Author(s): Judith Miller (Editor)
Compiled by an international team of over 40 experts, this reference provides the most specialist information on antiques. For the novice collector, it explains materials and techniques used, identifies types and marks found, offers clues to identification and advice on value. For the experienced collector, there is plenty to augment their knowledge, including feature boxes that highlight an important aspect of a subject or alert the reader to any pitfalls of identification.
The book is organized for ease of reference with each main subject subdivided by type, country of origin or material, and clear cross-referencing at the end of each page leads the reader into related areas of interest. All the traditional areas of collecting feature, with extensive sections on furniture, ceramics, silver and glass. More specialist subjects, such as jewellery, scientific and medical instruments, Oriental art, sporting memorabilia and the antiques of the future are also included. The experts share their experience, offering helpful advice and tips on identification and value.