In the biography of Dumbledore (by Rita Skeeter) it is said that Dumbledore finally decided to confront his one time friend Gellert Grindelwald, who at the time was powerful and was in possession of the Elder Wand.

After Dumbledore defeated him in their famous duel, Dumbledore claimed his wand, the mythical Elder Wand and stopped using his old wand.

So what did he do with his old wand?

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    My guess would be "at the bottom of a drawer somewhere".
    – Valorum
    Nov 7, 2014 at 6:57
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    The other question does not seem to have an answer for what happened to his wand, just speculations about what it was made of
    – user13267
    Nov 7, 2014 at 10:39
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    @Richard Knowing Dumbledore, it was invariably a sock drawer.
    – Zibbobz
    Nov 7, 2014 at 15:07
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    @sandysands - There's no answer in canon. You'll likely need to wait until a Pottermore update or maybe contact JKR personally to ask.
    – Valorum
    Nov 7, 2014 at 15:24
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    @mikeazo And the wand core is made of socks.
    – Zibbobz
    Nov 7, 2014 at 15:33

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Having the Elder Wand, he would still have his old wand that 'chose' him. When Harry, Ron and Hermione had won wands, they didn't discard origionals, just in case.

The Elder Wand appears to have perfect allegiance, but Dumbledore is smart and wouldn't simply discard his origional wand, just in case it turned out to be needed, either due to the Elder malfunctioning, or being lost to another in a non-fatal way (which is what happened, right before Snape killed him).

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