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Introduction to Collecting Elephants
there are lots of facets to collecting anything, and elephants are no exception. By way of instance, there are some interesting myths and stories related to collecting. The most common is that you should only collect elephants with their trunk up – I do not personally think this, and some collectors actually do the opposite. The lore and myths of elephants and some aspects of collecting elephant-related items are captured in:”An Enchantment of Elephants” by Emily Gwathmey, and:”elephant ancient and modern” by F. C. Sillar and R. M. Meyler. Why collect elephants in the first location? Well, for me personally, they’re cool looking animals, their historical/ancestral forms are fascinating,(e.g., anacus, mastodon, woolly mammoth etc.), and they’ve been put on more things than any other animal I believe. So there’s a massive assortment of items to collect. Just look at all of the categories in Section 3; many folks can find more than 1 category that interests them – independent of the elephant motif. Therefore, in the event that you combine the interests – you can find years of enjoyment indulging those interests. Additionally, a fantastic reason to announce your interest in elephants is, when folks know you collect elephants, you start getting them as gifts!
Whether you’re married or have a substantial other, 1 thing is almost inevitable: conflict over your ever-burgeoning collection. Either concerning size, amount of space required in the house, or the financial angle, the spousal acceptance factor plays a part in your attempt to collect every cool elephant you see.
As your collection grows from the tens to the hundreds and then into the thousands for a few, you need to have someplace to place them. Based upon the dimensions of your house, you first begin using available/existing area: in the curio with the dinner plates, on bookshelves along with Twain and Tolkien, and on what was, ostensibly, plant shelves. Then you want a dedicated space – because scattering them all over is messy and some are lonely. So you either rearrange things to put them on a single pair of shelves or in 1 curio, or you go out and buy or make dedicated curios or shelving.
Then the ultimate – you convert a room of your home, then your entire house, then buy or lease a building to display the elephants. That’s exactly what some people do – as Mitch Brown did when she opened The Elephant Castle and Museum in Las Vegas (now closed and searching for another building).This situation is fine if your significant other accepts or better yet – joins you in your obsession. But if your connection isn’t on solid ground, yielding ever-more distance and funds to your hobby could make them become resentful and angry. If they’re not on board and amused and accepting of your hobby, NEVER buy them an elephant gift for their birthday or holiday! They’ll know for whom you really bought it!
How internet is changing collecting.
Let us face it, the world wide web has changed just about everything, and collecting is no exception. For mepersonally, I reached an elephant collector’s epiphany of sorts, when I first logged onto eBay and searched on the word:”elephant”. About 3,000 elephants came up for sale for a week! The purpose being, a fantastic variety of elephant collectibles is available to collectors in an open marketplace. It’d take me the rest of my life – if then – to travel to all of the places and shops, lets alone individuals, to see all those elephants for sale. But on eBay they are all in 1 spot. And that’s just eBay; you will find hundreds, possibly thousands of different websites which have a goodly quantity of elephanteria to have a look at.
What to collect – specialization
when you have collected elephants for long, you probably understand that we have lots of them around!! Tens, if not hundreds of examples/instances in each of the groups which are listed here. (There are certainly some categories I didn’t include) That doesn’t even think about that the lower-level variants in, by way of instance, size or color of a specific model. There are so many elephants, it’s doubtful that anyone could collect every one, even with unlimited funds; nobody can find every manufacturer or artist, every material, in every color and variety and size. So what exactly do you do? Specialize! Many have decided that only elephant figurines are elephant collectibles – and there are lots of people to go around! Some might enjoy tobacco-related items and so combine that with a love of elephant things, and collect elephant ashtrays, humidors, dispensers, matchboxes, etc.. You can also divert an present mainstream hobby like numismatics or philately, to the elephant world, as there are loads of examples of elephants coins and stamps. Another choice is to collect elephants made on your birthday, or made during a specific age (e.g., Art Deco), or from a specific manufacturer or by a particular material. Or, be a”type” collector, wherein you try and get a minumum of one excellent example of an elephant in each category. For me – that would be Cleveland, Ohio, so if there is an ellie that relates to Cleveland (or the greater metro area), or Ohio, I try to pounce on it!
