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The Collectors Newsletter #796 -- April 2010
The Collectors Newsletter #796 -- April 2010
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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.
Antique & Art Dealers Association of America
The National Antique & Art Dealers Association is a nonprofit trade association of America's leading dealers mutually pledged to safeguard the interests of those who buy, sell or collect antiques and works of art.
Founded in 1954, NAADAA seeks to promote the best interests of the antique and art trade; to sponsor and organize antique and art exhibitions: and, to promote just, honorable and ethical trade practices.
Many years of study and experience are necessary to acquire the specialized knowledge that has made NAADAA members recognized authorities in their various fields. Each member of the Association has earned a high reputation for integrity and fair dealing in all transactions, so that collectors can be confident that an antique or work of art is honestly represented as to authenticity, Provenance and condition.
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2) We want your stories. Do you have any stories related to your adventures collecting? Share them with us. Put together a few choice words and email them to me at Phil@TIAS.com
I've been reading everyone else's story about collecting and finally decided to tell my story. My house has many antiques and collectibles - many have been put away and been forgotten. My son learned to collect early and nearly all of his toys are in the attic now - he is 31 years old.
My entire extended family has always considered me the 'keeper of the stories' and family history. After my husband and I bought a turn-of-the century (1897) house 25 years ago they decided I should also be given all the family 'antiques' and collectibles since they knew I would take care of them. When we first purchased our house we regularly made the circuit of antique shops and flea markets purchasing assorted items until we decided what we actually wanted to collect. My husband ended up with small tins and wooden boxes while I ended up with kitchen gadgets and all sorts of glassware. The tins are on a shelf in our breakfast nook and the boxes were used to store toys for visiting children, keep VHS tapes in, held plants, and magazines. Eventually the boxes had to be put up because we got a puppy who wouldn't leave them alone. Kitchen gadgets are mostly just displayed in my kitchen but there are a few that I actually use. My kitchen shelves showcase my teapots, and various jars. There is a plate rail in the breakfast nook so I decided to collect single dinner plates and platters. My grandmother gave me a 1910 Sears oak parlor table which my father-in-law refinished for me. It sits in my living room in front of a window with a Gone With the Wind lamp on it. She also gave me her Homer Laughlin Virginia Rose dishes - I have managed to fill in pieces over the years - I use the dishes on special occasions. I have depression glass and other glassware that I use at holidays. I also received my grandmother's trunk that she used for many years while they moved from coal town to coal town. It is in a bedroom and stores sentimental items. Our dining room table and chairs we purchased with the house, the chairs are 'Authentic Hitchcock by Nichols & Stone Co.' and were purchased by the previous owners in the 40s. The cane seats are still in good shape.
When I have had garage sales in the past I have put together a decorative grouping and been able to sell what probably wouldn't have sold. One I remember doing was an old open flame gas stove such as you would have in a bedroom - I displayed it with flowers where the flames came out and draped it with an old cloth. Several people said what a neat idea and finally a lady stopped and bought it - including the flowers and cloth. Karen
I have been reading the tales of odd and sometimes gross items people have found in their treasure hunts. The oddest and saddest I have found was maybe twenty years ago in a Thrift Shop. It was a hand built coffin, about four foot long, carefully lined in white satin. I did not buy it, I couldn't. I could but feel the pain of people who had lost a loved one and then began to wonder who had donated it. Was it the family, someone who had inherited it? And since it showed no sign of wear, was it for real or just someone's idea of a "joke". People are strange sometimes. I have always wondered about that. Elaine in Alaska
Several years ago I bought a new sectional sofa for the family room and really needed something to hang above it. I did not want just a large picture or a grouping of small items hanging above it, I wanted something more unusual. Not long after that I was in an old antique/junque store and spotted the top of an old 1900's buffet. It had spaces where mirrors had once been and it had a couple of small shelves built into it. I thought it would be the perfect thing for the spot above my sofa. The problem was that the wood was dried out and gray looking. I talked the owner down considerably since the mirrors were all missing, the shelves needed to be repaired and the wood was so dry. I took it home and cleaned it first - then I wiped it down with about half a bottle of lemon oil and beeswax. The more I wiped - the more beautiful the wood became. Soon, the grain of the wood was coming back to life and it was becoming the beautiful item it had been many years ago. I had bevel edged mirrors cut for each opening and quickly repaired the little supports for the shelves. For nearly 20 years now, I have had a most unusual and beautiful antique hanging over my sofa. I get so many comments about this lovely accessory and just as many questions- "what is it??" I think it's an unusual use of an item like this. I also display the vintage and antique baby bottles I collect, alongside my antique dolls that are displayed around my home. Amazingly, my grandchildren have never bothered my antique dolls or the small items displayed along side them. Judy Jacksonville, Fl.
