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 stirrup tiptops are crafted with what appear to be dyed plum agate rings and brass or nickel silver frames, plated in bright chrome. The tip ring has an O.D. of about 8.5mm and an I.D. of about 3.5mm, with a width of about 3.5mm. These tips are about 1.380″ long; the tube alone measures about 0.925″ long and has a mouth opening of about 0.110″. 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 VAST-85-TF-PA-BC. This stands for Vintage Agate Stirrup Tiptop – 8.5mm OD – Tube Frame –Plum Agate-Bright Chrome Finish. Sort of makes sense, and it helps us to begin wrapping our heads around all these parts.
Sold Individually. Exceptionally Limited Supply. Exceptionally Limited Supply indicates that there were fewer than 10 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!