As any viewer of Antiques Roadshow knows, the specific mark on any "antique" item often determines if you have a gold-mine find or junk-heap fake. In this palm-sized reference, Roadshow regular Miller provides an identification guide to more than 6,000 antiques marks, organized in sections covering silver, Sheffield plate, bronze, ceramics, glass, costume jewelry, dolls, teddy bears, and toys. VERDICT While the author's Antique Handbook & Price Guide (LJ 11/1/13) provides more in-depth assistance, this pocket pal will be a quick, nifty aid for treasure hunters. [Page 96]. (c) Copyright 2014. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.
Contains over six thousand marks for identifying and dating antiques, including sections on silver, gold, bronze, ceramics, glass, costume jewelry, and toys.Review by Publisher Summary 2
More than 6,000 antiques marks to help you identify and date your treasures in a handy pocket formatMarks are one of the collector's most important tools when it comes to identifying and dating antiques. Of course, it is important to understand that they should never be relied upon completely, as many have been copied or faked. What you should rely on is experience. Handle as many antiques as you can and learn to combine your knowledge of marks with the knowledge of how an authentic piece looks and feels. Whether you are buying at auction, flea market or antique shop this is the book you need to identify and date what you find. More than 6,000 marks are organized for quick, at-a-glance reference with full-color sections on silver, Sheffield plate, bronze figures, ceramics, glass, costume jewelry, toys and dolls. This comprehensive guide can be kept handy to identify antique finds and valuate them from a catalogue of the most common marks that you will encounter, as well as any unidentified treasures you already own.