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The Collectors Newsletter #853 -- April 2011
The Collectors Newsletter #853 -- April 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 ....
"Wandering" antique & collectibles are items that have been misplaced or lost and then find their way back to their rightful owner. These items sometimes show up decades later and thousands of miles away from where they were last seen. Some people feel these items have some type of spiritual guiding force that brings them back to their owner's. Over the years, our readers have submitted many stories about this phenomena. Do you feel that some antiques & collectibles have a guiding spirit that directs them to their proper owner?"
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We'll tabulate the results and publish them in next week's newsletter.
Last Week's Survey Question Was....
"While visiting a U.S. civil war battlefield with friends, you find yourself wanting to take a group photo, but there is no place to prop your digital camera. There are some large stones in the area and you decide to stack a few of them up to make a primitive tripod for your camera. You and a friend lift up a rock to move it into position and under the rock you find a gold chain with a small gold locket attached. The gold locket is in remarkably good condition with three initials on the outside and within the locket is a tintype photograph of a woman's face. The tintype dates the photo to roughly the same period as the battlefield. What do you do now?"
10.1% - said "Return the locket to where you found it"
14.7% - said "keep the locket for yourself"
29.4% - said "Turn the locket over to the property owner"
45.9% - said "Other" (See below)
This question seemed to inspire many readers to reply. We received some very thoughtful answers.
Here are some written replies that were included with the results from last week's survey
a) I would turn it over to the National Park Service, to be displayed in a museum
b) Inform the appropriate agency for the battlefield and give them the locket. Mark the location
c) This locket is a piece of history. If there is an opportunity for it to be in a museum, then the effort must be made. Finders, keepers does not apply in this scenario.
d) Try to find the owners; contact whomever takes care of the battlefield. Who knows, maybe it was placed there for remembrance?
e) If there is a museum attached, it would definitely belong there. Otherwise, I would probably keep it.
f) The locket definitely needs to go into the historical archives. Though it would be a great thing to take home with you, it just wouldn't be right. This type of historical item needs to be shared with in a museum or returned to the original family and hopefully the rightful property owners would see to that.
h) Most civil war battlefields are Federal or state owned properties. It is a punishable offense to remove artifacts. The item must be turned in to the park rangers and documented as to where it was discovered. It belongs to all of us. Private land is different but permission should be sought from the landowner as you were a trespasser without it. The final outcome of the possession would be negotiable in that case.
i) I would bring the locket to the manager of the visitor's center. If there was no facility I would send it to a local historical society
j) As much as I would love to keep the locket, I just have no right to it.
k) Keep it and display it in my home.
l) It wouldn't be appropriate to be moving the stones around at such a place so I would not have found the locket.
m) Removing any item from a US historical site is against Federal law. A Civil War era locket under a rock should not be in good condition so you may be on a video camera especially if the park had vandal problems. Finders keepers doesn't always apply.
n) leave the soldier's lost article where he probably died. A remembrance of a fine romance, left to the ages.
o) Find a docent and tell him/her where the locket was recovered
p) Having worked for the National Park Service, which has authority over such places, the proper answer is turn it in. Then it would be analyzed, cataloged, and placed in the museum collection. One can be arrested and fined for collecting artifacts on federal property.
q) Finders keepers. I had to pay to get there, so what I find is mine.
r) I would not have a problem because it is a US Civil War battlefield and they are (supposedly) protected from damage and abuse. Even moving one stone for your personal use would be considered damage. I would not presume to move things about in a national battlefield. Why would you feel entitled to move things around for your convenience? Can't one person in the group take the picture and eliminate the need for a tripod? If this DID happen, I would be compelled to turn the locket into the property owners.
s) There is a situation going on like this right now with a signet ring in England. A metal detector aficionado found a 15th-century signet ring on someone's property, a ring that very clearly belongs to a famous lord. What the courts are doing is to auction the ring (to a museum) and split the proceeds between the finder and the property owner. I would contact the historical society to ask for more assistance, and I would keep the owner in the loop at all times. I would personally be happy with some professional photographs of the find, and a finder's credit, and to see the piece end up researched and in a museum where lots of other people could benefit from it.
t) I would of never moved the rocks in the first place...I would of asked someone else to take the shot. Shouldn't mess with things not your own
u) Somehow I feel it was placed under that rock purposely. Put it back and allow them both to rest in peace.
v) It should be returned to where you found it. If private property notify the owner and suggest they call the state archaeologist. If a public area, put it back and notify the information center of its location.
