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Pottery and Porcelain Marks
A gallery of illustrated marks to help you identify antique and collectible pottery and porcelain.
Depression Glass Price Guide
Use this online guide to help you value and identify your Depression glass pieces.
antiques, furniture, chairs, styles, guides
A round-up of antique chair styles. Here's a listing of various types of antique chairs, with links to more detailed articles on each one. This list of antique chairs also contains links to more general antique-style articles.
Researching Antique Silver? Check Out These...
This useful list of links will help you research silver and silverplated wares, including maker's marks, hallmarks and values, online.
Depression Glass Patterns
This illustrated guide to Depression glass will help you identify popular patterns.
Vintage Costume Jewelry Price Guide
Learn how much your vintage costume jewelry is worth through this pictoral price guide.
Learn All about Limoges Porcelain with This...
Limoges porcelain is ever-popular with collectors, but many people don't realize that Limoges is a region in France rather than the name of a single factory. Learn more about this popular decorative antique porcelain here.
Is It Always Necessary to Hire an Antique...
Read more about valuing antiques and learn to come up with values for your own collectibles. Learning to value antiques and collectibles is a skill appraisers pick up over time, but with time and patience you can do it yourself.
Pocket Watch Price Guide
Use this illustrated price guide to help you value your antique pocket watches.
Carnival Glass Price Guide
Use this online guide to assist in identifying and valuing your old carnival glass pieces.
Fenton Glassware Collecting
Fenton Art Glass was made for 106 years and the older pieces can be quite valuable. Learn about collecting Fenton glassware here.
Coca-Cola Collectibles Price Guide
Use this guide to identify, price and value your Coca-Cola and Coke antiques and collectibles.
Understanding Capodimonte Marks
Capodimonte marks can be confusing until you know when each mark was used and by which factory. This helpful list of Capodimonte marks illustrates several well-known examples.
A Deeper Look into Depression-Era Glass...
All the main topics relating to Depression glass, including history and patterns, are discussed in this informative feature on colorful glassware.
Limoges Porcelain Price Guide
Wondering how much your Limoges porcelain might be worth? Take a look at these pieces with selling prices to get an idea of the value.
Know Your Furniture Legs
Knowing furniture leg styles can help identify your antique furniture. Use this handy reference with links to individual articles to learn about leg styles.
Valuing Antiques - Price Guides, Appraisals and...
All the information you need on valuing and prices for antiques and collectibles in one convenient location.
How Old Is an "Antique?"
How old do items need to be to be considered antiques? It's not a cut and dry answer.
Glassware Marks & Signatures
Use this illustrated gallery of marks to help you identify your antique and collectible glassware.
Pottery and Porcelain Price Guides
Pottery and Porcelain Online Value and Price Guides
Collecting Old Magazines
Most people have at least one or two old magazines laying around, but are the worth anything? Learn more about what's collectible, and what's not, in the world of old periodicals.
Antique Silver Price Guide
Considering scrap value for your sterling silver? Use this online price guide to help you value your sterling silver wares before you destroy a valuable antique.
Chippendale Style Furniture
Recognizing Chippendale furniture looking at legs, feet, and other distinguishing features.
Milk Glass Price Guide
This guide will help you identify and value milk glass pieces made by Westmoreland, Fenton and others.
Know Your Antique Table Styles
From dainty teapoy to massive trestle, this article lists a range of antique tables, with links to more info about each variety.
Fenton Glass Price Guide
A guide to help you identify and value antique and collectible Fenton glass pieces.
Ways to Test Bakelite for Authenticity
With the price continually rising, many people wonder if old plastic items they own might in fact be made of Bakelite. You'll find six of the most popular and effective ways to test Bakelite here.
Glassware Price Guides
Antique & Collectible Glassware Value and Price Guides
Antique Furniture Price Guides
These antique and Mid-Century modern furniture price and identification guides can help you value your older furniture.
Queen Anne Style Furniture
Recognizing Queen Anne style furniture looking at legs, feet, and other distinguishing features.
Capodimonte Italian Porcelain
Capodimonte: a regal name with a royal past. Learn more about the porcelain treasures bearing the Capodimonte name.
Know Your Furniture Foot Styles
This article is a round-up of various antique furniture foot styles from the Renaissance to the Empire. Learn about varieties of furniture feet styles and when they developed. Several foot styles are listed, with links to more detailed descriptions and photos.
Tips for Selling Antiques to Dealers
Sometimes selling an antique to a dealer is a great option for garnering quick cash. Get some helpful tips for selling to antiques dealers in this easy to peruse guide.
