Sooner or later in your mens vintage jewellery journey, you are going to come across Vintage Collar Bars.
Collar bars had a resurgence of popularity in the 1980s – these were the shiny dumbbell style.
Vintage Collar Bars have much more character and appeal.
Over the years, I’ve come up with a list that I use to date the collar bars that I sell in my Website Direct store.
I’m not saying it’s a definitive list, but it’s the best I’ve got to work with for the time being. As I learn something new, I add it to my list.
Here are some great tips for buying collar bars…
Just How Vintage Is It?
- In simple terms, something over 20 years old is vintage and something over 100 years old is antique.
- Copyright symbols do not appear on jewellery made before 1955.
- Unless it has been kept in its original felt-lined box, authentic vintage collar bars, cufflinks, tie clasps, etc., should show signs of wear.
Dating Vintage Collar Bars
- 1918 saw the earliest patents
- 1928 – Baer & Wilde patent #75818
Vintage Collar Bar 1920s SWANK B&W – Antique (patent pending)
- 1932 – Hickok collar bar with a loop at each end
- 1933 – Ball-end / barbell type collar bar
- 1935 – Hickok double-clip, patent #1996024 (rare & much sought after)
Vintage Collar Bar 1930s Hickok Double-Clip
- 1939 – Hickok adjustable-length, patent #21500020 (also rare & much sought after)
Vintage Collar Bar 1930s Hickok Extendable
- 1930s-1940s were the height of collar bar popularity
- 1941 – Kink-Less arrow-shaped, patent #2229656
Enjoy the journey!
Collecting mens vintage jewellery is the coolest hobby in the world!
You can wear your vintage collar bars, cufflinks, tie clasps, etc., to work every day and dazzle the office.
You can build your outfit around a fabulous piece of vintage jewellery that is uniquely “you”, and it feels wonderful!
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Collar Bars were a popular fashion accessory for men from 1918 through to the mid-1940s. They had a huge resurgence of popularity in the 1980s and early 1990s. And they’re about to kick off again!
You wear them clipped to each side of your collar, underneath the knot of your necktie (this works best with thin ties, where the knot is smaller). They are also great if you like to wear a sweater over your business shirt, with no necktie… to jazz up the collar. Or as an alternative to a tie clasp (tie bar) with a three -piece suit.
Enjoy your journey collecting Vintage Collar Bars – an exciting and rewarding journey.
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