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The Collectors Newsletter #573 -- December 2007
The Collectors Newsletter #573 -- December 2007
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I have one of the dining room chairs from my Great-grand parents, and the old rocking chair from the same source.
The rocking chair was bought in 1880 just after my father's mother was born in August of 1880. It sat in my grandmother's kitchen painted white until my parents got it after her death in 1957. Mother painted it green to match the living and dining rooms. I got it in 1964 and never did anything to it at all. My husband died in 1978 and I remarried in 1983. My second husband commented on how it should never have been painted and I told him t hat I had wanted to removed the paint, but LeRoy never would do it.
I came home from work one day and Raymon was in the back yard taking the paint off of it. It took 4 days and about 2 1/2 gallons of paint remover, but he got the job done. When I showed daddy the pictures of the chair, he looked at Raymon and said "What did you use to get the paint off of it? Dynamite?" The newest coat of paint on the chair was around 26 years old. There have been 5 generations of the family rocked in that chair and it is dear to me.
The chair to the dining room suite still has the original finish on it and I will not allow anyone near it if they have a re-finish gleam in their eyes. I have no intentions of selling it, so it wouldn't matter if it was re-finished, but I want it original as long as I', alive.
I really enjoy receiving your newsletter . I have read with much interest about the antique things people are still using. I am 77 now and when my parents died about 35 years ago, being an only child I ended up with a lot of things from their house. I still have and use a lot of the furniture, dishes, crystal, etc., some they inherited from my mothers parents. My grandparents were married in 1893, lived in Durham NC and their first home, built by my grandfather was just across the street from The DUKE MANSION...home of Ben and Doris Duke. My grandfather and Ben Duke became friends and when my grandparents married, Ben Duke gave them 2 chairs as a wedding gift. One a rocker and one a high back chair. They have a spiral cone at the top of the chair backs. The chairs are my prized possessions and will be handed down, one to each of my daughters. I hope they will cherish them as I have and remember the intere sting history that goes along with them.
Laurie in Charlotte NC
I really enjoy your newsletter and the stories people send in. For awhile you were receiving stories about leaving things to your children and grandchildren after you die. Here is what I'm currently doing and why. When I was in my late 30's (I'm nearly 70 now) I thought I would like to learn to play the guitar. The brother-in-law of a friend of ours played in a band and had a Fender electric guitar which I bought from him for $300. I took some lessons a tried to play for awhile but that desire kind of fizzled out and the guitar, in its case ended up under my bed for nearly 30 years (i did take it out to clean)when we sold our house to move to our summer home. During that 30 years my oldest son mentioned more than once that he would like to have the guitar if anything ever happened to me. Well, I pulled it out to move and got to thinking it would be better to give it to him now..then I wouldn't have to move it 180 miles and I did. Well I must say I'm so happy I did that because he taught himself how to play and now that's what he does to relax when he gets home from work. It's so nice to be able to see him enjoy it now while I'm alive. By the way, that Fender is worth alot more now. Since then I tell my children and grand children when they come to my house if they see anything they would like to have they may take it now. I have given them quite a few things like this so I can watch them enjoy them. Judy..Gladwin MI
I had to chuckle when I read the letter today from Madeleine from Texas now in Atlanta), about still using her mom's old Singer Featherweight sewing machine. I have one, too -- it was a wedding gift to my mother in 1938. She made many wonderful things on it -- even including fully-lined snowsuits for me, with little stiff-brimmed hats to match. For years, she made silk ties for all the men in the family at Christmas time. About 30 years ago she "upgraded" to a fancy-schmancy sewing machine that she used far less often. I, on the other hand, am always thrilled to take out the Featherweight from its original carrying case. I don't use it often, but that's my fault -- nothing to do with the machine. I had it "tuned up" about 15 years ago, and the technician laughed when he saw it, and said, "These machines NEVER die!" He also mentioned that some years earlier, the Singer factory had publicized an offer to repurchase them, to be reconditioned and used as rental machines...because they were easy to use and indestructible!
