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For Benny Jack Hinkle it’s the human skeleton hanging in his dining room. For Bill Crawley it’s a broom carved from a solid branch of hickory. For Bob Wingate it’s the 1946 Wurlitzer Bubbler Jukebox he bought when he was 18. These are a few of the finds and family heirlooms these collectors call their favorite ‘mantique.’ Like Benny tells his guests when they step into his 1,000-square-foot apartment packed with taxidermy and tobacciana: “This isn’t Rooms to Go.”
Mantiques: A Manly Guide to Cool Stuff (Krause Publications, May 2014, Hardcover, $26.99) will take you inside these collections and more as it humorously surveys the weird and wonderful vintage stuff dudes like best, through more than 400 full-color photographs, while documenting the rise of mantiques as big business to auction houses and shop keeps around the world. Each chapter includes full-color photos of today’s hottest mantiques with captions featuring dimensions and recent auction values.
Collecting and antique stores are no longer about stamps, china and dolls. During the past few years dozens of new shops have opened up across America and all of them share the same name: ‘Mantiques.’
From vintage tools to vintage video games, Mantiques: A Manly Guide to Cool Stuff is a must-have for your collection.
Mantiques: A Manly Guide to Cool Stuff by Eric Bradley
Krause Publications, an imprint of F+W Media, Inc.
May 2014, $26.99, Hardcover
176 pages, full-color photography throughout