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The Collectors Newsletter #864 -- September 2011
The Collectors Newsletter #864 -- September 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 ....
"While cleaning some jewelry, you drop an antique diamond wedding ring that has been in the family for many many years. Within seconds of the ring hitting the floor, your dog scrambles for the ring and swallows it. This particular ring has a fairly sharp mount and you are afraid it may hurt the dog as it makes it's way out the other end. Do you let nature take it's course or do you have the ring surgically removed from the dog?
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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 digging in your backyard, you come across a spectacular, illustrated, blue and white, antique porcelain platter. It was wrapped in burlap and there was an old board on top of it. The previous owner of your house died in the house about 5 years before. She was in her 80's and had a tendency to hide things in strange places in and around the house. You suspect that this is one of the items she had hidden. You know the woman's children. Do you tell her children you found the platter or do you keep it?"
26.3% - said "Keep the platter"
65.3% - said "Tell the woman's children about the platter"
8.4% - said "I have another idea..."
We had a record number of replies to this survey questions. Here are some of the written replies that were included with the results from our last survey
a) Give them the opportunity to retrieve a family heirloom. If they don' t want it then sell it and plant a tree in memory of the lady.
b) When you know who the heirs are, it's only honest to tell them of the find.
c) I bought the property and everything on it is mine. The children probably had plenty of time to look for items or when they sold the property asked if you found anything to let them know.
d) I would ask them if they are missing any item from their mother's collection of plates. If they say, "no," I would consider keeping it. If it were really valuable and had an identifying mark, I'd ask if she had that type of china.
e) I would offer it to the children. It might be a treasured family piece.
f) I would hope that my heart would get the best of me and not greed.
g) If 5 years have passed and the children have not inquired then I believe it belongs to the current owner of the house. Now if it had been a family jewelry heirloom or something that had the family insignia then I would definitely contact the family but it is a platter and no one has asked.
h) Since I bought the house and the land it sits on I think it belongs to me.
i) There is no way that I would not tell her children. I would feel very guilty if I kept it and said nothing.
j) If the platter appears well-used, the children would likely want it for the sentimental value. If none of the kids knew about it, they would probably just tell you to keep it, and if that happened, it would be yours to do what you wished with it.
k) It may have sentimental value to them, it's not mine, and it's bad karma to keep something that does not belong to me!
l) There are three issues involved in this matter-the legal issue, moral issue, and ethical issue. my belief is when you purchase the property, you purchased EVERYTHING on, above, and below the plot of land;unless there were certain clauses written in the purchase agreement pertaining to objects found underground. legally i believe the dish would belong to new buyers. ethically, i would adhere to the adage "do onto others...",and contact the relatives and ask if they wanted the dish, and lastly, morally, I would feel asking the relatives if they wanted the dish back.. but legally, i think its"losers weepers, finders keepers"
m) It might be a keepsake that they presumed was lost. If they don't want I know I did the right thing and I will act accordingly if I find anything else.
n) I have gone back to yard sale sites to return old pictures found in books so if I know who the previous owner was and where to find the heirs then I would at least ask them if they want the platter.
o) If you know the children and you know about the mom, then keeping it is unethical and you will have diminished yourself a little in your own eyes.
p) I own the property now & the children knew that she hid things in strange places.They should have checked the property thoroughly for treasures before selling. So my conclusion is that now I own it.
q) You both keep it and tell the children about the strange thing you found in the strange place as the law give you the legal ownership of all that you purchased when buying the real estate. You could break it into equal pieces and give each child their share if you felt compelled to share.
r) It's a no-brainer. It's not my platter, and it's obvious whose platter it was. Definitely tell her children and give it to them. It might be a family heirloom with fond memories for them.
s) I would do some research on the platter first. If it's not worth anything, I might keep it. If it's worth anything, I most likely would contact the kids about it. I would also let them know if I wanted to keep it (not for resale). Then see what happens. I always put myself in the position of the other side and ask how would I want them to act on the situation.
t) Tell the children about the plate and the way you found it, Ask if they know anything about? If they want it they should offer you a reasonable price and it would be up to you whether to accept offer or you could decline it and offer the platter at no charge..
u) Honesty is the best policy. Sentimental value is worth far beyond monetary value, so it pays to be truthful. "If you don't lie, you don't have to remember anything.",,,Mark Twain....Miles
v) It has been 5 years since she died--you have no way of knowing who buried the platter. You now own the house, the land and hence, the platter.
w) Tell the family, but also mention if it is something they are not interested in (and you are) show your personal interest and maybe they will give it you as a piece of history of the home. Fran
x) I would keep it unless the family members had expressly asked to be notified should any additional items be unearthed. Besides, if they knew Grandma way burying things, intervention was called for. It's a bit late for them to cry foul.
y) I might still tell them but it doesn't mean I give it to them...but it doesn't mean I keep it either, I might sell it for whatever I could get for it or keep it with the other collection of "digs" we have found over the years. I would be searching the attic & other cubby holes!
z) You bought the entire estate, except for the mineral rights which belong to your state or the government, I forget which. The platter is yours. NOW, we come to "peace of mind". Do what your conscience tells you and then let the whole matter go.
aa) I would think if the platter was important to the children, they would have mentioned that their mother's blue and white antique porcelain platter is missing, in which they would say how their Mother had a tendency to hide things and then the children would ask if I found it to please let them. Most children of this age don't have a sentimental bone in their body so they don't care about our precious antiques.
