on 21 February 2004
Although i am not a collector as such, old antiques and things interest me a lot, and when i managed to borrow a copy of this book from a friend i had good time looking trough it.
This is an extreamly comprehensive book which has some great pictures of every item, along with a very detailed description which is easy to understand. Overall there are over 5,000 items listed, which appear in the following catagories: Advertising, Antiques, Autographs. Automobilia, Books, Cameras, Canes, Ceramics, Comics, Commemorative ware, Dog Collars, Film Memrobilia, Glass, Jewlery, Kitchen & Domestic, Mechanical Music, Medical Instruments, Militaria, Oil lamps, Optical, Oriental, Pens & Writing Equiptment, Plastics, Posters, Prints, Rock & Pop Memrobilia, Scent Bottles, Science & Technology, Silver, Smoking Collectables, Space Memrobilia, Sporting Collectables, Textiles, Tools, Toys & Games, Watches, and finally Wine & Drinking Collectables, to name but a few. Also, along the right hand side of the page there is an A-Z collum so finding which catogory you want to look for, is no hard task.
In the back of this fantastic book, there are lists of collectors clubs and auction houses, just in case you want to sell any of your antiques. It also tells you which places specalize in what antiques.
If you are a collector yourself then this is a must-have book, and as it's reasonably small, you can take it with you to antique fairs or such like events, and check what you are buying is worth any big bucks. A great book for both die-hard collectors and people with an intrested in antiques alike.