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The Collectors Newsletter #641 -- September 2008
The Collectors Newsletter #641 -- September 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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1) Featured Collectors Club
Highlighting clubs of interest to collectors.
Haviland Collectors Internationale Foundation
Haviland Collectors International Foundation, founded in 1990, is a world-wide organization of people dedicated to the collecting and study of porcelain and pottery produced by the Haviland families in France and America. There are members who are seeking pieces to complete the dinnerware set from Grandma and those searching for exotic porcelain and pottery items. Informative articles are printed in the Haviland Quarterly. HCIF maintains a variety of publications helpful to the newcomer as well as the advanced collector. A national annual conference is held as are regional gatherings. Exhibits are promoted and research is encouraged through the existence of a scholarship fund. Click here:
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2) After you read these stories, 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.
Some more "Found" Antiques & Collectibles stories
A couple of stories about how an antique or collectible found its way to me.
In the 1970's, I rented a house in Seattle and offered to clean out the place in lieu of paying a cleaning deposit. Items left by the former tenants included a makeshift desk formed of rough plywood nailed to a base. The base was so hidden by the overhang of this huge piece of plywood that I could barely see it, but did notice it had a walnut finish while the plywood had no finish at all. I upended the whole piece to check it out and discovered that the base was a Stickley-style Arts and Crafts umbrella stand with the plywood nailed to the top of it. I removed the plywood and have enjoyed this classic umbrella stand for the past 30 years.
In the 1960's, a friend and I wandered into a secondhand store in the old section of Hollywood, California. The proprietor was a native of Corsica and my friend was from Italy, so the two of them began a lively conversation as if they had always been friends. As the chat went on, I picked up a pair of hand-carved drinking cups made from a single bull's horn and examined them in fascination. I passed one to my friend and she was quite taken with it. On the spot, the proprietor gave them to us as gifts. Over the years, I've studied the carvings of animals, coat of arms, and Spanish language inscriptions on mine and found it was carved in September 1906 in the town of Cerro de Pasco in the Peruvian Andes, either by or for a man named Enrique Ston. Since 100 years have now elapsed, it is a true antique.
With the advent of the Internet, I actually found info about Enrique Ston online and learned he was an agent of an English mining company doing business in Peru at that time. Why those cups were made and the story of their migration from a tiny town in the Peruvian Andes to the middle of Los Angeles is a mystery. The proprietor's impulsive and generous gift has been a constant source of fascination, a reminder of my friend (who still has the other half of this unique set), and a source of learning for me. I have a feeling I may yet learn more about this antique. Best regards, Linda
Back in the mid 1970's I moved into my first apt.The place was a nightmare and I cleaned and painted for a month before I could move in. During that month I found suitcases filled with sheet music from the 1860's through the 1940's. Hundreds of pieces that showed photos of people whose name one had heard about for years. Some of them became a showpiece in my decorating. Over the years I've sold a few pieces but I still have the majority.
Other treasures I found were Victorian draperies and tiebacks,cast iron pans, a Victorian umbrella and a large collection of hotel and nightclub matchbooks among others. I found out that the previous tenant was an entertainer in the 20's and 30's. That explained a lot. That was the start of many years of collecting varied and sundry goodies. .........JT
I have a story involving a farm in Stafford, VA. My husband and I had moved onto a 20 acre piece of farm property that included a "stable". Inside the stable which had not housed horses for at least 20 years I found a small glass bottle that had the paper label stored inside for Bayer Aspirin. It was from approximately 1920 and buried under the straw against a wall. I also found an old zinc horse comb. Later we took a metal detector out into the woods and found many civil war bullets and coins. It seems Fredericksburg was a huge part of the Civil War battles and the property contained many trenches. There was also a dump site on this property where we found many old glass bottles. I still have the aspirin bottle and some of the bullets to this day.
On an even more interesting note, my husbands family used to live in Springfield, VA. On the 1 acre lot where their house was they started construction for a garage addition to their house. He was using a back hoe and spotted something square and white in the red clay. It was a marble cornerstone from a church from the time of King Louis the XIV according to the museum I sent the etchings to. It was approximately 5 1/2" long, 4" wide and 1 1/2" thick. It had a large cross and some Latin ? letters engraved on the front of it. The museum was interested in seeing it but we never pursued it. It was made out of rough-hewn marble and quite heavy. Deborah - Mechanicsville, MD
Many years ago in the early 1970's I lived in NYC and went every week to the flea markets and to see what the dealers had in a dozen or more antiques shops on the upper west side of Manhattan and in Brooklyn Heights. Over the years I became friends with many of the dealers, asked a lot of questions and learned a lot about old things.
I often bought photos of interesting looking people, or cute babies, or women whose clothes or jewelry I liked, and even a few of men whose mustaches were interesting. I made a photo album of those pictures of my "instant relatives." I still occasionally buy old photos of people I think look interesting.
One day a dealer I knew called me -- she had been asked to clean out the contents of a house which was sold, and had found a box of photos, which she wanted to know if I had any interest in. I said I'd like to see them. That Sunday I met her at her shop and we started to spread the photos out on a table to see what was there.
It turned out there were about 50-60 years of photos of the same family. You could actually see some of the people growing up and then growing older. I told her these photo should go back to the family. But she said there was no one who wanted them, even after she had specifically asked!
