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In that vein, the focus is on the bread and butter of the antique world: silver, glass, pottery, porcelain, books, paintings, jewelry, rugs, clocks, and furniture. These are the items that are not trendy (Barbie dolls, 1920s beaded bags) and subject to massive fluctuations in price and value. Instead, Prisant points out, they are the types of items that are good for the long haul and, she notes, the front hall. So how do you determine if an heirloom is worth something? The following tips are offered when inspecting furniture: run your fingers underneath or over the back of the piece--very sharp edges and corners indicate recent manufacture. Remove one screw in some inconspicuous spot. An old, handmade screw will have irregular widths between the spirals, running the whole length of the shaft. The slot in the head may be off-center. Look for the distinctive curved pattern left in sawn wood by the teeth of a circular saw--it is one important sign of manufacture after 1840.
Prisant also reveals tricks of the trade for inspecting diamonds: place the gem against your upper lip, she advises. If it's glass--the oldest imitator of a diamond--it will not feel cold at all, while a real diamond will. Definitions are also offered for "antique furniture" (any object 100 years old or older, according to the U.S. government), "used furniture" (secondhand furniture less than 100 years old), and "period furniture" (made when its design was first popular and new; generally the most valuable of antique furniture). At its best, Antiques Roadshow Primer instills a sense of genuine interest and enthusiasm, much like the PBS show, by making the antiques and collectibles world less of a stuffy discussion about an untouchable item behind lock and key and more about drawing connections to the heirloom in the corner. --John Russell
I know very little about antiques but they do interest me. This book is just for fun and I am enjoying it.Published 14 months ago by Dona S. Nadeau
i was expecting evaluations of which there are few or none. it is a fairly informative book, but i was surprised by no real solid figures as to the value of items.Published 17 months ago by R. spaan
Lots of usefull information,Good book with good pictures. Think a lot of others would enjoy
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I really enjoy reading these books by the Antiques Roadshow. They are written so anyone can learn something they didn't know before about collectibles.Published 23 months ago by Linda Bloomfield
I bought this for my wife and she loves it, treating it as the Bible of antique information. Sometimes I'll browse through it and I actually learn things I didn't know before. Read morePublished 24 months ago by Rick Warner
I really enjoy this book, it shines a light into the world of antiques and collectibles. It is wonderful in helping you to understand the origin of materials, designs, products,... Read morePublished on August 12, 2013 by VintageNaGlass