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Nothing warms the body like a nice bowl of homemade soup during these cold winter months. And what better way to serve your family a hearty soup than by serving it up in a vintage soup tureen. I just made a large batch of homemade chicken noodle soup that we enjoyed during the recent sub-zero cold snap we’ve had in my neck of the woods. Another of my favorites is a hearty beef barley soup with vegetables and plenty of tasty ox tails. I have my Churchill Blue Willow soup tureen that I use to serve the soup. But soup tureens can also be used for stews, sauces or any other food that needs to stay nice and warm on the dining table. My grandmother had a Staffordshire (pink) soup tureen that is about twice the size of my modest little vessel. I have a large white porcelain tureen decorated with delicate yellow flowers and a matching ladle that is ready to go home with a new owner at the next Kane County flea market. This tureen is actually part of a four-piece set that includes the covered tureen and a large platter as well as a matching ladle. It was made in Poland and it’s very pretty.

Searching the internet, I found quite a variety of soup tureens ranging in price from about $40 right up to $125,000 for a beautifully decorated Meissen piece. I’d be too afraid to use dishes/tureens that are valued that high. I also saw a few silver tureens. Check out sales and auctions for a soup tureen to use for your favorite recipes. They are functional and pretty to look at in a hutch or on a shelf!

Whether checking on soup tureens or other items, here are a few auctions I received information about:

An online-only auction is planned for Saturday, February 5th, at 11 a.m. Eastern time, by EstateOfMind, based in Middletown, N.Y. Offered will be fine jewelry, coins, watches, violin bows and decorative accessories from prominent estates, bank safety deposit boxes and family heirloom collections, in advance of Valentine’s Day. There will be over 9 pounds of gold jewelry and about 30 pounds of sterling jewelry that will be sold in large lots. Internet bidding via If you need additional information about this auction, you may call Darrell Dirr at 845-386-4403 or 845-741-7373; or, email him at

The sale of a single-owner collection of 62 Hudson River School paintings, is going on right now, online-only, and ending on Wednesday, February 16th, by Absolute Auction & Realty, based in Pleasant Valley, N.Y. The works are from the collection of Robert and Susan Doyle of Fishkill, N.Y. All 62 paintings are original works and nearly all have been professionally cleaned. Bidding and buying is being handled through If you need additional information about this auction, you may call Jennifer Gableman at 800-243-0061 or 845-635-3169; or, you can email her at

H.R. Harmer Fine Stamp Auctions will auction a Pony Express envelope addressed to Abraham Lincoln, on January 26.

Here are some details:

- The cover is postmarked August 18th, 1860, 4 months before he was

elected President.

- This is the only Pony Express addressed to a U.S. President, and one

of only 250 surviving Pony Express covers.

- When it was sold in 1991, it was valued at $150,000. However, industry

experts have stated they would not be surprised if the cover sold for significantly more this January.

For more information about this auction, please contact H. R. Harmer Fine Stamp Auctions at

Enjoy this issue, which is again filled with informative and interesting articles about antiques and postcards and ephemera. Our next issue is February 8 and until that time try to get out and do a little browsing, bidding and shopping.

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