The essential guide to collectibles: a source book of public collections in Europe and the USA

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In the age of Antiques Roadshow fever, there has been an explosion of interest in all things collectible. In The Essential Guide, collectors of every specialty can find their particular passions organized by category -- in both European and North American collections. This unique and practical guide identifies and locates more than two hundred of the most popular types of collectibles in museums, galleries, house museums, and other collections -- from the famous to the obscure to the eccentric. Over 700 entries on more than 170 subjects, extensively photographed, are drawn from more than 1,200 museums in Europe and America. The Essential Guide enables readers to plan travel around their interests and enhance their journey with Lord McAlpine's expert and entertaining voice.

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Contents

TEXTILES COSTUMES AND ACCESSORIES
497
Beads
498
Carpets and Rugs
500
Eyeglasses and Opera Glasses
503
Fans
505
Folk and Ethnographic Textiles
509
Hats Hatpins and Combs
514
Haute Couture and Contemporary Street Clothing
516
Thimbles Buttons and Sewing Tools
558
Watches
561
Atlases Maps and Globes
566
Carriages Sleighs and Carts
571
Civil Aircraft Balloons and Airships
575
Cycles and Motorcycles
578
Historic Cars and Automobilia
582
Railway Collections
587

Islamic and Oriental Textiles
520
Jewellery
526
Lace
531
Quilts and Coverlets
539
Samplers Embroidery and Needlework
541
Shoes and Accessories
546
Tapestries
553
Ship Models
590
Space Objects and Collectibles
595
UNIQUE AND CURIOUS COLLECTIONS
599
Eclectic and Eccentric Collections
600
Erotic
606
Magic and Illusion
608
619 Picture credits Index
611

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About the author (2001)

Cathy Giangrande is an art historian and an archeological conservator. She has worked at museums in the USA and Europe and now for the World Monuments Fund in Russia and China. An author of books on museums and collecting; her most recent is Saint Petersburg - Museums, Palaces and Historic Collections. She lives in London.

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