Saturday, May 23, 2009

Antiques Research Resources

I just added a new set of links to the sites that I use most for researching antiques. I hope you will find these as useful as I have.

Chicago Silver has created a massive list of just about every online site that provides silver and jewelry marks. This site is also an excellent source of information on American Arts & Crafts Metalwork.

Illusion Jewels has an extensive list of jewelry history, marks and signatures. There are also excellent articles on a wide variety of 20th century jewelry designers.

My Granny's Antiques has an excellent list of pottery, porcelain and china backstamps, along with a bit of history of manufacturers.

For English Potters, I recommend Pottery-English.com, which has extensive information on famous English potters. A very good general reference is the International Ceramics Directory.

Jan-Erik Nilsson of Gotheborg.com, has put together a collector's help and information site for collectors of antique Chinese and Japanese Porcelain. It offers an extensive archive of translated and dated Japanese and Chinese porcelain marks and a glossary of porcelain terms.

Patent Storm is an easy site to research US Patents. You can also go directly to the U. S. Patent and Trademark Office site.

I have also added a link to Birthstones and Anniversary Gift lists.

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