True Collecting

By Greg Ogletree

 

True collecting is more than merely gathering

items that strike one´s fancy. It´s a labor of

love that mixes the time-consuming challenge

of searching and the financial test of acquiring

with the science of sorting classifying and

preserving the objects of our devotion with the

same careful attention scientists use in a lab.

But the essence of authentic collecting reaches

beyond all this, for a true collector is more

than part explorer and part detective. A real

collector is also part professor compelled to

share with fellow enthusiasts the history behind

each artifact–its provenance, purpose, and

even anecdotal tidbits that might aid in a better

understanding or foster a greater appreciation

of its significance. Exhibition and publication,

then, are the hallmarks of a true collector.