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freight - Posted - 10/24/2019:  19:20:00


any fellow collectors here?

i collect pennsylvania anthracite coal mining stuff like miners lamps, hard hats, oil wick lamps, tags, paperwork etc.

i also have been collecting ww2 militaria since i was a child. mostly german helmets and military IDs, but also american 8th air force and b-17 flying fortress related stuff. ive been fortunate to make friends internationally via collecting militaria...thanks to them ive gotten the chance to drive a german tank and go metal detecting in berlin(where we found tons of landmine fuses and russian ammunition!). i also lust after kerosene lamps and uranium glass, but ive managed to keep that under control hahaha.

bluegrassbanjopicker - Posted - 10/24/2019:  19:34:46


Fossil rocks. Tons of them in our driveway. Got a big container full of them right now. Some of them are really amazing.

Buddur - Posted - 10/24/2019:  20:22:08


I collect rocks with holes in them.

Seriously.

BanjoLink - Posted - 10/24/2019:  20:37:22


Pre 1970 Pocket knives (also a good many sheath knives), Early American glass (some bottles), old marbles, early southern furniture, souther stoneware pottery ..... and a few other odds and ends!

Brian T - Posted - 10/24/2019:  22:11:19


I collect salt from all over the world. Lots of suppliers on line in this day and time.
Most of it is sea salt in one crystal shape or another.

Some of it is inland from surface or subsurface mines.

Many of them are very "salty" tastes from impurities so you find yourself using much less
than the "table salt" peoduced by Sifto and others.
Both machinery and hot water solution mining.

Tobus - Posted - 10/25/2019:  05:18:34


I collect guns. Primarily rifles in the C&R (curio & relic) category. Somehow, along the way in doing that, I also started collecting random militaria from both World Wars and up through the Cold War. Not a huge impressing museum-quality collection by any means, but there are some cool things that I've managed to pick up over the years.

freight - Posted - 10/25/2019:  05:23:08


quote:

Originally posted by Brian T

I collect salt from all over the world. Lots of suppliers on line in this day and time.

Most of it is sea salt in one crystal shape or another.



Some of it is inland from surface or subsurface mines.



Many of them are very "salty" tastes from impurities so you find yourself using much less

than the "table salt" peoduced by Sifto and others.

Both machinery and hot water solution mining.






This actually sounds pretty cool. Is the salt we commonly use a poor representative of "real salt"? Wasabi comes to mind, as I believe real wasabi is actually fairly mild and tastes nothing like the stuff that comes with most sushi.



 



some of those Eastern European salt mines with, for lack of a better term, rainbow salt are just stunning.

Texican65 - Posted - 10/25/2019:  05:23:33


Hmmm...let’s see. Old railroad junk, old navy/submarine junk, WWI items, chainsaws, hats, trucker/tractor patches, oil lamps, anything Jerry Reed...and...asbestos. Some asbestos specimens are beautiful.


Edited by - Texican65 on 10/25/2019 05:24:29

wizofos - Posted - 10/25/2019:  06:05:50


collect old but functional hand tools that I can refurb and use in my shop. I don't chase them but if I go to a farm auction I will look for old planes, wood chisels, hammers, etc...

rinemb - Posted - 10/25/2019:  06:50:21


I am mostly out of the collection game lately. In the past: old neck ties, tube amps, surf memorabilia, marble sheath knives, Coolidge dog prints, old records, Western swing stuff, cast iron cook ware. My wife is/was the bigger collector. Brad

BanjoLink - Posted - 10/25/2019:  07:01:02


quote:

Originally posted by rinemb

I am mostly out of the collection game lately. In the past: old neck ties, tube amps, surf memorabilia, marble sheath knives, Coolidge dog prints, old records, Western swing stuff, cast iron cook ware. My wife is/was the bigger collector. Brad






Brad .... I have  number of Marbles sheath knives and one folder .... several in mint condition, including a Dal Deweese.  I have two Trailmakers, both in great condition, but neither mint.  Marbles made great hunting and fishing equipment.

DRH - Posted - 10/25/2019:  07:02:57


History books, and I read every one of them.

yeoldbanjoguy - Posted - 10/25/2019:  07:32:46


Guns, knives, as of late...... cats!