w) If there were a docent or a ranger at the Battlefield Site, I would give the items to that person. If there were a museum at the site, I would take it there. If neither of those were present, I would look for a local historical society and give it to them. Some how I would endeavor to find a place where it could be a part of collection of items from the area. Another possibility would be a local Civil War Round table Group. I certainly would not keep it. There are records of which units fought at particular battlefields. Most of the states have some organization that takes care of artifacts. And it is exactly that. It is not something that I would dream of keeping for myself. Replacing it would only leave it available to be found by someone who might take a "finders keepers" attitude.
x) To be quite honest, I would have NEVER moved that rock in the first place, especially not for such a lame reason as that. I'm extremely hands off when it comes to historic sites. I love them, and I don't mess with them.
y) First I would take a Photo of the Locket as soon as I found it and where I found it. Not disturb it anymore. Then I would have everyone there stand by it and get a group photo of them, without me. Then I would have a member of the group take a photo of me with the other group members. Thus establishing all witnesses. Next I would use my BlackBerry and Google The National Park Service of the Department of Interior and telephone that office and ask and write down exactly who I was speaking with, their title, etc. and then ask them who locally I should call, etc. I would then ask them to email me a record of the call to my email address (and give them that address). If they told me to call 911, then I would do that and ask for that law enforcement agency to come out and make a report of a Found National Treasure. Again, leave it where it was first found. When the officers showed up, I would take photos of them and how they secured the Locket item. And ask that they make an official report for me, not just an incident show up report in their personal notebooks, but call the report in and get an official report number for me. Then ask for a written, signed receipt for the Locket. If they refused, I would go to their station and make sure I got one. Being a National and Federally Protected Area, it is Illegal to disturb any part of the area and to remove any items found. But hopefully, since I found the Locket, I would not be arrested for Disturbing these grounds. And I would need the photos to turn into the Federal Agents and to make sure the Locket did not disappear at any Local or Federal levels. Last, I would Google and call someone at the Smithsonian National Museum of American History, ask the person's name, etc. as above and explain what I found and ask them to have someone at a higher level get back to me, etc. I would make sure this National Treasure got turned over to and displayed at the Smithsonian National Museum of American History. Last, I would Google and call my local Fox TV News Channel, my favorite, and let them report on it to get the News out there and to further make sure this Locket item did not disappear to a wealthy personal collector.
z) Normally, I would be the first to says "return it". But, after thinking about it, I think I'd keep it and try to track down the initials to find a descendant. It's something that would, if not for you, have probably never been found, and people keep old coins, buttons, bullets, etc. all the time. I would keep the locket and that surprises me about myself because my immediate response would definitely be to return it. I would personally treasure the piece - rather than see it in a case among thousands of other artifacts. I'd return it to a descendant if one could be found!!
aa) I would research to see who the lady was in the photo and then see if there are any living family...But, then if there were no markers it may be impossible to find out she was...So, I would keep the locket....
bb) It would be likely that there is a museum on the premises also. I would deliver the locket to the museum manager, as it sounds like it may have historic significance, and hope that that person adds it to the displays at the site. Returning to the property owner may not be feasible in this case, as it sounds like it may be a National Park owned by the US government.
cc) The locket is obviously a memento left in love/remembrance and shouldn't under any circumstances be touched. Respect it, and place the rock back where you found it. It's tantamount to removing a token left on a grave.
dd) You are on a Civil War Battlefield? You moved a large rock? You should be arrested. It gets wet under rocks too so the locket was placed there recently by someone hoping someone else would find it. Keep it and run before the police show up.
ee) The "rocks" should not be moved in the first place. This is a preserved site, since the question poses that we are in a "U.S. Civil War battlefield". The property owners should be the Park Service or state agency with an office on site.
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 the late 50’s my family spent Christmas with my grandparents in Silvis, IL. My grandmother told me that they were taking me to see Santa at the local Ben Franklin where my aunt worked (we always called it Aunt Detta’s Store!). So off we went to see Santa. When we got to the store I took one look at Santa and proclaimed with all my 5 year old authority that this was NOT Santa, it was Uncle Fred! Santa sure did his best to convince me that he was indeed Santa and asked me what I wanted for Christmas. Remaining unconvinced, I told him the things I wanted Santa to bring me but since he wasn’t Santa I didn’t know why I was tell him; after all he was my Uncle Fred not Santa. Upon leaving the store my grandmother asked me why I thought Santa was Uncle Fred to which I simply stated, because he was wearing Uncle Fred’s railroad boots! Yes, my uncle worked for the Rock Island Line and always wore his railroad boots. It wasn’t until years later that my grandmother confessed that I had been right all along and “Santa” that year was indeed Uncle Fred. Love the newsletter! Laurie T.
