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The Collectors Newsletter #615 -- May 2008
The Collectors Newsletter #615 -- May 2008
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8. A Vintage Recipe
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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.
I was surprised there was only 1 response in Newsletter 613 for Arline's request for silverware pattern reference books.
The following are very valuable reference books, but they contain only silverplate patterns. If you cannot find your pattern in one of these books, it probably is a very rare silverplate pattern or a sterling pattern.
1. The Standard Encyclopedia of American Silverplate, Flatware and Hollow Ware by Frances M. Bones & Lee Roy Fisher, published by Collector Books, A Division of Schroeder Publishing Co., Inc. (Hard cover) This book contains some pictures of original silverplate catalogs so you get an idea of most items offered in a specific pattern.
2. Silverplated Flatware, An Identification and Value Guide by Tere Hagan. (Paperback)
3. Silver Plated Flatware Patterns, 2nd Edition, Copyright 1981 by Fredna Harris Davis and Kenneth K. Deibel. Published by Bluebonnet Press, Dallas, TX. This book is probably out of print so e-Bay or other out-of-print book sources would be a good place to buy a copy. I purchased my copy on e-Bay.
Like everyone I love your newsletter and have passed the info along to many of my friends who are collectors. I am looking for a good reference book or books to identify silver ware patterns. I have purchased many pieces of my own pattern on the Internet and now have enough for large family gatherings and to lend for large gatherings, and I don't have to worry about loosing a piece or two.
I love tag sales and thought I could look for pieces to sell. Arline-
I read the stories about kids and heirlooms and wanted to share a story about my recently deceased mother. She always taught us to be proud of our heritage and to respect and preserve those precious items handed to down to us. When I was a child I would ask the stories of the family items we had in the house. Part of my family comes from Eustes Ridge, Maine and once lived in the now flooded town of Flagstaff, Maine. My mother told the story of how my great-grandfather was a lumberman in Maine. When he proposed to my great-grandmother he had her wedding ring made from gold he himself had panned from a river in Maine. This ring was promised to my mother because she was the youngest grand-daughter. When my great grandmother died my grandfather kept the ring for her in his safe until my mom was older. Only a few people knew that it was promised to her.
Time went by and my mother had not yet asked for the ring from my grandfather when a tragedy struck the family. Mom’s older sister (my aunt) lost her only son to leukemia when he was only 26. In the profound grief that came after, my grandfather tried desperately to soothe my aunt’s pain. He knew she too loved family heirlooms and without thinking he gave the ring to my aunt. She was thrilled and it helped her get through that rough time by reminding her of the rich family legacy and support she could count on. When I heard that my mom was supposed to get the ring I asked her why she didn’t remind my grandfather that that ring was supposed to be hers. She gave me a stern look that only mothers can give and said, “ Don’t you ever bring that up with them. Your aunt suffered so much when she lost Mark and I would never bring this up or ask her for that ring. If it gives her some comfort then that means more to me than having it myself.” She never did bring it up and she taught all of us kids that the love of family always supersedes the love of objects. We miss her terribly but carry her example with us....John Q, Dallas, Texas
After reading Marge’s story and the responses she got concerning her “special” pot, I realized I have a similar story. My grandmother used to make the best blonde brownies when we were growing up. I was able to get the recipe from her when I was in high school, but every time I made the brownies they didn’t turn out right – they would get too done on the bottom. Well, when my grandma passed away, I found her “special” pan, a WearEver, that she always used for her brownies. The pan by itself weighs about 15 pounds. That was the secret because the pan is so heavy. Now, I am the “official” baker of Grandma’s Brownies for my whole family because I not only have the recipe, but also the pan. Helen V.
For Arline looking for a good reference book on identifying silverware patterns ....
