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The Collectors Newsletter #455September 2006
The Collectors Newsletter #455 September 2006
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1. Stories from our readers
2. Today's Headlines from News-Antique.com
3. Your Classifieds
4. Lost and Found
5. News from the Kovels
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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1) After you read these stories, tell us your interesting story. Send your
story to email@example.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.
A note from the editor
Hey guys and gals. Summer is over, kids are back at school and vacations
have come to an end. It's time to send us your stories of interesting vintage
finds and assorted stories of how old things surprised and moved you. Send
your email to firstname.lastname@example.org and we'll publish them here.
Here's another "Bomb" story. I have been a militaria dealer for almost 30
years. I've come across lots of live cartridges for rifles, machine guns and
pistols, but nothing highly explosive or dangerous until one day about 10
years ago. I was doing a militaria and gun collectibles show and had my
"Wanted To Buy" sign out as usual, a man walked up to my table and
literally dropped a canvas sack onto the table with a loud thud. He said his
father has brought these back from the pacific during WW2 and he wanted
to sell them. I opened the sack and found three large brass fusses for very
large Japanese arial bombs. They were made of brass and were in
absolutely beautiful, mint condition. Fusses like this, complete with paper
tags with writing in Japanese are extremely rare. These were truly museum
pieces, while examining them I soon realized that all of the safety wires
and seals were intact. These things were live! Normally, a live fuse would
not scare me, but most fusses do not contain the power of a stick of
dynamite and utilize a large amount of fulminate of mercury, which is shock
sensitive. Who knows how 50 years of storage would affect them. I told the
man that he should get them out of the building immediately and call the
police to have them destroyed. The man got livid and asked me how much
I was going to give him for them. I told him I would not buy them and that
they were extremely dangerous, if not deadly and that there was no one
who would attempt to disarm them. He accused me of trying to "Low ball"
him on a price, I said I wouldn't take them for free. He said he'll try to shop
them to someone else and I told him that I would call security if he did not
leave the building immediately. I told him to call the police and get rid of
them. He said that they were in his possession for 50 years and that they
never went off! (Obviously) I told security to make sure he left the building
and not to let him back in with that sack. 2 years later at the same show,
he approached me again, without the fusses, and asked me if I wanted to
buy them now. I told him if he brought them into the building I would call
the police. I wonder what would have happened to the guy after 9/11?
Hi. I donít have a story to share, but something to add in response to
someone elseís story. The letter was a thank you regarding help in
preserving a christening dress. An expert had recommended that the
dress be stored in an heirloom quality, non-acidic box. I was originally
going to suggest a specific store (The Container Store) as a source for
both acid-free tissue and acid-free boxes of assorted sizes. Then I
decided to do a Google search using the words acid, free, tissue, and
box. The search yielded a host of suppliers for archival-quality materials,
some of which sell online or by phone and some of which may have a
store in the writerís area. Not only are there conservation-specific stores
and bridal suppliers (as mentioned in the writerís letter), but many fabric,
quilt, and office supply stores also carry these products. The supplies
needed may be as close as a short drive away for many of your readers.
Susan in Austin
SEND US YOUR VINTAGE STORIES! send them to email@example.com
Comments, thoughts? Write to us: firstname.lastname@example.org
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) The Latest Antique News
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Rare Coins, Paper Money at New York City Show
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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
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4) 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.
Note from your editor
We are looking for more Lost and found stories. If you have found an heirloom
and you are looking for the family, let us help. Send your email to
Please let us know if the item is returned! Our readers enjoy hearing how
these searches are resolved. Send your email to LostAndFound@tias.com
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
5) NEWS FROM THE KOVELS
Antique paste jewelry is made of glass cut and set like gemstones.
According to Ralph and Terry Kovel in KOVELS ON ANTIQUES AND
COLLECTIBLES newsletter, it is now hard to find and going up in price
among serious collectors in England. The paste jewelry is very "showy,"
with large stones and gold or colored-metal mounts.
For more information on the Kovels' newsletter, click:
6) Newly listed items for your online shopping pleasure for Friday
Sept 8, 2006 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 firstname.lastname@example.org and we may run it in the next issue.
We need your funny family stories. Send them to email@example.com
What did your kids do that you laugh at now, that was not funny at the time?
Stop by next week and we'll have some great ones for you.
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
Get your wanted ad posted in this spot so that over 200,000 people can help
you find it.
Looking for something? Place a "Wanted" ad in this newsletter. Over
220,000 subscribers will see it. It's easy, go to:
9) A Vintage Recipe
Bill requested a recipe for an interesting "home brew"
Here are several response that came in.
If you have a variation of this recipe that you would like to share with our
readers, send them to us at email@example.com
Be sure to also check out this weeks recipe request, below.
Many years ago, our large family had lots of fun publishing a family cookbook
titled "Harper Valley Cooks."
In reference to Bill's request for Home Brew recipes (Newsletter #454) this is a
This recipe is ver batim from my husband, Ted Highland.
TED'S HOME BREW
1 can Ribbon Malt (3 lbs.) 2 Tbsp. lemon juice
1 lb. rice 1 pkg. brewer's yeast
1 cup hops 9 gal. crock
6lb. cane sugar
Put 6 quarts water in a large pan and bring to a boil. Add sugar, boil and stir
for 5 minutes. Add malt, slowly while stirring so malt won't stock to bottom
of pan. Watch at all times to keep from boiling over or you'll have a helluva
mess to clean up. Pour contents into crock pot. Boil rice in 1 gallon water for
5 minutes or until soft. Strain and add to crock. Boil hops 15 minutes.
Strain and pour into crock. Add enough cold water to bring temperature down
to 80 degrees.
Add lemon juice and yeast and stir well. Fill crock to 4 inches from top. Stir.
Cover crock with tea towel. Twenty four hours later --- - fill crock to 2 inches
from top with 70 degree water. Stir.
Keep temperature as close to 70 degrees as possible. Bottle in sterilized
containers when tester sinks to red line. Store in coolest place in basement
for 30 days. Drink and enjoy best home brew ever! Lena Highland,
Did you know TIAS merchants have over 1000 vintage
cookbooks for sale online? They make great gifts. Take a
Vintage Kitchen items are practical and collectible. We've
got lots of them here:
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.
I'm looking for a Chile con carne recipe that will make people beg for more.
In the southwest everyone seems to have a special recipe for this wonderful
dish. It's a hobby of mine to try different versions. I'd love to hear what your
readers are cooking. Connie
If you can help this reader with this recipe, please forward it to
firstname.lastname@example.org . If you have a vintage recipe request send it to
email@example.com and we might just publish it here.
Be sure to check out our vintage kitchen collectibles section online at:
11) New Online Merchants
Be sure to check out all of the fresh inventory offered by these new
merchants at TIAS.
Visit Belle Maison and enjoy our genuine antiques and vintage collectibles
selection. Our specialties include old silver, china, porcelain, linens and
glass. We find a variety of other interesting items as well. Visit our site
At Katie's Attic, we know you will find a few treasures, and also some good
"Junque". Wonderful books, unique and strange miscellaneous items,
jewelry, paper collectibles, silhouettes, art and more. You click on, and
we'll keep unpacking from our storage.
This year, open your own online Antique & Collectible Shop.
If you have one or a few items to sell, try our classifieds at
If you have more than a few items to sell,
open your own store at TIAS. It's easy and fun. Over 190,000 customers
visit us on an average day. It costs you nothing to get started. Take a
12) 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
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
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