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Tips, Tools & Techniques to Care for Antiques, Collectibles, and Other Treasures [Paperback]

Georgia Kemp Caraway

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Book Description

April 5 2012 Practical Guide (Book 5)
What common baking ingredient can conceal white rings on furniture? (Crushed pecans.) How do you detect a repair in a pottery vase you want to buy? (Look at it under a black light.) What's the best way to remove water damage from your great-grandfather's Bible? (Put it in your freezer.)
Answers to these questions and many more are included in this convenient handbook by long-time antiques expert Dr. Georgia Kemp Caraway. Organized alphabetically, Tips, Tools, and Techniques is easy to consult about the cleaning and maintenance of common antique and collectible objects, including metal advertising signs, glassware, clothing, and jewelry. Addenda provide information such as how to get a good deal at auction, the dates of Chinese dynasties, and U.S. patent numbers. An especially handy pronunciation guide helps the monolingual among us speak with confidence about the provenance of Galle ware and Schlegelmilch porcelain.
Compact yet authoritative, this handbook will appeal to both dealers and buyers, as well as everyone with something from Grandma in the attic.
"I use this guide in my work to locate otherwise hard-to-find tips for cleaning and restoring items I find in household sales to increase the value of the items."--John Bennett, of John Bennett Estate Appraisals
"The tips provided in this book are practical, the directions are easy to follow, and best of all, they work."--Brett A. Jones, manager of the Antique Gallery

Product Details

  • Paperback: 144 pages
  • Publisher: Univ of North Texas Pr (April 5 2012)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1574414518
  • ISBN-13: 978-1574414516
  • Product Dimensions: 21.3 x 13.7 x 1.5 cm
  • Shipping Weight: 1.1 Kg

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"With care advice as well as collectible and monetary information on trading collectibles and antiques, "Tips, Tools, & Techniques" is a must for anyone dealing in older antiques and collectibles who wants tips on doing it more effectively."--"Midwest Book Review"

About the Author

Georgia Kemp Caraway (Ph.D. in Higher Education Administration) was executive director of the Denton County Museums for fourteen years. She writes a monthly column on antiques for the "Denton Record-Chronicle" and has appeared on "Antiques Roadshow""(R)" as a generalist expert. She teaches several popular classes on antiques in Denton, Texas.

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3.0 out of 5 stars An okay reference on how to take care of antiques and collectibles Aug. 29 2013
By Joe Owen - Published on
Georgia Kemp Caraway,former executive director of the Denton County, TX Museums has written a guide book on how to take care of antiques, collectibles, and heirlooms. There are some good tips on removing stains from various items such as furniture and fabric. How to spot valuable items in antique shops, yard sales, and auctions, how to clean and care for collectible objects such as signs, glassware, clothing, jewelry and other items you may collect and value. These are not bad tips and I recommend them. However, I have noted that some of the items she gives tips for how to clean or remove things should really be done by professionals and not by someone trying to clean or restore something for the first time. She has as an example how to rebind old books and gives the materials you need for them. If you are not a professional book binder/restorer you really should not attempt to restore or bind a book, find a reputable book binder to do that. In the section how to take care of postage stamps if you are a collector, she advices to put them in a stamp book (yes I recommend that), however, she advices to use hinges to the back of the stamps to secure in the book. As a stamp collector, I highly advise NOT to do that. Putting a hinge on the back of a stamp (especially if it is in mint unused condition) will decrease the value of a stamp dramatically. There are custom to fit protection of stamps that are hinge free that will preserve a stamp and can secure it to a stamp book. One thing that is also missing from this guide is references on where to get antiques or collectibles restored by professionals. If you can't restore or preserve an heirloom, then you should know where to find a restorer and its location, address, webpage url, or phone number. This is missing from her book and it would be a better guide if she listed restorers, appraisers, and specific shops that can help you restore, preserve, or appraise your antiques/collectibles.
I believe since the author is an archivist and curator, she thinks that everyone can do what she did to restore or preserve antiques and didn't realize that if you can't do it then you should find someone who can. Otherwise, this is a better than average guide of how to take care of your antiques and collectibles. But, also look for the better guidebooks that are out there today, they are probably better than this guide.
5.0 out of 5 stars helpful book Feb. 7 2013
By EclectricReader - Published on
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I found this book to have many practically tips that I can use in my antique business. It is arranged well so I don't have to thumb through a large index. It is a very good basic How to book

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