|Jim Beam box opener. Now my collection is on firm ground.|
Tuesday, September 3, 2013
What's a Collection?
About a year ago I wrote about box cutters. I had bought an older box cutter from W.T. Rogers Co. It cleaned up nice and I also had a box cutter I used in high school so I figured the two of them were worth a few hundred words.
While I was attempting, much in vain, to discover a little bit about the Rogers box cutter I remembered a cutter I had gotten at Lincoln Electric. That made three. That left me with a nagging suspicion I had a collection of box cutters.
We’ve all read about people with the collecting bug that can’t seem to find a niche. One day their heirs find that they had 2 of these and 7 of those and a couple of everything else, but not one complete set of anything.
So how many of anything makes a collection?
Can we assume it takes more than one? How about two? Two is just a pair at best so it’s got to be more than two. Three is right at the edge of collecting, especially if there is some geographical or chronological difference among all three members of the proto-collection.
Four. It takes four objects with something in common to start a collection.
It’s official! I took the plunge and bought a fourth box opener. I’ve transitioned from being an accidental collector to purposefully collecting box openers.
I was at a flea market and saw one in a box of stuff. It said Jim Beam on it. The red coloration on the sleeve was in good shape, no nicks from being carried with pocket change or being dropped, and the metal blade holder had a small touch of rust that cleaned up nicely. (See, I’m already using jargon like sleeve and blade holder, a sure sign of collecting!)
Unfortunately the Beam box opener is completely sterile. The box opener is completely void of the name of the distributor, manufacturer or any other identifying marks. Zip! Nada! Nothing! Clearly a covert box opener! If it was black it would be tactical.