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The Collectors Newsletter #842 -- January 2011

The Collectors Newsletter #842 -- January 2011

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1. Work from home selling antiques & collectibles
2. This Week's Survey
3. Stories From our readers
4. This Week's Antique News
5. Your Classifieds
6. Newly listed items
7. Funny Old Stuff
8. Wanted ads. Can you help?
9. A Vintage Recipe
10. A Vintage Recipe Request from a Reader
11. New On line Merchants
12. Helpful Resources For Collectors

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2. This Week's Survey
Ever week we post a new survey question and the results from the previous week's survey. Survey questions are about anything related to antiques & collectibles. If you have a suggestion for a survey question, email it to me at phil@tias.com and we might use it in the next newsletter.
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Last weeks Survey question was..
"When does treasure hunting cross the line and become grave robbing?"
Here are some written replies that were included with the results from the last survey
a) I have seen a lot of dealers cross the line i have worked for a auction for 20 yrs and not all but i have seen some steal put things in boxes and cover them with junk crossing the line to me is when you when you shop and buy for nothing and expect to buy from yard sales from older people and say this is not very good or it is worthless.
b) When the local antiques guy shows up the day after the funeral asking if he can help 'appraise' anything to 'help' the family out.... even worse, our local guy does it in-line at the visitation. serious slime-ball.
c) Taking something, small or large with no authorization.
d) Treasure hunting becomes grave robbing when there are bones present. Yikes.
e) Never
f) . I guess it all boils down to whether or not a government allows it or not. If the law calls it grave robbing, then that is what it is. If it is called archaeological excavation and the government allows it, and has sanctioned it via the issuance of permits, etc., then I guess it isn't to be considered grave robbing. However, if anyone is going to be benefiting from it monetarily, then to me personally, whether it is done in broad daylight with full governmental permission, or clandestinely in the middle of the night, it is all grave robbing.
g) As I always told my children....... when you feel the need to be sneaky, you know you are doing something wrong.
h) I am assuming you mean metal detecting, which is a hobby that I've enjoyed for more than 30 years. There are those that believe cemeteries are completely off-limits (including Native American burial grounds) and there are those that believe the public areas of cemeteries are allowed. I fall into the group that believes the public areas are allowed, however I do not detect in cemeteries at all as it doesn't look good to others. I have done it in the past and not really found much anyway. As soon as you start hunting around headstones and the areas where the bodies are buried, then you are grave robbing.
i) Taking anything out of a cemetery would be considered theft. While the following may not qualify as "grave robbing," befriending the elderly in assisted living or nursing homes for the purpose of acquiring any of their belongings (or just taking their belongings after the elderly have lost their ability to reason or remember) is an example of PURE EVIL. I mention this because I have not seen an example of grave robbing. I have seen a few instances of people stealing from the elderly.
j) When it actually involves... stealing at the grave site... Seriously, I have been at sales and even shops that have the metal flag markers or their medallions on sale. It is terribly dishonorable to sell such items or to remove them from a grave site! I have a friend who works for the VA and he has shared that selling these items is illegal as well as being unethical!

This weeks survey question is ....

Do auction houses that charge both a buyers and sellers premium bother you?

Take a few seconds and give us your opinion at: http://www.surveymonkey.com/s/XVM5WQV

3. Stories from our readers
We collect interesting stories about collecting. Things like your best find, unusual collections, bizarre collectibles even things that bug you. Anything and everything that is interesting that has to do with antiques & collectibles. We may publish it here. Send your story to Phil@tias.com
Sometime during the years of the “Big War” (WWII) people came in droves to work in the rubber factories in our town. My grandmother lived next door to a woman who took in boarders. One young working female boarder from Greenfield, Indiana, befriended Grandma & enjoyed sitting and chatting with her on her big front porch. It turned out that the boarder was the daughter of Mildred Davis who made wonderful. tiny hand-fashioned dolls to help benefit the (James Whitcomb) Riley Old Home Society of Greenfield. I was only a little girl when Grandma ordered me one of these fabulous dolls for my December birthday. After that my Mother got me a doll every year for both Christmas and my birthday. I have 35 of them now and have only found them once in a very great while on eBay. I think my very favorite is the Butter & Egg Man. He wears a tiny hand-woven hat, has a red hankie in his back pocket and a corn-cob pipe in his mouth. He is carrying a chicken in one hand and a (hand-woven) basket of eggs in the other. I guess they would be considered “soft sculpture” today. The faces are painted or stitched on. Most have little black shoes made from melted wax (I think) – although Sleeping Beauty has gold shoes. She’s blissfully snoozing in her lovely lace-covered bed. Considering that most of the dolls are only about 3 ½ inches tall, the detail is really amazing. Would love to know more about them. Most doll collectors I have spoken with have never heard of them. Very much look forward to reading your newsletter. Any info would be appreciated. Carol – Akron, OH

