Vintage agatine rings are great if you need to replace a cracked ring on an old guide, or you want to try your hand at making new guide, without having to cut a ring. As much as we love sharing ‘how-to’ information, please understand that making guides from scratch requires a host of specialty tools, and a fair bit of know-how. It would require a week-long jewelry class, or a considerable book, not a blurb, to guide you through the steps of making a guide or tiptop frame. Until we write that book and produce a companion DVD on the subject, you’re on your own. Replacing a pre-bezelled ring in an existing guide frame is just a matter of de-soldering the old ring and re-soldering the new ring; that’s a minor challenge nearly any good craftsman can master with bit of experimentation. Good luck!
These Pre-WWII, German-made rings are cut & polished from crimson glass. The ring, brass bezel included, has an O.D. of about 26.5mm and an I.D. of about 17mm, with a width of about 5.5mm. 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 VSAR-265-CG-BB. This stands for Vintage Synthetic Agate Ring – 23mm OD – Crimson Glass – Brass Bezel. Sort of makes sense, and it helps us to begin wrapping our heads around all these parts.
Sold Individually. Good Supply.
"A replacement Agatine on a vintage reel" by Fung C. Imagine what you might accomplish!
Be sure to check out our ramblings post on the vintage guide collection!