Antiques: Most Popular Articles
Use this online guide to help you value and identify your Depression glass pieces.
A gallery of illustrated marks to help you identify antique and collectible pottery and porcelain.
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.
This useful list of links will help you research silver and silverplated wares, including maker's marks, hallmarks and values, online.
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.
Learn about the history of Depression-era glass, and tips on how to start your own Depression glass collection, e.g., how to recognize reproductions.
Learn how much your vintage costume jewelry is worth through this pictoral price guide.
This illustrated guide to Depression glass will help you identify popular patterns.
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.
How old do items need to be to be considered antiques? It's not a cut and dry answer.
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.
Use this illustrated price guide to help you value your antique pocket watches.
Fenton Art Glass was made for 106 years and the older pieces can be quite valuable. Learn about collecting Fenton glassware here.
This guide will help you identify and value milk glass pieces made by Westmoreland, Fenton and others.
Knowing furniture leg styles can help identify your antique furniture. Use this handy reference with links to individual articles to learn about leg styles.
A guide to help you identify and value antique and collectible Fenton glass pieces.
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.
Wondering what's collectible in the realm of Fire-King glass? Find out what to look for and what it's worth here.
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.
Use this guide to identify, price and value your Coca-Cola and Coke antiques and collectibles.
Recognizing Chippendale furniture looking at legs, feet, and other distinguishing features.
From dainty teapoy to massive trestle, this article lists a range of antique tables, with links to more info about each variety.
Antique & Collectible Glassware Value and Price Guides
Wondering exactly what Eastlake furniture looks like? This step-by-step feature will answer your questions.
Use this online guide to assist in identifying and valuing your old carnival glass pieces.
All the information you need on valuing and prices for antiques and collectibles in one convenient location.
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.
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.
Elgin Hand Crank Pocket Watch - Use this illustrated price guide to help you value your antique pocket watches. Page 2.
Recognizing Queen Anne style furniture looking at legs, feet, and other distinguishing features.
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.
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.
A guide to help you identify and value your silver plated antiques.
Waltham 10K Gold-Filled Pocket Watch - Use this illustrated price guide to help you value your antique pocket watches. Page 9.
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.
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.
How much do you think your antique stoneware crocks and jugs are worth? Find out here.
Use this illustrated gallery of marks to help you identify your antique and collectible glassware.
Peruse this gallery of past auction sales to identify and value your Roseville Pottery.
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.
Wondering how much your antique and collectible pottery and porcelain pieces might be worth? Take a look at a number of different online value and price guides here.
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.
These antique and Mid-Century modern furniture price and identification guides can help you value your older furniture.
Capodimonte: a regal name with a royal past. Learn more about the porcelain treasures bearing the Capodimonte name.
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.
Researching a vintage costume jewelry mark? Check this illustrated gallery for a photo of the mark and information on the designer or manufacturer.
Depression Glass Price Guide: American Sweetheart Pink Depression Glass Cup and Saucer
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.
A price guide to help you identify and value your elegant glassware from Heisey, Fostoria, Duncan and Miller, Cambridge and others.
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.
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.
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.
Illinois Hunter Case Pocket Watch Special for Railway - Use this illustrated price guide to help you value your antique pocket watches. Page 4.
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.
Wondering about the mark T&V Limoges France? Find out which company used it here. Page 48.
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.
Use this illustrated online price guide for Steiff animals, bears and dolls made in Germany to help with identification and value.
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.
Milk glass has a long and varied past. Learn more about old and new milk glass here.
Weld & Sons Hand Crank Pocket Watch - Use this illustrated price guide to help you value your antique pocket watches. Page 10.
Large Railroad Repeater Pocket Watch - Use this illustrated price guide to help you value your antique pocket watches. Page 6.
Discover the beauty of Weller Pottery while valuing and identifying the company's varied wares.
This introduction to Westmoreland Glass Company includes history, information on their milk glass wares, and marks used by the company.
Wondering how much your antique silver and old silver plates wares are worth? Get some clues here.
Utmost Open Face Repeater Pocket Watch - Use this illustrated price guide to help you value your antique pocket watches. Page 8.
Fortunia Hand Crank Pocket Watch - Use this illustrated price guide to help you value your antique pocket watches. Page 3.
Have a flower or floral arrangement marked Capodimonte? Wondering if it was made by the original Capodimonte factory? Find out here.
Is your silver item really sterling? Find out more about what qualifies a piece as sterling silver, and how different types of silver-colored antiques are marked.
Ever see glass good enough to eat? Pretty cranberry glass is just that. Read all about it here.
New York Standard Hunter Case Pocket Watch - Use this illustrated price guide to help you value your antique pocket watches. Page 5.
Wondering how carnival glass got it's name? And how this type of iridescent glass was finished? Learn more about carnival glass here.
Depression Glass Price Guide: Miss America Pink Depression Glass Bowl. Page 19.
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.
Depression Glass Price Guide: Princess Depression Glass Pink Footed Tumbler. Page 24.
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.
All types of aluminum collectibles are desirable now from hammered to anodized and even jewelry. Learn more about these attractive, affordable collectibles.
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.
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.
Antique & Collectible Jewelry Price and Value Guides
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.
