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    • Collectible-based games

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    • Glossaries of collecting

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    • Ice hockey collectibles

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    • List of collectables

    • Ephemera is transitory written and printed matter not intended to be retained or preserved. Some collectable ephemera is listed below. Memorabilia includes collectables related to a person, organization, event or media. For items collected while traveling, see Souvenir. For items with other themes, see the Theme s ... Read »


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    • Amateur geology

    • Amateur geology (known as rockhounding in the United States and Canada, and regionally known as rock hunting in southern Oregon) is the recreational study and hobby of collecting rocks and mineral specimens from their natural environment. The first amateur geologists were prospectors looking for valuable minerals ... Read »


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    • Antique

    • An antique (Latin: antiquus; "old", "ancient") is a collectable item, at least 100 years old. It is collected or desirable because of its age, beauty, rarity, condition, utility, personal emotional connection, and/or other unique features. It is an object that represents a previous era or time period in human society. ... Read »


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    • Arenophile

    • An arenophile is one who collects sand samples, the interest of the hobby lying in the variety of texture, colour, mineralogy and location. This hobby may include sand deposited on coastlines throughout the world. Some collectors may trade sands with fellow arenophiles. Some collectors have included sand from rivers ... Read »


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    • Automobile License Plate Collectors Association

    • The Automobile License Plate Collectors Association (ALPCA) is the largest such organization in the world. Founded in Rumney Depot, New Hampshire, United States, in 1953 and holding its first meeting in North Attleboro, Massachusetts, in 1954, its members have come from all 50 U.S. states and the District of Columbia ( ... Read »


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    • Automobilia

    • Automobilia is a portmanteau of the words automobile and memorabilia. It is term which can be used to describe any historical artifact or collectible linked with motor cars and related areas, such as motor racing and motorsport personalities. In common usage the term is taken to specifically exclude fully or partially ... Read »


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    • Basno

    • Basno

      Basno is a platform that allows organizations and individuals to create and collect digital badges. Badges often serve as recognition for accomplishments, skills, commitments and expertise. The platform provides tools to create, issue, collect and display badges. Platform services include technology to control access t ... Read »


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    • Beachcombing

    • Beachcombing is an activity that consists of an individual "combing" (or searching) the beach and the intertidal zone, looking for things of value, interest or utility. A beachcomber is a person who participates in the activity of beachcombing. Despite these general definitions, beachcombing and beachcomber are words ... Read »


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    • Beverage coaster

    • A coaster, drink coaster, beverage coaster, or beermat is an item used to rest beverages upon. Coasters protect the surface of a table or any other surface where the user might place a beverage. Public houses usually will have beermats spread out across their tables. They are used not just to protect the surface of th ... Read »


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    • Bicycle collecting

    • As with many consumer products, early bicycles were purchased solely for their usefulness or fashionableness and discarded as they wore out or were replaced by newer models. Some items were thrown into storage and survived, but many others went to the scrapyard. Decades later, those with an interest in cycling and hist ... Read »


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    • Blackamoors (decorative arts)

    • Blackamoor figures are sculptures and other depictions of exoticized figures, usually African males but sometimes other non-European races, used in European art in the Early Modern period. They occur in various media, often holding a tray or some other container, which was available for practical use. They occur in jew ... Read »


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    • Bradford Exchange

    • The Bradford Exchange is a producer and marketer of collectible goods, jewelry, sports memorabilia and apparel. Now part of the Bradford Group, it was founded in 1973 as The Bradford Gallery of Collector's Plates by J. Roderick MacArthur. The company created its first live price quotation market in 1983, but increasing ... Read »


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    • Breweriana

    • Breweriana commonly refers to any article containing a brewery name or brand name, usually in connection to collecting them as a hobby. Examples include beer cans, beer bottle, bottle opener, beer labels, tin signs, coasters, beer trays, beer tap, wooden cases and neon signs. Breweriana first appeared in the Natio ... Read »


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    • Breyer Animal Creations

    • Breyer Animal Creations (commonly referred to as Breyer), a division of Reeves International, Inc, is a manufacturer of model animals. The company specializes in model horses made from cellulose acetate, a form of plastic, and produces other animal models from the same material as well. Less well known are its highly c ... Read »


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    • Butterfly net

    • A butterfly net (sometimes called an aerial insect net) is one of several kinds of nets used to collect insects. The entire bag of the net is generally constructed from a lightweight mesh to minimize damage to delicate butterfly wings. Other types of nets used in insect collecting include beat nets, aquatic nets, and s ... Read »


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    • Button collecting

    • Button collecting may refer to the collecting of various types of buttons. This article refers to the collecting of clothing buttons. Button collecting varies widely. In its most informal manifestation, a button collection may simply be the household button container, where buttons are stored for future use on clothin ... Read »


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    • Campaign button

    • A campaign button is a pin used during an election as political advertising for (or against) a candidate or political party, or to proclaim the issues that are part of the political platform. Political buttons date as far back as President George Washington. They have taken many forms as the technology to create an ima ... Read »


