Researching Antiques & Collectibles Online
By Pamela Wiggins, About.com Guide
Marks & Signatures
The first step in identifying and valuing antiques and collectibles is often determining the maker of the item by researching a mark or signature.
- Costume Jewelry Marks
- Glassware Marks and Signatures
- Pottery and Porcelain Marks
- Silver and Silverplate: Best Spots for Researching Marks Online
- Mark & Signature Resources Elsewhere on the Web
There are a number of ways to test antiques and collectibles for authenticity, some of which employ very clever methods.
Pattern and Style Identification
Identifying patterns and styles can be crucial when researching antiques and collectibles. These useful resources will help you get started.
- Antique Chair Styles
- Antique Table Styles
- China Matching Services for Pattern ID
- Chippendale Style Furniture
- Confusing Furniture Terms
- Depression Glass Pattern Guide
- Eames Furniture - Identifying, Authenticating and Valuing
- Eastlake Furniture Identification
- Furniture Foot Styles
- Furniture Leg Styles
- Furniture Glossary with Illustrations
- Queen Anne Style Furniture
- Silver Patterns - Where to Research
- Pattern and Style Guides Elsewhere on the Web
Getting stung by a reproduction is one way to "pay for your education." But researching before you buy is sure a lot easier on the pocketbook.
- How to Distinguish Reproductions from Genuine Antiques
- Roseville Pottery Reproductions
- Reproduction Information Elsewhere on the Web
Tools & Resources
With all the information and tools available for antiques research, sometimes it just takes a point in the right direction to get started.
- Frequently Asked Questions About Antiques & Collectibles
- Items Every Antiquer Needs
- Researching Online: Making the Most of Web Resources
Building a good reference library goes hand in hand with identifying and valuing antiques and collectibles.