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Antiquing and Collecting on the Internet
This book covers utilizing search engines effectively and understanding buyer/seller psychology and has comprehensive chapters on how to create a successful website, and how to buy and sell on eBay and other online auction sites. This user-friendly guide is a must-read for all antiques professionals and collectors, and others who are interested in buying and selling on the Internet.
Compiled by Bryan McMullin
What follows is a random assortment of art and antiques related websites that we have visited and enjoyed in the last few weeks. Your discoveries and suggestions are always welcome.
This is the website address for Silver Mine, a very useful site for dealers and collectors interested primarily in English silver. The site includes a thorough compendium of marks on English silver, date letter codes for all of the various assay offices, a guide to the various styles and forms found in English silver and a guide to world silver standards.
There is also a useful section on Sheffield and electroplated wares, a glossary of terms associated with the silver trade, and a downloads section where you can down-load silver marks information and 19th century patent registration information onto your hard drive to make them available for off-line use. Not a particularly fancy or design driven site, but packed with useful information.
This is an excellent site for collectors and dealers alike. Not only does it have listings of over 5000 restorers from around the world, specializing in everything from the usual ceramics and furniture restoration to the more obscure, such as the restoration of Japanese screens, it has an extensive archive of restoration related articles. The site includes discussion boards, subscription e-mail correspondence where specific questions can be asked of other restoration specialists (there is also an archive of earlier questions and answers). Possibly the most useful section of the site however, is the archive of over 700 restoration related articles gathered from a wide variety of sources, and covering just about any topic imaginable. We read one very in-depth piece on bleaching stains out of pottery and porcelain that was an excellent combination of scientific and practical information that outlined the exact procedure in exceptional detail.
Another of the "marvels" of the Internet is the on-line "museum". The Souvenir Spoons Museum Wayne Bednersh has created at this address is either a labor of love or madness we havenít quite determined which (there is an ulterior motive, however, in promoting his spoon books). This heavily photograph laden "museum" features a comprehensive listing of souvenir spoons, which quite literally, runs from A to Z.
We doubt that there are too many souvenir spoons that are not available for viewing here, and if there are, we are sure Mr. Bednersh would like to hear about them. Besides the extensive inventory of images there is information of the background of souvenir spoons, some hints on photographing silver, and other odds and ends that visitors might find informative.
Asianart.com is an online journal focusing in the varied topics encompassed by the arts of Asia. This comprehensive site hosts the web sites for a number of related associations, an archive of educational feature articles, links to the sites of the galleries who sponsor Asianart.com, and a letter board which provides a venue for correspondence between visitors and associated experts.
Perhaps most interesting for the general visitor, are the links to over two-dozen online exhibitions. Many of these deal with relatively esoteric or obscure topics but that is part of the interest here. They are not the kind of exhibits that would garner world-wide attention, or that you would travel too far to go see, but thanks to the Internet they can now come right to you.
For lover of Art Deco, this well designed little site is a must! It profiles the art deco designs of two New Zealand cities that were mostly destroyed by massive earth-quakes in 1931 and rebuilt in a variety of primarily Art Deco forms over the subsequent decade. The site is the creation of The Art Deco Trust, which was founded as the Art Deco Group in 1985 to help preserve and promote interest in the areaís unique wealth of Art Deco architecture and design.
The site includes brief histories of Napier and Hastings New Zealand, the two cities devastated by the 1931 quake, a photo gallery of some of the regions art deco masterpieces, and information on the areas annual "Art Deco Weekend" (the next one is February 15-18, 2001). There is also a link to information about the Art Deco World Congress, dedicated to preserving Art Deco buildings around the globe.