I need some advice from seasoned collectors please.Whats the best way to catalog my points.My collection is growing each day.Some day when im very old, i want to be able to look back and know exacly where this or that point came from.Will marking on my points with a permanent marker reduce the value?If not, what do i write,,?a numbering system? Maybe the county?PLEASE HELP!!
Buy yourself a 4000. digital camera a label printer Several thousand plastic containers. Take a photo of the artifact. put the information you want to keep on the back of the photo then issue a serial number to the artifact also put that on the back of the photo and write the number on the plastic container file the photos in some sort of photo album. mkse sure the contractor that you hire to add the extra room to your house gets all the correct permits and inspections I would also run HVAC ducting to the new artifact room dont forget to back up your digital photos daily in case of a computer crash
If you don't necessarily want to do the photo route, I could suggest the following. As a long time collector and show vendor, I use small adhesive backed tape tags with a site number and item number attached to each artifact. Each set of numbers on the tags correlates to a site record/ provenance sheet of information about the artifact. It can be alot of work, and depends on how much information you wish to keep. It has always worked out good for me though.
Thanks Leonard, I thought the Cabernet was getting a little stout!
Te, have not decided yet on Borne show, lots going on here, worn out, and thinking of holding out till the lulling show in may. Will let you know about Borne if I decide to go.
Bill, Just about any dollar store or walmart. They are small lables with self stick backings that you can take a pair of scisssors and cut real small sizes from (only needs to be big enough for the code or numbers to show). These tags are similar to ones you'd get to price garage sale items. They will stick well to the artifacts, and can be removed easily without any gummy residue left on the points, etc. I usually cut the tag to desired size, stick it on the opposite side of the display side of the point, and then write the site code and item number on the tag with a pen ink that does not smear when handled. I place the same info on the upper corner of the information sheet about the artifact, and all artifacts from a single site are kept seperate in a single folder from other sites. Overstreet's 10th edition book can be helpful with info. to record on your information sheets. This method has worked out well for me, and hope that it will be of help to you.