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                Another Man's Trash
                          Table of Contents
                           Antique or Collectible

                          Deciding What to Collect

                           What Should You Pay

                         Adding to Your collection

                          Buying Antique Fine Art

                         When to Get an Appraisal

                           Fine Antique Furniture

                   Fine China, Porcelain and Glassware

                               Antique jewelry

                       Rugs, Tapestries and Textiles

                         Native American Artifacts

                              Pre-Columbia Art

                               Collecting Dolls

                               Baseball cards

                    How to Make Money in This Trade
                        Antique or Collectible

An Antique or a Collectible? Could you Tell the Difference

Collection. This is more than just gathering objects out of

passion. For the person who is consumed in bringing together

pieces that have significance to him, this is actually an art.

Collection is an art that has long been with us since the dawn of

civilization.   The likes of Pope Bonifatius VIII, the famous poet

named Petrarch, Cosimo de Medici (1389-1464), Joseph Mickley

of Philadelphia, to Walter Niggeler, all who had the same fervor

in coin collecting. Some of these famous collectors were just

plain collectors while some of them could be considered antique

collectors. Confused? Don’t be.

Antiques are collectible items that are at least a century old.

Anything below that time frame is just a mere collectible (at

least this is the gauge for most items). Some modern inventions

such as the automobile or other gadgets could have a lower time

frame. Cell phones that constantly evolve have a faster rate of

becoming antiques. The cell phones that were used during the

80’s are now considered antiques. Other characteristics that

qualify an item to be an antique are their rarity, unique features,

age (they usually have witnessed eras that have long since
gone), and condition. But the accepted and definite

classification of an antique is if it is a century old or older.

The term antique could both be a positive and a devaluating

term. It could be positive when an item is declared rare, hence,

expensive.    On the other hand, if a newer item such as a cell

phone or personal computer becomes outdated and termed an

antique, then the value of these items depreciates, sometimes

they even become obsolete.

Some of the most famous forms of antiques are furniture and

archaeological pieces. People who want to delve into antiquing

should have shopping, bargaining and negotiating skills as these

are necessary in acquiring the rarest pieces on the market.

Another essential skill in acquiring antiques is to have a keen eye

for details. An object could be made to appear like it’s an

antique but it could have been manufactured and made to look


Most antiques can be bought from dealers who set up shops

specifically for antique items. Some families have their own

antiques and pass them down from generation to generation as

A collection, on the other hand, could be many things. A

collectible which has been designed and manufactured for some

people to accumulate is a modern day collection. Coins and

stamps could be items for collection, too. Some people keep a

collection of their family’s photographs or books or journals.

Some items pass from the stage of being a collectible and as

time goes by, it becomes rare and soon becomes a collector’s

item. Scarcity is what drives a mere collectible to become a rare

collection which could be sold for hundreds, even thousands of


Usually, when an antique and a collectible are to be compared,

the big difference that sets them apart (aside from their age and

sometimes rarity) is their price. An average person may have

some form of collection but might have difficulty in acquiring

antiques because of financial constraints. Antiques usually cost

money while some collectibles can be acquired at a reasonable

price (this depends on the rarity of the item that is being

The most famous collectibles include coins, trading cards,

cigarette cards (depicting pictures of actresses, baseball players

and even boxers), comic books, figurines, dolls (ranging from

the stuffed dolls to Barbies, to Beanies), automobiles, greeting

cards, stamps, cigarette lighters (most especially Zippo), music

boxes, Olympic pins, shot glasses, and many more. Perhaps one

of the earliest forms of collectibles is the cigarette cards which

were used to stiffen the packaging of cigarettes. An incentive for

buying certain brands of cigarettes would be the chance to

collect the exceptional photographs that were printed on the

cigarette pack.

Now that you are able to differentiate a collectible from an

antique, you have the edge to choose which one you would like

to keep in your display cabinets. It all depends on what you are

passionate about. Follow what you heart desires as antique

collections take time and patience to gather.

                    Deciding What to Collect

Tips On Deciding What Antique Objects To Collect

People often find the idea of starting an antique collection
daunting. Since there are literally thousands of things to collect,

many find it hard to choose what collection to start. Moreover,

people are afraid to delve into collecting antiques because they

think that it is expensive and a time consuming hobby. Since

there are a lot of unscrupulous individuals, there is also a chance

that a budding hobbyist might get discouraged after having

bought a fake antique or a reproduction for a steep price.

Here are some things to consider when deciding what

antique objects to collect:

Determine the reason for starting the collection

The first consideration you need to think about is your reason for

collecting. If you just want to start your own collection for your

personal satisfaction then you really don't have to worry too

much about the market value of the objects you will be


However, if you think of your collection as an investment, you

may want to surf the Net or shop around for things that many

people consider valuable. If you eventually want to earn money
from your collection, you must study and research the market

about antiques .

Consider collecting something you like

Even if you are planning to sell your collection afterwards, you

still have to choose something that you are interested in. If you

don't know anything about baseball and you're not interested in

the game, then it won't be fun collecting baseball memorabilia

even if they are hot items on the market. However, if you follow

what you like, you won't regret investing time and money in

building up your collection.

If you are still confused or clueless as to what objects to collect,

you can probably look back to your childhood. Think about what

items you desired or wanted badly when you were a kid. Did you

like fancy dolls? Were you an avid airplane fanatic? Did you

admire the china and other porcelain items in your

grandmother's cupboard? Did you like to read and love books,

newspapers, or comic books? Do you love music and records?

After asking yourself these questions, there is a good chance
that you will have an epiphany of what you would like to collect.

Antique collecting should be enjoyable as much as it is


Do your research

Collecting antiques is a very demanding hobby. You need to

allocate a significant portion of your time every week or month

in studying and collecting data about the objects you want to

collect. At first, you can surf the Internet for articles and

websites on antique collections. This will give you a rough idea of

what you are getting yourself into. Moreover, you may even

encounter blogs about other people's experiences when they

were starting out. Such information is very important for novice


Aside from the Internet, books are good sources of information

about this type of hobby. You really don't have to spend a penny

in the beginning. Just visit your local library for materials about

the things you're interested in collecting. You can also look at

your local bookshop for possible resource materials.
Another way to do your research is by visiting antique shops,

galleries and even flea markets. This will help open your mind to

what other things can be collected. Toys, books, jewelry and

furniture aren't the only things that can be collected. Bottles,

boxes, posters, photographs, and even cameras and other

gadgets are also good antique collectibles.

