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on 29 November 2014
A wonderful book full of very informative information about a wide range of antiques. I highly recommend it for experts and beginners alike.
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Over a period of 30+ years the Miller's antiques and collectables publications have become the most popular and trusted definitive price guides of their type, and this latest `Miller's Antiques Handbook & Price Guide 2014-2015' reaches a peak of perfection. It is beautifully presented with thousands of superb illustrations of objects in full colour, neat informative text, and division into helpful sections with category headings to supplement an authoritative index. In addition to the wealth of advice and guidance on antiques and price ranges there numerous tips on valuing, dating and confirmation of provenance, with details of designers, consultants, specialists and auctioneers. Obviously this `Miller's Antiques Handbook & Price Guide 2014-2015' is not for reading from cover to cover but it is a marvellous reference book, and it is for the pleasure of dipping into. It is itself a `work of art' and it will take pride of place on any bookshelf - preferably a Georgian or Victorian sécretaire, bureau or breakfront bookcase.
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VINE VOICEon 25 September 2013
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The Wisden of the antique world Miller's Antiques Handbook seems to have been around forever so I got a bit of shock when I found out that it has only been published since 1979. I have perused a few earlier copies but the 2014-2015 edition is street ahead of it's predecessors.

Fractionally smaller than A4 the book runs to 648 pages and is extremely heavy! It is split into 24 logical divisions each one covering a particular genre of the antique business such as ceramics, clocks etc. In each section examples of items are given with pictures, description and valuation.Essential reference is given highlighting what to look for and how to spot fakes along with a closer look which points out why particular pieces are more desirable.

Although largely compiled and edited by Judith Miller contributions are also given by many more famous valuers, many of them familiar faces thanks to programmes such as the Antiques Roadshow.

Not a book that you would pick up and read from cover to cover but one that can be dipped into or consulted when the need arises. Very enjoyable, very well put together and much recommended.
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This is a book for those with a serious interest in antiques, either as a collector or dealer. I buy every edition - there used to be several price guides but I think Millers is the last, published only once every two years these days as opposed to annually. It covers a wide range of items from furniture to silver, jewellery, glass, ceramics, clothing, etc.. It also includes collectors' items that are not strictly antiques such as 1960s glass and furniture. Within each category there are plenty of good photos with brief descriptions and occasional more detailed commentary. This isn't a book for car booters or Cash in the Attic'/'Bargain Hunt' watchers (the Millers Collectables guide would be more suitable): this is mid to high end stuff, either established antiques or up and coming areas such as mid-century furniture. By its very nature this isn't an in depth guide either but for getting a view on where the market is it is extremely useful.
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This book surely needs no introduction, it is by far the most essential and trusted guide to the antique market, and being the lucky owner of a Georgian house, this is one book I wouldn't be without.

My husband and I have purchased 'Miller's Antiques Handbook and Price Guide' by Judith Miller for the last twenty years and it is fascinating to see how the antique and collectible trends have changed over the years.

'Miller's Antiques Handbook and Price Guide' is in itself a beautiful hardback with a colourful dust jacket and at 27cm x 20cm in size and 648 pages, the guide is crammed full with stunning colour photographs showing a myriad of antiques and their prices.

Judith Miller always includes heaps of tips and advice for the novice collector as well as the expert antique dealer and this year is no exception.

'Miller's Antiques Handbook and Price Guide' is a must for anyone even remotely interested in period furniture, collectibles and such like.
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As an auction house and jumble sale addict, I had always meant to get around to buying a copy of this, just to be sure I wasn't letting any little treasures slip through my fingers.

However, it turns out that this book isn't really for people like me. The vast majority of the pieces shown in the book are highly aspirational in nature. They are so obviously "worth something" that they won't turn up in bargain bins or even in small local auctions. Even allowing for that, I think many of the prices quoted in the book seem to be rather on the optimistically high side - comparing these prices with actual sales online suggests many are priced here well in excess of their actual worth.