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3) Antique News
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1. May 1, 2010 - Estate Treasures Auction - 3:00 P.M.
2. Fourth Annual New York Antique Jewelry & Watch
Show Returns to the Metropolitan Pavilion July 23-26
3. Vintage Yard, Exhibiting The Best Vintage
Collections For Sale
4. Asselmeier & May
5. Autograph Specials Pre-Summer 2010 Movie
6. The Fine and Rare Wine Auction
7. The Antique and Fine Arts Auction
8. The American Indian Fine Art Auction
9. FINE ART, ANTIQUES AND MID-CENTURY
MODERN LEAD THE WAY FOR AUSTIN AUCTION
10. The Best of the West Fine Art Auction
11. World Record Paid For Bobby Orr Jersey At
Heritage Sports Auction
12. MULTI-MILLION DOLLAR CONSIGNMENTS
ANTICIPATED TO MAKE CLARS MAY AUCTION
LARGEST IN FIRMS 60+ YEAR HI
13. The era of the 1930' and 1940's which was totally
different life style
14. Frazetta’s Warrior With Ball and Chain, one of
Fantasy’s greatest images, readies for auction
15. Mitchell lunar surface-worn name tag brings
$59,750 to lead $720,000+ Heritage Space Auction
16. Garth’s Auctions to Sell Rare Western Reserve
Map on May 29th at Annual Early American
17. Firemen's Hunnemann handtub hits $99,000 at
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4) Your Classifieds...
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Antique Carved Giltwood Chippendale Cartel Clock c.1760
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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 firstname.lastname@example.org and we may run it in the next issue.
My daughter, grandson (just turned 7), and I were shopping for a particular brand of wine. We were in the Total Beverage store and my daughter bought a bottle of wine. When she went to pay for it, the clerk asked for proof of age (carded her!). My grandson asked why they did that. I told him they needed to know how old she was. At that my grandson pointed to me (I had just turned 70) and said "She's really old!". We all had a good laugh, including the sales clerk.
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 the last issue Carl requested a recipe for "Hutzelbrot". We received the following...
2 cakes or 2 tablespoons dried yeast
1 pint lukewarm sweet cider
7 cups rye flour (about)
4 cups whole wheat flour
1/2 teaspoon salt
3/4 cup unsweetened prune juice
3/4 cup pear nectar or puree
1 pound seedless raisins
1 pound dried currants
1 cup dates, pitted and chopped
rind of 3 oranges, grated
rind of 3 lemons, grated
1 cup almonds, split
2 tablespoons cinnamon, ground
1 teaspoon each, ground: clove, allspice
1/2 cup grape juice , unsweetened
Soften yeast in cider.
Add 4 cups rye flour and 2 cups whole wheat flour and salt.
Mix well or knead.
Let mixture rise in warm place for about 4 hours.
Add prune juice and pear nectar or puree.
Meanwhile, soak fruits, rind, nuts and spices in grape juice.
Add them to mixture.
Stir in enough of remaining flours to make stiff dough.
Shape into 4 or 5 round or oval loaves (about 2 pounds each), and place on oiled, floured cookie sheets.
Set in warm place to rise.
When loaves are 1/3 larger than original size, brush with egg yolk diluted in cold water and bake at 350° F. about 1 hour and 20 minutes.
This cake will improve with age and will keep for a long time. ..Carol Thomas--Cullman,AL
Hutzelbrot (Black Forest Fruit Bread)
Yield: 2 loaves
1 cup dried prunes
1 cup dried pears
˝ cup candied fruit
1 cup walnuts
1 cup unblanched almonds
˝ cup dried figs
˝ cup dates or raisins (or a mix of both equaling ˝ cup)
6 cups all-purpose flour or bread flour
2 pkg. active dry yeast (or 2 Tbsp. Fermipan)
1 Tbsp. ground anise seed
1 tsp. ground cinnamon
1 tsp. salt
˝ tsp. ground cloves
Pinch ground allspice
1 stick unsalted butter (125 g, ˝ cup)
6 cups all-purpose flour
1 tsp granulated sugar
1. Measure 1 cup prunes and 1 cup (dried) pears into small pot and cover generously with water. Bring to a boil over low heat while doing steps 2 & 3.
