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The Collectors Newsletter #630 -- July 2008
The Collectors Newsletter #630 -- July 2008
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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
7. Wanted ads. Can you help?
8. A Vintage Recipe
9. A Vintage Recipe Request from a Reader
10. New On line Merchants
11. Helpful Resources For Collectors
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1) Featured Collectors Club
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2) After you read these stories, tell us your interesting story. Send your story to email@example.com and we may publish it here . We want to hear any interesting or unusual stories you would like to share with us
that are related to collecting or anything vintage.
As with anything - ebay has both good and bad points. As a longtime collector of antique dolls, books, and other antique misc. items - I find that the biggest drawback to shopping on ebay is that you loose the ability to simply hold the item in your hand. You can't examine it, feel it, etc. and I miss that experience. Because of that, I've been really "taken" on a few items. Often the photos don't show cracks, flaws, etc. and that's a huge drawback. But, I've found that, overall, sellers are honest and try to represent the item fairly. I learned after getting burned a few times in my early days as an ebay shopper - if the photos are not CLEAR AND SHARP - I don't even consider the item. In this present day, there's no reason not to have clear photos for buyers.
On the positive side; I've been able to locate just about anything I could possibly want on ebay. I've added to my antique doll collection. In fact, one of my favorites is a life-sized German baby that now sits in a place of honor in my living room - along with about 100 other antique babies. I've also bought antique display accessories for the dolls. But, I've also found wonderful books in my areas of interest, I've recently been buying glass beads and Austrian crystals for bead work. So, the range of things available on ebay is unlimited.
I did have a big problem with the management of AOL a few years ago and joined a large group of people who were protesting the sale of grave markers- they allowed the listing of grave markers; the ones I was most upset about were from the graves of WWII Veterans and listed at the same time were some antique children's markers and Civil War markers.
My personal feeling about this is very strong - while there may be some instances when a person may have legal ownership of an old grave marker - the problem of vandalism in older, out of the way cemeteries has been on the rise for years. My argument was - that providing an avenue for selling these items only encourages the problem. I know that some of these markers had to be stolen - especially the one of the little child and the Civil War markers. I feel strongly that the graves of our Veterans must NOT be disturbed for any reason. If the cemetery is being relocated, then the original stones should go with the graves. I can't think of any reason a person should be desecrating the graves of those who have fought and died for our country. Cemetery vandalism has been on the rise for many years. As a genealogist, we have a very difficult time collecting the information found in old cemeteries before time and the elements destroy th e markers forever. We DON'T need to contend with THIEVES. When someone steals the marker - then there is often no other source for obtaining that data - church/cemetery records may often no longer exist.
Well, I'll get off my soap-box about this subject. Overall, I am pleased with my ebay experiences but as someone who truly loves antiquing - I will never give up the pleasure of actually going to antique malls and shops where I can examine items and have the more tactile experience of being able to hold and touch the things I buy. God Bless, Judy
I use eBay all the time for collecting Star Wars memorabilia, and most of the time it is great. I have found items that are extremely difficult to locate and have been able to get most of them at a fraction of what I would have paid at shows or antique stores. eBay is sometimes too convenient though. Just because an item is a good deal, doesn't mean you have to buy it. But I have found myself buying items just to collect rather than filling holes in my set. I have run into the occasional "bad seller" but most of the time, I have had no trouble at all. I am always amazed at how easy it is to re-capture your childhood by finding that elusive item at a fair price. The ability to save searches and wish list items is a great feature. eBay has recently started sending coupons to discount your order or shipping as well. I, for one, love eBay. Chris K.
Regarding Joey's eBay Story last week...
You were banned because you asked about wholesale prices. As a buyer you are probably not aware that sellers are often reminded about accepting solicitations for merchandise not sold through EBay. When I first started selling on EBay, every once in a while I would get a letter from someone in China wanting to know if I wanted to buy wholesale from them and resell it. I immediately got a letter from EBay reminding me that I could not deal with these wholesalers (which I wouldn't anyhow). That does not excuse EBay for being rude or nasty, but I can understand how you must have felt. Judie
You really have to remember that the sales on eBay are auctions and the fluctuations are inherent to this type of sale. When I was in charge of large auctions you always hoped you'd get several people who wanted the item so bad they'd bid much more than it's worth. There were always items that only one person bid on and they were the ones with the deal. Luckily eBay offers you the ability to sell at a set price so you can avoid these price swings. Jeanette
My Grandfather and Grandmother and their three children lived in Kreissmechlenburg province in Gremany. They were married in 1896. One of the wedding presents was a wall clock. It was packed and shipped to this country in 1912 when the family immigrated. It hung in grandfathers house from the time the house was built in 1923 until my uncle sold it in the late 1970's. My mother told my aunt that I was mad at my uncle because I wanted the clock. My aunt told me it was sold to a funeral home in Denison Iowa. I was young and did not have much money so I knew I would not be able to buy it. I left it behind. When I saw an antique clock seller I always looked to see if the clock was there. I never saw one like it until last year when I was looking at an antique clock seller at an antique show. He had a walnut wall clock that was smaller than the usual style. I looked at it, and it had the darker walnut top that grandpa's clock had. Closer inspection revealed that there was the flaw in the lower right hand corner of the door which probably was damaged coming across the pond. Also there was the patch in the floor of the clock compartment which probably happened at the same time. The face is enameled like garandfather's and the size matches.
