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The Collectors Newsletter #304 February 2005

The Collectors Newsletter #304 February 2005

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In this issue, you will read about....
1. "The Trap" and "The Painting"
2. Go Into Business for Yourself
3. Your Classifieds
4. Improve your collection. (sponsors message)
5. Lost and Found
6. News from the Kovels
7. Newly listed items
8. Funny Old Stuff
9. Wanted ads. Can you help?
10. A Vintage Recipe
11. A Vintage Recipe Request from a Reader
12. New Online Merchants
13. Helpful Resources For Collectors

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1) After you read this story, tell us your interesting story. Send your
story to newsletter@tias.com and we may publish it here . We want to
hear any interesting or unusual stories you would like to share with us
that are related to collecting or anything vintage.
The Trap
It was early December, 2004 and we decided to go to our family
lake cabin located in South Alabama for a short weekend visit. It was
a bit nippy that weekend and the water was pretty low so we decided to
build a bon-fire down by the lake shore. I was up in the woods
gathering sticks and logs when I came upon what appeared to be the
bottom of a liquor bottle sticking out of the ground about 2 inches.
I gave it a quick boot to knock it loose so I could throw it in the
trash. It was stuck in the ground pretty snug so I started tugging at
it and eventually pulled it out of the dirt and grime. After holding
it up, it did not look like your ordinary liquor bottle and had holes
in the light green glass with string tied around the top and through
the holes. With my finger, I wiped one side off to reveal the writing
which read "CAMP MINNOW TRAP". I ran down to the lake shore to show
everyone my find, then stored it in a safe place to take home and
clean. Later that week, back at home in Birmingham, I scrubbed the
bottle in a bucket of soap and water back to original condition which
revealed the minnow trap in mint condition with no cracks or defects.
I (reluctantly) surprised my Uncle at Christmas with the minnow trap
as a gift. It now sits on a shelf in his den beside his favorite chair.

-- Another Story --

About 15 years ago, a friend and I were stumbling through a
secondhand junk store when she spotted a small piece of artwork in a
frame sitting on the floor, leaning against a table. I'm no art connoisseur,
but I fell under the spell as soon as she said "I know that style." We
inquired about it and the proprietor said she would take $20.00 for the
piece, frame and all. My friend didn't want to act too excited over the
purchase, but asked the business owner "how did you come by this
piece?" The lady stated that she'd purchased it from an estate sale
about 5 years prior and it had been in her attic ever since. She had
recently brought it to her store after cleaning her attic. My friend and I
went the following day to the library to research the piece. At the time,
neither of us were Internet savvy. We found five different representations
of the same work of art by the same artist.

We investigated further and took the piece to the president of the
American Society of Fine Art who, oddly enough, lived nearby. After
examining the frame he asked that we remove the piece so that he
could further inspect it. Using florescent lighting and magnifying glasses
and studying the piece for a long while, he finished by stating: "The note
on the reverse side of the frame, that you are unable to make out, says
Chagall out of frame', and the painting is a gouache medium. He told us
that "out of frame" was a frequent museum note when a painting has
been removed from it's original frame for any number of reasons. That's
right we were told we had an original Marc Chagall gouache.

Nearly about to burst, we both inquired as to the value of the piece.
After comparing recent auctions he stated that he estimated the value to
be $1million - $1.25 million. WE WERE FLOORED!

After nearly 5 years of attempting to authenticate the painting, my friend
gave up. Transparencies had been made and sent to both Christie's and
Sotheby's auction houses, both of whom asked for the painting to be
shipped to them. Frustration set in since we were unable to insure the
painting due to not being able to get it authenticated. Without
authentication, it would be impossible to realize any claim in the event the
painting were stolen or damaged. We decided not to send it. My friend
became increasingly frustrated with the entire process and offered to sell
it to me for a few hundred dollars. I bought it on the spot and it is tucked
securely away in a safe deposit box at my bank.

Hopefully one day, I will be able to obtain a certificate of authenticity from
the committee Chagall, but until then, I suppose I'll only be able to say I
have something in a bank box. Just wanted to share, Richard
Comments, thoughts? Post them online at:
We collect interesting stories about collecting. Things like your best find,
unusual collections, bizarre collectibles. Anything and everything that is
interesting that has to do with collecting. We may publish it here. Send
your story to newsletter@tias.com .

2) Go Into Business for Yourself
One of the reasons TIAS.com got started, was because I had a weekend
hobby buying and selling antiques and collectibles. Having a "real" job
to support my hobby, allowed me to ease into the business full time.

Almost 10 years have gone by since we came online in April 1995. TIAS
now represents almost 800 online antiques and collectibles merchants with
over 560,000 items for sale online.

