Antiques Roadshow Collectibles: The Complete Guide to Collecting 20th Century Glassware, Costume Jewelry, Memorabila, Toys and More from the Most-Watched Show on PBS

Antiques Roadshow Collectibles: The Complete Guide to Collecting 20th Century Glassware, Costume Jewelry, Memorabila, Toys and More from the Most-Watched Show on PBS

by Carol Prisant
     
 

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Thanks to Antiques Roadshow, the highest rated, long running prime-time series on PBS, with millions of viewers a week, we are a nation seeking fortune in our attics. And thanks to Antiques Roadshow Primer, with 572,000 copies in print, we are highly antiques-literate. But there's another audience out there, too, showing up ever more frequently on Antiques… See more details below

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Thanks to Antiques Roadshow, the highest rated, long running prime-time series on PBS, with millions of viewers a week, we are a nation seeking fortune in our attics. And thanks to Antiques Roadshow Primer, with 572,000 copies in print, we are highly antiques-literate. But there's another audience out there, too, showing up ever more frequently on Antiques Roadshow--those obsessive, bitten-by-the-bug collectors. Bring on the "Maltese Falcon" posters!

Celebrating the collectible--that 20th-century object that brings with it less monetary value than passion, nostalgia, quirky appeal, and just plain pleasure--ANTIQUES ROADSHOW COLLECTIBLES focuses on 12 major areas that inspire both the thrill of the chase and the thrill of discovery: furniture, photographs, posters and illustration art, costume jewelry and wristwatches, dolls, toys, advertising memorabilia, sports, glass and pottery, and more. A guide to value rather than price, it is packed with a wealth of information that will help turn any interested flea market fiend into a first-class collector. From the innovative design of Bertoia chairs to the high-quality crafting of costume jewely to the surprising variety of PEZ dispensers, here are 416 pages brimming with information. Bound into the book is a 32-page full-color section, while hundreds of black-and-white photographs illustrate every chapter. There are Antiques Roadshow discoveries, tips from experts and appraisers, the steps to becoming a focused collector--even how to use pieces without compromising their value. After all, isn't it more fun to eat off the Fiesta ware?

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Editorial Reviews

Publishers Weekly
This lavishly illustrated and enthusiastically written guide to modern collectibles is another success by Prisant (Antiques Roadshow Primer), capturing on the printed page the excitement of the top-rated PBS television series Antiques Roadshow. An excellent introductory essay, "Collecting 101," is a helpful look at the field of collecting itself that includes some tips that even the most experienced collector should remember ("Work on self-discipline"). But this is clearly a book for the novice, and Prisant makes it clear that this is not a definitive work but "a brief overview of the types of collectibles that are brought most often to Antiques Roadshow." Her selection is impeccable, and she provides highly informative chapters on ceramics, advertising, glass, sports collectibles, toys, fashion and textiles, dolls and doll accessories, wristwatches, photography, entertainment memorabilia and furniture. The true beauty of this volume is the hundreds of photographs of the collectibles themselves, everything from Picasso-designed pottery and Miriam Haskell necklaces to a Lou Gehrig-signed baseball and one of Mr. Spock's outfits from Star Trek. Even the more experienced collector will be surprised at the range of artifacts produced in the 20th century. (Aug.) Forecast: This obviously has a built-in audience of Antiques Roadshow fans, who should make it a solid seller. But the quality of the writing and the illustrations should give the book a long shelf life with the potential to become a perennial favorite among books on collecting and collectibles. Copyright 2003 Reed Business Information.
Library Journal
Prisant (The Antiques Roadshow Primer) here sets her sights on contemporary collectibles. Her new guide highlights 12 of the most popular areas of contemporary collectibles, including sports, entertainment (movies, TV, and music), ceramics, glass, fabrics and textiles, advertising materials, toys and dolls, and costume jewelry. For each category, there is a section on the history of the collectible, followed by tips on collecting and evaluating individual pieces and entire collections. Advice from appraisers and experts round out each section and provide easy-to-understand information for the beginning collector. Like Prisant's earlier volume, this does not include prices, focusing instead on building knowledge of the major types and trends of the collectibles. A 32-page section of color plates highlights examples from each category and accompanies the numerous black-and-white photos used throughout. Aimed at the novice collector, this is an enjoyable and educational tool for anyone interested in learning more about 20th-century collectibles. Recommended for all public and academic libraries.-Michele McGraw, Hennepin Cty. Lib., Edina, MN Copyright 2003 Reed Business Information.

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Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780761128229
Publisher:
Workman Publishing Company, Inc.
Publication date:
08/15/2003
Pages:
416
Product dimensions:
7.36(w) x 9.18(h) x 1.54(d)

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