Condition
In every area of collecting, not just elephant collecting, 1 factor is of utmost importance – condition! It cuts across all categories of elephants – the better the condition, the rarer it is (as compared to used and damaged versions of the exact same item ), and also the longer it will appreciate, because other instances will become used/damaged as time passes. Therefore, finally, if the elephant is in the best possible state, the more you’ll cover this. Consequently, if you’re able to afford it, buy mint or near mint items with little damage. In other words, if you don’t discover an unusual item or one so rare that affordability in any sort of future time frame would be out of the question. Not only does buying undamaged elephants pay off in case you ever sell, but your peace of mind is essential also. I mean, you do not what to search through your collection and be reminded of that crack or chip or tear every time, ideal?! Now, that said, there’s not anything wrong with some normal wear (as opposed to’tear’). By way of instance, if you purchase a bronze that’s been painted and is, say a true antique (~100+ years old or so), then it’s safe to say it’s OK for there to be some minor paint problems – either tiny flakes or chips, or even a rubbing/dulling of gloss. But maybe not too much!! Or, if you buy an old magazine advertisement which has a minor margin tear that will’mat out’; this sounds OK too. Particularly in the event that you believe you aren’t going to receive a chance to see/buy that exact item again, and it really appeals to you personally otherwise.Of class you can take a purist stance and only search for perfect specimens. That is nice too, but remember it is going to require a lot longer to find specimens in that shape, and will cost more, likely much more for particular products. Your time and money is focused and you want to receive the best possible examples within a specific category of elephants.
Items to be wary of include: *ivory vs. bone vs. synthetic: how to tell: the hot pin test – reference link:
Ivory Test*Bakelite vs. other plastics: how to tell: The Rub Test: Rub the Bakelite object in question with a clean, dry finger until you feel heat being produced. Heat some water close to the boiling point, and put a component of the item in the warm water for a minute and remove; If you smell an odor like formaldehyde, the object is Bakelite.
The Hot Needle Test: Heat a needle to red hot. Touch the needle for only a second to an inconspicuous place on the surface. Furthermore, if the needle penetrates the surface of the object easily, it’s probably NOT Bakelite! . Decision post-ban ivory imported into US
*fake signatures on e.g., Lalique
*reproductions and re-introduced models/namesAs together with all other collectibles, your familiarity with the topic can allow you to identify a reproduction from the actual thing. Reading books, like those referenced in Section 4, monitoring internet auction sites such as eBay, attending shows, flea markets and live auctions, and talking to specialists and other collectors, all contribute to a knowledge and experience.
Insurance
Heaven forbid something bad happens to your elephant collection. If you do not have them stored away in a safe place – like Fort Knox, a bank’s safety deposit box, or even a in-home vault (visit Storage/Protection subsection), if disaster struck you’d need some way of recouping the loss.If your elephant collection starts burgeoning in terms of sheer numbers, cost/replacement value or just sentimental value, you would like to consider getting insurance to pay for them. Check with the insurance agent for the company that insures your home; several times that the coverage for personal belongings is some percentage of this policy for your residence. So if your property is insured for $100,000 say, and your personal belonging coverage/content is covered for 30% of the value of your residence, then you’re automatically covered for $30,000. , clothes and kitchen wares etc., are worth 25,000, and your elephant collection is worth $3,000 (or you paid that amount over the decades ), then you might be insured to the extent you want to be. However, if in precisely the exact same case, you paid $25,000 for your elephants more than 20 decades, or they’re currently valued at $25,000, you definitely need to add an insurance rider to make up the gap in policy
Fixing broken elephants
