What do you collect, other than guns?

What do you collect, other than guns?

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    What do you collect, other than guns?

    Me, I have a rather eclectic collection of antiques. I have a little bit of everything from the 1800s-1940s, and my house looks like some mad interior designer lives in it. I'm a third generation antique lover. It started with my paternal grandparents, who were sharecroppers and didn't have much growing up (sod roof house, anyone?). The USAF provided good income, and by the time my grandparents passed on, they had bought an Antebellum house that was condemned, restored it to its original glory, and filled it with Victorian antiques. Grandma did the whole nine yards at Christmas with Victorian everything, down to every ornament on the tree.

    I like the quality, beauty and history of antiques. I use an apple peeler dated 1877 and have a working console radio from the 1930s.

    I've been slowly replacing the modern light fixtures in my house with vintage ones, from art deco chandeliers to oil lamps for non-electric lighting.

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    The first one was my grandmother's - she bought it for $8 in a yard sale, and I can say it was recently appraised for much higher. The second was my find. I bought it for $25. I restored the paint job and my husband redid the wiring. I saw the exact same model selling for over $500 in a lighting/restoration website. The oil lamp was in a sorry state when I found it, I think I paid $35 for it. It's French, the base is pewter and malachite, and the font is blown glass. It polished up beautifully, I found the proper chimney, and I had to get an adapter to get a shade to fit it. The last one I dragged out of a box of junk for $10. I love the hunt and the find. I can find these on eBay, but that just destroys the fun.
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    I collect Knives, Nascar stuff, and anything RC plane related.
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    Pepsi memorabilia... Bottles dating back to 1906 but my favorite are the cartoon glasses that Pepsi sponsored back in the 1970's. Also old Pepsi clocks, Pepsi signs, Pepsi coolers. Pic of just one of the 2 bookcases full of bottles and glasses, a cooler and a clock

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    Antiquarian books, coins, furniture (with Mrs. bmcgilvray), wristwatches. Love old cars of all types but don't currently have one. One odd tangent is pea whistles. Within the past two years Gillette double-edged razors. Even the house predates 1897. At least it was already in existence on the 1897 city survey.

    "I use an apple peeler dated 1877 and have a working console radio from the 1930s."

    We use a biscuit cutter that's been in my family for over 100 years and have my grandparents' working 1949 Admiral television. When I was a kid I watched the Dallas/Green Bay "ice bowl" on that TV in 1967 and also coverage of Apollo 11 in 1969.

    Edited to add accordians, seen here sitting on a 1909 Kohler & Campbell piano which is still played.


    Fun thread!
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    I collect vintage fountain pens, primarily Parkers (1930s-1960s), classical guitars and watches, but the guitars are my passion.
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    What do you collect, other than guns?

    I collect toothpick holders and fat.


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    Quote Originally Posted by boricua View Post
    I collect vintage fountain pens, primarily Parkers (1930s-1960s), classical guitars and watches, but the guitars are my passion.
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    Wow! NICE collection of pens!
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    Tool of all sorts - planes, chisels, gouges, etc.
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    I enjoy small collections of knives and flashlights (only three titaniums) and nothing custom. Fun to browse the collections-with "if money was no object" theme I sure could get into the pen/fountain pen area!
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    I collect knives, starting with some from the European Theater from my Dad, but mainly contemporary, kind of a "hit and miss" old tool collection.

    My wife has collected Salt Cellars (even though a Salt Shaker is hardly anywhere to be found in the house); and a few antiques.

    Fun thread!
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    I've often thought of diving into knives as well, being very interested and having small, unfocused collection, but one has to stop somewhere.

    "I have a little bit of everything from the 1800s-1940s, and my house looks like some mad interior designer lives in it."

    Betty's description fits our house perfectly.
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    having small, unfocused collection
    That's kind of where I excel.

    Old tools can be much better than "modern" tools - better steel, better design and form.
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