Art - Antiques

Antiques and Collectibles – Art






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Posters and Prints

Pottery and Porcelain

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Sports Collectibles and Memorabilia


Toys, Dolls, and Games




Antiques and the Arts Online 

Listings of auctions and calendar of antiques shows from the nation's leading weekly publication on the trade.


Antiques Roadshow 

Find schedules for the tours and TV broadcasts, biographies of the appraisers, and learn tips of the appraisal trade from the popular PBS television show.


Antique Trader

Articles, classifieds, message boards, event listings, and additional resources.



This fine art auctioneer provides information about how to buy and sell at auction. Print out a form from this site to request a free "auction estimate" of the value of a picture or collectible. The auction estimate requires a registration.


TIAS - The Internet Antique Shop

Excellent links to collectors' sites. Includes artwork, coins, dolls, household items, jewelry, postcards, sports cards, stamps, table settings, toys, vintage clothing, and other collectibles. Shopping for antiques and collectibles can be done from the home page at



Describing itself as "the world's online marketplace," eBay offers users the opportunity to sell and bid over the Internet. Browse or search to see what prices are being paid for art, antiques, collectibles, and more. Message boards and articles about collectibles are available in the Community section.


Go Antiques 

Visit here for links to online auctions, an online collectible auctioneers directory, auction calendars, and  auction news.



A resource for bidding on and previewing online art, antiques, and collectibles auctions worldwide. Search auction house catalogs, visit dealer and gallery sites, and link to associations and publications.


Kovels' On-Line Price Guide to Antiques and Collectibles 

Searchable guide to history and prices of antiques and collectibles. Prices of over 340,000 items are available with an account, which requires a subscription. However, a free trial is available.



An antiques reference database which is updated daily. Although a subscription site, the free preview option lets visitors search the database by object category and type.



Schedule of events and auction results for this venerable auction house. Using a form on the site, ask one of the specialists to give an "auction estimate" of an artwork or a collectible.



Visitors can search for items in order to locate a description and an auction sales price. The database is searchable for free, although pricing information is only available by subscription. A free trial is available. 





The form allows you to include features like first edition, signed, and dust jacket.



Here you can "discover first editions, antique books, signed books, and other hard-to-find books—fond treasures from your childhood and yesteryear."  A great source for buyers and for those wishing to know the value of books they own.


Antiquarian Booksellers' Association

A search form for finding old, rare books and what they are monetarily worth.



Book price comparisons online, and you can check features, such as first edition or signed volumes.


How Much Is My Old Book Worth?

Some ideas for how to look up your items compiled by the Enoch Pratt Free Library.





Antique Bottle Collector's Haven

A directory of web sites arranged by bottle type. Also provides tips to dating bottles, a glossary, and how to clean antique bottles.


Soda & Beer Bottles of North America

The history and means by which to date these types of bottles.


The Bottle Den

Antique bottle links, bottle slideshows, and information about molds. The site features articles primarily about pre-Civil War pontiled soda bottles and porters.


The Federation of Historic Bottle Collectors

Information about collecting bottles (a listing of affiliated clubs by U.S. and Canadian geographic regions, a calendar of shows and auctions, and a collectors database).


Glass Factory Marks on Bottles

Researchers can browse alphabetically arranged lists of marks/initials to locate information about about the manufacturer.


Historic Glass Bottle Identification & Information

Information about bottle attributes (bases, seams, shapes, finishes, and colors) and additional resources to help determine the approximate manufacturing age range of an antique bottle.


Bottle Dating

This page allows a user to run through a series of questions based primarily on diagnostic physical, manufacturing related characteristics or features to determine the approximate manufacturing age range of the item. 




Antique Clocks Price Guide

Refer to the blue tabbed menu to locate additional information concerning clock values, model names, and clockmakers' names.


The National Association of Watch and Clock Collectors, Inc.

Includes a virtual museum, links to other horological web sites, and information about the National Watch and Clock Museum in Columbia, Pennsylvania.


