How to collect Pewter Figurines

October 6, 2015 by  
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How to collect Pewter Figurines

Children certainly enjoy collecting just as much as the adults do.
They may even want to participate in collecting figurines. Parents are often reluctant which is not entirely surprising. This is likely due to the risk of the items being broken or the children being hurt.

One solution might be to collect figurines cast from pewter. They are durable and generally inexpensive to collect. They are also available in a range of subject matter. Through this article I’ll delve into not only how to collect pewter figurines but answer why they are a great choice of collectible.

A few facts about pewter.
Pewter is a workable metal alloy comprised of approximately 85–99% tin. The remaining portion could include any combined mix of copper, bismuth and antimony. Silver may also be present in varying amounts. The copper and antimony are added for durability and hardening. Be aware that in some situations figurines may contain lead. For more about lead content keep reading.

It goes without saying that any figurines containing lead are to be avoided. This should generally not be an issue with figurines being produced nowadays. Now, keep in mind I say ‘generally’. There will always be producers that try and save costs by reworking the raw materials.

This is not so much an effort to knowingly harm the consumer as it is to cut costs. Because lead has such a low melt point it is much cheaper to utilize.

NOTE: Learn how to collect pewter figurines responsibly.

Figurines dating back several years may also be suspect. Some figurines could have been produced prior to the findings on lead toxicity. And since this article is all about collectability it’s worth mentioning. If there is any question at all it’s best to avoid that figurine.

The lower grades of pewter contain lead which gives it the recognizable bluish tint. If you notice a tint or cannot certify the metal content avoid any contact. An easy way to do that is to buy only from a dealer that will certify the figurine content or their source.

Does this mean you should throw away any old figurines you may have?

Not necessarily. Remember your figurines are likely behind glass or at least displayed out of reach. The findings on lead toxicity are more to do with skin contact or ingesting.

But make sure to always research current findings as this can always change. And who knows? The presence of lead traces may actually cause them to be even more rare therefore more collectible.

If at all concerned simply pass them on to another dealer. But fully disclose everything you know and that includes your concerns. In all cases follow with due diligence and act responsibly as a collector.

This is a perfect chance to instill responsible collecting within your children as well. Safety for our fellow collectors should be paramount because we are all part of the same community.

Some of you may have a small shop or hobby foundry. Or for those with an interest in mould making or even sculpting. For those interested in casting their own figurines it’s worthy to mention some specs.

Pewter has a very low melting point of around 338-446 degrees F or 170-230 degrees C. This makes DIY casting a real possibility. This could add to the attraction and options of experimenting with pewter. This may even be an opportune time to create a small cottage industry for yourself. Especially if you’re an artist, craftsperson or mould maker etc.

Some ideas for new pewter castings would be doll house pieces, game board player pieces, novelties, costume jewelry, film and stage props…and it goes on from there.

And if you do decide to pursue the casting route why not create (re-issue) new moulds from original lead-models. You could recast them in safer materials. I’m just rattling ideas off the top of my head now but you can see the possibilities.

The obvious upside to all of this is more money for you …more cash for collecting figurines.

Any more good reasons?
They are durable and inexpensive. Your child can be rough with little risk of injury in the process. There are many subjects for these figurines that your child can choose from. They can portray favorite pastimes and hobbies for both boys and girls.

There are also common items from different manufacturers including dinosaurs, clowns, animals and angels. Once your child has chosen a theme they want to collect it’s best to look at the variety of figurines that are available.

To help the child grow their figurine collection they could share their interest with family and friends. When an occasion, such as birthdays or Christmas, arrives they may get some great new pieces as gifts. They may even find that they will be able to purchase them with their own money as their knowledge and interest grows.

“Why not teach the child how to collect pewter figurines as well.”


The price of a pewter collectible is quite reasonable when compared to other types of materials.

The fact that they are also durable makes them well worth the price. The more weight to the pewter collectible – the more expensive it will be. Size sometimes plays a role in the price but generally it has to do with the overall weight of the object.

Many pewter figurines also increase in value over time.

If your child keeps the collection for years they may end up increasing in value. Of course, as with adult collectors, many children would rather have their collectibles than the money they are worth.  It is still something to consider when building a collection.

Since pewter is so durable these types of figurines can easily become family heirlooms. Many have been passed down within the family. You could start a new tradition by purchasing a few figurines to get your child’s collection started.

For adults that enjoy collecting items pewter figurines are a good option for them as well. They don’t have to worry about their collectibles being broken if they have small curious children.

Pewter is a great looking material and you can’t go wrong buying children collectibles made from it.

Many of them are amazingly detailed and they will be cherished by any child.

You can find them online, at retail stores,  flea markets or yard sales from time to time. Help your child find something they are interested in and start collecting together.

And if you do decide to teach your child how to collect pewter figurines you may very well be building some cherished bonding memories. Feel free to drop me a comment.

Best of luck and collect well.

Peter
SmokinMonkey.com

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Make Cash collecting Coins

October 3, 2015 by  
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Coin collecting has been referred to as the Hobby of Kings.
Different from money hoarding; collecting coins is an art form. One that can be traced back to the 14th century.

Today there are people all over the world that are involved in this activity. Of course some treat it simply as an ends-to-a-means. The plan being to make cash from collecting those coins as they rise is value.

Then there are the others. They are the collectors that feed from the excitement at getting their hands on old coins from different places.

There are many different kinds of coin collector. They can usually be distinguished by their ‘point of entry’ into this hobby. It’s a hobby that doesn’t require any specific skills so it follows that there are many ways to enter.

Informal Coin Collecting
Most coin collectors, especially the children, start out informally. They are laid-back collectors which do not have a specific goal in collecting coins. They might collect coins from different countries or from different time periods, with little intent of being serious about it.

Inquisitive Coin Collecting
Once the informal collector starts noticing the details of the coins, they become an inquisitive coin collector. This kind of collector won’t bother spending a lot of money to get coins. He merely wants to appreciate them. As this collection grows he will find it necessary to put them into albums.

Advanced Coin Collecting
An advanced coin collector will collect coins with a specific target in mind. He may want to collect coins from a certain nation or historical event. There are many tracks which coin collectors pursue when engaging in their hobby.

“These are just some of the approaches one can take when collecting coins”.

Coin Collecting According To Nation
Many collectors would want coins from a certain nation, during a certain period of time. This kind of collection lets the collector travel the globe through the coins. People may want to collect coins from countries they had visited.

Historical Coin Collection
Another way of collecting is by considering history. Many people collect coins from a set period, or event, in history like a war or declaration of independence.

Error Coins
There are the people who find coins with errors exciting. These are considered rare coins nowadays. And it’s that rarity that reserves this niche for the most determined collectors.

Collecting coins can be enjoyed by just about anyone nowadays.

There are many ways to collect coins or find coins for sale. Each way is just as enjoyable as the next. While this hobby might require some initial investment there are thankfully several entry levels. You will find that if you’re serious about it collecting coins is completely within reach.

Best of luck and collect well.

Peter
SmokinMonkey.com

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