You can search the finished auctions on these sites to see what items sold for. This will give you an idea of what your antique or collectible could be worth.
Sotheby's - This is the Sotheby's website but you can also search some of their finished auctions
AntiqueCast - This website searches ebay finished auctions
Doyle New York - This New York auction house lists prices
realized at its live auctions. Click on "Sales Results" to access the search engine for past auctions. Lists furniture, fine jewelry and other types of antiques.
Antiques and Collectibles Books and Written Material
Your local library is still a wealth of information. They have many
price guides and other information books on a variety of antiques and collectibles such as: American Dinnerware, European Porcelain, Stickley Furniture, Dolls, Pottery, Porcelain and China Marks and much more. There are also books specific to a particular manufacturer or potter.
If your local library doesn't have what you are looking for and you have a large chain bookstore near you they too have numerous
books that you can browse through.
It is really a pleasure to sit in a nice quiet library reading and learning about your favorite subject.
Antiques & Collectibles Price Guides
These that I have listed are the ones that I use, and are the source of most of the information on our website. I'm sure that there are many more out there.
- Flea Market Trader
- Kovels - Price Guides and Marks Books
- Garage Sale and Flea Market Annual
- Any Doll Price Guide by Pat Smith
- Compo Dolls 1928 - 1955 Id & Price Guide by Polly and Pam Judd
- Collector's Encyclopedia of American Dinnerware by Jo Cunningham
- Dinnerware of the 20th Century by Harry Rinker
- Antique Trader - Has monthly subscription publications, price guides and many other very informative resources
- A Pictorial Guide to Pottery and Porcelain Marks by Chad Lage
- American Kitchen and Dinnerwares by Lois Lerner
Antiques & Collectibles Magazines and Periodic Publications;
- Antique Trader's Collector (Magazine & Price Guide)
- Antiques Roadshow Insider
- Discover Mid-America (they have them for each area)
- Doll Reader
- Arts & Antiques
- Kovels on Antiques and Collectibles
Marks, History and Identification Books
- *The Best* - Lehner's Encyclopedia of U.S. Marks on Pottery, Porcelain & Clay by Lois Lehner
- Marks on German, Bohemian and Australian Porcelain 1710 to Present by Robert E. Rontgen
- The Dictionary of American Pottery Marks - Whiteware and Porcelain by C. Gerald DeBolt
- Kovels Dictionary of Marks/ Pottery and Porcelain
- Costume Jewelry by Tracy Tolkien
- Miller's Antiques Encyclopedia
- The Concise Encyclopedia of Continental and European Porcelain, Pottery and China by Haggar
- Depression Glass by Florence
- Early American Pressed Glass Ruth Webb Lee
- I have several glass books by Ruth Webb Lee
- American Brillian Cut Glass by Boggess
- The Collector's Encyclopedia of Limoges Porcelain by Mary Gaston
As I stated, there are numerous price guides and other books out there just waiting for you to thumb through the pages. You can get price guides that are very specific to a dinnerware manufacturer, paperweights, ink wells, vintage clothes ... on and on.
Personally, I use price guides as a guideline only. I have found that they are usually pretty steep price wise but it gives you a fair ballpark price on your item.
I also purchase old price guides and antique magazines to refer to. They often identify older dinnerware and glassware patterns that
aren't found in newer books. Look through old magazines and catalogs as well this is a wonderful way to become familiar with items from different decades.
If you are in the market for good resource and reference books or price guides for antiques and collectibles here are two very good sources for your purchase -
Antiques and Collectibles Sold In The Antique Shop - Use this as a guide for your similar items