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The Collectors Newsletter #588 -- February 2008
The Collectors Newsletter #588 -- February 2008
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In your last TIAS email, I read the Silver Polishing solution from SallyAnne from PA. Dipping silver into baking powder/salt/aluminum foil method removes all the patina from the nooks and crannies. To a collector's mind you end up with something that resembles chrome, not antique silver. I've bought collectors spoons from well-meaning eBay sellers who dipped them this way (or used the commercial dipping solution).
I even had one eBay seller do this to an antique tea service I bought. The tea set arrived looked like it was made of chrome (slick as a '50 Chevrolet bumper), not the lovely antique patina it had and that it deserved. I ended up paying a local silversmith quite a lot to put the patina back to return the set to its former antique glory. JerryB from San Francisco
Hi; Saw that Debbie in Australia needs directions to go along with her vintage electric frying pan. Believe it or not I have a booklet that came with mine with my cookbooks. If she wants it you may give her my email address and I will make arrangements to send it to her or at least a copy of it. Love the newsletter. Saw that you used my son's Thanksgiving feast story. I was tickled but he was less than happy after I told him he was world famous now. When he asked why I showed him the story. He said he was never going to live that down no matter how old he got. But the upside I told him was that I didn't include his name.
Later, Marcia F. firstname.lastname@example.org
I have a photo from the late 1800's or early 1900's and would love it to be in the hands of a family member who would cherish it. It is of 5 school girls in Lebanon, Tenn. and their names are on the back. They are: Madaline Potter, Rich Pond, KY; Maud Little, Dresdin, Tenn,; Irene Temple, Sedalia, MO, Will Kate Wilson, Russellville, Ark., Etta Mohon, ARK. I think this was a private school for girls. If any one is interested, I can be reached at email@example.com.
Re the story in newsletter #585 about "leasing" items from your local historical society or museum, I would like to respectfully -- and passionately -- disagree with the suggestion. I staff our small local history museum and I am enrolled in a graduate program for museum studies, so I can learn how to care for the objects in our museum. There is another perspective to consider, besides that of the museum and the borrower and that is the fate of the object. One matter of concern is the environment in the home, where the collection object may not be subject to the same careful preservation or safekeeping that a responsible institution should accord the collection. In addition, consideration should be given to concerns such as what would happen if the object is stolen? Would an insurance company be willing to cover the theft if they found that the object was removed from the museum and turned over to a homeowner? Is there a fire suppression system in the home? If I was the donor of an object I would be very concerned about the collection being dispersed through homes throughout the community.
I am quite sure the object in question in the original story is cherished and cared for, but there is no reasonable way a museum could be assured of that happening unless the object is directly in its care, which is what a museum should be doing....Lynne
In response to Terrys letter saying that your newsletter couldn't be recommended to anyone unless they're of an older age is ridiculous. I am 35 and have enjoyed and continue to enjoy reading your newsletter, it's full of amusing, interesting and entertaining stories. As a collector it is forever fascinating to hear of peoples amazing finds no matter how long ago- in fact as a collector, the older something is or the further back something has happened - the more intriguing as it gives us the readers a glimpse of yesteryear.
Re the Collectors Newsletter #586 question from Betty-in-Boston about saving the engravings on grave markers, the very best way to save them is by taking photographs of them. At the very least, any contact with the grave marker will damage it by abrading the surface, perhaps in tiny amounts, but it will abrade it and/or leave oils from your fingers. Nothing at all should be put on the stone, no rubbings should be made, no brushing with a scrub brush, etc. All of that will either wear off small amounts of the surface or introduce minute amounts of material in porous surfaces, thereby possibly encouraging the growth of things that feed on the material applied to the surface.
I know many people insist that some things are harmless to the surface, but years and decades of even just rubbings or brushing or contact will hasten the erosion and future generations will have no way to read the stones at all.
To get a good photograph of the engraving on a grave marker, the very best thing to do is to use long mirrors to reflect raking (angled) light across the stone and photograph the result. It will not further shorten the life of the marker and you will help preserve it for your grandchildren or great grandchildren. Lynne
Regarding the letter about the decrease of antique sales and it just including old people right now: the basis for enjoying antiques comes from home - anyone who enjoys antiques, thoroughly enjoys the memories of their family and home. It's a shopping lesson in history and happiness. Every generation has their own "field" of antiques, including the generations behind us.
However, one could present antiques to the younger generation as great investments, like stocks and bonds. Once they get started, they'll be hooked. Educate. Educate. Educate.
We've had a gigantic influx of people into our country - they are filling the void between the baby boomers and the much smaller younger generation. We're not going to be short of people to buy. As long as we advertise and educate antiques will always be loved and bought. Joan H.