bb) Of course you contact the woman's children! It may hold special memories for them, it may be a family heirloom, and how could you ever enjoy keeping it. Personally, I would only feel guilt every time I looked at it. If they do not want it, I would be happy to keep it - or perhaps see if it had significant value, and perhaps sell it.
cc) You pretty much answer the question yourself in the first clause: "...your backyard..." This question is posed as if to present a quandary of ethics, but I don't think one could be considered dishonest or unethical by deciding to keep the platter. Legally and morally, the platter belongs to the finder in this case. If there was a special relationship in addition to merely 'knowing' the woman's children, that might call for additional considerations about the platter's disposition--but it would certainly be a matter of personal discretion, not obligation, as to what ultimately should be done with the platter.
dd) I think you have a moral obligation to tell the woman's children about the platter. Older people do strange things and do not always realize that their children will not know what happened. It is probably a family heirloom. If you know who it belongs to, you should return it.
ee) There's no question! You bought the house and land -- not any lost heirlooms. If I knew how to reach ANY family of the previous owner I would make sure the platter was returned to them, unless they specifically asked me not to for whatever reason (e.g. not sure it's theirs or no interest).
ff) As awful as it was to check that answer.... I'd keep the platter.
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 just wanted to share that I have several good size collections and am always on the lookout for new pieces that I can't live without. My biggest collection is cats but I also collect armadillos and lapel pins. My lapel pins are displayed on a denim shop apron that my late husband gave me which hangs on two cup hooks on my bedroom wall. A fun and easy way to show them off...the cats and armadillos are all throughout the house in various display cases, on shelves and in my closet. I collect them on t-shirts & socks as well!
Happy collecting, Val La Rue - New Mexico/Wisconsin
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4. This week's Antique News
The Internet Antique Shop, TIAS.com today released their list of the top 20 categories of antiques & collectibles that sold online in August of 2011. The list is based on the total $ amount paid for each category of antiques & collectibles purchased online at stores hosted by TIAS.com in August of 2011.
Here are the top 20 selling categories of antiques & collectibles for August 2011
1. Vintage Jewelry -
2. Memorabilia -
3. China & Dinnerware -
4. Porcelain & Pottery -
5. Glass -
6. Kitchen Collectibles -
7. Vintage Clothing -
8. Vintage Sewing Items -
9. Books -
10. Cultures & Ethnicities -
11. Hobbies -
12. Photographica -
13. Lamps & Lighting -
14. Dolls -
15. Paper & Ephemera -
16. Militaria - See:
17. Textiles -
18. Toys -
19. Figurines -
20. Autographs -
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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.
Flip flops versus rubber thongs. When we were growing up, everyone called them thongs. Gradually we started calling them flip flops and that's what our kids call them. This a 'generation gap' story and happened about 10 years ago. It involved my Dad, my sister and her three children. My sister's family (from Wisconsin) were visiting my Dad in Sun City, AZ. The kids, ages 10 through 14, were particularly anxious to go swimming. They kept pleading with their mom and grandfather to take them to the pool. My sister finally relented and told them to go get ready. My sister and my dad were in the kitchen talking about what to wear to the pool. My father said he was wearing thongs. My sister was concerned because he was missing several toes on his left foot and asked, "Dad, how do you keep your thong on?" Dad replied that he used a big rubber band. That satisfied my sister. They gathered the pool stuff and waited by the front door for the kids. And they waited and waited. Finally my sister decided to see what was taking them so long. She found them in the bedroom having a serious discussion.When she asked about their problem, they looked at her with huge eyes and told her they weren't sure if they wanted to see Grandpa in a thong,.... much less go to the community pool with him. It took my sister a minute, but when she realized what they were envisioning, she laughed until she cried. She still warns them about eavesdropping and hearing only part of the conversation....Susan
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9. A Vintage Recipe
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Over 1200 wonderful vintage recipes are listed.
In the last issue Daphne requested a recipe for an amazing carrot cake from Santa Barbara, CA. We received the following...
6 cups grated carrots
1 cup brown sugar
1 cup raisins
1 1/2 cups white sugar
1 cup vegetable oil
2 teaspoons vanilla extract
1 cup crushed pineapple, drained
3 cups all-purpose flour
1 1/2 teaspoons baking soda
1 teaspoon salt
4 teaspoons ground cinnamon
1 cup chopped walnuts
In a medium bowl, combine grated carrots and brown sugar. Set aside for 60 minutes, then stir in raisins.
Preheat oven to 350 degrees F (175 degrees C). Grease and flour two 10 inch cake pans.
In a large bowl, beat eggs until light. Gradually beat in the white sugar, oil and vanilla. Stir in the pineapple. Combine the flour, baking soda, salt and cinnamon, stir into the wet mixture until absorbed. Finally stir in the carrot mixture and the walnuts. Pour evenly into the prepared pans.
Bake for 45 to 50 minutes in the preheated oven, until cake tests done with a toothpick. Cool for 10 minutes before removing from pan. When completely cooled, frost with cream cheese frosting.
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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 am in desperate need of a dessert recipe for Butterscotch Cashew Blondies. My brother's 50th birthday is coming up and I want to surprise him. This was a favorite dessert of his and I know he has not had it in many years. Do any of your readers have this recipe? Susan
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