If you have ever thought about selling antiques and collectibles online,
TIAS has a plan for you to get started in this fascinating business. Take
a look at http://www.MakeAShop.com

You can register today and test our system to see if it is what you truly
want to do. Many of our merchants open their store with a partner allowing
them to share the business. Take a look today. This is your first step
towards your own online business. http://www.MakeAShop.com

3) Your Classifieds...
Do you have antiques or collectibles you are just itching to sell? A simple
classified ad in this newsletter might just be your answer. Over 240,000
readers subscribe to this newsletter. One of them just might be able
to help you out. Place your ad today at: http://www.tias.com/classifieds


Sampler with House, Trees & verse, Caroline Trask 1849


Want to know what our advertisers think? Check out the testimonials at:

4) Improve your collection (sponsors message)
In many cases you can actually increase the value of your collection, by
keeping accurate records on the history of each piece. Accurate records can
help contribute to the overall value. There are many ways to do this. The easiest is
to get yourself some collection management software from Collectify. Collectify
is the only collection management software recommended by Sotheby's to
their clients. It works with EVERY type of antique or collectible.

Order a free 30 day trial version of Collectify or you can even download
it from the Web. If you decide to keep it, as a newsletter reader you can
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5) Lost and Found
We accept three types of Lost and found submissions for publication in this

1. You have a vintage item in hand and you are trying to find relatives of
the original owner(s). This could be an old photo album, baby book, diploma,
Family Bible, or other vintage items that can be linked to a specific person
or family.

2. You are looking for a fairly common vintage item that has deep personal
meaning for you or someone you know. I'm sorry, but we do not post
requests for "one of a kind items" that have been lost or stolen.

3. If you have a friend or relative that has been lost for at least 10 years,
maybe our readers can help you.

Remember to include as many details about the item(s) as you can. For
your story to run in this section, you must include your email address and
allow us to publish it. If this service helps you eventually track down the
relatives or find an item, please tell us about it in a follow-up story.
Purple Heart goes home
In January, I posted a story in your lost & found section of the newsletter
regarding my search for the family of a Purple Heart I had in my
possession. I wanted you to know that within 48 hours of posting my story
in your newsletter, I received a call from the nephew of the Purple Heart
recipient. A seven year search is over thanks to one of your readers, Kaye
Bryan, who tracked down email addresses and phone numbers and
forwarded the info to the right people to make the reunion possible. There
were many responses from your readers offering a range of info and
resources. I was just amazed.

The Purple Heart awarded to Reece E Sharp is now back home, with the
family, alongside another Purple Heart that he had been awarded. THANK
YOU ALL AGAIN for your replies!! Most Sincerely, Linda H.
How about you? Do you have some special vintage item that is in need of
its owner or are you looking for a special item or person? Maybe we can
help. Send us info at newsletter@tias.com

TEDDY BEARS-Where's that teddy bear you loved when you were a kid?
Hunt for it. In the February issue of Kovels on Antiques and Collectibles
newsletter, Ralph and Terry Kovel tell readers old teddy bears don't have to
be in mint condition or by famous makers like Steiff to be attractive to
collectors. At a recent auction, more than 30 well-loved vintage teddy
bears made before about 1950 sold for solid prices-most for more than

For more information on the Kovels' newsletter, click

7) Newly listed items for your online shopping pleasure for Tuesday
February 25, 2005 Stop by and check out today's fresh inventory at:
TIAS - http://www.tias.com/showcase
CollectorOnline - http://cgi.tias.com/showcase/?groupKey=7
AntiqueArts - http://cgi.tias.com/showcase/?groupKey=3
Earthling - http://cgi.tias.com/showcase/?groupKey=6

8) Funny Old Stuff
This is our humor section. These are humorous stories and jokes that
are sent in by readers. If you have a submission you would like to share,
please send it to newsletter@tias.com and we may run it in the next issue.
In the 70's, our whole family met in Mississippi to visit my husband's
Grandmother. I am a Yankee and really enjoyed learning Southern
traditions. Fishing was a passion and even Mamaw and all would jump
up from the breakfast table, tackle ready, to go out to the bayou for the
days dinner. One morning my sister-in-law (from California) and I decided
to stay behind to clean the kitchen. The old cast iron frying pan she had
used for the bacon and eggs, was really caked with "crud". We spent over
an hour scrubbing and chipping away on it. We thought it looked so good
by the time they got home. Mamaw went to the kitchen and was so happy to
see all the dishes done. Then she saw her cast iron fry pan and her face fell.
Her response was more of sadness when she said "Oh no, look what they
did to my fry pan. It took me years to get it that way". We were then
educated on the Cast iron frying pans. What can you expect from a couple
of Teflon Queens? Sadly they are all gone now, and I have asked around
here to no avail. She had a name she called that crud, which I can no longer
remember. Does anyone out there know what that build-up is called? I can
be reached at linderlu@hutchtel.net Thank you, Linda
Do you have a funny story or joke you would like to share? Make someone
feel good by sharing it with us. Send it to newsletter@tias.com and we may
publish it here.

