From vintage travel posters to Walker Evans photographs and Art Deco martini shakers to Swedish country furniture, collecting has become a national pastime, with more than 30 million registered users on eBay and a viewership of more than 15 million for the Antiques Roadshow. The Collector's Journal is designed to help collectors of all levels and interests organize important information pertaining to their antiques and collectibles.
The Collector's Journal provides three easy-to-use pages for each of 36 objects, with space to record:
VITAL STATISTICS: date of purchase/acquisition, price, appraisal value, insurance value, and value criteria, including authenticity, rarity, condition, historical significance and provenance.
DESCRIPTION: including dimensions, medium, artist/maker, country of origin, date or period, signature or mark, distinguishing characteristics, and a place for photographs.
RESOURCES: contact information for dealers, auction houses, appraisers, restorers, art and antique fairs and other collectors.
The journal also features quotes about art and collecting from notables including Oscar Wilde, Helena Rubenstein, J. Paul Getty, Solomon Guggenheim, and Frank Lloyd Wright. The Collector's Journal also includes listings of major American museums and highlights of each collection."
This comprehensive, illustrated survey explores the more common linens and fabrics once carefully stored in American linen closets and hope chests and proudly spread on tables and in neatly made up bedrooms. More than 500 color photographs illustrate these diverse and colorful areas of collecting, ranging from intricate and detailed samplers, embroidery, and tatting, to simple but elegant pieces such as hand towels and splashers; pillow cases, shams and bolsters; quilts and coverlets; rugs; scarves and runners; sheets and blankets; tablecloths; and tray and teacart cloths.You'll even find early factory-made fabrics, a breakthrough for homemakers of the time. Helpful, creative tips on caring for old and damaged pieces, as well as new ideas for decorating with them, are also included. Written for both the novice antiquer and the experienced dealer, Collecting More Household Linens is a wonderful guide to the linens found decorating our homes for decades.
Here is the comprehensive guide to forty years of collectible Swedish-made reels. It contains background information on every manufacturer and discusses every production model made between 1940 and 1980. It includes baitcasters, spinning, and fly reels. With over 675 color photographs, vintage advertisements, and patent drawings, plus a guide to current values, it is a must have reference book for the collector and dealer alike. Today Swedish-made fishing reels are collected all over the globe and are among the most prized. Names such as ABU, Arjon, River, Pebeco, W.D., Nordic, Rainbow, Radius, and Victory make nearly every reel collector perk up his ears. There are several international collector clubs dedicated to the Ambassadeur alone, and many models bring top dollar at the auction block.
Among the countless flea markets in America, there are those that deserve to be called legendary. Scattered around the country, these are the markets with hundreds--sometimes thousands--of dealers and whose spectacular settings, covetable offerings, and colorful histories make each an unforgettable experience and a unique adventure. Pamela Keech--a museum curator who shops professionally at flea markets--profiles her top twenty choices, the flea markets that can be counted on to surprise and delight at every turn.Tackling these mammoth events, however, is not for the faint of heart. For starters, the size and scope of each market can be overwhelming--no, are overwhelming. They cover acres and acres and miles and miles. (To give you an idea of their scope, there is one that stretches from Maryland to Missouri and another from Michigan to Alabama.) The Best Flea, Antique, Vintage, and New-Style Markets in America is an essential guide for shoppers who want to get the most out of each venue. All the practical details are covered: how far ahead of time to make reservations, how to avoid wasting precious time in traffic jams, how to navigate the miles of aisles, how to determine the best paths through the markets, how much territory can be covered in a day, how to find out where the must-see dealers set up their tables, what to take to be comfortable, and more. Other essential information includes smart negotiating, shipping options, and--because the thrill of the chase can be utterly exhausting--great local places to eat and where to find a soft bed at the end of the day. One of the many charms of the book is its focus on regional style. Each of the markets profiled has an unmistakable sense of place, evident in the merchandise that fills the booths. Canton, Texas started 150 years ago as a trading market for cattle and livestock; this is where you'll find vintage cowboy boots, railroad and ranch memorabilia, and primitives. At the Rose Bowl Flea Market, the proximity to Hollywood casts a sparkle over everything; don't be surprised to find yourself browsing elbow to elbow with movie stars at tables filled with memorabilia from the silver screen and glamorous costume jewelry. At Shipshewana, in the heartland of the Indiana Amish, you'll find more than the usual number of pie safes, kitchen implements, and quilts. Keech highlights these differences with bits of cultural and decorative history and lots and lots of photographs that will make even armchair travelers feel like part of the action.
Acoma, the sky city of New Mexico, is presented here by an enchanting text and beautiful color photographs in this revised edition of the Southwest classic book. Occupied by the Acoma Indians, Acoma mesa pueblo is located 65 miles west of Albuquerque. This gem of antiquity is said to be the oldest continuously-inhabited community on the North American continent. The fascinating introduction was written by Frank Waters, one of New Mexico's most famous sons, a literary giant, and an authority on the history of the Indians of New Mexico. In Acoma, the buildings, the people, their traditions and their unique style of pottery are so closely related to this singular terrain that they have become known far beyond its desert.
There's nothing like enjoying turkey and pumpkin pie on Thanksgiving, the oldest American holiday, with nostalgic memories of family gatherings around the dining room table. See how illustrators have portrayed this day of thanks through the years. More than 700 illustrated newspapers, magazine covers, postcards, and prints trace this holiday's history - from the Pilgrims' first observance to the present. Included are vintage postcards and well-known publications like Life, The Ladies' Home Journal, The Saturday Evening Post, and Harper's Weekly. History lovers and collectors will find this a wonderful resource and an entertaining look back at days gone-by.