List of definitions for words and terminology commonly used to describe collectable hobbies/items.
A record pressing made of aluminium with a coating of vinyl-like material, used for checking the quality of work in progress being recorded by a producer and artist. They are only designed for a few plays as the coating quickly wears out.
Back to back.
Collectable items relating to aircraft.
The collecting of air mail stamps and covers.
A mixture of metals.
Items that are distinctive of America.
Collection of literary passages and works.
Symmetrical decoration in the form of flowing lines of branches, leaves and scrolling.
The collecting of teddy bears.
The collection and study of money boxes.
A style of interior decoration and manufactured objects, of the period (approximately) 1925 – 1940. Symmetrical designs adapted to mass production.
A style of decoration of the early 20th century. Based on soft curves and influenced by the example of Japanese art (particularly leaves and flowers).
An object shaped by human craft (such as a tool), usually with archaeological significance.
Space related postage stamps.
The collecting of recorded sound.
Shaped like the ear.
Items relating to motor vehicles.
A maker's marking on the underside of a ceramic piece. (Back Stamps scored through, indicate 'seconds').
The collecting of cigar bands.
The metal frame around the glass of a watch or clock.
The study of books.
The collecting of books.
The study of documents to determine their authenticity.
Buyers at a car boot sale.
Close grained light yellow wood of the box. A mustard spoon could typically be made of boxwood.
Collectable items related to brewing.
Condition description for a vinyl record, where the surface looks as though it has been buffed with wire wool. In other words, the surface is multi scratched in poor condition.
The collecting of keys.
A shell or stone carved in relief, in such a way that brings out the different colours of the material used.
A case (usually with an ornate design) to carry calling/business cards. Originated in 18th century France.
The study, making, and collecting of maps.
The collecting of cigarette cards.
Ironwork produced by pouring molten iron into a pre-shaped mould.
The generic term for pottery, porcelain, terracotta, etc.
Decorative artwork with Chinese characteristics.
The study of handwriting.
The study of precious metals.
Collectable items relating to Winston Churchill.
Collecting of mugs.
The study of early manuscripts.
The study of shells.
The collecting of key rings.
Collecting of coat hangers.
A fine network of cracks in the glaze of pottery and porcelain.
The study of criminals and crime.
The study of codes.
The study of rings.
Short for decalcomania. The art or process of transferring a design from prepared paper onto another surface.
Earthenware named after the Dutch town of Delft.
The collecting of postcards.
Zinc alloy used to manufacture toys, enabling the production of strong, shiny, bright, permanently decorated items.
The collecting of thimbles.
The collecting of recorded music.
Collectable items relating to Disney.
Glazed pottery fired to a temperature of approximately 1000 degrees C. Normally red or brown with a low chipping resistance.
The study and collection of items relating to church.
Relating to the period of the reign of King Edward Vll (1901 – 1910).
The study of Ancient Egypt.
A semi-opaque form of glass fused on to metal surfaces to decorate them.
To ornament by overlaying with a crust of something precious.
The study and collecting of puzzles.
Anything designed to be used and then thrown away, usually made of paper. For example, old bus tickets and cigarette packets.
Electro Plated Silver Nickel - silver plate.
Glamour related items.
Mechanical device that regulates the movement in a watch or clock.
Protective plate around a key hole, etc. Also in nautical terms – a ship's nameplate affixed to the stern.
The study of the origin of words.
The US word for coin-like objects (and the collecting of them).
Tableware that is relatively flat and fashioned as a single unit (e.g. the meal-tray supplied by airlines). Also flat cutlery.
Vinyl record (picture) sleeve, laminated on the front only, with short fold-overs on the reverse. Most common in the sixties.
Discolouration of paper, wood, etc., with spots through ageing and mildew.
The art of painting in water-colour on plaster or mortar when not quite dry.
Cheese label collecting.
The collecting of phone cards.
The study of jewels and gems.
Relating to the period of the four King Georges, 1714 – 1830.
Covered with a thin layer of gold.
The art of engraving on gemstones.
The study of gem engravings.
Items relating to the measuring of time with sundials.
The selvedge (borders) of a sheet of postage stamps, either unprinted or with plate numbers or other markings.
A mark punched on to articles to guarantee a statutory degree of purity. Four stamps are; maker's mark, mark of quality, mark of the hall of Assay, and the year mark.
The study of writing history.
Study of history.
The study of weaponry.
The art of constructing sundials or clocks.
The science of time measurement.
The collecting of outdoor signs from inns.
The study of writing hymns.
The study of hymns.
The study of icons and symbols.
Children's play items.
Items relating to a kitchen.
