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Vol. 11 July 2003

Collection Obsession ...
by photodp
From the Editor...

Here it is, summer time already!  Grab a nice pitcher of lemonade, get cozy and take a peak at this month's offerings!

This month,
photodp joins us as a new contributor with a great article on Collection Obsession.  I recognized myself - I am sure you will, too!  She shares great photos from two of her many collections - American Sweetheart and Candlewick.

Diantiques tempts us with another fabulous Marie Antoinette plate.  I didn't think it was possible to find one that out shines last month's plate, but here it is!

Rat shares his expertise again this month with a little "summer clean up" for your computer.  His practical advice will keep your computer up and running so you can keep selling.

And, how about that $16,000 carnival glass plate!  I must remember to check with my in-laws to see if they have any carnival glass hanging around the house!

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I've passed on several requests for newsletter article contributions because I feel like I know a little about a lot, but not a lot about anything…and, I've been thinking about that a lot. Why does one learn a little about a lot? I've decided that it's because I'm obsessed….about glass, and porcelain, and pottery….did I mention glass?

What does it mean to be obsessed? I looked it up.
Obsessed - bewitched, dominated, gripped, possessed, bedeviled, beset, dogged, harassed, haunted, plagued, troubled; overcome…yup, that's me! 

Obsessed, n.  bewitched, dominated, gripped, possessed, bedeviled, beset, dogged, harassed, haunted, plagued, troubled; overcome…
Yup, that's me!
Since I couldn't possibly cover all of my obsessions in one article, I thought I'd share a couple of them -, American Sweetheart Depression glass and Imperial Candlewick glass.

American Sweetheart is Depression glass made by MacBeth-Evans Glass Company from 1930 - 1936 in pink, Monax (white), ruby, cobalt and some miscellaneous colored and trimmed pieces. The pink and Monax are the most common colors. The pattern is delicate floral scrolls with a strand of pearls (or “string of beads” as my husband calls them when we're hunting for treasures). 
Above are a number of American Sweetheart pieces from my collection.
My “pink” obsession started with this master berry bowl (left) that my mother-in-law inherited from her mother and gave me a few years ago. Then, I found a creamer and sugar at an auction. That's 3 pieces; and in the rules, that's officially a collection!
This is my favorite piece. It's the 11” oval vegetable bowl. I love the wide “brim”!
You may notice there are no salt & pepper shakers or tumblers in my photos. That's because the current book values are about $600.00 for the shaker set and $100.00 per tumbler. My definition of obsessed doesn't include starving, yet!  In 1937, a 42 piece set of Monax sold for $4.15. I watched a rare Monax sugar lid sell for $500.00 on eBay recently.

I've included a Monax cup and saucer in the picture (I'm collecting that pattern for one of my nieces…I have 11 nieces now, so I have to carry a list of their glass and china with me). And, did you notice the old milk glass vase in the picture? I'm collecting those for my son, but that's another obsession for some other time…it's a cute story though, so remind me…
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Here's a good look at the string of pearls design.
Years ago, my mother packed up all her glass and china for storage at my house when she moved to Florida. Looking through the boxes one day for something (do you ever feel a need to look through boxes of glass?), I ran across these lovely pieces of Candlewick below . They are the 9” handled mint tray and the 9” footed fruit bowl. I already had a couple of pieces of my own, so there I was with more than 3 pieces and another collection! Candlewick glass makes a nice accent to almost any china or glass pattern (that's my story and I'm sticking to it!). Since I can't afford the serving pieces for my Copeland Spode Dimity, that's my mother's china pattern…but I digress….
Candlewick is elegant glass made by Imperial Glass Corporation from 1936 - 1984. I couldn't begin to describe all of the sizes and shapes made….from table setting pieces to light fixtures, almost all with the trademark beading.
For the most part, Candlewick can still be collected for reasonable prices. And, sometimes I even put food on my Candlewick. That's a sampling of pieces from my Candlewick collection  below. My favorite piece (so far) is the 4 piece marmalade jar (left) with the beaded lid and matching spoon. I think I could even match my Candlewick up with my snack set collections…but I'm running out of space here….
I'm not sure why it happens, but I know how it started for me…and it's not my fault! It's my mother's fault, my mother-in-law's fault…and I really could quit anytime…if I wanted to…and it's probably my kids' fault, too. What do kids know anyway? My daughter keeps telling me it's my fault that she has run out of room in her apartment for her glass, and porcelain, and pottery collections…how can that be my fault? 

