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Custard glass usually is the color of egg custard, but collectors have added to the definition and now identify some glass as blue custard, custard with nutmeg stain and custard with painted roses or other decorations. The original catalogs from the companies that made custard glass called it Ivorina Verde (Heisey), Ivory decorated (Jefferson Glass Co.) or ivory and gold (Northwood Glass Co.). But it is difficult to tell real custard glass from glass of a similar color. Original custard glass was made in England about 1880. Most of the pieces were mugs, drinking glasses or novelties — small pieces like toothpick holders or match holders. Many pieces were made to be souvenirs, so event or town names were added to the decoration. It was not until the 1890s that custard was made by Northwood Glass Co. of Indiana, Pa., the first maker in the United States. Northwood made some of the famous patterns collectors prefer today, including Inverted Fan & Feather and Chrysanthemum Sprig. The company used hand-painting, stains and gilding, and even produced “blue custard,” which was made using a different glass formula. At least 10 other companies made custard glass before 1930, and a few are making it today. It is easy to tell if any cream-colored glass you come across really is genuine custard glass. Get a black light, shine it on the glass and look for the luminous glow caused by the uranium in real custard glass. A Geiger counter will click near real custard glass. But don’t worry. Little uranium was used, so the glass is not dangerous. * * * * Q: I bought a baby doll in the early 1960s from an antiques store in California. The doll’s head is porcelain and her body cloth. Her closed mouth is set in a slight frown. There’s a copyright symbol on her neck followed by the words, “by E.I. Horsman Co., Inc., made in Germany.” What is she worth today? A: The mark on your doll is a clue to your doll’s identity. She’s Horsman’s “Tynie Baby,” one of the company’s most popular dolls. Tynie Baby was made with a porcelain head and cloth body, like your doll, or with a composition head and cloth body. She also came in a smaller allporcelain version, and in 1950 was made in vinyl. Your
THIS CHRYSANTHEMUM Sprig master berry bowl, 5 by 8 by 10 inches, is referred to as “blue custard.” It sold at a Jeffrey S. Evans auction in Mt. Crawford, Va., for $127. porcelain-head doll is the most valuable of the Tynie Baby dolls and in perfect condition can sell for more than $650. E.I. Horsman Co. was founded in New York City in 1865. The company manufactured dolls, but also imported French dolls and German dolls. Yours was made in Germany. Q: Is it safe to wear cloisonne jewelry or even to keep cloisonne pieces in the house? I was told cloisonne is radioactive. A: Cloisonne does not present a radiation problem. Although pieces may make a Geiger counter click, the radiation is very small. It comes from the color used in the enamel. You’ll get more radiation exposure from a smoke detector or some kinds of red brick. Q: I inherited a walnut secretary-bookcase from my mother. The only mark I can find on it is on the locks. The mark is “G. Bayer, Pat. Feb. 6, 1872.” Does that mean the secretary is that old? A: Your secretary was made sometime after Feb. 6, 1872. And the mark relates only to the lock, not to the company that made your secretary. Joseph Loch of New York City actually filed for the patent on Feb. 10, 1882, and assigned the patent to himself and George Bayer, also of New York City. The patent was granted on Oct. 17, 1882. So either you read the date on your lock incorrectly or Mr. Bayer considered filing for the patent a decade before he and Mr. Loch finally did so. CURRENT PRICES (Current prices are recorded from antique shows, sales, flea markets and auctions throughout the United States. These prices vary in different locations because of the conditions of the economy.) Brooch, Cupid with bow and arrow, 3-D, gold-tone, by DeNicola, 2 1/8 inches, $68. Ohio Amish doll quilt, cotton, Shadows pattern, blue ground, red & white vertical lines, black border, 1910, 11 x 16 inches, $225. Ideal Saucy Walker doll, head turns side to side, hard plastic, flirty blue eyes, open mouth, auburn hair, blue taffeta dress, 1951, 22 inches, $300. Sunbeam Bread sign, embossed metal, blond girl eating a slice of bread with butter, yellow and red ground, late 1950s, 11 3/4 x 29 3/4 inches, $358. Revolutionary War folding knife, brass handle, horn panels, 18th-century, 14 inches, $550.
