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The Collectors Newsletter #874 -- November 2011
The Collectors Newsletter #874 -- November 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
Some VERY fun online antique puzzles for you to play with...
We took some photographs of interesting antiques & collectibles on TIAS and turned them into 5 minute, online, jigsaw puzzles for you to solve. We are posting one of these daily on our facebook page.
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1.THIS FRIDAY come to our BLACK FRIDAY sales at TIAS.com
Starts at midnight Friday morning Eastern Standard Time. We will be posting new sales and special offer all morning. On Friday morning November 25th, to view the sales and special offers, visit:
2. This Week's Survey
Every week we post a new survey question and the results from the previous week's survey. Survey questions are about anything related to antiques & collectibles. If you have a suggestion for a survey question, email it to me at firstname.lastname@example.org and we might use it in the next newsletter.
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This week's survey question...
"You work at a deli and during lunch hour your cash register runs out of quarters. When you can't get to the bank, you sometimes run to the family owned bakery next door and exchange some cash for their change. The deli reciprocates when the bakery runs out of change. This exchange of change has been going on for years, to the benefit of both stores. You run next door and get 3 rolls of quarters. When you get back to the deli and break open the first roll, it's filled with pre 1964 90% silver quarters. You are rather stunned. You break open the other two rolls and they are also filled with solid silver quarters. The total retail value of all three rolls is about $720. You paid $60. So what do you do now?"
It takes just a few seconds to give us your answer to this questions at:
We'll tabulate the results and comments and publish them in next week's newsletter.
The Last Survey Question Was....
"You are a plumber. You specialize in updating old houses with new plumbing. The house you are currently working on is an old Victorian and is not occupied. The new owners will be moving in about a month from now. While working late at night on a weekend, running new plumbing for the Kitchen, you open up a small hole in a wall and find a taught string hanging down across the back of hole. You pull the string up and can hear the muffled sound of something being dragged up inside the wall. When you finally get to the end of the string, there is an old revolver and a New York State license plate tied to it. The license plate is dated 1925 (prohibition era)." What do you do next?
Here are the answers we received.....
40.7% - said "Contact the police"
35.6% - said "Keep the gun and the license plate"
18.6% - said "I have another answer......"
Here are some of the comments that were posted by readers who answered the survey...
a) The honest thing to do is contact the owner. If they are not interested, then it is yours. There is no need to contact the police as someone was possibly a bootlegger. If there was another crime, it is past prohibition. If there is a body, well, then it is police time.
b) It belongs to the home owner. If I kept it, I would feel like I had stolen it from him.
c) Your state and/or city laws will have a bearing on this. Most places require you contact the police if a weapon is found. If there is not such a law , contact the home owner. If the home owner is not interested, then contact the police. They may or may not want the weapon/and or license plate. If not, it's yours.
d) It was put there to protect the identity of the owner or someone else. Do not touch either with your bare fingers. Could be evidence, you know.
e) Check to see if it's loaded. LOL!
f) I think it would be legally required for you to do this, as this gun might have been used in a crime back then and this might help solve the crime. However, being that the house belongs to another, I don't know what obligation he would have to tell the new owners. But, whatever, he should at least call the police and ask them hypothetically what he needs to do in this situation.
g) Put it back
h) Call the news stations! Surely anyone who used it is long gone, and the historical value would be of interest to everyone. Of course, you'd also want to call both the cops and the homeowner to let them know what you found.. . and perhaps a decades old mafia hit might be solved.
i) I would imagine that the gun was involved in a felony. I would also want to know if the gun were involved in a murder. Take it to the police and get a specific receipt for both the gun and plate. Possession is 9/10ths of the law. The homeowner and the plumber should work it out monetarily..........Miles
j) thats a no brainer! You contact the homeowner of your "find" and get back to your business.
k) First. try to trace the license plate and/or gun and find out who the two items belonged to. That gives you some basis on which to decide whether police need to be involved - the one thing you know for sure is that the items don't belong to you. But hey, why not have a little fun sleuthing out the story if you can?
l) Leave it on the counter for the homeowners to decide what to do with it. For goodness' sake. As long as you can be sure no one is going to break in and steal the copper piping (common in our area). If that might be a possibility, I'd take it with me, put it in a locked box in my home until I could contact the house owners, which would be very early the next morning. Get that thing out of my possession as fast as possible!