I put them as best as I could into chronological order, and put them into a photo album. I still have it, and it still seems sad to me that no one wanted this chronicle of their family history. As I remember, we looked and could not find any notes or names or any information, not even a photographer's name on any of the pictures. All I know is that they came out of an attic in Brooklyn. Unfortunately I did not think to ask the dealer for the address of the house. And since it is now 30 plus years later, I am not sure I could even locate the dealer who gave them to me. I would love to pass them on to a member of that family, but have no idea how to begin to contact them. TIAS readers, any ideas??? You may contact me at Liebdora@AOL.com
Love the newsletter, and open it first when I look at my mail. Best regards to you all, Ellen in Vineyard Haven, MA
Several years ago while visiting my "dying" paternal grandmother (she lived another 8 years!!) we went through her old family photo album. In it was a picture of me that I had never seen before. I was one year old and was sitting on the front steps holding a huge baby doll that was literally as big as I was. It was 1949. I had the biggest smile on my face. My grandmother gave me the photo and when I showed it to my mother, even she did not remember it. But, she did recall that it had been my birthday but didn't know who had given me the doll. (my love of dolls continues to this day - I'm now 60 years old!!!)
About 10 years after receiving that photo, our pastor's wife, a close friend of mine, returned from a trip to DC. She called before church that Sunday to say that she had a gift for me. Knowing about my intense love of baby dolls, she had bought me a large gorgeous baby doll - in all original clothing. I put her in a place of honor on my living room sofa.
One afternoon, I suddenly saw something in the doll that I just had not noticed before. I ran to get the one year old baby picture of me and =YOU GUESSED IT!!! It was an IDENTICAL doll. I examined the photo with a magnifier - even the lace on the dresses of the two dolls are exactly the same. The ribbons, bonnet and shoes are also the same. I was both shocked and amazed. Being a Christian, I don't think that even these little blessings are coincidental. God had blessed me with a tangible link to my early childhood. I just love my wonderful baby doll and I keep the little photograph displayed near her. God Bless, Judy, Florida
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3) Antique News
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7. Photography by Henning Bock - artmarketblog.com
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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.
When my great niece Grace was about 4 years old, she began to try to piece together family relationships, i.e., why was someone called "Gramma" or "Uncle", and how did they fit into the great scheme of the
She was particularly confused by the "great aunt" concept until I sent her Christmas present; remembering how much I loved getting mail and packages as a child, I addressed it to her. When the package arrived, her
mother told her the package was for her and she asked "How do you know that?" Her mother showed her the package and said, "See? Your name is right here: Grace. That means it's for you"
She got very excited that someone had sent her a present and asked her mom who the package was from. When her mother said, "It's from Great Aunt Alice," Grace promptly replied, "Oh! Now I know why everybody says she's great!" Alice, New York City
While baby sitting with our grandson Mikey from the time he was a few months old, thru the crawling stage to walking, he was always getting into something. Every time he he did something I would call him a
"Little Knucklehead." One day while he was playing in the next room his older sister Maria did something and I called her a knucklehead. All of a sudden from the other room I heard, "No Pap, No No, and he came
running in the room, pointing his finger to his chest and telling me No Sissy Knucklehead Pap, Me Knucklehead." He was letting me know in no uncertain terms that he was "Knucklehead and not his Sister. From then on I was very careful not to call anyone else Knucklehead when he was around. Art, Eastern Ohio
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
Do you have a funny family story you would like to share? Make someone feel good by sharing it with us. Send it to email@example.com and we may publish it here.
7) Wanted ads. Can you help?
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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 Reba requested a recipe for "vinegar rolls". We had several replies with this recipe.
I can't take credit for this recipe, the credit is listed below. However I
do love to read the requests and then see if I can find something on-line.
The fun is in the research and if I find the time I try them out...Oregon reader
Old fashioned Vinegar Rolls
Tribal Affiliation : Cheyenne-Arrapaho and Cherokee from Oklahoma, terr.
Origin of Recipe : Offered by Ruth Wilder Daniels ... who learned this from
my mother, Lorena Hutton Wilder
Recipe Region : Southeast ~ Prairie
Type of Dish : Contemporary & Traditional
Combine-3/4 cup cider vinegar, 11/2 cups water, 1 cup sugar, 2tsp. cinnamon.
stir over low heat until the sugar dissolves. cook over med. heat 20 min.
let set. then mix 2 cups flour, 3 tsp baking powder, 1 tsp. salt. cut in 1/3
cup shortening. Stir in 3/4 cup milk with fork to form soft dough. roll out
into rectangle about 1/4 inch thick. combine 1/4 sugar, 2tsp. cinnamon and
sprinkle over surface of rolls. dot with 2Tb. butter. roll up, cut into
slices and place in deep baking dish. dot with 2Tb.butter. pour hot vinegar
mix over all. bake at 375, 30-40 min.
Note: my mother was forever talking about vinegar rolls and how her mother
use to make them. she was descended from Cherokee and Cheyenne. She was born
in Okla.. territory. One time she and my dad were going to visit me so I
made this recipe. she just loved them and ate about 3 before stopping. all
the time saying they were just like her mama use to make. I thought they
were too vinegary but she didn't.
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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.
Reading about the recent request for potato dumplings reminded me of two recipes my Mother used to make. They were Norwegian Krub. One was "potato krub" that was served with bacon and the other was "blood krub" that was fried in butter, I remember Mom sewing casings for the blood krub and it seemed like it took hours to cook in a huge tub on top of our stove. I don't know if I am spelling this right, but no one in our family has the recipes written down. We grew up in Wisconsin and krub for breakfast was a special treat. I would really appreciate being able to make them for my grandchildren. Also, my Father used to make a treat for us called "beat up egg" it was frothy and tasted like ice cream. Anyone heard of any of these family favorites? Love your newsletter! Royce Ann King
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