naturally, the old adage:”an ounce of prevention is worth a pound of cure” Applies to elephant collectibles too. But the sad day inevitably comes when, by moving an elephant in the house, or by shipping accident, or other mishap, an elephant becomes damaged. Some collectors buy damaged elephants and either fix them or leave them alone, claiming it increases the charm or “character” of the find. Others buy a damaged elephant if it’s particularly rare or if a perfect one would be overly expensive.One notice of extreme importance: it isn’t a good idea to clean or otherwise repair true antiques, unless a professional does it and you know the consequences. For some antiques, refinishing or repairing certain flaws actually diminishes value, though it can make the elephant look better cosmetically, or restore a missing component. Some dirt or dust can be removed on pottery, metal or wood with just a damp cloth.The most frequent damage I have seen is missing or broken tusks. For various kinds of elephants – tusks can be repaired or replaced. Wood, plastic or ivory tusks could be invisibly with a little creativity and ability. By way of example, a dowel rod of the proper length and diameter, soaked in water or place into a steamer for a few hours, can be bent into the right curve and held there for many hours to set the shape. Then further shaped with carving tools, can make a most-pleasing replacement wood tusk. Add paint or stain to match the elephant or an present tusk. More expensive elephants can be taken to repair shops which specialize in such repairs. They generally re-break the item, treat the surfaces, re-glue and the most essential thing – re-glaze/fire the bit; the outcome is a repair than only trained professionals with a microscope could tell. Highly suggested for that favorite, expensive piece.Metal elephants can be repaired by skilled metal-working artists. I took it to an metal artist who used brass rod to create and re-solder that the tusks into the holes. Brass, aluminum, bronze, copper, and chrome elephants can be cleaned and protected with the typical, non-abrasive metal cleaners and polishers. Rubin-Brite is a museum-quality cleaner/polisher that leaves a carnuba-wax protective finish to the metal. Iron and steel elephants can rust, which requires additional work. Again, for older, rare or true-antique metal elephants, unless the corrosion is so advanced or bad that it further endangers the elephant, leave minor discoloring and surface blemishes alone.Ephemera – paper images, prints, posters and paintings – can be repaired by professionals, even whether the item is pricey or rare, and some repairs may be done by the home hobbyist. Pencil marks on paper can be removed by gently rubbing with an eraser-like substance referred to as”Magic-rub” by Sanford. A more thorough cleaning can be gained using Lineco’s Document Cleaning Powder. Tears can be repaired using Lineco’s transparent mending tissue.Lastly, a fantastic reference on caring for your elephants (or any collectible) is: Kovels’ Quick Tips: 799 Helpful Hints on How to take care of Your Collectibles (Kovel’s 1995)
Resources of elephants
Elephants can be found almost anywhere other products are found. As there are {} of elephants – even specialty stores (like a Kitchen & Bath shop) or venues may have that obscure elephant necessary for your group. Below are a few areas I have found elephants:*Almost any retail store like Wal-Marts, Hallmark, Sears has elephants – mostly mass-produced.
*Estate Auctions
*online Online auctions like Ebay.comFree Reprint Articles, amazon.com
*online antique shops and malls like www.rubylane.com
*Antique shops
*Flea markets
*Yard Sales/Garage Revenue
*Looking for elephants wherever you go on holiday.

See

EverythingElephants.com

to learn more about elephant gathering and elephant collectibles!

Or contact the writer in MichaelKnapik@EverythingElephants.com

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Introduction to Collecting Elephants
there are lots of facets to collecting anything, and elephants are no exception. By way of instance, there are some interesting myths and stories related to collecting. The most common is that you should only collect elephants with their trunk up – I do not personally think this, and some collectors actually do the opposite. The lore and myths of elephants and some aspects of collecting elephant-related items are captured in:”An Enchantment of Elephants” by Emily Gwathmey, and:”elephant ancient and modern” by F. C. Sillar and R. M. Meyler. Why collect elephants in the first location? Well, for me personally, they’re cool looking animals, their historical/ancestral forms are fascinating,(e.g., anacus, mastodon, woolly mammoth etc.), and they’ve been put on more things than any other animal I believe. So there’s a massive assortment of items to collect. Just look at all of the categories in Section 3; many folks can find more than 1 category that interests them – independent of the elephant motif. Therefore, in the event that you combine the interests – you can find years of enjoyment indulging those interests. Additionally, a fantastic reason to announce your interest in elephants is, when folks know you collect elephants, you start getting them as gifts!
Whether you’re married or have a substantial other, 1 thing is almost inevitable: conflict over your ever-burgeoning collection. Either concerning size, amount of space required in the house, or the financial angle, the spousal acceptance factor plays a part in your attempt to collect every cool elephant you see.