Oh, and did I mention glass?!

For More Information on Candlewick:

Candlewick, The Jewel of Imperial by Mary M. Wetzel-Tomalka

For Patterns Frequently Mistaken for Candlewick:

Burple, Boopie and Bubble Page

Plate of the Month
by Dianetiques

Paris porcelains of the late 18th and early 19th centuries are among the finest ever produced anywhere in the world.

     When the secret of hard paste porcelain became available to people in Europe, factories producing soft paste wares soon adapted the Rococo style to their repertoire. Under the patronage and influence of Madame Pompadour, and through the reigns of both Kings Louis the XV and Louis the XVI, the desire for lavishly designed porcelains flourished throughout the late 18th and 19th centuries.

     Although Vincennes and Sevres gained Royal favor and protection, there were other Paris porcelain painters, gilders and craftsman that were able to curry favor with important member of the aristocracy and even nobility. Marie Antoinette had a special affinity and connection with the small Paris factory at Rue Thiroux, who operated in Paris, France from 1775-1869. Originally marked with a red “A”, the addition of a crown indicated royal favor and distinction. Marked as shown, this 8” ¼” plate was probably made around 1835-60.
     This truly sumptuous pattern that contains the double initials of “MA” for Marie Antoinette, became very popular and was copied by other porcelain manufacturers including Meissen as well as other late 19th century makers both at  Pottschappel and Dresden as seen on last month's plate.

     Offered for your viewing pleasure is one of the most elaborate porcelain patterns ever made. Starting with a Rococo scalloped rim molding and textured vines and flowers that are lavishly highlighted in brilliant gold enamel, the plate is further beautified by gorgeous polychrome floral bouquets and leaves.  The painted flowers show exemplary artistic skill with shaded detail and vivid color in both the blossoms and the foliage. As compared to the more precise and exacting German painting style, the French masters flowed the flowers softly in a more graceful and naturalistic form.

Bold sweeping curvilinear gilt swags surround the large center motif which consists of alternating pink roses and green foliage for the “M” and cornflowers and green foliage for the “A” to form the intertwined initials for Queen Marie Antoinette. The plate is as pretty as a blushing June bride, all floral, white and gold, and is one of the best examples of Baroque design in porcelain ever made.

Every flower, petal and gilt motif was hand painted on this elegant plate.
The mark from the back of this lovely plat dates it to the middle of the 19th century..
The initials MA in the center stand for
Marie Antoinette.
Carnival Glass Plates
Don't You Wish You Had One of These?

On-line discussion groups and collectors' societies watched with interest last month as one of only three known Northwood Strawberry pattern ice blue plates made its appearance on eBay.  The seller started the bidding at $9.99 with no reserve saying she didn't know much about it but that it had belonged her husband's grandmother.  Bidding picked up quickly with the high bid at over $3,000 by the end of the first day.  When it was all over, the plate received 67 bids and sold for $16,237.55.

Don't think you've got a Northwood ice blue plate in your attic? Carnival glass is still a good bet.  More than a dozen carnival items have sold for over $1,000 in the last month, including the green opalescent Northwood Three Fruits plate at left sold by GPSA member nvilla.  The winning bid was $2,426.00.
Rat's Tech Tips
by Rat's Attic
Dear Rat:

Just curious -can I tune up my computer like I tune up my car? 

Under the Hood
Dear Hood:

Just as your car needs oil changes, tune ups etc so does your computer.  This month, I'll adress three key areas for preventative maintenance.

1.  The Hard Drive

A hard drive is basically a set of records with "needles" called "heads" that make up  each side of the platters. One of the biggest problem you can create for your hard drive is the turning off of your computer without first "parking the heads". Parking the heads is a phrase coined in the Windows 3.1 days when there was an actual program you would have that would in essence take the needle off your harddrive and move it to the park position. Starting in Windows 95 Microsoft actually incorporated this feature into the shutdown procedure.

Basically, what happens is that the heads are moved from wherever they are to the beginning of the platter, thereby reducing the "scratch" damage caused by simply shutting off the computer. You can experiment with a junk record at home on your record player to visualize this by simply turning it off while it is playing and then turning it back on. Over time this will cause what are called "bad sectors" on your hard drive and can lead to data loss and file corruption. So
always use the computer's shutdown option found in Start, Shutdown, Shutdown your computer. Sometimes your computer is so locked up that you have no choice but to manually shut down and restart.  If you have to do this, give your harddive time to cool off by leaving it shut off for a period of about 5 minutes.