Here is a reply we got this week---
Hi! - My mom was the boarder you are talking about, Myriam Davis. She came to Akron from Greenfield to work at Goodyear Aircraft - now Aerospace - as a drafts person. Her Mom, Mildred Davis was a dress maker until my Mom was in high school. Mildred became ill and needed bed rest, so she made some pomp pom dolls for my Mom's pep squad. When she got better, she began making dolls of the characters in the James Whitcomb Riley's poems and then expanded to fairy tale dolls, etc. She made over 100 characters and had customers from around the world. She also lectured about Riley around the state and worked at his home in Greenfield. I loved to watch her work on her dolls! I haven't had much luck in finding her dolls or even finding someone who knew about them even though she was a founding member of doll making society.

Would love to hear from you and about the dolls you have collected. If you ever see them on eBay, let me know. I have plenty of my own, so I won't bid on them, I just would like to see them. Take care, Kathleen Marsh

--Another Story--

Hello Phil, I have been an avid reader of the newsletter for years and a shopper on the tias website. I do not have a story to tell at this time but I am seeking some information. I have come across several very old knitting, sewing and crocheting books and other materials. They are very musty and I was wondering if you or any collectors would know how to deal with this problem. The books are quite lovely and in very good condition so any help would be appreciated. Thank you. I can be reached at nancyclott@hotmail.com Thanks again!

4. This week's Antique News
If you want to tell the world about your antiques & collectibles business, auction, club or upcoming event related to the antiques and collectibles trade, you can post it for free at http://www.News-Antique.com the #1 listing on Google for "Antique News" Your news release will get published online and will also appear in this newsletter so that 15,000 people can read it. To post a release, go to http://www.News-Antique.com
Check the latest news headlines about antiques and collectibles at http://www.News-Antique.com
1. Vargas, Sundblom and Elvgren masterpieces
anchor Illustration Art Auction in Beverly Hills
Click here: http://news-antique.com/?id=796220

2. The 2010 Art Market Review – artmarkeblog.com
Click here: http://news-antique.com/?id=796204

3. The Most Revealing Art Auction Investigations
– artmarketblog.com
Click here: http://news-antique.com/?id=796203

4. How to Avoid Dirty Art Auction Tricks –
Click here: http://news-antique.com/?id=796202

5. Aspire Auctions January Fine Art & Antiques
Click here: http://news-antique.com/?id=796196

6. Highly important 19th C. Italian micromosaic
leads Myers Auction Gallery's Jan 30 sale
Click here: http://news-antique.com/?id=796185

7. Russian Rarities Steal The Show In New York
Click here: http://news-antique.com/?id=796183

8. Leland Little Auction & Estate Sales, Ltd. --
January 15, 2011 - Estate Treasures Auction -
3:00 P
Click here: http://news-antique.com/?id=796182

9. Auction will feature Hollywood and Rock &
Roll Memorabilia on Sat. Jan. 22.
Click here: http://news-antique.com/?id=796172

10. Diverse collections of antique knives, nautical,
Arts & Crafts, and more in Morphy's Jan. 22 auction
Click here: http://news-antique.com/?id=796171

11. Skinner Fine Painting Auction to Feature
Works by Frieseke, Wyeth, Morgan, Cone
Click here: http://news-antique.com/?id=796169

12. 1907 Rolled Edge eagle brings $2.185
million in Heritage $53 million FUN auctions
Click here: http://news-antique.com/?id=796168

13. Find the Original Comic Art You Are Looking
For With Sketch Maven’s New ‘Wanted to Buy’
Click here: http://news-antique.com/?id=796167

14. Antique City Mega Show - 500 Booths and
47,274 Free Tickets
Click here: http://news-antique.com/?id=796157

15. Boocoo.com begins referral program
Click here: http://news-antique.com/?id=796156

Click here: http://news-antique.com/?id=796155

17. Antique & Collectible Wedgwood Highlights
the Skinner January Discovery Auction
Click here: http://news-antique.com/?id=796154

18. iGavel Auctions Presents The Korean
Contemporary Artist Auction
Click here: http://news-antique.com/?id=796153

19. Frank Duveneck Portrait Leads Cowan's
Winter Fine and Decorative Art Auction
Click here: http://news-antique.com/?id=796152

20. Bath Decorative Antiques Fair 2011
Click here: http://news-antique.com/?id=796151
MANY more stories are added several times a day. You can read the latest news now at:

5, Your Classifieds...
Time Was Antiques Shelley China Specialists

A Time Remembered

Disney Lenox Snow White Seven Dwarfs Treasure Box Set

Vintage Paper Items Postcards Photos Victorian Scrap

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6. Newly listed items for your online shopping pleasure for Tuesday January 18, 2011 Stop by and check out today's fresh inventory at:
TIAS.com - http://www.tias.com/showcase
CollectorOnline - http://cgi.tias.com/showcase/?groupKey=7
AntiqueArts - http://cgi.tias.com/showcase/?groupKey=3
Earthling - http://cgi.tias.com/showcase/?groupKey=6

7, 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 newsletter@tias.com and we may run it in the next issue.
My grandson, age five, came to have lunch with us. He asked what were we having? I told him that we were having pork. His reply was "I don't like pork". "Okay", I said, "how about pig meat instead"? His reply, "Oh, I love pig meat". Janice
Do you have a funny family story you would like to share? Make someone feel good by sharing it with us. Send it to newsletter@tias.com and we may publish it here.

