Newsletter #85

May 28, 1999

Greetings Accumulators!
The weather couldn't be more perfect for this holiday weekend. There's going to be some serious buying and selling going on in the next three days!

In front of a delicatessen, an antiques connoisseur noticed a mangy little kitten lapping up milk from a saucer. The saucer, he realized with a start, was a rare and precious piece of pottery.

He strolled into the store and offered two dollars for the cat. "It's not for sale," said the proprietor.

"Look," said the collector, "that cat is dirty and undesirable, but I'm eccentric. I like cats that way. I'll raise my offer to ten dollars."

"It's a deal," said the proprietor, and pocketed the ten on the spot.

"For that sum I'm sure you won't mind throwing in the saucer," said the connoisseur. "The kitten seems so happy drinking from it."

"Nothing doing," said the proprietor firmly. "That's my lucky saucer. From that saucer, so far this week I've sold 34 cats."

In the world of merchandising, no movie character is too much of a stretch to get the children's marketeers' creative juices flowing (it's the vision of dollar signs dancing in their heads that does it). Mike Meyers' upcoming sequel to his Austin Powers movie, "Austin Powers, The Spy Who Shagged Me", is apparently no exception. A company called Trendmasters has issued a line of dolls that are so funny, they may even catch the attention of the adult market. The Austin Powers doll wears a suede suit and has removable eyeglasses, boots, medallion with male symbol, chest hair, pistol - and Union Jack-adorned underpants. Dr. Evil, archenemy of Powers, comes accompanied by Mr. Bigglesworth, and is wearing a gray suit. His pinky is, of course, extendable. The best part? Each doll speaks some of the signature lines from each of the Austin Powers movies.

Brass Match Holder - Just arrived on the market, this match holder is solid brass, 11 inches tall and has a dark antique finish. There is a bearded man's head at the top and a female head at the bottom. A box of matches fits into the middle. You can recognize this new item by the pierced areas - the poor quality of the casting shows in the openings as pieces of metal stuck in places that should be clean and smooth. If the open areas look as if they should have been filed to remove these extra pieces of metal, it's one of these repros.

Jadite Glass - Although they don't tell you this, the Jadite being sold by Martha Stewart in her mail order catalog is all new. Please be aware that Martha's catalog is selling unmarked reproductions, something those of us in the collecting world have been trying to fight for years. Shame on you, Martha! Connie Swaim, editor of AntiqueWeek, has included the Martha Stewart mail order catalog in her traveling exhibit of reproductions and fakes.

At the start of this holiday weekend I ask all you USA Accumulators to please be careful on the roads of America. If you're going to brake for yard sales, look in the rear view mirror first, and watch for children in the street. If you've been having a really, really good time, don't get into the car until you're back to normal again, and watch out for the other guy. Maybe no one loved him enough to take his keys away. Enjoy the beautiful weather and each other. Have a great week, Accumulators. Happy hunting!


1999 Judith Katz-Schwartz. All rights reserved.
Antiques and Collectibles Newsletter #85
U.S. Library of Congress
ISSN 1520-4464


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