Brian T - Posted - 10/25/2019:  07:53:23


Start by reading Kurlanski: A World History of Salt. Goes far beyond what we use commonly as a "salt" = sodium chloride. Every place name ending in -wich was, in fact, a location for a salt works. Club Soda is "salted" with potassium chloride, unlike "soda water."

One thing led to another and I wound up with a collection(?) of a dozen good shotguns.
Pruned that, have just a 12 and a 20 in the locker now.

Eric A - Posted - 10/25/2019:  08:14:33


Pocket knives, cast iron skillets, old chess books, Coleman camp stoves and lanterns.


Edited by - Eric A on 10/25/2019 08:16:15

BanjoLink - Posted - 10/25/2019:  08:48:02


Here are a few of my knives






Tobus - Posted - 10/25/2019:  09:08:08


If we're doing pics, here are a "few" of my guns.  Not the complete bunch, but just some of them I had out of the safe one day.



 

eagleisland - Posted - 10/25/2019:  09:44:44


Dog hair. I've still got some sourced from three dogs ago.

On a more serious note, I am quite fond of antique nautical charts, and have some beauties.

freight - Posted - 10/25/2019:  09:45:21


Here’s one of my display cases, and a recent pickup of an ID and dogtag for a soldier in Berlin. Included is a letter from his friend to his widow explaining their escape from Berlin during the battle for the city. He had died in russian captivity after an escape through the heart of Berlin with the Russians just on their heels.




steve davis - Posted - 10/25/2019:  10:05:33


Hornpipes,reels,schottiches and friends.

yeoldbanjoguy - Posted - 10/25/2019:  11:20:30


Tobin
That’s some collection!

RonR - Posted - 10/25/2019:  12:07:55


I have old license plates, hand saws, hit miss engines, nautical (fid, wheel, bells, old cleats)stuff, railroad lanterns, old motorcycles, trains,ww2 stuff, and bottles. I really stopped collecting, when I'm gone they'll say ,"Look at this crap! Get rid of it".


Edited by - RonR on 10/25/2019 12:10:39




OldNavyGuy - Posted - 10/25/2019:  12:08:17


Troll heads.

tmercks - Posted - 10/25/2019:  12:15:41


According to my ex-wife, I collect dust.

But I also have many Hallmark Ornaments and most of those are Star Trek. I also have two British Sports cars - any more would bankrupt a person for parts. And besides my two Banjos, I have a plethora of guitars I have collected over the years. Also, every time my nephews moved on to new video game systems, somehow I ended up with their old ones. I have a commodore 64, an Intellivision, all the Atari systems, the Original Nintendo system, A couple of playstations, an Xbox 360 and a P4.

Come to think of it, My Ex is probably right.

Tobus - Posted - 10/25/2019:  12:49:16


quote:

Originally posted by yeoldbanjoguy

Tobin

That’s some collection!






Thanks.  That's just part of the collectible ones, not even mentioning my modern rifles, sporting rifles/shotguns, and handguns.  But I won't post those, or people might think I have a problem, LOL.



I will say this, though: collecting firearms can be a bit problematic when it comes to keeping enough ammunition to feed them all.  Plus when you have to move to a new house (which I did 3 years ago), the movers won't touch them.  So I had to pack and move them all myself.  That was a bit of a chore.  Especially trying to get them all into the house without all the prying eyes of the neighbors seeing them.

Texican65 - Posted - 10/25/2019:  14:21:20


quote:

Originally posted by Tobus

If we're doing pics, here are a "few" of my guns.  Not the complete bunch, but just some of them I had out of the safe one day.



 






I can’t tell what they all are...but in the bottom pic, I think I see an M-14/M-1A all the way to the right? Springfield I hope? After using those in the navy...I always wished I could get my grubby hands on one in civilian life. Wayyyy beyond my obtainable price range these days. :( 



cool collection partner! 

BanjoLink - Posted - 10/25/2019:  14:23:30


Here is my "cute" little Marbles Dal Deweese and some of my other Marbles sheath knives!