8. 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: Vintage Medical and dental Items. Especially quackery.

WANTED: Gerardo Lopez Flatware --Vintage Taxco
GET YOUR WANTED AD HERE! Just $10 and we'll send it out to 15,000 people who get this newsletter. Go to http://www.tias.com/cgi-bin/submitClassified.cgi
Looking for something? Place a "Wanted" ad in this newsletter. Over 16,000 subscribers will see it. It's easy, go to: http://www.tias.com/cgi-bin/submitClassified.cgi

9. A Vintage Recipe
Be sure to check out our vintage recipe archive online at: http://www.tias.com/newsletter/topics/A%20Vintage%20Recipe.html Over 1200 wonderful vintage recipes are listed.

In the last issue Anne requested a recipe for " ham sandwiches" we received the following...
Ann wanted a recipe for ham sandwiches. I think the following might be what she is looking for:

1-1/2 cups ham, finely chopped
1/2 cup mayonnaise*
2 Tbsp. pickle relish*
1/2 cup shredded cheddar cheese
1/2 cup finely chopped celery
2 Tbsp. finely chopped onion
Dash black pepper
Dash of ground red pepper (cayenne) optional
Pinch of salt

Mix all ingredients; cover
Refrigerate several hours or until chilled.
Serve as a spread with crackers and cut-up fresh vegetables or as a sandwich or wrap filling
*Miracle Whip Dressing can be used in place of mayonnaise and pickle relish if preferred. Jaci Barganier, Carrollton, VA

--Another Recipe--


Sliced Deli ham
3 hard boiled eggs
Chopped olives with pimiento
Mayonnaise & mustard (to taste)
Salt & pepper
Dill relish (to taste)
1 cup shredded cheese (can use pimiento cheese)

Put ham through food processor. Stir all together and make sandwiches on hamburger buns. Carol Thomas
If you enjoy these vintage recipes, you should buy a vintage cookbook from us. They make great gifts too. Take a look at: http://www.tias.com/cookbooks
Buy a Vintage Kitchen collectible from us. We've got lots of them here: http://www.tias.com/kitchen
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.
About 30 years ago, I had a recipe for French Toast that was made ahead and frozen. It was served with hot syrup with sausage links in it. Would love to find the recipe again. Lori Cook-Folger
If you can help this reader with this recipe, please forward it to recipes@tias.com . If you have a vintage recipe request send it to recipes@tias.com and we might just publish it here.
Be sure to check out our vintage kitchen collectibles section online at: http://www.tias.com/kitchen

11. New Online Merchants
Be sure to check out all of the fresh inventory offered by these new merchants at TIAS.

Art Nouveau Gallery
We are dealers of period pieces as well as high quality reproductions. We specialize in interior decorations for fine homes and commercial establishments like B&Bs & upscale hotels.

Unique items from a time gone by - Maine books, pottery, Occupied Japan, sewing items, paper, souvenir items, glassware, holiday, vintage costume jewelry, postcards--plus much more. Always seeking the unusual and exceptional. Thanks for looking and come back REAL SOON!!

The Legacy Collection
The Legacy Collection is continually adding items that represent the material culture of home life through the ages. A sampling of inventory includes: Domestic and Depression Glass, Decorative Ceramics, Kitchen Collectables, Metal wares, Prints, Books, as well as Outdoor Memorabilia.

Harvest Moon Vintage
Welcome to Harvest Moon Vintage! Come on in and enjoy a wonderful selection of vintage photographs, yearbooks, childrens books, militaria & more!

The Dusty Attic
I love collecting things and hope you find what you are looking for. My inventory includes glassware, kitchenware, porcelain, pottery, dinnerware and so much more. I will be adding new items weekly. I accept Paypal. Holiday items available.

12. Helpful Resources:
1. Find an antiques or collectibles club. Nearly 2000 different clubs listed. Take a look at: http://www.tias.com/cgi-bin/clubs.cgi
2. What's it worth? Try Kovels' free online price guide to over 600,000 antiques and collectibles. It can be found online at http://www.kovels.com
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4. Get an online appraisal. For just $9.95 from "What's It Worth To You?" http://www.whatsitworthtoyou.com/tias.htm (Not affiliated with Kovels.com)

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