My grandparents were foxhunters, as were my father and uncle. We're cleaning out some of their things and we have scores of foxhunting items. They include old metal figurines, glasswear, plates/dishes/bowls, stirrup cups, pitchers, horns, books etc. There is also a large collection of fox figurines.
I've taken what I can (including the most adorable fox orchestra my grandmother had) but we're at a loss as to what to do with the rest. We'd like to sell them, donate them, it doesn't really matter- it's just important to my dad that they have a good home. Obviously this is a niche market so I've turned to COTH.
All the items are in Philadelphia, and range from good to excellent condition.
Thanks for the ideas so far. I've heard back from the Museum of Hounds and Hunting too, so it seems like there are options- yay!
Dispatcher- the only thing we have specifically from The Rose Tree Hunt Club are old show ribbons. An aside: I made a list of all the shows my family attended and I think there were almost 50 regional shows, of which only a handful now remain.
It depends how much time/work you want to put in. Some of that stuff has significant value, so selling from well lit photos and mailing out items one at a time on ebay or Foxhunters Online or wherever would get the most out of it. However, it takes a lot of time to take good photos, and pack fragile items.
Many tack stores take consignments. You could UPS the lot to Horse Country or Middleburg Tack exchange and let them find it homes. If you have a local tack store that caters to fox hunters that might be even easier.
If you want to donate, hunt clubs often have an auction in conjunction with their hunt ball. If you are talking about a significant amount, I'd imagine you could even arrange for your items to be part of their auction (to get the right audience) but some share of the proceeds to go to other good causes.