Men’s Jewelry: In the Good Old Days, men, some very “manly men” wore jewelry. Henry VIII was famous for his rings, and one pinky ring that he never removed allegedly belonged to the tragic Anne Boleyn. Jeweled swords were sought after from the time of King Arthur on. Kings’ crowns were encrusted with the finest jewels, and Vikings and Celts were known for their armbands and torcs. Pocket watches, pendants, expensive wrist watches, are just part of the repertoire of jewelry worn by well-dressed men of every generation. Signet rings in silver and gold studded with turquoise and gold letters are extremely popular gifts, too.
Sports: The late Robert Kardashian was known during his lifetime for more than being the father of reality stars and a member of The Dream Team. He owned a one million dollar plus baseball collection that was Hall of Fame Home Run material. Sports memorabilia is hotter than ever. Old Wilson football helmets and sports equipment are hot. Look for old wooden bats, jerseys, baseball cards, caps, old programs, and bobbleheads. Signed balls are the crème de la crème, but be careful; many can be counterfeit. Superbowl memorabilia and rings, where you can find them, old footballs, Rose Bowl memorabilia, Iowa Hawkeye items, and more make terrific gifts. Whimsy dolls of football players are popular, and as is a vintage Jackie Robinson doll. Honus Wagner cards are the Holy Grail for card collectors, but there are many other valuable examples, beloved of collectors everywhere. Vintage croquet sets, Olympic pins and collectibles, books about sports, old uniforms, and action figures make terrific gifts, too.
Fishing: Read or see Norman McLean’s A River Runs Through It, and you’ll end up being a fishing fan even if you have never baited a hook. There is something very Zen about the calm water, the fishing rods, and reels, the variety of lures. Izaak Walton’s The Compleat Angler in a beautiful hardback edition is a wonderful gift for any dad, especially one who likes to fish. Vintage signs are very popular with dads, especially a vintage fishing and wildlife management sign from Time’s Treasures Railroad and Country Collectibles. Majolica pitchers shaped like fish and fish decorated art pottery are also great choices. For the true fishermen among us, there are vintage lures and decoys, as well as fishing hats decorated with hooks to reel in Dad for an unforgettable Father’s Day.
Hunting-Camping: Hunting is a tradition in many families, just think of Pa Ingalls in Laura Ingalls Wilder’s Little House Books, or the novels of James Fennimore Cooper. Ernest Hemingway’s stories about camping and hunting-inspired a new generation of sportsmen, while Fess Parker as Daniel Boone and Davy Crockett made all of us want to get out there with a sling shot. For cold nights in the tent, Appletree Junction Antiques provides vintage woolen army or camp blankets. Also great are Swiss army knives, wooden camp chair, vintage tents, vintage sleeping bags, classic flannel shirts, hiking books, backpacks, and more. Don’t forget those long sticks for toasting marshmallows, a good book of ghost stories, e.g., a vintage Edgar Allan Poe anthology, and vintage picnic baskets stocked with red check napkins, hot dog skewers, and Melmac plates.
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