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The Collectors Newsletter #614 -- May 2008
The Collectors Newsletter #614 -- May 2008
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1. Featured Collectors Club
2. Stories From our Readers
3. Antique News
4. Your Classifieds
5. Newly listed items
6. Funny Old Stuff
7. Wanted ads. Can you help?
8. A Vintage Recipe
9. A Vintage Recipe Request from a Reader
10. New On line Merchants
11. Helpful Resources For Collectors
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2) 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.
So my parents have an electric skillet that was given to them as a wedding gift 50 years ago. They still use it almost every week. Our recent flood of responses regarding guardian cookware, made me wonder how many people are using vintage cookware everyday? If you have a favorite vintage kitchen item, tell us about it. Why is it your favorite? Where did it come from and how often do you use it? Send your stories to firstname.lastname@example.org and we'll publish them in an upcoming issue....Phil
Comment to Rebecca in NH
I have a service of eight of Moonstone dishes that I keep in my hutch on display, along with all the fancy other moonstone pieces as bowls, vases and such. It looks so beautiful in the hutch! I have used them for Christmas dinner and other special occasions. Enjoy your dishes while you can!
This is a comment to the person who wrote about the old china sets that she had inherited and wondered what to do with them. I have several sets of china and love them all. I received my first set as wedding gifts when I got married 33 years ago. For years it was packed away while I used my "everyday" dishes. I decided one day that I was tired of everything being packed away and never using them. So I gave away my "everyday" and pulled out the "good stuff." And believe it or not, this was when my children were small. Over the years only one piece has been broken, and that was by my husband! I also have the last pieces of my mom and dad's original china that is over 60 years old. I have added pieces through ebay and antique shops over the years. That is especially dear to me, but I use it as well. I change patterns with the seasons and love seeing them being used.
When my daughter got married 2 years ago her wedding gift from my mom and dad was a set of beautiful Limoges china of my mom's. My mother passed away 5 weeks after my daughter's wedding and that made the gift even more special to my daughter.
So my advice is use it and enjoy it while you have it. When you are ready to give it away give it to someone you love. I can understand that some people think it's crazy to hold on to "things". But someday that "thing" is the only thing you can pick up and touch when that special person who gave it to you is no longer there to touch...Cathy in SC
Here's another tip concerning removal of that old sales sticker residue which seems to have petrified over the years. I've been told that nail polish remover, as long as it contains acetone, will do the trick with glass, porcelain and other similar glazed surfaces. Tom in Kansas City
I love Peter Walsh, but a picture just isn't the same as holding onto a plate :) Why not save one or two (for a couple) place settings of each china pattern - to be displayed or passed on - and donate the remainder to a thrift or charity shop for others to enjoy. I would also save serving pieces that can be mixed in with other patterns - it makes for a more interesting table display. Best regards from another dish fan :)
I just had to write in response to Rebecca wondering about her 4 sets of china and what to do with them. May I suggest a combination of your ideas? You could photograph the pieces, and perhaps even write a note or two about about the associated memories to scrapbook or simply keep with the photos. Then, you can use the pieces and not worry about the loss of the memories if the piece gets broken.
My mother (now in her 80s) was kind enough to give me her wedding crystal when she downsized to a smaller home, after my father passed away. She specifically asked me to USE it. When I was a child (one of 12) Mom was reluctant to use the good crystal for fear of breakage. She gave it to me with the understanding that I would not worry about breakage and would promise to use it. I do, on every holiday and birthday. She loves seeing it on my table and I love sharing my parents' wedding joy. And yes, it is showing up in more and more photographs! :) Mary in Santee, CA
What a wonderful family memory. The pot your mom used may have been Guardian Service wear. I have a wonderful "soup" pot that I use - my mom also used this one. It has both a metal and glass lid. Very heavy and it is a wonderful all purpose cooking pot for sauces and soups that require a long cooking time. If it is not the right one you are searching for this line of cookware may be a good substitute. I believe they were sold in the 40's and 50's and had various pieces. I find them on occasion at flea markets, goodwill stores or yard sale of old homes. I would not take a million bucks for my pot - not only for its usefulness but also for all the memories of great food and family. I found this website with a history of guardian service
..Happy red sauce making! Gayle in MD
To Rebecca, my heart was breaking when I read that you might consider parting with the china that your grandfather remembered his own grandmother going down to the docks to pick up the crates from England. I'm one of those people who furiously disagrees with the "clean sweep" idea. I don't want a photo of my g.grandmother's things, or my grandmother's, and, now, my sweet mother's precious things; I want to see, hold, and feel them. I want to pass them down to my children and grandchildren. Even my 7 year old grandson knows that his g.g.grandfather's straight edged razor and leather strap belong to him. He knows "who" this man is by stories I tell him and the photos displayed with the items and he is excited about the "old,old,old" things that will be his some day. I know that we can't possibly hold on to every little thing - but the china is another matter. Save the sets for your children, a niece or even grandchildren later on. You never know which child will treasure the family pieces. You don't have to display all three complete sets - display a complete place setting from each set - along with a few special serving pieces of each set and store the rest until you need to use them or the time comes to pass them on. And, USE those precious dishes from the "docks" and create your own memories. Use the opportunity to tell your children the story of how they came to be in the family and how special they are. The children will remember - especially the ones you bought with money borrowed from their father!! What a special story that is!
