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A Dictionary of Marks: Ceramics, Metalwork, Furniture, Tapestry (Antique Collector's Guides) Paperback – September 27, 1992


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Product Details

  • Series: Antique Collector's Guides
  • Paperback: 336 pages
  • Publisher: Random House UK; 4th edition (July 1, 1992)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0712653031
  • ISBN-13: 978-0712653039
  • Product Dimensions: 5.8 x 1 x 8.2 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 13.4 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (2 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #328,879 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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This dictionary aims to include all the "essential marks to be recognized when studying or collecting antiques." However, no resource this small can be comprehensive. Major parts of this title include metalwork, furniture and tapestry, and ceramics marks. Within each section, English and European marks generally are in alphabetical order according to the factory or name. A short index for silver, pewter, and ceramics, respectively, is a further aid in locating information.

Originally compiled in 1962 and revised last in 1976, this edition has been updated according to today's tastes and attitudes. Little was deleted, but additions and corrections abound in most sections in light of new research. The metalwork section was expanded to include Edwardian and provincial silversmiths. The sections on marks of English furniture and European ceramics were rewritten. Also, more detail was added to the Chinese and Japanese ceramics marks. Finally, the bibliography now lists the most recent editions of acknowledged standard works.

Antique collectors are always looking for new information to help them identify an object and place it in the context of its origin so they can form a reasonable judgment of its value. Reasonably priced, the Dictionary of Marks will provide dealers and collectors with new information in this growing area of interest.

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10 of 10 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on June 12, 2000
Although this is a handy book in that it includes marks for ceramics, metalwork (American and U.K.), furniture and tapestry all in one book, finding the marks is a bit of a chore: you need to know where an item is made, or who made it to find the mark easily. If you know that, you probably wouldn't need the book. Also, few marks after the mid 1800's are included. Still fun to browse as it includes some good information and tips.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By tammyfaye1969 on August 23, 2012
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Excellent book and has lots of detail marks. I especially like the history of the different makers. This is a great book.
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