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Run--do not walk--to borrow, beg, or buy a copy of PBS-TV hosts Rosson and Fendelman's latest book (the first one was named for their show,Treasures in Your Attic). This treasure trove is the first realistic and practical guide to self-appraising antiques--or seemingly old objects. The purview the authors establish for themselves is definitely decorative accessories; furniture, glass, pottery and porcelain, silver, and that wonderful category, miscellaneous, are the areas scrutinized. Part 1 introduces readers to the mechanics--knowledge needed, the process, factors that determine value, pricing (yes, there's more than one), and research. Part 2 then supplies the details on 45 different items, ranging from four Victorian side chairs to a rare Georg Jensen silver bowl. Each features facts first, like form, materials, and method of construction, then delves into more description, such as, How do I know it's old? Or rare? The last section is filled with resources, a librarian's dream. Appended are appraisal valuations and a glossary.Barbara Jacobs
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ISBN-10:  0060096845
ISBN-13:  978-0060096847
Author:  Joe L. Rosson
Publisher:  Harper Paperbacks
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This book is an excellent purchase for any first time buyers  of antiques. The work begins with a discussion of the factors  to be considered in an appraisal i.e. material, origin,age,  size, condition and purpose/utilization. The author teaches  how to examine an antique by making mental notes and observing  important details; such as, carvings, initials etc. He provides  an example of the Gorham Company markings on objects. For   instance, …
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