Over the years, I have tried my hand at “collections.” The first began at the age of five or six and involved small glass animals which, at the time, I found charming, delightful, breakable. I remember when my favorite horse, Bluebell (yes I named them all) broke her tail. I was devastated for weeks. To protect the others, I packed them up gently into a decorative box. Needless to say, that cherished receptacle disappeared many moons ago. In college, because I was referred to as a “difficult buy,” I faked an interest in perfume bottles. For years and years, every person who meant something to me or who didn’t made sure that is received scores and scores of these potions of love for birthdays, Christmas, Easter, Memorial, Flag, and Ground Hog Day. Once the number reached 200, I put a moratorium on any more presents for anyone under the age of 12. Though I do think back on fondness of one special antique Baccarat jewel, now chipped when the cat thought it was a chew toy and batted it off its weathered silver pedestal.
Certain items remain popular in their collectability. Milk glass for one, invented in Venice in the 1500sby such makers as Fenton and McKee come in a variety of pieces; platters, punch bowls, plates, To know if the bottle stands up to the test of tie, one must hold a piece up to the light and look for a “ring of fire” or an iridescent halo that indicated age.
If you consider yourself a winner, and who doesn’t, trophies hold a certain appeal. They tell a story a tail (LOL) and celebrate accomplishment. Engraved pieces bring higher prices and I am not referring to the “participation tidbits we throw at kids today just for showing up, but truly etched urns that bring sizable sums.
Leather, part and parcel of all things natural, serve up a big ole whoopee from collectors. The cracks, stains, and different grains indicate the valuing of patina over perfection. Available at a range or prices, some may cost in the thousands so sticker shock beware.
Barware or anything “cocktaily” serves as a source of the pretty and the entertainment (never a bad combination). Cut crystal glassware, vintage serving items, and lovely decanters. make for a great display but a usable source for heavy drinkers. No longer forced to make that long walk to the fridge, they can simply slip to the open bar area where the good liquor is often found.
Copper, zinc, and their metal cousins of brass and bronze serve as decorative and utilitarian objects. Polished or unpolished, they make a beautiful statement as a light fixture, decorative tray, telescope, or candleholders. Popular since ancient times, their virtually indestructible and readily available numbers perhaps makes this the most prized of the collectible crowd.
Next hand mirrors to reflect the age lines and spots in my face. Yeah AGE!