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The Collectors Newsletter #343 July 2005
The Collectors Newsletter #343 July 2005
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In this issue, you will read about....
1. "Gin" and "The Spurtle"
2. Today's Headlines from News-Antique.com
3. Your Classifieds
4. Increase the value of 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 firstname.lastname@example.org 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.
Recent yard sale story reminded me of my own bottle story. Many
years ago an aged relative gave me an old bottle of gin. Never opened,
it had no tax stamp, was dark green glass and had four flat sides ( I
think it's called a "case bottle"). A liquor store owner told me it would
be valuable at auction.
After a number of years looking at the thing, I put it in a yard sale with
a price of $20 on it. A gentleman came along and quickly gave the $20.
As he was leaving, he stopped in the driveway to look at something
else, put the bottle down and it fell over and broke! I felt really bad for
the guy and the smell of gin was overpowering! Henie V.
-- Another Story --
As a young girl, I became interested in "antiques" when I helped my
grandmother rearrange her furniture. She told me the family history of
each piece of furniture, china, glassware and ornaments.
Later, helping her bake bread and pastries in her large woodstove, I noticed
some odd wooden cooking utensils. She told me the purpose for each tool,
and how they were made. She had worked in a bakeshop as a young girl,
before she moved to Canada from England, so she had lots of interesting
utensils. One thing she was missing, she said, was a spurtle. A spurtle is
a Scottish utensil -- a stick with a knob on one end used for stirring porridge
so it wouldn't get lumpy.
Later that summer, her daughter (my aunt) took me along to an estate
auction held at the farm of an elderly Scottish couple.
While the auctioneer was selling the larger items, I perused the box lots. In
one box full of kitchen odds and ends, I spotted a stick with a round knob
on the end. Checking around, I secreted it under the stuff in the box,
hoping to later bid on, and buy that box.
You can imagine my consternation when a lady who had watched me
furtively hide the prized item, removed it and placed it under sewing items
in another box! When she moved on, I retrieved it and rehid it in the original
box of kitchen items. The same lady returned and removed it again, and so
the game continued for over an hour.
Finally, the auctioneer announced that he was going to sell the box lots from
the table on which my spurtle was hidden. I conferred with my aunt, and
asked her to help me with the bidding on the box. She asked why I was so
interested in that box, and I told her I wanted to buy the box for the spurtle
it contained. I would present it to my grandmother later! My aunt had a
doubtful look on her face, and told me to wait there for just a moment.
She went to talk to a man with a clipboard, who was an antiques dealer, and
returned quickly to tell me that my spurtle was in reality a cut off umbrella
handle! He came over and showed me the saw cut marks on the end of the
stick, and I was so dismayed.
My aunt said not to be too disappointed, because we could still have some
fun. Just before the bidding started on the sewing box, the woman from
before came and grabbed the "spurtle", shoving it well down in the box, then
turning to give me a look of superiority. That box was picked up for auction,
and bidding started.
The woman bid $2, and my aunt bid $5! The woman bid $7, and my aunt
bid $9! The woman bid $12, and my aunt bid $15. The woman turned to us,
made a nasty face and bid $25! My aunt stopped bidding and the woman
was the successful bidder for a box of sewing notions worth about $5 at that
time, and one old umbrella handle.
When she walked past us with her purchase, she was carrying the "spurtle"
in her hand and was waving it at us!
We had a very hearty laugh at her expense, and it was made even better
when the antique dealer came to us just as we were leaving. He told us the
woman had come to him to see how much he would give her for "this thing".
She said she didn't know what it was, but that it must be something quite
valuable or we wouldn't have kept hiding it all afternoon. He told her it was
just an old umbrella handle! Christine M. Fall River, Nova Scotia
HEY! Send us your "Yard Sale-ing" story. We've got some great ones
but we want to hear yours too!
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 email@example.com
2) Today's Headlines from News-Antique.com
-- Collectors Universe Acquires Assets of CoinFacts.com, Inc.
-- Rhinebeck New York “Summer Magic” Antiques Fair
-- "Sotheby's Diamonds" Created
-- National Auctioneers Association Endorsement of eBay Live Auctions
-- Canadian-Exclusive Barbie(R) Doll Arrives in Stores
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4) Increase the value of your collection. (Sponsors message)
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keeping accurate records on the history of each piece. Accurate records
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5) Lost and Found
We have a new email address for lost and found comments and requests!
Send them to -- LostAndFound@tias.com
We accept two 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
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.
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.
Looking for Information
Dear Collectors Newsletter:
We are the new caretakers of the San Fernando Pioneer Memorial Cemetery
in Sylmar, California (Los Angeles). The cemetery was established in 1874
as Morningside Cemetery. Our records show that we have several Civil War
veterans buried there, and we would like to know more about them since
there are no headstones due to vandalism.
