If you want to get started in the hobby of collecting arrowheads, you can’t overlook the importance of maintaining your collection. Without proper maintenance and care, a collection can easily lose 75% or more of its original value, which is something no one wants to happen. Remember, arrowheads are irreplaceable items that can’t be easily repaired if damaged. The tips outlined here are designed to help collectors properly maintain their collection, and prevent it from becoming damaged.
Individuals who only collect a few basic arrowheads here and there probably don’t need to spend a whole lot of time or energy to maintain their collection. However, if you’re serious about collecting arrowheads and have invested a significant amount of money into the hobby, you should spend the necessary time and effort on maintaining your collection. Allowing your collection to become unorganized or damaged will not only negate all the years of hard work put into your collection, but it will lower the overall value of them as well.
Cataloging Your Collection
Cataloging your arrowhead collection will allow you to know exactly what pieces are in in your collection. So, just what exactly does cataloging involve? Basically, it’s a system in which you number the arrowheads in your collection and write any information you’ve obtained about them down in a journal. People catalog their arrowhead collections in many different ways, and there’s really no wrong way to do it as long as you have all the vital information pertaining to the pieces written down in a safe and secure location.
Step One: Go through your arrowhead collection and labeling each of them with a number starting with “1.” Don’t actually write a number on the arrowhead, as this will obviously damage it, but instead write a number on a sticker and place it on the outside of the arrowhead case.
If your arrowhead collection is small, you can just use numbers, starting from 1. However, if you have a large collection, you may want to use letters and numbers. For example, you could label all your Native American arrowheads starting with an A1 and all your Paleo arrowheads with a P1. This will give you more item numbers to work with, while keeping your catalog nice and tidy when dealing with a large collection.
Step Two: Now, you’ll need to collect as much vital information about the arrowheads in your collection as you can. Hopefully you already have some of this information, but if not, you may be able to contact the dealer from whom you purchased the arrowhead from and ask them. Try to determine such as information as the location from where the arrowhead was found, date of purchase, sale price, age and any history behind the piece.
Step Three: The last step involves the actual cataloging process. Find yourself a nice three-ring binder, or just a composition notebook, and write down the numbers for all the arrowheads you have in your collection. After doing so, write the information you collected next to the corresponding arrowhead. Sorry if you were expecting a more complicated process, but that’s it!
Storing Your Arrowheads
In addition to cataloging your arrowheads, you also need to properly store them. Elements such as dust, dirt and even air can slowly take a toll on your arrowhead collection over the years. This may not be a serious issue for some, but if you have valuable arrowheads and take your collection seriously, you’ll want to find a proper storage method.
One of my personal favorite storage methods is a simple arrowhead display case. As the name suggests, these are cases with a glass front soft felt back used for storing arrowheads. Not only will it protect the specimens in your collection from air, dust and dirt, but the glass front also allows you to easily view them. You can find display cases for sale through our website or by visiting different collectible shops around your hometown. Remember, the case doesn’t have to be made specifically for arrowheads, as any small to medium-sized glass case will work just fine.