Aside from researching about what to collect, you should also

start studying the world of antiques. You have to know how to

detect fakes or reproductions before you start your collection

because there are many people who are out there just to

defraud others. Moreover, you should also know something

about pricing, appraising, and the value of antiques. In the

antique world, even identical items may have different prices

because there are many factors to consider cracks, chips,

condition, marks or signatures.

Watch for more information on these topics in upcoming


Find other collectors
Once you have decided what object to collect, it is advisable to

find other people who share the same interest. If you are lucky,

you might even find organizations or web-based groups that

promote your object of interest. You won't know about the

antique world and market alone. You need the help of other

collectors, appraisers and aficionados.

Follow the tips above and you will discover what object to collect

and how to start your collection.

                     What Should You Pay

Useful Tips On How To Determine What To Pay For A


Determining the value of an antique item isn't easy to do. There

are many factors that affect the price of a collectible, including

the personal value of the item to both the buyer and the seller. A

buyer who needs the item being sold to complete a set may be

more than willing to pay more than another who is just starting

to build his or her collection. Therefore, you actually rely one

hundred per cent on the price guides available on the Net or in

books, or on web-based auctions.
Many new collectors end up paying more for items that are of

little value because they tend to get excited about the first few

objects in their collection. Many of those who got defrauded on

their first few antique acquisitions get discouraged to continue

their collection.

If you don't want to experience this mishap, read on and know

the common factors that affect the price of collectibles.


One of the most important factors in determining what to pay for

an antique item is its condition. If you are a neophyte in

collecting antiques, it is advisable that you only buy items that

are in mint condition. You must remember that an item that is in

mint or near mint condition is valued higher than those with

imperfections, such as chips, cracks and stains.


The price of antique objects also follows the law of supply and

demand. If the item that you are buying is rare or hard to find,
then you must be prepared to pay a steep price for that much-

coveted item. If you are buying an object that is readily available

on the market, then you should haggle the price to something

that is lower than what is written in the price guide. You must

remember, however, that the demand for the item also changes

over time. What may have been hot two years ago may no

longer be a desired object nowadays.


You may think that an older item will naturally fetch a higher

price than something that is, for example, just 25 years old.

That isn't necessarily true in the antique market. For example, a

1925 USA stamp may fetch a lesser price than a misprinted 1950

stamp. The rule of thumb, however, is that an object that is 75

years or older is considered antique.

Buying tips for beginners

Be prepared

The first thing that a novice collector should do is research. If
you fancy furniture, you need to do an extensive study about

that furniture so when you come to an auction shop, antique

gallery or flea market you won't be swayed by sweet talk. Many

people take advantage of new collectors because they are

gullible and usually come unprepared.

Don't buy the first item that you see

Another mistake that a new collector makes is getting the first

item that he or she sees. Look around and don't get too excited

about your find. You have to first consider the factors mentioned

above to determine if what is in your hands is really valuable or


Check the object before paying for it

When you are buying clothes, you usually check for holes and

see if the fit is right. You usually don't get the clothes on the

rack and go straight to the counter and pay. When it comes to

appliances, you also check if they are working and if they have a

warranty before you even consider buying them. The same is

true when buying antiques. You just don't point and buy, unless
you are Ritchie Rich.

Take time in checking for cracks, chips, cruddy workmanship and

other factors that may affect the price. You don't want to pay a

high price for something that is virtually worthless.

Don't be infected with auction fever

Man has a natural tendency to be competitive. You will see such

an attitude at an auction. Oftentimes, people get auction fever

and they end up paying more for an item that they don't really

like that much. They just bid because they get caught up in the


Ask for help

If you are unsure if the price of an object that you are planning

to buy is reasonable, you can always ask the help of appraisers

and experts. If you have friends who are fellow collectors, you

can also ask them. Don't be afraid to ask others because even

master appraisers seek the help of their colleagues.
                   Adding to Your Collection

Common Places To Find Items To Add To Your Collection

One of the major pitfalls that new antique collectors face is

finding a shop where they can buy items for their collection,

especially if they opt to buy rare antiques. Naturally, you can't

just find the items for your collection at shopping malls and

warehouse stores. If you want great finds at low prices, you

have to be patient and creative in finding the precious objects

that will make your collection complete.

Here are some of the places where you can buy antique



There are many auction sites and online antique galleries on the

Internet. If your collections are tribal and/or ethnic art, you will

find it easier to buy online instead of going to Africa, Asia or

whatever country your collection is found.

You can also use the Internet as a reference on the price of the
items that you are planning to buy. The Internet is also one

venue to gauge the rarity of the objects you want to collect. If

there are only a few sellers of the type of antique collectible you

are amassing, then you will know that the object may be quite


One disadvantage of relying on the Internet to fill your collection

is that you won't be able to carefully examine the things that you

are buying. If your collectibles aren't expensive, then it is

probably all right to try online stores and auctions. However, if

you are buying furniture, jewelry or antique art, you may want

to examine the pieces first before purchasing.

One way to ascertain that you won't be conned by fraudsters on

the Internet is by transacting business only on trusted sites and

auctions. Always research about the company or person you are

going to deal with. You can also ask your friends or fellow

collectors about the reputation of the seller. Be vigilant when

transacting business over the Net.

Another venue for buying antiques is at auctions. If you are

planning to be a full-fledged antique collector, you should have a

habit of attending auctions even if you aren't planning to buy

anything. Auctions are great places to meet other collectors and

also well-known sellers.

However, if you plan to buy something at an auction, don't just

go there on the date of the auction itself. You must attend sales

previews so you can examine the object that you are trying to

buy. Before attending an auction, you also must be prepared.

Research the object you are planning to buy, know the market

price, condition and set a personal limit. Many collectors end up

paying a high price for something that isn't that valuable.

Flea markets, garage and estate sales

The old adage, one man's trash is another man's treasure is

really true when it comes to collecting antiques. There are many

items that are just sitting in a person's attic or basement that

are valuable to other people. One way to find these treasures

that are long kept hidden is through flea markets, garage and

estate sales, and fairs.
A collector will find it difficult to distinguish treasure from trash

in such places if he or she doesn't have ample knowledge about

the things that he or she is collecting. If you decide to collect

period furniture, you must read books and articles about the

specific period you are trying to collect. You must know what

style, type of paint, varnish, nails, and woods were used during

that time. Thus, when you go antique hunting at flea markets,

you will be able to immediately spot the pieces that belong to

the period of your furniture collection. There is also a big chance

that you won't get reproductions and imitations.


