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The Collectors Newsletter #865 -- September 2011
The Collectors Newsletter #865 -- 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
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12. Helpful Resources For Collectors
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2. This Week's Survey
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This weeks survey question is ....
"Christies is auctioning off personal handwritten letters from James Dean to his girlfriend Barbara Glenn. The letters are being sold by Barbara Glenn's son Keith Gordon. Do you think that personal letters written by celebrities should be auctioned off to the public?"
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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 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?"
34.4% - said "Let nature take it's course"
9.8% - said "Have the ring surgically removed"
55.7% - said "I have another idea..."
Here are some of the written replies that were included with the results from our last survey
a) Feed the dog cooked rice and chicken to envelope the ring. Then let nature take its course...checking to make sure it came through ok. Had a dog eat razor blade and that's what the vet had me do, with a very successful conclusion!
b) I would call the vet and ask his advise.
c) my dog did this and we went immediately to the vets office where they administered morphine shot and he instantly vomited the item. leaves him safe and sound.
d) I'd take the dog to the vet for an X-ray and get a professional opinion as to whether surgery is required or not. I once took my kitten in to be checked because she seemed a bit listless. An X-ray showed she had swallowed almost a whole spool of thread and it had wrapped around her intestines! Emergency surgery was the result. Expensive but worth it!
e) there are a lot of "if's" to this dilemma. Is the dog a valuable dog? Can you afford veterinarian bills? Are you willing to sift through feces until it is found? I think I would take the dog to a vet and get an X-Ray and the vet's opinion. If they say it does not look like it will cause any harm, I would let nature take its course.
f) Past experience. My boxer ate the strangest things and they all made the passage
g) Take the dog to the vet and the vet will put two drops of some medicine in your dog's eye that will cause the dog to vomit in two minutes..Voila..ring back! Messy, but back.
h) I would immediately grab the peroxide and give it to the dog to make him vomit the ring. Less worry, much cheaper than surgery, and eliminates the hassle of checking "nature."
i) Our dogs are tough, and have probably eaten worse than that. They've brought home deer antlers from the woods on our property. I would pen them up until the ring showed back up.
j) Feed the dog a strong laxative, put the dog outdoors in a fenced-in area where you have placed some kind of either heavy plastic tarp down, or other material that you don't care about. Nature will take its course a lot quicker this way. But it might be a good idea to place the tarping up the sides of the enclosure in case the ring goes airborne due to a sudden, violent evacuation.
k) Any sharp object could attach itself to the stomach lining & cause great grief & pain to the dog.Go ASAP to the vet !
l) I would call the vet and see if they are set up to monitor the puppy while the ring works its way through. Unless the ring gets stuck or it appears that the ring is causing the dog pain or the ring is cutting the dog then I would not put the dog through the ordeal of surgery. I think puppy because by the time our dogs are grown they are trained not to eat things unless they are told it is okay. So if the puppy needs to have surgery to remove the ring I would see if they could do the spay/neuter procedure at the same time. That way the puppy would not have to recover twice.
m) The dog is more important than the ring, imo, but I think you can just give the dog cotton balls to eat-they will gobble them up if dipped in something yummy. Then you give them peroxide to make them throw up. Had to do this when our dog ate broken glass (the glass had food in it when it dropped) So you can save both without a surgery bill or an injured animal:)
n) I'd call the vet immediately, and ask whether or not administering an emetic (a substance that induces vomiting) would be more appropriate than surgery. I would give a detailed description of the ring (hopefully, I'd have high-resolution insurance photos that would give the vet a clear sense of the ring), and ask for diagnostic imaging. I would have no problem with saving my pet's life or safeguarding their health/happiness by having the surgery. But I would not enter into an invasive procedure lightly, and I would seek out any and all safe and effective veterinary opinions and alternatives.
o) I would immediately call my vet. Whatever she advised, I would do. When my two Australian Shepherds were puppies they got into an unopened box of chocolates on top of the coffee table. When I found them, more than half the chocolates were eaten, foil wrappers and all. Recalling the horror stories of dogs and chocolate I called my vet. She asked if each weighed over 30 pounds. As they were standard size Aussies, at 3 months, they were a good 35 lbs, so she told me not to worry. The chocolate went right through them, foil and all, nearly intact. I was more relieved than the pups!
p) At today's gold price, I would have to scrap the dog!!
q) Call the vet, explain the problem and ask for their advice. Been in this position twice (not with jewelry) and used the vet's advice both times. P.S. surgery is about 2K
r) Duh!!!!! Dogs are constantly eating and passing through all unimaginable stuff----with no ill effects. If a dog owner is going to worry enough that they will have surgery for this minor reason they shouldn't have a pet as they'd be worrying 24 hours a day. Let it pass!
