Paperback: 256 pages
Publisher: Schiffer Publishing Company; 1st edition (1990)
Product Dimensions: 0.8 x 8.5 x 11 inches
Shipping Weight: 2 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
Average Customer Review: 3.5 out of 5 stars See all reviews (6 customer reviews)
Best Sellers Rank: #3,402,569 in Books (See Top 100 in Books) #85 in Books > Crafts, Hobbies & Home > Antiques & Collectibles > Dolls, Toys & Figurines > Toy Animals #1796 in Books > Crafts, Hobbies & Home > Crafts & Hobbies > Pottery & Ceramics
This book is truly a waste of money unless you like looking at pictures of ceramic animals, and nothing more. There is no consistency, and little information. It is sorted by manufacturer in the beginning, and then switches to sorting by animal, and then it switches to sorting by type (what it's made of, what it's used for). Any company history information written in this book can be grabbed right off the internet. It's shallow and incomplete. There is no rhyme or reason for the items that were chosen for the photos. If it's breakable, and an animal, it could probably go in this book. The captions on the pictures merely describe what you see, such as "Dog with duck", and what it reads on the bottom, if anything. And it gives a height. The names of the types of animals aren't even correct. It refers to a Boxer figurine as being the same breed as a Bulldog. It labels a Basset Hound as a Beagle. They even question in the caption "..the dog, or is it a fox?". I have my copy up for sale. Can't wait to get some money back for this.
I was really impressed with the quick delivery. The book was in great condition and I loved every page of it. I would definitely look to buy another book or item from Mike Schneider.
I am an antique dealer, I bought this book years ago and never really use it because does not contain much useful information. I bought an elephant today that's American made and dated 1939. I can't make out the mark and started going through some books. I saw this book and started going through it. I forgot just how useless this book really was. It is a collection from the author I would guess. Far too many pieces not researched and not identified as to the maker. The book tells you things like ceramic pig 4" long. Hello if you have the piece I think you would know this. My advice is to save your money and buy another book. I am surprised Schiffer published this thing to be honest. Most of their books are quite good.
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