Book Description: Ralph and Terry Kovel, whose syndicated column about antiques is read by hundred of thousands each week, produced an ideal book for the beginning collector. The novice is given the benefit of the experienced collector's knowledge so that he can recognize and determine the approximate value of almost any type of antique: pottery, porcelain, silver, pewter, country and formal furniture, pressed, cut and antique glass, prints, bottles, ironware, tinware, letters, sheet music, autographs, books, magazines, and many, many more.
Expertise hints tell why a tape measure and magnet can help you identify old furniture; when the date "in--" was first used on china; how cut glass differs from pressed glass; the fingernail test for silver; the dates of glass patterns; how Louis Comfort Tiffany and innumerable others signed their works-so you can check for authenticity; and just about every other means that the experienced collectors usses for identification. Here too is detailed advice about caring for antiqueres recognizing fakes. 314 illustrations supplement the text, and comprehensive bibliographies follow each chapter.
This is a book that will prove immensly valuable to any antique collector, it is a handbook to accompany him to auction, fair, or dealer.