My mom is now 95, and still does her own mending by hand, although her sight is failing. For Christmas, I'm going to pre-thread a large supply of needles so that she can continue. I learned to sew on my great-aunt's old treadle machine, which finally went to a charity when my parents moved. Still worked! And the stove I grew up with was a Magic Chef, six burners, green and cream-colored, double oven, warming shelf -- the works. When they "upgraded" to their new stark white range in the 60's, a local Swedish old people's home was thrilled to accept the old range as a donation, and I'd be surprised if it wasn't still cooking up a storm! Betsy in Chicago
My parents owned an auction house for many years. Unfortunately most people think they are going to get top dollar for their merchandise when in reality if it is not a good antique, something very collectable or rare, you will not usually get what you think you should. New items especially never sold well, even at the beginning of our auctions, because you could get the stuff at flea markets or discount stores. The idea of general live auctions used to be for people to make some money and for people to find some really great deals. Antique auctions were a different story..
If anyone is thinking about selling things at general live auctions they need to do some research and ask a lot of questions about how the sale works, when things are put up, if you can put a reserve on items or even just ask what they think things will go for. That way you are informed and can make up your mind how to sell your "stuff" whether it be separate or boxed together but you really cannot expect an auctioneer to spend a lot of time on things that are only going for a few bucks. No one makes any money that way.
We always mixed our items. We would alternate between larger items and smalls in order to get everyone as fair a price as we could and we were up front about what we thought items would bring. Sometimes we were right on the money, sometimes lower and sometimes higher!! You just never knew....Love your newsletter! Florida Girl
I collect Arts and Crafts metal work, and several years ago had bought a beautiful piece from a dealer whom I know and trust. After bringing the piece home, I put it in one location after another, but it never looked quite right to me. I finally concluded it was just too big for my little house, and called the dealer to ask if I could exchange it. Since he was not doing a show in the near future, he invited me to his home to pick out something else. It was more than an hour's drive, so my daughter, then about four, came along for the ride.
The piece had been a bit expensive, so there was no one item for which I could exchange it -- I ended up with three pieces. While I was picking these out and talking with the dealer, my young daughter was entertained by the dealer's wife, who had her own collection of art pottery, a truly elegant and lovely home, and two resident cats, as well as two or three outdoor cats who came in to be fed. My daughter was clearly charmed, and when we left we had all had a lovely afternoon.
A few weeks later, we were again preparing to go into the city. My daughter piped up "Please, please, please can we go back to the museum with the cats?" It took me a while to figure out she meant the Art Metal dealer's house! Happy holidays to all. Love your newsletter! Ellen, Vineyard Haven, MA
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One Christmas in the late 60's, I was about 9, and my older brother about 13. We had two huge closets at either end of our living room, and we knew that's where my mother stashed Christmas presents, and we also knew we were NOT to open that closet. One day curiosity got the better of me, and I decided to sneak a peek. I wasn't able to see many items, but one thing caught my eye. It was a very nice quality color by number set, complete with colored pencils instead of crayons. I was so excited, and couldn't wait for Christmas to arrive so I could use "my" gift. Imagine my surprise come Christmas morning when my brother opened "my" present! And I couldn't say anything, as my parents would have known I'd peeked! But inside I was thinking, "Hey - that's MINE!" Never again did I peek at presents before Christmas, and to this day, I don't want even a hint of what I'm getting! Nancy L.
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9) A Vintage Recipe
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In the last issue, Alberta requested a recipe for "cookies with a pound of ground almonds". Here are the responses that were sent in.
Cinnamon Stars: Zimtsterne (Germany)
From Food Network Kitchens
These are a classic German Christmas cookie; you'll find them in most every household as soon as St. Nicholas' Day (December 6) rolls around. These gluten-free cookies are kind of like a cross between a macaroon and a meringue, with a hint of nutty spiciness. We find them truly addictive. They're designed to keep for a long time, they'll get chewier as time passes.
2 1/4 cups confectioners' sugar, plus more for rolling* (please see Cook's Note)
15 ounces sliced almonds, with skin (about 4 1/2 cups)
1 1/4 teaspoons ground cinnamon
3 large egg whites, room temperature
2 teaspoons finely grated lemon zest
Sift the confectioners' sugar.
Put 1/2 cup of the sifted confectioners' sugar, 10 ounces (3 heaping cups) of the almonds and all the cinnamon in a food processor. Process until the nuts are finely ground, with just a few larger pieces.
Whip the egg whites in a large, clean bowl with an electric mixer on high speed until they hold soft peaks, about 1 minute. Gradually add the remaining confectioners' sugar while whipping, until the whites are thick, creamy and somewhat stiff, about 2 minutes more. Set aside 2/3 cup of this meringue for topping the cookies.
Fold the ground almond mixture and the lemon zest into the remaining meringue to make a stiff dough.
