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Past Objects
Past Objects
Hardcover      ISBN: 098207543x

In the space between archaeology and history stand men like Scott Jordan, a native New Yorker, who has been digging around in the city's soil for the best part of four decades. In this book Jordan provides a factual and speculative examination of the past as he describes some of his favourite objects and stories.

Kovels' Antiques & Collectibles Price Guide 2014
Kovels' Antiques & Collectibles Price Guide 2014
Paperback      ISBN: 1579129471

The 46th edition of the leading price guide in antiques continues to feature actual prices in 700 categories and more than 2,500 full-color photographs.

Kovels' Antiques and Collectibles Price Guide is the most thorough, colorful, and complete price guide available, from the most trusted, well-known name writing on the subject today. The book features up-to-the-minute, well-organized, and wide-ranging information, including more tips, marks, logos, and photographs than any other competitive title.

Unlike other guides, whose focus is primarily English or high-priced items, Kovels' covers all American and international items. The book is organized by the categories most sought after by collectors, including Depression Glass, Dolls, Jewelry, Furniture, Porcelain, and Sports Memorabilia. Indexes and cross-references make this a user-friendly reference, and expert comments throughout empower readers to buy, sell, and collect with confidence. Also included is an exclusive report on the previous year's record-setting prices.

The Wristwatch Handbook: A Comprehensive Guide to Mechanical Wristwatches
The Wristwatch Handbook
A Comprehensive Guide to Mechanical Wristwatches
Hardcover      ISBN: 185149829x

- A fantastic reference work for the novice or the seasoned watch enthusiast- Fully illustrated with 470 color photographs- Brand-Agnostic. Features a vast array of timepieces from over 90 manufacturers Despite the functional obsolescence of the mechanical wristwatch (our phones and computers tell more accurate time) the early 21st Century has seen a boom in the development, production, and appreciation of all things horological. Whether it is presented to the collector as an alternative investment, as a feat of micro-mechanical technology, or as a showcase of artisanal mastery, the mechanical wristwatch has never possessed more forms, functions or facets than it does today. The Wristwatch Handbook is written from the epicenter of a renaissance, a place in time between the Quartz revolution and the rise of the smart device - where the mechanical wristwatch is the antidote to the microprocessor and the permanent buzz of your inbox. From the multi-axis tourbillon, to the split-second chronograph, to the sidereal sky chart, The Wristwatch Handbook covers it all and does so with more than 470 rich illustrations from over 90 of the World's leading brands. The book is separated into two sections. The first section provides the reader with a comprehensive understanding of the mechanical movement. Its chapters explore power, transmission, distribution and regulation illustrating the basic concepts before considering the innovation and complexity that takes place further toward the cutting edge. From the fifty-day power reserve, to the constant force mechanism, and the 1,000Hz mechanical escapement, section 1 will allow the reader to understand and appreciate what is happening beneath the dial of their watch. Section two allows the reader to take this understanding and apply it to the vast range of complications (functions) that exist in modern horology. Each chapter showcases a distinct category of complication. For example, the regatta timer, pulsometer, and monopusher chronograph join a host of others in a chapter entitled 'Recording Lapses of Time'; The power reserve indicator, dynamograph, and crown position indicator are featured in a chapter for 'Power and Performance Indication'; The moon phase indicator, annual calendar, and planetarium can be found in the 'Astronomical Complications' chapter. Once the functional categories are exhausted, the final three chapters explore whimsical complications that have little regard for practical function, novelty time indication, and the 'super-complicated' watch - a rare breed of timepiece that houses an intimidating host of complications featured throughout the book. Upon completion of The Wristwatch Handbook the reader will be able to identify even the most exotic complication from across the room, and be able to share their appreciation and understanding of what makes it so useful and compelling. The Wristwatch Handbook is "brand agnostic", using only those watches that most aptly illustrate the given subject-matter. As a consequence the book places equal emphasis on the classic and the cutting edge, on watches produced in large volume or exclusive runs, by industry-leading technology or at the hand of a master. In doing so the book provides an unparalleled range of watches from over 90 brands, allowing the reader to determine for themselves which brands, complications, and styles they will build their collection from.