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    • Carnival glass

    • Carnival glass is moulded or pressed glass, always with a pattern and always with a shiny, metallic, 'iridescent' surface shimmer. The keys to its appeal were that it looked superficially like the very much finer and very much more expensive blown iridescent glass by Tiffany, Loetz and others and also that the cheerfu ... Read »


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    • Casino chip collecting

    • Casino chip collecting is the practice of intentionally taking casino chips (also called "checks") from Casino premises or trading or collecting online, or in person, for the purpose of collection. Casino chip collecting is a variety of exonumia, or coin collecting. Before it became a more serious hobby, casino chip co ... Read »


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    • Cemar Clay Products

    • Cemar Clay Products was a California pottery operating between 1935 and 1955. Cemar's art pottery products, including tableware, are sought-after collectables today. Cemar was founded by Cliff J. Malone and Paul Cauldwell, two former employees of the well-established (J.A.) Bauer Pottery. Cemar Pottery, like Bauer, wa ... Read »


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    • Center for the History of Collecting

    • Center for the History of Collecting

      The Center for the History of Collecting is a research institute of the Frick Art Reference Library, which is attached to The Frick Collection. It promotes and sponsors the study of the history of collecting. Housed in the Frick Art Reference Library at 10 East 71st Street (between Madison and Fifth Avenue) in New ... Read »


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    • Cereal box prize

    • A cereal box prize, also known as a cereal box toy in the UK and Ireland, is a promotional toy or small item that is offered as an incentive to buy a particular breakfast cereal. Prizes are found inside or sometimes on the cereal box. The term "cereal box prize" is sometimes used as a broader term to also include premi ... Read »


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    • Cigarette card

    • Cigarette cards are trade cards issued by tobacco manufacturers to stiffen cigarette packaging and advertise cigarette brands. Beginning in 1875, cards depicting actresses, baseball players, Indian chiefs, and boxers were issued by the US-based Allen and Ginter tobacco company. These are considered to be some of t ... Read »


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    • Coin collecting

    • Coin collecting is the collecting of coins or other forms of minted legal tender. Coins of interest to collectors often include those that circulated for only a brief time, coins with mint errors and especially beautiful or historically significant pieces. Coin collecting can be differentiated from numismatics, in tha ... Read »


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    • Collectable

    • A collectable (collectible or collector's item) is any object regarded as being of value or interest to a collector (not necessarily monetarily valuable or antique). There are numerous types of collectables and terms to denote those types. An antique is a collectable that is old. A curio is a small, usually fascinating ... Read »


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    • Collecting

    • The hobby of collecting includes seeking, locating, acquiring, organizing, cataloging, displaying, storing, and maintaining whatever items are of interest to the individual collector. The scope of collecting is unlimited: "If something exists, somebody somewhere collects them." The most obvious way to categorise colle ... Read »


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    • Collectors market index

    • Collectors market index is a tool used by collectors and investors to track values of collectibles against collectors market from a specific date, calculated in form of Index. It measures the value of a section of the collectors market and computed from the prices of selected collectibles, typically a weighted average. ... Read »


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    • Collectors Weekly

    • Collectors Weekly is an online resource for those interested in antiques and vintage items. It has been described as an "online encyclopedia about all things antique." It aims to appeal to collectors from all over the world, whatever their interests or experience. The resource was originally published by a San Francis ... Read »


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    • Colnect

    • Colnect Collectors Club Community

      Colnect Collectors Club Community, is a website containing -like collectables catalogs. It allows collectors to manage their personal collection using these catalogs and automatically match their swap/wish-lists with those of other collectors. Colnect's phone cards catalog is the biggest in the world. Colnect was ... Read »


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    • Cookie jar

    • Cookie jars are utilitarian or ceramic or glass jars often found in American and Canadian kitchens. In the United Kingdom, they are known as biscuit barrels or biscuit jars. If they are cans made out of tinplate, they are called biscuit tins. While used to store actual cookies or biscuits, they are sometimes employed ... Read »


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    • County collecting

    • County collecting is keeping track of the counties and other major census divisions one has visited in the United States. Many county collectors try to go for blackout, to visit every county unit in the United States. Others try to black out individual states, and others are only interested in keeping track of the coun ... Read »


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    • Danish Christmas plates

    • Danish Christmas plates are collectibles which are issued annually by porcelain manufacturers in Denmark. The first annual Christmas plate was produced by Bing & Grøndahl in 1895, with Royal Copenhagen following suit in 1908. Blue and white in color, and bearing the year of issuance, the mold is discontinued after C ... Read »


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    • David Winter (sculptor)

    • David Winter (born 1958 in Catterick, Yorkshire, England) is an English sculptor known for collectible miniature buildings. Winter made his first cottage in 1979 with John Hine, and soon expanded. David Winter Cottages, which became popular for its small, collectible detailed cottages, some of which were rare. Origina ... Read »


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    • Decorative box

    • Decorative box

      A decorative box is a form of packaging that is generally more than just functional, but also intended to be decorative and artistic. Many such boxes are used for promotional packaging, both commercially and privately. Historical objects are usually called caskets if larger than a few inches in more than one dimension, ... Read »