Coins and Paper Money


American Numismatic Association

This organization has information for collectors of coins, paper money, tokens, and medals. The "Marketplace" includes a list of member dealers. Look here for facts about the 1943 copper penny and other frequently asked questions.

Although this is primarily a commercial site for a bank note appraiser, it offers a very nice Currency Museum with illustrations of many currencies, including those recently retired by introduction of the Euro.


Bureau of Engraving and Printing

Production statistics, images of currency, history of the bills, symbolism, African Americans on currency, detecting counterfeit, and information for collectors.


The Coins of Colonial and Early America

"Features discussions, descriptions and images of the coins and tokens used in Colonial and Confederation America." A project of the Robert H. Gore, Jr. Numismatic Endowment. From the University of Notre Dame, Special Collections.


Dirty Old Coins

A database of known coin types from the Roman Empire as well as some Byzantine examples. Also includes guides on how to identify coins, read legends, and the development of Roman coinage. 


The United States Mint 

A history of the mint, how coins are made, and facts on those now circulating. Check the "What's New" section to get the latest on the 50 state commemorative quarters and other happenings around the mint.



Folk Art 


The American Folk Art Museum: Collections

Images of paintings, drawings, sculpture, and textiles from the museum's collection.


Folk Art Links

Prepared by the Folk Art Society of America, a selection of links to folk art sites.


Museum of International Folk Art

Images of items created by various cultures throughout the world.


Smithsonian: Folk Art and Craft

Images from the Smithsonian's collections related to crafts, textiles, and folk art.




A Century of Chairs

Scroll down to see the exhibits for each decade of the Century of Chairs. "This installation of chairs from the Design Museum Collection shows how the design of the chair has evolved from Michael Thonet’s invention of mass-manufactured furniture in the late 1800s and the early Modern Movement chairs of the early 1900s to the technologically advanced chairs of today."


Connected Lines

Identify and research furniture styles by viewing drawings of selected items. Viewing the basic drawings is free, but a software purchase is necessary to examine furniture profiles.


Digital Library for the Decorative Arts and Material Culture

Database collections, some of which focus on furniture.


Kovels: Furniture

Price guides to furniture. Requires a registration to view prices.




Carnival Glass 101

Marks on Carnival glass and maker identification. Also consult to the "quick reference" section for additional information.


Carnival Glass Maker Marks

Photographs of marks accompanied by a brief summary. Also consult the A-Z directory for additional resources.


Corning Museum of Glass

Glass resources and information about the museum's collections.


Early American Pattern Glass Society

Consult the tabs on the right side of the page for information about glass museums, clubs, pattern profiles, and more.


Glassware Links

A directory of glassware identification websites.




Jewellery Through the Ages

Articles about art deco, art nouveau, and other period jewelry. From the Victoria and Albert Museum.


Jewelry Patents

Arranged by company, this browsable directory provides patent numbers and drawings.




Museum of the American Revolution

The Museum of the American Revolution will explore the dynamic story of the American Revolution using its expansive collection of Revolutionary-era weapons, personal items, documents, and works of art. 


National Firearms Museum

Virtual tours through several galleries, with arms dating to the American Revolution, the Civil War, and wars in the 20th century. 




Dr. Egon Neustadt Collection of Tiffany Glass

Housed at The Henry Luce III Center for the Study of American Culture at the New York Historical Society, visitors can view over 100 images of Tiffany lamps, lampshades, and windows.


Ephemera Society of America

Articles, news, exhibits, and examples of ephemera.


Index of American Design

"Surveys of the Index of American Design consists of approximately 18,000 watercolor renderings of American decorative arts objects from the colonial period through the nineteenth century."


Quilt Index

"This website currently features images and information, provided by an array of contributors, on thousands of quilts from documentation projects, museums, libraries, and private collections."


Musical Instruments


Dating Instruments Using Patent Numbers

A chart that shows "the first patent number issued in each year, so if you have a patent number, this easily yields the approximate date to begin with."


Kovel's: Music

A listing of of instruments and their values. Registration is required to view price information.


National Music Museum

Virtual tours, a list of several instrument makers, and checklists of musical instruments. Consult the museum's list to other web sites for information about serial numbers, histories of instrument makers, and finding appraisers.