There are several types of fairs: weekly markets, vetted fairs,

permanent antique markets, and small-town market fairs. Fairs

are ideal venues for the serious art and antique collector. These

places are always teeming with fellow collectors; thus, you have

a chance of meeting experts or leading antique collectors.

The first thing you should remember when buying at fairs is to

arrive early so that you'll have a chance to rummage and choose
from the full collection of sellers. If you are trying to find a

specific piece of antique art, you should head to specialist

dealers. You will find the price of goods in a specialist shop

reasonable. This is also an opportunity to get to know the dealer

and find out more about the things that you are collecting.

                      Buying Antique Fine Art

Guide On Where To Buy Antique Fine Art

People who are interested in collecting genuine antique fine art

are usually those who have money to spare. Since many

contemporary paintings and other fine arts are expensive,

naturally, the price of most, if not all, pieces of well-preserved

and genuine antique fine art is very high.

If you are an art lover or an aspiring antique fine art collector,

you first need to do your research before attempting to buy an

item. You don't want to spend a lot of money just to discover

that the painting or sculpture that you just bought is a replica or

reproduction. Getting into antique collecting without researching

is like going into battle without ammunition or food. Knowledge

is crucial in art collecting.
Finding Antique Fine Art

World Wide Web

Your first companion in discovering and learning more about

antique fine art collecting is the Internet. Search for websites

and articles that will give you a deeper understanding of the

world of antiques. The cyber world is also a good venue for you

to determine from which era, country or artist you are going to

concentrate on.

Antique reference books

If the Internet is your compass, antique reference books and

guides will be your map. Aside from surfing the net, an art

collector, particularly antique fine art, must read books and

antique guides so that they will know where to find art dealers

and galleries. Sourcebooks like these also usually have tips on

antique bargain hunting, taking care of your collection, and other

pertinent information on how to become a successful antique

Aside from price guidebooks, there are also antique books that

give a street guide on how to visit galleries, auction houses, and

dealers at a given city, usually popular art destinations such as


Fairs and exhibits

Exhibits, trade fairs, permanent fairs, and vetted fairs are also

good locations for meeting art dealers, fellow antique collectors,

and leading appraisal companies and auction houses. Thus, even

if you don't find anything that you like in such places, you will

still have a chance to meet the people that will be able to help

you in your future antiquing.

Art exhibits, even of contemporary artists, are also good venues

to find art aficionados that may know someone or some

company that sells the antique fine art piece that you are looking

for. Furthermore, you can add some contemporary pieces to

your collection because in time, such paintings, sculpture and

other fine arts may be valuable in the future.

Auctions and estate sales
We all know that auctions and estate sales are really good

venues for finding antique fine art and other collectibles. Since

there will be many collectors present in the auction or estate

sale, you must be prepared to pay more for the item that you

like. Even if you don't buy anything at an auction, however, you

will still find and meet people who can tell you about other

exhibit and venues where you can find the collection you are

looking for.

Art organizations

Connection and the people you know are vital elements in being

a successful antique collector. Therefore, you should join clubs

and organizations of people who share the same interests as

you. Members of such groups usually share with each other their

art sources and other important information on hard-to-find

collections or pieces.

Art dealers and galleries

The most obvious place to find antique fine art is at the shop of
art dealers. People who want to sell valuable art pieces usually

go to art dealers. If you want to be the first to know about new

collections or art pieces, you need to have a friendly relationship

with your art dealer. Such people will also help you find the

pieces that you need to complete your collection.

However, you need to ensure that the people and galleries you

are dealing with are reputable and legitimate. There are many

people who are just out there to defraud aspiring art collectors.

As a golden rule, if the price is too good to be true, it generally


If you feel that antique fine art collection is too expensive for

your budget, you can start collecting art reproductions or digital

art. Such items may not be good for resale, but they may satisfy

your desire for beautiful and artistic surroundings.

                   When to Get an Appraisal

Tips on when and how to have an item appraised

Due to the increasing popularity of the television program

Antique Roadshow, many people are now looking closely at the

objects that are found in their attics and basements. Many are
hoping that the heirloom that their great grandmother gave

them is worth a lot of money. However, not everybody is given

an opportunity to have his or her valuables appraised at the

show. Thus, many people with old items on their hands would

like to know when and how to have such items valued and


There is really no rule with regard to when you need to have an

item or object appraised. Usually, an item is appraised because

of personal reasons. Here are some of the reasons for appraising

an item:


The number one reason why people want to appraise something

is curiosity. They want to know if the item that is long hidden in

their attic or the couch that they bought at a flea market is

valuable or not. Aside from curiosity, people also want to know

whether extreme care is necessary in maintaining such items.

However, if curiosity is the only reason you want to have an item

or a collection appraised, then it would be more practical if you
just ask fellow collectors, read books or seek alternatives to a

formal appraisal. You don't want to spend a lot just to realize

that something you thought was valuable is really worth nothing.

Tax and inheritance considerations

Another popular reason for appraisal is estate or tax matters.

You can't rely on ballpark figures or estimates when it comes to

such legal matters. If you are appraising something for

inheritance and tax purposes, you need to hire a specialist or an

expert in the field because you need the price or value of the

item, but also the description and other important matters about

the object.


Most people who seek appraisal for insurance purposes somehow

have an idea that the item or items in their collection is really

worth insuring. For such a purpose, you can have a formal

appraisal if your value of your policy is high. However, if the

policy isn't that expensive, some insurance companies accept

online appraisals.
Possible sale

The first rule in hiring an appraiser is that you should never sell

the item to the person who is appraising it. You have to realize

that antique dealers make money by buying things at a low price

and selling them at exorbitant prices. Most professional

appraisers won't attempt to buy the item they are appraising.

However, there are instances when people get tempted when

they see a very valuable and rare item.

If you want to sell the item, you probably need to do some

Internet research or ask around for an estimate of the value of

the item. Some collectibles, even if they are 200 years old, may

not be valuable so you don't want to spend money hiring a

specialist for a two-dollar vase. You should go to a specialist or

appraiser if your collections are more valuable than the price for

the appraisal.

