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The Collectors Newsletter #839 -- November 2010
The Collectors Newsletter #839 -- November 2010
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1) Featured Collectors Club
Highlighting clubs of interest to collectors.
Candy Container Collectors of America
The organization was formed in 1984 in Harrisburg, PA., with the purpose of promoting candy container collecting. In addition, the club works to educate and inform those who collect and encourages new collectors. There are about 300 members throughout the United States and Canada.
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2) We want your stories. 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
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Last weeks Survey question was..
1. Your first choice for determining the value of an antique or collectibles is..
We received the following replies..
96.5% said they do research online
3.5% said they do research using printed price guides
Quite a landslide for online research.
Some written replies that were sent in include..
a) I check out local antique stores to get information on items.
b) Networking with friends.
c) I ask friends in the antique business or others I think may know of the item. Good luck though...finding reliable info is difficult.
d) Library for printed sources
e) I usually check the printed guides first, but if the item has a patent date/number well then it is on to the computer I go. Sometimes when there is nothing to go by except a description of the item, online searches can be exhausting. You can never tell sometimes if the price you find for your item is an actual value based on rarity, resale demand, collectibility,etc. , or just an exaggerated retail price listed on a site by a dealer trying to sell a like item and turn a big profit. It can get quite confusing.
g) After the online research, I would try to find a reputable appraiser. If something I know has more value at the initial time of purchase, I would inform the seller. I've done so three times. Each time, the person did not want the item, and I purchased it.
h) Books, Books, Books. There is an amount of what it takes to determine what the value is. An antique is worth what someone will pay for it. I have things that are not worth a lot of money but they have a family value. Mike. NC
i) I would start with a search on-line to figure out what it was (if I wasn't sure), but I'd go to the printed price guides or an expert to find out the true value...anything can be found on-line for crazy prices (high & low) so I never use the internet as a baseline for value.
j) A local auction house offers free appraisals once a week, so I'd take it there. I'd also check the several reference books I own as well as consult with knowledgeable friends "in the biz."
k) Visit book stores to see if there are publications on my item /s of interest
l) If it has a label or mark, I check mark books in an effort to determine manufacturer, place or origin, and age. Then I use the Internet and look around antique stores/malls to determine an appropriate value (either retail or auction value, depending on which value I'm looking for).
m) The only time I MIGHT use a printed price guide is in a case where there is nothing available online, which is becoming a rarity these days.
n) Call the source and speak to someone about it. When I got a Howdy Doody item that seemed special, I called NBC. They have a historian who looked it up. It was special. Only a limited number were made for an occasion. Mine was #9 of 50 and quite valuable. It has identifying marks. Since buying mine, I have seen reproductions.
o) If it was an interesting enough "thingamajig" and I planned on keeping it, I wouldn't be too concerned about what its value is. I would treasure the thingamajig and appreciate how it came to be in my possession.
p) My mother gets a bazillion catalogs; sometimes I find modern replicas of kitchen items and can compare prices. I enjoy learning what the price of heritage items I am using in my kitchen cost in today's world.
q) I use my price guides occasionally, but not nearly as much as in the past, before I learned to use a computer. If I find something that I know a friend is knowledgeable about, I will email them a picture with an inquiry.
-- This weeks survey --
Following the interesting replies we got to our survey about selling items from the Titanic, one of our readers asked if governments should have the right to claim ownership to treasure found on ships that sank at sea hundreds of years ago. Treasure hunters sometimes invest millions of dollars to find and then retrieve treasure from old wrecks, only to then have the government whose flag the ship originally sailed under, claim that the treasure is theirs. What do you think? Fill out our survey here:
I am a long time collector of Colt percussion revolvers. I just returned from the annual CCA meeting and show in Tulsa, OK. Guns, such as the M1849 in a condition that warranted a retail sale price of between 4300 TO $500 couple of years ago are now priced at $2,000 by dealers.
The same goes for bullet molds and Colt's Patent powder flasks.....and the market is flooded with modern made replicas that have been artificially aged.
This is in response to Judy in Jacksonville's recent letter (in letter #834) - I very much enjoyed reading about your collections, the children's book that you described sounded very interesting with the rat and bobcat scene! I too have the cootie game - the cover has the date of 1940-something on it. This was from when I was a kid (I was born in 1961). My dad has the same camera you had described that folds up flat. 1908 also!! We were trying to find out if there are any collectors out there that are interested in them as he is trying to pare down his belongings to move.