ARIES (March 21 to April 19) A problem in getting a workplace project up and moving might upset the Lamb, who likes things done on time. But be patient. The delay could turn out to be a blessing in disguise. TAURUS (April 20 to May 20) Your instincts are usually on the mark, so if you feel uneasy about being asked for advice on a certain matter, it’s probably a good idea that you opt not to comply with the request. GEMINI (May 21 to June 20) You might have two minds about a proposed change (which often happens with the Twins), but once all the facts are in, you’ll be able to make a definitive decision. Good luck. CANCER (June 21 to July 22) The Crab’s frugal aspect dominates, so while you might be reluctant to pay for technical repairs, the time you save in getting things back on track could be well worth the expense. LEO (July 23 to August 22) While you Leos and Leonas continue to concentrate on doing well in your workrelated ventures this week, consider reserving the weekend for sharing good times with family and friends. VIRGO (August 23 to September 22) This is a good week to take stock of the important personal, professional or familial relationships in your life and see where you might need to do some
• On April 12, 1633, physicist and astronomer Galileo Galilei is ordered to turn himself in to begin trial for the second time for holding the belief that the Earth revolves around the Sun. It took more than 300 years for the Church to admit that Galileo was right and to clear his name of heresy.
intense shoring up. LIBRA (September 23 to October 22) Your sense of justice makes you the likely person to help deal with a workor family-related grievance. But you need to have any doubts about anyone’s true agenda resolved first. SCORPIO (October 23 to November 21) The Scorpio passion for getting things done right and on time might rankle some folks. Never mind them. Others will be impressed, and they’re the ones you want in your corner. SAGITTARIUS (November 22 to December 21) Finances could be a mite tight this week. And, while things will ease up soon enough, you savvy Sagittarians will want to keep a prudent eye on your expenses at this time. CAPRICORN (December 22 to January 19) Although a technical malfunction could cause a temporary delay in getting things up and running, you could use the time to recheck your operation and make changes where necessary. AQUARIUS (January 20 to February 18) You might find it difficult to resist making a snap judgment about a colleague’s behavior. But stick with your usual way of assessing situations and wait for the facts to come out. PISCES (February 19 to March 20) Asking for help with a family situation might be the wisest course to take right now. Just be sure you turn to someone you can trust to do and say the right thing for the right reasons. BORN THIS WEEK: People see in you a born leader whom they can follow and put their trust in. © 2010 King Features Synd., Inc.
before midnight in the North Atlantic, the RMS Titanic fails to divert its course from an iceberg, ruptures its hull and begins to sink. The Titanic’s hull was divided into 16 compartments that were presumed to be watertight, and the ship was considered unsinkable. • On April 16, 1947, in Texas City’s port on Galveston Bay, a fire aboard the French freighter Grandcamp ignites ammonium nitrate, causing a massive blast that destroys much of the city and takes nearly 600 lives. The fire department tried to douse the flames, but the ship was so hot that the water from their fire hoses instantly vaporized.