I have been using Silverplated Flatware, An Identification and Value Guide written by Tere Hagan, to identify silverplate and flatware patterns for quite a few years and find it very useful. This will not help if she is looking for sterling silver patterns though as there are only a few in it. Shirliann, Florida
I, too, found that my mother had saved every letter I wrote her, including those detailing my daughter's birth and childhood. Now my daughter, age 28, has the "Baby Book" I never got around to making for her. All those letters, placed in plastic archive pages in a binder, tell the story much better than the typical "fill-in-the-blank" commercial record books. Linda in Oregon
I have enjoyed your newsletter immensely for several years now, but this is my first time to send in a comment. When I started reading all the stories of people using their treasured vintage pots and pans on an everyday basis, I couldn't resist the urge to share my story with everyone. My mother passed away 7 years ago and my brother and I started trying to empty her house. She was never an avid collector of one or two specific things but loved anything old. The "cleaning out" process was a tedious, painstaking procedure for us in that we too had inherited the "packrat" gene from both our mother and father. There was never any disagreements or problems with who wanted certain items in the house. Until....we came to the cast iron skillets and dutch ovens that my mother had inherited when my grandmother passed away several years before. There really wasn't any arguments about who was going to take the cast iron cook ware but rather who wanted certain pieces. I received two large skillets, a dutch oven, a small skillet and the cornbread pan that made sticks of cornbread shaped like ears of corn. My brother received a similar lot of pieces in addition to the biscuit pan. I use at least one of these items every single day. I wouldn't know how to begin making a roux without using one of the large skillets. Cornbread wouldn't taste the same if it didn't come from one of these wonderful pans either. We both live in Louisiana and visit each other's houses regularly. I see the biscuit pan and skillets being used at my brother's house every time we gather with our families for occasions. I bought a supposedly "already seasoned" skillet a few years ago thinking that I could create something for my daughter to use years from now that she grew up seeing in our kitchen every day, but no matter how I've treated it and used it, trying t o get it to that state of cast iron perfection, it pales in comparison to the old vintage ones that I treasure. I suppose I'll just have to take extra care of the pieces from my grandmother and pass them on to my daughter somewhere down the road.
Judy in Louisiana
I have a lot of vintage kitchen items that I use, but I have two favorites. First is my Grandmother's green spatter "Boca" bowl (Texas ware bowl), I don't know why she called it a Boca bowl, but that was her name for it. She used it almost daily. After we lost her, I asked for the bowl if no one else wanted it - I was the only one interested in it. It is one of my favorite things. I also have (and use frequently) my other Grandmother's biscuit cutters. I remember being in the kitchen with her when I was a small child and using them. I love both of these women dearly, and I was lucky to be close to both of them. Using their kitchen items is a way of being close to them still. My young sons are growing up hearing stories of them each time I use these wonderful kitchen tools. As a side note, does anyone know why she called it a "boca" bowl? Mary in NC
Hi- thanks for the great newsletter- I look for it in my e-mailbox every week! Here's a long-winded story about a piece of vintage cookware/kitchenware. I acquired my grandmother's old electric stand mixer- either a KitchenAid or Sunbeam (can't remember which, I'm writing this from work and I don't have it in front of me). It only has 1 attachment, and the one metal bowl, with 2 speeds. It's gotta be from the the 1950's or even the late 1940's, but it still works like a charm, and weighs a ton.
She & my grandpa owned a bar/restaurant/hotel (where they also lived) on the outskirts of Pittsburgh, and she used it in the kitchen daily. This place had been in the family since the mid-1800's (originally a stagecoach stop), and after my grandfather died in the early 1970's, our family had to sell it, since my grandmother couldn't run it herself and neither my parents nor any other family members had an interest in taking over the business. There was acreage with the property, the hotel part was filled with old furniture (and the attic), knotty pine paneling in the dining rooms, and shaved walnut paneling in the bar area. It also had the longest bar in Southwestern Pa. at the time. It was called the Reese Hotel, located outside of Oakdale, Pa. Anyway- when it was sold, they sold it lock, stock & barrel (with most of the furniture inside, since she was moving to my aunt's house) to a local real estate guy who also had an interest in antiques. I shudder to think of the things that were basically "given away" with the sale, and have fond memories of the old place where I spent a great deal of my childhood. In hindsight, my mom & aunt realize that perhaps they should have talked to a few antique dealers about the furniture, but c'est la vie! But when I use my grandma's mixer, I think of her and the good times we had at the old place and all the good things this mixer helped prepare! Sandy
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The boy who asked his mom what a 45 record was reminded me of a trip down the grocery aisle with my husband 30-odd years ago. We were in the generics aisle and a 12-year-old girl was holding a six-pack of
generic cola saying, "Mom, how do you open these?" No pop-tops on the cheap stuff, but how quickly they had dominated the industry - imagine never having used an opener! Of course, I had never heard of an opener referred to as a "churchkey" till I met my husband. I can just imagine where that came from!
