This book has really been helpful in identifing numerous depression glass pieces and I've only had it for a week!!! I've been researching on glasswares for quite a while now and recently began considering getting into the dealer market. I decided I absolutely HAD to purchase a book for reference and I cannot tell you how glad I am that I got this one. I carried this book with me to the auctions this past weekend and I believe it more than paid for itself in just one day. I was able to easily identify & confirm several pieces of depression glass and determine what amount to bid to for the items. One plate I was certain had to be worth something, despite the small chip, I decided against bidding on after looking it up in this book (this particular plate was only worth $8 in perfect condition!). I also, thanks to this book, walked away with a very nice, pricey piece of depression glass for a ridiculously low price. So trust me when I say you NEED this book! It is a definate must have in any collector or dealer's library!
Another Great book by Gene Florence. This book is very well organized and contains the information that a collector will want. I recommend this to every beginning collector. I couldn't do without this book when searching for and identifying depression glass. Large pictures are clear, in color, and show great detail. Lots of information. A must have!
This book on Depression Glass has more than served me well, it has saved me from purchasing fakes and reproductions. In addition, although prices vary frequently, the pricing guides by color and patterns have provided me with excellent "rule of thumb" for pricing on resale as well as purchase.
Use this book in conjunction with Florence's "Glassware Pattern Identification Guide" to have a complete reference in identifying true depression glass vs. reproductions and fraud. If you collect on the road, have these books handy to help you make intellgent decisions for the correct patterns and prices.
Florences "Glassware Pattern" book provides good pictures for identification but the 16th Edition "Depression Glass" Encyclopedia goes further, providing excellent detailed information on the manufacturers, patterns and discussion on what patterns were found to be reproduced later in different colors or using old molds. The descriptions also detail differences in similar patterns and how they vary slightly. This information helps the buyer from purchasing one pattern by mistake, especially when using the internet.
In conjuction with both books I mentioned here, you will become further educated on Depression Glass, therefore, a more informed buyer.
Florence's encyclopedia contains clear, color pictures of depression glass as well as thorough descriptions of the pattersn. The prices listings are accurate Particularily helpful are the reproductions pages, which give the buyer enough information to avoid being misled. Great resource to take along on the depression glass search!
This book is fantastic. I went from 0 to 65 in hours. I have purchased pieces for a quarter of their worth and have not be overcharged on others. The wealth of pictures is what makes this book heads above the rest. They are all in color and have a vast variety of items in each pattern. Also, they had a remarkable photographer. Glass being very hard to photograph well, each shot gives you the detail you need to understand what the piece looks like. A Great Find!
I have been storing some pink depression dishes for approximately 12 years. I used some of them but never had anywhere to display them. I bought this book and found the value of most of the pieces. The author also included valuable information about distinguishing between the authentic pieces and reproductions.
I was able to price the pieces and get close to what the book indicated as the value-sometimes more.