CHAMPAIGN - URBANA (ILL) COURIER
March 02, 1952
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|Local Collectors Busy
They Prize Silver, Glass, Coins, Dolls, Banks.
By Bernice Cross
Every community has its collectors. Champaign-Urbana
has several of the outstanding ones in the country.
Perhaps the "dean" of them is Prof. Harold G. Trimble,
706 South Coler avenue. Not only does he collect rare items — he puts them
to everyday use for sheer enjoyment.
Reputed to have the largest collection in the United
States of the work which the silversmith Hester Bateman produced during her
practice from 1774 to 1791 in London, he declares, "I can tell her silver
whenever I see it because of its unique simplicity of design."
Starting with a spigoted coffee urn, he assembled the
entire collection about the piece. There are graceful sauce boats, a soup
tureen worth as much as a bungalow, marrow scoops and tiny pap ladles 18th
century mothers used to feed their infants. Hester Bateman, he explains, was
the originator of labels for liquor bottles, and he has more than 40 of the
delicate silver pendants,
The silver is displayed in Chippendale cabinets or on
Hepplewhite furniture, the rubbed mahogany patina complementing its gleam.
Such furniture fills Professor Trimble's apartment and is set on rugs which
belong to one of the finest collections of Bokharas.
Warren F. Goodell, 1113 West California avenue, who
during the work week is economic analyst for the state division of
waterways, in off hours has acquired one of the most complete collections of
thumb print glass in the country.
The pressed glassware of America's early 1830's fills
rows of book shelves in his home. Included are a wide variety of goblets,
tumblers, compotes, cruets, pitchers, plates and every other item of
Capt. Oscar H. Dodson, 201 West Pennsylvania avenue,
whose career is the Navy, also is a coin collector of note. A member of the
Board of the American Numismatic association, he owns a collection
representative of all countries and all ages.
It includes many coins of the Biblical period, among
them silver coins of the type which historians believe were like the 30 used
to pay off Judas Iscariot when he betrayed Jesus. The quintuple taler he
observes in the photo on this page was struck in Bohemia in 1620. A
five-dollar piece it is one of the world's largest coins. Those in the case
at the right foreground of the picture are ancient Chinese coins from 600 B.
C. to the time of Christ, and the heavy pieces lying on the coffee table are
Roman cast bronze coins of 200 B. C.
Mrs. Kenneth S. Stice, 1104 South Busey avenue,
gives credit for the starting of her bank collection to Prof. Arthur Colby.
Professor Colby was out of town at the time the photos were made so there
are none to show his extensive collection of banks of all sizes.
Mrs. Stice explains the penny banks, formerly the
property of banking concerns who opened them and deposited them to the
depositors' accounts, eventually moved with their holders, got lost for a
time, and became collectors' items.
Hers include, besides "Teddy Roosevelt," another with a
gun which shoots a cap. It at one time was put out by Creedmoor bank of
Philadelphia. a soldier shoots the gun, while the coin produces the ringing
of a bell. The little man in the foreground of the picture is "Tammany." and
like a good politician pockets your coin.
"Always Did 'Spice that Mule," is in the center. A
small boy is unseated from his kicking mule when the coin is deposited.
Another mule, in the doorway of the cabin, cavorts when the coin hits home.
There is a little girl with "Speaking Dog" and "Eagles and Eaglettes" who
open their mouths at the deposit of a coin which goes into their nest.
Mrs. Robert G. Bone, 2106 South Race street, once used
dolls to illustrate her points in children's classes. Her collection now has
grown to 140.
In the center of the photo may be seen a royal group
made in London at the time of the coronation of the late King George VI in
1937. In the foreground are early Egyptian images dating from 1952, B. C.,
forerunners of the modern doll. There are Balinese, Indian, Japanese and
Chinese dolls as well as those from Europe. Famous pairs include Martha and
George Washington and Abraham and Mary Todd Lincoln. The old-fashioned doll
in white belongs to Dr. Mary Lucille Shay of the U. of I.
Mrs. Kenneth S. Stice, 1104 South Busey avenue, who has
a number old collections, recently showed her penny banks at D.A.R.'s
Washington tea. She operates "Teddy Roosevelt and the Bear," a bank on which
a gun fires an actual cap. Inserting coin causes a bear to pop from the tree