Collecting Fire-King Glass
Wondering what's collectible in the realm of Fire-King glass? Find out what to look for and what it's worth here.
Online Silver and Silver Plate Price Guides
Wondering how much your antique silver and old silver plates wares are worth? Get some clues here.
Stoneware Price Guide
How much do you think your antique stoneware crocks and jugs are worth? Find out here.
Collecting Heavy Metal - Griswold Cast Iron
Collecting heavy metal? You are if you're a Griswold cast iron fan. Learn all about this cookware including how to clean and season your old finds.
Identifying Eastlake Furniture
Wondering exactly what Eastlake furniture looks like? This step-by-step feature will answer your questions.
Ways to Test Antiques and Collectibles with a...
Black, also known as fluorescent or ultraviolet, lights can help with authenticating, dating, and finding repairs in all types of antiques and collectibles.
Elgin Hand Crank Pocket Watch
Elgin Hand Crank Pocket Watch - Use this illustrated price guide to help you value your antique pocket watches. Page 2.
Collecting Antique Typewriters
Ever wonder whether that antique typewriter in the attic is worth anything? There may be a collector out there who'll pay good money for it if it's just the right model.
Vintage & Collectible Costume Jewelry Marks
Researching a vintage costume jewelry mark? Check this illustrated gallery for a photo of the mark and information on the designer or manufacturer.
How to Determine the Age of Antique Furniture
Determining the date of old furniture pieces can be tricky. But with some guidance, you can learn to look at construction and components that will provide useful clues.
Know Your Eames
Identifying an authentic piece designed by Charles and Ray Eames can be tricky. This illustrated article describes several ways to authenticate and value a genuine piece of Eames furniture.
American Sweetheart Cup & Saucer - Pink
Depression Glass Price Guide: American Sweetheart Pink Depression Glass Cup and Saucer
Know Your Antique Couch, Sofa and Settee Styles
Whether used for lying down or sitting upright, the couch -- and its cousins, the sofa, the settee and the daybed -- has a long history, going back to classical Greek and Roman times. Here is a list of some common types that antique furniture fans are likely to encounter.
To Restore or Not to Restore?
You've heard that refinishing old furniture can diminish the value. So when is it okay to clean, repair and refinish an antique? Read on for more information on furniture refinishing and restoration.
The Windsor Chair
Nothing says colonial America like the Windsor chair. Learn about the historic Windsor chair, how it was born in England but refined in the colonies. This illustrates traces the origins of the Windsor chair, defines and describes its characteristics, and distinguishes different varieties.
Roseville Pottery Price Guide
Peruse this gallery of past auction sales to identify and value your Roseville Pottery.
Antique & Collectible Jewelry Price Guides
Antique & Collectible Jewelry Price and Value Guides
The Hitchcock Chair
Unravel the mystery of the Hitchcock chair, America's first factory-produced chair. This article traces the history of the Hitchcock chair, a popular painted and stenciled chair of the early 19th century. Learn who invented the Hitchcock chair, how and where it was made, its characteristics and how to authenticate an original.
Antique Silver Plate Price Guide
A guide to help you identify and value your silver plated antiques.
What are Nickel Silver, German Silver and Alpaca?
If you run across a mark reading nickel silver, German silver or alpaca on an antique, don't be fooled by these false forms of silver. Find out what they really are here.
Waltham 10K Gold-Filled Pocket Watch
Waltham 10K Gold-Filled Pocket Watch - Use this illustrated price guide to help you value your antique pocket watches. Page 9.
Capodimonte
Wondering what the Capodimonte crown and Neopolitan N mark looks like? Find out here. Page 12.
Date and Identify Capodimonte Italian Porcelain
Capodimonte Italian porcelain was produced from the mid-1700s through the early 1800s, but many pieces of later porcelain also carry this name. Learn how to identify and date Capodimonte here.
Fenton Glass Company
Glassware Maker's Marks and Signatures Gallery - Fenton Glass Company. Page 5.
An Introduction to Antique and Collectible Milk...
Milk glass has a long and varied past. Learn more about old and new milk glass here.
Carnival Glass
Wondering how carnival glass got it's name? And how this type of iridescent glass was finished? Learn more about carnival glass here.
Alamo Pottery
Alamo Pottery Mark - Mark used by Alamo Pottery
Coro Red Pin & Earring Set
Learn how much your vintage costume jewelry is worth through this pictoral price guide. Page 9.
Illinois Hunter Case Pocket Watch
Illinois Hunter Case Pocket Watch Special for Railway - Use this illustrated price guide to help you value your antique pocket watches. Page 4.