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    • Deltiology

    • Deltiology (from Greek δελτίον, deltion, diminutive of δέλτος, deltos, "writing tablet, letter"; and -λογία, -logia) is the study and collection of postcards. Professor Randall Rhoades of Ashland, Ohio, coined a word in 1945 that became the accepted description of t ... Read »


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    • Depression glass

    • Depression glass is clear or colored translucent glassware that was distributed free, or at low cost, in the United States and Canada around the time of the Great Depression. Depression glass is a subset of Uranium glass. The Quaker Oats Company, and other food manufacturers and distributors, put a piece of glassware i ... Read »


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    • Disney pin trading

    • Disney Pin Trading

      Disney pin trading is the buying and trading of collectible pins and related items featuring Disney characters, attractions, icons, events and other elements. The practice is a hobby officially supported and promoted by Disney. Many thousands of unique pins have been created over the years. Pins are available for a li ... Read »


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    • Disneyana

    • Disneyana is a term for a wide variety of collectible toys, books, animation cels, theme-park souvenirs, ephemera and other items produced and/or licensed by The Walt Disney Company. Examples range from products featuring virtually every Disney character—such as Mickey Mouse, Tinker Bell and others—to vintage ... Read »


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    • Disneyana Fan Club

    • Disneyana Fan Club

      Disneyana or The Disneyana Fan Club was founded in 1984 as a non-profit organization dedicated to the preservation and dissemination of Walt Disney's legacy. Its published aim is to provide Disneyana enthusiasts worldwide with news, information, and events designed to enhance their "experience with, and love of, all th ... Read »


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    • Dump digging

    • Dump digging is the practice of locating and excavating old garbage dumps with the intent of discovering objects which have potential value as collectibles or antiques. These dumps are sometimes centuries old but often date to the late 19th century or early part of the 20th century. Among other things, the practice of ... Read »


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    • Elegant glass

    • Elegant Glass is high quality glassware created in the United States during the Depression Era. It was sold for high prices in department stores and given as wedding gifts. When new, Elegant Glass would cost more than its oft-confused counterpart, Depression glass, because it was at least partially handmade, had a clea ... Read »


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    • Element collecting

    • Element collecting is the hobby of collecting the chemical elements. Many element collectors simply enjoy finding peculiar uses of chemical elements. Others enjoy studying the properties of the elements, possibly engaging in amateur chemistry, and some simply collect elements for no practical reason. Some element colle ... Read »


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    • Extra-illustration

    • Extra-illustration is the process whereby texts, normally in their published state, are customized by the incorporation of thematically linked prints, watercolors, and other visual materials. Extra-illustration was a vibrant and widespread fashion in Britain and America during the late eighteenth and early ninetee ... Read »


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    • Femlin

    • The Femlin is a character used on the Party Jokes page of Playboy magazine. Femlins were created by LeRoy Neiman in 1955 when publisher/editor Hugh Hefner decided the Party Jokes page needed a visual element. The name is a portmanteau of "female" and "gremlin." They are portrayed as mischievous black and white female ... Read »


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    • Fiesta (dinnerware)

    • Fiesta, often called, Fiestaware, is a line of ceramic glazed dinnerware manufactured and marketed by the Homer Laughlin China Company of Newell, West Virginia since its introduction in 1936, with a hiatus from 1973-1985. Fiesta is noted for its Art Deco styling featuring concentric circles — and its range of sol ... Read »


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    • Fish carving

    • Fish sculpture, fish decoys, fish carvings and fish trophies are the names given to a style of painted wood carving practiced by various artisans. The works are kept as and collectible as folk art. British fish carvers include John B. Russell (Scottish), John and Dhuie Tully, P.B. Malloch and the Hardy Brothers. Arti ... Read »


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    • Flag patch

    • A flag patch is a piece of fabric displaying the national flag of a country. The image of the flag is usually produced by embroidery, using different colored threads. It can also be produced by printing directly on the fabric, although this is less common. Many countries have patches made to resemble their flag for use ... Read »


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    • Flown flag

    • A flown flag is a flag that has historic meaning, sentimental value, or has been flown for a special occasion. Flown flags have traditionally been handed out by dignitaries during special occasions and events. Since 1937 the United States Capitol Flag Program has been taking requests for flags to be flown over the US ... Read »


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    • Fossil collecting

    • Fossil collecting (some times, in a non-scientific sense, fossil hunting) is the collection of fossils for scientific study, hobby, or profit. Fossil collecting, as practiced by amateurs, is the predecessor of modern paleontology and many still collect fossils and study fossils as amateurs. Professionals and amateurs a ... Read »


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    • Galanthophile

    • A galanthophile is an enthusiastic collector of snowdrops (Galanthus species and cultivars). The term galanthophile was probably invented by the noted British plantsman and garden writer E. A. Bowles (1865–1954) in a letter to his friend Oliver Wyatt, another keen collector of bulbs, whom he addressed as "Dea ... Read »


