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Hello, Cutie!: Adventures in Cute Culture
Hello, Cutie!
Adventures in Cute Culture
Paperback      ISBN: 1551524724

'Hello, Cutie ' is a guide to the things that make you say, Awww Pamela Klaffke takes readers on a rainbow and unicorn-filled journey through cute culture: from its origins in Japan where teenage girls drive the cute economy, to its manifestations in the careers of performers like Katy Perry.

American Pickers Guide to Picking
American Pickers Guide to Picking
Hardcover      ISBN: 1401324487
A true adventure story and the go-to guide for "picking" American treasures from anyone's backyard, straight from the stars of History's American Pickers

In these pages, professional treasure hunters Mike Wolfe and Frank Fritz chronicle their road trips across the American countryside in search of "rusty gold" to buy and sell among the picking world's one-of-a-kind characters. Whether you are a fan of the show or just like finding hidden riches, you will love seeing what Wolfe and Fritz dig up and enjoy meeting the devoted collectors, extreme stockpilers, and elite dealers who they encounter along the way.

Wolfe and Fritz do not deal in fine antiques. Their secondhand treasures are of the down-and-dirty and sometimes even bizarre variety, from old bicycles and vintage tools, to sun-bleached cars and handmade furniture, retired carnival games and unusual taxidermy. Assisted by Danielle Colby, who helps out at Antique Archaeology, Wolfe and Fritz buy on the cheap and then sell to dealers, art directors, interior designers, or anyone looking for a little bit of authentic Americana. The three now share their secrets to finding hidden gems, offering helpful hints that will show what average Americans can do to find the treasures that await them.

From American Pickers Guide to Picking:

Junk is Beautiful

When we knock on a door, 90 percent of the time the things we find are junk. But we don't care about the odds; a picker never turns down an opportunity, no matter where it is. We've picked pickup trucks. We've picked flat beds. We've picked dumpsters. We even picked a Mercury Sable. We're looking for the unusual, the impossible, the funky, the different, the bizarre-things we have never seen before. And we'll go anywhere we have to go to find it.

No location is off-limits to a hard-core picker. And there's plenty of things to be found at antique stores, thrift and consignment shops, flea markets, estate sales, and swap meets, and a lot of the tips in this book apply to finding treasures at these joints. But that's not really the kind of picking we do anymore. We look outside the box to find our junk-a word we use almost like a term of endearment: to us: junk is beautiful.
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.

Antiques Roadshow Primer: The Introductory Guide to Antiques and Collectibles from the Most-Watched Series on Pbs
Antiques Roadshow Primer
The Introductory Guide to Antiques and Collectibles from the Most-Watched Series on Pbs
Paperback      ISBN: 0761116249

The national treasure hunt, Antiques Roadshow is, in its third season, the most popular show on PBS. Every week it draws millions and millions of viewers to the edge of their seats as independent dealers and specialists from the country's leading auction houses appraise family heirlooms and flea market finds alike. Now this knowledge, authority, and passion is distilled in the Antiques Roadshow Primer, an introductory guide to American Antiques and collectibles.

Antiques Roadshow has taught us to look for fortunes in our attics--perhaps to find, as other lucky souls have, an Anna Poole Peale portrait miniature worth $5,000 to $7,000 or a Confederate sword worth $35,000. Focusing on 11 major areas--including Furniture, Painting, Silver, Jewelry, Porcelain, and Toys--the primer addresses the essential things buyers and collectors need to know, covering vital details for each category, such as shapes, styles, and patterns, provenance, periods, and motifs. A 32-page full-color section amplifies each chapter by illustrating numerous examples of styles and techniques, and individual items are fully identified, often with their appraised value. Above all, it helps even first-timers to answer the two key question every collector must face: Is it old? Is it valuable?

Picker's Pocket Guide Comic Books: How to Pick Antiques Like a Pro
Picker's Pocket Guide Comic Books
How to Pick Antiques Like a Pro
Paperback      ISBN: 1440244987
COMICS PACK PUNCH

Comic book values are soaring. Superman's debut, Action Comics #1, sold for $3.2 million. The first appearance of Batman in Detective Comics #27 fetched $1 million. Exceptional examples? Certainly, but you don't need X-ray vision to see everyone from collectors to savvy investors covets vintage comic books. Discover for yourself what insiders have long known with this hands-on, how-to guide to picking comic books.

You'll uncover:

- The best comics to hunt, from the 1930s-1980s and beyond
- Where to find hidden treasures
- Practical strategies for buying and selling comic books
- How to flip comics for profit and fun
- Common reprints and facsimiles
- Restoration and repair
Whether for pleasure or profit, the Picker's Pocket Guide is a real find.
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
One Hundred Years of Bell Telephone
One Hundred Years of Bell Telephone
Paperback      ISBN: 0887408729

From the Coffin sets of the 1870s to the Princess phones of the 1960s and beyond, this book explores the technology and the history of the telephone. Because the Bell Company was the "sole source" for much telephone technology until very recently, much of the public access to this information has been quite limited. This definitive work will end much uncertainty by providing a vast amount of information never before published. Design changes are carefully chronicled with 350 color photographs. Here is detailed information which will help identify a piece and will take the guess work out of dating equipment. For those who are restoring a telephone and would like to ensure its historical accuracy, this book will make it easy to match pieces correctly.

The Decanter: Ancient to Modern
The Decanter
Ancient to Modern
2nd Edition    Hardcover      ISBN: 1851498400

- A product of 20 years of research, this totally revised edition of this work includes new chapters on The First Glass, Art Deco, Modernism, Post Modernism, cocktail shakers, as well as 2,000 new images - The definitive work on the subject and an essential reference book This encyclopedic new edition of The Decanter bolsters the book's reputation as the definitive work on the subject. Researched and written by Andy McConnell, journalist and long-serving glass specialist on BBC TV's Antiques Roadshow, The Decanter is born of twenty years' extensive research. This edition is enlivened by several new chapters and the inclusion of two thousand new photographs and illustrations, most previously unpublished. In presenting the subject across a broad timescale - ranging from ancient Mesopotamia to the modern day - The Decanter presents the history of glassmaking from a decanter perspective. The engaging, accessible text explores the stylistic and technical evolution of fine glassmaking alongside its influences and social uses. Drawing from thousands of documentary sources and benefiting from the knowledge and experience of scores of experts in Britain, Europe and the United States, The Decanter is the most comprehensive history of fine glassmaking ever published.

Flow Blue: A Collector's Guide to Pattern, History and Values
Flow Blue
A Collector's Guide to Pattern, History and Values
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Paperback      ISBN: 0764300040