Ball Railroad Open Face Pocket Watch
Ball Railroad Open Face Pocket Watch - Use this illustrated price guide to help you value your antique pocket watches.
Westmoreland Glass Company
This introduction to Westmoreland Glass Company includes history, information on their milk glass wares, and marks used by the company.
wingback chair
This glossary-style article defines, and gives several stunning examples, of the wingback chair -- a favorite of clubs and libraries since the late 1600s. Learn all about the features and history of the wingback chair, one of the 18th-century's most familiar pieces of furniture.
fancy chair
Learn the plain facts about the fancy chair. This glossary-style article describes a fancy chair and offers photos of different styles. Article explains the origins and definition of the fancy chair, along with other name for it and what style of furniture it belongs to.
curule
Here's a handy curule of thumb for identifying an ancient Roman furniture form that remains popular today. This article defines a curule chair, explains its origins and describes when the style flourished in antique furniture.
Elegant Glassware Price Guide
A price guide to help you identify and value your elegant glassware from Heisey, Fostoria, Duncan and Miller, Cambridge and others.
Large Railroad Repeater Pocket Watch
Large Railroad Repeater Pocket Watch - Use this illustrated price guide to help you value your antique pocket watches. Page 6.
R.S. Prussia
R.S. Prussia is one of the top dogs in antique porcelain world. Learn more about it through this informative article and then see a beautiful collection.
Dugan Iris Tankard & Glass Set
Wondering how much a Dugan carnival glass Iris pattern tankard pitcher and glass set might be worth? Find out here.
Sheraton Style Furniture
You've heard the words 'Sheraton style', but could you recognize the furniture? Learn who Thomas Sheraton was, and why his work is so significant. This article defines and describes the characteristics of Sheraton-style furniture. Sheraton-influenced furniture is illustrated and identified, with its key features explained and its influence explored.
Fortunia Hand Crank Pocket Watch
Fortunia Hand Crank Pocket Watch - Use this illustrated price guide to help you value your antique pocket watches. Page 3.
Roseville Pottery
Learn about the history of popular Roseville Pottery company through this overview feature, including when it was first in business and how it was marked with a link to an online value guide.
Depression Glass
This is your source for identifying Depression glass patterns, researching values, and learning more about this history of Depression-era glassware.
Collecting American Brilliant Period Cut Glass
An introduction to collecting and identifying American Brilliant Period cut glass, including what avid collectors are willing to more pay more to find.
Savonarola chair
Are you savvy enough to recognize a Savonarola chair? Do you know how a Savonarola chair differs from a curule? This glossary-style article defines a Savonarola chair, provides background and a photo. Learn the long, rich history of the Savonarola chair, also known as a Dante chair.
Fauteuil
The fauteuil is one of the most familiar types of antique furniture, but do you know what it looks like?
Fifteen Facts About Hall China
Think you know Hall China? Or maybe you're just starting to learn about the company's products. Whether it serves as a brief review or introduction to something totally new, you should find this list of facts to be interesting, if not downright enlightening.
Hubley Cast Iron Toys, Doorstops and Other...
Learning about Hubley Manufacturing Company Cast Iron Toys, Doorstops and Other Collectibles including Popeye Motorcycle - Cast Iron Toys Doorstops and Other Collectibles made by Hubley Manufacturing Company including Popeye Motorcycle
Morris chair
Meet the Morris chair, the ancestral relative of recliners. This article defines and illustrates the Morris chair. Morris chairs were a quintessential piece of Arts and Crafts furniture. Learn what a Morris chair looked like and which famous furniture designers are associated with it.
Fire King Oven Ware
Example of mark used on Fire King Oven Ware in the 1950s. Page 6.
T.V. or T & V
Wondering about the mark T&V Limoges France? Find out which company used it here. Page 48.
New York Standard Hunter Case Pocket Watch
New York Standard Hunter Case Pocket Watch - Use this illustrated price guide to help you value your antique pocket watches. Page 5.
Whiting & Davis
Whiting & Davis has a reputation for their vintage metal mesh purses, but the company didn't start out making handbags nor was Charles Whiting among the original founders. Learn more about the history of this intriguing company and the handbags they're so famous for manufacturing.
Limoges "Chine Petit Panier Chinois" China Set
Selling price: $360 (Morphy Auctions - 10/11
Utmost Open Face Repeater Pocket Watch
Utmost Open Face Repeater Pocket Watch - Use this illustrated price guide to help you value your antique pocket watches. Page 7.
