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collector's item

An item that is especially noteworthy for its value, rarity, and/or history and would thus be prized by someone who collects such things. We went through my grandfather's attic and came upon a number of different collector's items, from rare toys to vintage rifles.
See also: item

collector's piece

An item that is especially noteworthy for its value, rarity, and/or history and would thus be prized by someone who collects such things. We went through my grandfather's attic and came upon a number of different collector's pieces, from rare toys to vintage rifles.
See also: piece

collector's item

An object of great interest, value, or rarity, as in This necklace is a collector's item. Originating in the early 1900s as collector's piece, a usage still common in Britain, the term in its present form is occasionally transferred to persons as well, as in The Beach Boys became a collector's item on the tour. [c. 1930]
See also: item
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See, e.g., Case of the Collectorship of New Orleans, 12 Op.
He suggested to Cecil that the collectorship of Exeter be procured for him, its advantage being "that it is nothing p|re~iudisial to hir |hig.sup.s~ cofers."(49) Elizabeth saw the practicality of bestowing an office that would cost her nothing and recommended Lok for the post.
(13) Van Buren's close connections to Washington, DC, during the Monroe administration secured him federal patronage, too--most important of which was the Collectorship of the Port of New York City, already the nation's busiest.
Walke Truxton, whom the Virginia senators had recommended for the collectorship. Senatorial courtesy however, would play a major role in relations between Glass and Byrd and the White House later in the decade.
The cause of freedom itself depended not just on his ability to express a moral vision of the country, Grant's military genius, and the sacrifice of countless thousands of Union soldiers, but also on Lincoln's clever ability to distribute tax collectorships at the New York Customs House.
We shel hev Post Offisis, and Collectorships, and Assessorships, and Furrin Mishns, and Route Agencies, and sich; and on the proceeds thereof will we eat, drink, and be merry.