9) Wanted ads. Can you help?
Here are the latest wanted ads from the TIAS Exchange. Can
you help someone out? To place an ad of your own take a look at:

Wanted to Buy: Old Guitars and Amplifiers

WANTED: Wanted: Nadal Gres Gold Egyptian Girl figurines


WANTED: WANTED: Round Milk Bottle (s) from all 50 States
Looking for something? Place a "Wanted" ad in this newsletter. Over
240,000 subscribers. It's easy, go to: http://www.tiasExchange.com

10) A Vintage Recipe
In the last issue Toni requested a recipe for a "a moist cake, almost
spice like that has tiny tiny bits of pineapple and something red in it,"
Here is one of the responses to that request. If you have a variation
of this recipe that you would like to share with our readers, please
post it to:
Be sure to also check out this weeks recipe request, below.
This sounds and awful lot like the Kentucky Wonder Cake that my
mother used to make -- except for the "something red." Is it possible
this was finely chopped nuts. I remember that the pecans that Mother
used seemed to have a reddish tint to them.

Anyway, here is the recipe. It is delicious and well worth trying even
if it is not exactly what you are looking for.

2 1/2 c. flour, sifted
2 c. sugar
1 1/2 c. Crisco oil
2 1/2 tsp. cinnamon
4 egg yolks
1 sm. can crushed pineapple
2 tsp. hot water
1 1/2 tsp. nutmeg
1 c. chopped nuts
4 egg whites, beaten

Mix flour, sugar, oil, cinnamon, egg yolks, pineapple, water and nutmeg.
Fold in nuts and beaten egg whites. Pour mixture into an ungreased tube
pan. Bake at 350 degrees for 1 hour and 15 minutes. Suitable for freezing.
...Celia Cullman, Alabama
Did you know TIAS merchants have over 1000 vintage
cookbooks for sale online? They make great gifts. Take a
look at: http://www.tias.com/cookbooks

11) 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 mom and my aunt used to make a coffee cake type thing that was
called cinnamon flip flop. It was made on a cookie sheet with 1/2 inch
sides and had drizzled cinnamon and butter in it. It was so good - not
very high, but ohhhh delicious! Any ideas out there? Thanks,
Toni G.
If you can help this reader with this recipe, please forward it to
recipes@tias.com . If you have a vintage recipe request send it to
recipes@tias.com and we might just publish it here.
Be sure to check out our vintage kitchen collectibles section online at:

12) New Online Merchants
These merchants just opened shop online. Stop by and check out their
fresh inventory.

Ace Antiques
We offer A selection of fine glassware, carnival, Fenton, depression etc.
100's of pieces of fine china and discontinued pieces. Linens, quilts,
dolls, and toys. We also offer a fine line of furniture which includes oak,
walnut, mahogany, and primatives.

Silverdollar Productions, Inc.
Our goal at Silverdollar Productions was to recreate an era of grand and
glorious clocks in the American Tradition. In addition to our handcrafted-
from-scratch clocks, we also offer original antique clocks fully restored
back to their original beauty.

A Journey in Time
Welcome to my store, "A Journey in Time." My store contains everything
from jewelry to ceramics. I have spent many years collecting, and am
excited to bring my collection to you. Check back daily for new items!

GrandMa's Collection of Treasures
Specializing in affordable items from the 50's and 60's. Inventory collected
over 20 years includes toys, pottery, glassware, books, collectibles,
costume jewelry, albums and any other bargins I could find. Be sure to
visit often, new items added daily.

Antique Nest
Our large antique shop is coming! Watch our progress daily! Our Fearless
Hunter, known for weathered paint primitives, can be spotted scouring the
Midwestern countryside for the elusive and rare. She's the tall
distinguished one with straw behind her ears!

For more new online shops, take a look at:
This year, open your own online Antique & Collectible Shop.
If you have one or a few items to sell, try our classifieds at
http://www.tiasexchange.com. If you have more than a few items to sell,
open your own store at TIAS. It's easy and fun. Over 200,000 customers
visit us on an average day. It costs you nothing to get started. Take a
look at: http://www.makeashop.com

13) Helpful Resources:
1. What's it worth? Try Kovels' free online price guide to over 300,000
antiques and collectibles. It can be found online at http://www.kovels.com

2. Looking for an expert to help you with repairs, or an appraisal?
Or just some help finding an auction house or a collectors club? Try this
free service at http://www.tias.com/stores/kovelsyellow/

3. Get an online appraisal
For just $9.95 from "What's It Worth To You?"
http://www.whatsitworthtoyou.com/tias.htm (Not affiliated with Kovels.com)

Thanks for reading. Feel free to forward this to a friend. To subscribe to this
newsletter go to: http://www.tias.com/subscribe Please note that stories and
recipes from readers are not checked for accuracy. They may be edited
prior to publication. For questions or comments, you can reach us at
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