Collect a Crop of Cranberry Glass
Ever see glass good enough to eat? Pretty cranberry glass is just that. Read all about it here.
ribbon-back chair
Don't get tied in knots trying to identify a ribbon-back chair. This illustrated article defines and describes the ribbon- (or ribband-) chair. Learn about two types of ribbon-back chairs, and which famous furniture-maker is associated with the style. The ribbon-back chair is often associated with Thomas Chippendale.
corner chair
You won't mind being backed into a corner if you know what a corner chair is. Learn how to identify a corner chair, also called a roundabout chair. This glossary-style article defines and describes the corner chair, when it developed and what it looks like.
Alice Caviness Crystal Necklace & Bracelet Set
Learn how much your vintage costume jewelry is worth through this pictoral price guide.
Antique and Collectible Glassware: Articles,...
A hub of information on antique and collectible glassware to aid in researching, pricing and learning more about your favorite glass.
Federal Glass Company
See an example of Federal Glass Company's famous shield mark. Page 4.
Steiff Price Guide
Use this illustrated online price guide for Steiff animals, bears and dolls made in Germany to help with identification and value.
Bubble
A guide to help you identify Depression glass patterns - Bubble Pattern. Page 3.
American Sweetheart
A guide to help you identify Depression glass patterns - American Sweetheart.
bergère
The word may be foreign, but the bergère is one of the most familiar of chairs. Learn what a bergère is and how it developed. This glossary-style article defines and describes the bergère, indicating the furniture styles it represents and how it differs from other chairs.
Cubist "Cube" Butter Dish - Pink
Depression Glass Price Guide - Cube Cubist Pink Depression Glass Butter Dish. Page 12.
ladder-back chair
Get a ladder up on recognizing antique chairs by learning what a ladder-back chair is. This glossary-style article describes and depicts the ladder-back chair, or slat-back chair. A mainstay of country furniture, the ladder-back chair has been around for centuries. The slat- or ladder-back chair was favored by Shaker craftsmen.
Rosenthal Germany
Rosenthal Germany Mark. Antiques. Page 36.
Cherry Blossom
A guide to help you identify Depression glass patterns - Cherry Blossom. Page 5.
Bawo & Dotter (Elite Works)
Ever wonder which decorating company used the Elite S.M. Limoges France mark? Find out more about it here. Page 4.
slipper chair
Slip into something comfortable when you slip into a slipper chair. This glossary-style article defines the slipper chair, gives several examples and names famous designers associated with it. Learn all about the slipper chair, an 18th-century invention that has endured.
Weld & Sons Hand Crank Pocket Watch
Weld & Sons Hand Crank Pocket Watch - Use this illustrated price guide to help you value your antique pocket watches. Page 10.
Chippendale Furniture Price Guide
Chippendale Antique Furniture - A price guide featuring Values and Auction Prices.
Fostoria Glassware
Fostoria glassware has long been a favorite with collectors. Learn more about the company and the glass.
How To Clean and Season Cast Iron
Learn how to clean a rusty, old cast iron pan and then season it to perfection for future cooking.
Fenton Autumn Acorns Bowl
If you've wondered how much your Fenton Autumn Acorns Bowl might be worth, take a look at the Carnival Glass Value Guide to find out. Page 4.
Tips for Collecting Silver
Want to collect a few pieces of antique silver or silverplate, but have to clue how to get started? Take a look here for a few smart ideas.
DeMario Butterfly Earrings
Learn how much your vintage costume jewelry is worth through this pictoral price guide. Page 10.
Jeannette Glass Company
Wondering about the Depression and milk glass produced by Jeannette Glass Company? Take a look at this introduction to the topic.
How To Properly Store Old Photographs
Learning how to store photographs for future generations means more than sticking them in an album. Learn how you can preserve your families keepsake photos for posterity.
Victorian Furniture Price Guide
A guide to help you identify and value your antique Victorian furniture.
CHANEL Costume Jewelry Marks
It's easy to date Chanel vintage costume jewelry, which can be quite valuable, once you know how to decipher the company's marks and signatures.
gondola chair
Let your furniture knowledge set sail by learning about the gondola chair. This succinct glossary-style article defines the gondola chair, giving several illustrated examples of this popular turn-of-the-19th-century style.
Dior Simulated Jade Rhinestone Pin
Learn how much your vintage costume jewelry is worth through this pictoral price guide. Page 12.
Crown Potteries Co. Made in U.S.A.
Crown Potteries Co. Made in U.S.A. Mark. Page 14.
Mayfair
A guide to help you identify Depression glass patterns - Mayfair or Open Rose. Page 11.
W.G. & Co. Limoges France
Wondering about the porcelain mark W.G. & Co.? Find out which manufacturer used this mark here. Page 53.