I'm not very sure who the guide is aimed at. As mentioned earlier, it's not going to be very helpful for "accidental discoveries", and I would expect people who were dealing in big ticket items, such as those featured in the book, to already be in possession of most of the information provided. For my part, I would have been better served by Miller's Collectables (sic) Handbook, which seems to cover my area of interest a little better. This is no fault of this book, which is very nicely presented, on good heavy glossy paper, with clear text and pictures. A very good book, just not for me.
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VINE VOICEon 3 November 2013
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It's not really too much of a surprise that a handbook like this would be focussed on more expensive antiques, and that's mostly the case here. There are some more inexpensive pieces in each category, but the main focus is on the well known names and more rare pieces. This seems pretty sensible given that cheaper pieces may well be bought purely for visual appeal rather than long-term value (although if like me you're looking at furnishing a period property and seeing what pieces might be affordable with genuine antique pieces rather than modern alternatives it's not so useful). The pictures are excellent, and show each piece clearly. There isn't too much time spent on pieces, just a brief note about each generally, so it's more of use for identifying which style or origin a piece appears to be rather than being sufficient for being certain about whether a piece is genuine. Given that the book aims to cover everything from pottery to furniture to glassware and more. The author has a solid reputation, so their estimates should pretty reliable.
So, in all, it's a great coffee table piece, and very reasonably priced for the size and print quality, with a good range of items covered. It won't make you an expert, but it will help you to identify styles that you like or pieces that are within your price range to decide which pieces to look out for and what price range to expect. This being the main aim of the book it gets 4 stars from me.
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I have seen these guides over the years and always thought they looked special. I now have in my hands a very weighty volume of the highest printed quality with fine illustrations. I think other reviewers have mentioned this as being a great coffee table book and I have to agree that it will be a great shame to just put it onto the bookshelf.
I note that this is published by Octopus and printed in China and regarding the full RRP it is not overpriced but like most things it can be purchased at a discounted price.
This book will appeal to those who enjoy looking at beautiful objects and there are many to be found on the pages of this guide. It will also be a wonderful resource for those wishing to gain information on values and comparisons.
The range of objects included by subject is considerable making this the first call as a reference volume.
As you may expect there is a lengthy section on furniture with hundreds if not more images to enable identification. Take a look at page 176 and you will see an American child's barber chair in the form of a leopard and valued at twenty thousand pounds.
The famous Metamorphic library table/steps can be found on page 195 and the valuation makes one worth looking out for.
The section on clocks and watches is very detailed and beautifully illustrated and page 304 has an image of a highly valuable Piaget Diamond set white gold bracelet watch that I doubt I shall ever see!
Pages 387/388 feature some very old corkscrews that happen to have considerable value. I could continue to pick out things that have caught my eye but it is getting difficult as every pages contains items of interest. I will have to simply recommend this latest edition as a must have for the collector and social history fan.
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This is a beautifully produced, authoritative guide to antiques, including some more modern items. Each page carries a wealth of photographs of objects and information, including price guides and is a pleasure to browse in as well as being an excellent reference work.

The book is divided into categories and sub-categories (e.g. Scientific Instruments - Globes) for easy reference and has a comprehensive index. Each section begins with a review of the state of the market and Miller also features panels of "Judith Picks" with descriptions of items she finds especially interesting. I've found it very interesting and often extremely useful when sorting out old "junk" (sadly, usually to find out that what I was looking at isn't a real antique).

This is recognised as an authoritative guide to antiques and their prices and is also a lovely book to own and enjoy. Very warmly recommended.
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I received this book free via the Amazon Vine programme (as did all my fellow 'Vine' reviewers, but none of them has bothered to mention the fact for some reason).

My interest in antiques is solely derived from avid viewing of 'Bargain Hunt' whenever I'm at home on weekday lunchtimes, a sure sign of impending old age, but it does make you look a bit harder when you're out and about at a sale or in a second hand shop.

This is a lovely book to own, with beautiful photographs of thousands of wonderful (and not so wonderful) objects. You couldn't take it with you to an antiques fair or a boot sale as it's too big, but it should be very useful to help you do your homework beforehand if you're interested in a specific subject.

I wouldn't have bought it if it hadn't been offered to me for nothing, but having received it, I've spent a good few hours already enjoying looking through it. I'm delighted to be able to say it has confirmed my pre-existing opinion that everything old that we own is rubbish.

Others have said it's a great coffee table book, and I'd have to agree. Sadly though, I can now see that our coffee table is made of genuine chipboard.

However I'm sure if you're involved in any way in the antiques world, it must be an essential purchase to keep abreast of the current state of the market.

When you're dealing with the definitive work on any subject, it's fairly pointless giving it any less than five stars, and I can't think of anything else I can usefully add.

Into antiques? Buy this book.
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