Willard D. Paine--Company H, 95 Illinois Infantry, Union side, Last Rank Pvt.
George W. Strader--Company H, 26 NY Cavalry, Union side, Last rank Pvt.
Thomas B. Hart--15 Illinois Cavalry, Union side, Last rank possibly Sgt.
Born Nov 13, 1839 and died Feb 9, 1904.
If any of you can provide information about these Vets, or lead us to how
to find out more, my e-mail address is firstname.lastname@example.org. We enjoy the
newsletter, and I just know all the wonderful readers out there can help
us. Thanks so much --Jacky Walker, Co-Chair Pioneer Cemetery Committee,
San Fernando Valley Historical Society. www.sfvhs.com (click Pioneer
Cemetery for photos and history). HEY Jackie! If you get a response, don't
forget to tell us about it. Send an email to LostAndFound@tias.com
Ed G. Was looking for information on "John Hobart Warren Ingersoll". The
following information was sent to the newsletter in response:
John Hobart Warren Ingersoll b. Oct. 27, 1899 in Philadelphia is my 6th
cousin twice removed. Let me know if I can be of further help. Rick Ingersoll
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 LostAndFound@tias.com
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8) Funny Old Stuff
This is our humor section. These are humorous 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.
As a small child around 3 years old on up, just tall enough to see over the
counter at stores, I had always thought when seeing all the costume jewelry
on the cashier's counter that it must be very expensive because it seemed
the same jewelry pieces were always there for me to admire (when in
actuality nobody purchased it because it was cheap). When I was 5 years
old and my sister was 4, she got real sick and was in the hospital for a very
long time. When my parents and I visited, they would be able to go visit her
in her hospital room whereas, I had to wait in a main hallway facing an
enter/exit door for the hospital because no children were allowed past a low
wood fence almost like the ones in some court rooms. I would wait patiently
each time we visited by myself sitting on a long wood bench which lined the
wall sometimes it seemed for hours. One time, my father came out to sit
with me awhile and check on how I was doing when 2 ladies walked through
the hospital entrance door. I looked up to see them coming through the
doors and hollered at my dad "daddy, those ladies must be expensive!"
because of the amount of and size of the costume jewelry they were sporting
in which he just turned a bright purple and kinda stammered "shhh!" at me.
Later in the car on the way home, I overheard him tell my mother he was so
embarrassed and stated that the 2 ladies entering the hospital were prostitutes.
Adrian H. California
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 firstname.lastname@example.org 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: Trifari lucite leaf or lily pad
WANTED: Buying Milk Bottles From All 50 States
Looking for something? Place a "Wanted" ad in this newsletter. Over
240,000 subscribers. It's easy, go to:
10) A Vintage Recipe
In the last issue Amy W. requested a recipe for "hot milk cake". 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.
Here is an old recipe that my Mother used to make and I hope it
will work for the gal that wanted the Hot Milk Cake recipe. I made it
a couple weeks ago for my son-in-laws Birthday and everyone loved
-- Hot Milk Cake --
2 cups sugar
2 cups flour
2 tsp. baking powder
1/4 tsp. salt
2 tsp. vanilla
1/2 cup margarine
Beat eggs until foamy. Add sugar, beating until creamy. Add dry
ingredients. continue beating at low speed until well mixed. Add vanilla.
Combine milk and margarine in a small saucepan and bring to boil
over medium heat. Add hot milk mixture to batter a little at a time and
mix well. Bake in greased 9X13X2 pan at 350 degrees for 35 minutes
or until cake pulls away from sides of pan.
My Mom usually used the following Topping on this cake.
-- Topping --
4 Tbs. margarine
1 cup brown sugar
1/2 cup chopped nuts
1/2 cup coconut
3 Tbs. milk
Combine topping ingredients in small saucepan. Stir over low heat until
of a spreading consistency, adding milk slowly. Spread over hot cake
right from the oven. Place under broiler for a few minutes to brown the
topping. I hope this will help. Carron N. Clare, MI
-- Another Version --
My Grandmother Averbeck used to make this sponge-like cake. She
used it unfrosted as a shortcake base. It's very easy to make, and goes
great with berries and whipped cream.
-- Hot Milk Cake --
1 C flour
1 tsp. baking powder
1/2 C hot milk
1 tsp. butter
1 tsp. vanilla
In a medium bowl, slightly beat the eggs. Gradually add the sugar and
beat well. Fold in the flour with the baking powder. Stir the butter and
vanilla into the hot milk and add to the other ingredients. Bake @ 350
degrees in an 8x8 or 9x9 pan until golden. Neala R.
Did you know TIAS merchants have over 1000 vintage
cookbooks for sale online? They make great gifts. Take a
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.
I would love to know how to make old-fashioned "milk sauce" that is
often served over bread pudding! Any one have it? Brenda Z.
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.
Be sure to check out our vintage kitchen collectibles section online at:
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