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The Collectors Newsletter #834 -- October 2010
The Collectors Newsletter #834 -- October 2010
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8. A Vintage Recipe
9. A Vintage Recipe Request from a Reader
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Just 2 quick questions.
1. Over the past 5 years you've noticed when buying antiques & collectibles that there are....
(Note that users could select more than one of the following answers)
a) Wider variety of items available - 27.9%
b) Less variety of items available - 39.5%
c) Lower prices for items - 22.1%
d) Higher prices for items - 58.1%
e) Lower quality of items available - 57%
f) Higher quality of items available - 4.7%
So it looks like buyers of antiques & collectibles are seeing higher prices and lower quality merchandise.
Any comments or thoughts on this? Send them to me at Phil@tias.com
Here are some of the addition answers to our survey about the trends our users are seeing when buying antiques & collectibles.
a) Lots of high-quality stuff is still around, but in general there are more items available, and lots of those items are low quality. There still seems to be an "Antiques Roadshow" mentality that if it's old, it's worth a lot of money--and seasoned collectors know that that simply is not always true!
b) MORE REPRODUCTIONS BUT ALSO A GROWING NUMBER OF WHAT I CALL "RUST-BUCKET" COLLECTIBLES (i.e.-old rusty garden implements, etc.)--THINGS THAT WOULD APPEAL TO MIKE AND FRANK OF "AMERICAN PICKERS". I ATTEND A LOT OF ESTATE AND FARM AUCTIONS.
c) Everyone thinks that if they don't get the price they are asking all they have to do is put in on the internet and they will sell it for even more............doesn't usually work that way, tho!
d) Lower prices reached on E-bay, higher prices asked by tag sale sellers (too much Antique Roadshow influence).
e) A lot of fakes and poorly refinished furniture.
f) Newer stuff offered that might not be as high a quality. More people thinking their things are valuable when they aren't.
g) Overestimation of value due to appraisals (Road Show factor), Final bids on similar items are starting bids on new like items posted on websites; less antique malls to visit due to closure.
h) I'm in Central Ontario in Canada and I'm finding that there is more junk and less quality product available.
i) It has become less likely for me to find treasures at garage sales, thrift stores, etc. as more people have become aware that their items may be collectible. I think people are now selling their items online & through Craigslist.
j) I've seen some items in the same antique stores for so long that the stickers are no longer legible.
I am the person who asked about the weirdest, most unusual, strangest, items in your collection; and where and how you came to own them.
I had very much enjoyed reading the responses of everyone who has taken the time to reply to my question. I would love to see more. There have been some very strange and unusual items listed. Some of my favorites were: the "rectal" dilators, a bed bug puffer (complete with powder), a photo of surgery being performed in a tent!!! There have been many and I'm sure there are more. I just love finding rare and unusual items. Not necessarily items that have great value, but are simply very unusual. That's what makes collecting fun and exciting in my opinion. I have a small (3 1/2 by 3in) childs book from 1827 that has illustrations which are beautifully hand painted. I also have an old card game from the early 1800's - called "Snip,Snap, Snorum". Each card is hand colored. I learned that this game has been around for a few hundred years. I am pleased to be the next person in line to protect and cherish this odd and special item. A few years ago I bought another game from 1948 (the year of my birth) a game called "COOTIE". You roll the dice and collect pieces to build your Cootie bug. The first person to complete their Cootie is the winner. My grandchildren love this game. It has a head, body, eyes, antennae, 6 legs each, and a proboscis.
But, one of my favorite items is a young child's book - it also is small (about 3x4in). It contains 8 engravings - each beautifully hand colored and the colors remain bright and beautiful. It was printed in 1812 - and it also mentions that Queen Victoria was born in that year. What's unusual about the book is the cover - it shows a very bloody scene - a bobcat killing a rat! However, the stories inside are titled "Baby's Holiday" and "The White Lilly". The cover and the content couldn't be further from each other.
Then, I have a copy of "The Gentleman" Magazine from 1742!! My husband walked in and was curious why I was reading a "gentleman's" magazine. I told him that it was from 1742 and did NOT contain what gentlemen's magazines from today contain. I bought it because it outlines in great detail the Spanish Invasion Of Coastal Georgia. It gives a physical description of the settlements on St. Simon's Island, Jekyll Island, Sapola, Cumberland, and the St. Juan's (St. John's) River. It is extremely interesting to read this first hand account of the Spanish Invasion of the Coastal Islands of Georgia. My aunt lives on St. Simon's Island so this made it of particular interest to me. I also have a Kodak camera that uses the old Sylvania Blue Dot bulbs. My grandchildren LOVE to "sneak" up on any unsuspecting person (their Papa or a visitor) and temporarily BLIND them with one flash of a bulb!! I'm sure many of you remember that it takes several minutes for your eyesight to return to normal. I also have a lovely, very old folding camera (closed case is about 5x9) - No.2a Folding Pocket Brownie. It's in a case with metal snap closure. When removed from the case - you open the camera itself - it pulls out - having a "bellows" type enclosure for the lens. It works perfectly and is dated 1908. I was able to locate someone who makes film for this camera as well as the other old Brownie's that I have. The 1900 folding Brownie has quite an unusual viewfinder. The original price was 90cents! God Bless, Judy, Jacksonville, Fla.
