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вторник, 6 декабря 2016 г.

Vintage tie: collectors pry

People often get into collecting of things. In fact, it usually starts in their early childhood when the precious “treasure box” appears under a bed or in a closet. Stones, stamps, postcards, matchboxes, pins and even empty coke cans can be considered as treasure by children…and by some adults.

When children grow up, some of them keep collecting of things into their “treasure box”. At this point this behavior can be called bizarre. What can be found in these adult “treasure boxes”? Usually, it’s pretty much the same stuff they collected in childhood. But there are some interesting, adult items…like vintage neckties, for example.

There are neckties freaks. They live everywhere. Seriously, check on your neighbor as he might be one of them. These necktie addicts know every single flea market in the area; dig through all garage sales in the region and in the nearest towns. When they come visiting you, their first question is if you have an attic. If you do, please let them search through it! They may find a relict and you will have a room cleaned up.

These vintage ties were produced in mid-20th century. Some of the most desirable ties are those from the 1944-1952 years. It was a time when bold patterns first appeared as a flamboyant reflection of the times. Among these are vibrant hand-painted rayon ties, ties with companies’ logos, and bright advertising ties. Some of the vintage ties are designed as a tribute to “pop culture” and have actors’ images, fictional and cartoon characters, or musicians printed on them.

Vintage neckties can be quite pricy, if you aren’t lucky to get them at thrift shops or some yard sale. Vintage neckties can command prices up to several hundred dollars at online auction markets. Neckties like a vintage Las Vegas logo tie from casinos that were torn down can cost you about $70-100; Disney Scrooge McDuck tie can go up to $75-90, and rare ties like original Salvador Dali designs are garnering up to $800. Though modern ties are considered to be of the best quality if made of silk with rolled edges, it is the vintage ties of rayon or acetate with saturated colors, bold prints and unusual patterns that command the highest prices in the collectible market.

Vintage necktie collectors scrutinize every single item they find as it may turn out to be just a lame copy of some original tie. They pry at the ties searching for some proof of authenticity. Sometimes it is a signature of a designer (like all Dali ties have it), or a specific fabric that was used only during 1940-1950s.

Necktie collectors naturally tend to join and even create social networks. They discuss everything that is related to vintage ties; give each other hint where to find rare ties or who to talk to. They even exchange their vintage neckties and create amazing collections. Don’t miss it when you get a chance to see one!