Collecting Egg Cups

VINTAGE EGG CUPS ©

Egg cups are thought to have been originated in ancient Turkey and Greece, and just like their use has evolved over the centuries, their form has evolved as well.  For example, the egg stand, the three cup or the two cup egg holder, the egg cup with room for salt and butter, the  Victorian egg cup etc.  Among these various kinds of egg cups, the most popular of them is the single piece, which comes in either a bucket shape or goblet shape, together with various sizes. Today, egg cups, especially vintage egg cups are becoming extremely popular because they add uniqueness and beauty to any kitchen display.

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Why Do People Collect Egg Cups?

Egg cups are said to make the perfect collectible item. The reason for this is that they are not only beautiful and come in various shapes, sizes and designs, but also because they are easily portable, small, useful and affordable as well. There  is an abundance of various egg cup styles and designs, and hence they tend to provide a healthy hunting ground for the collectors. There are various ways in which the collectors could classify their collection of egg cups. They can be collected without any particular goal, or could be collected based upon themes like animals, colors, shapes, sizes, time period, advertising logos, scenic designs or popular faces. Be it a German egg cups, a Selangor egg cup vintage, vintage English egg cups or vintage antique  silver egg cup sets, there is a wide variety to chose from.

What Kind of Egg Cups Do People Collect?

People often use egg cups which look appealing and pretty since it tends to attract them instantly. For example, vintage egg cups are often widely used and are appreciated as well. Vintage English egg cups from England, a popular vintage egg cup from England, are said to be extremely beautiful in their pattern and design. You could also look for vintage antique silver egg cups as they are reliable and long lasting and won't break for a very long time. Common and simple egg cups such as the vintage German egg cups or vintage Selangor egg cups are recommended for those who do not like their egg cups to be painted or printed.

There are a wide range and variety of egg cups and they are categorized in different ways by the collectors. Some people collect egg cups based upon the size: The ordinary size that holds a single egg, the double egg cup, and a much larger version which holds other food items together with the egg. Others may categorize the eggcups based upon cosmetic lines, classified into two types: The plain egg cup which has a design painted or printed on to it, and the other type includes an egg cup molded into a specific type of shape.

How To Use An Egg Cup?

Egg cups are often used to cradle soft boiled eggs, allowing the egg to be kept upright while it is being consumed. Although egg cups are not used as often as they were used in the past, they could still be found in many old sets of utensils and could prove to be very useful breakfast accessories. The proper way to use an egg cup is to slice off the top layer of the egg, preventing any extra cracks in the sides of the shell. This would allow the egg to sit straight in the egg cup, and would decrease the chances of the spillage of the yolk. The egg can later be scooped out of the shell with either strips of toasted bread or a small spoon.

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Cheshire Subdivision Flagstaff, Arizona Lot For Sale

chesire subdivision lot for sale in flagstaff, az

Lush green and forested lot available for purchase located in Cheshire Subdivision,  Flagstaff, Arizona. This is an urban, subdivided residential lot located which is .46 acre. It is located in Cheshire Foothills Unit II Subdivision.  You have a great opportunity to buy this ready to build on, surveyed, lot in Flagstaff, Arizona.

CHESIRE FOOTHILLS FORESTED RESIDENTIAL LOT FOR SALE IN FLAGSTAFF ARIZONA

 

Flagstaff is a year-round playground with stunning scenery and with unique opportunities to experience the outdoors.  You can go skiing at the Snowbowl, participate in cross country skiing,  snowshoeing, or even go snow biking at the Nordic Center. You can go horseback riding, golfing, mountain biking or hiking on trails the the Ponderosa pines and Aspen trees. There is camping opportunities during the summer months.

 

Foothills Chesire FLAGSTAFF SURVEY

This hillside lot is located in Coconino County in Cheshire Foothills on a quiet cul-de-sac with mature Ponderosa pine and Colorado blue spruce trees. It has a stunning view of the San Francisco Peaks.


CHESHIRE NEIGHBORHOOD

This residential lot is fenced on three sides with chain link fence. It is zoned 0011-Vacant Residential Urban Subdivided. It has city utilities and is in Flagstaff Unified School District.