As your collection grows from the tens to the hundreds and then into the thousands for a few, you need to have someplace to place them. Based upon the dimensions of your house, you first begin using available/existing area: in the curio with the dinner plates, on bookshelves along with Twain and Tolkien, and on what was, ostensibly, plant shelves. Then you want a dedicated space – because scattering them all over is messy and some are lonely. So you either rearrange things to put them on a single pair of shelves or in 1 curio, or you go out and buy or make dedicated curios or shelving.
Then the ultimate – you convert a room of your home, then your entire house, then buy or lease a building to display the elephants. That’s exactly what some people do – as Mitch Brown did when she opened The Elephant Castle and Museum in Las Vegas (now closed and searching for another building).This situation is fine if your significant other accepts or better yet – joins you in your obsession. But if your connection isn’t on solid ground, yielding ever-more distance and funds to your hobby could make them become resentful and angry. If they’re not on board and amused and accepting of your hobby, NEVER buy them an elephant gift for their birthday or holiday! They’ll know for whom you really bought it!
How internet is changing collecting.
Let us face it, the world wide web has changed just about everything, and collecting is no exception. For mepersonally, I reached an elephant collector’s epiphany of sorts, when I first logged onto eBay and searched on the word:”elephant”. About 3,000 elephants came up for sale for a week! The purpose being, a fantastic variety of elephant collectibles is available to collectors in an open marketplace. It’d take me the rest of my life – if then – to travel to all of the places and shops, lets alone individuals, to see all those elephants for sale. But on eBay they are all in 1 spot. And that’s just eBay; you will find hundreds, possibly thousands of different websites which have a goodly quantity of elephanteria to have a look at.
What to collect – specialization
when you have collected elephants for long, you probably understand that we have lots of them around!! Tens, if not hundreds of examples/instances in each of the groups which are listed here. (There are certainly some categories I didn’t include) That doesn’t even think about that the lower-level variants in, by way of instance, size or color of a specific model. There are so many elephants, it’s doubtful that anyone could collect every one, even with unlimited funds; nobody can find every manufacturer or artist, every material, in every color and variety and size. So what exactly do you do? Specialize! Many have decided that only elephant figurines are elephant collectibles – and there are lots of people to go around! Some might enjoy tobacco-related items and so combine that with a love of elephant things, and collect elephant ashtrays, humidors, dispensers, matchboxes, etc.. You can also divert an present mainstream hobby like numismatics or philately, to the elephant world, as there are loads of examples of elephants coins and stamps. Another choice is to collect elephants made on your birthday, or made during a specific age (e.g., Art Deco), or from a specific manufacturer or by a particular material. Or, be a”type” collector, wherein you try and get a minumum of one excellent example of an elephant in each category. For me – that would be Cleveland, Ohio, so if there is an ellie that relates to Cleveland (or the greater metro area), or Ohio, I try to pounce on it!
Condition
In every area of collecting, not just elephant collecting, 1 factor is of utmost importance – condition! It cuts across all categories of elephants – the better the condition, the rarer it is (as compared to used and damaged versions of the exact same item ), and also the longer it will appreciate, because other instances will become used/damaged as time passes. Therefore, finally, if the elephant is in the best possible state, the more you’ll cover this. Consequently, if you’re able to afford it, buy mint or near mint items with little damage. In other words, if you don’t discover an unusual item or one so rare that affordability in any sort of future time frame would be out of the question. Not only does buying undamaged elephants pay off in case you ever sell, but your peace of mind is essential also. I mean, you do not what to search through your collection and be reminded of that crack or chip or tear every time, ideal?! Now, that said, there’s not anything wrong with some normal wear (as opposed to’tear’). By way of instance, if you purchase a bronze that’s been painted and is, say a true antique (~100+ years old or so), then it’s safe to say it’s OK for there to be some minor paint problems – either tiny flakes or chips, or even a rubbing/dulling of gloss. But maybe not too much!! Or, if you buy an old magazine advertisement which has a minor margin tear that will’mat out’; this sounds OK too. Particularly in the event that you believe you aren’t going to receive a chance to see/buy that exact item again, and it really appeals to you personally otherwise.Of class you can take a purist stance and only search for perfect specimens. That is nice too, but remember it is going to require a lot longer to find specimens in that shape, and will cost more, likely much more for particular products. Your time and money is focused and you want to receive the best possible examples within a specific category of elephants.
