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Pickers Pedals Passions & Blunders

The Much Loved Bird Here’s a bit of history and trivia that you can bring to your Thanksgiving throw down. This particular holiday is the precursor to Christmas and so from Thanksgiving to New Years most people socialize more by attending family gatherings, going to church, community events, etc. While someone is wrestling the turkey into the oven or preparing to drop bird into boiling hot oil to be fried (actually, this is really good served this way), think about how close the Wild Turkey came to being designated as our country’s official bird. Well, that’s if ol’ Ben Franklin had his way back when he was busy

helping create the United States of America. History records that our founding father did not particularly care too much for the Bald Eagle as a choice to represent our new fledgling nation. We can assume that Ben gave in when he realized that more of his colleagues wanted to designate the Eagle instead of the North America Wild Turkey. On the next page there is a reprint of Mr. Franklin’s personal letter to his daughter. So, as we all either stand in a line at a restaurant or sitting around the family dinner table

Favorite Antique Turkey Platters Below are photos of some of our favorite turkey platter motifs. Flo Blue, Fitz & Floyd, vintage Thanksgiving Porcelain are

popular platters found on dinner tables across the country. No matter how the bird is cooked, presentation is everything!


to give thanks this holiday season, remember that the turkey barely escaped being recognized by our country as the official bird. And even though, we kind of see what ol’ Ben meant in his comparisons, we are still grateful that it is the turkey that graces the table during holiday feasts. Ol’ Ben’s Sentiments about Our Nation’s Official Bird continued next pg

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Ol’ Ben’s Sentiments about Our Nation’s Official Bird continued

The Eagle, Ben Franklin, and the Turkey Franklin’s Letter to His Daughter (excerpt) “With all this Injustice, he is never in good Case but like those among Men who live by Sharping & Robbing he is generally poor and often very lousy. Besides he is a rank Coward: The little King Bird not bigger than a Sparrow attacks him boldly and drives him out of the District. He is therefore by no means a proper Emblem for the brave and honest Cincinnati of America who have driven all the King birds from our Country . . . “I am on this account not displeased that the Figure is not known as a Bald Eagle, but looks more like a Turkey. For the Truth the Turkey is in Comparison a much more respectable Bird, and withal a true original Native of America . . . He is besides, though a little vain & silly, a Bird of Courage, and would not hesitate to attack a Grenadier of the British Guards who should presume to invade his Farm Yard with a Red Coat on.”

“For my own part I wish the Bald Eagle had not been chosen the Representative of our Country. He is a Bird of bad moral Character. He does not get his Living honestly. You may have seen him perched on some dead Tree near the River, where, too lazy to fish for himself, he watches the Labour of the Fishing Hawk; and when that diligent Bird has at length taken a Fish, and is bearing it to his Nest for the Support of his Mate and young Ones, the Bald Eagle pursues him and takes it from him.

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Passions Destination Calendar of Events Greenberg's Train & Toy Show, Nov. 27 - 28, 2010, Edison, New Jersey at the New Jersey Convention and Exposition Center, Contact Phone: 630-279-4087

The Sarasota Holiday Antiques Show and Sale, January 1-3, Sarasota, FL, Sarasota Municipal Auditorium. 801 N. Tamiami Trail. For info, 973-927-2794 or 973224-2797 or visit

Inside Pitch Promotions Toy, Hobby, Sportscard, NASCAR Show, Nov. 27 - 28, 2010 Charlotte, NC at the Metrolina Expo Center, 7100 Statesville Rd., Contact Phone: 630-2794087

Richmond Antiques Spectacular & Antique Tool Show, Jan 2-3, Richmond, VA, The Showplace. 3000 Mechanicsville Turnpike. For info, Louis Jesse 804-462-6190 or Bob Taylor 804-769-8866.

Holiday Food and Craft Show Raleigh, NC, Dec. 17 - 19, 2010 at the Fairgrounds Expo building, Contact Phone: 919-742-1023 The New Years Antiques Show at the Birchwood Manor, Jan 1-3, Whippany, NJ, The Birchwood Manor. 111 North Jefferson Rd. For info, JMK Shows 973-9272794, 973-224-2797 or visit

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Pickers, Pedals, Passions & Blunders Needs Sales Reps We just can’t get around fast enough! We need Sales Reps for areas in Pennsylvania, Maryland, DC, Virginia, Tennessee, Alabama, SC, Georgia, Florida and Louisanna.