The marks used by Weller vary as almost much as the styles of this Ohio art potter. Learn to identify and date authentic Weller Pottery marks with this list of various examples.
A guide to help you identify and value your antique Victorian furniture.
Example of mark used on Fire King Oven Ware in the 1950s. Page 6.
An introduction to collecting and identifying American Brilliant Period cut glass, including what avid collectors are willing to more pay more to find.
Learn how to clean a rusty, old cast iron pan and then season it to perfection for future cooking.
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.
The fauteuil is one of the most familiar types of antique furniture, but do you know what it looks like?
Wondering about the Depression and milk glass produced by Jeannette Glass Company? Take a look at this introduction to the topic.
Depression Glass Price Guide: Old Colony Lace Edge Pink Depression Glass Vase Flower Bowl with Clear Flower Frog. Page 23.
Rosenthal Germany Mark. Antiques. Page 36.
An online price guide to help you value your kitchen glassware, including Depression era pieces.
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.
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.
Glassware Maker's Marks and Signatures Gallery - Fenton Glass Company. Page 5.
Glassware Maker's Marks and Signatures Gallery - Westmoreland Glass Company Mark. Page 19.
Wondering what the Capodimonte crown and Neopolitan N mark looks like? Find out here. Page 12.
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.
William and Mary furniture was popular in the late 1600s and early 1700s. Learn more about the background of this style along with the types of chairs and tables made during this era.
Learn how much your vintage costume jewelry is worth through this pictoral price guide - Trifari Weeping Willow Brooch. Page 62.
Learn about the most popular companies and designs, along with the value, of antique utilitarian crockery and stoneware.
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.
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.
Learn about Shaker chairs beyond the ubiquitous ladder-back style through this illustrated article.
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
Frankoma hasn't always been the most popular pottery on the block, but it is gaining ground with collectors.
An illustrated example of the claw and ball foot popular in Chippendale style furniture manufacture.
Ball Railroad Open Face Pocket Watch - Use this illustrated price guide to help you value your antique pocket watches.
Nothing brightens a room quite like the beauty of cobalt blue Depression glass. Learn more about it, including reproductions, here.
A guide to help you identify and value milk glass pieces - Indiana Harvest Grape Tumbler. Page 8.
Learn how much your vintage costume jewelry is worth through this pictoral price guide. Page 9.
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.
The butler's table is a familiar bit of 18th-century furniture. Learn all about butler's tables and how they developed in this illustrated glossary article.
Antique Queen Anne Style Furniture Price & Value Guide
You can never forget the elephant-trunk leg once you see it. This glossary-style article defines the elephant-trunk leg, a characteristic style in Chinese furniture. Learn what an elephant-trunk leg looks like in this illustrated article.
See an example of Federal Glass Company's famous shield mark. Page 4.
Wondering about the porcelain mark W.G. & Co.? Find out which manufacturer used this mark here. Page 53.
This list provides some of the best places online to research vintage costume jewelry manufactured by the Miriam Haskell company.
Roseville Pottery reproductions are fairly commonplace nowadays, but it's easy for the new antiques dealer or novice collector to be fooled by them. Learn to identify Roseville reproductions, comparing old and new pieces.
Rookwood Pottery Prices, Values and Identification Guide
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.
Black, also known as fluorescent or ultraviolet, lights can help with authenticating, dating, and finding repairs in all types of antiques and collectibles.
Fostoria glassware has long been a favorite with collectors. Learn more about the company and the glass.
An online guide to help you value your Depression glass pieces - Patrician Amber Cup. Page 22.
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.
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.
Ever wonder which decorating company used the Elite S.M. Limoges France mark? Find out more about it here. Page 4.
Crown Potteries Co. Made in U.S.A. Mark. Page 14.
This is your source for identifying Depression glass patterns, researching values, and learning more about this history of Depression-era glassware.
Learn about American antiques, from the 17th century to the 20th century. This article provides links to other articles on 350 years' worth of American antiques.
Need some hints on how to buy vintage costume jewelry for yourself or as a gift? Take a look at these helpful hints.
Depression Glass Price Guide: Iris Iridescent Depression Glass Butter Dish. Page 17.
Depression Glass Price Guide - Cube Cubist Pink Depression Glass Butter Dish. Page 12.
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.
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.
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.
Antique and Vintage Toy Value and Price Guides
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 Expert for About.com.
Depression Glass Price Guide: Royal Lace Green Depression Glass Creamer. Page 29.
Learn how to date old advertising tins and a bit about what's collectible in this genre.
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.
A guide to help you value and price your vintage Bakelite jewelry.
Take a long look at the chaise longue, a combination chair and sofa. This glossary-style article describes the chaise longue, traces its origins and gives several examples of this combo sofa and chair. Developed in the early 1700s, the chaise longue remains a popular and comfy piece of furniture today.
Wondering how much your antique rug is worth? Antique rugs can be difficult to value without the help of an expert.
Depression Glass Price Guide: Princess Green Depression Glass Cup. Page 25.
A guide to help you identify Depression glass patterns - Bubble Pattern. Page 3.
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.
West Germany Red and Pearl Pin - Learn how much your vintage costume jewelry is worth through this pictoral price guide. Page 65.
Learn about the teddy bear's history, what's collectible and newer teddy bears that will likely be collected in the future.