• On April 13, 1742, George Friedrich Handel’s “Messiah” premieres in Dublin. Although singing the oratorio has become a Christmas tradition, the “Messiah” made its world premiere during the Christian season of Lent. Handel composed the score • On April 17, 1964, the Ford for “Messiah” in just 24 days. Mustang is officially unveiled by Henry Ford II at the • On April 15, 1865, Presi- World’s Fair in Flushing dent Abraham Lincoln suc- Meadows, N.Y. The car cumbs to a gunshot wound debuted that same day, and inflicted by an assassin the almost 22,000 Mustangs night before, and he is pro- were immediately snapped nounced dead at 7:22 a.m. up by buyers. Named for a During the autopsy, Mary World War II fighter plane, Lincoln sent the surgeons a the first models carried a note requesting they cut a starting price tag of around lock of Lincoln’s hair for her. $2,300. • On April 14, 1912, just
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TRAVEL DESTINATIONS Places You Might Want To Go by DENA POTTER Associated Press Writer GREENBRIER, Ark. (AP) — As you walk through the field beside them, it’s difficult to tell if that rumble is the sound of their mighty footsteps or your heart thumping in your chest. Then just before you sink into the forest, one of the elephants throws her trunk into the air and trumpets, and you’re certain what you’re witnessing is nothing short of magical. You’re not on an African safari. You’re in Arkansas, in the foothills of the Ozark Mountains, at a sanctuary for unwanted elephants. And this may be the closest you’ll ever get to these mammoth creatures. Riddle’s Elephant and Wildlife Sanctuary will celebrate its 20th year in 2010. For years, owners Scott and Heidi Riddle have opened its gates for the Elephant Experience Weekend, where visitors get up close and personal with the sanctuary’s eight African and Asian elephants over three days. The weekends, held about six times per year, help the small nonprofit cover the cost of caring for and feeding the elephants. But the Riddles say it’s more about the education and conservation of the animals they’ve spent their whole lives working with. “There might be somebody sitting in that room who might have some fantastic, positive impact on the future of all elephants in the world,” said Scott, who has trained and managed elephants for 44 years. But on this weekend, it’s the elephants that have the impact. On the first evening as guests sit around assorted lawn chairs under a big white tent swapping stories about who they are and where they’re from, a loud gasp brings a sudden halt to the conversation. It’s Miss Bets, the sanctuary’s rambunctious 2-year-old African elephant, and her mother Amy, and they’re headed to their barn for the night. The
handlers stop briefly to allow each of the 11 guests to feed the baby a marshmallow, her favorite treat. That night, as guests dine in the chow hall, Asian elephants Peggy and Betty Boop — affectionately known as Booper — munch on hay and twigs under the stars a couple dozen feet away. Over the next two days, guests get plenty of handson experience with the elephants, learning along the way what it takes to care for the massive beasts. Peggy and Booper lie on their sides and let the group bathe them, using brushes to remove the mud that gets trapped in their bristly hairs. The sanctuary sits on 330 acres about an hour north of Little Rock, down the sort of winding country road where it’s safe for a turtle to cross during rush hour. Scott and Heidi Riddle met while working at the Los Angeles Zoo. They married in 1986, and opened the sanctuary four years later. Elephants were easy to get then, and zoos didn’t always look at them as a long-term responsibility. The Riddles wanted to open a sanctuary for all elephants, no matter the sex or species, and especially for those problem elephants that zoos, circuses or individuals were looking to unload. But they also understood that to ensure the survival of the endangered species, they must study the animals and educate others about them. The sanctuary has long taken monthly blood samples from each of its elephants. The data is used in research, such as one study on herpes, which remains the No. 1 killer of both African and Asian elephants. Besides the weekends, the sanctuary opens to the public for a few hours the first Saturday of every month. There’s enough interest that they could open it all the time, but Heidi said they are more concerned with caring for the elephants. signal “mayday” 5. MEDICAL TERMS: What is the common name for “epistaxis”?
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1. U.S. STATES: What is the 7. GEOGRAPHY: Where are state capital of Michigan? the Faroe Islands located? 2. LANGUAGE: What would 8. MOVIES: In “Star Wars,” “turbid” water look like? where did Luke Skywalker 3. AD SLOGANS: What com- grow up? pany promoted its products with the slogan, “Nothin’ 9. FOOD & DRINK: What says lovin’ like something other spice is similar in flavor to mace? from the oven.” 4. GENERAL KNOWL- 10. HISTORY: What type of EDGE: What is the original gun was used to assassinate of the international distress President Abraham Lincoln?
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