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Antiques Roadshow Primer: The Introductory Guide to Antiques and Collectibles from the Most-Watched Series on PBS Paperback – December 15, 1999


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Product Details

  • Paperback: 432 pages
  • Publisher: Workman Publishing Company; First Edition edition (December 15, 1999)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0761116249
  • ISBN-13: 978-0743222730
  • Product Dimensions: 7.4 x 1.2 x 9.2 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 2.1 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (25 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #997,865 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Amazon.com Review

The simple but brilliant attraction of the popular PBS series is that deep down inside, everyone wonders if that family heirloom or flea-market antique in the corner of the living room has any real value. Antiques Roadshow Primer can help you answer that question. Carol Prisant, who writes about antiques and collectibles for Martha Stewart Living, House Beautiful, and New York, quickly notes in her introduction, however, that this is a primer--an introduction to the basics of antiques--and does not presume to make the reader an instant expert.

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

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Lines snaking around every major and minor U.S. metropolitan civic center are the hallmarks of PBS' wildly popular Antiques Roadshowand may soon queue at library doors. Why? Appraiser-dealer Prisant, with a lot of help from marketing-savvy Workman Publishing, has extracted some of the best finds and tips and data from the TV series, and has added selected background information. Photographs and illustrations are prolific throughout the 10 chapters; either solo or within a chart, all pictures include annotations as well as narrative "crib sheets." From furniture to books and manuscripts, each section features a broad overview of manufacturing and techniques, makers, "discoveries" from the show, distinguishing characteristics, and clues that will reveal the rarity of the object. Easy on the eyes--and the wallet--as well as the best place to begin serious antiquing. Barbara Jacobs
Copyright © American Library Association. All rights reserved --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

More About the Author

Dog House, A Love Story, is an inadvertent memoir. I actually meant to write about my dogs and my family kept butting in.

So the book is about fur and furnishings and about love: the very-mixed-blessing love I had for my son and my husband, the love we all had for our dogs (though maybe not all the dogs all the time) and the insane kind of love it takes to make a haunted house a home.

Throw in a lot of antiques, a couple of triumphs over adversity and more than seems fair of heart-breaking loss, and you have Dog House, a tale of dogs and marriage and life unleashed.

You'll laugh. You'll cry. You'll be glad you don't own a dog. You'll be really glad you do.




Carol Prisant is the author of Good, Better, Best, the New York Times bestseller Antiques Roadshow Primer, and Antiques Roadshow Collectibles. She is also the New York editor of the Conde Nast publication, The World of Interiors, and has written frequently for The New York Times, New York Magazine, and Martha Stewart Living, among many others. She lives in Manhattan. . .with Ajax

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This book had an easy and well organized format.
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While this book will not contain enough information for those who are seeking in-depth information on a topic, it will please all others.
Kurt A. Johnson
If you love the Antiques Road show you will love this book!
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79 of 86 people found the following review helpful By Lis in NY on January 7, 2000
Format: Paperback
What could be a more appropriate resource for the new millenium than this compedium of information concerning antiques. Through a delightfully written and totally applicable approach, Carol Prisant helps those of us green to the antiques market guage the potential value of our treasures. For such a broad field of study, Ms. Prisant takes us by the hand through a myriad of antiques, giving us a general yet highly pertinent overview of each category. She then goes into a more in depth explanation, replete with fascinating examples, of what comprises a healthy antique. She seems to provide a minor's hat to each of her readers, and brings us on a wonderful journey of exploration into so many practical and fascinating details of this arena. This was such a fulfilling read, such an inspiration to any of us who search for a more complete understanding of the world of objects around us. She primes us indeed, and serves as a masterful captain in navigating these otherwise confusing waters. This book is written in highly intelligent yet comfortably familiar language, with true respect for us novices. Antiques Roadshow Primer takes center stage on my shelves this year. Bravo! and can we have a Primer 2, please?
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63 of 69 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on December 27, 1999
Format: Paperback
Having just completed my reading of the book by Ms Prisant, I have found it an excellent companion for advice and research into the world of antiques. I especially found the sections on furniture, paintings and jewelry to be thoughtful and helpful in content.
I recommend the book highly to people looking for insights into their own valued possessions or when thinking of purchasing.
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37 of 39 people found the following review helpful By Buck Bannister on October 31, 2002
Format: Paperback
Antiques Roadshow is an enigma. It is at the same time one of the most informative shows on television and one of the most misleading. This book is quite similar. The information presented to help identify styles is very good overall, although there are some serious shortcomings in certain sections. However, this book also includes the ubiquitous "Find" featured on the show which gives the reader an unrealistic expectation of the value of what they may own.
Also featured in the book are sections on items which are "out." In many of those sections I found items which sell quite well in our local market as well as online. It seemed that the decision to call something "out" was made solely on price issues. Invariably in this work the items which bring sums over $1000 were mentioned while hot collectibles & antiques that can be had between $50-$500 were either left out or barely touched upon in the text.
I use this book as a reference for styles, periods, and such, but I do not trust their market research any more in print than I do on TV. ....and I'm a professional appraiser.
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23 of 24 people found the following review helpful By Rebecca Brown on August 27, 2000
Format: Hardcover
With a Foreword by Chris Jussel, the show's charming & charmed host, in which he gives us a glimpse of the unfolding of what has arguably become one of the most watched shows in the history of television, The Antiques Roadshow Primer is a gift waiting to be given to any & all who enjoy browsing through fleamarkets, garage & estate sales, other countries & country auctions as well as dealers' stores. With black & white photos on every page & a glorious full color section, this is a clear, interesting teaching book. It has a useful Glossary, a long & lucid Index & a thorough Photo Credits Sections. While values & prices of pieces are rare(go to the many catalogs in print for real time prices)what I like about the Antiques Roadshow Primer is you're learning all the time, on every page; learning to see what's before you, to classify, verify & testify. Very well done! For my full review do check out my sit [...].
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27 of 31 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on July 30, 2000
Format: Hardcover
This is not for you if you are looking for a guide that will help you to price items when you are at garage sales, flea markets, auctions, or antique shops. There were very few prices for items listed in this guide, and they were mainly for items that had been on the show.
I was not happy with the black and white pictures. They were often unclear, with little detail available. I also found it frustrating to read about an object that was valuable because it was a particular color and then have a black and white picture for reference.
There is a lot of good information about antiques in this book, however, it is not comprehensive by any means.
All in all, I was disappointed.
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12 of 12 people found the following review helpful By Midwest Book Review on August 5, 2000
Format: Paperback
PBS's hit series on antique collecting now receives Antiques Roadshow Primer, a book which is sure to prove a hit for any interested in learning about antiques and their values. This primer includes specifics of how to price antiques, from determining styles and periods to motifs, maker's marks, and valuing attic contents. Chapters are organized by types of items and help readers determine general age and indicators of value.
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7 of 8 people found the following review helpful By Irvin Goodman HALL OF FAME on April 28, 2000
Format: Hardcover
A super, new 320 page book that can save you far more than its price. Written by an authority, she shares many tricks of the trade that you won't find anywhere else. You'll learn how to inspect items to learn their true value, and how to buy at the right price. Don't look for the currently popular "fad" type of items. This book deals with the things that will be of value for many years to come - where the true value and enjoyment of antiquing exists. The volume contains numerous illustrations to assist you. Many explanations go into great detail, to assure that you can make an appropriate appraisal of your items. You'll be able to intelligently evaluate many of the antiques you already have in your home. Its a fun, informative read. Every antique enthusiast should have this book.
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