Past Hence: Research Resources
inAugust 18, 2010 - 3:19pm
After a successful treasure hunt, I can’t wait to get back to my computer to research what I have acquired. My husband says I spend too much “unpaid” time this way, but more often than not, this is not “unpaid” time because shop items that include proper identification will sell for more than items that are listed more generically. I still have a vase that I bought in a box lot with 3 other ginger jars for $15. The ginger jars were newer and I sold them for meager profit in a yard sale. But the one vase was of much better quality, and with about 15 minutes of research, I found out it is from Japan’s Meiji period by Makazu Kozan and worth a tidy little sum. If I hadn’t researched it I might have sold it for $10 in the yard sale! A great site for researching Chinese and Japanese pottery marks is gotheborg.org
Why just list an unsigned big, fancy rhinestone brooch, when you can check out julianajewelry.net to see if it has previously been confirmed as a Delizza & Elster piece? And even if it hasn’t, you can submit a photo for free verification.
There are reference books out there on almost everything, but they can be expensive. Over time I have built up quite a library covering a range of items, but it still isn’t near enough. Collerbooks.com has a great selection, and if you sign up for Borders Rewards, they email you a coupon every week for an average 30% off one book. The library can also be a source for reference books, depending on where you live and how well-stocked your library is.