Discover how to make huge profits by buying and selling antiques online. You don't have to look far these days to find someone who says they can make you rich.
Work from home, Pyramid Schemes, Chain Letters, Catalogue Delivery. You'll find all these jobs advertised in your local newspaper all the time.
Do they work? Well yes for some people.
But for most people, they just end up getting burned. Paying a joining fee and never making any money out of it at all.
Frustrating isn't it?
This is the information age now you know! Everything you need is right in front of you on the internet. You now have the ability to buy and sell things online, without having to leave your own home.
What can you sell online?
Well take a look around your home. You're sure to have lots of things that you have stored away either in the attic or in a dark cupboard somewhere. Maybe you've put something away thinking it will come in handy in the future. But how long ago was that? Have you used it?
Just take a quick look online at eBay for instance. Go and have a look at what people are buying on there. If you are not a regular visitor to eBay, you're in for a real shock. People will literally buy anything!
One Man's Junk Is Another Man's Treasure
This is true even more so now that the internet has evolved. It has literally thrown open the doors to a huge oppotunity that has only existed before with A LOT of effort and knowledge.
So, once you get the hang of selling things online you'll almost certainly see the opportunity it has. So have thousands of people all over the world who make their living on eBay. One thing you will have to learn is how to spot a bargain.
You may even have something lying around in your home that could be worth thousands! Don't believe me? Well have you ever watched the Antiques Roadshow on television? People take in all sorts of things they have stored away at home and some are literally worth hundreds and thousands of dollars.
Do you think they new that what they had was worth a lot of money? Hell no!
COLLECTING anything, antique or modern, is limited by two factors: the money available and the space to be filled. Having determined these basic essentials, it is then a personal matter. The taste of the collector may lead to watches or clocks, china teapots, or innumerable other things. The lucky acquisition of an admired piece may lead to a determination to get more of the same, or at least to find out what the admiration is all about.
This book is intended as a guide for the beginner, to help him through the bewildering maze of antique objects with which he is likely to come in contact. Also, it has much information to aid the more advanced collector. It sets out to help in identify¬ing the age of a piece; to give clues that may reveal the actual maker, or at least his nationality; to indicate comparative rarity; and to suggest what is worth having and what to leave for others.
In a single slim book it is impossible to do more than outline some of the many antiques that may be met with ordinarily, and doubtless there are gaps. To try to fill them, some of the sections list a few selected books that will be helpful. It is well known that most books on art subjects are expensive, but those recommended costing around $5 and obtainable without much difficulty are marked with an asterisk (*).
The writer gratefully acknowledges help from the following: the Earl of Mount Edgcumbe for permission to photograph and reproduce the tapestry in Plate 8; Mr. A. L. Douch, B.A., Curator of the museum of the Royal Institution of Cornwall, for his co¬operation when photographing pieces from the Edgar A. Rees, Hawkins, and other collections in the County Museum, Truro, shown in Plates 6, 10, 11, 13 and 17; Leicester Museums and Art Gallery for allowing reproduction of Plates 1, 2 and 3; the Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York City, for Plates 14, 15 and 16. Finally, he thanks his patient wife for reading and re¬reading the proofs of the text.
Part I FURNITURE
ABOUT fifty years ago, when the subject of English furniture first began to be studied and to be written about, it was divided conveniently into four distinct types. One writer called his books on the subject The Age of Oak, The Age of Walnut, The Age of Mahogany and The Age of Satinwood. It is not really quite as simple as that, for each of the so-called Ages overlaps the others and it is quite impossible to lay down strict dates as to when any one timber was introduced or when it finally, if ever, went out of favour. However, these clear-cut divisions do make it easier to deal with the subject, and it may be as well to keep to them; bearing in mind that the dates given are no more than very rough guides.