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    • Glass float

    • Glass floats, glass fishing floats, or Japanese glass fishing floats are popular collectors' items. They were once used by fishermen in many parts of the world to keep their fishing nets, as well as longlines or droplines afloat. Large groups of fishnets strung together, sometimes 50 miles (80 km) long, were set ad ... Read »


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    • Go-to-bed matchbox

    • Go-to-bed or getting-into-bed matchboxes were a variety of match storage box popular in the mid-to-late 19th century. Relatively small, about 6 cm high, they were frequently made of metal of some kind, though sometimes of wood or ivory. Most incorporated a rough surface on which the match could be struck. All featured ... Read »


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    • Goofus glass

    • Goofus glass is pressed glass which was decorated with cold, unfired paint in the early 20th century in America by several prominent glass factories. Because it was mass-produced and relatively cheap, it was given as a premium for buying things, awarded as prizes at fairs. It was the first carnival glass, preceding the ... Read »


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    • Gundam model

    • Gundam models are model kits depicting the vehicles and characters of the fictional Gundam universe by Bandai. These kits have become popular among mecha anime fans and model enthusiasts in Japan and in other nearby Asian countries since the 1980s. Gundam modeling spread in the 1990s with North America and Europe being ... Read »


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    • Historic value

    • In the study of collectibles, historic value means an increase in value because of historical aging. Collectibles - Rares - Rarity ... Read »


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    • History of merit badges (Boy Scouts of America)

    • History of merit badges (Boy Scouts of America)

      The history of merit badges in the Boy Scouts of America (BSA) has been tracked by categorizing them into a series of merit badge types. In addition to the Boy Scouts of America, many other Scouting and Scouting-like organizations around the world, such as Pathfinders, Baden-Powell Scouts and Royal Rangers, issue merit ... Read »


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    • Hoarding

    • Hoarding is a general term for a behavior that leads people or animals to accumulate food or other items during periods of scarcity. Hoarding and caching are common behaviors in many bird species as well as in rodents. Most animal caches are of food. However, some birds will also stingily collect other items, espe ... Read »


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    • Hog oiler

    • A hog oiler was a mechanical device employed on farms to be used by hogs to provide relief from insects and offer skin protection. It consisted of a reservoir to hold oil, and a means to distribute the oil onto the hog, often via grooved wheels or cylinders. Hogs seeking relief would rub up against a wheel (or cylinder ... Read »


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    • Hood ornament

    • A hood/bonnet ornament, radiator cap, motor mascot or car mascot is a specially crafted model which symbolizes a car company like a badge, located on the front center portion of the hood. It has been used as an adornment nearly since the inception of automobiles. According to the author of A History of Cars writte ... Read »


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    • Hostmaster

    • The Hostmaster Pattern was manufactured by New Martinsville Glass Company (which later became Viking Glass Company) during the 1930s. Though the line was extensive, New Martinsville Hostmaster Pattern is one of the lesser known patterns of Elegant Glass. There are no reproductions as the mold was melted down to make th ... Read »


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    • Insect collecting

    • Insect collecting refers to the collection of insects and other arthropods for scientific study or as a hobby. Because most insects are small and the majority cannot be identified without the examination of minute morphological characters, entomologists often make and maintain insect collections. Very large collections ... Read »


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    • International Scouting Collectors Association

    • The International Scouting Collectors Association (ISCA) was established in 2001 as a non-profit group interested in furthering the education of scouting through the trade and display of memorabilia and history of the BSA and Scouting. The ISCA states that [their] "primary purpose is to educate the membership and other ... Read »


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    • Jadeite (kitchenware)

    • Jadeite, also known as Fire King Jade-ite, is a type of glass tableware made of Jade-green opaque milk glass, popular in the United States in the mid-20th century. A blue variety called "Azur-ite" was also produced for several years. Jade-ite and Azur-ite were both produced by Anchor Hocking. It is not to be confused ... Read »


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    • Knife collecting

    • Knife collecting is a hobby which includes seeking, locating, acquiring, organizing, cataloging, displaying, storing, and maintaining knives. Some collectors are generalists, accumulating an assortment of different knives. Others focus on a specialized area of interest, perhaps bayonets, knives from a particular factor ... Read »


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    • Macaulay Library

    • The Macaulay Library is the world's largest archive of animal sounds. It includes more than 175,000 audio recordings covering 75 percent of the world's bird species. There are an ever increasing numbers of insect, fish, frog, and mammal recordings. The video archive includes over 50,000 clips, representing over 3,500 s ... Read »


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    • Maneki-neko

    • The maneki-neko (Japanese: 招き猫?, literally "beckoning cat") is a common Japanese figurine (lucky charm, talisman) which is often believed to bring good luck to the owner. In modern times, they are usually made of ceramic or plastic. The figurine depicts a cat (traditionally a calico Japanese Bobtail) bec ... Read »


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    • Matchbook

    • A matchbook is a small paperboard folder (matchcover) enclosing a quantity of matches and having a coarse striking surface on the exterior. The folder is opened to access the matches, which are attached in a comb-like arrangement and must be torn away before use in contrast to a matchbox where the matches are loosely p ... Read »


