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The Collectors Newsletter #851 -- March 2011
The Collectors Newsletter #851 -- March 2011
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1. Work from home selling antiques & collectibles
2. This Week's Survey
3. Stories From our readers
4. This Week's Antique News
5. Your Classifieds
6. Newly listed items
7. Funny Old Stuff
8. Wanted ads. Can you help?
9. A Vintage Recipe
10. A Vintage Recipe Request from a Reader
11. New On line Merchants
12. Helpful Resources For Collectors
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2. This Week's Survey
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This weeks survey question is ....
"Your uncle is a bit quirky. When his English Sheepdog (Rusty) died, he had the animal stuffed and has kept him sitting in the living room of his home for the past 20 years. Your uncle has told you on many occasions that you will inherit Rusty one day, because you are the only person in the family that appreciates the dog and he does not want him thrown out with the trash. Your spouse has made it clear that "That stuffed creature" is not coming in the house. What do you do?"
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We'll tabulate the results and publish them in next week's newsletter.
Last Week's Survey Question Was....
""A genuine Electric chair circa 1896 was recently sold by the owner to a TV program called the "Treasure Hunters Roadshow". If you saw an item like this for sale at an antique show, how would you feel about it?"
24.4% said "I'd love to see one"
35.6% said "I'd be creeped out"
17.8% said "It's just another Antique"
22.2% said other - see below
Here are some written replies that were included with the results from last week's survey
a) Wouldn't want something around that numerous people had died in.
b) Part of U.S. history. Wouldn't be the slightest bit interested in buying it, but you have to admit, it would be one heck of a conversation piece sitting in the corner of somebody's den!
c) Just a sick thought of who it was used on. I would not even go near it. I'm sure nobody nice was ever the guest of honor seated on it when the power was thrown to it.
d) I thought I'd enjoy an exhibit at one of the museums at the San Diego Zoo a few years ago, but the more I saw, the more sickened I became, finally leaving my daughter and son-in-law to finish on their own. I've seen an electric chair, when the good nuns took us 8th graders for a visit to a prison. It was both fascinating and repulsive, a bit like a bull fight. So yes, I'd like to see one and yes I'd be a bit creeped out.
e) Mechanical antiques are the perfect thing for men with technical backgrounds to collect!
f) While this is an antique, it's not just any other antique. Execution equipment is politically, racially, and emotionally charged. A disproportionate amount of prisoners executed, historically and currently, are immigrants, people of color, and/or of a disfavored religious, political, or sexual group. Capital punishment is, therefore, a serious history to have wrapped up in an item. If tastefully showcased with dignity, an electric chair could be incorporated into a historical collection or museum, for the betterment and education of humanity. But I get really upset at antiques markets when I see dealer price tags on empty cans of Zyklon-B, Nazi memorabilia, slave headgear, strait jackets from old state mental hospitals, torture equipment, and other awful relics of dismal human failure. Even if you think capital punishment is the most awesome thing ever (which I emphatically do not), electrocution is a horrible death, and an electric chair is like a guillotine, which I would only want to see in a museum, and not at someone's house or shop. Some things are not meant to be commodified, and human suffering should be at the top of that list.
g) Just another antique...no more creepy than an old doctor's surgical kit or embalmer's tools.
h) I see no value in an Electric Chair 1896 or any age. It would be a waste to haul it to an antique show. Sometimes items like this show up at auctions and are bought as a novelty item for a roadside museum. Such items up one day in a scrap heap.
i) BEING A FIRST CLASS CAR NUT I WOULD LOVE TO DRIVE IT
j) For me, the antique value would be completely negated by the fact that it had caused numerous deaths, possibly of innocent people. I would have no interest in possessing such an item, but I'm sure there are many people in this world who would.
k) This item belongs in a prison museum to remind us of barbaric forms of instituting the death penalty. I would be uncomfortable being around the type of person who would want it in a personal collection.
l) It is indeed a sad commentary on life, but also a part of our history. Don't destroy historical items because they offend you. Remembering through history may help sort the good from the bad for our future.
m) Love to see one. Love to own one. It would be a great conversation piece, especially if it had been used on someone famous and came with the documentation to prove it. I am not a macabre person; just one who appreciates and understands the necessity of preserving history.
n) This is just plain wrong. I would no more buy an electric chair than I would buy the syringe someone used to overdose or the rope someone used to hang himself or herself. These are instruments of death, and should not be used for monetary or prurient interest.
o) I wonder what they paid for it. Has anyone done research on this company besides me? You might be shocked at how low they pay people.
3. Stories from our readers
We collect interesting stories about collecting. Things like your best find, unusual collections, bizarre collectibles even things that bug you. Anything and everything that is interesting that has to do with antiques & collectibles. We may publish it here. Send your story to Phil@tias.com
In 1933, my stepfather decided to buy an old ramshackle house on 12 th street in Seaside, Oregon to use as a beach cabin. It soon became a family project. Every weekend my stepfather, stepbrother, my Mom and I worked on it, hacking down overgrown woods surrounding the place; fixing up the kitchen and other rooms, tearing out mildewed wood and adding new cupboards. Mom painted the kitchen in bright blue and orange, the colors of cute curtains that she bought. The ancient table and chairs were painted cream.
One day, my mother was shopping in one of the many second hand stores at the beach and came back with an adorable sugar and creamer set. They were in the shape of stylized birds, about three or four inches tall, three and a half inches long, and made of china. The birds were brightly colored in orange and blue, exactly matching the kitchen decor. Though I was only 7 at the time I was allowed to paint the table. When I accidentally shook the brush over the new bird sugar holder, my step dad noticed it later and had me clean it off as best I could. However, a few specks dried too fast and could not be removed. Over the years our family had wonderful and memorable times at the beach. Mom and I would often spend the summer there while my stepfather and brother, who worked in Portland, spent the weekends with us.
