Collecting is popular hobby (or in some
cases obsession or addiction). Many people collect a variety of
different things, the most popular of which are then given names but most of
these are not recognised or authenticated by official sources as can be seen
Some of the terms for these collectors
are quite well used and, therefore, widely known, however, others are more
How many do you think you know?
Test your knowledge with this fun page -
What do you call a collector of:-
2: Cigarette cards?
3: Butterflies and moths?
4: Postage stamps?
10: Matches, match
boxes or match books?
11: Works of art or
Kindly sent in by Rod Weir.
following very comprehensive list has been supplied by Bill Turnbull
with individual additions from other contributors.
Funny names such as Shanda
Lear, Iris Chew, Nora
Collecting all kinds of stamps
except postage stamps
Beer bottle labels
Banknotes and cheques
Medals and coins
Tracey contributed this very interesting term and
was kind enough to provide some additional information -
From the Greek "rhabdos" rod. The
Concise English Dictionary (Hayward and Sparkes)gives "rhabdoid,rhabdoidal"
rod like and "rhabdology" .
Planes (wood working
Bonds and Share certificates
Badges and patches
Seals and signet rings
Bows and arrows
Although I could
find one reference confirming this, I also found several
others which seemed to indicate that a 'toxophilist' is, in
fact, someone who is a devotee of archery.
Car Tax Discs
comments as follows:-
I am an
passionate collector of sea glass and beach found pottery shards,
and I maintain friendships with other collectors with the same
passion all over the world. As collectors of sea glass and beach
found pottery shards we lack a proper “ology”. After a little
research, I thought these worked well.
– collector of sea glass.
– Latin for glass; Maris – Latin for sea translates to glass
(translates to sea – glass)?
– Collector of pottery shards found on the beach
(Fracta – Latin for broken; testa – Latin for pot)
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