Antiques Roadshow Primer: The Introductory Guide to Antiques and Collectibles from the Most-Watched Series on PBS

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Workman Publishing, 1999 - Antiques & Collectibles - 398 pages
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The national treasure hunt, Antiques Roadshow is, in its third season, the most popular show on PBS. Every week it draws millions and millions of viewers to the edge of their seats as independent dealers and specialists from the country's leading auction houses appraise family heirlooms and flea market finds alike. Now this knowledge, authority, and passion is distilled in the Antiques Roadshow Primer, an introductory guide to American Antiques and collectibles.

Antiques Roadshow has taught us to look for fortunes in our attics--perhaps to find, as other lucky souls have, an Anna Poole Peale portrait miniature worth $5,000 to $7,000 or a Confederate sword worth $35,000. Focusing on 11 major areas--including Furniture, Painting, Silver, Jewelry, Porcelain, and Toys--the primer addresses the essential things buyers and collectors need to know, covering vital details for each category, such as shapes, styles, and patterns, provenance, periods, and motifs. A 32-page full-color section amplifies each chapter by illustrating numerous examples of styles and techniques, and individual items are fully identified, often with their appraised value. Above all, it helps even first-timers to answer the two key question every collector must face: Is it old? Is it valuable?

  

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As an antique dealer this is by far one of my favorite books. I picked this book up at an estate sale for 50 cents and it was the best money I ever spent.
In contrast with many other collector's
books, this one doesn't give obscure values, it gives you crucial tips for what to look for to authenticate and valuate antiques. Circular saw marks on ca 1850s and later furniture, Metal taps only featured on the feet of modern furniture, and characteristics of 18th century Federalist period American silver.
It doesn't focus too much on prices, which is a good thing. It emphasizes what it desirable in the antiques market, how to sport reproductions, and tricks to identify age.
A great read that I can never seem to put down. This is the quintessential antique dealer's bible. I even enjoyed reading this more than Kovels!
 

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Contents

FURNITURE
1
SILVER
45
PORCELAIN POTTERY AND GLASS
79
PAINTINGS
115
JEWELRY
147
CLOCKS AND WATCHES
177
METALWORK
201
RUGS QUILTS AND SAMPLERS
233
TOYS DOLLS AND COLLECTIBLES
263
BOOKS AND MANUSCRIPTS
301
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About the author (1999)

Carol Prisant is the New York editor of the British magazine The World of Interiors. She also writes about antiques and collectibles for Martha Stewart Living, House Beautiful, New York, and other magazines. A former antiques dealer, Ms. Prisant is an appraiser of fine and decorative arts and a member of the Appraisers Association of America.

Chris Jussel is host of Antiques Roadshow and Senior Vice President of Sotheby's.

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