Items to be wary of include: *ivory vs. bone vs. synthetic: how to tell: the hot pin test – reference link:
Ivory Test*Bakelite vs. other plastics: how to tell: The Rub Test: Rub the Bakelite object in question with a clean, dry finger until you feel heat being produced. Heat some water close to the boiling point, and put a component of the item in the warm water for a minute and remove; If you smell an odor like formaldehyde, the object is Bakelite.
The Hot Needle Test: Heat a needle to red hot. Touch the needle for only a second to an inconspicuous place on the surface. Furthermore, if the needle penetrates the surface of the object easily, it’s probably NOT Bakelite! . Decision post-ban ivory imported into US
*fake signatures on e.g., Lalique
*reproductions and re-introduced models/namesAs together with all other collectibles, your familiarity with the topic can allow you to identify a reproduction from the actual thing. Reading books, like those referenced in Section 4, monitoring internet auction sites such as eBay, attending shows, flea markets and live auctions, and talking to specialists and other collectors, all contribute to a knowledge and experience.
Insurance
Heaven forbid something bad happens to your elephant collection. If you do not have them stored away in a safe place – like Fort Knox, a bank’s safety deposit box, or even a in-home vault (visit Storage/Protection subsection), if disaster struck you’d need some way of recouping the loss.If your elephant collection starts burgeoning in terms of sheer numbers, cost/replacement value or just sentimental value, you would like to consider getting insurance to pay for them. Check with the insurance agent for the company that insures your home; several times that the coverage for personal belongings is some percentage of this policy for your residence. So if your property is insured for $100,000 say, and your personal belonging coverage/content is covered for 30% of the value of your residence, then you’re automatically covered for $30,000. , clothes and kitchen wares etc., are worth 25,000, and your elephant collection is worth $3,000 (or you paid that amount over the decades ), then you might be insured to the extent you want to be. However, if in precisely the exact same case, you paid $25,000 for your elephants more than 20 decades, or they’re currently valued at $25,000, you definitely need to add an insurance rider to make up the gap in policy
Fixing broken elephants
naturally, the old adage:”an ounce of prevention is worth a pound of cure” Applies to elephant collectibles too. But the sad day inevitably comes when, by moving an elephant in the house, or by shipping accident, or other mishap, an elephant becomes damaged. Some collectors buy damaged elephants and either fix them or leave them alone, claiming it increases the charm or “character” of the find. Others buy a damaged elephant if it’s particularly rare or if a perfect one would be overly expensive.One notice of extreme importance: it isn’t a good idea to clean or otherwise repair true antiques, unless a professional does it and you know the consequences. For some antiques, refinishing or repairing certain flaws actually diminishes value, though it can make the elephant look better cosmetically, or restore a missing component. Some dirt or dust can be removed on pottery, metal or wood with just a damp cloth.The most frequent damage I have seen is missing or broken tusks. For various kinds of elephants – tusks can be repaired or replaced. Wood, plastic or ivory tusks could be invisibly with a little creativity and ability. By way of example, a dowel rod of the proper length and diameter, soaked in water or place into a steamer for a few hours, can be bent into the right curve and held there for many hours to set the shape. Then further shaped with carving tools, can make a most-pleasing replacement wood tusk. Add paint or stain to match the elephant or an present tusk. More expensive elephants can be taken to repair shops which specialize in such repairs. They generally re-break the item, treat the surfaces, re-glue and the most essential thing – re-glaze/fire the bit; the outcome is a repair than only trained professionals with a microscope could tell. Highly suggested for that favorite, expensive piece.Metal elephants can be repaired by skilled metal-working artists. I took it to an metal artist who used brass rod to create and re-solder that the tusks into the holes. Brass, aluminum, bronze, copper, and chrome elephants can be cleaned and protected with the typical, non-abrasive metal cleaners and polishers. Rubin-Brite is a museum-quality cleaner/polisher that leaves a carnuba-wax protective finish to the metal. Iron and steel elephants can rust, which requires additional work. Again, for older, rare or true-antique metal elephants, unless the corrosion is so advanced or bad that it further endangers the elephant, leave minor discoloring and surface blemishes alone.Ephemera – paper images, prints, posters and paintings – can be repaired by professionals, even whether the item is pricey or rare, and some repairs may be done by the home hobbyist. Pencil marks on paper can be removed by gently rubbing with an eraser-like substance referred to as”Magic-rub” by Sanford. A more thorough cleaning can be gained using Lineco’s Document Cleaning Powder. Tears can be repaired using Lineco’s transparent mending tissue.Lastly, a fantastic reference on caring for your elephants (or any collectible) is: Kovels’ Quick Tips: 799 Helpful Hints on How to take care of Your Collectibles (Kovel’s 1995)
Resources of elephants
Elephants can be found almost anywhere other products are found. As there are {} of elephants – even specialty stores (like a Kitchen & Bath shop) or venues may have that obscure elephant necessary for your group. Below are a few areas I have found elephants:*Almost any retail store like Wal-Marts, Hallmark, Sears has elephants – mostly mass-produced.