I don't have any unusual items in my collections - but my sister and I have this "clown war" going on!! We try to find the most unusual/macabe looking clown item to give to each other. I guess this could be called a collection as this has been going on for years and years and I do have quite a few clown items. But I think I am in the lead with the strange clown items given to her - I found a two foot(?) Pez Clown I had given her. But she does come up with creative and original ideas too - she had bought a bust of Thomas Jefferson (this I think was from either a craft store or the dollar store) and painted it as a clown and called it Thomas Jeffersclown. I still have it on my computer desk with the other "lovely" clown statues!!
I just love this newsletter and I can't wait for each of them when they arrive in my email! Good hunting to all and thanks for all of the stories here!
Cheryl - Rochester, NY
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3) Antique News
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Check the latest news headlines about antiques and collectibles at
1. Diana Vreeland, ‘Holy Grail’ Hermes Birkins
and extraordinary Louis Vuitton handbags at
2. WorthPoint Launches New "Do It Yourself"
3. Championship rings, rare jerseys, Mantle's
last speech in Grey Flannel's Dec. 8 Sports
4. Fabulous Finds Antiques and Collectibles at
Tias.com Holiday Sale
5. Lenzkirch grandfather clock brings $39,200
at Stevens Auction
6. Piccolo Art (Fantastic French)
7. A Spectrum of Art Glass at Heritage: New
York, Dec. 4, 2010
8. Skinner to Host Asian Works of Art Auction
9. A New Sentimental Art Market Era Pt. 2 –
10. The Great Contemporary Art Market
11. Clocks, jewelry, gift items and more in
Converse online-only auction
12. Colonial Sense: Auction Results:
13. Reuters interview: the Chinese effect on
14. DISCOVERED: Henry VIII's personal
15. British rocker selling original art from first
‘Watchmen’ comic book
16. Renoir, Thomas Moran bring strong prices
at Heritage American & European Auction
17. Beautiful Evidence: The Library of Edward
18. The Estate of Dominick Dunne on Artfact
19. Delaware Train Show & April Fools Toy Show
20. Delaware Winter Antique Show
MANY more stories are added several times a day. You can read the latest news now at:
4) Your Classifieds...
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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 firstname.lastname@example.org and we may run it in the next issue.
My grandson Sammy age 8 called me. "Gran would you please come to the Thanksgiving dinner on Friday at my school?" I said of course Sammy what does it cost? He says hesitantly..."Well there is a problem. I do not like Thanksgiving food so would you please stop at Sonic and get me chicken fingers and fries and ketchup?' I said are you sure and of course he said "yes." So I said I would get him his chicken, fries and ketchup. He says "oh if you don't mind please get me a cherry smoothie too." He did say please so he will get his chicken lunch.
Do you have a funny family story you would like to share? Make someone feel good by sharing it with us. Send it to email@example.com and we may publish it here.
7) Wanted ads. Can you help?
Here are the latest wanted ads from the TIAS Exchange. Can you help someone out?
WANTED: Vintage Medical and dental Items. Especially quackery.
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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 a reader requested a recipe for "Pecan Crunch Candy" we received the following...
PECAN CRUNCH CANDY
1 c. butter
1 c. white sugar
1 c. pecans
Cook butter and sugar, stirring constantly, to 295 degrees (between soft crack and hard crack) on candy thermometer. Remove from heat and stir in nuts. Spread on cookie sheet to cool. Break into pieces.
Carol Thomas --Cullman,AL
If you enjoy these vintage recipes, you should buy a vintage cookbook from us. They make great gifts too. Take a look at:
Buy a Vintage Kitchen collectible from us. We've got lots of them here:
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.
So my Dad is from the UK. When we were kids, we visited his aunt who lived just outside of London. She made the BEST apple pie I've ever had. The apples came from an apple tree in her yard and the filling was sweet and tart. The crust was super flaky. It was worth the trip from California to England just for the pie. Dad is visiting us this thanksgiving and my daughter wants to make him an apple pie from scratch. So she needs a good recipe for a fruit pie crust and a good recipe for making the apple filling. A good overall pie recipe will do...Also, what kind of apples would work best? Many many thanks for your help...
If you can help this reader with this recipe, please forward it to firstname.lastname@example.org . If you have a vintage recipe request send it to email@example.com and we might just publish it here.
Be sure to check out our vintage kitchen collectibles section online at:
11) New Online Merchants
Be sure to check out all of the fresh inventory offered by these new merchants at TIAS.
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