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    • Maximalism

    • In the arts, maximalism, a reaction against minimalism, is an esthetic of excess and redundancy. The philosophy can be summarized as "more is more", contrasting with the minimalist motto "less is more". The term maximalism is sometimes associated with post-modern novels, such as those by David Foster Wallace and T ... Read »


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    • Meteorite hunter

    • A meteorite hunter is a person engaged in the search for meteorites. Meteorite hunters may be amateurs who search on the weekends and after work, or professionals who recover meteorites for a living. Both frequently use tools such as metal detectors or magnets to discover the meteorites. If the meteorite is of the ... Read »


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    • Meteorite Men

    • Meteorite Men

      Meteorite Men is a documentary reality television series featuring two meteorite hunters. The pilot episode premiered on May 10, 2009. The full first season began on January 20, 2010 on the Science Channel. The second season premiered November 2, 2010 and season three began November 28, 2011. Discovery networks have ca ... Read »


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    • Milk glass

    • Milk glass is an opaque or translucent, milk white or colored glass, blown or pressed into a wide variety of shapes. First made in Venice in the 16th century, colors include blue, pink, yellow, brown, black, and the white that led to its popular name. Milk glass contains dispersion of particles with refractive ind ... Read »


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    • Mineral collecting

    • Mineral collecting is the hobby of systematically collecting, identifying and displaying mineral specimens. Mineral collecting can also be a part of the profession of mineralogy and allied geologic specialties. Individual collectors often specialize, for example collecting examples of the various colors and forms taken ... Read »


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    • Miniature (alcohol)

    • A miniature is a small bottle of a spirit, liqueur or other alcoholic beverage. Their contents, typically 50 ml, are intended to comprise an individual serving. Miniatures may be used as gifts, samples, or for promotional purposes. In the Northeastern United States they are known as "Nips", and referred to elsewhere a ... Read »


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    • Mint condition

    • Mint condition

      Mint Condition is an American R&B band from Saint Paul, Minnesota. Formed in the mid 1980s at Central High School in Saint Paul, Minnesota, its original members were Stokley Williams (lead vocals, drums, percussion), Homer O'Dell (guitar), Larry Waddell (keyboards, piano), Roger Lynch (son of Roger Troutman), Ray Colem ... Read »


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    • Model car

    • A model vehicle or toy vehicle is a miniature representation of an automobile. Other miniature motor vehicles, such as trucks, buses, or even ATVs, etc. are often included in this general category. Because many miniature vehicles were originally aimed at children as playthings, there is no precise difference between a ... Read »


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    • Model horse

    • Model horses are scale replicas of real horses. They originated simultaneously—but independently—in the USA, Canada, and the UK, followed later by Sweden (UK-influenced), Germany (US-influenced), Australia. They encompass a wide variety of fanbase activities, from those who simply like to collect, to those wh ... Read »


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    • Moomin mugs

    • Moomin mugs are a series of collectable mugs with Moomin characters, manufactured by the Finnish ceramics brand Arabia. The mugs are designed by Tove Slotte, with the images based on original drawings by cartoonists Tove and Lars Jansson. The mug itself is a 0.3 litres (0.066 imp gal; 0.079 US gal) ceramics ... Read »


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    • Movies collecting

    • Movie collecting refers to people who collect Movies - including seeking, locating, acquiring, organizing, cataloging, displaying, storing, and maintaining whatever movies are of interest to a given individual collector. Movie collecting started when VHS became popular. Today, movie collectors are collecting DVDs or/a ... Read »


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    • Murderabilia

    • Murderabilia, also known as murderbilia, is a term identifying collectibles related to murders, murderers or other violent crimes, coined by Andy Kahan, director of the Houston Police Department's Crime Victims Office. Buyers typically seek collectibles that are either artifacts used or owned by murderers and item ... Read »


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    • National Association of Watch and Clock Collectors

    • The National Association of Watch and Clock Collectors (NAWCC) is an American non-profit organization with about 14,000 members. The NAWCC was founded in 1943 by members of the Horological Society of New York and the Philadelphia Watchmakers' Guild who wished to create a national organization. Many of the members part ... Read »


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    • Orchid hunting

    • Orchid hunting is the search for orchid plants in the wild. The orchid plants are usually being acquired for the commercial market, where there was, and still is, significant demand for these unusual flowering plants. In 1818, William John Swainson was collecting plants in Rio de Janeiro. He sent a box of tropical pla ... Read »


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    • Panini Group

    • Panini S.p.A

      Panini is a company headquartered in Modena, Italy, named after the Panini brothers who founded it in 1961. The company produces books, comics, magazines, stickers, trading cards and other items through its collectables and publishing subsidiaries. Panini distributes its own products, and products of third party provid ... Read »


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    • Paperweight

    • A paperweight is a small solid object which is placed on top of books to keep the papers from blowing in the breeze or to keep a sheet from moving when painting with a brush (as with Japanese calligraphy). Paper, due to its light weight and large surface area, has a tendency to move easily when pushed by a slight breez ... Read »


