Books on old furniture are made for easy use

COLLECTIBLES

November 24, 1991|By Anita Gold | Anita Gold,Chicago Tribune

Talk about books! Two terrific educational, enlightening and entertaining examples that'll keep you busy for hours on end and that'll turn a knucklehead into a know-it- ll are "How to Speak Furniture With an Antique American Accent -- Buying, Selling and Appraisal Tips Plus Price Guides," by Jeanne Siegel, and "How to Speak Furniture With an Antique Victorian Accent -- Buying, Selling and Appraisal Tips Plus Price Guides," by the same author and appraiser.

They are available for $12.95 each, plus $2 postage each, from Bonus Books, 160 E. Illinois St., Chicago, Ill. 60611, or for $28.40 postpaid for both. Or phone (312) 467-0580 for information.

These books are packed with useful, easy-to-read information that teaches one how to indentify and recognize various styles of antique furniture, decorations, hardware, details, motifs, types, origins, parts, pieces, turnings, trims and everything else imaginable. They are designed with easy-to-use flip-and-find pages and are bendable, making it easy to store them in purses, pockets and glove compartments when antiquing.

Although Ms. Siegel's books make great companions to take along on antique jaunts, you may want to buy an extra set to keep at home in your library as reference sources.

Aside from being wonderful furniture-identifying dictionaries, the books contain sharp photos and illustrations of antique furniture along with the dates they were made, the material they're made of, their particular styles and other important information. They also give great tips, clues and invaluable advice that in the long run can save one a great deal of money and aggravation.

These books also make wonderful ice-breakers at parties or antique shows.

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