13th Antiques and Their Prices Author:Edwin G. Warman "Antiques and Their Prices," the first and foremost price guide on antiques published in America, celebrates another birthday. It was purely coincidental that the "13th Antiques and Their Prices" publication date corresponded with the birthday celebration of our nation. America had its beginning with 13 states, 13 stripes and 13 stars. It was no... more »t intentional!
Prices on all antiques and collectibles continue to rise. More and more people are buying antiques for use, investment purposes, potential appreciation and pleasure. They realize that there is a limited supply of old things available and they are either holding on to what they own or trying to acquire what they can while the supply lasts. Record auction prices are being recorded all over the world. Collectors are buying what they want or need with what seems to be little regard for cost.
Some categories in the collecting field have increased more in value than others. Art glass, cut glass, period furnishings, early china and other "true" antiques have escalated so in price that they are relatively out of reach to the average buyer. Consequently renewed interests, later periods, neglected area and recent collectibles are taking a strong hold. Pressed glasswares are experiencing a revival. Objects made of metal such as silver, gold and bronze have always been desirables; but the high cost of the raw material has influenced the price of the finished art works considerably. Folk art, semi-modern porcelains and pottery, prints, late furniture and memorabilia are being eagerly sought out today. The law of supply and demand reigns. The field of new and modern collectibles, such as plates, spoons, and bicentennial items, is one of today's most profitable and major industries. When purchasing these current, new collectibles, consider them first for their aesthetic value rather than as an investment potential. In all probability, it will tkae several years for a secondary collectors' maket to develop.
The prices listed in this book are average retail prices. They were compiled personally with the assistance of an experienced staff. Information was gained by attending antique shows, sales and auctions; from private sources, shops, dealers and collectors. Prices vary from region to region due to availability, demand, condition and interest; they will not alwys correspond with the prices listed herein. The primary purpose of this book is to be regarded as A GUIDE TO PRICES and NOT THE FINAL AUTHORITY!
It is virtually impossible and impractical to list and cover in depth all the various items deemed important to the many diversified antiques and collectibles.
Every effort has been made to record accurate prices and correct information. However, in the event of clerical, typographical or any other errors, I delcine to assume any and all responsibility for loss or losses incurred by the purchasers or users of this book.
Regretfully, I am personally unable to reply to the many requests I receive for information and prices from individuals. I suggest addtional information can be obtained by attending antique shows and sales, consulting private dealers, reference books and trade publications. These are all invaluable aids for becoming a more knowledgeable and advanced collector.