2. Place 3 cups flour, yeast (Fermipan), anise, cinnamon, salt, cloves, and allspice into a large bowl.
3. Put butter, cut up, into a small metal bowl.
4. When fruit and water have come to a boil, allow to simmer for a few minutes (just until pears are barely softened).
5. Strain liquid from fruit into 2+ cup measure, saving fruit and remaining liquid.
6. Add 1 cup hot liquid to butter and stir to melt. Cool until just warm.
7. Add liquid and butter to flour mixture and mix with hands.
8. Add more flour (as little as 1 cup) to make firm dough. Dough can be a little stiffer than usual since fruit, etc. will be added and will be moist.
9. Set dough to rise until doubled (about 1 hour).
10. Coarsely chop candied fruit, walnuts and almonds (in processor), and figs. Put in another bowl with raisins. Toss ˝ cup flour through to coat and separate.
11. Coarsely chop the prunes and pears. Allow to cool somewhat. Toss with enough flour to coat and separate.
12. Preheat oven to 375° F. Butter and flour a baking sheet.
13. Knead fruit into dough. Divide the dough into two equal portions and shape into oval loaves. Place the loaves on prepared sheet and bake at 375° F. for 45 minutes.
14. Brush baked loaves while still hot with reserved liquid. (Freeze one for New Year's).
1 cup pitted prunes
1 cup dried peaches, pears or apricots
1/2 cup dried figs
1/2 cup raisins (do not chop)
1/4 cup unbleached white flour
1/2 cup warm water
1-1/2 tbsp. dry yeast
1/2 tsp. sugar or honey
1 cup liquid from cooking fruit or fruit juice, such as orange, pineapple, or apricot nectar
1 tsp. anise seed
1 tsp. cinnamon
1 tsp. salt
1 tsp. grated lemon or orange peel
1/2 tsp. ground cloves
1/4 cup honey
1/2 cup melted butter
5 cups unbleached white flour, approximately
1/2 cup chopped walnuts
1/2 cup sliced almonds
Confectioners' sugar, blanched almond halves, candied cherries (optional)
NOTE: If above dried fruit (peaches, prunes, pears or apricots) ingredients are unavailable, use 2 1/2 cups mixed dried fruit.
If any of the dried fruit is hard, simmer it in water to cover about 10 minutes and let sit a half-hour. If it is reasonably soft this is not necessary. Drain well any of the fruit which you have cooked. Chop all the fruit (except raisins) and toss fruit, including raisins with 1/4 cup flour.
In a large mixing bowl combine the yeast, warm water and 1/2 teaspoon sugar or honey. Let sit until bubbling. Add 1 cup liquid (either that in which fruit is cooked, or juice): the liquid may be warm but not hot. Add the anise seed, cinnamon, salt, lemon peel, cloves, honey and melted butter. Beat well to mix. Add 2 1/2 cups the flour and beat at least 200 strokes by hand or 2 minutes with an electric mixer. Stir in the nuts. Gradually add more flour until the dough holds together and leaves the sides of the bowl. Turn it out onto a floured board and knead until smooth and elastic, adding a little more flour as necessary but trying to keep a soft dough. Put the dough into a buttered bowl, turn to coat all sides or brush the top with melted butter. Cover with a towel and let rise until doubled in bulk.
Punch the dough down, turn out onto a lightly floured board, knead a few times and press the dough out into a large oval with your hands. Sprinkle the surface with some of the chopped fruit. Fold the dough in half and press out again into a large oval. Sprinkle with more fruit. Repeat this process until all the fruit has been incorporated. Don’t be surprised if the pressing becomes a bit harder each time.
Ignore any flour that is left in the bottom of the fruit bowl.
Cut the dough in HALF with a sharp knife, cover with the towel and let rest 10 to 15 minutes. With your hands form each piece of dough into an oblong, something like a meatloaf. Place on buttered cookie sheets and brush the tops with melted butter (if you put them both on one sheet be sure there is room in all directions for expansion). Cover with a light cloth and let rise until not quite doubled.
Preheat the oven to 350 F. Bake loaves 40 to 50 minutes, or until bottoms sound hollow when thumped. Cool on a rack.
When cool, glaze with an icing of confectioners’ sugar and milk, if you wish, and decorate with blanched almond halves and candied cherries.
Regards, Claudia M. Howe, Lockport IL
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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.
Perdue chicken used to include recipes with their boneless chicken thighs. There was one called (I think) "Texas Twister Thighs" that was especially good. I lost the recipe about twenty years ago. Does anyone out there have it? Gina
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