Types of Appraisal

There are many ways in which you can have an object appraised

or valued. Usually, the type of appraisal you will need is
dependent on the reason for having an item or a collection


Formal Appraisal

If you need to know the value of an item due to legal purposes,

then you need a formal appraisal. This type of appraisal is

usually very expensive. Experts charge per piece and by the

hour. Thus, the item you need to have formally appraised should

be really precious.

Documents that are included in a formal appraisal usually

include a detailed description of the object, information about

the methods used to appraise the item, and the reason for the

appraisal. The document should also include all the names of the

people who handled the item or the collection. Of course, a

formal appraisal document should contain the value or price of

the object that was checked.

Professional Opinion of Value

This is an informal type of appraisal. This is probably what you
need if you want to know if an item is valuable or not. Since this

method of appraising is causal and doesn't follow the rigorous

methods of appraising, it can be considered as just an estimate

and can't be used in legal proceedings.

Online Appraisal

Some antique collectors frown upon the idea of having an item

appraised via the Internet. They believe that an item, in order to

be appraised correctly, should be scrutinized and checked in

person. Sometimes, however, if you are just curious about the

value of the heirloom or the grandfather clock that your mother

or uncle gave you, it is ok to have it appraised online. Just make

sure that you give the appraiser a detailed description, including

marks, chips, color and material, so that he or she can have a

reliable estimate of the item.

                    Fine Antique Furniture

A Guide To Styles And Periods Of Fine English Antique Furniture

Collecting antique furniture is a very expensive hobby. However,

if you love the finer things in life and have money to spend,

there is no reason why you should prevent yourself from
enjoying the fruits of your labor through buying antique furniture

for your personal use. If you are an investor, antique furniture,

when carefully preserved and cared for, can also be a good

investment, especially if the items you have are extremely rare.

Whatever your purpose for collecting and buying antique

furniture, it is important that you have extensive knowledge of

the object and things that you are planning to collect. If you are

a new collector, it is advisable that you concentrate on one

specific era or class of antique furniture so it will be easier for

you to develop expertise in the field.

One field that you can concentrate on is English antique

furniture. Although English furniture was largely influenced by

European furniture design, you will still see subtle differences

between the two. Below is a list of major English furniture styles

and designs starting from the renaissance period to late


Renaissance Period

The most popular furniture style during this era is Tudor
furniture, which was influenced by European style. Tudor

furniture was usually made from oak and was greatly influenced

by Medieval and Gothic designs. Most pieces of furniture

produced during this period are beds, chests, tables, stools,

benches and chairs. Carvings that can be found in Tudor

furniture are usually Gothic-inspired designs.

Another furniture style that emerged during this era is the

Elizabethan style. Furniture makers in England during the time of

Queen Elizabeth were greatly influenced by their Italian

counterparts. Aside from oak, the type of wood that was also

commonly used during this period was walnut.

Furniture was still unadorned and somewhat bare during this

period. Instead of ornate chairs and tables, people preferred to

show their opulence and extravagance through their tapestries,

carpets, fine linen, needlework, embroidered cushions, silk

hangings and brass or pewter cups.

During the latter part of the Renaissance period (1602-1649),

Jacobean style emerged. The design of furniture became simper

and restrained in comparison to the Elizabethan period. In the
US, this type of furniture is often called Pilgrim furniture. During

the early part of the Jacobean era, wood dominated the furniture

scene. However, during the time of Charles I, padded upholstery

and more intricate embroidery became vogue. Some say that

Moorish influence can also be seen in furniture styles during this


Furniture pieces during the renaissance period are very rare and

valuable. Most of the pieces of furniture that are preserved

nowadays can be seen only in museums.


The English style of furniture during the early part of the

baroque period was called Restoration or Carolean. This is the

period when Charles II regained the throne. Instead of oak

wood, people preferred mahogany and walnut for their furniture.

French and Dutch art also greatly influenced this period. Canned

seats, twisted legs, veneering and engraved scrolls are evident

in the furniture pieces during this time.

The latter part of the Baroque period, during the rule of William
and Mary, and Queen Anne, was considered as the golden era of

English antique furniture. Ebony and walnut veneers and fine

cabinetmaking became popular, as well as trumpet-shaped legs.

This is also the time when foreign-studied English craftsmen

began to experiment with their own styles and designs.

Rococo Style

Gregorian furniture design was developed during the Rococo

period. Early Gregorian pieces were still influenced by Queen

Anne's design. However, the designs at the time were richer and

more intense.

During the mid-Gregorian era, mahogany completely outshined

walnut as the wood of choice. Although the French and Gothic

styles were evident during this period, English furniture makers

were becoming more experimental with ornately designed

mirrors and chairs with ribbon backs.

Late Gregorian design can be characterized back to the classical

style. In fact, some call this period the neo-classical period.

Columns, ovals, vertical designs, circles and urns were espoused
by Adam and other famous designers, such as Chambers and


Eclectic (Victorian Era)

Much revival of different styles took place during the Victorian

period. As a result, you will find the combination of classic and

contemporary styles in one piece of furniture. This is also a

period when machines were started to be used to produce mass


During the late Victorian period, the Arts and Crafts Movement

was founded to resist the increasing influence of mass produced

furniture. As a result, classical designs were revived and fused

with the avant-garde style. Furniture pieces during this period

were dominated by stained green or black solid wood with

straight lines.

             Fine China, Porcelain and Glassware

Collecting and Appraising Antique Items

Collectors are fond of collecting different items that aren't
ordinarily collected by ordinary people. Collecting items is more

than a regular hobby. Much effort and significant capital

investment must be alloted to the habit.

What makes a collector? They collect different items, from

comics, to coins, to figurines, and to almost any type of objects.

There is much excitement and achievement attained by a

collector in simply having and expanding his or her collection of

items. If you are into collecting items, you will easily find

contentment and happiness just by occasionally finding rare

items to add to your ever expanding collection.

If you are into collecting antique items, you are headed into

more challenging times. That is because collecting antique items

is a very hard task that requires much effort and a significant

amount of money. Finding antiques to expand an antique

collection is also hard because the number of items available on

the market is extremely limited.

That is the reason why antique materials are much more

expensive compared to regular ones. Antique materials are also

more durable, more stylish and are crafted more meticulously.
Perhaps you know how efficient and particular elderly people are

when creating items. During their time, technology wasn't as

advanced as it is today, so they had to be patient and meticulous

when making them.