Floridiana: Collecting Florida's Best
Floridiana
Collecting Florida's Best
Paperback      ISBN: 0764309730

Florida is always associated with all that is bright, colorful, funky, and fun. This book captures the spirit of Florida in the collectibles, ephemera, souvenirs, and nostalgic items that it produced. There are also highlights of Florida history and its culture, a price guide, and an index. Complete with postcards, tablecloths, ceramics, clothing, jewelry, dolls, figurines, and much more, it celebrates the tourist culture that helped populate Florida from the 1900s through the 1970s. Over 650 photographs bring the fun and fantasy of Florida to life, presenting what many consider as truly Florida's best

The Clock Repairer's Handbook
The Clock Repairer's Handbook
Paperback      ISBN: 1602399611
Provides all the necessary information to troubleshoot any clock's problems and to make sure your clock continues to run in perfect order for generations to come--from tools and equipment to strike and chime work.

Laurie Penman has written an indispensable guide for both the absolute beginner and the experienced clock enthusiast. The Clock Repairer's Handbook provides information on how to repair and maintain a clock's delicate mechanics and teaches the basics of clock repairing through detailed, easy-to-follow instructions and more than three hundred instructive diagrams and illustrations.

Advice and directions for tools and equipment, cleaning clock movements, pivoting and mounting, fixing train faults and gears, the importance of lubrication and friction, suspensions and crutches, weight and spring drives, and how to make sure the strike and chimes work on the hour, every hour.
The Tractor Factor: The World's Rarest Classic Farm Tractors
The Tractor Factor
The World's Rarest Classic Farm Tractors
Hardcover      ISBN: 0760348936

With tractor historian Robert N. Pripps, take a close look at some of the most collectible vintage tractors from the United States, the UK, Germany, Holland, France, and other countries.

Vintage farm tractors are revered throughout the world as the source of mechanical labor, allowing the revolution of farming to take place in the twentieth century. Some of the most interesting tractors are also the rarest, since they were produced in very small quantities. These include one-of-a-kind modified models; very, very old machines; and models produced by one of the many companies that made tractors for only a short time.

The Tractor Factor is a richly illustrated book that reveals what makes a tractor collectible, showcases the rarest models, gives a history of the marque, and details specific finds. Robert N. Pripps, a leading tractor historian, covers models from the United States, the UK, Germany, Holland, France, and other countries. Pripps' expertise, paired with the stunning photography of Ralph W. Sanders and Andrew Morland, makes The Tractor Factor a book no fan of these paradigm-changing machines will want to miss

The Collector's Cabinet: Tales, Facts & Fictions from the World of Antiques
The Collector's Cabinet
Tales, Facts & Fictions from the World of Antiques
Paperback      ISBN: 1848319118

Explore the wonderful world of antiques and collectables with Antiques Roadshow regular Marc Allum.

Go in search of stolen masterpieces, learn the secrets of the forgers, track down Napoleon's toothbrush, and meet the garden gnome insured for $1.5 million.

Eclectic, eccentric, and brimming with remarkable tales from history, The Collector's Cabinet is for all those who are fascinated by the relics of the past.

Marc Allum is a freelance art and antiques writer, broadcaster, consultant, and lecturer based in Wiltshire. He has been a miscellaneous specialist on the BBC's Antiques Roadshow since 1998.

Inclined Toward Magic: Encounters With Books, Collectors, and Conjurors
Inclined Toward Magic
Encounters With Books, Collectors, and Conjurors
Hardcover      ISBN: 0916638553
Art Restoration: The Culture, the Business, the Scandal
Art Restoration
The Culture, the Business, the Scandal
Paperback      ISBN: 0393312976

The world's art heritage is under attack from the very people charged with its preservation, argues this important book, which has ignited controversy among art historians, curators, and restorers. In the world's museums and in towns and cities throughout Europe, misguided restoration efforts are having irreversible, often tragic effects on masterpieces by Piero della Francesca, Leonardo da Vinci, Michelangelo, Raphael, Titian, and many other artists. What roles do aesthetic, institutional, and commercial factors play in the decision to restore a work of art? How can we prevent or halt projects in which a work of art is not restored but irreparably damaged? James Beck and Michael Daley explore these questions in the context of restoration projects in Florence, at the Sistine Chapel in Rome, and in museums in France, England, and the United States. They sound an alarm that must be heeded if we are to preserve the world's art for future generations.

Collecting Little Golden Books: A Collectors Identification and   Value Guide
Collecting Little Golden Books
A Collectors Identification and Value Guide
Paperback      ISBN: 0896890716

Explains how to determine a book's edition, value, and condition, and lists prices for hundreds of books