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See below for a selection of the latest books from Antiques & collectables category. Presented with a red border are the Antiques & collectables books that have been lovingly read and reviewed by the experts at Lovereading. With expert reading recommendations made by people with a passion for books and some unique features Lovereading will help you find great Antiques & collectables books and those from many more genres to read that will keep you inspired and entertained. And it's all free!

Kovels' Antiques and Collectibles Price Guide 2021

Kovels' Antiques and Collectibles Price Guide 2021

Author: Kim Kovel, Terry Kovel Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 29/10/2020

The 2021 Kovels' Antiques and Collectibles Price Guide is the most complete and best-illustrated price guide available -- with 15,000 listings and more than 2,500 full-color photographs -- from the most trusted name in the industry. The Kovels are the most trusted source for both the casual and expert collector. With 15,000 actual prices and 2,500 full-color photographs, the guide also features exceptionally well-organized, wide-ranging, and up-to-the-minute information, and includes more tips, marks, logos, and photographs than any other competitive title. Kovels' is the only guide with prices based on actual sales from the previous calendar year, never estimates. Unlike other guides, which focus almost exclusively on English or high-priced items, Kovels' covers all American and international items and includes reasonably-priced goods. The book is organized by categories most sought-after by collectors, including depression glass, dolls, jewelry, furniture, porcelain, and sports memorabilia. Indexes, cross-references, and expert commentary throughout empower readers to collect with confidence and price their own antiques.

The Beatles Collected

The Beatles Collected

Author: Pete Nash Format: Hardback Release Date: 30/09/2020

The Beatles Collected is the illustrated story of The Beatles told through the products we bought and collected. Beautifully photographed and designed The Beatles Collected includes record sleeves and labels, promotional material, concert and film artefacts and advertising and the whole gamut of Beatles merchandise from guitars, plastic models, clothes, wigs and even Beatles mothballs! The book covers everything from the rare and expensive to items produced in their millions. Of interest to both serious collectors and those baby boomers who remember owning Beatles bubblegum cards, original albums on Veejay or Swan or even a diecast yellow submarine!

Arkansas Made, Volume 2

Arkansas Made, Volume 2

Author: Swannee Bennett, Jennifer Carman, William B. Worthen Format: Hardback Release Date: 30/09/2020

Arkansas Made is the culmination of the Historic Arkansas Museum's exhaustive investigations into the history of the state's material culture past. Decades of meticulous research have resulted in this exciting two-volume set portraying the work of a multitude of artisan cabinetmakers, silversmiths, potters, fine artists, quilters, and more working in communities all over the sate. The work of these artisan groups documented and collected here has been the driving force of the Historic Arkansas Museum's mission to collect and preserve Arkansas's creative legacy and rich artistic traditions. Arkansas Made demonstrates that Arkansas artists, artisans, and their works not only existed, but are worthy of study, admiration, and reflection.

When the Cane Was King

When the Cane Was King

Format: Hardback Release Date: 14/09/2020

A comprehensive study of walking canes from around the world, dating from the distant past to the modern day. Presents historical context on both practical and ceremonial usage. Specially shot pictures showcase the celebrated A&D Collection of canes, while enlightening prose demonstrates the cane's enduring relevance to society. More than just a mobility aid, the cane has held numerous offices of significance. From the staff of the legendary Monkey King in the Chinese classic Journey to the West, to stylised crosiers carried by high-ranking prelates from the Roman Catholic church, to the truncheon wielded by Mr Punch in puppet shows, canes are embedded in the culture of almost every country around the globe. Roving the map with one hand and thumbing through history books with the other, When the Cane Was King seeks not only to introduce the collector to the diverse wealth of canes available, but also to entertain the casual reader. Intermingled with high-quality pictures are descriptions of 'gadget' canes for tradesmen, 'squirting' canes for pranksters, and glamorous Art Nouveau canes for the dapper gentlemen of the '20s. Informative and meticulously researched, this book paves an accessible route into a niche subject while paying homage to our ongoing relationship with canes, which stretches back as far as history itself.

