Ever wondered what blind fret carving was actually describing? Or heard of an antique grommet, hippocamp or wax jack and had no idea what they were? Well, wonder no longer! The Concise
Dictionary of Antique Collecting explains more than 6500 terms used in antique collecting, all arranged in an easy-to-read A to Z dictionary format. Universal trade terms are explained,
preferred modern terminology is included and lesser-known terms are cross-referenced. Designed for use by collectors, dealers and enthusiasts, the Concise Dictionary of Antique Collecting
should be in every antique lover's library. NOTE: Limited number available.
(Published by Antiques and Collectables for Pleasure & Profit). RRP$24.95
Probably the handiest antiques reference book ever published, Miller's Antiques Marks is by renowned British antiques expert and author Judith Miller. "Take it out with you in your handbag or in your pocket, and wherever you are - at a fair, a garage sale, a boot sale or a junk shop - you can just pull it out and you will know what that piece is," says Judith. This little gem of a book contains more than 6000 marks, with half photographic and half line drawings. "Pick up a piece of silver and you can date it," says Judith. "Look at the mark on a ceramic piece and you will see who made it - if it's Staffordshire, or German, or French. We've covered everything we can in this handy format." RRP$12.99
Sydney 1961. Two bored and broke sixteen-year-old Pommie-born boys set off on the spur of the moment to make their fortune. In six months they thumb, bum and meander across four thousand miles, from Sydney to Magnetic Island, Julie Creek to Leeton. This heart-warming memoir by Nicholas Arden Thomas is a coming of age for two young Poms. A rollicking good story that compels you to keep the pages turning, it's recommended to all who enjoy a well-written yarn full of nostalgia and humour. The perfect Christmas gift. RRP$25
Miller's Field Guides are an invaluable resource for collectors when out buying items at antiques shops, auctions or car boot fairs. They provide a fast and accurate way to recognise, identify and date antiques. A simple question-and-answer checklist is provided for a wide range of key items, teaching you what to look for as well how to spot a fake or a copy. There are price codes throughout, plus concise information on makers, factories, identifying marks and the factors that affect the value of the piece. In Glass, UK antiques expert and bestselling author Judith Miller guides the collector through coloured, cut, pressed, etched, blown and decorated antique glass items. RRP$14.99 NOTE: Limited number available.
Don't just wish you could enjoy a lifestyle where your shopping pays for your travel... Now you can, writes Debra Palmen. In Travel & Shop The World For Free, she shares well-kept secrets on exactly how to become a successful international buyer. And if you're more of an armchair traveller, you'll delight in her entertaining tales of travel and shopping from Helsinki to Marrakech, London to Hong Kong and Paris, with plenty of insider tips and lots of useful facts. RRP$34