Network with Fellow Collectors We want to encourage our readers who are comfortable with surfin’ the internet and different websites to drop in and visit one of the coolest and most helpful sites called Dan Briddle

recognized that an online forum was needed for people to meet and converse with each other about their passions. Dan agrees with us that it’s all about sharing knowledge and educating newcomers to antiques.

We are looking for enthusiastic people with interest in Americana and travel. Photography, creative writing, internet access and basic computer skills are needed. No phone calls! All decisions will be based upon resumes and creative introductions. Send resumes to our PO Box in NC or email us, please!

TIP of the Week... Cleaning Antique Tablecloths 1. Fill a large tub with hot water and a mild soap. Restoration, Oxyclean or pure soap flakes are good options. Run the water until all the soap is dissolved. Soak the linens for several hours. 2. Drain the tub. Check the linens. If stains are still present, repeat the soaking process again. After two soakings, if stains persist, try laundry detergent and bleach. Be sure to drain and refresh the water before adding a new kind of detergent, so as to avoid reactions. 3. Refill the tub and add white vinegar. Let your stain-free linens soak up to 20 minutes. 4. Drain tub again. Refill with fresh water and let linen soak for 15 minutes. is a social computing community that aims to bring the romance back to the antiques industry. We have the basic features you expect: classifieds, blogs, discussions, pictures, business listings and events, next we add live and recorded Internet-based workshops, 24x7 live audio/ video chat rooms, plus we will be hosting live group events between locations.

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5. Remove your linens from the water when you’re certain there’s no soap residue left. Lay antique linens flat to dry. Keep them out of the sun, as sun may fade and damage them.

6. Iron linens when they’re still quite damp, but iron them only if you intend to use them right away. Iron them on high and keep the iron dry. - cited


If you like Airstreams, you'll love an Avion!

FOR SALE.... 1987 Avion Camper, 32 ft.

Hate to sell but I'm not using this and someone should enjoy it. Aircraft construction, new mahogany floor, cedar lined closets and bathroom, marble floor in bathroom, custom made built-in furniture (leather faced), dinette folds out into single bed, leather couch folds out to a double bed, has separate quarter berths w/ a center plug that can convert to a California king bed, outside awning, jawless crank windows w/ sun shades, full sealed bottom for easy towing, does have built-in stereo. Features new convection microwave, fridge/freezer unit (never been used). Outer shade canopy is in great shape. A must see item but needs some vinyl finishing. Serious inquiries only please. Can email interior photos.

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Nitro Harley Pro Fuel Make - 90� Puppet Chassis Model - Carbon Fibre Body Work Engine - 151 cubic inch OverKill Color - Red Accessories - Hydraulic lift starter, clutches, belts, plugs, beg. tires, etc. (everything w/ this bike goes!) Performance record - 60’ in 1.04.8, 1/8 miles in 4.35, 1/4 mile in 6.8 Price - $25,000.00 Serious inquires only, please! For more photos on this motorcycle, please contact Dale Swiggett at 336.340.6299 or email him, All inquiries will be qualified prior to appointments made for viewing. 5

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1936 Plymouth Coupe

1938 Chevrolet 2 door Sedan Street Rod

Make - Plymouth 2 door Coupe Model - 1936 Engine - 350 C.I. Chevrolet 300hp Color - Torquoise Interior Description - Bench cloth seat with tan dash and door moldings, power steering, tilt wheel, air condition Exterior Description - Torquoise with chrome spoke wheels Price - $34,000.00

Make - Chevrolet automatic with air conditioner Model - 1938 Engine - 350 C.I. Chevrolet 300hp Color - Red Interior Description - Bucket seats, tan leather, power steering, brakes, air condition Exterior Description - Red with chrome rally wheels Price - $32,000.00

Serious inquires only, please! For more photos on any vehicle, please contact Dale Swiggett at 336.340.6299 or email him, All inquiries will be qualified prior to appointments made for viewing.

