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

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Is it a Collectible?

Brimming on every page with lively authority and expertise, photographs and insider details, this is the indispensible introductory guide to twentieth-century collectibles from Antiques Roadshow, the PBS phenomenon that has turned America into a nation of treasure hunters.

A guide to value and expertise, it tells you what to look for on those quirky modern objects that inspire passion, nostalgia, and a pure need to acquire ...

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Overview

Is it a Collectible?

Brimming on every page with lively authority and expertise, photographs and insider details, this is the indispensible introductory guide to twentieth-century collectibles from Antiques Roadshow, the PBS phenomenon that has turned America into a nation of treasure hunters.

A guide to value and expertise, it tells you what to look for on those quirky modern objects that inspire passion, nostalgia, and a pure need to acquire here's how to evaluate ceramics like an expert. A ten-point grading system for wrist-watches. And the answer to the riddle: When is a used object valued more highly than the same object in mint condition?

Throughout, there are tips from experts, charts, who's whos of designers and manufacturers, and guides to materials. Plus there is a 32-page full-color section featuring key examples from every category.

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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: 8/15/2003
  • Pages: 416
  • Sales rank: 948,939
  • Product dimensions: 7.36 (w) x 9.18 (h) x 1.54 (d)

Meet the Author

Carol Prisant is the New York editor of the British magazine The World of Interiors. She also writes about antiques and collectibles for Martha Stewart Living, House Beautiful, New York, and other magazines. A former antiques dealer, Ms. Prisant is an appraiser of fine and decorative arts and a member of the Appraisers Association of America.

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Table of Contents

Contents

Ceramics
Advertising
Glass
Sports Collectibles
Toys
Fashion and Textiles
Dolls and Doll Accessories
Wristwatches
Photography
Entertainment Memorabilia
Costume Jewelry
Posters and Illustration Art
Furniture
An Expert's Roundtable

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