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Price It Yourself by Rosson, Fendelman et al.

  • Jul 23, 2003
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, a bell shape stamp means that the item was made

circa 1900. An item may have several valuations; namely,
retail value, cash value, liquidation value, replacement value
and the fair market value. The author provides major auction
houses; such as, Garth's, Northeast Auctions, E-bay and
Net-auctions.com. This book is a worthy purchase for any
potential collector or hobby buff.

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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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