Newsletter #59

October 2, 1998

Greetings Accumulators!
Summer's definitely over in NYC. It's not exactly chilly, but we didn't make it to 70 degrees today.

Here's a great example of what kinds of fraud is possible using eBay and other online auctions. A Collector from Canada won a rare 1960s Barbie doll on an online auction, paying $1,800 for it. He/she claims it arrived without hair, and is suing the seller for breach of contract. The seller has posted feedback at the auction stating that the buyer tried to dye the doll's hair, which made it fall out, and has refused to refund the money. With $200,000 at stake, it will be interesting to see what happens in court. Either one of two scams could be taking place, and either one of these individuals could be the culprit. I wrote about all of this in my article, "Judith's Laws Of Online Auction Commerce", an article that could save you some money and some heartache. To read it, go to Judith's Laws Of Online Auction Commerce.

The Huntington Library of San Marino, CA is mounting one of the most extensive exhibits ever on the life of George Washington. Entitled, "The Great Experiment: George Washington and The American Republic", it will continue through May 30, 1999, after which it will move to The Pierpont Morgan Library in New York City. The exhibit will include personal manuscripts, letters and portraits that trace Washington's development from frontiersman to general to president. Washington was part and parcel of "the great experiment", the attempt to create the first successful republican government. Among the factoids brought forth through the show are these: Washington became a landholder at age 11, when his father died. His inheritance was tiny, so he successfully made his own way in the world, relying on ambition and strength of character. As a soldier in the King's Army, he became an internationally known hero in the French and Indian War, but complained bitterly of his treatment while in the service. The exhibit looks to be interesting and thorough. And the famous wooden dentures will show up during the last three months of the exhibit. For more information, call (626)405-2141.

Some current reproductions hitting the market:

Insulators: plastic copies of old glass insulators are being produced by a company called Impostulators. They're at this site. Remember plastic is lighter than glass, and feels warmer to the touch.

Old fruit and vegetable can labels: Many are being sold glued onto cans. Made by Desperate Enterprises, 620 E. Smith Rd, Medina, OH.

Hatpins: There are reproductions of Victorian ones everywhere, and lots of people are making their own by gluing everything from old buttons to costume earrings on pin shafts. Examine carefully before buying. A mail order catalog is selling the Victorian ones. Victorian Papers, (800)800-6647.

R.S. Prussia porcelains: Chinese and Japanese reproductions are on the market. Look for chocolate sets, bells, covered eggs and hatpin holders.

Okay, Accumulators, time to sign off. Artie and I will be spending the weekend with our dear friends, the Fergusons. We'll be attending another auction at our favorite auction house in Cuddebackville, NY.

You may not hear from me next week, Accumulators. For those of you panicked the last time I skipped a Newsletter, and assumed I had died, please don't worry. I'm just leaving for San Diego on Tuesday, along with my beloved sister, Evelyn (yup, just the two of us. Look out, California!), to see our brother and sister-in-law, and meet the newest addition to our family. Even though writing to you is a very pleasurable thing for me, if Miranda Lauren is one tenth as cute as she looks in the photos my brother keeps sending us, there won't be a newsletter while I'm gone. You understand, I'm sure. I promise to write when I get back, though. Have a great weekend, Accumulators. Happy hunting!


1998 Judith Katz-Schwartz. All rights reserved.
Antiques and Collectibles Newsletter #59
U.S. Library of Congress
ISSN 1520-4464


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