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The Collectors Newsletter #845 -- February 2011
The Collectors Newsletter #845 -- February 2011
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3. Stories From our readers
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2. This Week's Survey
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This weeks survey question is ....
"Many museums around the world have antiquities on display that were taken from other countries. As an example, the British Museum has the Elgin Marbles which were taken from Greece and the Greeks would love to have them back. If a country such as Greece wants their antiquities back, should they be returned? Why or Why not?"
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We'll tabulate the results and publish them in next week's newsletter.
Last Week's Survey Question Was....
"You are at an antique show and you see a person pick up a small item from a table, drop it into their pocket and walk away without paying for it. You are the only witness to this theft. What do you do? "
Report the person to the seller - 77.1%
Confront the person on your own - 8.5%
Nothing - 1.7%
I've got another answer - 12.7%
We got a lot of responses to this question. Some of the alternative answers were quite interesting.
Here are some written replies that were included with the results from last week's survey
a) I will answer this question on how I think I would react, but in a real situation, it really depends on what the environment is. Mood, Time, etc. Wouldn't know until you are really in the moment.
b) I'm a confrontational person to begin with & don't take cr*p from anyone. You are hurting someone else by stealing and antique shows are their income while the person stealing probably already has a paying job!
c) It would be up to the seller to decide whether he wanted to pursue the issue. But I couldn't ignore the theft. I probably would also catch up to the person and inform him that I saw what he did and that I reported it to the seller.
d) Stealing affects us all in one way or the other. If you have a camera on your phone, take a picture and give it to the auctioneer or owner.
e) Your kinda caught in the middle here since it's not your booth. A decent 'antique show' should have security or at least someone running the show. The seller should notify them and then advance upon the thief.
f) I'd prefer to let the seller know what happened and let him or her decide how to respond rather than acting as a policeman and confronting the thief myself.
g) We are all responsible so I if the seller is there I would tell him then go and confront the person. If the seller was not there I would confront the person.
h) I am not an antiques dealer, but I know that it is rough out there, economically, for all small businesses. I would want to give the seller the chance to deal with the issue him or herself.
i) I have stared someone down and had him or her put it back knowing I saw them. I still mentioned it to the owner. I wouldn't confront the person directly because really it may look suspect but it may be innocent like s/he paid for it already. It also could be a set-up to catch a ring of shoplifters and both would be caught as he or she transfers the item to another person or leaves the building.
j) If I could see the seller and report without the person leaving I would do so other wise I would stop the person and call the proper authorities. If more people stopped those breaking the law it would not be so easy for so many to continue being lawbreakers.
k) I would have to do something, rather than nothing. I'd be more likely to report to the seller than to confront the person on my own. Perhaps it's easier for me to be the "non-confrontational" person. And you never know, the store owner might have told the person before you saw him/her that he/she could have it.
l) Since I witnessed it...I would be guilty as well. I would say.."I don't think you realize it but, you dropped that little "whatever" in your purse and forgot to pay for it"...smiling nicely at the "thief" :-)
m) These people are stealing. I was brought up that stealing is wrong. At an auction last year, I saw a man take metal shelf holders out of an older shelf unit. I had just looked at it & was thinking of buying it, so I knew the metal holders were there. As I walked up to him, he sidestepped me & left. I told the auction clerk, but by then it's too late. It's pretty pathetic, when you steal small insignificant things from an estate of an old person? Plus, if someone's stealing small things, they're probably stealing much larger things, too.
n) I'm a chicken and non-confrontational. But dishonesty really disturbs me.
o) Saying something like I believe you are missing something from your table. then nod in that persons direction...Let the dealer ask about it.PLUS stealing is WRONG! and two wrongs don't make a right, one should mention the theft.
p) They will need to adjust their inventory numbers. Actually, I would hope that the vendor would contact someone in charge of the show/flea market so they could contact the police and have the person arrested for shop lifting.
r) Since most shows I attend are large indoor venues with a security presence, a quick notification to security with a description of the thief and the object taken would be my action. In a place with no security a written description, perhaps a license number if followed and best yet a cell phone picture should be submitted to the promoter and if possible local police. This will not usually result in the immediate capture but will alert all to the potential threat in the future. I believe in some states a citizen's arrest is possible but would advise against it if you are not fully informed of the law.
s) My late husband and I did flea markets ,due to space had items under the table. A, woman picked up a doll and walked away. I, confronted her asking "do you want to buy the doll?' she put it down.
t) I would report the person to not only the seller, but also the other vendors and the staff at the show! I have a friend who is a vendor at a small community show in my area. I know that they have suffered losses in merchandise at the shows and that their costs end up in in higher prices... and since I'm a poor but responsible paying customer... I don't need the higher prices... I would notify the vendor a staff member ASAP so that they could catch the villian!
u) This did happen to me at a tag/estate sale. I found a pretty vanity bottle upstairs and on coming down to pay for my items a man ask me where I'd found the pretty bottle. I told him and he came downstairs with the matching bottle. When he was paying for his items I saw him pocket the small bottle. I told the person in charge but the man had already left. They knew who he was as he attends all of their estate sales!
v) Stealing is WRONG, I'm not sure what if anything the seller could do, but at least they would have that chance. I also would hope that someone else would point out a thief to me if I were the seller!
w) I would tell them that I saw what they did and suggest that they put it back. Reason: I've had valuable antique toys stolen at shows and wished that someone "had my back". As a result of my experience I had to hire help for shows as they often work in pairs with one diverting the dealer's attention, the other steals.
x) I cannot abide such an action. Maybe it's the vigilante in me, but if I were to see someone take something without paying for it, either at a show or in a shop, I would absolutely approach that person and in a loud, clear voice would announce that they were seen stealing. Of course the seller would now know as well as anyone within hearing distance.