BanjoLink - Posted - 10/25/2019:  14:26:25


quote:

Originally posted by Tobus

If we're doing pics, here are a "few" of my guns.  Not the complete bunch, but just some of them I had out of the safe one day.



 






Sweet .... are those SKS's about half way down the row on the left photo.



I've got several of them including one that was taken off the battlefield in Viet Nam with some field repairs on the stock.



When I drive by Anniston Alabama I usually stop in the CMP (Civilian Marksmanship Program for the uninitiated) to see what they have in stock.  My last visit I was very disappointed.  All of their M-1 Garands were crappy.  I keep waiting for the 1911, but I think the guy there said that they will never get any.  I guess they are selling them on-line, as I think some have been released, but I feel sure that orders will far exceed the supply.


Edited by - BanjoLink on 10/25/2019 14:35:24

figmo59 - Posted - 10/25/2019:  15:07:13


I been collectin...good memories ..all me life...

Most annathin I get interested in... multiplys... banjos...guns... fish poles... big ass rock drills...


Everthin..'cept women..


There's only ...one...

figmo59 - Posted - 10/25/2019:  15:09:27


quote:

Originally posted by Buddur

I collect rocks with holes in them.



Seriously.






Bet...



I could...



Woo you good..! ;0)

BanjoLink - Posted - 10/25/2019:  15:11:54


Fig ..... if you were collecting women, you couldn't afford those "big ass rock drills"!

Plus already you got a goodern!

figmo59 - Posted - 10/25/2019:  15:15:39


quote:

Originally posted by Tobus

If we're doing pics, here are a "few" of my guns.  Not the complete bunch, but just some of them I had out of the safe one day.



 






MAN.....!



 



YOU N ME.....



Better ..never...git together..!  :0o



 



 



Thos are me types of firearms..



Krag ..Mausers ...springfilds..enfields...



Falling and rolling blocks...



 



Early cartridge guns too..

Tobus - Posted - 10/25/2019:  15:24:04


quote:

Originally posted by Texican65

 



I can’t tell what they all are...but in the bottom pic, I think I see an M-14/M-1A all the way to the right? Springfield I hope? After using those in the navy...I always wished I could get my grubby hands on one in civilian life. Wayyyy beyond my obtainable price range these days. :( 



cool collection partner! 






That one is a 1942 Winchester M1 Garand.  CMP purchase from many moons ago. 

CW Spook - Posted - 10/25/2019:  15:26:29


Tobus, that's a nice collection of Mosins. At one time I also had about 40 of them. I was collecting by country, year built, and arsenal markings, specializing in the carbines and Finnish variants. I sold off all but a couple of them 10 or so years ago.

CW Spook - Posted - 10/25/2019:  15:29:00


quote:

Originally posted by figmo59

quote:

Originally posted by Tobus

If we're doing pics, here are a "few" of my guns.  Not the complete bunch, but just some of them I had out of the safe one day.



 






MAN.....!



 



YOU N ME.....



Better ..never...git together..!  :0o



 



 



Thos are me types of firearms..



Krag ..Mausers ...springfilds..enfields...



Falling and rolling blocks...



 



Early cartridge guns too..






Fig, my first rifle was an 1898 Krag, given to me by the local American Legion Post for being their bugler when I was about 13, which means 60 years ago.   That's one of the few I still have.

Tobus - Posted - 10/25/2019:  16:11:08


quote:

Originally posted by BanjoLink





Sweet .... are those SKS's about half way down the row on the left photo.



I've got several of them including one that was taken off the battlefield in Viet Nam with some field repairs on the stock.






Wow, a battlefield pickup SKS would be a cool piece to have!



Yeah, that picture had some of my SKSs, Russian, Romanian, Bulgarian, Yugoslavian, Chinese.  Some Enfields, Mausers (Turkish, German), and a few others.  The second photo is Mosin Nagants (Finn capture and Russian models), a Swiss K31, and the M1.



To me, collecting guns is collecting human history. They have stories to tell of human struggle.  Heady stuff, that.

Tobus - Posted - 10/25/2019:  16:15:36


quote:

Originally posted by CW Spook

Tobus, that's a nice collection of Mosins. At one time I also had about 40 of them. I was collecting by country, year built, and arsenal markings, specializing in the carbines and Finnish variants. I sold off all but a couple of them 10 or so years ago.