Arguably, a tacky version of 'retro'. Popular because of its garishness and links to a particular era (largely 50s/60s/70s).
The collecting of beer bottle labels.
The application of several layers of paint and special varnish to produce a decorative surface.
Cutting and engraving precious stones.
The study of butterflies and moths.
A process of printing dating back to the end of the eighteenth century (discovered in Germany). The principle being that oil and water do not mix. The image is drawn with a special applicator on a flat surface over which water is then passed. When covered with ink, only the applied area will accept it.
The collecting of scratch cards and lottery related items.
Transparent thermoplastic acrylic resin.
A glaze - surface coating for ceramics creating shine.
The art of cookery.
A dull-surfaced glaze, non-reflecting.
Items to commemorate memorable events.
Collecting of materials or objects relating to the military.
A whole variety of objects. Miscellaneous items.
A style characteristic of modern times.
The study of myths and fables.
Traditional Japanese clothing, such as the kimono, had no pockets, so it was necessary for people to carry items like pipes and tobacco in containers called sagemono. These sagemono were hung from the sash of the kimono (the obi), and were secured in place using specially carved toggles known as netsuke.
The collecting of bank notes.
The collecting of and study of coins.
OBJECTS OF VIRTU
Fine art objects and antiques.
As 'objects of virtu'.
The side of a coin, or medal, on which the head or principal design is shown. The other side of the coin is called the 'reverse'.
The study of wine.
A lithographic reproduction of an oil painting.
The collecting of and study of bird's eggs.
Collecting of milk tops.
The study of fossil plants and animals.
The study of ancient life and fossils.
Layers of paper shredded into a pulp and then pressed into shapes.
The study of paper.
The UK word for coin-like objects (and the collecting of them). A sub-category of 'Numismatics'.
Miscellany associated with particular interests and items.
A full matching jewellery set comprising necklace, brooch, bracelet, and earrings.
Gas and oil related items.
Stamp collecting and the study of postal history.
The collecting of matchboxes and matchbox labels.
Collecting of First Day Covers.
A record pressed on clear vinyl, the middle of which is sandwiched with a picture. These are sometimes in shapes other than circular.
White form of stoneware usually translucent. Hard and non-porous. The most highly refined of all clay bodies and requiring the highest firing.
Are photographs taken during the production of a motion picture. They are usually shot during principal photography, and show the interaction between the actors and director, camera crew, makeup and wardrobe department, or stunt team.
Early impression of a stamp, coin or medal, struck as a specimen.
Proof of past ownership or of authenticity.
Collectable items relating to the railway.
The style of furniture, buildings, literature etc., popular in Great Britain 1811 – 1820.
A fashion design, décor or style reminiscent of things past.
Stylish and elegant retro.
A love for things of the past.
Of a coin or medal (see 'Obverse').
The collection and study of woodworking tools.
Typically European architectural and decorative asymmetrical designs of the first half of the eighteenth century.
(Revolutions per minute), the speed at which a record is designed to play.
The collecting of old financial documents, such as stocks and bonds certificates.
A brown ink or pigment. A photograph in a brown tint.
The rough hide of a shark or ray. Untanned leather with a granular surface that is often dyed green.
The art of engraving on steel.
The study of society.
A box designed to hold manuscripts, maps, books, etc. Named after Dr. Daniel Solander (1736 – 1782).
Zinc based metal, often called 'poor man's bronze'. Normally thinner and tinnier than bronze but of similar appearance.
Novelty item with a tiny lens that reveals a photograph when held to light.
Decoration consisting of tiny dots in an overall pattern.
Glazed pottery in which both body and glaze are fused together.
The collecting of sugar packets.
Tasteless, not worthy of serious collecting (by most people), tatty and generally of little value.
The art of stuffing and mounting the skins of animals to give life-like appearances.
American term for 'antiquing' (buying, browsing, selling).
The collecting of beer mats.
The first factory pressings of the record. For circulation to reviewers. Often plain white labels.
Smoking related collectable items.
Small wooden objects. Not of joined construction, therefore furniture items not included.
Decoratively inlaid woodwork, characteristic of Tunbridge, Kent 18th and 19th century. Often fashioned as a mosaic of varying coloured woods.
The art of turning in a lathe.
The art of printing or using type.
Film posters. Generally unique to the UK because they are landscape instead of portrait.
Transport token collector.
The collecting of Vehicle Excise Licences (tax discs).
A thin layer of wood used to surface or decorate a piece of furniture.
The study of and collecting of flags and bunting.
Objects of the period of Queen Victoria's reign (1837 – 1901).
Glass-like. Usually refers to a porcelain or stoneware fired body.
Glassware and the study of.
The art of engraving on wood.
The study of wood.