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The Antiques Magpie: A Fascinating Compendium of Absorbing History, Stories, Facts and Anecdotes from the World of Antiques Hardcover – 5 Sep 2013

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Product details

  • Hardcover: 224 pages
  • Publisher: Icon Books Ltd; 1st edition (5 Sept. 2013)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1848316038
  • ISBN-13: 978-1848316034
  • Product Dimensions: 13.9 x 2.4 x 20.5 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 3.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (9 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 633,343 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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'A delightful nest of insights from a professional who knows the game and can weave it into words.' -- Philip Mould 'An amusing romp through some of the most coveted antiques. Full of facts and surprising anecdotes, it's a compelling read that should raise a smile from both the enthusiastic amateur and the seasoned collector.' House & Garden 'Not only a very useful overall guide for collectors ... and a source of unlikely information, but a laugh a page. A perfect present for virtually everyone.' Country Life 'The perfect gift for all collectors' Choice Magazine

About the Author

Marc Allum is a freelance art and antiques writer and consultant based in Wiltshire. Marc has been a miscellaneous specialist on the BBC’s Antiques Roadshow programme since 1998.


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Format: Hardcover
An unusual take on the traditional formats reserved for antiques books. Well written and entertaining with an interesting mix of facts, history and personal anecdotes. Perfect for keeping by the bedside for dipping into (no pun intended!) and an excellent Christmas stocking filler. Highly recommended for anyone and not just the antiques enthusiast.
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As per the title, a compendium of fascinating facts and stories about subjects, from the seaside art of Donald McGill, the retro-cool Tretchikoff, to Faberge eggs, unicorn horns and the excavation of Troy. There are some illustrations and photos, but more would have been welcome.

For those wanting more traditional antiques information, there are many useful facts amongst the stories, such as a list of Monarchs (to identify style), a brief guide to periods and styles, information on the varying shapes of Grecian urns, gold purity, diamonds, and much more besides.

A truly eclectic book, which would appeal to most people.

Reviewed in exchange for a preview Kindle copy.
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Format: Hardcover
Just got this and couldn't put it down, full of funny anecdotes very weird and wonderful trivia and facts about antiques and collecting plus the odd ghost story !! Never knew quite how many ism's there were

Very very enjoyable read and loved it immensely. Am going to get some more copies as presents for my friends.
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Very taken with this lovely little book. So well written in a manner that everyone would like (not a fancy wordy tome). Marc Allum will make us all into wannabe collectors.
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I had the impression that I was going to get a lot of info in a small space, but, for example, the 3-page chapterlet on 'Decoding art' is about the hidden messages and symbolism in fine art, which the author admits are too numerous to cover in such a limited space. The representative examples he chooses are laurel wreaths for success, scales for justice, a very brief commentary on Hogarth's 'Gin Lane', blue as a symbol of purity, black and white as evil and good, an ape as the base nature of man, possessions as symbols of a person's achievements, a skull as death, a pool of water and an overflowing urn as fertility and abundance, and finally a broken pitcher as loss of innocence. Did I really need this book to tell me black represents evil and white good? The chapter on comic books lists the most expensive comics in general (10 examples) and for Beano (1 example), a very brief description of how comics are graded and then sealed permanently so that they can never be read again, and a bit of trivia on a man who looks for magazine extras, which can more than double the value of an issue if sold in conjunction with it. First issues (the above 11 highest sellers) are something the average person will never stumble upon and no info is given on how to look for these magazine extras oneself or how to sell them if does find one and does not have the magazine (should one buy the magazine and resell both together or just find a person with the magazine and sell him the extra for a fraction of the added value, or maybe just put them aside in a special box for the grandchildren). Thus while the chapterlet on comic books might be interesting, it has almost no practical information. This low level of info happens all too much for my liking.
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