Vintage Agatine 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 agatine rings (variously crimson red, cherry red, or orange – no choice) and brass or nickel silver frames, plated in bright chrome. These tips are crafted in the once popular prong frame style – absolutely gorgeous on a heavier cane rod if you shape the prongs as needed, then wrap them down with one or two layers of #30 silk. The tip ring has an O.D. of about 16.5mm and an I.D. of about 10mm, with a width of about 4mm. These tips are about 1.815″ long. 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 VSAT-165-PF-VGC-BC. This stands for Vintage Synthetic Agate Tiptop – 16.5mm OD – Prong Frame –Variable Glass 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!