*Estate Auctions
*online Online auctions like Ebay.comFree Reprint Articles, amazon.com
*online antique shops and malls like www.rubylane.com
*Antique shops
*Flea markets
*Yard Sales/Garage Revenue
*Looking for elephants wherever you go on holiday.

See

EverythingElephants.com

to learn more about elephant gathering and elephant collectibles!

Or contact the writer in MichaelKnapik@EverythingElephants.com

|Stop by

EverythingElephants.com

Introduction to Collecting Elephants
there are lots of facets to collecting anything, and elephants are no exception. By way of instance, there are some interesting myths and stories related to collecting. The most common is that you should only collect elephants with their trunk up – I do not personally think this, and some collectors actually do the opposite. The lore and myths of elephants and some aspects of collecting elephant-related items are captured in:”An Enchantment of Elephants” by Emily Gwathmey, and:”elephant ancient and modern” by F. C. Sillar and R. M. Meyler. Why collect elephants in the first location? Well, for me personally, they’re cool looking animals, their historical/ancestral forms are fascinating,(e.g., anacus, mastodon, woolly mammoth etc.), and they’ve been put on more things than any other animal I believe. So there’s a massive assortment of items to collect. Just look at all of the categories in Section 3; many folks can find more than 1 category that interests them – independent of the elephant motif. Therefore, in the event that you combine the interests – you can find years of enjoyment indulging those interests. Additionally, a fantastic reason to announce your interest in elephants is, when folks know you collect elephants, you start getting them as gifts!
Whether you’re married or have a substantial other, 1 thing is almost inevitable: conflict over your ever-burgeoning collection. Either concerning size, amount of space required in the house, or the financial angle, the spousal acceptance factor plays a part in your attempt to collect every cool elephant you see.
As your collection grows from the tens to the hundreds and then into the thousands for a few, you need to have someplace to place them. Based upon the dimensions of your house, you first begin using available/existing area: in the curio with the dinner plates, on bookshelves along with Twain and Tolkien, and on what was, ostensibly, plant shelves. Then you want a dedicated space – because scattering them all over is messy and some are lonely. So you either rearrange things to put them on a single pair of shelves or in 1 curio, or you go out and buy or make dedicated curios or shelving.
Then the ultimate – you convert a room of your home, then your entire house, then buy or lease a building to display the elephants. That’s exactly what some people do – as Mitch Brown did when she opened The Elephant Castle and Museum in Las Vegas (now closed and searching for another building).This situation is fine if your significant other accepts or better yet – joins you in your obsession. But if your connection isn’t on solid ground, yielding ever-more distance and funds to your hobby could make them become resentful and angry. If they’re not on board and amused and accepting of your hobby, NEVER buy them an elephant gift for their birthday or holiday! They’ll know for whom you really bought it!
How internet is changing collecting.
Let us face it, the world wide web has changed just about everything, and collecting is no exception. For mepersonally, I reached an elephant collector’s epiphany of sorts, when I first logged onto eBay and searched on the word:”elephant”. About 3,000 elephants came up for sale for a week! The purpose being, a fantastic variety of elephant collectibles is available to collectors in an open marketplace. It’d take me the rest of my life – if then – to travel to all of the places and shops, lets alone individuals, to see all those elephants for sale. But on eBay they are all in 1 spot. And that’s just eBay; you will find hundreds, possibly thousands of different websites which have a goodly quantity of elephanteria to have a look at.
