- Paperback: 208 pages
- Publisher: KP Books; 4th Revised edition edition (28 Jan. 2005)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 0873498224
- ISBN-13: 978-0873498227
- Product Dimensions: 26.7 x 21 x 1.5 cm
- Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars See all reviews (1 customer review)
- Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 2,211,383 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
Collecting Antique Marbles: Identification and Price Guide Paperback – 28 Jan 2005
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About the Author
A child of antique collectors, Paul Baumann was encouraged to find his own collecting niche; he found it in marbles, and has been an avid collector since 1952.
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Now that being said....
This is one fine marble book! I have found it extremely useful in giving a very in-depth overview of marbles in general and a very good look at some of the various marble groups in particular. The author knows his history and has written about his subject is a very informative and readable way. Unlike many other books concerning this subject, the author has been very careful in recording what is absolute known fact versus speculation versus rumor. There is much we do no know about the manufacturing of early marbles, different companies, and different makers and when the author does not know for sure as to the facts, he is quick to not this. I appreciate that attribute in any writer of history.
This 208 page book contains over 1,200 high quality photographs along with detailed information as to how to identify marbles. One of the most helpful sections of the book; a section the author takes a lot of time with, is in dealing with potential fakes and forgeries and blatant reproductions. After reading the author's advice and sharing his knowledge, we find that it is not as difficult to identify these fakes as it would seem.
The author has thrown in a delightful chapter addressing carpet bowls along with the games history and again, some wonderful photographs.
If I have any negative feelings toward this book at all it would be directed toward the "pricing guide" aspect. Like all such books, i.e. those dealing with collectables and antiques, the information as to "how much are they worth" if fleeting at best. Prices change on almost a weekly basis. They change depending upon what part of the country you are working at a given time, and they change greatly according to individual taste, wants and needs. I know that I personally have purchased marbles for far more than the "list price" simply because I needed them to fill a gap in my collections. On the other hand, I have sold or trade marbles for far less that their going price simply because I had more than I needed in my collection at that time. My advice would be to use the prices here as a very, very general outline but do no consider them, i.e. the prices, to be written in stone.
Along with the high quality photographs, the history the author has recorded here is the strongest feature of this book. I also liked the section where he discusses the various methods of making and manufacturing marbles, from hand made to machine made, down through the years. There is some interesting stuff here folks.
I am giving this one five stars because it covers ground many other books do not cover and it is indeed a quality bit of work.