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    • Patch collecting

    • Patch collecting or badge collecting (also, scutelliphily, from Latin scutellus meaning little shield, and Greek phileein meaning to love) is the hobby of collecting souvenir patches or badges. Souvenir patches are usually shield-shaped, and generally contain a coat of arms, a map or a miniature view. The patches ... Read »


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    • Petroliana

    • Petroliana is a category of collectibles that is related to gas stations or the petroleum industry. Petroliana memorabilia include items such as old gas pumps, fuel advertisements, enamel or tin signs, oil cans and tins, and road maps. ... Read »


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    • Phaleristics

    • Phaleristics (from the Greek mythological Hero Phaleros; Greek: Φάληρος via the Latin phalera, heroics; sometimes spelled Faleristics) is an auxiliary science of history which studies military, chivalric, dynastic, fraternal, civil and student orders, awards, medals and decorations and their system ... Read »


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    • Phillumeny

    • Phillumeny (also known as Phillumenism) is the hobby of collecting different match-related items: matchboxes, matchbox labels, matchbooks, matchcovers, matchsafes, etc. The word, derived from Greek phil- [loving] + Latin lumen- [light], was introduced by the British collector Marjorie S. Evans in 1943 (who later b ... Read »


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    • Pin trading

    • Pin trading is the practice of buying, selling, and exchanging collectible pins – most often lapel pins associated with a particular common theme, as well as related items – such as lanyards, bags, and hats to store and display the pins – as a hobby. Collectible pins used in pin trading are often found i ... Read »


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    • Pin-back button

    • A pin-back button or pinback button, pin button, button badge, or simply pin-back or badge, is a button or badge that can be temporarily fastened to the surface of a garment using a safety pin, or a pin formed from wire, a clutch or other mechanism. This fastening mechanism is anchored to the back side of a button-shap ... Read »


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    • Plant collecting

    • Plant collecting is the acquisition of plant specimens for the purposes of research, cultivation or as a hobby. Plant specimens may be kept alive, but are more commonly dried and pressed to preserve the quality of the specimen. Plant collecting is an ancient practice with records of Chinese botanist collecting roses ov ... Read »


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    • Police memorabilia collecting

    • Police memorabilia collecting is a hobby involving the collection and trading of law enforcement-related patches or badges, and other memorabilia including bobby helmets, training manuals, police medals, and historic artifacts such as turn-of-the-century screw-based handcuffs and police-box globes. In the United S ... Read »


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    • Premium (marketing)

    • Premiums are promotional items — toys, collectables, souvenirs and household products — that are linked to a product, and often require box tops, tokens or proofs of purchase to acquire. The consumer generally has to pay at least the shipping and handling costs to receive the premium. Premiums are sometimes r ... Read »


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    • Private collection

    • A private collection is a privately owned collection of works, usually a collection of art. If seen in a museum alongside a work or describing a work, it signifies that piece of art in a museum is not actually owned by that museum, but is on loan from an independent source, either for the long term or for temporary exh ... Read »


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    • Private museum

    • A private museum is a collection, usually on a very limited topic and operated by individual enthusiasts, collectors, clubs or companies. Unlike a public or governmental museum, a scientific monitoring and systematic documentation is not always guaranteed. Therefore, a private museum has relevance for historical r ... Read »


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    • Prize (marketing)

    • Prizes are promotional items—small toys, games, trading cards, collectables, and other small items of nominal value—found in packages of brand-name retail products (or available from the retailer at the time of purchase) that are included in the price of the product (at no extra cost) with the intent to boost ... Read »


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    • Psychology of collecting

    • The psychology of collecting seeks to understand the motivating factors for persons who, throughout the ages, have devoted great amounts of time, money, and energy making and maintaining . When people think of collecting, they may imagine expensive works of art or historical artifacts that are later sold to a muse ... Read »


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    • Pteridomania

    • Pteridomania or Fern-Fever was a craze for ferns. Victorian decorative arts presented the fern motif in pottery, glass, metal, textiles, wood, printed paper, and sculpture, with ferns "appearing on everything from christening presents to gravestones and memorials". Pteridomania, meaning Fern Madness or Fern Craze, ... Read »


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    • Railroadiana

    • Railroadiana or railwayana refers to artifacts of currently or formerly operating railways around the world. Railroadiana can include items such as: There are many more types of railroadiana available to the collector. Some railroadiana collectors include items in their collections as large as speeders or complete pas ... Read »


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    • Red Wing Collectors Society

    • The Red Wing Collectors Society, Inc. has been dedicated to the preservation of Red Wing and other American pottery since 1977. The Red Wing Collectors Society is a special interest collecting organization in the United States with a membership of about 5000. The Red Wing Collectors Society (RWCS) was founded in 1 ... Read »


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    • Reference collection

    • A reference collection is a collection of objects maintained for the purpose of study and authentication. Reference collections are generally large undertakings maintained by institutions; instead of having a single representative of each object, they will typically have multiples, so as to illustrate variations and, s ... Read »


