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Arts & Crafts:
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The author focuses on a British craftsmen, such as William Morris and Charles Rennie Mackintosh, who turned their backs on the mass production of the Industrial Revolution to form a ‘Round Table’ in order to establish a means of returning to hand-crafted products.

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Recognizing and Refinishing Antiques for Pleasure and Profit
by Bob Brooke

Tips and step-by-step instructions for simple maintenance and restoration of common antiques. You’ll find just what you need in this book, plus information to help you identify different antique styles.                  
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How to Start a Home-based Antiques Business
by Bob Brooke

This book will help you do just that. It not only provides all the tools and strategies that you'll need to successfully launch and grow your own business, but it also offers estimates of start-up costs, advice on writing ads, where to find inventory, and how to take your new business online.   
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Know Your Antiques
by Ralph & Terry Kovel

For every collector who wants to know how to evaluate, purchase, and care for antiques and collectibles. This book covers everything from pottery, silver, and glass to furniture, prints, and rugs.

The Collector's Encyclopedia
of Milk Glass

by Betty Newbound

A terrific guide to milk glass collecting with lots of new information and the full color photos of many pieces. Arranged by topic, data on each item includes manufacturer, size, dates of production and current market value, as well as detailed histories of all the major producers.

The ABCs of Collecting Online
by Ray Boileau

If you’re like many collectors today, you’ve already discovered the Internet, specifically eBay, for buying and perhaps selling antiques and collectibles–for good or bad.    In his book Ray Boileau offers a basic course in the how-to’s of such an endeavor, written in plain language. He covers such subjects as finding the antiques and collectibles you want using eBay and protecting yourself from Internet auction fraud.   

Cincinnati Art-Carved Furniture and Interiors
Edited by Jennifer H. Howe

Cincinnati art-carved furniture, which began to appear in the 1850's, was central to the development of the Aesthetic movement in the U.S. As the first book devoted to the study of this movement, this book documents the careers of the founders and the significant contribution of female students.

Kovel's Guide to Selling Your Antiques and Collectibles
by Ralph and Terry Kovel

It’s one thing to get an antique or collectible appraised for a high value, but it’s entirely another trying to collect on that amount. In this handy guide, the Kovels offer advice on selling a variety of antiques and collectibles in 75 categories, all arranged in alphabetical order. They discuss everything from where’s the market to appraisals to the proper procedures for a house sale and dealing with auction houses. They’ve also included information on setting prices and sneaky ways to get good prices for your objects in the antiques and collectibles markets.

Antiquing for Dummies
by Ron Zoglin

Do you love to poke around at garage sales and antique shops, but can't tell the difference between Colonial and Victorian? Do you dream of owning an old Oriental rug or a Meissen figurine, but worry that the dealer might gouge you on the price? Writing with humor and common sense, RonZoglin and Deborah Shouse demystify the highfalutin terminology of the antique world and show you step-by-step how to find, bargain for, buy, and decorate with antiques.


Antique Trader Antiques & Collectibles Price Guide 2015
by Eric Bradley

The goal of this comprehensive guide is to inform and educate collectors so they can buy and sell with confidence. Filled with more than 4,300 new color images, expert insight on everything from cherished classics to the latest trends, and vetted values throughout makes this book the premiere antiques reference. This guide includes information on advertising, art, ceramics, Coca-Cola collectibles, coin-ops, comic books, dolls, firearms, furniture, glass, jewelry, kitchenware, lamps & lighting, music memorabilia, postcards, quilts and hooked rugs, salesman samples, silver, toys, World War II collectibles, and more!
Miller's Antique Encyclopedia
by Judith Miller

As the most accessible, authoritative and trusted antiques reference book available, the newest edition of this book reflects changes in the antiques market since 2008. Clearly and logically organized by period and a type, it’s packed with practical and useful information and hundreds of photographs. It explains materials, marks and techniques; provides clues to identification and dating; and offers hints on what to consider when examining antiques.

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