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The Collectors Newsletter #861 -- July 2011
The Collectors Newsletter #861 -- July 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 ....
"Recently on the Antiques Roadshow a set of 5 Chinese tea cups carved from Rhino horn were appraised for $1.5 million. Do you feel that appraisal programs like the Antiques Roadshow have had a positive or negative affect on the antiques & collectibles trade?"
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We'll tabulate the results and comments and publish them in next week's newsletter.
The Last Survey Question Was....
"While attending an antique show you find a porcelain vase that you have been trying to find for many years. Surprisingly you found 2, offered by two different merchants. The first merchant is offering the vase for $1200 and the second merchant is selling the vase for $1800 but it also comes with documentation that this particular vase was owned by a famous person that you admire. Which one do you buy?"
63.5% - said "The $1200 vase"
36.5% - said "The $1800 vase owned by a famous person that you admire."
Here are some written replies that were included with the results from our last survey
a) Unless God owned it, I would rather have extra money to spend for something else.
b) The vase looks the same no matter who owned it previously. I'd spend my $600 price difference on another item that I'd been coveting.
c) I would offer $1000 for the $1200 one. If the offer was refused I would pay the $1200. Times are rough and I personally don't see things changing for a while to come.
d) Neither, If there are two then they can't be that rare. It is unimportant to me who had it before me unless I was buying it for resale or investment, but if I wanted ti for some years then it wouldn't be for investment.
e) Who really cares who it was owned by. The fact is this 'so-called' famous person didn't like it enough to sell it. -We can ALL make up stories about who owned it, but isn't the Real story the one you give it with future generations?
f) neither - they are both out of my price range. If the prices were considerably lower (ex') 120 vs 180, I think I would buy the one with the documentation.
g) I would buy them both, of course. Due to breakage, war, civil disturbance, natural disasters and countless other unpredictable occurrences over lengthy periods of time, keeping matching pairs or sets of objets d'art intact frequently proves difficult. Because of this, the value of a matching pair of rare and desirable vases most likely would be substantially greater than their $3000 aggregate cost, so purchasing them both would make sense just from a purely fiscal standpoint. Second, the documentary provenance accompanying the $1800 vase is relatively uncommon, and as a result such extras tend to add an additional dimension of desirability and value to the object it accompanies, thereby increasing the item's value far more than the extra $600 asking price. Also, such provenance may shed additional light on the second (matching) vase's origins and history, thereby enhancing its value, as well. Also, given my interest and admiration for the vase's famous previous owner, I would find it hard to resist this acquisition in any case.
h) The decision would be based on finances. A famous person is nice, but it is the same thing.
i) Depends on the demeanor of the dealer and the documentation. And the fact that I would not pay retail either way. I still prefer to haggle.
j) if they are exact duplicates, with same stamp from mfg. and (often) artist name, then the price i would pay is $1200.00 IF item for own use, NOT resale. if buying for $1800.00,you are paying for some providence , which may be a selling point in future, or jusy expensive brag rights. all being equal, for personal use, i would pay $1200.00. all else must be equal,.
k) I would buy the $1200 one because it is the vase I had been searching for many years & even though the other one comes with said documents,it isn't worth an extra $600 to me.
l) Documentation means everything when you're discussing history of proven ownership. If the documentation checks out and the price merely reflects the costs involved in proving it thus, then go ahead.
m) If I could afford the extra $400., I'd buy the one owned by the famous person, since its value would increase greater than the other vase. However, if I planned to keep it for myself to enjoy, or it fit into my personal decor, I'd buy the less expensive one.
n) of course I would STILL try for a discount off the $1800...to make me feel even better finding the long wanted vase that belonged to a person I admired!!!
o) Provenance can make a big difference in current and future value of an item. Depending on who the famous person is, the vase could increase considerably in value in the future. That, plus the mere act of owning something that the famous person owned would cause me to buy it.
p) Assuming their identical, the lower price is more attractive. The higher price would only be warranted if the former owner was Jackie O.
q) Assuming both vases were equal in quality, and if I could afford it, I would probably buy the one with the documentation. The Haunted Bookshop
r) IF I was crazy enough to be willing to spend 1200 on a VASE I SURELY would spend another 600 to get one owned by a personal hero?!!!
s) Just because I admire them does not mean it is worth the added $600 to the price. I can use the extra $600 to buy something else I want!
t) If this is something that truly means a great deal to you and the documentation comes with a COA and/or is Notarized, it is worth the extra money.
u) An interesting question - and the answer is attached to one's personal tastes, desires, and financial position. For me, I'd take the less expensive vase as long as it was in the same or better condition as the "documented" vase. It makes no difference to me WHO owned the vase, and yes of course this is my personal opinion. If I was wealthy (MUCH more wealthier than I am!) I would buy BOTH of them! But generally speaking, I am of the opinion that a provenance related to "famous" people is of no particular value to me. However, I know a few NOT so famous people that I admire greatly and treasure keepsakes from them (like my Grandfathers gold pocket watch) - because they owned it. This, to me, is PRICELESS!
v) A famous person having owned it doesn't mean anything to me.
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
I didn't realize I was a Major collector until I moved to a neighborhood near a cousin that I hadn"t seen in over twenty years. At a reunion in a local restaurant, he casually remarked. " You know I collected stamps, you collected everything else". I realized he was right. He was a major stamp dealer at an early age. In the "Sunday New York Times" he had a regular ad for Stamps on Approval. I ,of course, never threw anything away. To make things more off-beat, my sister collected chicken bones. That's correct. After a chicken dinner, she would carefully wash and scrub her dinner leavings, and wrap them in cellophane. These she preserved in her private drawer. I never asked her the reason for her choice, but when I think back, it must have been because I collected "everything else.
