Much of Mr. Rush's reading of antiques as an investment is explained by his assertion that in the 1960's we are returning to ""an age of elegance"" in line with the age of affluence. In 1965, Louis XV brought 2000% what it did in 1901, Queen Anne (British), 8000. Mr. Rush admits to ""a desire to rationalize price movement by different styles of antique furniture over the years in order to show the effects of prosperity on antique sales,"" also intends to inform his readers of value (what to pay, what is genuine). Consequently, he provides a price history and price index of styles predicated on a 1925 base, compares the latter to Standard and Poor's 500 stocks (in the fall of 1966, a favorable 193% to 138% rise above 100% in, 1960). He also delineates the characteristics of period styles, discusses the possibility Of ""discoveries"" and the plausibility of fakes, foresees a shift of interest to later styles in future. That's about as far as speculation intrudes on a business-minded study; echt investors won't mind the price.