1940 Ford 2 door Coupe Make - Ford 327 C.I., automatic transmission Model - 1940 Engine - 327 C.I. Chevrolet 300hp Color - Red Interior Description - Bench tan, leather seat, tan dash and moldings, power steering, tilt wheel, power windows, air condition Exterior Description - Red with chrome spoke wheels Price - $42,000.00

1936 Chevrolet Pickup Truck Make - Chevrolet 2 door pickup Model - 1936 Engine - 327 C.I. Chevrolet 300hp, Chevrolet automatic transmission Color - Maroon with black fenders Interior Description - Tan bucket seats with black dash and moldings, automatic tilt wheel Exterior Description - Maroon with black fenders, chrome wire wheels Price - $26,000.00 7

Pickers Pedals Passions & Blunders Classified Items Red Hooiser w/ Metal Top, price $625, Minnie Mouse Breadbox, price $50, Fire Extinguisher lamp, price $325,The Mill at Gibsonville, 136 Eugene St., Gibsonville, NC, (336) 447-1000 (wk4) Green Tint Book Stand, price $395, Aidan Gray Tin Top Table, price $325, The Mill at Gibsonville, 136 Eugene St., Gibsonville, NC, (336) 447-1000 (wk4)

Weathered Mantel w/ Coat Racks, price $475, The Mill at Gibsonville, 136 Eugene St., Gibsonville, NC, (336) 447-1000 (wk2) License Plate Bordered Mirrors, 2’ x 2’, prices ranging from $185 $235, The Mill at Gibsonville, 136 Eugene St., Gibsonville, NC, (336) 447-1000 (wk4)

Buckeye Corn Sheller, price $650, The Mill at Gibsonville, 136 Eugene St., Gibsonville, NC, (336) 4471000 (wk4)

Company Shops Tin Chest, price $275, The Mill at Gibsonville, 136 Eugene St., Gibsonville, NC, (336) 447-1000 (wk4)

Child’s Red & Black Toy Box, Handpainted w/ Tin, price $150, The Mill at Gibsonville, 136 Eugene St., Gibsonville, NC, (336) 447-1000 (wk4) See something but have a question? Visit or email 8

Fire Extinguisher Lamp, price $325, The Mill at Gibsonville, 136 Eugene St., Gibsonville, NC, (336) 447-1000 (wk4)

Worlds Away 3 Drawer Mirror Chest, price $1,390, Crystal Tree, price $95, CeCe in Wonderland lamp, price $275, Harry Potter Case (SOLD), The Mill at Gibsonville, 136 Eugene St., Gibsonville, NC, (336) 4471000 (wk4) NICE Custom Made Bird House, made from receycled materials, price $500, The Mill at Gibsonville, 136 Eugene St., Gibsonville, NC, (336) 4471000 (wk4) For only $14, run your classified item ad with us for 4 weekly editions. Email or, or call 336.340.6299 for details.

Pickers Pedals Passions & Blunders Classified Items Round Table w/ Tile Mosiac, price $195, Custom Made Wood & Black Metal Chairs, price $162/ ea., The Mill at Gibsonville, 136 Eugene St., Gibsonville, NC, (336) 447-1000 (wk4)

Robert Jacobs Chair, price $850, The Mill at Gibsonville, 136 Eugene St., Gibsonville, NC, (336) 4471000 (wk4) Refurbished Cart Tables, price $350, The Mill at Gibsonville, 136 Eugene St., Gibsonville, NC, (336) 447-1000 (wk4)

Kitchen Island w/ Pullouts, price $675, The Mill at Gibsonville, 136 Eugene St., Gibsonville, NC, (336) 447-1000 (wk4)

For those of our readers who are looking for something particular, please contact us and we will do our very best to locate the object of your desire!

Fabulous Wrought Iron Patio Table & Chairs Set, price $812, The Mill at Gibsonville, 136 Eugene St., Gibsonville, NC, (336) 4471000 (wk4)

Wide Variety of Ladder Back Chairs, prices range from $25 and up, The Mill at Gibsonville, 136 Eugene St., Gibsonville, NC, (336) 447-1000 (wk4) 9

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ATTN All Hunters!

By gosh we don’t care who you are! This is funny! Gotta’ love country rednecks with a sense of humor when it comes to very creative Christmas decorations.

...on a more serious note... for all our readers out there who are hunters, please remember to donate unwanted meat

Venison Hunter’s Stew For those of you out there who like a good, hot bowl of stew on cold winter days, consider serving this recipe up at your next family gathering. This hearty stew is great on a cold winter night. Even those who do not like venison have liked this stew. Ingredients n Venison - about 1.25 to 1.3 lbs. (trimmed and cubed) n Leeks - 2 cups sliced (bulb and lower leaves) n Celery - 1 cup chopped n Red onion - 1 cup chopped n Green Bell Pepper - 1 cup chopped n Parsnips - 2 cup sliced cubed n Carrots, sliced, canned - 1.75 cups (about a 411 gram can) drained n Green Beans, cut, canned 1.75 cups (1 can) drained n Crushed Tomatoes - about two 15 oz. cans. n Yams, canned, rinsed - 1 can (about 1 cup) n Mushrooms, Baby portabello,fresh - 1 cup sliced