m) No way could you keep it just b/c you are contracted to work on it, honestly. I supposed most would though. We have found many antiques over the years at our homes we own while doing electrical updates, etc...hidden in the walls and at Cripple Creek, Colorado they have displayed an old carved pipe found while doing construction, this is not unusual. What is unusual is the scruples of an honest contractor!
n) The revolver and license plate were hidden in the wall for a reason. Best to contact the police and notify the home owner. If nothing illegal is on record the items are the home owner property. If the items were involved in a crime the home owner would most likely not be suspect.
o) It's obviously a "cold case", but it could still be tied to something important. Let the police know and let THEM make a decision as to whether to investigate further.
p) I would contact ABC-NBC-CBS and ask who they contact for police research and tell them of your find. I'm sure one of the networks would be thrilled to be the "first" to report a mystery about why a gun and license plate are hidden in a wall. This way it just doesn't end up in the backlog of police "cold case" investigations and you miss an opportunity to be the rightful "finder". What fun!!!
q) Depends upon who holds title to the property. They should go to the deed holder at the time of discovery. Let whoever has rightful title to the goods trace down their history.
r) They are open 24/7 and should be able to say if it's safe to keep or need further explanation. As the Mother of 3 police officers, I know that's their recommendation without even asking.
s) Get some gloves to grab the items, then contact the police if anything to ensure the gun is secure and safe to handle, then if had a camera - photograph the items. Fun find. Had friends find old toys while remodeling their house then spirits starting appearing.......so with license plate and gun.....maybe also contact a medium?
t) this could solve a cold case, definitely the police should be told. whoever is responsible for the gun being there is more than likely long gone.
u) I would find out the history of the home and see who was the owner during that time period and return the item/s to them. If they are unavailable, I would keep the item. Finders Keepers.
v) I would take photos being careful to not handle the items too much. There might be fingerprints. Since it is a gun I would contact the police but I would also tell the home owner and the local historical society. There is some type of story connected to the items and it would be interesting to find out what it is.
w) The answer crystal clear. You were working for pay in someone's home. Anything you find is clearly the property owner's property. You MUST give anything you find to the property owner. Case Closed.
x) It rightfully belongs to the new owner. It is up to them whether or not the police should be contacted. Make sure you do not get your own fingerprints on anything.
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
When my son & daughter were quiet young, I had so much fun proving that Santa came down the chimney. On the hearth and onto the carpet snowy footprints made their way to the tree. This was accomplished simply by dipping the shoes in baby powder. They never thought to ask how it kept from melting. Those were the "good ole days". I also did that for the grandchildren one year. Carolyn C. in Al
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4. This week's Antique News
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1. Hirschfeld’s America This Week at LiveAuctionTalk.com
2. - Black Friday- sale on antiques & collectibles at TIAS.com
3. New Jersey’s Sterling Associates Enters Auction Arena With Dec. 3 Estates Sale
4. Colonial Sense: Antiques: Auction Results: October, 2011
5. Nic’s Top Ten Photos from PurePhoto – artmarketblog.com
6. Artprice to Launch Online Art Auctions – artmarketblog.com
7. Contemporary Art Market Karma at Phillips de Pury Pt. 3 – artmarketblog.com
8. Contemporary Art Market Karma at Phillips de Pury Pt. 2 – artmarketblog.com
9. Contemporary Art Market Karma at Phillips de Pury Pt. 1 – artmarketblog.com
10. Morphy's Dec. 3 Antique & Vintage Marbles auction features renowned Paul Baumann collection
11. Daguerre and Daguerreotypes at Prices4Antiques.com
12. Leland Little Auction & Estate Sales, Ltd. to Hold Two-Day Winter Catalogue Auction on December 2nd
13. Free collector's club listings at Wikicollecting.org
14. SKINNER’S ASIAN WORKS OF ART SALE FEATURES OVER 1600 LOTS OF ORIGINAL PAINTINGS, IMPRESSIVE FURNITURE
15. John F Kennedy ‘posthumous autograph’ – one of just 30 – appears for sale
16. Big multi-estate auction slated for Dec. 3 by Crescent City in New Orleans
17. SILVER SERVING UTENSILS — WHAT TO USE ON YOUR THANKSGIVING TABLE
18. Rago's November 12 Fine Art Auctions Reach $1.3 Million
19. Estate Road Show offers new breed of auction
20. Mid-Hudson Galleries To Auction Unique Archive Of Liberace’s Personal Effects, Dec. 3
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5, Your Classifieds...