3009 w foothills way

3019 W Foothills way

Lot is located between these 2 houses on Foothills Way

 

 

Enjoy wildlife in and around Flagstaff, Arizona. The subdivision has excellent neighbors (retirees, hospital and university employees). Here we have four seasons to enjoy. This is the last available lot in this subdivision. Buy now, build later.

Priced to sell at  $129,999.00    


 

Comparative Lots in Flagstaff sell for about $180,000

Listed Below Is A Comparable Lot

 773 N Fox Hill Rd, Flagstaff AZ 86004


 

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Collecting Vintage Fishing Rods and Reels

Vintage Fishing Rods and Reels ©

For many people fishing remains to be one of their favorite past times. Collecting old fishing rods, reels and tackle has turned into somewhat of a hobby for some collectors. With the technical precision that goes into rods and reels and through using carbon fiber and other forms of strong, lightweight material, fishing has become much more advanced than ever before. Sometimes looking back and seeing just how rods and reels have evolved through the years can be a humbling experience and also remind you of times past. Many collectors enjoy collecting these vintage rods and reels in order to proudly display them and their sturdiness and beauty.

When it comes to finding the best vintage fishing poles and vintage fishing lures, there are plenty of online communities where you can find the very best items from around the world. Online auction sites such as eBay as well as many online retailers make it easy to get the best names in vintage fishing gear. There are a number of trusted companies which are prized amongst collectors for their history and quality. Some of the popular names include

Bristol: Bristol fishing rods and Bristol fishing reels were created by the Horton Manufacturing company in Bristol Connecticut. Bristol was one of the first companies that created a telescopic steel rod and created many different trusted rods and reels throughout the early 1900’s and late 1800’s. Some of the first Bristol fishing rods and first Bristol fishing reels were created around the 1880’s and they continued to be popular enough to receive praise and be listed in magazines for as long as the 1930’s. Today Bristol rods and Bristol reels continue to be a popular collector’s item, even Bristol advertising continues to be a good item for collectors and antique experts worldwide.

Wright & Mcgill: Wright & McGill rods and Wright and McGill Reels are also quite popular. This company was established in the 1920’s and Wright and McGill were amongst the first in the world to change the original design of the fish hook. The company began in Colorado in the late 1920’s as a company for high quality fly tying and production. Wright & McGill advanced the fishing hook by giving it more penetrating power. Modeled after an eagles claw, the Eagle Claw hook design is now used widely in many fishing and tackle applications. As a result the still existing company of Wright and McGill remains to be one of the more popular producers of fishing lures, rods, reels and equipment in the market today. Many collectors still seek out Wright and McGill fly Rods and Wright & McGill reels because of their extensive history in the business.

Keeping these vintage fishing poles and companies in mind will help you if you are seeking to start a collection. These are amongst the most desirable names to start collecting in the business and if you can get your hands on just some of these great vintage fishing poles or even some vintage fishing lures from these companies, you can start to build a great collection with a high resale value.

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Now In Stock Noritake Royal Orchard

Noritake Primachina Royal Orchard  pattern number 9416 was manufactured between 1989 and 2002.  It features a variety of assorted fruit in the center of the dish with a white background and vines on the border. It has no trim. Some of the fruit are grapes, blackberries, peaches, raspberries,  pears and plums. Made in Japan. It is detergent safe, microwave and oven safe.

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Noritake Christmas Ball China Pattern #16034

noritake china 16034Noritake fine china pattern 16034 and also pattern number 175 is discontinued. It was made from 1906-1992. It features gold flowers and scroll decorations on a beautiful cream background. Add to your collection today!

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Vintage Perfume Bottles

                   

perfume laliquePerfume bottles have become highly collectible over the past years. They have become popular not only because of their beauty and uniqueness, but also due to the elegance that they add to any display. They are comparatively smaller than most of the collectibles, and therefore even those of us that have little room available can still enjoy collecting our favorite perfume bottles. The price and value of these bottles could range from a few thousand dollars to just a few dollars. Today, collecting perfume bottles has become so popular that there are now organizations and magazines formed specifically related to and dedicated to perfume bottles. I bet you would enjoy seeing  books also been written about the ''perfume collecting business.''