I tend to think about how my ancestors used a certain item- that something belonged to my g.grandmother - that she held it, it meant something to her and now it's mine to care for. My grandmother collected "Sunday School" cards from the time she was 3 years old and kept them for 88 years - there are over 100 of them!! HOW could I NOT keep her treasure and pass it on to my family. I shared the duplicates with extended family but my son has strict instructions to keep the remaining set together. The old box they're in even has her handwriting on it. So, please, Rebecca, think long and hard before getting rid of such special family items. I guarantee you that years from now - a photograph of those wonderful old dishes will not mean the same to you or your children. God Bless, Judy
I've been reading other readers stories about saving things. My Mom passed away 2 years ago, and we had to empty her home's contents into my own. She and my father were not really collectors - but they kept alot of paper stuff. I am still in the process of going through everything two years later, trying to separate the "good" from the junk. I found boxes that were packed 30 years ago when my grandparents passed, and my Mom emptied their home. She never unpacked the contents, just moved them into a corner of her basement. Well in going through those boxes, I found a real treasure. In a box of old greeting cards - most are post cards from the late 1800's to the early 1900's were letters and post cards to my Grandmother from her brother, my Grandfather, and my Grandfather's brother who served overseas in WWI. A real window into the past, realizing how just about every young man was either drafted or enlisted, and even reading how my Great-Uncle complained the difficulties of being in France, with only wine available - no beer! My Great-Uncle while on the front lines was gassed, and I found the telegram to his mother telling he was wounded, and a later letter with details. These letters are 90 years old this year - spanning Jan 1918 through Dec 1918 and the end of the war. I've placed these letters into acid-free page protectors as they are so fragile. They be passed to my daughter, who is a history major in college. These letters along with photos of the people who wrote them in uniform, and my Grandfather's naval uniform are priceless treasures to me.
It has been a big job going through everything, but after finding these letters, I'm so grateful that my Mom, and apparently my Grandmother, were "keepers"...Diane
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3) Antique News
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2. 650 historical lots cross the block at Cohasco auction
3. Kaminski’s Announces May Fine Art & Estates Auction
4. The Top 20 Searches for Antiques and Collectibles at Kovels.com for April 2008
5. LIVE PREVIEW! The New York International Tribal & Textile Arts Show
6. 2008 Presidential Collection Year campaign pins
7. Imperial Russian Enamel Trompe d'oeil Cigarette Sells through GoAntiques.com
8. New My Little Pony Collector’s Guide Showcases Vintage Valuables
9. Superman “Man of Steel” as Strong as Ever at Auction
10. “DUMPSTER” PAINTING FROM COLORADO SELLS AT SOTHEBY’S FOR $103,000
11. 19th CENTURY ENGLISH WHITE IRONSTONE TO BE THE CENTERPIECE OF HOLLY LANE ANTIQUES BOOTH
12. Christie's Unveils Works from The Mao Series by Andy Warhol in Hong Kong
13. Latin American Art - May 29 & 30, 2008 and NY exhibition of rediscovered 19th century painting
14. 1928 $1000 Gold Certificate Sells for $15,400 at Leonard Auction
15. Elijah Pierce Barber Chair to Sell at Garth's Auctions
16. News-Antique.com releases new press release distribution feature
17. iGavel’s Asian, Ancient and Ethnographic Art Auction Soars Past Estimates
18. Antique Expert Daryle Lambert Featured on Auctionwally's BlogTalkRadio, May 12, 2008
19. Tracking Your Collectables, Part Two, Getting Started
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6) 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.
Little children are not the only ones who have funny stuff to say, innocently of course.
I am a substitute teacher and in the past have just had to write down what kids say, they are so funny.
Recently, while teaching an English class for High School jocks who needed extra help, one young man said "If I can tell you what a pronoun is do we have to still do this?" I said, "OK, then what is a pronoun?"
"It's a Professional Noun."
Obviously this young man's mind was on sports, not English lessons....Jackie
We need stories for our humor section. Tell us some funny, family related stories and we'll share them with our readers. Send them to firstname.lastname@example.org
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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 our last issue, Brian. requested a recipe for "Scottish Pie" . We had one response.
* 1 1/2 pounds lean ground beef
* 1 large onion, minced
* 1/8 teaspoon beef bouillon granules
* 4 cups water to cover
* 2 tablespoons cornstarch
* 1/4 cup water
* 1 recipe pastry for a 9 inch double crust pie
1. Preheat oven to 375 degrees F (190 degrees C).
2. Place the ground beef in a large pot and pour in enough water to cover beef. Boil until beef is cooked through. Drain.
3. Add water to cover cooked beef, add onions and enough bouillon granules to taste. Cook until the onions are soft. Season with salt and pepper to your taste and make sure the filling has enough bouillon to have a nice beef flavor.
4. Combine the 1/4 cup water with the cornstarch and stir until smooth. Add to the beef mixture and cook until mixture has thickened.
5. Pour beef mixture into the pastry crust and cover the top with pastry. Crimp edges and prick top.
6. Bake at 375 degrees F (190 degrees C) for 30 minutes or until crust is lightly browned.
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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.
It's called trifle and there are many variations of this wonderful dessert, but I'm looking for one with bananas. Does anyone have any favorite version they could share. Geri
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