I remember the early pop-tops that detached, and how we girls used to make chains of them in the dorm - some even managed whole curtains! My friend said the attached ones were designed because too many people threw the other tabs inside the cans, then swallowed them accidentally. I thought it was just from littering...Susan in NJ
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9) A Vintage Recipe
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In our last issue, Geri. requested a recipe for "Banana Trifle" . We had several responses.
Banana Trifle Recipe
1 1/3 cup sugar
3/4 cup flour
1/2 teaspoon salt
4 cups milk
8 egg yolks
1 tablespoon vanilla extract
1 package vanilla wafer cookies
1/4 cup bourbon
2 tablespoons rum
6 ripe bananas -- sliced
6 English toffee candy bars (1.4-oz) -- crushed
2 cups whipping cream
2 tablespoons sifted powdered sugar
Combine first 3 ingredients in a large heavy saucepan; whisk in milk. Bring to a boil over medium heat, whisking constantly. Remove from heat. Beat egg yolks until thick and pale. Gradually stir one-fourth of hot mixture into yolks; add to remaining hot mixture, stirring constantly. Cook, stirring constantly, 1 minute. Stir in vanilla.
Layer one-third of wafers in a 16-cup trifle bowl or 4-quart baking dish. Combine bourbon and rum; brush over wafers. Top with one-third of bananas. Spoon one-third of custard over banana, and sprinkle with 1/3 cup crushed candy bar. Repeat layers twice.
Beat cream at medium speed with an electric mixer until foamy; gradually add powdered sugar, beating until soft peaks form. Spread whipped cream over trifle, and sprinkle with remaining crushed candy bar. Cover and chill 3 hours....Carol Thomas-Cullman,Ala
Trifle is such a delicious and easy dessert. We often use them in place of traditional birthday cakes here in New England. The trick is to serve in a beautiful glass bowl..they are as beautiful as they taste! Here is the basic recipe. The ingredients can be assembled a few hours in advance but do not make the trifle too early in advance as it can become soggy. Refrigerate all ingredients and keep refrigerated before and after serving.
Quick and Easy Trifle
· 1 store bought pound cake (we use a famous brand found in the freezer dessert section)
· 1 large batch instant vanilla pudding (or try lemon, cheesecake, or white chocolate pudding) or custard
· Liqueur or brandy (optional) such as Amaretto or a fruit brandy (raspberry or blackberry are good)
· Fruit- I’ve used canned peaches and fresh raspberries (Peach Melba flavor), fresh strawberries and blueberries, canned pineapple, sliced kiwi, sliced bananas, anything goes! You can use a single fruit per layer or more than one. Use will need approximately 3-4 cups worth. Drain all canned fruit well.
· Whipped cream or whipped topping (optional)
To prepare: Cube thawed pound cake into 1” cubes. Optional: Toss cubes with 1/8 to ¼ cup liqueur or brandy. Layer 1/3 of prepared cubes into bowl. Layer with ¼ of prepared pudding/custard and then a layer of fruit, being sure fruit touches all edges of glass bowl for best presentation. Repeat another layer of cubes, pudding, then fruit, and then a third layer of fruit and pudding and then fruit. You can stop with final pudding layer or put a layer of whipped cream or cool whip over pudding and then decorate with a few pieces of fruit or leave fruit layer at top or cover final fruit layer with whipped cream or cool whip and decorate with fruit. The possibilities are endless.
Serve immediately. Wonderful with coffee or espresso. Enjoy! .... Rebecca
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Does anyone know how to make an Italian cake called Cassata? Sue
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