The perfume bottles produced throughout the centuries have come in different sizes, shapes and types be it perfume atomizer bottles, or be it perfume bottles coming with perfume bottle stoppers. Today, people not only focus on collecting the bottles, but also  parts of the bottles such as perfume atomizers and perfume bottle stoppers as well.

                    Perfume Bottles Produced in  Different Decades

CZECH-HOFFMAN-PERFUME-BOTTLEMost people today collect bottles not because of their immense value but because of their uniqueness and beauty. Without any doubt old perfume bottles are truly extremely rare to find, vintage bottles are still comparatively easier to find. Antique perfume bottles of the 16th to 17th century were manufactured from Venetian, Italian and Murano glass. The antique bottles of this era were very valuable mainly because they were one of a kind, with each bottle being hand made. 19th century bottles were mostly porcelain treasures, whereas vintage bottles made in the 20th century both suffered and benefited due to specialization and mass production. The bottles that were produced in the 20th century started becoming readily available and common, allowing the bottles to be duplicated over and over again. There was a decline of unique, handmade and vintage bottles making it more and more valuable.

LALIQUE Perfume BottleOne of the most popular perfume bottles that has been created during the 20th century is the Lalique L'air du Temps. It is a bottle that every collector should consider collecting until and unless one prefers to collect only a specific collection of bottles. The empty bottles from the 1940s to 1950s could be worth for $250 or more. Other bottles that have been produced before specialization and mass production could be worth the same price, or even more. If you are interested in buying bottles for the purpose of investment, such bottles could definitely be worth buying. Lalique is absolutely a wonderful place to start since it never loses it's value. Likewise, Bohemian perfume bottles have been also of immense value. These  Bohemian perfume bottles have been over for decades, and the value of these antiques is rising day by day.

 Perfume Bottles As Decorations

CZECH-HOFFMAN-PERFUME-BOTTLEIf you want to collect bottles for the purpose of decoration and aesthetics, then all you need to chose is the bottle that appeals to you. There are a wide varieties of perfume bottles available that come in various designs, shapes and sizes. A very good example of such bottles are the Czech art perfume bottles. The Czech art perfume bottles add elegance and beauty to any empty space they are kept in. Perfume atomizer bottles could also be a wonderful choice that could also add elegance to your display as well. However, one of the most widely popular perfume bottles used mainly for decorations include the crystal perfume bottles. These crystal perfume bottles have hundreds of different designs from which you could chose from!

At the same time, you might prefer to collect bottles that have been produced by a certain specific company. Lalique is a wonderful example of a company that has produced many magnificent bottles in different designs for it's different perfumes. You could choose bottles that could represent a specific theme, for example birds or flowers. You could also choose perfume bottles from different countries. The choices you have are no doubt endless!

 

 

 

Star Wars Vintage Collectibles

  STAR WARS VINTAGE COLLECTIBLES©

Every saga has its very own beginning, and for Star Wars collectibles, it was 1977, when a toy company by the name of Kenner from Cincinnati, Ohio started selling the promise of toys. No one could have ever expected the Star Wars to be a hit; It made popular culture and cinema change forever.  Not only this, but it made the toy industry change forever as well when Kenner was granted the license to start making ''Star Wars'' toys- also known as the action figures which have become of immense importance today; allowing collecting vintage star wars figures to become a serious business.

Kenner brought up something which has never been brought before- ''producing a 3 3/4 inches action figures.'' The standard size of the figures was around 7 inch to 12 inch figures. At this new, incredibly small size, Kenner also discovered that they could make accessories including playsets and ships to scale. With Kenner's release of the first series of 3 3/4 inches action figures based upon the Star Wars movie, kids from all around the world clamored to complete the price less collection. Kenner would have never known that these vintage Star wars collectibles would change the entire industry of action figures in the next 30 years, and make collecting vintage star wars figures addictive.

                The Original Vintage Star Wars Collection

The original figures, which also included playsets and ships scaled to 3 3/4 inches, together with 12 large size action figures were shipped all around the world from 1978 to 1985, and were packaged under the titles of  The Empire Strikes Back,  The Power of the Force, Star Wars and the Return of the Jedi.

