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The Collectors Newsletter #772 -- February 2010
The Collectors Newsletter #772 -- February 2010
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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
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1) Featured Collectors Club
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2) We are in desperate need of some new stories to start out the new year. Do you have any stories related to your adventures collecting? Share them with us. Put together a few choice words and email them to me at Phil@TIAS.com
I had asked readers to write in and tell us about antiques and collectibles they use every day. We got some great responses. We'll run more in upcoming issues, so if if you want to contribute a story, we definitely want to hear from you. Send your story to email@example.com
We had two replies to Melinda's story about her Nippon porcelain bowl...
Ask the librarian to get those books for you via intra-library loan. Those books are excellent references. I've used them many times for ID of patterns etc. You might also want to contact the Nippon Collectors Club (bet someone at TIAS can help with the address). They might be able to help you ID the bowl, date it, etc. Try taking a photo copy of the bottom of the bowl - carefully put it on a copier or carefully write down the info on the bottom. That will also help date and ID the bowl. Good luck with your search. Ellen
Just a little note to Melinda in regards to the library in Luzerne County(PA). I can't imagine a library not having any info re: Nippon. Living in Lackawanne County(PA) I would first check a book store such as Borders for a general antique price guide. This would be a good place to start your research. Good Luck.............Lois
I have serving plates that were My Grandmother's and Mother's that I use all the time. My Mother was given a Duncan Miller Clear Glass Swan as a wedding present in 1946 that I use and has caused me to collect even more. But the one item I used everyday is a dresser that my Great Grandfather made for my Great Grandmother as a wedding gift, it was made in 1862 of Cherry wood. My Great Grandmother gave it to my Grandfather's first wife then after she died it went back but then again it was given to my Grandmother upon her marriage to my Grandfather, yes my Grandfather was over 20 years older than my Grandmother. My Grandmother had put a dark shellac on the dresser but I was able to remove that and bring the dresser back to the original cherry. I have no idea of the dollar value but it is invaluable to me. I like to think that my Great Grand parents are pleased that the dresser is still in use by the family. I plan on passing it down to my oldest grandson some day. Nancy Bradford, Fort Pierce, FL.
I guess the one thing that I always try to do is collect things that can actually be used. My parents both just passed away and the one thing that we all took from them is their conservative attitudes and appreciation and continued use of ‘things’ in preserving our heritage. We’re going to have to figure out how to use the old German sausage stuffer that they used about twice a year up until last year…..and we’ll have to uncover how to use the smoker to smoke that sausage….! Examples of things we actually use at my house: I use an old oak took chest as a coffee table base – we put a thick round glass top on it – the whole family loves it. Natural for reuse (continued use) are two old storage chests, one a Cedar Chest. We store old linens and blankets in them. Our dining room is totally antique – the hutch and buffet hold multiple sets of china (that we use), tea cups, and parts of sets of multiple sets of silverplate (used for parties, enough matching of each set to set by table for big dinner parties.) I have tons of smaller ‘sets’ of 6 to 8 salad/desert forks and desert plates from old china sets from the same pattern that can be used for appetizers or deserts. I also ‘use’ as fun hostess gifts. I was able to give my girlfriend a birthday gift of desert forks with her initial ‘K’. We often use the old aluminum ware tray with the acorn handles for serving fruit and appetizers. The family uses a mustache cup on the counter in the laundry room for collecting buttons and things that suddenly appear at the bottom of the dryer. We of course, have a vintage cookie jar for everyday use on the kitchen cupboard. Likewise, the vintage bean pot gets used for beans. We use up our entire stairway wall going to the basement to display vintage prints and sayings. Vintage plates and trays hang on the kitchen walls. I guess I include displaying vintage prints as ‘using them’ as that is there original purpose. My bathroom containers for cotton balls, qtips, and soaps are all vintage china teapots, sugars & creamers and we use old saucers for soap dishes. I use an ivory hand mirror on my vanity. We have some antique parlor chairs and rocking chairs staggered throughout the house and they are all use able and do get used by family and guests alike. When buying furniture, doesn’t everyone ask the question ‘why new?’ – If I were to start housekeeping over again, everything I own would probably be old, repurposed or at least used. Thanks for letting me share.
