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Miller's Antiques Price Guide 2003 [Hardcover]

Elizabeth Norfolk
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3 Aug 2002
The antiques market is becoming increasingly global, with auction houses using the Internet to distribute sales catalogues and results, so prices are becoming more standardized. In addition, the growth of the Internet has fuelled an exciting e-market, led by eBay, but also joined by the traditional auction houses who all now hold Internet sales. Antiques are accessible to people in the 21st-century in a way that has not been seen before, thereby broadening the base and strengthening the market. The 2003 edition covers over 60 subject areas, including traditional antiques such as furniture, pottery, porcelain, silver and glass, and also includes the decorative arts,textiles, posters, kitchenware, science and technology. Special features by an international team of 20 named experts take a closer look at particular categories, with historical, collecting and market information. This year's special features include Toby jugs, blue and white pottery, paperweights, Asian furniture, sculpture, musical instruments, plus a new section on photographs. Sevres porcelain, French country furniture, and the Art Deco style are also examined in depth.Every item is illustrated, described and priced. In addition, historical reviews of makers, factories, and designers, how to shop wisely, spot fakes, and how to look after antiques are all covered. Expers review the market trends over 2002 in the antiques world, and reveal what is hot and what is not.


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  • Hardcover: 816 pages
  • Publisher: Miller's Publications; 2003 edition (3 Aug 2002)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1840006129
  • ISBN-13: 978-1840006124
  • Product Dimensions: 27.4 x 17 x 5.3 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (3 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 1,981,096 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Miller's Antiques Price Guide 2003 calls on 24 years of specialist knowledge to bring you the very best in antiques. With over 800 pages and approximately 10,000 new items illustrated, captioned, and priced there is no comparable guide available. Almost 60 subjects are covered from traditional antiques to textiles and special features highlight the latest collecting trends.

About the Author

Elizabeth Norfolk has been General Editor of Miller's Antiques Price Guide since 1995. A trained numismatist, she continues to be active in the coin world alongside her engagements for Miller's.

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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
By R. F. Stevens HALL OF FAME TOP 50 REVIEWER
Format:Hardcover|Verified Purchase
Miller's Price guide "Professional Handbook" is essential to help us study the wonders doing the rounds in the Antiques Trade. If you have an interest in buying or selling then you need to have a current copy of this book.
(Edit, 01/10/2013. This review was first written in 2003, therefore see the current 2014 Millers Guide.)

We tend to buy a copy every couple of years, but in addition to this "The Original" 2003 Octopus edition with its 10,000 items (mostly in black and white and accompanied by lots of adverts), I also bought the 2003 D&K edition which is more of a coffee table item and completely different with only 8,500 items but all in colour and far easier to read.

All categories of household collectables are covered. The layout is simple and easy to follow; the Contents page lists the sections and the edge of each page carries the relevant section title. There are almost eight hundred pages devoted to the illustrations of the items, their description and prices. It is rounded off with indexes and directories to help us understand and access the market more easily.

The downside is that there are too many adverts getting in the way for quick access, and it is too crowded when trying to find a specific item. The balance between amount of information and density and speed of access has tipped it away from the usability, which is why I bought the other much more accessible D&K edition even though it has fewer items listed.
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5.0 out of 5 stars This is verging on being a catalog. 25 April 2005
By bernie VINE VOICE
Format:Hardcover
You would get a hernia trying to carry this around to antique malls. This book weights at least 5 lbs.
It is well laid out with a section on how to use the book. Most of the pictures are black and white with special designated sections called "Colour Review". There is a periods and styles chart. And lots of advertisements with phone numbers. Various disciplines are covered; some are Irish antiques, carousel animals, Poole pottery, majolica, and ceramics, and French provincial furniture.
I actually obtained it for the section on glass. There are several good descriptions and trademark displays. It mostly targets 18th and 19th century glass. I would like it more if this book had described production methods. However it does cover what it promised "Prices"
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5.0 out of 5 stars Miller's Antiques Price Guide 2003 10 May 2003
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Format:Hardcover
Only this book can give me a reference to me bying some antiques at London or when I am vissiting the antiquemarkets in England and Belgium.
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5.0 out of 5 stars This is verging on being a catalog. 2 May 2001
By bernie - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Hardcover
You would get a hernia trying to carry this around to antique malls. This book weights at least 5 lbs.

It is well laid out with a section on how to use the book. Most of the pictures are black and white with special designated sections called "Colour Review". There is a periods and styles chart. And lots of advertisements with phone numbers. Various disciplines are covered; some are Irish antiques, carousel animals, Poole pottery, majolica, and ceramics, and French provincial furniture.

I actually obtained it for the section on glass. There are several good descriptions and trademark displays. It mostly targets 18th and 19th century glass. I would like it more if this book had described production methods. However it does cover what it promised "Prices"
9 of 18 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Its wonderful. 15 Jun 2000
By jacob thiel - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Hardcover
I think the book shows a lot about antiques and good price guides.
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