Vintage Agate Tiptops are wonderful for adding a touch of authentic angling history to the next rod you make. And they’re even better if you’re restoring a rod and can put one of these NOS (New, Old Stock) components to proper use fulfilling a role for which they were originally intended.
These Pre-WWII, German-made tiptops are crafted with agate rings (variously shades of reddish brown & amber – no choice) and brass or nickel silver frames, plated in bright chrome. These tiptops feature a tapered tube which ends at the braces, allowing the tip ring to be supported by the two flat (sheet) braces and a wire rod that extends out from the narrow end of the tapered tube. The tip ring has an O.D. of about 15mm and an I.D. of about 8mm, with a width of about 3.5mm. These tips are about 1.735″ long and the max I.D. of the tube is about 0.205″. You’ll get used to this notation on the vintage parts pages. We use the term “about” because we’re measuring one sample out of a bin of comparable parts. They’re all close enough to be in the same bin, but in some cases they were produced over a period of years and they are not identical.
Product number VAT-15-BTFS1-VAC-BC. This stands for Vintage Agate Tiptop – 15mm OD – Braced Tube Frame, Style 1 –Variable Agate Color-Bright Chrome Finish. Sort of makes sense, and it helps us to begin wrapping our heads around all these parts.
Sold Individually. Limited Supply. Limited Supply indicates that there were fewer than 100 specimens in the bin when we posted the product and once they’re sold out, they’re gone forever unless we can locate another collection.
Be sure to read our rambling post on the Vintage Guide Collection!