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    • Restaurant ware

    • Restaurant ware, or most commonly hotelware is vitrified, ceramic tableware which exhibits high mechanical strength and is produced for use in hotels and restaurants. Tableware used in railway dining cars, passenger ships and airlines are also included in this category. Collectable hotelware was usually made of stonew ... Read »


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    • Ronson (company)

    • Ronson Consumer Products Corporation

      Ronson Consumer Products Corporation was formerly based in Somerset, New Jersey, United States. It was a producer of lighters and lighter accessories. Ronson Limited, located in Northampton, England, owns the Ronson Brand in most territories throughout the world. The Ronson lighter company started as The Art Meta ... Read »


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    • RR Auction

    • RR Auction

      RR Auction is an auction house headquartered in Boston’s North End with a production office based in Amherst, New Hampshire. First established in 1976 and officially founded in 1980 by CEO Bob Eaton, the company is known for its monthly auctions of rare documents, manuscripts, autographs, and historic artifacts, o ... Read »


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    • Satin glass

    • Satin glass is a piece of glass that has been chemically treated to give it a satin finish. The term "satin glass" is frequently used to refer to a collectible type of pressed glass. Satin glass can be used for decorative items. However, satin glass is also used to provide privacy where the full transparency of glass ... Read »


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    • Scientific collection

    • As a scientific collection is referred to Important objects of research collections Important goals of these collections are the items collected for research to make tangible and accessible, hold reference objects for comparison purposes as well as the systematization and naming with scientific names of the collected ... Read »


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    • Scouting memorabilia collecting

    • Scouting memorabilia collecting is the hobby and study of preserving and cataloging Boy Scouting and Girl Guiding items for their historic, aesthetic and monetary value. Since collecting depends on the interests of the individual collector, the depth and breadth of each collection varies. Some collectors choose to focu ... Read »


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    • Sea pottery

    • Sea pottery (also known as "sea china" or "sea porcelain" or "beach pottery") is pottery which is broken into worn pieces and shards and found on beaches along oceans or large lakes. Sea pottery has been tumbled and smoothed by the water and sand, creating small pieces of smooth, frosted pottery. It is often collected ... Read »


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    • Seashell

    • A seashell or sea shell, also known simply as a shell, is a hard, protective outer layer created by an animal that lives in the sea. The shell is part of the body of the animal. Empty seashells are often found washed up on beaches by beachcombers. The shells are empty because the animal has died and the soft parts have ... Read »


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    • Seaweed collecting

    • Seaweed collecting is the process of collecting, drying and pressing seaweed. It became popular as a pastime in the Victorian era and remains a hobby today. Collecting seaweed can be traced back to at least the 17th century with the pressings found in Hans Sloane's Herbarium. The pastime became increasingly popul ... Read »


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    • Serial Killers Ink

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      Serial Killers Ink is a website dedicated to selling "murderabilia" (collectibles related to murders, murderers or other violent crimes) and serial killer art, interviewing convicted serial killers and also serves as a meeting place for those interested or involved in the murderabilia industry. The website has been de ... Read »


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    • Shell purse

    • A shell purse is a type of coin purse that is made from whole or trimmed mollusk shells, especially from bivalve mollusc shells. These purses are of mainly novelty use and purchased as souvenirs of visits, etc. In the past, some were engraved or painted with floral or other decorations, sentimental messages, personal o ... Read »


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    • Shot glass

    • A shot glass is a small glass designed to hold or measure spirits or liquor, which is either drunk straight from the glass ("a shot") or poured into a cocktail. A "shot" of liquor is not the same as a "shooter". Shot glasses decorated with a wide variety of toasts, advertisements and humorous pictures are popular souv ... Read »


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    • Sneaker collecting

    • A sneakerhead is a person who collects, trades or admires sneakers as a hobby. A sneakerhead may also be highly experienced in distinguishing between real and fake replica sneakers. Sneaker collecting is a hobby often manifested by the use and collection of shoes made for particular sports, particularly basketball and ... Read »


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    • Snow globe

    • A snow globe (also called a "waterglobe", "snowstorm", or "snowdome") is a transparent sphere, traditionally made of glass, enclosing a miniaturized scene of some sort, often together with a model of a landscape. The sphere also encloses the water in the globe; the water serves as the medium through which the "snow" fa ... Read »


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    • Snuff bottle

    • Snuff bottles were used by the Chinese, Mongolians during the Qing Dynasty to contain powdered tobacco. Smoking tobacco was illegal during the Qing Dynasty, but the use of snuff was allowed because the Chinese considered snuff to be a remedy for common illnesses such as colds, headaches and stomach disorders. Therefore ... Read »


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    • Souvenir spoon

    • A souvenir spoon is a decorative spoon used to signify or hold a memory of a place or event, or to display as a 'trophy' of having been there. The spoons may be made from a number of different materials such as sterling silver, nickel, steel, and in some cases wood. They are often hung on a spoon rack and are typically ... Read »


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    • Sports Collectors Digest

