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Jewish World Review April 22, 2003 / 20 Nissan, 5763

Anita Gold

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Identify Authenticity and Value | Q. Where can I find information on, and the value of silver jewelry made in Siam, Italy, Peru, Sweden, and other foreign countries? Jill Pearson, Green Bay, Wis.

A. A terrific book which covers such jewelry from about 30 countries, fashioned from silver and embellished with colorful stones, turquoise, and other handcrafted artwork, and which includes thousands of unmarked pieces and those produced by approximately 100 American and over 150 foreign manufacturers with their trademarks and national silver standard marks, histories, invention and patent numbers, plus online vintage jewelry outlets, auction houses, and much more is "Collectible Silver Jewelry - Identification and Value Guide" by Fred Rezazadeh available in a large 240-page hardcover edition, with 950 color photos, and hundreds of marks and trademarks, for $27.95 postpaid from Collector Books, P.O. Box 3009, Paducah, KY 42002-3009. You'll love this book which uncovers lots of mysteries regarding such pieces and their prices.

Q. Where can I find information on antique bedroom, living room, and other types of antique furniture and their origin, as well as their current values? Maxine Roberts, Green Bay, Wis

A. Two outstanding, recently published new books, which picture, and fully describe each and every piece with all their parts, and features, and includes their current values, is "The Big Book Of Antique Furniture - With Up-To-Date Pricing" by David P. Lindquist and Caroline C. Warren", available in a huge edition for $23.99 postpaid from Krause Publications, 700 E. State St., Iola, WI 54990-0001. Or phone 800-258-0929 toll free to order. Another book (good to take along when antiquing) is the "Furniture Field Guide - Values and Identifications" by Mark Moran available in a 512-page small size edition, for $16.95 postpaid from Krause Publications, 700 E. State St., Iola, WI 54990-0001. Or phone 800-258-0929 toll free to order. Still another book (loaded with hard-to-find information, detailed photos, and an invaluable chapter on Reproductions and Adaptations plus a glossary of furniture styles with their specific characteristics) is "Antique Furniture - A Basic Primer On Furniture - Featuring 25 Distinct Periods With a Chronology of Furniture Styles In England, France and America" (which was first printed in 1926 by a company that reproduced antique furniture in every detail, and that was reprinted in 1999 from the original edition) available in a highly educational, easy-to-understand edition for $15.95 postpaid from Ace Enterprises, P.O. Box 59354, Chicago, IL 60659. This book is great for identifying furniture (often found in old homes) thought to be authentic antiques.

Q. I have been collecting Amberina glass (circa 1960-70) for about two years, and have around 75 pieces. Where can I find information, or maybe a book, as to the various patterns, designs, and value of these pieces? Frances B. Rodgers, Batesville, ARK

A. A nice, big, thick outstanding new book that'll tell you everything you want to know about Amberina glass, as well as Amberina Plated glass, with their history, identifications, descriptions, measurements, pattern names, and current values - some being worth astronomical four-figure sums - is the 4th edition of "Warman's Glass - A Value & Identification Guide - A Fully Illustrated Price Guide to More Than 200 Types of American and European Glass, from ABC to Zanesville, with Histories, References, Clubs and Museums" edited by Ellen T. Schroy. It is available in a huge 440-page hardcover edition online, in bookstores, or for $28.95 postpaid from Krause Publications, 700 E. State St., Iola, WI 54990-0001 Or phone (800)258-0929 toll free to order.

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