By Miele, Guest Writer (For guest posts see Terms ) Whatever domestic object you can think of, there will be a market for collectors and ...
By Miele, Guest Writer (For guest posts see Terms)
Whatever domestic object you can think of, there will be a market for collectors and vacuum cleaners are no exception. Since the first motorised cleaner appeared on the market in the early 20th century, many enthusiasts have been hoarding various models from throughout the years. From those very early cleaners through to limited editions issued by today’s manufacturers, there are many collectable vacuums on the market today.
Although prices vary to a great extent the good news is that this can be a very affordable hobby and many cleaners, even some of the very early ones are within reach of any budget.
Several versions of the Reeves Pneumatic Broom have appeared at UK auction houses in recent times. The ‘Reeves’ was an upright cleaner that was first patented in 1913 and it was one of the first vacuum’s to be sold in large volumes. Depending on the condition and age of the particular cleaner, it would have been possible to snap up one of the Reeves Pneumatic Brooms at auction for prices between £22 and £40.
While many vacuums sell for more, it may be down to a question of required storage space that keeps prices down. However this isn’t a problem for one intrepid UK collector who has set up his own vacuum cleaner museum.
Mr Vacuum Cleaner is at first glance a sales and repairs shop based in Nottingham but behind its door lurk some of the most collectable cleaners in the world. Iconic designs from manufacturers such as Electrolux and Singer reside here and Mr Vacuum boasts the largest collection of cleaners from the manufacturer Kirby Scott & Fetzer in the world. To find out more visit the museum website at www.mrvacuumcleaner.co.uk.
As with many household items, the 1950s and 1960s were a classic era for vacuum cleaners. The appliances became familiar sights in homes all over the world and developments in design made them much easier to use.
Items from this period are very collectable and Hoover, Pifco, Electrolux and Singer are just four of the main manufacturers who produced very desirable cleaners during this period. Once again, depending on age and condition you can pick up a 1960s appliance for just a few pounds and if storage is an issue, some compact early hand held cleaners began to make an appearance during this time.
Turning to modern vacuums there are some newer items that are already becoming collectable: One of the most recognisable cleaners today is the ‘Henry’. Manufactured by Numatic International, Henry and his smiling face have now sold over 7000 cleaners all over the World. Since his introduction, Numatic have brought out some associated models including a pink ‘Hetty’, a ‘James’, a ‘Harry’, a ‘Charles’ and a ‘George’.
One of the rarer models produced by Numatic was a special edition cream and brown Henry which is highly sought after by collectors across the globe.
Collecting vacuum cleaners is a fascinating hobby and if you have the time and indeed the space, there are many models that can be snapped up for very reasonable sums.