In re the person who wanted info on fixing up gravestones that are quickly becoming illegible- the cheapest way to preserve them is to take digital photos and do some computer magic to the photo to make it readable again. Of course that won't help future generations who don't get to have one of your enhanced prints. In my new home town in CT I discovered that the headstone of the first pastor of the first church here had not only been knocked over, mowed over, broken in two, and then raised up and put into a frame, but only a tenth of the 365 words on the stone were still decipherable. As this fellow was the first prominent citizen of the village, it was important to the church, about to celebrate its 250th anniversary this year, that they could pass on to the next generations the fullest, and most accessible information that they could about this pastor. So they are having a whole new stone cut, complete with the original lengthy epitaph. This is not a cheap fix, but it will do for the next 250 years! Carol
Terry, I have to respectfully disagree. As in anything, it depends on who you're talking or listening to. I have a 25-year old daughter who has been in process of "moving her things out" for the past 4 years, and any "discussions" we have about what she's taking with her are always over the antique/vintage things (why she thinks a lovely walnut rocker is hers simply because it's been in her room for the past 10 years, I don't understand, LOL). And it's not just the "definition" or the value of the piece that makes it desirable in her eyes, it's the beauty of the scroll-curved arms and Eastlake decoration, as well as the fact that I nursed her in this rocker when she was a baby that makes it valuable to her. As far as glassware is concerned, she's actually chosen a Depression glass pattern to collect after poring over a new book on the subject that she'd bought for me for Christmas. Again, the "status" or monetary value of the pieces is secondary to the fact that she loves the color and design of the pattern. And she's not alone in her age group - I know that a
number of her friends also have found things they collect because they see the beauty in them.
As far as your comment that you've never met anyone who sees beyond the label of a piece to the aesthetic beauty, I can't imagine who you've been hanging out with! Not me or my Mom or my sisters or my
friends, that's for sure! Yeah, it's cool to find something rare and valuable, especially if it's an unexpected bargain. But as far as I'm concerned, if it doesn't speak to me in some way, it doesn't matter how valuable or rare it is, I help it find a new home. By the same token, there is one glassware pattern I collect because I think the pieces are lovely, even though I discovered that they're not valuable in monetary terms at all.
When I read Terry's note about passing along interest in antique collectibles, I felt good about an exhibit I have on current display at our local library. There is a locked glass case where some interesting items are displayed each month. I volunteered to do an exhibit of my open salt, or salt dip, collection, and the offer was enthusiastically accepted. I included a link to a good on-line site for salt collectors with a display of salt dishes of many different types, materials and colors. I think most people, if they know what salts are at all, don't realize the huge variety in which they were made in the days before salt shakers eliminated their use. I hope a few people will find interest in a tiny item that has all but disappeared from dining table use. Here is a link to the on-line site for collectors. It would be nice to think we might get some new participants on the message board from my exhibit or this newsletter.
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One day, about 25 years ago, I was shopping with my 3 year old when we went to the check out counter. I wrote a check for the amount and handed it to the check out lady. She asked to see my drivers license and I pulled it out of my purse and handed it too her. My daughter asked to see it when I got it back, looked at it and said, "Wow, this was taken before you got your false teeth!" Needless to say, I looked at the check out lady and she looked at me and we both busted out laughing. Only from the mouths of babes! Kelly H. Urich, Mo
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In the last issue, Pat requested a recipe for "sweet cake-style corn bread". Here are the responses that were sent in.
This is my favorite corn bread recipe. It is slightly sweet and cake-like. So much so that I file it under desserts in my cookbook. My husband loves it for morning break with his coffee.
In a bowl, combine and stir well:
1 cup of flour
1/2 cup of corn meal
1/2 cup of sugar
1 tbsp baking powder
In another bowl, beat:
1 cup of milk
1/4 cup of oil
Add to dry ingredients just until mixed. Will be lumpy. Pour into a 8" greased pan. Bake at 400 degrees for 25 minutes.
I was given this recipe from a Home Economics Teacher in the 1980's. It is very light and delicious, Elaine.
Sally Lunn Bread - Corn Loaf
3 eggs, separated
1/2 cup sugar
1/2 cup corn meal
1/4 tsp. salt
1/2 cup butter
1 & 1/2 cups flour
1 tbsp. baking powder
1 cup milk
Grease(butter) and flour a loaf pan. Heat oven to 350 degrees.
In a large bowl, beat egg yolks, butter and sugar until light and fluffy, about 5 minutes. Sift flour, corn meal, baking powder and salt together and add to the creamed mixture alternately with the milk. Beat egg whites until stiff peaks, and gently fold into the batter.
Bake about 25-30 minutes, until golden brown.(I had to cook it 20 minutes longer in my oven). Turn out at once and serve warm. Enjoy!!!
Pat requested a cake like corn bread recipe in your newsletter #587 January 8, 2008. I believe this may be the one she is looking for.
Sour Milk Johnnycake
1-1/2 cups flour
2 teaspoons baking powder
1 teaspoon salt
1/2 teaspoon baking soda
2 tablespoons sugar
1 cup cornmeal
2 eggs, beaten
1-1/4 cups buttermilk (or make sour milk with 1 teaspoon white vinegar plus enough milk to make 1-1/4 cups.)
3 tablespoons melted butter
Preheat oven to 425 degrees. Sift together flour, baking powder, salt, soda and sugar. Add cornmeal and stir. Combine eggs, buttermilk and melted butter. Add to dry ingredients and mix well. Bake in greased 8-inch square pan 30 to 40 minutes. Be certain not to overbake, check doneness by inserting toothpick in center of cake after 30 minutes to see if it comes out clean. If there is any left, it can be reheated the day after baking. Eleanor from Southern California
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My husband remembers as a child that his mother baked a cabbage dish called "Lady Cabbage". (early 1940's). This recipe could have come from Michigan or the Mid-West. He says that the casserole had cabbage, cheese, and was breaded on top. He has fond memories of how delicious it was. Has anyone heard of this recipe? I would love to be able to fix it for him.
Thank you so much! Karen K.
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