Collecting antique wares

Wares (glass, porcelain and ceramic) are among the most

popular items for collections. That is because wares can be so

useful. Aside from the items’ usual functions, collectors like to

display and simply collect them. They take care of the wares in

such a way that the items don't get dirty or rusted.

Antique wares are so rare that finding some is similar to finding

treasures. They can't be easily bought on the market. They are

rare finds that can be found and acquired at different places

across different countries all over the world.

Thus, when you have a collection of wares, people will admire

you. That means you have spent time, money and effort finding

and buying the wares included in your vast and expanding

There are many types of wares for collection. Fine China,

porcelain and glassware are among the most popular selections

of wares to collect. These wares were originally crafted and

manufactured in China and in other Asian countries that were

known in the past for the craftsmanship in such items.

Expect that fine china, porcelain and glassware to be of great

and superior quality. That is because these items were made of

the finest and most durable materials during the time they were

made. Plus, the people who made the items spent considerably

great amounts of time and effort to make them.

Thus, such wares are very beautiful and at the same time

durable. The exteriors don't easily corrode or exhibit fading

colors. They are also found in different sizes and types that

collectors like you will find really interesting and challenging to


You can buy such antique wares at antique shops, or simply

purchase them during your visit to China or to other parts of the

world. You could swap items with other collectors or trade them
for some other valuable items that are collected by other people.

You could also buy such wares online through your favorite and

trusted online auctioneering web site.

Appraising fine china, porcelain and other glassware

Fine china, porcelain and glassware are beautiful. They almost

always look elegant like the wares available on the market

today. That is why it isn't hard determining the valuation of such


You can easily tell anyone that your antique wares are

expensive. But you won't have the proof if you do that. You have

to base your assertions and statements on facts. Thus, you need

appropriate and expert valuation for your antique wares.

If you really want to determine the value of your antique ware

collection, you will need to seek the professional service of an


Appraisers do actual and expert valuation of different types of

properties. Ask for their help immediately and determine the
value of your fine china, porcelain and glassware. This will help

you further get the motivation to collect more of the wares.

                         Antique jewelry

Finding an Appraiser for Antique Jewelry

If you collect antique jewelry, you must know about jewelry

appraisals, how it is conducted and why it must be done. You

might be wondering why you would need to appraise antique

jewelry, but soon, you will find out that it is really needed.

Antique jewelry is personal property but that doesn't make the

materials exempt from risks. As valuable property, you must

make sure your antique jewelry will be secure and safe whatever


The best way to ensure the safety of your antique jewelry is to

take out an insurance policy. If you insure your antique jewelry,

you can make sure your rights will be protected whether there is

a theft, fire or any untoward incident. In such occurrences, your

antique jewelry can be lost, but you won't lose its value.

That is why you need to appraise your jewelry. An appraisal is a
process when you determine the estimated and probable value

of the asset or property. Land, homes and many other properties

are being appraised so the owner will have an idea as to the

current and proper value of the property. Such is also the case

for appraisal of antique jewelry.

You need to know the proper appraisal of your antique jewelry

when you want to do two actions involving the personal

property. First, when you are aiming to sell the jewelry, and

second, if you are aiming to secure an insurance policy for the

gems. You wouldn't want to sell your items at prices that are

way below their current market price.

If you are aiming to secure an insurance policy for your antique

jewelry, proper care and appraisal will be necessary. You need to

appraise the jewelry so you will know how the item will be

priced. That way, you can determine the current market value of

the item, so you don't pay the proper and designated premium

for such a piece.

If your value or estimate of the jewelry is lower than it should

be, you could lose a lot if something happens to the jewelry. If
the value is higher, which rarely happens, you will be the winner

because that means you have the opportunity to sell the jewelry

at a higher price. In investment turns, there will be a higher

investment return rate.

Finding an appraiser

However, even though it is very important to have your antique

jewelry regularly appraised, you may find it hard to find a

qualified and certified appraiser. There may be many people who

would claim to be one, but the sad fact is that you can never be

too sure.

Another setback is that there are no formal qualifications, exams

or industry certifications for the jewelry appraiser. There are

many appraisers who practice on the market, but most of them

appraise other forms of properties like land and homes. Rarely

will you find appraisers who are trained and experts in

appraising antique jewelry.

Finding someone to appraise your antique jewelry can be a

challenge. To do this, you need to solicit recommendations from
friends and colleagues. You can ask jewelers if they endorse

someone who can appraise your antique gems.

When you find an appraiser, you need to conduct several tests to

determine if he is genuine or just pretending to be one.

Remember, you shouldn't entrust your antique jewelry to just

anyone. You need to know if your jewelry is really antique

because antique items are much more expensive and valuable

compared to regular jewelry.

And an appraiser won't be able to easily tell antique jewelry if he

isn't into the practice. If they charge too cheaply, he could be a

hoax. Ask the appraiser if he is a member of any organization or

group practicing jewelry appraisal. Such groups won't easily

enlist members, because they have to endure several exams and


Expert and qualified appraisers will ask for a higher fee for their

service. But you will be sure it will all be worth it. Your jewelry

will be safe and the value would be ascertained.

Seek out an appraiser who carries the title, “certified gemologist”
after his/her name. This may give some credence to your

selection. Jewelry appraisers with this title have undergone rigid

testing to earn the title. Of course, they will charge

commensurate with their experience.

                Rugs, Tapestries and Textiles

Collecting Rugs, Tapestries and Other Textiles

Collectors collect any kind of material they like. There are

collectors who collect antique wares, some collect coins while

others collect comic books. Almost all types of items can be

collected. Collecting items is a hobby that can be both expensive

and physically demanding.

Rugs, tapestries and other types of textiles are among the most

popular collectors’ items. You would be surprised to know that

there are many people who are into collecting such objects.

Actually, there are many people who are into collecting period,

but they aren't aware that their fondness and interest in the

collecting activity is becoming a form of a leisure or a hobby.

You might be wondering how rugs, tapestries and textiles can be

objects of collectors’ interests. You might have the impression
that rugs are materials that are supposed to be useful in

decorating the home. They are supposed to collect dirt because

that is their main purpose.

But because rugs are becoming in-demand and because many

makers are making beautifully crafted and man-made ones,

some people became more fond of collecting such beautiful

items. Rugs aren't just colorful, some have elegant designs while

others are printed with artful images.