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
Back in the mid 1980's I attended an estate sale at a lovely Victorian home. Upon entering the house, my eyes were immediately drawn to a gorgeous 100 year old christening gown hanging on the wall. It was in perfect condition with no stains or blemishes of any kind. The price was only $35.00 but I didn't have that much money with me and they only took cash. I continued to walk around the home but kept coming back to the christening gown. Finally, an elderly woman approached me and said "you really love the dress don't you?" I said, "yes, it's the most beautiful one I've ever seen". She said "I saw your face light up the moment you walked in and saw it. She asked if I wanted to buy it and I told her I only had $25 with me so I couldn't afford it. She said, "well, I want you to have this dress so you can have it for $25." I was beyond thrilled. THEN, I discovered that she was the owner of the home, and the lovely dress. She told me she had seen my face light up the moment I walked in and saw it and had watched as I came back to the dress time after time. She wanted someone to have it who would cherish it. Then she told me it had belonged to her husband's family and pinned to the bag was a photo button of her husband wearing the dress as an infant. This kind lady gave me the button along with the dress for just $25. I kept thanking her over and over and told her I would treasure the dress and would never part with it. Since that day, my own grand children have worn the gown when they were dedicated and it has been loaned to a select number of very close friends. I decided to follow the Victorian custom of embroidering the name and birth date of each child who wears the dress. This lovely gown is hand tucked from the neckline all the way to the bottom and hangs 40 inches long. It's currently displayed on an antique Kestner doll in my living room. The doll sits in a child sized high chair and the gown touches the floor. Typical of dresses of this era, it is designed to fit babies from newborn to about 6 months old by adjusting the ribbons at the neck and waist and then tying the decorative sash. So, this beautiful christening gown has now become one of my own family's treasured keepsakes. But, I keep the old photograph button nearby as a reminder of the family who treasured it generations before it was placed in my care. I will always be grateful to the elderly lady who cared more about the gown finding a home with someone who would treasure it, than she cared about the amount of money it would bring. This dear lady is with the Lord now but she will always be remembered by me; each and ever time I walk through my living room. May God Bless Her! - Judy, Jacksonville, Fla.
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1. Castan, Tomlinson antique toy collections roll into the spotlight at Bertoia's, Sept. 23-24
2. Edward Curtis Portfolios and Acoma Pottery Big Sellers in Cowan's September American Indian and West
3. Personal Handwritten Letters From JAMES DEAN to BARBARA GLENN To Be Sold at Auction
4. 1875 Gorham carved match safe ‘Masterpiece,’ one of only two known, expected to bring $20,000+
5. SUMMER SEASON AT WEST PALM BEACH ANTIQUES FESTIVAL WRAPS UP WITH THE OCTOBER EDITION
6. The Wikicollecting Top 10 Most Expensive Rugby Union memorabilia
7. The Esher Hall Antiques and Fine Art Fair, Surrey, UK
8. Luxury Antiques Weekend at Stapleford Park, Leicestershire, UK
9. Baldwin's London Auction 71
10. Disney and Comic Art at Auction Sept. 25 in NY
11. Bob Levy’s slot machines hit the jackpot at Morphy’s $1.8M auction
12. Summer's finest estate offerings ready for harvest Sept. 24 at Nest Egg Auctions' gallery
13. Stephenson's Sept. 16 sale features final inventory from Phila.'s beloved Glatz Jewelers, Lawndale
14. Tis the season for holiday antiques, Sept. 17 at Morphy’s
15. AGORA MARKETPLACE ANTIQUES EXPANDS CONSIGNMENT
16. Toy Collector’s Market is Open for Business!
17. Green, Re-purposed Furniture at the Long Beach Antique Flea Market
18. The Prized Pig heads to the Long Beach Flea Market, September 18
19. Hunting Antiques never gets Old at the Long Beach Flea
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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.
My little brother is 12-years younger than me and would play with the Weebles set my other brother received in the 70's. (he had the farm and the fishing boat). Well one day my mom saw Jeff with his cheeks puffed out. She squeezed his cheeks to see what was in his mouth, and out popped a Weeble! He was only about 2-3 at the time. For years the Webbles stayed on a shelf above the sink until he was old enough. :) Wendy
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9. A Vintage Recipe
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Over 1200 wonderful vintage recipes are listed.
In the last issue Susan requested a recipe for Butterscotch Cashew Blondies. We received the following...
Butterscotch Cashew Blondie’s
1/2 cup butter, melted
3/4 cup packed brown sugar
1/4 cup white granulated sugar
1 large egg plus 1 egg yolk, beaten together
1 tsp vanilla extract
1/2 teaspoon baking powder
1/8 teaspoon baking soda
1/4 teaspoon salt
1 cup all-purpose flour
1/2 cup butterscotch chips
1/4 cup milk chocolate chips
1/4 cup chopped dry-roasted cashews
Preheat oven to 350 degrees F.
Add the flour, baking soda, baking powder, and salt to a mixing bowl. Stir with a whisk to combine. Reserve.
In another large mixing bowl, whisk together the melted butter and sugars until combined. Add the eggs and vanilla, and stir to combine. Switch to a wooden spoon and stir in the flour mixture. Fold in the butterscotch chips, chocolate chips, and cashews.
With a spatula, scrap the batter into a lightly greased 8 x 8-inch in pan or glass baking dish. Smooth to distribute evenly. Bake for 30 minutes, or until the top is golden brown and a toothpick inserted in the center comes out clean. Cool before cutting - Carol Thomas—Cullman, AL
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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.
My son likes to eat things with odd names. He found out that in Ottawa Canada they serve a dessert pastry called a "Beaver Tail" or 'Elephant Ear". Does anyone know how I can make this? I know there is dough, cinnamon and sugar involved. Many Many thanks, Becky
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