These programs should be run on a weekly basis, On most systems you can set these to run automatically at a given day and time. Run the program called Scandisk first with the option of "Thorough" and "Fix Automatically."   Then run  Disk Degragmenter, also called Defrag.  This program can be found under your Programs menu, usually in Accessories.  If you have Windows XP, you will only need to run Defrag, as the Scandisk function is built in.

What does scandisk do for your computer?
Picture your record player once again, scan disk goes through and checks your hard drive for "scratches", lost clusters, invalid information etc and if it finds any problems with your hard drive it fixes it. however should it find a "scratch" it will TRY to get the information out and mark that area of your hard drive as a "bad cluster" so that the next time you run your computer it won't try to put any information in that spot.

What does defrag do?
Whenever you install a program your computer will look for open areas on your harddrive to install it to and with file deletions etc you leave open areas in various parts of your computer which makes one part of the program be located in one area and another part could be 25 clusters away etc. Defragging will take all your files and find the parts that go together and bring them together much like building a puzzle making your system run faster and smoother.

Why run Scandisk first?
Defrag will check your harddrive for any errors and if found will halt so therefore if you run Scandisk first you will be able to run your Defrag and it should go through without a hitch.

3.  Heat Build-Up

Now we will actually address the number one killer of computers... heat build-up.

Your computer has one or two fans depending on manufacturer plus there is a heatsink and fan on your CPU or Central Proccesing Unit. You always have one fan in your power supply, one on the CPU and sometimes the third optional fan in an area of your case which lets it blow air in to help keep your motherboard cool. Dust buildup in the fans and especially on your cpu heatsink will cause your computer to act up and even cause the infamous "blue screen of death" that alot of techs will say right away is a memory problem. Granted the Blue screen is primarily brought up by memory issues but if you have dust buildup it will also cause this. My other half's computer just last week was running like it had a virus with all kinds of problems. I opened up her case and lo and behold she hadn't been doing her maintenance and her CPU heatsink was totally full of dust. I had to actually unclip it to clean it out. Now she is back in business and not having any problems.

How to remove dust from your computer

a)  First, go to any store and buy at least one can of compressed air, Wal-Mart sells this for about $4-$5 a can. 

b)  Shutdown your computer and unplug the power supply.

c)  Open up your computer case.  DO NOT TOUCH THE INSIDE WITHOUT FIRST TOUCHING THE METAL SURROUNDING YOUR POWER SUPPLY. This is to remove any static electricity you may have built up. even so little static you don't even feel it could mess up your motherboard.

d)  Spray the dust from the fan going to your power supply, then get your vacumn and place it over the fan and vacuum it out.  If you don't, you will have that dust inside your power supply and will not have really accomplished anything.

e)  Stick the tube that comes with your can of air inside the fan past the blades so you can spray air into the power supply loosing up the dust inside it.

f)  Spray off your motherboard paying special attention to your memory sticks.  These will be standing up in one or two banks usually located near where your power supply plugs into the motherboard.

g)  Next make sure you clean out the fan and heatsink for your cpu. This fan will be the fan you see sitting on the motherboard.

h)  If you have a lot of buildup it may be neccesary to remove the heatsink from your CPU. To do this unplug the fan power supply and unclip the heatsink.  Most heatsinks are held on with a clip that goes over the CPU and clips onto both sides of the CPU. You simply find the taller side of the clip, push down and away from the CPU and lift in the opposite direction. Be CAREFUL not to wipe off the white substance on top of your CPU as this is a heat dissipating substance that helps spread the heat evenly so your fan can cool it properly. To reinstall the heatsink reverse the above process, place the shorter side on it's clip and push the heatsink down pulling the longer clip back towards the heatsink so it goes over the clip on the other side.

DO NOT TURN THE AIR CAN UPSIDE DOWN as this releases the liquid air which is so cold it can actully crack parts inside your computer.

If you have any questions about your particular computer feel free to email me..please make sure you tell me what kind of computer it is and what kind of processor..( Intel, Cyrix, AMD, etc..)

These 3 simple things will actually help prolong the life of your computer and make your computer run smoother and faster

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