You must have been a serious collector! I never could manage to get that specific on one type.  But I do love the Mosin Nagants for their simplicity and sturdiness. Shooting them is punishment on my shoulder!

BanjoLink - Posted - 10/25/2019:  21:22:48


Not real good photos, but the battlefield SKS is on the right. The other two photos are close -ups. A good friend of mine has been working for two years on obtaining a complete collection of M-1 Carbines (all different manufacturers) from the daughter of a deceased collector. I hope he gets them and invites me over to see them. I bought a collection of about 15 pre "made in Japan" Brownings a number of years ago and he has been trying to buy them back ever since. Most of them are new in the box.





 

figmo59 - Posted - 10/26/2019:  08:52:31


Hi.....
Me name is ..Figmo...
N..I'm ah ...
Big Azz drillah'haulit.........

They just follahed me son ...home...

Honest..... :0]





 

Cornflake - Posted - 10/26/2019:  09:39:11


I wish there was real money in dust bunnies.

Ev - Posted - 10/27/2019:  14:45:17


quote:

Originally posted by freight

any fellow collectors here?

I used to have one of those porcelain "Famous Reading Anthacite" signs on the side of my shed. One of the big ones. I had to tie it on the roof of my car to get it home! Gone now though. I used to collect Pa. license plates too. Got rid of most of those too, except one of every year from 1906 to about 1981 when I got tired of saving sticker tags.

i collect pennsylvania anthracite coal mining stuff like miners lamps, hard hats, oil wick lamps, tags, paperwork etc.



i also have been collecting ww2 militaria since i was a child. mostly german helmets and military IDs, but also american 8th air force and b-17 flying fortress related stuff. ive been fortunate to make friends internationally via collecting militaria...thanks to them ive gotten the chance to drive a german tank and go metal detecting in berlin(where we found tons of landmine fuses and russian ammunition!). i also lust after kerosene lamps and uranium glass, but ive managed to keep that under control hahaha.






 

Banjo Lefty - Posted - 10/27/2019:  16:46:49


I would have said that I collect wives -- I'm on my third (and last) at the moment, but then I realized that would mean they would all have to be together at the same time, which is a frightening thought.

Paul R - Posted - 10/28/2019:  09:33:51


Books, CDs, records (although I ditched most of the 1500 LPs I had when we left Toronto). Also art: original oils, acrylics, and watercolours - over sixty of them (we can't afford the Group of Seven, but we do have works by some of their relatives, friends, and students).

MacCruiskeen - Posted - 10/28/2019:  10:14:29


I've got a small collection of vintage cameras--they tend to come and go, rather than accumulate, since I'm generally buying stuff to use. Now I'm down to I five or six working cameras. Once I got the Hasselblad and a good 4x5 field camera, there wasn't much point to buying more.

freight - Posted - 10/28/2019:  10:35:47


@ev I am terribly jealous of that reading sign. I've got some printed reading logos but to have one of the big ones is a dream. A buddy has a 10ton Vulcan mine motor from the 30s. Pulled it from a stripping pit. Before I met him he'd had rail and would run it around his yard. Maybe that'll happen again some day.

eljimb0 - Posted - 10/28/2019:  10:45:46


quote:

Originally posted by figmo59

I been collectin...good memories ..all me life...



Most annathin I get interested in... multiplys... banjos...guns... fish poles... big ass rock drills...





Everthin..'cept women..





There's only ...one...






 

eljimb0 - Posted - 10/28/2019:  10:47:14


I have a couple of rock drills :). How big is number uno? Do you have any Hughes bits?

solozzotheturk - Posted - 10/28/2019:  11:20:02


Super nerdy I know, but I collect first edition Stephen King books. And he’s so prolific, it’s hard to keep up!

budbennett - Posted - 10/28/2019:  11:41:01


I collect old postcards. I love looking at them and have not nearly enough of them.

freight - Posted - 10/28/2019:  11:41:37


quote:

Originally posted by eljimb0

I have a couple of rock drills :). How big is number uno? Do you have any Hughes bits?






Ya got the big pneumatic ones with the leg?

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