Don’t forget to donate your kills to your local chapter of Hunters for the Hungry. There are chapters set up in just about every state, so please visit your local organization’s website for more details on how to help feed the hungry.

n Water - 4 cups n Garlic - 3 cloves chopped n n n n n n n

fine Parsley, fresh - 1/4 cup Oregano - 3 tablespoons dry or 1/4 cup fresh Thyme - 1 tablespoon fresh Paprika - 1 teaspoon Cayenne red pepper powder 1/2 teaspoon Season Salt - 1 teaspoon Extra light olive oil - 1 tablespoon

Directions 1) Heat oil in a heavy three quart stew pot. 2) Season cubbed venison with season salt and black pepper, then brown in the pot. 3) When meat is browned on all sides, add celery, bell pepper, and onions to the pot. Cook on medium high heat until onions are becoming translucent and peppers and celery are soften1 0

ing. Add garlic and stir, cooking for another minute. 4) Reduce to medium heat and add the crushed tomatoes, water, carrots, parsnips, leeks, and green beans. Bring to moderate simmer. 5) Add parsley, thyme, oregano,paprika, and red pepper, stir well and allow to simmer covered for 30 minutes. 6) Mash the yams to smooth consistancy. 7) After 30 minutes simmered, add the mushrooms, and stir in the yams to thicken the stew. Simmer covered for another 30 minutes or until meat and vegetables are tender. Adjust salt and pepper seasoning to taste. Makes about 12 1-cup servings Number of Servings: 12

Letter from the Publisher... An Awful Lot to be Thankful For No matter where I’ve gone this year or who I’ve spoken with out there, I’ve heard the same grumblings from so many that this year has been hard on so many fronts. It has been a difficult year for just about everyone. But Thanksgiving kicks off the start of the H o l i d a y S e a s o n reminding us all how many things we should be thankful for. Like loyal dogs who drool all over your pants leg while sitting down to turkey dinner. Like being able to wave to your next door neighbor and know that they are healthy and OK. Like having a quiet afternoon to either catch up on reading, go fishing or take a nap.

Follow-up on Multi Million Dollar Vase We heard from one of our colleagues who specializes in Asian and Oriental antiquities. June Hastings of The Cheshire Cat Gallery located in Cameron Village Shopping Center near downtown Raleigh, NC emailed us a bit more insight into the worth of that little Chinese vase we featured last week.

Like having friends over to yell and holler with while watching football games. Like opening the refrigerator door to see leftovers. Like already dreading Monday a f t e r Thanksgiving in having to be back on the job. Heck, even to have a job! Like being extremely glad that your holiday trip was made by car instead of flying anywhere and being groped by some overzealous TSA agent. Like hearing Grandma and Grandpa’s cheery voice on the other end of your cell phone. Like the cat who patiently waits for everyone to leave the kitchen before hopping up onto the kitchen countertop to drag a

J u n e wrote us “FYI: One of the reasons the Chinese vase commanded so much money is that it is reticulated. Rare to find not broken and in polychrome vases like that one.” We can’t reiterate how important it is to get professional opinions on any item that you own or have inherited or even are considering purchasing in order to know exactly what you have or hope to purchase. 1 1

wing off the turkey platter. Like the fact that you pulled on your winter coat for the first time to wear and discover a $20 bill shoved down deep into a pocket completely forgotten. Like the unexpected email you get from a loved one serving in the Middle East who tells you his/ her unit made it in safely from patrol. Like the comfort emanating from a fire burning in the wood stove. Yes, there are a few things that we each can be thankful for this year. It just takes a moment to reflect back and decide what our blessings were that we might have taken for granted. Dale Dale Swiggett is the Publisher of Pickers Pedals Passions & Blunders. He grew up in the Triad area of NC and has backgrounds in textiles and real estate development. But his passions include history, travel, waterfront culture, and gets weak in the knees over classic automobiles.

Pickers Pedals Passions & Blunders is a NC-based publication. Mailing address... PO Box 578 Rolesville, NC 27571 Publisher... M. Dale Swiggett 336.340.6299 Editor... Renee Warren 919.880.5217 rtwdesigns@embarqmailcom Website coming soon!

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