Vintage Porcelain 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 white Porcelain rings and have what appear to be nickel silver frames that are plated with bright chrome. These tips are crafted with a tube & 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. What makes these particularly fascinating is the Cage Brace created by welding five pieces of nickel silver (the brace, the bezel, and three cross-pieces) with a total of nine welds. A minor work of art encasing the fluted ring. The tip ring has an O.D. of about 16mm and an I.D. of about 9mm, with a width of about 6.5mm. These tips are about 2.940″ 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 VPT-16-CBPTF-WP-BC. This stands for Vintage Porcelain Tiptop – 16mm OD – Cage Braced Prong & Tube Frame –White Porcelain-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!