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                     Collecting Star Wars Vintage Collectibles

Collecting vintage star wars figures fall into two categories- carded figure collecting and loose figure collecting. Loose figure collecting has become more common and popular today. As is the case of any other collectible item, the condition of star wars vintage collectibles is of paramount importance. Loose figures with complete accessories, perfect paint applications and tight joints are in a greater demand in the market than those with defects, missing parts and damage. The following is a list of a few star wars figures which people collect:

Vinyl Cape Jawa produced in 1978- the original first series of this figure came with a vinyl cape similar to that of Darth Vader. However, the second waves of these figures came with a sewn cloth robe rather than a vinyl cape.

Rocket Firing Boba Fett produced in 1980

Yak Face produced in 1985- this figure, although produced, never passed into toy stores making it among the most rare and antique star wars collectibles.

Blue Snaggletooth produced in 1978- The figure was soon quickly scrapped and was never seen again. This made it possibly the rarest and the most unique Star Wars action figures on the market.

Telescoping Lightsaber  Darth Vader produced in 1978- It has been said that only a few hundred versions of these antique figures were ever made, and the Darth Vader version of this figure is the most highly prized Star Wars vintage collectible.

                                Vintage Star Wars Cases

Collecting vintage star wars figures has become a serious business, and to preserve their vintage star wars collectibles, there were various vintage StarWar cases as well.  Some place their vintage star wars collection in special acrylic cases. Some prefer to use softer cases made out of plastic called ''Star Cases'' or clam shells. Professional services including AFA offer many cases as well; including UV protected cases in order to protect their vintage star wars collection.

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Collecting Antique or Vintage Fishing Reels

                            ANTIQUE OR VINTAGE FISHING REELS©

Some of us might have a great passion for fishing, while for most of us, fishing is a just a hobby, like something to do on a vacation. The earliest reels were nothing but simple hand tools, and were capable of winging in and storing the line, often equipped with primitive devices.

Collecting antique or vintage fishing items has become a fun hobby for fishing sportsmen. Antique fishing items from the early 20th or the late 19th century show that craftsmanship was an important element common to those during that period. There are many types of vintage and antique collectible fishing reels from which you could chose from, such as multiplying, automatic, single action, level and non-level wind casting, and Ambassador casting fishing reels.

                                History Behind Fishing Reels

Angling historians have become frustrated in trying to find the actual history of the fishing reels. However, examples of Oriental paintings have given some clues and depict Chinese fishermen making use of fishing reels of various sizes, that date to the 12th century. Hence, the credit for the invention of the fishing reels might possibly be given to the Chinese.

During the 17th century, the fishing reel was used for nothing but as a storage device for excess lines. It wasn't until the 19th century that the fishing reels started being used for it's purpose. Most of these fishing reels were made by jewelers, that specialized in the production of precision lathe work and cutting gears. Mass assembly line productions from major producers made the reels available at only a fraction of the price. This multiplied the sales of fishing reels and also increased the popularity of bait casting.

     How to Search for Antique and  Vintage Fishing Reels!

Over the past few decades, many people have become more knowledgeable about collecting fishing reels, and the prices of these collectibles have risen accordingly. Auctions have further increased the hobby in the form of publication of books and press releases on the subjects. Thereby, it has increased the number of buyers and sellers of antique fishing reels. Therefore, the first and the foremost thing in order to begin the quest of collecting antique fishing reels is to have knowledge.

There could be many ways in order to find old fishing items. Your family could be a good source. Many collectors started out this hobby by inheriting their grandfather's old fishing reel. Neighbors and friends who also collect fishing reels could be a wonderful source as well. Likewise, eBay has been a remarkable source for finding unique and antique fishing reels. The search tool could do the work for you. An attentive search could allow you to find wonderful treasures at remarkable prices.

A few list of reel manufacturers which you could also consider include Penn Reels, Shimano, Scientific Anglers and Alvey Reels.

                               Determining the Value

The elements that determine the value include quality, scarcity, collectibility and age. It is not always important that the more antique the reel, the more greater the value of it. The level of quality together with it's availability are the main determinants in determining the value of a reel.

 

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