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Vintage Father’s Day Gifts

Airplane Figure with Six Places for Cigars, silverplate, America, 1960s. 14" x 8"

Airplane Figure with Six Places for Cigars, silverplate, America, 1960s.
14″ x 8″ Sooky Goodfriend Gallery.

Father’s Day is coming up Sunday, June 15, but it’s hard to deny that men get the short end of the stick when it comes to parental celebrations. Following Mother’s Day both in the calendar year and in its founding, Father’s Day was not instituted as a national holiday until 1972 (some 40+ years after Mother’s Day had become an established holiday). Father’s Day was originally founded in 1910 by Sonora Smart Dodd, the daughter of William Jackson Smart, who raised her and her five siblings alone after her mother’s death. Mrs. Dodd struggled for many years to get the celebration recognized, so in honor of fathers, who are just as deserving of outpourings of love and presents, we share some of our favorite gifts for gentlemen of every taste. See our Pinterest board for more.

Previously posted in 2013. For new Father’s Day gifts this year, see NEW ITEMS.

Cartier Paris 18KT yellow gold gentlemen"s ring with black diamond and white diamond in center, France, circa 1980s. Width: 1/2"

Cartier Paris 18KT yellow gold gentlemen”s ring with black diamond and white diamond in center, France, circa 1980s. Width: 1/2″. Antique Reflections.

First Edition of The Casebook of Sherlock Homes, Arthur Conan Doyle, full morocco leather, UK, 1927. Size: 5" x 7"

First Edition of The Casebook of Sherlock Homes, Arthur Conan Doyle, full morocco leather, UK, 1927. Size: 5″ x 7″  Manhattan Rare Books.

Julius Caesar gold aureus, Italy, Rome, 46 BC. Weight: 8.07 gms

Julius Caesar gold aureus, Italy, Rome, 46 BC. Weight: 8.07 gms Palmyra Heritage.
Bulgari Sterling Silver Pen Caddy for DeskBvlgari Sterling Silver Pen Caddy for Desk. AAA Silver Gallery.
Very Special Dunhill Chrome & Leather Flask, Germany, 1960s. 5-1/4" x 4"A Very Special Dunhill Chrome & Leather Flask, Germany, 1960s.
5-1/4″ x 4″  Sooky Goodfriend Gallery.
Bulgari automatic, stainless steel wristwatch, Swiss made.Bvlgari automatic, stainless steel wristwatch, Swiss made. Intertrus.

World map, on rice paper, Japan, 1861. Dimensions: 53" x 53"

World map, on rice paper, Japan, 1861. Dimensions: 53″ x 53″ Akasaka Collection.
"Schnapps-O-Flex" Pottery Camera, the flash bulb comes out, USA, 1980s. 8-1/2" x 3-1/4"“Schnapps-O-Flex” Pottery Camera, the flash bulb comes out, USA, 1980s.
8-1/2″ x 3-1/4″ Sooky Goodfriend Gallery.
Cufflinks signed Cartier, Cipullo design, 18K gold and carnelian, American, circa 1970s.Cufflinks signed Cartier, Cipullo design, 18K gold and carnelian, American, circa 1970s.  Gallery 47.

19th Century ivory sword holder (?), Chinese, circa 1870s. Height: 5" Width: 5"

19th Century ivory sword holder, Chinese, circa 1870s. Height: 5″ Width: 5″ Robin’s Antiques.
Fly-shaped brass match safe and strike, England, circa 1890. Length: 4" Width: 3" Height: 1-1/4"Fly-shaped brass match safe and strike, England, circa 1890. Length: 4″    Width: 3″    Height: 1-1/4″  Burke’s Antiques.

Mixtec mask, terracotta, Mexico, 800 AD. Height: 7 3/8" Width: 8 1/8"

Mixtec mask, terracotta, Mexico, 800 AD. Height: 7 3/8″  Width: 8 1/8″ Palmyra Heritage.
Henry Dunay 18K Gold belt buckle with original Henry Dunay Aliigator belt.Henry Dunay 18K Gold belt buckle with original Henry Dunay Alligator belt. AAA Silver.

Brass nut cracker in the form of a cat, England, circa 1890. Length: 5-1/2" Width: 1" Depth: 1-1/2"

Brass nut cracker in the form of a cat, England, circa 1890. Length: 5-1/2″    Width: 1″    Depth: 1-1/2″ Burke’s Antiques.

Touch-Tip" cigar and pipe lighter, sterling silver, London, England, 1896. Height: 5-1/2"

Touch-Tip” cigar and pipe lighter, sterling silver, London, England, 1896. Height: 5-1/2″ Gallery 47.
Three antique Scottish kilt pins, gold and semi-precious stones, Scotland, late 19th Century.Three antique Scottish kilt pins, gold and semi-precious stones, Scotland, late 19th Century. Intertrus.

Chess set, sterling and vermeil silver by Hecor Aguilar. Taxco, Mexico, circa 1950s. Silver weight: 80 oz. Condition: Vermeil re-gilded. King: 4" Queen: 3-1/4" Bishop: 3-1/8" Knight: 3-1/8" Rook: 2-1/2" Pawn: 1-5/8"

Chess set, sterling and vermeil silver by Hecor Aguilar. Taxco, Mexico, circa 1950s.  Silver weight: 80 oz. Condition: Vermeil re-gilded. Leah Gordon Gallery.

Japanese Samurai helmet and face mask, iron, 18th century. Height: 14" Width: 12".

Japanese Samurai helmet and face mask, iron, 18th century. Height: 14″  Width: 12″. Akasaka Collection.

Tie bar holder, 18K two-tone gold, American, c. 1950-1960. Size: 2.5" x 2.75" (with chain)

Tie bar holder, 18K two-tone gold, American, c. 1950-1960. Size: 2.5″ x 2.75″ (with chain). Sooky Goofriend Gallery.

Silver dagger in sheath decorated with an applied dragon and engraved flowers with chain, 19th century. Overall length: 11 1/2"

Silver dagger in sheath decorated with an applied dragon and engraved flowers with chain, 19th century. Overall length: 11 1/2″  Hoffman-Gampetro.

Meerschaum and ivory pipe featuring the head of a Turk, 19th century. Length: 7" Width: 3"

Meerschaum and ivory pipe featuring the head of a Turk, 19th century. Length: 7″  Width: 3″. Palace Galleries.