THE BEGINNING ANTIQUE COLLECTOR'S HANDBOOK by Ann Kilborn Cole

THE BEGINNING ANTIQUE COLLECTOR'S HANDBOOK

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KIRKUS REVIEW

Mrs. Cole is the author of the extremely useful Antiques; How to Identify, Buy, Sell, Refinish and Care for Them (1957), is herself a collector and has for years contributed to the Philadelphia Inquirer. On this new book I have very mixed feelings. There is an immense amount of sound advice and stimulating suggestions on the Who, How, What, Where, When and Why of collecting. There's a valuable and unusual section on Insurance. There's good reference data on famous collections. But when it comes to the guide to 1000 items to collect, I confess to reservations. Much of this seems to me to encourage questionable taste, some of it suggests ""busy work"", and a great deal of it explains the flood of mediocrity in most of the antique shows today. But if the first book is at hand and has laid the groundwork, let's hope the ""beginning collector"" won't be incapable of distinguishing the worthwhile from the also rans, and that sound collecting will hold and build the important place it is achieving as a major and constructive hobby.

Pub Date: Nov. 30th, 1959
Publisher: David McKay