Marlborough leg
Would you recognize a Marlborough leg? This glossary-style article defines the Marlborough leg, a furniture style. Learn the characteristics of a Marlborough leg, when it was popular and what furniture-maker used it.
Bogoff Rhodium Plated Rhinestone Bracelet
Learn how much your vintage costume jewelry is worth through this pictoral price guide. Page 2.
How Much is My Antique Rug Worth?
Wondering how much your antique rug is worth? Antique rugs can be difficult to value without the help of an expert.
Collectible Aluminum Hammers Out a Niche
All types of aluminum collectibles are desirable now from hammered to anodized and even jewelry. Learn more about these attractive, affordable collectibles.
Antique & Collectible Teddy Bears
Learn about the teddy bear's history, what's collectible and newer teddy bears that will likely be collected in the future.
Buying Vintage Costume Jewelry
Need some hints on how to buy vintage costume jewelry for yourself or as a gift? Take a look at these helpful hints.
rolled gold
What does rolled gold mean in jewelery? Rolled gold refers to one of the first, and most successful, imitations of solid gold. Learn the difference between rolled gold, gold-filled and gold-plated in this glossary-style article. This article defines rolled gold and gives several examples of rolled gold jewelry.
Coiffe Limoges France
Have you ever found a star mark with the word Limoges within the seven points? See if it's the Coiffe mark here. Page 13.
claw-and-ball foot
An illustrated example of the claw and ball foot popular in Chippendale style furniture manufacture.
klismos chair
Would you recognize a klismos chair? Learn what a klismos is and what it looks like. This glossary-style article defines the klismos, an ancient Greek chair revived in 18th-century Europe.
Kitchen Glass Price Guide
An online price guide to help you value your kitchen glassware, including Depression era pieces.
Eisenberg Originals Fur or Pin Clip
Learn how much your vintage costume jewelry is worth through this pictoral price guide. Page 14.
DeMario Pin with Pine Sprigs and Cones
Learn how much your vintage costume jewelry is worth through this pictoral price guide. Page 11.
Collecting Bakelite Jewelry
Is Bakelite a mystery you'd love to solve? Take a look at this article for information on testing, distinguishing fakes and collecting Bakelite Jewelry.
Cameo
A guide to help you identify Depression glass patterns - Cameo or Ballerina or Dancing Girl. Page 4.
Weller Pottery Price Guide
Discover the beauty of Weller Pottery while valuing and identifying the company's varied wares.
Trifari Weeping Willow Brooch
Learn how much your vintage costume jewelry is worth through this pictoral price guide - Trifari Weeping Willow Brooch. Page 62.
Fostoria Glass Company
Glassware Maker's Marks and Signatures Gallery - Fostoria Glass Company. Page 7.
Depression Era Furniture
Depression era furniture hasn't always been ultra popular, but it is gaining a following as more and more dealers stock their booths with these interesting pieces.
Holiday
A guide to help you identify Depression glass patterns - Holiday or Buttons and Bows. Page 8.
writing-arm chair
Works by Thomas Jefferson, Mark Twain and countless schoolchildren have been produced on the writing-arm chair. This glossary-style article defines and traces the history of the writing-arm chair, with several illustrations.
Dugan Lattice and Daisy Marigold Tumbler
Wondering how much a Dugan Lattice and Daisy Marigold Tumbler might be worth? Consult the Carnival Glass Value Guide. Page 2.
Down-to-Earth Antiques: Collecting Utilitarian...
Learn about the most popular companies and designs, along with the value, of antique utilitarian crockery and stoneware.
A Love for Old Postcards
In the early 1900s, people communicated by post and often through colorful vintage postcards. Learn more about these collectibles through an article by Pamela Y. Wiggins, your Antiques Guide for About.com.
Ciner Bead Necklace with Frog Clasp
Learn how much your vintage costume jewelry is worth through this pictoral price guide. Page 4.
Iris
A guide to help you identify Depression glass patterns - Iris & Herringbone. Page 10.
Fenton Smooth Rays with Scale Band Marigold...
Wondering how much your Fenton Smooth Rays with Scale Band marigold Carnival Glass bowl is worth? Take a look at the Carnival Glass Value Guide to find out. Page 7.
Block Optic Lunch Plate - Green
Block Optic Green Depression Glass Luncheon Plate. Page 6.
Vintage Sheet Music
Learn about the most popular and valuable types of vintage sheet music.
Ciner Deco Revival Bow Brooch
Learn how much your vintage costume jewelry is worth through this pictoral price guide. Page 3.

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