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1. An All New Collection Of Freestanding Baths Launched By Victorian Plumbing
2.Fontaine's has four big auctions planned, August thru November
3.Asselmeier & May "Schutte" Antique Estate Auction (8/06/2011)
4.Kovels on Antiques and Collectibles August 2011 Newsletter Available
5.Skinner to Auction American Furniture and Decorative Arts
7.Xcntric Chicago Estate Sale Liquidators July 28-30 Tinley Park Estate Sale
8.July 30th - Chinese Ceramics, Carvings & Fine Art
9.The Prospero Collection of ancient Greek coins
10.Latest ACA Newsletter for Personal Property Appraisers Now Online
11."Maloney's Antiques & Collectibles Resource Directory" now Online at MaloneysDirectory.com
12.Aug. 12 Basketball HOF Auction features Dr. J's ABA All-Star jersey, Dave Cowens' MVP Award
13.Mechanical bank goes from World’s Fair to world record at RSL's million-dollar auction
14.Rare 1914 Albert Marque bisque doll a $168,000 thriller at Frasher’s July 9 auction
15.Rare early Marilyn Monroe “Norma Jeane” images, first time at auction, offered by Heritage
16.Werewolf of London Insert Poster brings $47,800 to lead $1.3 million+ Heritage Auction Movie Poster
17.Discover the top 10 most expensive items of Madonna memorabilia
18.BuyYourCoins.com is Now Buying Sterling Silver in Addition to Silver, Gold and Platinum
19.The Stanley Gibbons Group Expands into Asia
20.Georg Jensen Sterling Coffee & Tea Service sells for $19,975.00 at Cowan's Auction
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5, Your Classifieds...
China and Pottery on Petticoat Lane Collectibles
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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.
Over the winter, my 3 year old grandson missed playing in the sandbox with his matchbox dumptrucks and diggers. I caught him playing in the dirt of a large potted plant in the corner of the dining room, but decided to let him have some fun. It became a regular occurrence for him to play in the dirt surrounding the tall plant when he came to my house. One day, he asked me to play with him and I accidentally spilled a small amount of dirt onto the floor. "Oops!," I said. He responded, "Can you say accident, mimi?" I said, " I guess I did have an accident, huh?" "It's okay," he told me. "Sometimes I have accidents, too. See..." he said as he rolled back the corner of the area rug next to the plant to reveal the dirt that was pushed underneath....Melinda
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9. A Vintage Recipe
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Over 1200 wonderful vintage recipes are listed.
In the last issue a reader requested a recipe for shrimp gumbo. We received the following...
1 cup finely chopped onion
3 garlic cloves, minced
1 teaspoon canola oil
1/2 pound reduced-fat cooked kielbasa or Polish sausage, halved and cut into 1/4-inch slices
1-1/2 cups chopped green pepper
1 can (14-1/2 ounces) diced tomatoes, undrained
1 cup reduced-sodium chicken broth
1 bay leaf
1 teaspoon Italian seasoning
1/2 teaspoon salt
1/2 teaspoon chili powder
1/4 teaspoon pepper
1/8 teaspoon hot pepper sauce
3/4 pound uncooked medium shrimp, peeled and deveined
1/2 cup uncooked instant rice
Lemon slices, optional
In a large saucepan, saute onion and garlic in oil for 2 minutes or until crisp-tender. Stir in sausage; cook and stir for 2 minutes or until sausage begins to brown. Add green pepper; cook and stir for 2 minutes or until crisp-tender. Stir in the tomatoes, broth, seasonings and hot pepper sauce. Bring to a boil.
Cook, uncovered, for 2 minutes or until heated through. Stir in shrimp. Cook 3-4 minutes longer or until shrimp turn pink. Stir in rice. Remove from the heat.
Cover and let stand for 5 minutes or until rice is tender. Discard bay leaf. Serve with lemon slices if desired. Yield: 4 servings.
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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.
Mom used to make a great poppyseed cake. She used the poppyseed bought in a small jar and I know that she baked it in a bundt pan. It was dark and moist and needed no frosting. Anybody have a recipe that resembles this kind of poppyseed cake? Thanks! Melinda
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11. New Online Merchants
Be sure to check out all of the fresh inventory offered by these new merchants at TIAS.
Featuring a wide assortment of fine vintage and collectible items including glassware, pottery, jewelry, ephemera, books, toys, holiday items and much, much more! New items added regularly, so feel free to stop and browse anytime.
Old Charm Inn
Welcome to Old Charm Inn. I have been a collector for 30 years. My shop sells, costume jewelry, china, collector's plates, art, books, photos, dolls, gifts. I provide a 7-day money back guarantee. We accept checks and money orders.
Our store offers antique pictures, chromolithographs, engravings, delightful rarities, botanical and animal prints, artistic sceneries, also miracles of natural history from the 19th-20th century. Please feel free to ask any question if it seems necessary. Don't miss our collection!
Welcome to Precious Peddler! We feature vintage china and glass pieces, as well as many collectible items. New treasures are added daily, so be sure to check our store often. No sale is ever "final" - we guarantee your satisfaction.
Pieces of the Past
Quality collectibles & antiques at fair prices! We pledge customer satisfaction and service for every item that you purchase from our store.
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