Both the clock collector I bought it from, and the antique clock repairman I took it to to be cleaned say that It is highly unusual in the size and quality of workmanship. They also say that there probably isn't another clock with the same repaired damage. Unfortunately, all the people who would know for sure have died. From what I remember about the clock I'm sure after all these years I found my grandfather's clock. Linda H.
Every now and then I look at E-Bay but have no intention to buy or sell with them. I do not like bidding blind on something. I have friends that are crazy about the site but then some have bought items that are defective and the shipping price on most items seem way too high for taking a chance. I do have some items I would like to sell but getting it set up seems to be a long drawn out procedure so never intend to try. Gloria H.
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3) Antique News
Here are the latest news headlines about antiques and collectibles from
1. Art Fraud Open Forum - artmarketblog.com
2. Rationlising Art Market Events - artmarketblog.com
3. Ed Ruscha Affordable Edition - artmarketblog.com
4. GRISWOLD association meet coming to MT
5. Lost $3 Million Nickel Returns to Baltimore
6. Six dates slated for September by Philip Weiss Auctions
7. South Bend Pike-Oreno Wooden Lure
8. “Trade Signs” — Colonial America’s Version of Branding — Attracts Collectors
9. Beautiful Gift Ideas on Dinnerware Replacements for China and other items
10. Trend Towards Holidays At Home
11. Classic Coastal Golf At Thorpeness Golf Club, Suffolk
12. The Latest News in theAugust 2008 Issue of Kovels On Antiques and Collectibles Newsletter
13. Japanese Moriage Cloisonne Vase Fetches $92,000 at Cordier Antiques' Two Day Spring Auction
14. Course Set for Annual Maritime Auction at Kaminski’s
15. Aloha Vintage
16. Collector Grows a Garden of Columns
17. Today's Vintage Magazine Celebrates One Year!
18. Geppi’s Entertainment Museum named Baltimore's Best Teen Museum in 2008 Nickelodeon Awards
19. New Antique Shop Opening With A Unique Concept
20. Pair of important firearms auctions to be held Sept. 6th
21. Kitsch-N-Stuff Joins The Collinsville Antiques Company, New Hartford, Connecticut
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6) Funny Old Stuff
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My son and my granddaughter Samantha, were over for dinner the day after a recent 3snowstorm. It was close to sunset and we were watching birds trying to feed from the nearly empty bird feeders. I suggested to Sam that we go outside and throw some Cheerios on the snow for birds. When we came back in the house we watched out the window for the birds to come back. After about 10 minutes with no birds in sight, I told her they probably went to bed. And she very seriously replied that they probably went to a house that had Fruit Loops. - Kid do say the darndest things!! Jo B. Hudson OH
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9) A Vintage Recipe
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Over 1200 wonderful vintage recipes are listed.
In our last issue Carol requested a recipe for "mock turtle soup". We had several responses.
Take one mock turtle... (sorry, couldn't resist).
Here's a very old recipe - unfortunately, it doesn't say what to do with the
calf's horn once it is soft.
Mrs. Fowle's Mock Turtle Soup, from Martha Lloyd's Household Book: "Take a large calf's head. Scald off the hair. Boil it until the horn is tender, then cut it into slices about the size of your finger, with as little lean as possible. Have ready three pints of good mutton or veal broth, put in it half a pint of Madeira wine, half a teaspoonful of thyme, pepper, a large onion, and the peel of a lemon chop't very small. A ¼ of a pint of oysters chop't very small, and their liquor; a little salt, the juice of two large onions, some sweet herbs, and the brains chop't. Stand all these together for about an hour, and send it up to the table with the forcemeat balls made small and the yolks of hard eggs."
