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Glass Hen on Nest Covered Dishes: Identification & Value Guide Hardcover – January 29, 2007

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When it comes to those charming glass hen and nest items, it seems that everybody's grandmother had one. That may be the case according to author Shirley Smith. But contrary to popular belief, they didn't all look alike. If you doubt their difference consider the newly released Glass Hen On Nest Covered Dishes from Collector Books. Extensive study by Smith, and the subsequent findings in this top quality book shows there were in deed lots of different, but delightful, glass hens on nests.

About the Author

Shirley Smith has collected hen on nest covered animal dishes for 10 years and has a collection of about 400 pieces and over 3,000 photographs. She regularly corresponds with collectors in the United States, England, and Germany. She has worked as a reference librarian, cataloger, and circulation librarian, and was a consultant for 17 years with the West Virginia State Library Commission.

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Product Details

  • Hardcover: 240 pages
  • Publisher: Collector Books; ILL EDITION edition (January 29, 2007)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 157432537X
  • ISBN-13: 978-1574325379
  • Product Dimensions: 8.5 x 1.5 x 11 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 2.3 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (19 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,376,588 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Midwest Book Review on June 9, 2007
Format: Hardcover
Shirley Smith's GLASS HEN ON NEST COVERED DISHES IDENTIFICATION & VALUE GUIDE packs color photos on nearly every page of its value guide, and is a pick for any who frequent flea markets or garage sales in search of glass hen on nest covered dishes. From American to Asian and European productions, identifying marks, written descriptions, and comparisons and contrasts between makers and items seek to clarify the collecting experience to avoid confusion between makers and products.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Jennifer J. on July 11, 2009
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This guide has been so useful to me as I recently found a huge selection of Hen on Nest covered dishes (about 55) at an Estate Sale. I plan to sell most of them and have already listed several and sold them thanks to the helpful information in this guide. It is very informative, as well, as far as the background on the different companies go.

However, be aware that there are many unknown manufacturing dates on many different colors as well as many different styles in the book (which is to be expected with the amount of this type of dish out there). Between the Internet and this book, I feel very confident about pricing the HONS that I picked up. I HIGHLY recommend this guide to anyone interested in collecting or selling.

One thing to keep in mind, though, the book can be a little tricky to maneuver around when you aren't familiar with the different styles of hen on nest dishes, as I was. It takes some time to study it and learn the different styles of hens. And for an untrained eye, you really have to read a lot in trying to identify different hens as there are quite a few that are made using the same molds or with similar style molds (yet by different companies).

All that said, this guide has been indispensable to me and I think it's a must-have for any hen on nest fan!! Shirley Smith is incredibly versed in the different styles and manufacturing processes and has done a fabulous job with this book!

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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By LUVtoRead on May 2, 2013
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I really like my book, It is very helpful. The biggest problem is what I paid for it. I paid $100.00 plus for the book. When I turned over the book and saw what it was listed for $29.95 I felt really ripped off. The only reason I would not recommend the book is because of what is being charged for it.
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By cocopium on November 21, 2011
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I love this book. It includes so many hens.... even copies from foreign glass companies. I was able to find each of my hens in this book, and found out one was quite rare.

I highly recommend this book, despite the high price. The full color photos and good reference info makes it worth it.

For anyone interested in collecting hens, this is probably the best reference book on this topic.

Great coffee table book too! I leave it out and guests always pick it up.... such an obscure topic that everyone is interested.
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By Landry on February 21, 2010
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I purchased this book as a gift for my grandmother. She collects Hen on Nest covered dishes. My grandmother doesn't own a computer or know much about the internet. She had told me my uncle printed her out some information about Hens but the print was very small and it wasn't the information she was wanted. I found some information, but while searching came across this book. I knew this was the perfect gift for her. The look on her face said it all! This book would be great for anyone into those hen dishes.
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I'm a collector so I have really enjoyed the Glass Hen on Nest Covered Dishes Book.
I have it sitting in my front room on my coffee table. It makes a great conversational piece. Surprisingly how many men pick it up and comment their Mother or Grandmother collected these precious Covered dishes.
Thank you.
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3 of 5 people found the following review helpful By N. Ferguson R. on February 14, 2008
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Wow. It is rare to find an antiques book like this in any field-- Smith's book is authoritative, complete, easy to use, and profusely illustrated.

THis book covers all of the known hen on nest dishes made in America and abroad from the 1800s through today. Photos are big, easy to see, and really helpful. If you buy this book, you will definitely be able to identify the maker of your hen on nest dish, and to learn a good bit about the manufacturer. I especially appreciated the sections on Atterbury, Challinor Taylor, Flaccus, and Portieux/Vallerysthal. Those who collect more modern dishes will appreciate the Westmoreland, Fenton, Hazel-Atlas, Indiana, and dozens of other sections.

Shirley Smith's book has been reviewed the National Milk Glass Collectors Society and has been endorsed as accurate and excellent. I personally found it to be exactly what I needed and incredibly helpful.

The only thing I would caution readers about it the "price guide" aspect. Antique prices fluctuate dramatically and regularly, and prices for hen on nest dishes have dropped in the age of online auctions.
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Recommended reading. Easy to read book. Has pictures of the main styles of chickens. Gives a good idea of value and which manufacturers to buy. Informs reader of rarity and what to look for
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