Oh, another thought on what to with or how to split up inherited items... Some of the items from my mom & dad’s estate are items from the rural area where they both grew up. We are thinking of donating a couple of these items in their names to that county’s historical museum. That way, we still all maintain a connection to the item, and we also share with everyone else that happens to visit the museum, including our cousins who have asked about them! One item in particular is a birch bark snuff box used by a late 1800’s pioneer that lived next to my great great grandparent’s log cabin. A lake, ¼ mile away from their cabin, was named after the first pioneer who settled its shores and still carries that name today. When the old guy died without a family, they buried him. His only remaining possessions were the snuff box and the pocket watch inside. Possibly no one else knows that these items survived or the little story behind them. This is one way to let the story live on attached to the item! Linda in Minnesota
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Setting Painting by Arthur Meltzer
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4. SOLD: George Washington's earliest known signature
5. Kitty Zucco, Celebrated Connecticut Artist, Celebrates
60th Wedding Anniversary in New York City
6. Sotheby’s Americana Week Totals $15,029,329
7. Aboriginals: Art of the First person Announces “Insider
Sale” - 30% Off Australian art
8. Autograph Store Charity Fundraising Works with
Relief Organizations to Raise Money for Haitian Earth
9. Antique to New Toy, Hobby, Sportscard Show
10. Valentines Day Special Gifts Sale at Alma's Attic
11. One of America’s 100 Most Important Clocks on
Sale at Hunt Valley Antiques Show
12. Toys You Grew Up With at Bahoukas
13. CHORLEY'S TO SELL A STRAND OF ELVIS'S HAIR
14. J.D Salinger autograph on display
15. Artfact Live! Presents Fine And Decorative Arts from
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16. Artfact Live! Presents Fine Furniture And Decorative
Arts from Weschler's
17. Artfact Live! Presents Decorative Arts from Sloans
18. Iconic American Red Cross imagery highlights
Illustration Art in February at Heritage Auctions
19. RAGO’S TWO-DAY, 20TH C. DESIGN WEEKEND
TOPS ESTIMATE AT $3 MILLION
20. Black Forest canine tableau collars $30,590 bid
in Auctions Neapolitan's Jan. 23 sale
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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 grew up in Lower Alabama after the war, (back then it was called LA before that applied to Los Angeles) and we lived in a rather poor farming area which the "industrial revolution" had not yet arrived, hence most labor was by hand, or with animals, mostly mules. Back then a good mule was a proud symbol, just as much as a nice pickup truck would be today in rural areas.
A local farmer we called Bel had a white mule, which supposedly occurred only once in every 100,000 mule births. I later learned that Bel's real name was Belvidere Pummelsquat, hence the nickname avoided that mouthful. Bel's white mule was named Oscar and it was a sight to see when he came to town pulling his wagon. He had trained Oscar to give a "hee haw" greeting when he pulled on the reins a certain way, and all the townsfolk got a kick out of that. He kept Oscar washed and his mane trimmed, and kept him as his pride and joy; Oscar never had to plow in the fields.
All the other framers envied Bel and many tried to get him to sell Oscar, but all offers were turned down. Eventually Bel decided to retire and then came the dilemma of disposing of Oscar. If he sold him to one friend, the all the others would be mad. So he decided to hold a raffle and sell tickets; that way the winning number would be chosen at random and no one could accuse him of favoritism. Tickets were a dollar each and reportedly many hundreds were sold. But then tragedy struck; the day before the raffle drawing, Oscar took sick and died. Bel decided to go ahead and keep all the money and make the drawing, and then tell the winner the bad news. I remember my dad asking Bel later if that made a lot of people mad and he said "no just the winner and I gave him his dollar back".
As a footnote, mules are the product of mating a horse and a donkey, and mules have always been unable to reproduce among themselves. But recent studies in genes and DNA has brought forth evidence that only white mules bear a rare gene diadem that scientists think will enable them to mate with a hippopotamus. The only problem then is getting the mating done. Hippos are notoriously foul tempered; in fact they kill more people in Africa than any other animal. So, this theory is on hold at the moment until some sort of artificial insemination can be accomplished without the inseminator being killed by a hippo. RR Wallin
Do you have a funny family story you would like to share? Make someone feel good by sharing it with us. Send it to firstname.lastname@example.org and we may publish it here.
