Paperback Rev Upd edition;
For every collector who wants to know how to evaluate, purchase, and care for antiques and col-lectibles, this revised and updated edition of Kovels' Know Your Antiques will be a valuable companion. With more than 300 photographs and line drawings, a clear, concise text, and extensive up-to-date bibli-ographies, this book will help you determine if there is anything of value in the inherited belongings of Aunt May, or whether that zealously guarded Stradivarius violin is genuine or fake. Kovels' Know Your Antiques covers everything from pottery, silver, and glass to furniture, prints, and rugs. The Kovels show how a tape measure and magnet can help prove the age of antique furniture, how to test for old silver with a fingernail, how to date cut glass and porcelain by their marks, and much more. This book also contains a list of cur-rent price guides, publications, and col-lector clubs that provide additional help and information. With Kovels' Know Your Antiques, you will learn how to buy almost any antique with a shrewd eye to-ward present and future value.
Paperback, 602 pages; Published by Collector Books.
This book has more than 50,000 listings--each one from all-new sources and carefully checked by an authority on each particular subject. Over 600 categories are listed, along with sharp original photographs that illustrate not only the rare and unusual, but also the common collectibles - not postage stamp photographs, but large, close-up shots that show important details clearly. Without a doubt, you'll find this book to be the one to buy for factual information, quality, and once again, the lowest retail price.
Paperback, 875 pages; Published by Crown Pub.
This exhaustive price guide, put together by antiques experts Ralph and Terry Kovel, has something for everybody, from Regency sideboards to Aladdin lunchboxes. The Kovels are the "first couple" of collecting, with 75 books, a syndicated weekly newspaper column, and a monthly column in House Beautiful to their credit. The 1999 price list is a thoroughly researched compilation of the current asking prices for more than 50,000 items. The pictures are helpful, the descriptions are clear, and the categories are useful, for the most part. Occasionally, however, persistence is necessary to locate an item: fruit labels aren't under labels or ephemera, but can be found under advertising. With that in mind, know that once you begin learning about Dick Tracy memorabilia, you may wonder about something else, and suddenly an hour has flown by while you read about Batman and you haven't even made it to the first sale yet. But once there, with Kovels' in hand, you will be more than well equipped to find the bargain that is hiding under everyone else's nose. --Christie Truly
Paperback, 912 pages; Published by Antique Trader.
Now entering its 16th year, Antique Trader's comprehensive guide remains a trusted companion for collectors of rare vintage items and contemporary collectibles alike. Perfect for advanced as well as novice collectors, this 900-page guide is also an excellent resource for appraisers, insurance adjusters, auctioneers, and library reference desks. The depth of the descriptions for each item provides a level of identifying data not available in the single-line entries of typical price guides, and with its new and expanded listings and detailed photographs, Antique Trader's Antiques and Collectibles Price Guide remains one of the leading multiple-category price guides available.
Paperback, 448 pages; Published by Collector Books.
Containing over 10,000 listings with current values, this handy book is ideal to carry along on shopping trips.
Hundreds of photos make identifications easier for the convenience of the flea market enthusiast.