Here is the ultimate guide for the collector, dealer, and the just plain curious. This dictionary includes more than 5,300 entries of craftsmen, brand names, silversmiths, tools, manufacturers, terms makers, artists, words, and everything else in the world of antiques and collectibles. There are even definitions of more than 300 different colors used by Sears and Roebuck in mail-order catalogs during the 1920s. Robert and Claudette Reed have been doing research and writing professionally on these subjects for some 20 years. Also included in this comprehensive resource are hundreds of photographs. The Reeds are the authors of more than a dozen books including Vintage Postcards for the Holidays, now in its second edition. 2008 values.
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About the Author
Robert Reed and his wife run Antique & Collectible News Services, which publishes book reviews on antiques and collectibles in over 20 publications. They are also the authors of Vintage Postcards for the Holidays.
Claudette Reed and her husband Robert run Antique & Collectible News Services, which publishes book reviews on antiques and collectibles in over 20 publications. They are also the authors of Vintage Postcards for the Holidays.
Most Helpful Customer Reviews
Newcomers to the antiques field and veterans of it would find this reference particularly worthwhile. Types of items, descriptive terms, and historical datings are sorts of information more for newcomers. With use of this reference, they would also get educated as to the importance of relatively specialized points, such as manufacturers. Veterans of the field would inevitably learn something new from the details mentioned in many of the thousands of entries. As everyone in the antiques field says, 'No one can know everything.' Skills in buying and appraising come from a continual learning process - which this book contributes to. A sample entry is the one for 'Kettle front furniture.' In full, it is, 'A kettle-like outward swelling of the lower section of eighteenth-century furniture. Sometimes called bombe.' One learns quickly about the feature by the description and the date of it in authentic antique pieces of furniture. The entry for 'bombe front' explains that the term came from the French for 'bulging or jutting outward.' In this case, as with hundreds of other entries, there is a photograph of a 'Bombe chest of drawers in Dutch rococo-style.' Then, as you'd expect, there's an entry for rococo. A 'Jumeau doll' is 'quite possibly the finest doll ever made in the nineteenth century.' The 'bisque dolls' were made in France from the 1860s to the 1890s. There's an entry for 'bisque.' With the great diversity of the antiques and collectibles field and flux of it from continual introduction of new types of items and the development of new interests, no book can be definitive or encyclopedic. This reference is especially useful for the field of American antiques and related areas of European antiques. Anyone involved in the field, especially ones for whom it is a business to some degree, have a limited number of reliable references they find crucial in their work. This is one such reference those in the field will want to include in this number. It's the sort of easy-to-use, wide-ranging reference many would want to bring with them to the flea markets, estates sales, etc., where they do their buying.
WOW, is all I can say about this book. I sell on Ebay and find I refer to this book frequently. It has names, brands, and pictures, too! A great source of information for me as a seller, and buyer also, on Ebay. An EXCELLENT resource book for the dealer, such as myself, or a novice student. A FUN LEARNING BOOK is my best description of this book. I highly recommend this book to anyone interested in identifying antiques. Thanks!