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For many years collectors and dealers alike tended to overlook dolls made of cloth in favor of their china and bisque contemporaries. Fortunately, this situation has changed dramatically in recent years. This book covers the story of cloth dolls from their ancient ancestors through to present day examples. This one easy-to-use volume with over 500 illustrations provides the most comprehensive study guide for this area in doll collecting available today. A value range is also included with each caption for easy reference.
During the early twentieth century, Vietnam was a cosmopolitan country, influenced not only by its Chinese and Khmer neighbors, but also by the French and other Europeans. This fascinating book is among the first in English to document the output of Vietnamese craftspeople and manufacturers from this period. Lacquer work, carvings, textiles, and ceramics are among the wonderful crafts illustrated in 302 color photographs. These are placed in their cultural context with a detailed text and insights from the author, who has lived in the region for many years. Collectors of Southeast Asian artifacts finally have a reference to help identify Vietnamese craft items, their meaning in the Vietnamese culture, and their current values.
Now there is finally a reference source for collector's of bisque and china children figurines! Whether you collect one type of figurine such as Snow Babies, Kewpies or Piano Babies or children figurines in general this book is for you. Lavishly illustrated with over 300 color photographs, this book offers a lot of practical information, illustrations of marks, the origins of each category, related collectibles and lists of manufacturers. In addition, the author provides you with guidelines on what to look for when purchasing figurines and a useful price guide! A reference source the children figurine collector will use over and over!
A variety of oil company-related items from small "give-aways" to hundreds of colorful oil cans, globes, and signs are presented here. The products of major national companies like Gulf and Texaco share space with many smaller and specialized products of marine, automotive, aviation, locomotive and small engine lubrication. The book has sections covering gasoline pumps, maps, badges, buttons, and signs for the refreshment sodas sold at the service stations. Over 500 color photographs present the graphics which make this area of advertising and packaging so entertaining. Current market values of the items are included with the captions.
This book chronicles the development of canes throughout the ages, defines their parts, the staggering variety of materials employed in their construction, and the dazzling array of gadgetry and weaponry hidden in many. Integral to the text are engaging stories of the author's experiences in hunting for the often elusive and rare sticks he has found over decades of collecting. He also provides advice that will give new collectors a much needed edge when entering the marketplace. Accompanying the text are over 1200 color photographs and illustrations. Invaluable information on the repair of damaged canes is also presented. An exhaustive index listing over 1580 cane patents from the United States, Britain, and Germany is provided as well as a very complete bibliography. Two illustrated auctioneer's catalogues and the prices received are included.
Along with knives, hammers and axes, the saw is a tool that has been used by humans for thousands of years. A toothed piece of metal fitted with a handle has been applied to cutting almost every material ever invented, from the softest wood to the hardest metals. In Britain, an industry to supply the nation's saw users began to grow rapidly in the eighteenth century, and marched with the Industrial Revolution to become the largest in the world. Millions of saws were made, and like most other tools, they were exported worldwide, but they don't survive very well, because their blades are thin, can break, are used up by sharpening and rust away. The nineteenth century was the peak of British output, when saws made chiefly in Sheffield, from that city's unique crucible steel, poured out of dozens of works, all employing specially skilled men to make beautiful tools of steel, brass and wood. These attractive objects are highly collectable, and an enlarging international community of tool enthusiasts is becoming avidly knowledgeable about the huge range of saws that are still to be had from car boot sales, specialist auction houses and online. Using a wide range of photographs, Simon Barley provides a collector's guide to British saws.
Baby-boomers, this book is for YOU! Hippie artifacts are a potential goldmine today. Abundant undiscovered material still lies in attics and basements from the 1965 to 1973 era. Many of these items are scarce today because they were made in limited quantities and were not considered worth keeping. This pictorial review of a counter culture demonstrates its significant impact on society then and now. 540 color photographs show thousands of items that reflect Peace and Love, protest causes, folk art, psychedelic images, the crash pad, Flower Power, and the headshop, as well as toys and novelties, the specialized wardrobes, literature, and especially music and entertainment of the hippie genre. Nostalgic for many and eye-popping for all, this collection will recall and immortalize the "far out, progressive, activist" music, happenings, and underground movie and coffee houses of the time. Children of baby-boomers will look at this book and howl "old hippie!" Current market values are in the captions.
n this dual-edition collection, a first full-length presentation of Mary Jane White's poetry along with a substantial group of translations from the poetry of Marina Tsvetaeva--possibly the most important Russian poet of the 20th Century. Mary Jane White, a distinguished poet and translator and recipient of both an NEA Translator's Fellowship, brings us this unique offering of her own writing and translation.
The lovely Florence figures, made in Pasadena, California, by Florence Ward and the Florence Ceramics Company from 1939 into the 1960s are featured in this first book on the subject. With over 400 color photographs, readers are introduced to the lovely ladies in elegant, lace-trimmed gowns, perfectly behaved children standing or sitting quietly as angels, and gentlemen dressed like dandies in their short pants and fancy coats. This history of the Florence collection includes complete details about the early factory and the step-by-step process used in the creation of figurines as related by Florence's son, Clifford Ward, Jr. Some of largest Florence collections in the country are represented along with a price guide of yesteryear, Florence artware, Florence pairs, and children figurines.
A fascinating survey of the majolica ceramic wares produced in Victorian England, Europe, and America. Over 550 color photographs of these popular, brightly-glazed ceramics demonstrate the various forms in tablewares, serving dishes, figurals, planters, jardinieres, and vases that colored Victorian homes. Brief explanations of majolica's origins, manufacturing, and makers are included, and the items are organized into broad categories by ware type (jardinieres, plates, platters, etc.) for easy reference. Also included are a bibliography, index, and values with the photo captions.
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