Finding such rugs will make you want to just collect them,

instead of use them for their normal purpose. You wouldn't want

to use such beautiful rugs for wiping off dirt and dust from

surfaces of household items. You may think that such beautiful

objects should instead be hung on the wall and be appreciated.

If you are into collecting rugs, you know where to find the best

and pretty ones. They aren't to be purchased just anywhere.

They can be found at specialty shops or can be bought at some

villages elsewhere across the globe.

Tapestries and other textiles
Aside form rugs, tapestries are also popular among collectors.

That is because unlike rugs, tapestries are made to be

appreciated for their beautiful designs and printed images.

Tapestries are popular as alternatives to paintings because

images can be instilled in these woven objects.

What makes tapestries expensive and valuable is the fact that

they are made with so much care and meticulousness. Creativity

of the makers also contributes greatly to producing tapestries.

Painting images is hard. Imagine how much harder it is to weave

designs, colors and images in tapestries.

No wonder such items are expensive and are very rare, making

them a perfect and popular object for collection. If you have a

collection of tapestries, you also will be able to easily display the

items. They can be hung, enclosed in casings or put inside

frames for viewing. Velcro and stretchers are also popularly used

in showcasing the beauty and elegance of tapestries.

Aside from rugs and tapestries, there are also other textile

products that are being collected by collectors. Kilims, sarongs,
bags and carpets which are also made of unique textiles and

clothing items. They are beautifully crafted and made, which

collectors like you really adore.

Finding appraisers

Rugs, tapestries and textiles are rarely collectors’ items. But for

the several people who do collect them, the usual problem

concerns the items’ values. Yes, rugs can be so underrated

because of their general purpose. Tapestries can be overrated

because of the beautiful designs and other textiles can be simply

ignored if particulars are neglected.

If you are into collecting such materials, you need to find

appraisers so you can determine the value of your collection. You

see, rugs, tapestries and other textile materials also increase in

value as time goes by.

The appraiser for this venue are people who can easily and

properly recognize rugs, tapestries and other textile materials

and appraise such objects properly. You may have an estimate

of how much your collection would cost currently, but still, you
need to be sure by seeking professional help from certified and

accredited appraisers.

If you suddenly decide to divest your collection, having them

regularly valued will help you determine the fair price for each

item. Find a reliable and trustworthy appraiser and determine

the real value of your prized collection.

                   Native American Artifacts

Collectors’ Dilemma: When is an item an artifact and an antique?

Collecting different types of objects is truly an inspiring and

amusing hobby. That is because there is so much value found

from old items that can be acquired to expand the collectors’


The art of collecting objects is based on the basic assumption

and fact that an item will get higher in value as time goes by.

That is why a coin that can be dated way back in the 1700s will

definitely be worth more than its face value today.

Paintings done by famous painters like da Vinci and

Michaelangelo can be prized like fortunes nowadays not just
because they are so beautiful, but because of the historical

value. Porcelains that can be dated from thousands of years ago

from ancient China are very expensive when sold on the market


Collectors collect items in hope that someday, the objects will be

prized more than their current face value. For some, the

collection is just an expression of interest to one particular type

of object. For example, comic books are collected not because

collectors hope that the items will be worth more than they are

now but in the future.

Antiques vs. Artifacts

There is one emerging issue bogging collectors nowadays. And

that is the issue surrounding appropriate identification and

differentiation between antiques and artifacts. That is because at

one quick look, the two types of materials are almost the same.

An artifact is technically defined as an object made by human

hands. Artifacts are creatively crafted by people from other eras.

These items when looked at and studied and can tell underlying
information and details about the culture of people when the

objects were made. Culture of creators and users are apparently

evident and documented as artifacts.

Antiques are also made by ancient people. The older an antique

is dated, the greater its value. Antiques also tell information

about the culture of its creators during the time the object was

made. But the difference is that antiques don't tell stories and

facts as vividly and clearly as artifacts.

Artifacts can be archaeological materials because of certain

features. For example, American Indian artifacts are treasured

because they tell more about the culture and norms that existed

during the period of such natives. Now, when there are materials

that are dug up and identified as artifacts, they must be turned

over to authorities promptly.

Artifacts are elements of culture. And so they are treated as

such. There is legislation in the United States and in almost all

other countries in the world that regard artifacts as important

objects that highlight and document past culture and civilization.
Artifacts are rare so they are considered more valuable than

antiques. It is hard to find antiques but it is much, much harder

to find and acquire artifacts. Aside from that, there are laws that

prohibit common people from owning and keeping artifacts at

home as part of their prized collection.

That is because certain artifacts should be preserved and kept in

an untouched state. Doing so would be synonymous to

preserving culture and history. Antiques don't have that kind of

value. Although they can be priced at premium prices, the

objects fall short compared to artifacts. Anyone can have

antiques, as long as the collector has the resources, patience

and determination to own them.

When you happen to collect an item that you suspect is an

artifact, immediately contact and inform culture preservation

authorities. They will come and asses your collection so you will

know if the prized item you have at hand is an antique or an


Caring for artifacts
You need to turn over artifacts you may have in your possession

to appropriate authorities to make sure the item will be taken

care of. There are special techniques for caring for such items

that you may not have knowledge of. Even something as simple

as “potshards” must be turned over to the authorities.

Artifact theft

This practice is rampant in the southwestern area of the United

States. Many treasured items have been stolen by thieves and

sold on the black market. Because of the vast territories in New

Mexico, Arizona and the Four Corners Area, it is used to be

difficult to prevent such theft. Modern technology and extremely

stiff penalties tied to the practice have slowed the practice.

Artifacts are much more delicate compared to antiques. You can

display antiques as ornamental furniture at home, but artifacts

won't be appropriate for that. Artifacts may be not as beautiful

and presentable as antiques. But their old age will definitely

boost their value.

                        Pre-Columbia Art
Pre-Columbia Art: Can You Spot the fakes?

Before the Europeans set foot in the Western hemisphere,

people from Central and South America were flourishing in so

many aspects especially when it came to architecture and other

forms of art. Before any form of ‘civilized world’ was ever

established, the inhabitants of what is now Guatemala, Mexico

and the Andean region were the forerunners of culture and

development. These specifically point to the populace of Aztecs

and Mayans, the Inca, Moche and the Chibcha civilizations. And

their works of art are now what we call the Pre-Columbian art.

Because of the rarity and uniqueness of Pre-Columbian art, the

cost of owning even a piece of Aztec or Incan art could border

the impossible for the average person. Primarily, the prices of

these pieces of art have sky-rocketed because of their rarity.