Here's a new recipe, closer to what was requested:
MOCK TURTLE SOUP
2 lbs. ground beef
2 1/2 tbsp. allspice
1 1/2 tbsp. salt
1 tbsp. sugar
1/2 bottle regular size catsup
1/2 bottle Worcestershire sauce
12 oz. tomato puree
3 stalks celery
2 whole lemons
3/4 c. white wine
3 hard boiled eggs
15 or 20 ginger snaps
Brown ground beef; combine with next 6 ingredients. In a blender or food processor puree the carrot, celery, lemons and onions with 2 quarts water; add wine and vegetable mixture to beef mixture. Simmer 1 hour. Add 3 chopped hard- boiled eggs and break ginger snaps into mixture. Simmer another 1 1/2 hours.
I hope one of these helps..
Schildpadsoep ( Mock turtle Soup )
1 lb veal
1 lb beef shank
10 cups of water
4 oz bacon
About 1/2 teaspoon. Thyme, ground bay leaf, ground cloves
1 small hot pepper
3 very small carrots
3/4 cup flour
1/2 cup butter
1 tablespoon. Worcestershire sauce
1 glass Madeira
1 glass Sherry
1) Clean veal and boil in 4 cups of salted water until soft
2) Cut the beef in small cubes, season with thyme, bay leaf and clove powder and fry in butter , then add to the veal ( retain pan juices )
3) Add the balance of the water and the vegetables and cook, covered, on a very small flame for at least 3 hours
4) In the retained pan juices fry the flower and the bacon pieces, then add to veal and beef mixture in the pot and let cook together for another 10 mins
5) Strain meat mixture, put soup back on the fire and reheat , but don't let it boil, then add Sherry and Madeira
6) If the soup should be too thin, you can thicken it with a little flour
Mock Turtle Soup
New Orleans: Authentic Recipes Celebrating the Foods of the World Williams and Sonoma , Oxmoor House
1/3 cup canola oil
2 lbs. Boneless veal shoulder, finely chopped
1 yellow onion, finely chopped
2 celery stalks, finely chopped
3 bay leaves
2 teaspoons minced fresh thyme
1 teaspoon paprika
1/2 to 1 teaspoon cayenne pepper
1/3 plain all purpose flour
2 cloves garlic minced
2 cups tomato puree
6 cups beef stock
1 tablespoon Worcestershire sauce
2 tablespoons Thai fish sauce (optional)
Sea salt and back pepper
1/2 small lemon
4 hard-boiled eggs
1/2 cup chopped tender green onion tops
1/2 cup dry sherry
Makes 10 to 12 servings
In a heavy soup pot over medium high heat, warm the oil. Add the veal and cook, stirring frequently, until browned on all sides, 5-8 minutes. Add the yellow onion, celery, bay leaves, thyme, paprika and cayenne to taste and cook, stirring frequently, until the vegetables are tender and light browned, about 9 minutes. Add the flour and cook for 5 minutes, stirring constantly. Add the garlic, tomato puree, stock, Worcestershire sauce, and fish sauce. Season well with salt and black pepper. Return the soup to a boil, reduce the heat to low and simmer uncovered, stirring occasionally, for 1 hour to blend the flavors.
While the soup is simmering, remove the seeds from the lemon half, then chop coarsely in a mini food processor, process the lemon until finely ground. Peel the eggs and chop finely.
After the soup has simmered for 1 hour, add the lemon, eggs, parsley, and green onions, stir well, and simmer for 30 minutes longer.
Remove the bay leaves and discard. Stir in the sherry, then taste and adjust the seasoning. Ladle into warmed bowls and serve at once.
My family was also from the Cincinnati OH area and this is an old family recipe for Mock Turtle Soup.
1 lb. ground beef
1 large onion, chopped fine
1 tbsp. Worcestershire sauce
2 tbsp. vinegar
1 can (10 3/4 oz.) beef gravy
1 (14 oz.) bottle catsup
1 cup brown flour
2 beef bouillon cubes
1 tbsp. lemon juice or 1 lemon sliced thin
1 tbsp. ground allspice
2 qts. water
2 hard boiled eggs, chopped
Brown beef and then add rest of ingredients. Cook until
thick, as desired, approx. 2 hours. Stir occasionally.
Add chopped eggs when soup is done.
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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.
I am looking for a recipe for a pork/liver sausage my grandmother, and later my mother and father, used to make which is called:
jiternica, or might just be known as
The recipe should contain liver, pork, garlic and other spices, bread soaked in broth, and all ground up into a sausage or loaf mixture. It is a fresh sausage, and is NOT smoked.
Thank you for your help. Luccia
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