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
My mother is 90 years old and has always been an enthusiastic collector of sparkling jewelry . She has also avidly gone to garage and estate sales for many years...she still likes to go . Several years ago while traveling, she went to a garage or estate sale where she found a nice "diamond" band in a box marked "costume jewelry "- probably a c-z in a silver setting. The ring was a larger size than she wore but she liked it and she bought it.
Several years later she came to live with me and one day while going through her things, she gave me the ring. It was pretty and it fit - but I have an allergy to some metals. I looked inside the ring and noticed a mark on the inside of the ring (18k) ! Once in a while c-zs are put in gold settings...but not usually in 18k. Could it be real?
While she was out one day, mom took the ring to a jeweler to have him check it. The ring appraised at $2000.00!
Mom was a little dejected as she told me about finding the ring. You see, there was also a huge solitaire "diamond" ring in the same "costume jewelry" box- - -that she didn't buy.
I often wonder about the ring. How did it get in the costume jewelry box? Did a woman buy the ring for herself and tell her husband that it was a fake so he wouldn't get angry? When she died did he put it out for sale without checking it? Who bought the giant solitaire? Was it real too?
My reason for sharing is this...check rings and other jewelry before selling. Even if it looks fake, it could be real. It might be worthwhile to have jewelry appraised before selling it . Yes, I gave the ring back to my mom. --Nancy--
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15. Fine jewelers' private collection goes from
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16. Anisfeld painting fetches $93,225 at Philip
17. WHARTON ESHERICK CHAIR SELLS FOR
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18. Grogan February Auction to feature Chinese
19. Stanley Gibbons E-Commerce plans ‘on track’
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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 firstname.lastname@example.org and we may run it in the next issue.
After reading about measuring snafus I have to laugh at myself when I was doing home daycare and had 4 kids out of school, one of them my daughter and 3 more from the neighborhood all playing in my front yard and I was a little stressed out with a really bad headache. Kids were chomping at the bit for snacks and drinks. While making Kool Aid I had a toddler in my care and my own son then 3 crying the phone ringing and the kids out side. Kool Aid made I took it out with a package of cookies. The kids took one drink and were spitting it out making nasty faces and saying it was horrible. Made me a bit mad and told them fine you can all have plain old water and went back inside. To my horror there on the counter was the measuring cup with the sugar in it!!! Needless to say my daughter now 19 and son 13 wouldn't let me make them Kool Aid again with
asking if I put the sugar in it. DJ From VB
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9. A Vintage Recipe
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Over 1200 wonderful vintage recipes are listed.
In the last issue Wayne requested a recipe for "Sad Chocolate Cake " we received the following...
* 1/2 pound butter, softened at room temperature
* 2 cups sugar
* 2 eggs
* 2 cups all-purpose flour
* 1 teaspoon baking soda
* 4 tablespoons cocoa powder
* 1/2 cup buttermilk
* 1/2 cup sour cream
* 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
* Chocolate Buttermilk Frosting, recipe follows
Preheat the oven to 350 degrees F. Grease and flour 2 (9-inch) cake pans, then line with parchment paper.
In the bowl of an electric mixer, cream butter and sugar until light and fluffy. Add the eggs and mix until thoroughly combined.
Into a medium mixing bowl, sift the flour, baking soda and cocoa powder together.
In a small mixing bowl whisk the buttermilk, sour cream and vanilla together.
While the mixer is on low speed, add the dry ingredients in 3 batches, alternating with the liquid ingredients.
Divide the cake batter evenly among the 2 prepared cake pans and bake until a toothpick inserted in the middle of the cake comes out clean and the edges of the cake just begin to pull away from the sides of the pan, about 30 to 35 minutes.
Transfer the cakes to a cooling rack and allow the cakes to cool in the pans. Carefully remove the cakes from the pans and frost as usual for a layered cake with the Chocolate Buttermilk Frosting.
Chocolate Buttermilk Frosting:
1 stick butter, softened
1/4 cup cocoa powder, sifted
8 ounces cream cheese
1 pound powdered sugar, sifted
2 tablespoons buttermilk
1 teaspoon vanilla
In the bowl of an electric mixer combine the butter, cocoa powder and cream cheese over low speed and mix until thoroughly combined. Increase speed to high and cream ingredients until light and fluffy. Reduce speed to low and slowly add the powdered sugar, buttermilk, and vanilla. Beat until mixture is smooth and thoroughly combined.
Frost cake as usual.
Yield: enough frosting for one 9" cake
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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.
Did anybody grow in Birmingham, Alabama in the 50's and 60's? If so, at some time or another you must have had the lemon icebox pie at Ed Salem's Restaurant! Does anyone have the exact recipe for this pie? I have tried many recipes and cannot seem to get it to taste like his ! Linda Cleere O'Chery - Lawrenceville, GA
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