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Marbles Illustrated (Schiffer Military History)

This book provides a comprehensive guide to the actual selling prices of marbles during the past year. Utilizing a database of prices realized from over 6,000 marbles at auction during the past year, the author provides catalogue descriptions, pictures and values. Listings are categorized by marble type, allowing for easy reference for the collector.

Series: Schiffer Military History

Paperback: 224 pages

Publisher: Schiffer Publishing; 3rd edition (November 1, 1999)

Language: English

ISBN-10: 0764309706

ISBN-13: 978-0764309700

Product Dimensions: 9 x 6.2 x 0.7 inches

Shipping Weight: 1.2 pounds

Average Customer Review: 3.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (8 customer reviews)

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If you like marbles (And who doesn't?) or more importantly if you collect marbles; big or little collections, it does not matter, then this is most certainly a book you want to add to your research library. Now I will tell you truthfully...not one book, or at least any that I know of, can be classified as the "ultimate only book you will ever need" marble identification book. There are just too many marbles in the world and variations of those marbles for any one book to be able to cover them all. should also be noted that even with a fine book such as we have here that marble identification can be and is extremely difficult at times. It takes work and takes a lot of research. There simply are no "free lunches" when it comes to identifying these things.But all that being said, this is a wonderful book for those interested in such matters. The photographs in this work are some of the best I have seen and trust me, when it comes to identification, photographs; really good quality photographs, are an absolute must! This work provides them with over 580 beautifully clear and detailed plates.Examples of contemporary marbles, hand made, machine made, old and new are all represented here. The text is quite readable and informative, enhancing and working well with the photographs.I feel that this is a good work as it makes a wonderful foundation for further research. You can at least easily identify the category of marbles you are looking for and armed with that information you can then further your research into what every specially marble you are dealing with. There are a lot of books out there that narrow this process down, i.e. those devoted on one type and one type only whether it be antique, contemporary, hand or machine made.On the down side...

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