“We don’t see things as they are, we see them as we are” – Anais Nin
Mankind are inveterate collectors, and we collect for numerous reasons. Some of us collect to remind us of either special moments in one’s life or to remind us of a certain incident or person from the past. Many of us collect keepsakes of a particular past-time, sport or hobby that we are interested in.
A collection can be rather mainstream, alternatively it can be more eclectic or obscure. Apart from the obvious items in hunting-and these would be the firearms themselves, books and other publications- one can put together more eclectic collections. One could collect a range of cartridge boards, and some of them, particularly those bought out by early American manufacturers have amazing artwork.
Equally fascinating are the boxes ammunition and cartridges were sold in, those harking back to the early to mid-20th century are particularly fascinating. Leather products such as cartridge belts, cases and bird bags make for interesting displays, especially when the air is permeated with the nostalgic aroma of dubbin.
Knives in their many shapes and sizes are another item well worth collecting. They can be the unique custom-made skinners, or production models costing a fraction of bespoke knives. It’s important to have some items to reflect back on, particularly as they re-kindle the memory of the days of yore.