Photographs and Cameras 


Antique Wood Cameras

An overview, images, and related resources from The Collectors Weekly.


Historic Camera

Message boards, photo gallery, and historical camera information.


Photographic Processes

A guide to various types of photographic processes from the Victoria and Albert Museum.


Photography Collecting

Describes factors in evaluating a photograph, such as condition, subject, and authenticity.


Posters and Prints


International Fine Print Dealers Association: Artist Database

Find an IFPDA member who exhibits an artist's works.  Also offers a selection of web links and information about prints.


International Poster Gallery

Browse posters for sale or consult the "about poster art" section for information about collecting posters.


New York Public Library Digital Gallery

Images from the collections of The New York Public Library, including vintage posters and rare prints.


The Philadelphia Print Shop: Links of Interest

Links to several antique prints sites. Other sections of the website include an image gallery and and a reference library.


Posters: American Style

"Posters American Style, which accompanies a touring exhibition of the same name, brings together some of the great graphic images made in the United States over the past century."


Pottery and Porcelain


Digital Library for the Decorative Arts and Material Culture

Browse images of ceramics from the Chipstone and Longridge Collections.


Gardiner Museum of Ceramic Art

View images of the museum's collection by geographical area.


International Ceramic Directory

Links to several sites that offer images of pottery marks for specific makers throughout the world.


Porcelain Marks and More

A resource to help identify porcelain marks. Topics include a factory index, a glossary, and information about marks on reproduction pieces.



A database of pottery marks to help identify pottery.




American Silversmiths

Useful resources include an index of silversmiths and an index of initial marks.


English Silver Hallmarks

An illustrated index of English silver hallmarks.


Kovels Antique Marks for American Silver

American silver marks with images; listing of 7,700 silver manufacturers. Images are available to view for free though full information requires an account. 


Online Encyclopedia of Silver Marks

Information about silver marks, a glossary, articles, a forum, and more.


Sports Collectibles and Memorabilia  

Beckett "offers collectors instant access to more than twenty-two million sports memorabilia items from close to 1,200 hobby shops worldwide and auctions." While a subscription is necessary to view many portions of the site, one is not necessary to read forum postings or to browse the marketplace. Sports Cards - Industry & Grading

Learn about the factors which affect value and grading. Visitors can also browse auction listings.


Tuff Stuff Magazine

Free price guides, auctions, news, and forums.



American Philatelic Society

Useful links, resources for children, and information about upcoming stamp shows.


National Postal Museum: Stamp Collecting

This introduction to stamp collecting (covers topics such as which stamps to collect, soaking stamps, useful tools, and preservation. Includes links to other resources for stamp collectors. From the Smithsonian National Postal Museum.


United States Postal Service

Find the latest stamps and stamp collectibles, tips on starting a stamp collection, and a "Glossary of Philatelic Terms."


Toys, Dolls, and Games


The Antique Dolls Collectors Online Advisor

Images and descriptions of doll types, message boards, and questions and answers.


Association of Game and Puzzle Collectors

"The Association of Game & Puzzle Collectors (AGPC) the world's foremost organization dedicated to the collection and preservation of games and puzzles."


Doll Reference

Resource for dolls made in the 1800s through the mid-1900s. Dolls are listed by maker, type, and material. Also includes forums, makers' marks, and pricing guides.


Elliott Avedon Museum and Archive of Games

Provides the history of many games and puzzles, illustrations, and general descriptions of how the games are played (but not detailed rules). Includes a special section on Inuit games. Browsable by category, name of game, or "ethnographic and geopolitical index." From the University of Waterloo, Ontario, Canada.


Museum of Childhood: Collections

Categories include dolls, toys, teddy bears, and games.  Each section provides an overview and images.


Pastimes and Paradigms: Games We Play

This exhibition of "the evolution of games since 1800 ... includes a wide variety of antique and contemporary games, as well as rare books on rules, strategies, and recreation." From Cornell University Library.


The Vintage Toy Encyclopedia

Pictures and information about vintage toys, dolls, and action figures.



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