Another reason is, a person who is attempting to own real Pre-

Columbian pieces should have keen eyes for detail. Fraud and

forgery abound in the Pre-Columbian art trade and the

inexperienced buyer could very well be on his way to purchasing

a manufactured ‘antique piece’.

One of the most celebrated forgeries in Pre-Columbian artifacts
was the incident in April 1987 at the Saint Louis Art Museum. As

the story goes, the people at the museum hadn't discovered that

the display pieces that they had for the Morton D. May collection

on Pre-Columbian Art contained at least three forgeries. If not

for a certain Mexican artist named Brigido Lara, the museum

personnel wouldn’t have found out about the forgeries. This

turned out to be really alarming because of the knowledge that

even people from the museum weren't able to tell the fakes from

the real ones. But can you?

Even experts agree that it is hard to tell the fakes from the

authentic items. Even the trained eye isn't able to immediately

tell the difference between a fake and an authentic piece. In

fact, there are some people who even intentionally buy forged

works of art as they argue that it looks and feels the same as the

originals. Some say that if a fake Pre-Columbian piece has the

same passion and appearance as its real counterpart, then it is

as good as the original.

But then, again, most people won't settle for anything less. If

it’s fake, then it’s second-class. If you want the real thing, there

are certain things that you can do to, at least, prepare yourself
to detect what’s real and what’s not:

1.    Read, read, and read. Read a lot about Pre-Columbian art

and history. If you educate yourself with the ways of the past

civilizations, then you are equipped with basic knowledge on how

they came about with their works of art.

2.    For pottery, it is common knowledge for the experts that

ancient clay, when applied with a wet rag has a damp and very

odorous smell. New clay won't be able to produce such an odor.

Only earthenware that has been buried for many, many years

will smell with a dank odor.

3.    Get a hold of gadgets such as a black light or ultraviolet

light. Most fake art pieces show a ‘painted over’ look once

subjected under these powerful lights.

4.     Have a thermo luminescence performed on the artifact.

This is an archaeologist’s way of dating the antique pieces.

5.    Trust your gut instinct. If something doesn't feel right,

then you are most probably correct. Most collectors who have

bought fake pieces have confessed that they felt that there was

something wrong while inspecting the artifact but they ignored

the feeling.
When it comes to illegal trade, the authorities have a lot of work.

This underground trade has its clout in prime countries such as

Italy, the United Kingdom, and most parts of Europe. Since the

market in Pre-Columbian art continues to thrive, more and more

dishonest individuals act upon the market’s need and provide

alternate (but fake) items. Some have the authentic items on

hand but obtained them in illegal means that they now sell at

floor prices which kills the legal sellers.

There is no specific quantifying data on how rampant illegal

trade is on Pre-Columbian artifacts but you can make a

difference by pledging to support what’s right and what’s legal.

The same applies to the previous information on Native

American artifacts. It may be a small difference but it’s a

difference all the same.

                           Collecting Dolls

Doll Collections: What’s Hot and What’s Not

Young girls aren't young girls unless they have at least one doll

in their toy box. But nowadays, dolls are more than just a

young girl’s play thing. It can also be a source of joy for an
adult. And adults, which may seem really odd but true, collect

dolls to look at them in their display cabinets.

What is a doll collection without the most famous and hottest

Barbie collectibles? The average age of most female adult

collectors of this doll is 40. Mattel saw the opportunity for this

mature market and in 2004, they launched a labeling system

that would help collectors find what they were looking for at a

simple glance. The colored labeling system consists of the pink,

silver, gold and platinum labels. The Barbie dolls that are

labeled pink are mass-produced. The Dolls of the World Series,

the Model Barbie dolls, and the Pop Culture dolls are the ones

that fall under this category.

The Barbie dolls that have no more than 50,000 in number

worldwide are labeled Silver. The Silver label has the following

series: The Wedding series, Ballet Barbies, I Dream of a Season

Barbie dolls, and Birthday Barbie dolls.

Those that come under the Gold label have no more than 25,000

pieces worldwide. The Designer Fashion Model Barbie dolls, Pin-

up girls, Designer Bride, and the Vintage Repros’ all come under
this label.

The last and rarest among these labels is the Platinum label

where less than 1,000 pieces are produced worldwide. The

Faerie Queen, White Chocolate Obsession, and the Nurse Barbie

fall under this category.

Other doll collections that may be worthwhile would be the Pre-

1930’s antique dolls, Raggedy Ann and Andy dolls, Terri Lee

dolls (1940’s-1950’s), China dolls (which is a sub-category of

antique dolls), and the American Girl dolls, dolls that represent

countries or regions, German antique dolls and the Mundia

collection dolls.

Raggedy Ann and Andy are dolls that look simple and very

common yet their price fetches up to $3000 for the rarest

pieces! They are hot to most doll collectors because of their

designs and variety.

Terri Lee dolls are vinyl dolls that come in many designs and the

oldest models from circa 40’s or 50’s will easily fetch a doll

collector thousands of dollars!
China dolls are one of the perennial favorites of doll collectors.

China dolls are manufactured in Germany and they come with

glazed bisque (which accounts for their glossy appearance).

Most china dolls’ faces and hair are painted. And the greatest

thing about China dolls is their rarity. Most of them were

produced in 1830’s until the late 1890’s.

The 18-inch American Girl dolls remain every American girl’s

favorite. Mattel (the makers of Barbie dolls) makes American

Girl dolls. Different eras of American girls are represented by

these dolls. Mattel makes dolls that represent American girls

from the 1940’s until the modern day. And just like Barbie, the

color of the dolls can be made to match the owner.

German antique dolls are one of the best in the world. They

come next to France in the era of doll making. The French

people started making dolls but soon waned at the trade. They

passed the craft to Germans and the Germans, in turn, excelled

at it. Kewpie dolls are still collectors’ favorites and so are other

porcelain dolls.
When it comes to doll making, the French were considered to be

the pioneers in this craft. In the early 1800’s, the French doll

makers dominated the world of doll making. The Mundia dolls

were made by French doll makers. Their most prominent

features are their very feminine and luxurious clothes and their

clear skin. These porcelain dolls seem to have an unexplainable

look that set them apart from all other antique dolls and any

modern day doll on the market today.

