In this second edition of the standard work of reference the author has included new information about the movement and pieces, much of which has only recently emerged. More than sixty new illustrations have also been added, a few of them showing rare pieces of special interest, but most of them recording more of the furniture belonging to or influenced by the movement.
Apart from collecting, restoring and writing about furniture, he is an active businessman and fiction writer. The photos are truly excellent and quite a number of them will be familiar to the connoisseur through. Also covers different type of furniture like writing tables, chairs, bookcase, clocks etc. Blogs are the perfect medium for buyers, sellers, and enthusiasts to share their love of antiques.
Their informative blog covers a mixture of different topics although it skews a bit towards antique jewelry. To get the most out of her site, and its unique blog, you’ll need to become a member (it’s free to join). Those jarring little moments in life when you learn that what (seems like) recent history for you is ancient history for others. For example, in lean economic times there may be nostalgia for decades associated with comfort and stability. But not everything for sale has a certified date of origin. Instead, we have to rely on the often dubious claims put forth by a seller.
By calling it “vintage” the seller tries to distract the buyer from the item’s blatant imperfections. Like many “retro” items, “vintage” items are often either mid-century modern (in style if not in fact) or related to bygone pop culture, junk food or fashion trends. But if common parlance is unreliable and inaccurate, what are the official definitions of antique, vintage and retro?
If antiques are things that are 100 years old or older, what are vintage pieces?
Vintage can mean an item is of a certain period of time, as in “vintage 1950’s” but it can also mean (and probably always should) that the item exhibits the best of a certain quality, or qualities, associated with or belonging to that specific era. Retro furniture may not actually be old but it references styles of the recent past. Retro can also mean something that is not very old but is old enough to be more than just “so last season”. For whatever reason, “retro” makes me think of mod, geometric shapes and “vintage” conjures up images of faded, floral fabrics. But for many folks, there’s still nothing more comforting than a bookshelf filled with reliable reference material. Having at least one of these books within reach makes good sense. And yes, if you’re thinking that the list of titles offering general reference values has diminished in the past five to ten years, you are correct. With many collectibles publishers changing direction and even going out of business, the list of recommended titles in this category is indeed shorter than it used to be. He has carried over his dedication to providing useful, accurate information from one publication to another. Old-timers will remember when this book was simply filled with categories and lists of prices. There were very few photos, and those shown were not in color. If you’re looking for a book that covers inexpensive collectibles, this isn’t the guide for you. Those are limited to 2, 500 in this volume, so a fraction of the items valued in the book are actually depicted. Be the first to guess what the pictured item is by leaving a comment below. Collectors like bright colors, catchy slogans and mint condition. The pages are nice and intact showing light turning wear. First printed in 1924, this edition is a softcover printing from 1990. They are very clean with only a couple of minor dents on corners. Also included is a value guide that makes this book an essential guide for everyone interested in this popular furniture. Item is in pre-loved condition and may need a better cleaning.
Great resource for the serious collector!
Victorian sideboards “groaned” with the weight of opulent silver serving pieces, set off by the jewel-like tones of colored art glass vases and bowls. It shows a picture and gives information about the item. Instead, simply repair the seat or give it a new one. It shows a picture and says how much each piece was worth in 1988. All pricing is up front so you know exactly how much everything is!
All of the pieces have been on the market and are accessible to collectors at various levels. The pieces are illustrated in over 500 full-color photographs. Living room, dining room, and bedroom furniture is included, along with occasional tables and chairs galore.