What to collect – specialization
when you have collected elephants for long, you probably understand that we have lots of them around!! Tens, if not hundreds of examples/instances in each of the groups which are listed here. (There are certainly some categories I didn’t include) That doesn’t even think about that the lower-level variants in, by way of instance, size or color of a specific model. There are so many elephants, it’s doubtful that anyone could collect every one, even with unlimited funds; nobody can find every manufacturer or artist, every material, in every color and variety and size. So what exactly do you do? Specialize! Many have decided that only elephant figurines are elephant collectibles – and there are lots of people to go around! Some might enjoy tobacco-related items and so combine that with a love of elephant things, and collect elephant ashtrays, humidors, dispensers, matchboxes, etc.. You can also divert an present mainstream hobby like numismatics or philately, to the elephant world, as there are loads of examples of elephants coins and stamps. Another choice is to collect elephants made on your birthday, or made during a specific age (e.g., Art Deco), or from a specific manufacturer or by a particular material. Or, be a”type” collector, wherein you try and get a minumum of one excellent example of an elephant in each category. For me – that would be Cleveland, Ohio, so if there is an ellie that relates to Cleveland (or the greater metro area), or Ohio, I try to pounce on it!
Condition
In every area of collecting, not just elephant collecting, 1 factor is of utmost importance – condition! It cuts across all categories of elephants – the better the condition, the rarer it is (as compared to used and damaged versions of the exact same item ), and also the longer it will appreciate, because other instances will become used/damaged as time passes. Therefore, finally, if the elephant is in the best possible state, the more you’ll cover this. Consequently, if you’re able to afford it, buy mint or near mint items with little damage. In other words, if you don’t discover an unusual item or one so rare that affordability in any sort of future time frame would be out of the question. Not only does buying undamaged elephants pay off in case you ever sell, but your peace of mind is essential also. I mean, you do not what to search through your collection and be reminded of that crack or chip or tear every time, ideal?! Now, that said, there’s not anything wrong with some normal wear (as opposed to’tear’). By way of instance, if you purchase a bronze that’s been painted and is, say a true antique (~100+ years old or so), then it’s safe to say it’s OK for there to be some minor paint problems – either tiny flakes or chips, or even a rubbing/dulling of gloss. But maybe not too much!! Or, if you buy an old magazine advertisement which has a minor margin tear that will’mat out’; this sounds OK too. Particularly in the event that you believe you aren’t going to receive a chance to see/buy that exact item again, and it really appeals to you personally otherwise.Of class you can take a purist stance and only search for perfect specimens. That is nice too, but remember it is going to require a lot longer to find specimens in that shape, and will cost more, likely much more for particular products. Your time and money is focused and you want to receive the best possible examples within a specific category of elephants.
Items to be wary of include: *ivory vs. bone vs. synthetic: how to tell: the hot pin test – reference link:
Ivory Test*Bakelite vs. other plastics: how to tell: The Rub Test: Rub the Bakelite object in question with a clean, dry finger until you feel heat being produced. Heat some water close to the boiling point, and put a component of the item in the warm water for a minute and remove; If you smell an odor like formaldehyde, the object is Bakelite.
The Hot Needle Test: Heat a needle to red hot. Touch the needle for only a second to an inconspicuous place on the surface. Furthermore, if the needle penetrates the surface of the object easily, it’s probably NOT Bakelite! . Decision post-ban ivory imported into US
*fake signatures on e.g., Lalique
*reproductions and re-introduced models/namesAs together with all other collectibles, your familiarity with the topic can allow you to identify a reproduction from the actual thing. Reading books, like those referenced in Section 4, monitoring internet auction sites such as eBay, attending shows, flea markets and live auctions, and talking to specialists and other collectors, all contribute to a knowledge and experience.