Preheat the oven to 250 degrees F. Line 2 baking sheets with parchment paper or silicone baking mats.
Lay a sheet of parchment or waxed paper on the work surface and lightly dust with confectioners' sugar. Turn the dough out onto the dusted paper, flatten and dust with more sugar as needed, and then lay another sheet of parchment or waxed paper on top. Roll the dough between the papers until it is about 1/4-inch thick. Flip the dough over and gently peel off a sheet of the paper. For ease when cutting, lay the paper back on the dough, flip again and gently pull off the other side of the paper so that the dough is fully released from it.
Cut cookies with a 3-inch star cutter and place about 2 inches apart on prepared baking sheets. (Excess dough can be rerolled.) Use a small spoon, brush or offset spatula to spread the reserved meringue over the top of each cookie, taking care not to let the meringue drip over the sides. Press or sprinkle remaining sliced almonds in a decorative pattern into the meringue.
Bake cookies until bottoms are light golden brown and meringue is set and crisp, about 30 minutes. Turn off the oven and open the oven door to release heat and dry cookies out in the oven for 10 more minutes.
Busy baker's tips: The dough can be frozen between the sheets of paper for up to 2 weeks. Store baked cookies in an airtight container for up to 10 days.
ALMOND CRESCENT COOKIES
To make about 3 dozen
1/4 c. blanched almonds, finely chopped 1/3 cup sugar
1 teaspoon ground cinnamon
stir the chopped almonds, the 1/3 cup of sugar and the cinnamon together in a small bowl and set aside. Preheat the oven to 325.
1/2 pound (2 sticks) unsalted butter, 2 raw egg yolks
softened 2 teaspoons finely grated lemon peel
3/4 cup sugar 3 cups all-purpose flour, sifted before
4 hard-cooked egg yolks, sieved measuring
1 egg white
In an electric mixer, bet the butter and the 3/4 cup of sugar together t high speed until the mixture is light and fluffy. The bet in the hard-cooked egg yolks, raw egg yolks and lemon peel. Reduce the speed to medium and sift in the flour, beating until the mixture is smooth. (To make the dough y hand, cream the butter and sugar together by mashing and beating them against the sides of the bowl with a large spoon until light and fluffy. The beat in the hard-cooked egg yolks, raw yolks and lemon, and continue to beat until smooth. Sift the flour into the mixture a little at a time, beating well after each addition.)
In a small bowl, beat the egg white with a whisk or a rotary or electric beater until it is stiff enough to form unwavering peaks on the beater when it is lifted out of the bowl. Shape each cookie in the following fashion: Pinch off about 2 tablespoons of dough and roll it between the palms of your hands to make a cylinder about 2 1/2 inches long Curve the ends of the cylinder together, flatten it a little and taper the ends to form a crescent. Then dip the crescent into egg white and roll it in the almond mixture. Place the cookie on an ungreased baking sheet. Make the remaining cookies similarly, arranging them on the sheet 1 inch apart. (Use 2 baking sheets if necessary.)
Bake in the middle of the oven for about 10 minutes, or until the cookies are firm. With a metal spatula, transfer to cake racks to cool. Mandel-Halbmonde can be stored for several weeks in tightly sealed jars or tins.
1 cup whole almonds (preferably blanched)
2/3 cup granulated sugar
1 large egg white
1/4 teaspoon almond extract
confectioners' sugar for dusting
about 16 whole almonds
Preheat oven to 350° F. and lightly butter a baking sheet.
In a food processor pulse 1 cup almonds with granulated sugar until ground fine. Add egg white, almond extract, and a pinch salt and pulse until combined. Roll mixture into 16 balls, about 1 inch in diameter, and arrange about 2 inches apart on baking sheet. Slightly flatten balls and dust lightly with confectioners' sugar. Gently press 1 almond into each cookie.
Bake macaroons in middle of oven 10 minutes, or until pale golden. Transfer macaroons to a rack and cool completely. Joan H. Hermitage, TN
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Not sure if this is vintage or not but here goes. I worked for a wonderful Italian gentleman in the s 60's. At Easter he would make a sort of bread that he called "Easter Bread". I've searched extensively and have not been able to find the recipe. The dough was sort of flattened out and a mixture of sausage, eggs (I think) and some other things were put on the dough; then the dough was "wrapped" around the filling and baked. It was the tastiest bread I've ever had. If anyone knows of something like this it would be appreciated. My mouth waters for it every Easter. Thank you, Ruth
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