Book Review: The ultimate guide for the collector, dealer and the just plain curious

Here is the ultimate guide for the collector, dealer and the just plain curious. This dictionary includes more than 5,300 entries of craftsmen, brand names, silversmiths, tools, manufacturers, terms makers, artists, words and everything else in the world of antiques and collectibles. There are even definitions of more than 300 different colors used by Sears & Roebuck in mail-order catalogs during the 1920s. Robert and Claudette Reed have been doing research and writing professionally on these subjects for some 20 years. Also included in this comprehensive resource are hundreds of photographs. The Reeds are the authors of more than a dozen books including Vintage Postcards for the Holidays, now in its second edition. No values.

The unique volume includes not only terms but craftsmen, brand names, silver-smiths, tools, manufacturers, makers, lost words and thousands of names for just about everything in antiquing. The Antique and Collectibles Dictionary by Robert and Claudette Reed will be an early summer title from Collector Books, one of the nation’s leading publishers of books on antiques and collectibles.

For more information about this book, visit 240 pages, 440 illustrations. Soft cover. Available July 2008.

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Nadig Road Wagon: Gasoline-powered carriage built by Henry Nadig of Allentown, Pa. In 1891, the vehicle had a four-cycle engine weighing 300 pounds, and attained speeds up to 15 miles per hour. Nappy: An early term for an uncovered serving dish, usually small and oval or rectangular in shape. Nase, John: Listed as a potter working with redware in 1830s and 1840s Montgomery County, Pa. Nell Rose: Not a proper name but a color defined as a medium rose in early Sears & Roebuck catalogs. Niello: Term for incised metal designs filled with a black metallic alloy. Neo-classic: Term for 18th- and early 19th-century furniture designed to celebrate a revival of ancient classical designs. Additionally, some Empire period furniture was also called neo-classical.

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