Elegant Hand Painted Enameld Gilded Porcelain Vase
Twilight 'Breaking Dawn' Signed Photos Now Available
Time Was Antiques English Royalty Items Specialists
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6. Newly listed items for your online shopping pleasure for Monday November 21, 2011 Stop by and check out today's fresh inventory at:
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.
My son is almost 30 now and this happened on his fifth birthday. During the 1980s, the focus was on protecting your child from being abducted. And having only one child after waiting nine years, I may have gone a bit overboard. I was so afraid of someone abducting him that we discussed the missing children on the milk cartons and to never talk to strangers. On his birthday, I wanted to surprise him by putting his picture in the birthday section of our local newspaper. After picking him up from Kindergarten, I opened the paper and turned to the birthday photos. I asked him if he recognized anyone on the page? I will never forget his look of horror when he put his hand on his forehead and said,. “Oh, no, I’m not missing!” I did not know whether I should laugh or cry!! Donna M.
Do you have a funny family story you would like to share? Make someone feel good by sharing it with us. Send it to firstname.lastname@example.org and we may publish it here.
8. Wanted ads. Can you help?
Here are the latest wanted ads from the TIAS Exchange. Can you help someone out?
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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 Steve requested a recipe for "chocolate dessert lasagne". We received the following...
Chocolate Dessert Lasagna
* 1 (8 ounce) package no-boil lasagna noodles
* 2 lbs ricotta cheese
* 1 cup powdered sugar
* 1/2 cup unsweetened cocoa
* 2 large eggs
* 1 1/2 cups mini chocolate chips
* 1 orange, zested
* 1/2 cup roasted pistachios
* 4 ounces white chocolate, coarsely grated
Preheat the oven to 350 degrees F.
Bring a large pot of water to the boil and cook the noodles for 1 minute. Drain them and put them into a bowl of ice water to stop the cooking. Drain again and lay on paper towels to dry.
Whisk together the ricotta, sugar, cocoa powder, and eggs on medium speed with a hand or stand mixer, scraping down the sides of the bowl, until it is well blended. Stir in the chocolate chips and orange zest. Spread 1/4 of the cheese mixture into the bottom of an 8 by 8-inch baking dish. Sprinkle some of the pistachios over the top and press on a layer of noodles. Repeat, ending with the ricotta mixture and pistachios. Bake for 35 to 40 minutes, or until the lasagna has risen. Remove the pan from the oven and evenly sprinkle the white chocolate over it. Let cool, cut, and serve. 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.
When I was was child, our next door neighbor who was Hungarian gave my mother a recipe for flaky butter cookies. They were cut into diamond shapes and raspberry jam & ground walnuts were spread across the top & I think egg white was also brushed across the top before baking. Unfortunately, when my mother passed away, I was not able to find a written copy of this recipe, as most of her baking & cooking were done from memory. I'd greatly appreciate it if anyone has this recipe & would kindly share it. Thanks, Vickie
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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11. New Online Merchants
Be sure to check out all of the fresh inventory offered by these new merchants at TIAS.
Eclectic antiques and collectibles to make your own free space. Simply have fun creating new and innovative ideas for your world using old world antiques and collectibles!
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.
The Farmers Daughter Antiques and Collectibles
My inventory includes everything from primitives and old tools to fine glass and linens. I love glass and porcelain items but I have a wide selection of other antiques as well. Come browse with us. New items added daily.
Dazzlers Antique and Estate Jewelry
Dazzlers offers fabulous antique & estate jewelry, and so much more! For the past 20 years, we have been collecting, researching, and buying jewelry from all over the world. Today, we're making it available to you.
Two 2 Love Treasures
Welcome! I specialize in high end vintage jewelry such as Juliana D&E, Weiss, Eisenberg, Christian Dior, Givenchy, Claudette, Whiting & Davis, Krementz, Ora & more! As well as other vintage accessories, hats, bags, etc. Please check us out!
I have always loved Bakelite. Is it the edible colors like butterscotch, apple juice, cherry and root beer, or is it the fanciful deco designs that inhabit the world of Bakelite and Lucite jewelry?
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