Insurance
Heaven forbid something bad happens to your elephant collection. If you do not have them stored away in a safe place – like Fort Knox, a bank’s safety deposit box, or even a in-home vault (visit Storage/Protection subsection), if disaster struck you’d need some way of recouping the loss.If your elephant collection starts burgeoning in terms of sheer numbers, cost/replacement value or just sentimental value, you would like to consider getting insurance to pay for them. Check with the insurance agent for the company that insures your home; several times that the coverage for personal belongings is some percentage of this policy for your residence. So if your property is insured for $100,000 say, and your personal belonging coverage/content is covered for 30% of the value of your residence, then you’re automatically covered for $30,000. , clothes and kitchen wares etc., are worth 25,000, and your elephant collection is worth $3,000 (or you paid that amount over the decades ), then you might be insured to the extent you want to be. However, if in precisely the exact same case, you paid $25,000 for your elephants more than 20 decades, or they’re currently valued at $25,000, you definitely need to add an insurance rider to make up the gap in policy
Fixing broken elephants
naturally, the old adage:”an ounce of prevention is worth a pound of cure” Applies to elephant collectibles too. But the sad day inevitably comes when, by moving an elephant in the house, or by shipping accident, or other mishap, an elephant becomes damaged. Some collectors buy damaged elephants and either fix them or leave them alone, claiming it increases the charm or “character” of the find. Others buy a damaged elephant if it’s particularly rare or if a perfect one would be overly expensive.One notice of extreme importance: it isn’t a good idea to clean or otherwise repair true antiques, unless a professional does it and you know the consequences. For some antiques, refinishing or repairing certain flaws actually diminishes value, though it can make the elephant look better cosmetically, or restore a missing component. Some dirt or dust can be removed on pottery, metal or wood with just a damp cloth.The most frequent damage I have seen is missing or broken tusks. For various kinds of elephants – tusks can be repaired or replaced. Wood, plastic or ivory tusks could be invisibly with a little creativity and ability. By way of example, a dowel rod of the proper length and diameter, soaked in water or place into a steamer for a few hours, can be bent into the right curve and held there for many hours to set the shape. Then further shaped with carving tools, can make a most-pleasing replacement wood tusk. Add paint or stain to match the elephant or an present tusk. More expensive elephants can be taken to repair shops which specialize in such repairs. They generally re-break the item, treat the surfaces, re-glue and the most essential thing – re-glaze/fire the bit; the outcome is a repair than only trained professionals with a microscope could tell. Highly suggested for that favorite, expensive piece.Metal elephants can be repaired by skilled metal-working artists. I took it to an metal artist who used brass rod to create and re-solder that the tusks into the holes. Brass, aluminum, bronze, copper, and chrome elephants can be cleaned and protected with the typical, non-abrasive metal cleaners and polishers. Rubin-Brite is a museum-quality cleaner/polisher that leaves a carnuba-wax protective finish to the metal. Iron and steel elephants can rust, which requires additional work. Again, for older, rare or true-antique metal elephants, unless the corrosion is so advanced or bad that it further endangers the elephant, leave minor discoloring and surface blemishes alone.Ephemera – paper images, prints, posters and paintings – can be repaired by professionals, even whether the item is pricey or rare, and some repairs may be done by the home hobbyist. Pencil marks on paper can be removed by gently rubbing with an eraser-like substance referred to as”Magic-rub” by Sanford. A more thorough cleaning can be gained using Lineco’s Document Cleaning Powder. Tears can be repaired using Lineco’s transparent mending tissue.Lastly, a fantastic reference on caring for your elephants (or any collectible) is: Kovels’ Quick Tips: 799 Helpful Hints on How to take care of Your Collectibles (Kovel’s 1995)
Resources of elephants
Elephants can be found almost anywhere other products are found. As there are {} of elephants – even specialty stores (like a Kitchen & Bath shop) or venues may have that obscure elephant necessary for your group. Below are a few areas I have found elephants:*Almost any retail store like Wal-Marts, Hallmark, Sears has elephants – mostly mass-produced.
*Estate Auctions
*online Online auctions like Ebay.comFree Reprint Articles, amazon.com
*online antique shops and malls like www.rubylane.com
*Antique shops
*Flea markets
*Yard Sales/Garage Revenue
*Looking for elephants wherever you go on holiday.

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