried to make arrangements to get them from him but he kept putting her off. Mom later passed away and I forgot about the pictures. Recently my husband just happened to see, in the local Moneysaver, that there was an estate sale for my auntís brother-in-law. He went, after working third shift and getting no sleep, and stood in line for quite a while to get into the sale. Lo and behold there were pictures of my dad in his AAF uniform, taken during WWII, along with a few other family pictures. Even though I already had copies of these I shudder to think of them going home with someone else or, worse being thrown away. It made my husband so happy to do this for me. So this is one way family pictures end up lost.
Regarding old items still in use, I have a lot of kitchen gadgets that were my momís and that I have acquired in lots of smalls from auctions. Itís amazing how much better things were made years ago. Itís no coincidence that it was made right here in the USA! I also use the Jewel Tea Autumn Leaf dishes and accessories that I collect. Even though they look pretty displayed in my china cabinet, I see no sense in having them if I donít use them. I do get a little nervous when I use the gravy boat since it is the most valuable thing in my collection and I did have a very close call with it at Thanksgiving!...Kelley
I have in my home and still use every day the old hand hewn pine "bureau" or chest of drawers which my great-grandparents brought with them to Texas on the ox wagon from Tennessee in 1850. Believe me it is sturdy and heavy. The drawer bottoms are over an inch thick. This chest has been in constant use by some member of our family since it was built and there are family members waiting to get it when I am gone. I often think of my grandpa who barred the door every year when grandmama did spring house cleaning and wanted to get rid of "that ugly old chest" so she could get a new one. Thank goodness he never let her throw it out to be replaced by a new modern one! My nephew also has the old family pump organ from the same home, which my mother and her sister learned to play on when they were children in Fayette County, Texas, around the turn of the last century. I had it restored in the 1970s and gave it to him several years ago. He and his son have done further restoration work on it and it continues to be played on a regular basis.
Charles from Austin
In a picture frame, from a thrift store that I went to in either Williamsburg, VA or the Norfolk, VA area., I found 2 certificates from the Department of the Army for Frederick G. Greasey. They are both for "outstanding performance of duty as a Senior Management Analyst assigned to Management Directorate. I would like to return them to either Frederick G. Creasey or someone in his family who can give me the dates of these certificates. I love your newsletter. Thanks, Janice -- Jakesmom156@aol.com
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3) Antique News
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2. Support New England's Historic Villages & Houses
3. LiveAuctioneers' TOP LOTS: November 2007
4. Daryle Lambert: Man on a Mission
5. Art Market Blog - The Demise of the Art Critic
6. Sotheby's sets a record for sculpture at auction with the sale of The Guennol Lioness-$57.2 million
7. SOTHEBYíS DECEMBER 2007 SALE OF MAGNIFICENT JEWELS TOTALS A RECORD $49,827,926
8. Nearly Two Dozen Artifacts Missing From Dallas Historical Society
9. The Toy Auctioneer sets Dec. 12 date for debut auction of rare teddies, soft toys
10. R. M. Smythe & Company to offer Part 13 of the Schingoethe Obsolete Currency Collection, Dec. 12-13
11. Wearable Art - Wearing Your Art on Your Sleeve
12. Christmas Shopping In Your PJS ..(OR..sssshh at work!) .. Itís ďAn American Antique AdventureĒ
13. A Roman Skyphos & A Collection of Gem Stones to Lead Christie's Antiquities & Ancient Jewelry Sale
14. Rock and Pop Memorabilia at Christie's New York totals $864,938
15. Christie's to sell Berman Photographs Collection
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6) Funny Old Stuff
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In the late 1940's my parents were dating, and Mom wanted to make a special holiday dinner for the two of them and another couple...however, she got involved in conversation and thickened the gravy with powdered sugar instead of flour! She thought it got quite sticky and needed a lot of water, but didn't realize her mistake until they all had "passed the gravy" and covered their meal with it ....They all had a good laugh that night ... and a couple others during the following years. (In fact, I've had a couple of my own meal-mishaps...it must "run in the family"!)
Love your newsletter! Marilin Creston, BC
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9) A Vintage Recipe
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Over 1200 wonderful vintage recipes are listed.
In the last issue, Jackie M. requested a recipe for "bread dough all around the ham and bake it". Here are the responses that were sent in.
Ham Baked in Bread
4 1/2 cups all purpose flour
3 tablespoons plus 1 teaspoon dry yeast
1 1/2 cups water
1 (6-pound ham), preferably from Trieste
1 sprig rosemary
Freshly ground black pepper
16 leaves radicchio, hard base removed
1 pound Montasio cheese, cut into 16 sticks
2 tablespoons unsalted butter
Combine the flour and salt on a work surface and form a well in the middle. Dissolve the yeast in about 1 1/2 cups water and pour this mixture into the well. Wet your fingers in some more water and push the flour into the yeast, working the ingredients to form a dough. Judiciously add a few drops of water to incorporate all the flour. Form an elastic, even dough. Place the dough in a large bowl and let rise, covered, in a warm place for an hour. It should double in size.
Gently wipe the ham with paper towels but do not remove any visible fat. Cut the rosemary sprig in half and "massage" it gently into to outside of the ham, then discard. Season the outside of the ham with black pepper.
Return the dough to the work surface and use a rolling pin to roll it out to 1/2-inch thickness. The dough may be an irregular shape. Place the ham in the middle of the dough and completely wrap it in the dough. Pinch the edges together to seal. Place the ham on a baking sheet and let sit for 20 minutes.
Preheat the oven to 350 degrees F.
Bake the ham for 2 hours, after which time the crust should be light golden and fragrant.
While the ham cooks, prepare the stuffed radicchio. Place a piece of cheese at the end of each of the radicchio leaves and roll each leaf to completely enclose the cheese. Secure with toothpicks.
In a 12 to 14-inch saute pan, heat the butter over medium heat until it foams and subsides. Working in batches, saute the rolls in the pan for about 1 minute each. After the rolls are cooked, transfer them to a 9 by 13-inch casserole and season lightly with salt and pepper. When all the rolls have been Sauteed, pour the pan juices over the rolls and set aside until the ham is done cooking.
After 2 hours of cooking, remove the ham and let it sit for 5 minutes. Increase the heat to 400 degrees F., and cook the radicchio rolls in the oven for 2 to 3 minutes. Remove, carve the ham, and serve immediately.
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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.
my German grandmother use to make some cookies with a pound of ground almonds, egg whites, flour, etc. and these cookies would melt in your mouth. We were very young and when we would ask if anyone had a recipe they would say she just put a handful of this and some cups of this, etc.
does anyone have a recipe that sounds like this with a pound of ground almonds and beaten egg whites, etc. She passed away back in the fifties. I would love to make these cookies. Alberta Willers
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