Dolls constitute a major part of every woman’s childhood. And if

she chooses to continue the wonderful imaginations that she has

with her childhood dolls, or if she merely wants to please her

passion for collecting rare items, it doesn’t matter. Dolls will

always be a girl (or a woman’s) constant companion.

                         Baseball Cards

Baseball Cards: Why They’re Selling Like Hotcakes

Baseball cards are probably one of the world’s most common and

most famous types of collectibles. This is fact. And this remains

true because baseball is one of the most-watched sports by avid

fans. Nowadays, baseball card collecting is a serious business
for equally serious collectors. Gone are the days when only the

kids or youth got interested in collecting them. The average age

of collectors nowadays is 21.

A collector of baseball cards could be classified by the following:

a newbie, a collector who’s doing it as a hobby, a diehard

collector, and the last type is the collector who’s in it for the

money. As a newbie, venturing into baseball card collection

could be frustrating if you don't know how or even where to


As a newbie, you should ask yourself if you would like to have a

random collection of baseball cards or if you are aiming to

accumulate cards that belong to only your favorite team. Once

you have settled this, it is important that you learn as much

about baseball and its history as you can. It is also important to

have a love for the game, without this, the passion for card

collection will surely wane.

There are many ways of collecting baseball cards. If you are

limited on the financial aspect, there are many cheap baseball

cards that are being sold or traded in most shops. In fact,
discount stores that sell baseball cards at low prices make $1

billion in annual sales.   For those who want to have collector’s

items (cards that are rare or highly popular), then they should

be willing to shell out hundreds, even thousands of dollars, to be

able to acquire the rarest and most sought-after baseball cards.

Vintage baseball cards are, of course, hard to find and costly to

collect. But for most collectors, this isn't an issue. A collector

could also begin with random cards which can eventually evolve

into a baseball team card collection. A rookie collection would

also be a nice start.

Once you get the hang of being a collector, you will notice that

the longer you hold on to a deck of rare cards, the higher their

prices become in the future. For example, you can buy the

complete and newest set of baseball cards for the present year

and you will notice that in five years or so, the price for that

deck of cards will have sky-rocketed. This is the reason why

more and more people delve into baseball card collecting.

Collecting baseball cards is not only fun but also very lucrative.

With the right set of cards and some pep talks, you could easily

double or even triple the amount that you invested. Most sports

cards have been predicted to be just fads but they have
outgrown those predictions, with baseball card sales growing

each year!

Topps baseball cards are probably the most collected baseball

cards. They even have a website that features their history and

there are several sites that cater to buying and selling of famous

Topps baseball cards. The amazing thing about this is that you

get to have the leverage of choosing through categories such as

cheapest cards, rarest cards, autographed cards, and more.

Most collectors now have clubs and associations where they get

to mingle with equally-passionate collectors. During

conventions, these collectors gather to talk about the ‘art’ of

baseball card collecting and they even spend time to trade, buy,

and sell their priced possessions.

And since baseball card collecting is hot, priceless cards also

proliferate on the market. There are worthless baseball cards

out there and the buyer must be careful so as not to waste his

time, money and ‘passion’ for something that isn't worth it.

There are thousands upon thousands of baseball cards on the
market today. Some are vintage and costly while most of what’s

found on the market is there for hobby collectors. But no matter

what your reason is for venturing into this new pursuit, one thing

remains certain baseball cards awaken a different zeal in its

collectors and it will remain as a worthwhile diversion for years

to come.

              How to Make Money in This Trade

To be an Antique Dealer or a Collector? That is the Question

There has long been confusion when it came to these two terms,

antiquities and collections. If you have set a unique goal in your

career, first you have to know the major differences.

Have you set your mind on an antique collection? Then you

have to know that the definitions, alone, are numerous. An

antique is something that is rare and very old. A real antique

has to be a century old or more. But the term antique is also

now used to describe obsolete gadgets such as cell phones or

calculating machines, or even computers. This is the negative

connotation of the word antique as it deems an item to be

useless or out of date.
An antique isn't an antique if the item doesn't show a certain

grade of craftsmanship and distinctive design. So if you are

settling on having a career in dealing with antiques, first you

must make certain that you have a keen eye for details (such as

the physical condition of the item, its rarity, its age, and much

more). It is also important that you have knowledge on history,

art and culture. For example, if you want to focus on Pre-

Columbian antiques that we discussed earlier, then you should

first study the civilizations that crafted these works of art. Think

of the Aztecs, Incas, Mayans, and all other civilizations which

helped shape the very culture that South America now has.

Aside from historical, cultural and artistic knowledge, it is most

important to have the passion for the acquisition of such genuine


If you are looking for a career in this field, one good option is to

become an archeologist. Being an archeologist will guarantee

you years of digging up and searching for rare pieces. Besides,

archeology is scientific in nature so you are bound to deal with

respect when it comes to antique handling. Being an antique

collector could also be a lucrative career once you learn the

ropes of the trade. You just have to acquire the necessary skills
and the ‘gut feel’ when you hold an antique.

Being a collector, on the other hand, could either be moderately

easy or difficult to pursue. It is much like dealing with antiques

except that you will be dealing with objects that could range

from fairly new to very old. Collecting items could either be just

a hobby or a serious obsession. Just like dealing with antiques,

you are bound to work hard looking for collectibles, locating and

gathering them, finally acquiring them, until the very time that

you display or store them.

There are many things in the world that you can choose to

collect. Take note that some collectibles become antiques once

they age and are proven to be rare. The options for collections

range from mere rocks, even butterflies and other types of

insects, to cigarette lighters (the most famous lighter collections

are Zippo lighters), dolls, cigarette cards (which depict pictures

of famous baseball players and actresses), baseball cards (which

could also become a lucrative business once the owner acquires

the skills in investing in cards that could soon double or triple in

price in just a few years), figurines, trading cards, scale models,

music boxes, even shot glasses, and many more. The most
famous types of collections are stamps and coins. As early as

the 15th century, there were people (even nobilities) who delved

into coin collecting.

Nowadays, there are many collectibles that you could take up as

a hobby. Beanie Babies and Barbie dolls are only some of the

modern collectibles on the market. There are also numerous

forms of sports cards that sports enthusiasts can start to gather.

Whether you want a career in antique dealership or merely to

collect, both require the same amount of patience and time.

This isn't a past time for those who give up easily . There are

items that could be very rare to find and it sometimes take

several years before the acquisition becomes possible. More

than looking for the works of art, it is a work of ‘heart’.

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