Rookwood

Rookwood

Author: Bob Batchelor Format: Hardback Release Date: 14/09/2020

Published to coincide with Rookwood's 140th anniversary, this beautiful, collectible, fully illustrated volume tells the rich story of this female-founded, female-owned great American art pottery company. Author and historian Bob Batchelor tells the compelling story of this artisanal ceramics company, still operating in the heart of the Ohio River Valley from its founding to present day. Filled with behind-the-scenes artist and creator interviews, stories of Rookwood's avid collectors, as well as never-before-seen images and documents from the company's historic archives, you will see why Rookwood remains a pillar of true craftsmanship. About Rookwood: The Rookwood Pottery was probably the most famous company making art pottery in the United States in the late nineteenth century into the twentieth century, achieving an international reputation and consistently promoting artistic innovation. Proud that the pottery was an artist's studio, not a factory, Rookwood Pottery is known for its exceptionally fine glazes and successful experimental designs. By assimilating the strengths of myriad aesthetic movements from the American Art Pottery Movement to Art Nouveau and Art Deco, Rookwood Pottery encouraged decorators to try unusual subjects and to explore new techniques. The Rookwood Pottery Company is located in the bustling Over-the-Rhine neighborhood of Cincinnati, Ohio-and it has been for decades. Pioneering artist Maria Longworth-Nichols founded the studio in the Queen City in 1880, building the business and laying the foundation for what Rookwood is today: a world-renowned artisanal ceramics company, operating in the heart of the Ohio River Valley. From New York's Grand Central Station to The Louvre in Paris, contemporary boutique hotels to historic homes, Rookwood has truly made its mark on the world in the past three centuries. And now, it's embarking on the next chapter. Today, Rookwood continues to build upon its rich heritage, creating the highest-quality pottery and architectural tile in the United States. With a team of just over 70 employees, Rookwood is deeply committed to their mission: cultivating artistic inspiration, giving back to the community, and balancing their rich legacy with forward-thinking momentum-ideas that are central to the Rookwood brand. They take pride in their process, their people and their product, ultimately creating premier pieces with a story-and a one-of-a-kind luxury experience that can only be Rookwood.

Uncorked: A Corkscrew Collection

Uncorked: A Corkscrew Collection

Format: Hardback Release Date: 10/08/2020

Ever since the standardized wine bottle came into use in the eighteenth century, thirsty people have sought a convenient means of removing its cork stopper. At first they employed whatever was at hand--including the helical gun screws used to clean out firearms--but the patent corkscrew emerged by 1795 and soon multiplied into more permutations than the proverbial better mousetrap. In Uncorked, Marilynn Gelfman Karp uses her own collection of corkscrews--carefully chosen both for their inventiveness and for their decorative qualities--to trace the history and evolution of this curious tool. She establishes a taxonomy of the corkscrew, based on the fundamental characteristics of handle, shaft, and screw, and then presents more than 650 individual specimens by category. They range from the simplest basic T models to the most whimsical flights of fancy (a folding pair of legs, a seahorse) and the most elaborate mechanical contrivances. Each example is illustrated with superb color photography and fully described. Uncorked is at once a serious contribution to the history of material culture, and a delight to page through. It will be an essential reference for helixophiles (as collectors of these gadgets are called) and an agreeable gift for any corkscrew-wielding wine lover.

Your Vintage Keepsake

Your Vintage Keepsake

Author: Margaret T. Ordonez Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 12/07/2020

Acts of Possession

Acts of Possession

Author: Leah Dilworth Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 08/07/2020

The success of internet auction sites like e-Bay and the cult status of public television's Antiques Roadshow attest to the continued popularity of collecting in American culture. The thriving market for mass-produced collectibles confirms that consumption patterns are imbued with layers of cultural significance-meanings largely determined within the realm of the marketplace. Acts of Possession investigates the ways cultural meanings of collections have evolved and yet remained surprisingly unchanged throughout American history. Drawing upon the body of theoretical work on collecting, the contributors investigate how, what, and why Americans have collected and why they are attracted to certain objects, exploring the inherent meanings behind systems of organization and display. Essays consider the meanings of Thomas Jefferson's Indian Hall at Monticello; the pedagogical theories behind nineteenth-century children's cabinets of curiosities; collections of Native American artifacts; and the ability of the owners of dollhouses to construct meaning within the context of Victorian ideals of domesticity. The authors also consider some darker aspects of collecting-hoarding, fetishism, and compulsive behavior-scrutinizing collections of racist memorabilia and fascist propaganda. The final essay posits the serial killer as a collector, an investigation into the dangerous objectification of humans themselves. Focusing on individual as opposed to museum collections, the contributors employ the methodology of several disciplines, including American studies, history, art history, and museum studies.

Greek and Roman Treasures in Christchurch

Greek and Roman Treasures in Christchurch

Author: J. R. Green Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 07/07/2020

This book presents a selection of 30 objects from the James Logie Memorial Collection of Classical Antiquities at the University of Canterbury, Christchurch. Founded in 1957 when Marion Steven of the Classics Department gifted items of Greek pottery in memory of her husband, James Logie, University Registrar 1950O 56, the collection has developed into one of the finest repositories of Classical treasures in New Zealand. Each of the items in this selection of highlights from the Logie Collection is illustrated and expertly described, providing the reader with an opportunity to see and understand the work of craftsmen going back more than three thousand years.

Fake Books

Fake Books

Author: Armin Muller Format: Hardback Release Date: 25/06/2020

Radioactive Luminous Paint - a cardinal derailment of watchmaking

Radioactive Luminous Paint - a cardinal derailment of watchmaking

Author: Harrison John Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 15/05/2020

Mosley's Men in Black

Mosley's Men in Black

Author: John Millican Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 06/05/2020