    • Sports Collectors Digest (SCD) is an American advertising weekly paper published at Iola, Wisconsin. The magazine provides an avenue through which sellers, traders and avid buyers of sports memorabilia may interact. SCD was started in 1973 by the Stommen family. In 1981 it was purchased by Krause Publications; Krause ... Read »


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    • Sucrology

    • Sucrology Sucrology is the hobby of collecting sugar packets/sachets/wrappers/sticks/packs/bags. Sucrologists normally collect the small packets of sugar that are most commonly found in restaurants, hotels and airlines. Sugar packets come in all varieties of shapes such as tube/stick, square, etc. Countries like Portu ... Read »


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    • Tholene

    • Tholene was a mentholated lip balm made by the Rosebud Perfume Company of Woodsboro, Maryland. It is notable for its distinctive packaging (empty tins are considered collectible). Today it's sold as "Smith's Rosebud Salve." It was created by druggist, G.F. Smith, who perfected Rosebud Salve. Rosebud Salve was formulat ... Read »


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    • Trade beads

    • Trade beads (sometimes called aggry and slave beads) were otherwise decorative glass beads used between the 16th and 20th century as a token money to exchange for goods, services and slaves (hence the name). Trade beads were used to exploit African resources by early Europeans. This included African slave trade. The be ... Read »


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    • Train horn

    • A train horn is a powerful air horn that serves as an audible warning device on electric and Diesel locomotives. The horn's primary purpose is to alert persons and animals to an oncoming train, especially when approaching a grade crossing. The horn is also used for acknowledging signals given by railroad employees, suc ... Read »


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    • Tristar Productions

    • Tristar Productions, Inc.

      Tristar Productions, Inc. promotes sports collectible events, distributes autographed sports memorabilia, and manufactures and distributes trading cards. The company was founded in 1987, in Houston, Texas, by Jeffrey R. Rosenberg. At Tristar's collectors shows, current and former sports players autograph memorabilia. T ... Read »


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    • Tyrosemiophilia

    • Tyrosemiophilia is the hobby of collecting cheese labels. As of 2015, the world's largest collection encompasses 227,703 label designs. Tyrosemiophilia is briefly mentioned in V., the debut novel of Thomas Pynchon (p. 419 Vintage, 1995 edition) and in by David Foenkinos. ... Read »


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    • Uranium glass

    • Uranium glass is glass which has had uranium, usually in oxide diuranate form, added to a glass mix before melting for coloration. The proportion usually varies from trace levels to about 2% by weight uranium, although some 20th-century pieces were made with up to 25% uranium. Uranium glass was once made into tablewar ... Read »


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    • Velology

    • Velology is the study and collection of vehicle tax discs, particularly of those issued in the United Kingdom from 1 January 1921 to 30 September 2014. A tax disc was a circular certificate that vehicle owners had to place on the front windscreen of road vehicles, as visual proof that vehicle tax has been paid. Simila ... Read »


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    • Vertu (collections)

    • Vertu is a loosely defined category of objects of art appealing to curiosity or to an interest in the Western classical era. Examples of vertu might include Greek and Roman antiquities, classical sculpture, or particularly fine science-related collections (e.g., minerals or biological specimens). Collection of vertu wa ... Read »


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    • Video game collecting

    • Video game collecting is the hobby of collecting and preserving video games, video game consoles, and related memorabilia. Most video game consoles, and their games, are considered to be collectors' items years after their discontinuation due to their functional longevity and cultural significance. Collectors usually n ... Read »


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    • Vintage guitar

    • A vintage guitar is an older guitar usually sought after and maintained by avid collectors or musicians. While any guitar of sufficient age can be considered a vintage instrument, the term is typically applied to guitars either known for their sound quality or rarity. As early as the 1970s, musicians and collector ... Read »


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    • Vintage musical equipment

    • Vintage musical equipment is older music gear, including instruments, amplifiers and effects pedals, usually sought after, maintained and used by avid collectors, record producers, audio engineers and musicians. While any piece of equipment of sufficient age can be considered vintage, in the 2010s, the term is typicall ... Read »


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    • Wemyss Ware

    • Wemyss Ware was a line of pottery first produced in 1882 by Czech decorator Karel Nekola and Fife pottery-owner Robert Heron. The pottery took its name from the Wemyss family, titled incumbents of Wemyss Castle on the east coast of Fife, who were early and enthusiastic patrons of Nekola and Heron's ceramic creations. A ... Read »


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    • Wild Fowl Decoys

    • Wild Fowl Decoys is an art reference book by American collector Joel Barber, first published in 1934 by Windward House. The book has been re-printed a number of times, notably two years after Barber's death in 1952, by Dover Books. More recently, the book has been reprinted in 1989 and 2000 by Derrydale Press. This he ... Read »


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    • Yellowware

    • Yellowware, or yellow ware, is a type of earthenware named after its yellow appearance given to it by the clay used for its production. Originating in the United Kingdom in the late 18th century, it was also produced in the eastern United States from the late 1820s. Colonists settling in the United States brought ... Read »


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