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4. This week's Antique News
the Webs largest online antique and collectible mall today released their monthly "Hot List" of Antiques & Collectibles. The TIAS "Hot List" has been published monthly since 2002. These monthly "Hot Lists" are based on hundreds of thousands of searches by people using the online search engines at the indicated Web sites. This month's list includes the top 10 terms for March 2011. The top 10 searches for February 2011 are also included for comparison.
Keep in mind that these searches are what people were looking for, not necessarily what they were buying. In many cases, people will search for items when they are just trying to determine a value of a specific item that they have in their possession.
Here are the top ten search words used at
This site specializes in offering a broad range of antiques and collectibles:
1. China & Dinnerware
2. Porcelain & Pottery
1. China & Dinnerware
3. Porcelain & Pottery
Here are the top ten search words used at
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10. CDV (Carte De Vista)
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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 firstname.lastname@example.org and we may run it in the next issue.
Howdy from Montana, This just happened to me on 9-30-06 but it struck a funny bone in me so thought I'd share it for all those "Granny's" out there! I have worn "cheater" glasses for a long time now. I don't need prescription ones yet but must use the magnifier's for reading anything, including cans at the grocery store. I have found that I lose these glasses on a daily basis if I don't wear one of those glass holder necklaces. So it has become my trademark to always have that necklace on and my glasses lay low on my nose (like Teddy Kennedy wore his). I always thought that they looked attractive that way since I usually wear a longer skirt and sometimes boots and it reminded me of the "hippie-look" out of the late 60's and early 70's only more professional looking since I do work. Yesterday there were some young teenage girls in the store and they had a pair of glasses they'd been trying on. One on them put the glasses way down on her nose and said, right as I was passing by with my glasses down on my nose, that "this is the way old ladies wear them"!!!! She looked up and saw me and turned about three shades of red! I just smiled at her and every time that I got close to them in the store they'd look at me, look away and start breaking out in the giggles! I don't feel like I look as old as I am, 57, and I dress stylishly etc, but what was funny to me was that I felt very comfortable hearing that phrase, "what an old lady wears", whereas a few years ago I would have probably gone home and cried and tried to figure out a way to change my appearance! Funny how time can change our attitudes. Thanks for letting me share that. I didn't have anyone here to tell that story to that would have gotten a laugh out of it. I love to get your newsletters. They are wonderfully relaxing after a long day's journey! Warmly, Jan from Montana
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9. A Vintage Recipe
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In the last issue I forgot to post a request, so I asked long time reader and cook Carol Thomas to send me something. We received the following...
Fried Green Tomato BLTs
8 slices bacon
⅓ cup yellow cornmeal
¼ cup finely shredded Parmesan cheese
¼ teaspoon fresh ground black pepper
12 ( ¼ inch-thick) slices green tomato (about 2 tomatoes)
2 teaspoons olive oil, divided
¼ cup mayonnaise
8 (1-ounce) slices white bread, toasted
8 lettuce leaves
Cook bacon in a large nonstick skillet over medium heat until crisp. Remove bacon from pan, reserving 2 teaspoons drippings. Set bacon and drippings aside.
Combine cornmeal, cheese, and pepper in a shallow dish. Dredge tomato slices in cornmeal mixture. Heat 1 teaspoon reserved drippings and 1 teaspoon oil in a large nonstick skillet coated with cooking spray over medium-high heat. Cook 6 tomato slices 2 minutes on each side or until lightly browned. Repeat procedure with remaining 1 teaspoon bacon drippings, remaining 1 teaspoon oil, and 6 tomato slices.
Spread 1 tablespoon mayonnaise over each of 4 bread slices. Top each slice with 2 lettuce leaves, 3 tomato slices, and 2 bacon slices. Top with remaining 4 bread slices. Serve immediately.
Yield 4 servings (serving size: 1 sandwich)
Baked 4 Cheese Macaroni and Cheese
1 box Kraft Deluxe Mac & Cheese
2 sticks margarine
2 tbs. parsley flakes
2 1/2 cups milk
1 cup Mayonnaise
12 oz colby cheese shredded
12 oz cheddar cheese shredded
12 oz mozzarella cheese shredded
Cook macaroni as directed on box. While it is cooking, mix shredded cheese together in large bowl, set aside. Mix Mayonnaise, eggs and cheese sauce (from the box of mac and cheese).
Add milk to cheese sauce set aside. When macaroni is done; drain. Add macaroni to the margarine and parsley flakes. Mix until margarine is melted.
Then in a 13x9 pan put half of the shredded cheese, half of the macaroni, then the other half of the shredded cheese, then the other half of macaroni. Then pour the liquid cheese sauce over the macaroni and cheese.
Bake 35-40 minutes in a 350 degree oven... Carol Thomas--Cullman,AL
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Recipes for baked apples. I love these with vanilla ice cream. Any suggestins on how to do them properly? Bill
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