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1. Edwardian, Art Deco, Victorian, English,
Georgian, European - all vintage styled rings
under one roof
2. 375 rare, vintage bottles to be auctioned
online, Oct. 29-Nov. 9
3. Judy Garland LOVE LETTER to Frank Sinatra,
4. Stuck on Brooches and Pins
5. GROGAN'S TWO DAY OCTOBER AUCTION
FEATURES DIVERSE OFFERINGS
6. WEST PALM BEACH ANTIQUES FESTIVAL
KICKS OFF 20TH ANNIVERSARY YEAR WITH
BIG NOVEMBER SHOW
7. Art Deco Master on View
8. Old circus posters, sideshow banners,
animation cels in Mosby & Co. absentee auction
closing Nov. 17
9. Rare Baird advertising clocks, 50-year doll
collection, great toys at Morphy's, Oct. 15-16
10. Ronald Reagan, Jimmy Carter items to
headline Red Baron auction, Nov. 6-7
11. Asselmeier & May "Stanton" Antique Estate
12. Leland Little Auction & Estate Sales, Ltd. --
October 9, 2010 - Estate Treasures Auction -
13. Portraits as Art Market Currency pt. 3 –
14. Portraits as Art Market Currency Pt. 2 –
15. Portraits as Art Market Currency Pt. 1 –
16. Art Market Hedge Trends – artmarketblog.com
17. Collect.com Premier Jewelry Auction
launches Oct. 25-Nov.11
18. New Forum & New Advertising With a Twist
19. Self-taught art will be sold at Slotin Folk Art
Auction, Nov. 13-14
20. Artfact Live! September Auction Results
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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 3 year old grandson is a fan of the I Spy books, similar to Where's Waldo, where you are to find a hidden object on a busy page. He recently asked me to read a book to him and went to get a particular one. Unfortunately, I am a collector of all that is too good to throw away and my house is oftentimes filled with too much stuff. After searching room after room, he finally came to me and said, "Grammy, this is like an I Spy house, I just can't find the book."
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?
Here are the latest wanted ads from the TIAS Exchange. Can you help someone out?
WANTED: Vintage Medical and dental Items. Especially quackery.
WANTED: Gerardo Lopez Flatware --Vintage Taxco
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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 Meg quested a recipe for "Cornish Game Hens" we received the following...
Recipe For Stuffing Game Birds (exactly as it was written on the can of
brown rice from Herters in the early 1960s)
Take one cup of the rice and wash thoroughly in 5 or 6 waters and place in a
3 quart pot with a tight fitting cover. Add 3 cups of cold water and 4
bouillon cubes. Place over a moderate flame and bring to a vigorous boil.
This should take 8 to 10 minutes. When steam and foam begin to escape, turn
flame down lower and cook the rice until it is tender. This takes about 40
minutes. All the consommé should be absorbed, if not pour off any surplus.
For the last few minutes of cooking watch the rice carefully so it does not
burn. Now take four slices of bacon and cut them up in about inch squares
and fry in a pan until about half cooked. Add one tablespoon of butter and
one medium sized sliced onion. Fry until the onions are about half done. Now
add 3 bay leaves, (these are really nothing but laurel leaves) 1 teaspoon of
oregano, 1 1/2 cups of chopped celery, 1 small can of mushroom stems and
pieces and the cooked rice. Salt and pepper to taste and mix together well.
Then stuff birds. The stuffing is actually better to eat then the birds and
will form the main dish, and don’t ever think it won’t.
Note from Phyllis: Herters gave no instructions for baking the birds, but:
Bake covered: about 2 hours at 350.
Uncover and bake 1/2 hour more at 375.
Makes more than enough for 4 Cornish Game Hens - My family and guests always
Pineapple-Stuffed Cornish Hens
2 Cornish game hens
1/2 tsp salt divided
1 Can (8oz) crushed pineapple
3 Cups cubed day-old bread (1/2" cubes), crusts removed
1 celery rib, chopped
1/2 Cup flaked coconut
2/3 Cup butter, melted, divided
1/4 tsp poultry seasoning
2 Tbls steak sauce
2 Tbls cornstarch
2 Tbls brown sugar
1 Cup water
1 Tbls lemon juice
Sprinkle insides of hens with 1/4 t salt, set aside;. Drain pineapple, reserving juice. In a bowl combine the pineapple, bread cubes, celery & coconut. Add 6 T butter, toss to coat. Loosely stuff hens; tie legs together with kitchen string. Place on a rack in a greased shallow roasting pan. PLace remaining stuffing in a greased 1 1/2 C baking dish; cover & set aside. Add poultry seasoning and remaining salt to remaining butter. Spoon some butter mixture over hens, Bake uncovered at 350 for 40 min, basting twice with butter mixture.
Stir steak sauce and reserved juice into remaining butter mixture, baste hens. Bake reserved stuffing with hens for 30 mins; baste hens twice. Uncover stuffing; basted hens with remaining butter mixture. Bake 15-20 min longer or until thermometer reads 185 for hens and 165 for stuffing in hens. Remove hens from pan, keep warm. Pour drippings into a saucepan; skim fat. Combine cornstarch, brown sugar, water and lemon juice until smooth; add to the drippings. Bring to a boil, cook and stir for 1-2 min or til thickened. Serve with hens & stuffing.
This won grand prize in a recipe contest & is excellent! Enjoy! Kim in Indiana
My daughter has cooked a turkey with rosemary in the oven for years and it has become a favorite of the entire family. You might want to try seasoning the birds with garlic, seasonal seasoning and Rosemary, cook in oven covered till cooked uncover and brown before taking out. Another friend likes to put Cornish hens on a smoker and cook very slow seasoned with sage and seasonal and garlic. Just a few ideas to try. Lyle
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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.
My grandmother made a Greek cheese and honey pie called Melopita. Does anyone have a good recipe? Phil
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.
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