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We all want to know the value of the precious antiques collectibles or kitsch items that we collect, horde, dust, admire, cherish, can't live without, even the things that we wonder why we bought them in the first place.

You inherit a Victorian (or is it) vase with naked cherubs and lots of lacey things on it and it is only natural to want to know what it's worth. I am extremely sentimental so I am not sure if there is any price that would cause me to sell something that someone I adored had left to me but ... that's me.

The best way to learn more about your antiques and collectibles is to research the history of the manufacturer. Along the way you will also find out what your prized piece is worth but most importantly you will come away with a tad more knowledge than you had before, a greater respect for the hard work that went in to creating the wonderful object you have and quite possibly you will have a desire to learn more about different genres of antiques and collectibles.

Please use the resources I am giving you in this guide ... you might enjoy the process.

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I can no longer respond to inquiries for antique or collectible mark or backstamp information or free appraisals. That is why I provide all of these antique and collectible references and resources for visitor's to my online antique shop. Please use all of these resources and links, if you do and the information is out there, you WILL find it.

I have found that the Internet DOES NOT have all of the answers, if you don't know exactly what you are looking for it is difficult to find it online. This is when the library and good ole books come in handy. You can sit and browse at your leisure.

Nothing beats getting out in person and going to antiques show, shops and sales, this is where you learn the feel, heft and smell of the real antiques and collectibles. This is where the real learning takes place. If you really want to learn about an item you must hit the streets and go to some antique shops. Ask questions, run your hands all over them, smell them, caress them, crawl underneath the furniture, turn them over, open them up, look at their joints... I spend more time buying a piece of furniture than I did finding a husband.

You might check in periodically on my Marks & History Page to see if your "mark" is eventually posted there. I work on this page when time permits and that is more so in the winter months.

  • If you have an item "just exactly like "_____" that I have here in the shop, chances are really good that the prices are the same on yours as on mine.
  • If your Mark or Backstamp is similar to one posted on the marks page, with a slight variation, I suggest that you conduct further research on that particular company (look at a Marks book) to see all of the mark variations. Some companies have numerous marks for their wares.
  • The same applies to dinnerware patterns, use the library to research all of the patterns made by specific manufacturer's or browse the dinnerware patterns at I do not know all of the pattern names so please don't ask me....

Use your search engines, I recommend, type the name of your product in and see where you end up.

Many shop owners have gone to a great deal of trouble to put resources on their shop sites such as "Mark" pages, Silver Hallmark's, etc. Type this into Google and go right to those sites.

Go to some of the online auction websites and look at the "finished" auctions, see what items have sold for. This gives you a true sense of what items are worth as well what is really selling and what is not.

Browse online antique shop sites and see what people are selling similar items for. If you have a plate and see the same plate in a shop with a different decal... the price is probably the same.

Online Research

1500 Potters of Stoke-On-Trent - A guide to British (especially Stoke -on-Trent and Staffordshire) ceramic companies their history, trade and initial marks (the markings used on the bottom of some ceramics)

American Dinnerware Made Along the Ohio River Valley - This includes, Knowles, KT&K, TS&T, Homer Laughlin and a few more. This is a very informative site

Books Price Guide Online - Find the price of rare, antiquarian, antique and out of print books online on this website.

Bohemian, Czech, Austrian Porcelain Marks - This is a great website with a wealth of information and wonderful photos of marks. This site is focused on Bohemia, Czechoslovakian, Austrian and similar antique porcelain marks.

European Registration Marks - Early European especially British pottery, porcelain and china pieces have a registration mark on the bottom. Use this guide to identify when your antique was made.

First Edition Books - How to identify first edition books

Gladding McBean and Franciscan Pottery Brochures Online

Information on Fruit and Canning Jars - This website also has information on insulators. I refer to it often.

Information on Souvenir Spoons - I did not know there was so much information available on spoons. This site has it all.

Kovels Online Online price guide - sign-up is free. Fairly easy to use but no photographs.

Online Encyclopedia of American Silver Marks - I am somewhat of a silver nut and I spend quite a bit of time on this site.

Online Price Guides - A wonderful website with numerous links to a variety of online price guides and lists of what items sold at auction.

Primer on Fruit Jars - Great information on identifying vintage fruit jars and tips on collecting vintage fruit jars

The Federation of Historical Bottle Collectors - This site is a wealth of information on bottles, glass, fruit jars, reproductions and more.

U.S. Patent Numbers and Dates of Issue - Looking up the patent number that is on your item (if there is one on it) this page can give you an idea on when it was produced. chinese porcelain collector's info

This website has numerous Japanese and Chinese Marks. It is a great website if you love oriental pieces and antiques.

Online Auction Websites

Use these web sites as well as some of the other resources I have listed and you should be able to find not only the value of your item but a little bit of the history behind your prized antique or collectible. HAVE FUN!

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Antique Word Glossary

Antique Marks, Backstamps and History

How To Find the Value on Your Collectibles & Antiques - Antiques, Collectibles, Kitsch

Antiques and Collectibles Sold In The Antique Shop - Use this as a guide for your similar items

Antiques and Collectibles Questions and Answers


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Antique Marks, Backstamps and History

Use your local library to research your antiques and collectibles, it is STILL a great resource.

Price guides and resource books can be very costly. So make a list of the marks on your antiques or take photos of the items you want to look up and visit your library for a nice quiet, relaxing day.

I have been in the antiques and collectibles business for many years but I still have to research a large number of the items that I purchase for my own collection and to sell. I follow the same procedures that I have outlined for you here.

I often find information on one item while researching a completely different antique or collectible item.

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