SNOWBIRD SALT COLLECTORS MEETING ENGLEWOOD, FLORIDA February 13, 2010

  • Due to an unusually cool Florida winter, the Snowbird Collectors flew further south for their 9th snowbird meeting. Barb and Chick Evers, who recently re-established Florida as their winter home, hosted our flocking. The group gathered at the Conch Café in Englewood for a dutch treat lunch. Several people tried the conch chowder (does anyone have a conch shell salt?), which was declared good and tasty!Lunch

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  • This year there were 21 participants with 14 identifying themselves as open salt collectors. Eight were fulltime Florida residents and the others flew south from as far away as Ohio. Thanks to Barb’s clear directions, we traveled to the Evers’ new home after lunch for serious salt talk. All collectors had a salt or two for show and tell. One of the interesting ones for Floridians was the alligator salt, complete with an alligator spoon, which was recently purchased by Sue Sawyer of Greenville, Ohio. The Florida souvenir salt, complete with an orange, was also a good Floridiana find.leaf

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  • Frances Hatfield, of Sun City Center, FL, had a black bow tie salt to show, which looked blue when held up to the light. This piece is a double salt/knife rest–quite functional. Our hostess, Barb Evers, had a white china double salt with some pastel trim. Although unmarked, it looked similar to some Limoges pieces.Frances Hatfield

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  • Grace Patterson, who has attended every Snowbird gathering, showed a small, round portrait salt, similar to ones featured in the Open Salt Compendium. Grace recently celebrated her 90th birthday Congratulations, Grace. Grace

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  • The traveling Jendes, Nola and Maris, currently in their Ft. Myers area nest, had purchased a gold Lenox Belleek open salt/matching pepper with the Palette Ceramic Art Company (1889 -1906) mark at a recent antique show. Nola also had a series of photos she had taken at the Passau Glass Museum, Passau Germany, of open salts "to die for." They visited this museum, which featured Bavarian, Bohemian, and Austrian glass dating from 1780 to 1935 on their riverboat trip last October. Their display of salts from this trip along with a map of where purchased (from Budapest, Hungary, to Amsterdam, Netherlands) was available for all to see and enjoy. The Jende’s collection of 5,000 salts plus continues to grow!Jendes

  • A new attendee to the gathering, Kathy Foster (a non-snowbird), showed a lovely intaglio salt in a jeweled pedestal frame. She questioned cleaning the frame, but was encouraged to try. There was some discussion about intaglio salts and their use as ashtrays. In a group of salt collectors, this was a non-issue.Salt

  • The pair of tall, silver salts in the back of the picture belongs to Marion Marquis. She was questioning their age and country of origin as the mark was quite small. Subsequent research in the Smith books (Smith, Plate 241-4-2) stated a Dutch origin, circa 1892. These salts are a stately pair with gold washed bowls. Barbara Stanton pointed out that her Pairpoint hat salt, while not "antique," certainly showed off glass making technique. Barbara may have repacked this salt for her own collection, rather than include it in her "Salts for Sale.pair of salts

  • The Show and Tell picture features a variety of salts, crossing several mediums and time periods. How fortunate we were to share our finds with fellow collectors. Show

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  • Buy and sell was an active time as treats and dessert were served. Barbara Stanton, an antique dealer, salt collector/dealer, and open salt enthusiast, had many quality salts for sale as she pared down her inventory.

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  • Marion Marquis, also an antique dealer/salt collector said that she looked forward to another gathering like this one! Much gratitude goes to Chad Evers and his camera for taking pictures on this special day. Chad is not a salt collector right now as he is working for the Florida Department of Agriculture, Division of Aquaculture, and has no spare time to hunt for an open salt dish while he checks on fish!! Our hosts, Barb and Chick, did a wonderful job of making us at home in the Englewood Port Charlotte area. In February, 2011, Pam and Murray Atkinson will host the flock at their Florida home. All salt collectors, whether Snowbirds or Florida residents are welcome to flock with us in Floral City.Sell

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  • Prepared by: Pam Atkinson April 5, 2010