As a small child I would often sit and stare at the two birds. To me, the larger one looked glum, as his beak was closed, its "lips" were down and his eyes gazed upward. The smaller bird had a happy mouth--the beak was wide open and its eyes also turned upward but in a more excited manner. One day, when we were all at the table, I said that the smaller bird was a female and she was saying, "...And I want a diamond ring, a fur coat...a new car..." etc. while the other bird was her husband looking worried, and saying "Oh, no, what am I gonna do, I can't afford all that stuff..." Both parents laughed, and from then on, they always told relatives and friends who came to the cabin, what I said about the birds and it became a family joke.
In 1946, my step dad sold the cabin for a huge profit and Mom and I were furious. A couple years later I got married and moved to my husband's home town. A year after that, we returned to Portland, Oregon where we raised a family and have lived since, but Mom and I never forgot about the sugar and creamer that were left at the cabin. Mother died in 1995 and I have been busy with many interests, since.
Three years ago, I had a sudden yen to visit a local antique store. Almost the moment I stepped inside, I was face to face with a decorative display ladder and nearly bumped into the orange and blue "male" sugar holder. After my shock, I figured it simply happened to be a look-a-like, but on closer examination, there it was...the tiny cream colored specks of paint that I was unable to remove when I painted the table. I was so amazed, I could hardly breathe. The dealer was asking only twenty dollars for it. After I bought it and told her how old it was she paled, both of us realizing that It was made in Japan long before World War II After that, I kept thinking about the other bird, the little "female creamer," though I assumed it would be fruitless to try and find it.
Two years ago, while checking out the collectibles shelf at Value Village, again, at eye level, there was the matching creamer! Though it never had the tell-tale paint specks, I knew it had to be the original one. The colors are identical to the other bird and it has the same stamp. I have never come across any other set like this one. The closest I've found were smaller orange and blue birds looking upward, but they were mostly salt and pepper shakers and also pottery. I have the two birds together again in my china cabinet. My adult children laugh and think I'm nuts, but I don't care--I know these are the exact same birds of my childhood.
PS. I'll be glad to send you a photo of them, if you decide to print this, Sincerely, Ginger Babin
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1. LICHTENSTEIN DRAWING ACQUIRED IN A
LOTTERY IN 1965 FOR $10 EXPECTED TO
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2. The estate of Dr. Tanja B. Tarsey will be sold
April 29-30 in Panama City, Fla.
3. Top 10 most expensive paintings ever sold
4. The most iconic piece of 1980s comic art in
the series that revitalized Batman, offered May
5. Leland Little Auction & Estate Sales, Ltd. --
April 2, 2011 - Estate Treasures Auction -
6. Brasegard Antiques
7. Sterling Souvenir Spoon Mail Bid Auction #103
8. Designer yet ethnic vintage jewels accessible
at reasonable prices from celebrated online jewelry
9. Top 10 items of macabre memorabilia
10. Russian Art at Auction - and Around the World
11. Exceptional Antique Auction planned for May
21 by Fontaine's
12. 1930s ORIGINAL VINTAGE STILLS OF
MOVIE FRONTS UP FOR AUCTION AT HERITAGE
13. Collectors needed for prime time BBC TV show
14. Xcntric Estate Sale Liquidators Upcoming
Frankfort, IL Estate Sale
15. Morphy Auctions inks TV development deal
with Nancy Glass Productions
16. Fine ladies, bebes, French fashion dolls
prepare for the spotlight at Morphy’s April 2 Doll sale
17. We have so much fun at Dinnerware
18. American Folk Art Festival 2011
19. Bid Live Online on the Paintings Collection
Bergsma at Duveen Auctions
20. Notable Results at Moran’s March Antiques
and Decorative Arts Auction
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5, Your Classifieds...
Dinnerware Replacements Storewide BLOW OUT Sale
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Hand Carved Polychrome Wood Carousel Collection
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7, 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.
Maybe this is only funny to my family, but when my brothers and I cleaned out our grandparents' home in South Dakota after Grandma died and Grandpa went to the care center, we had no arguments divvying things up. Our problem was who wanted to take the stuff that nobody really wanted but we knew were a big part of things we remembered growing up. For example, a porcelain cigarette box with a German Shepherd head on the top. (not a stuffed dog head but a porcelain head.) My brothers all walked away from it after a protracted argument of who could possibly display this in their home, leaving this questionable treasure to me. I got "stuck" with it and have it on the same table as Grandma displayed it (with her same matchbook collection inside). Somehow I know that this was meant to be -- it looks so right. We all wish we knew the story behind it -- Grandma and Grandpa never had a dog and no one in our family ever had a German shepherd. But considering that we discovered, while packing up the bedroom furniture, that the mattress was a "Magic Fingers" mattress, one has to wonder ...Chris
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8. Wanted ads. Can you help?
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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 Stephie requested a simple recipe for "sweet & salty popcorn " we received the following...
Prep Time: approx. 5 Minutes. Cook Time: approx. 15
Minutes. Ready in: approx. 20 Minutes. Makes 10 cups (5 servings).
1/2 cup unpopped popcorn kernels
1/4 cup white sugar
4 tablespoons vegetable oil
Place the popcorn and sugar in a large pot with 4 tablespoons vegetable oil.
Over a medium heat, begin to pop the popcorn. Constantly shake the pot to
ensure that the popcorn kernels and oil do not burn. Once the popping has slowed,
remove the pot from heat. E. Banman.
I would love to go to Carol Thomas's house for dinner as she is such an ardent recipe contributor! LOL!
Special thanks to her.
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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.
Looking for a recipe for Rocky Road Squares..Benny
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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