These antiques are frequently reasonably priced, pretty to look at, and great to use. Chapter 17: Antiques from the East: Orientalia. Chapter 5: Bargaining Basics: The Price Can Be Right. We want to make the huge field of antiques as manageable as possible and to give you the tools and resources you need to make your antiquing purchases fun and meaningful and wise. These books are mini-encyclopedias, filled with technical bytes on specific antiques, brief histories, references, compact descriptions, and prices. This chapter gives you tips for finding competent dealers and suggests other ways to quickly scope out the antique scene. You understand the resources available and discover ways to choose the ones that are right for you.
Discovering the antique network Network with other people who love the same type of antiques that you do. These paragraphs alert you to possible fakes and frauds and remind you to examine carefully before you buy. Each society has various levels of accreditation. Then we take you into the house so that you can see ways to use antiques in your home. Chapter 9: Doing a Little Legwork: Estate and Garage Sales, Classifieds and Cyber-Buys.
Not all the objects we write about are official antiques. Price guides are also ideal for helping you get a price sense for antiques and collectibles that have a more uniform quality, such as pattern glass, Royal Doulton character mugs, and Carnival glass. Think of ways you can use your antique. Ask to see the book. These tips put you on alert and warn you about possible pitfalls. How This Book Is Organized This book is organized into parts, each of which eases you into the world of antiques.
The dealer does not need to be an appraiser or have a certain type of degree or education to have a deep knowledge of antiques. Many art galleries host antique study groups. Most dealers have areas that they particularly love and love to talk about. These antiques-in-waiting are truly masterpieces and are valued more highly than many antiques. Some of the national appraisal societies include The American Society of Appraisers, the International Society of Appraisers, and the Appraisers Association of America. Salute the General: Using general price guides General price guides help you identify antiques and give you a general idea about price ranges.
Chapter 4 describes dovetails, nails, and other construction elements that give you clues to tell old from new. Stepping up to the collectible plate A collectible is just about anything people want to collect that is younger than 100 years. A dealer refers to the person with the most knowledge, often the owner, in an antique shop, or in a booth at an antique show. Throughout the book, we give you lots of tips on ways to recognize and avoid falling into fakes. Do you love to poke around at estate sales and antique shops — but can't really tell the difference between Queen Anne and Queen Victoria? Chapter 18: Antiques by the Yard: Outdoor Items. What do you like about this antique? Chapter 10: Glass Conscious: Glassware and Crystal.
. As you will soon read, the price guide as a single source has its limitations. So how can you stop and smell the doubloons? You might come upon a really good piece that you would have previously passed up. These include work from ancient cultures such as the Roman, Greek, and Egyptian and are called antiquities. It is not supposed to be.
Or perhaps you are already a collector and just want more information. At ThriftBooks, our motto is: Read More, Spend Less. Then the book will help even more, and hopefully the reader will gain great assistance in starting a lifelong hobby that is so very rewarding and interesting! These books are not your typical list of items and how much they cost books. It covers identification, price, where to find, and how to care for a wide variety of antiques. Some shops carry only reproductions. The Questers is a national organization that started in the 1940s and has chapters in many cities.
Some dealers are generalists and can be somewhat helpful in many areas. Use the guides as a general guideline for prices as well as places to find brief information about all kinds of antiques. When you want to sell an antique, you can read about the advantages of all the different venues, from estate sales to auctions, from consignment to Internet. A book that has been read but is in good condition. I really have no complaints at all about the book as to content, ease of reading and understanding or the scope of what the authors covered. We consulted with specialists across the country, searching out the facts and the stories and the tips to make you an even wiser collector. Antiquing For Dummies answers all your antiquing questions-and more.
Chapter 22: Ten Great Periodicals. A dealer who is knowledgeable and honest is an ideal partner, in your collecting career. Then we invite you into our parlor for a stirring story of immigrants and kings and carpenters and queens — the evolution of furniture. After you zero in on your passion, you need the specific books and price guides for that specialty. Do you dream of owning that old Oriental rug or Meissen figurine — but worry that the dealer might gouge you on the price? As with other professions, each individual is different. Just as you want the best sherpas to guide you through the Himalayas, you want the best guides to lead you through the elegant and enticing maze of antiques.