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9) A Vintage Recipe
Be sure to check out our vintage recipe archive online at:
Over 1200 wonderful vintage recipes are listed.
In the last issue Janice requested a recipe for "Belgian Waffles" we received the following...
We have a Belgian waffler all the time. The trick to great waffles using regular pancake mix is:
Use the recipe for Waffles
Instead of water use Seltzer Water unflavored
Add a little extra liquid and let the mixture sit about 10 minutes. Add more liquid if needed. Makes fluffy Belgian waffles out of any mix that Be sure to spray the machine with PAM before using. Hermine in Mayfield Heights, Ohio
On every Bisquick Box - and Copyrighted as such **
(** That may prevent one from publishing same,
especially without consent?)
2 cups Original Bisquick Mix
1 1/3 cups Milk
2 Tbsp Vegetable Oil
(For small 4-inch waffles:)
Stir ingredients until well blended.
Pour into center of hot greased waffle maker, close lid.
Bake about 5 min or until steaming stops.
Carefully remove waffle.
12 (4-inch) waffles
I use a Stainless Steel Belgian Waffle Maker,
I double the measurements for a yield of ten
Belgian waffles, with a cook time of approximately
three minutes each....Lou
This is a recipe that was used in the Belgian Pavilion at the New York World's Fair in 1968.
It makes enough delicious breakfast waffles for two people:
1 egg, separated
1 cup sour cream
1/2 cup milk
1/2 teaspoon salt
3 tablespoons melted butter
1 cup flour, sifted
2 teaspoons sugar
1 teaspoon baking powder
1/4 teaspoon baking soda
In mixing bowl, blend egg yolk, sour cream, milk, and melted butter.
Sift together in another bowl flour, sugar, baking powder, baking soda and salt.
Stir sifted dry ingredients into sour cream mixture.
Beat gently until smooth.
In separate bowl, beat egg white until stiff.
Fold beaten egg white into batter, leaving a few white fluffs. Don't overbeat.
Bake in a preheated waffle iron. Serve immediately, top with butter and syrup.
If you wish to eat these as dessert, blend 1 cup strawberries with 1 tablespoon sugar and let sit for several minutes
Whip 1 cup whipping cream, then add 1 cup vanilla ice cream, by spoonfuls, beating gently until mixture is smooth.
Spoon strawberry mixture onto cooked waffle and top with dollop of ice cream mixture.
This is not a simple recipe, but it is very much worth the effort...Gloria Wade
2 cups cake flour
2 teaspoons baking powder
1/2 teaspoon salt
4 large eggs, separated
2 tablespoons sugar
1/2 teaspoon vanilla extract
4 tablespoons unsalted butter, melted
2 cups milk
non-stick cooking spray
Preheat the waffle iron according to the manufacturer's instructions. In 1 medium bowl sift together flour, baking powder, and salt. Set aside. In a second bowl use the wooden spoon to beat together the egg yolks and sugar until sugar is completely dissolved and eggs have turned a pale yellow. Add the vanilla extract, melted butter, and milk to the eggs and whisk to combine. Combine the egg-milk mixture with the flour mixture and whisk just until blended. Do not over mix. In third bowl, beat the egg whites with an electric mixer until soft peaks form, about 1 minute. Using the rubber spatula, gently fold the egg whites into the waffle batter. Do not overmix! Coat the waffle iron with non-stick cooking spray and pour enough batter in iron to just cover waffle grid. Close and cook as per manufacturer's instructions until golden brown, about 2 to 3 minutes. Serve immediately....Carol Thomas
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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.
I'm looking for some simple and great tasting snacks to serve at a super bowl party. I'd love to hear what favorites your reader can share. Ben
If you can help this reader with this recipe, please forward it to email@example.com . If you have a vintage recipe request send it to firstname.lastname@example.org and we might just publish it here.
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