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Collecting Antique Marbles: Identification & Price Guide Paperback – September, 1999

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A child of antique collectors, Paul Baumann was encouraged to find his own collecting niche; he found it in marbles, and has been an avid collector since 1952.

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Product Details

  • Paperback: 176 pages
  • Publisher: Krause Publications; 3rd edition (September 1999)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0873417240
  • ISBN-13: 978-0873417242
  • Product Dimensions: 10.9 x 8.6 x 0.5 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.1 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (16 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #856,821 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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By Irvin Goodman HALL OF FAME on October 31, 1999
Format: Paperback
176 pages with 1,200 color pictures and many black and white plates. This book really provides a comprehensive history of marbles including how to classify and collect them. Details on clay and crockery, china, swirls, solids, opaques and sulphides. Transition and machine-mades, reproductions and toys are discussed. A comprehensive price guide is included, and a marble club listing. Add this book to your collection if you're a new marble collector or a long time collector. A great reference source.
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I most certainly wish that I could report to you and tell you that if you were interested in collecting marbles and had to choose only one book on the subject, then this book would be the one. Unfortunately I cannot do so. The reason for this is that there is simply no book in existence (that I am aware of) that could meet this challenge. For those of you that are interested; indeed, fascinated with this subject, I fear that you will be doomed to purchasing any number of books on the subject and fortunately for us there are many to choose from.

Now that being said....

This is one fine marble book! I have found it extremely useful in giving a very in-depth overview of marbles in general and a very good look at some of the various marble groups in particular. The author knows his history and has written about his subject is a very informative and readable way. Unlike many other books concerning this subject, the author has been very careful in recording what is absolute known fact versus speculation versus rumor. There is much we do no know about the manufacturing of early marbles, different companies, and different makers and when the author does not know for sure as to the facts, he is quick to not this. I appreciate that attribute in any writer of history.

This 208 page book contains over 1,200 high quality photographs along with detailed information as to how to identify marbles. One of the most helpful sections of the book; a section the author takes a lot of time with, is in dealing with potential fakes and forgeries and blatant reproductions. After reading the author's advice and sharing his knowledge, we find that it is not as difficult to identify these fakes as it would seem.
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My wife got this for Christmas and was really thrilled with this book. She has been collecting "german swirls" for 30 years and we have many of those. This book provides great detailed pictures and descriptions of the process used to make these remarkable craft pieces. She thought that there was different explanations in this book from some others she has, but the differences were really minor. Also, she thought in some cases the values seemed to be extremely high; yet, we both thought that that could be the result of the marble being reviewed by the author versus ones we have seen of a similar type. Quality is always the key! A great book for a marble collector.
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Probably the best and most complete book available on antique marbles for both the novice and advanced collector. Provides excellent description, with pictures and price guide, of all types of antique marbles, their origin and method of manufacture. Great reading and quite helpful in identifying these marbles. It is not just pictures and a few words. Also, it has quite a comprehensive section on Antique Victorian Carpet Balls. Nothing even close exists in other publications. It is, by far,the best reference book I have ever come across in both areas, i.e. antique marbles and antique carpet balls. I purchased this copy for a friend just getting into antique marble collecting.
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I have his original physical book. The update is good. It is so much prettier in Kindle app on my tablet computer and more helpful with accuracy of pictures. I have been a collector for 40 years, before everyone else was collecting, and there were any price guides. This is one of the best. I am so glad I looked for it and Amazon, bless their hearts, had it.
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By A Customer on March 1, 2000
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As the wife of a train collector, I found this book very familiar territory -- but even better. Baumann's grasp of history, archeology, industrial technique and the esthetic of marble art is wonderful. This was a great read (and look--the color plates are a real asset), as well as an excellent reference.
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I bought this kindle version as I was not sure I would want to pay the price of the book. Having recently become interested in Carpet ball / bowls, this book kept coming up in a Google search, I was able to review it quit extensively before purchasing the E-Book version. It had a great deal of information about Scottish Carpet ball or bowls, including excellent pictures of authentic and reproduction balls. The reproduction was my main concern, and seeing the patterns that were reproduced etc. was very helpful.
After seeing the pictures of the China marbles I am totally hooked on the painted ones as well.
Everything about this book is very informative, the reproduction sections are particularly of interest and value. The pictures are amazing and clear. I have just purchased the paper published version, to go with the Kindle version. I would recommend this to anyone interested in antique marbles or carpet balls. I is the only book I have found that covers the subject enough to make a informed purchased.
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