End of February Book Review by
Title: Collecting Costume Jewelry 202
The basics of Dating Jewelry 1935 - 1980
Identification and Price Guide
Author: Julia C. Carol
Type of Book: Large Soft Bound
Average Price: $24.95
In or Out of Print: New
Number of Pages: 495
Brief Description of Book: Advertized as a sequel to “Collecting Costume Jewelry 101,
The book is based on 6 methods with multiple techniques to help in dating costume jewelry
1. NOTE: Reviews Based on the following Scoring Measure:
1 Being "Forget It" and 10 Being "Must Have"
QUANTITY OF PICTURES:
Comments: Lots and Lots of pictures
QUALITY OF PICTURES:
Black and White Pictures?
How good are the pictures?
Are there close ups of the marks?
Comments: Pictures are good overall. The only black and whites are Add pictures and
crops from patent pictures.
QUANTITY OF INFORMATION:
Range of information offered?
Is information thorough?
Comments: I was surprised to look through numerous jewelry company’s to only
find a picture of a piece of jewelry with a possible date for it and nothing else
and then have 200 pages of info on just 2 companies .
QUALITY OF INFORMATION:
Accuracy (are there mistakes?):
Comments: Volumes of info on Coro and Trifari and 1000's of patent numbers.
Are they helpful or realistic?
Comments: I wish I knew where they get these prices.SCORE: 7
Is the book easy to read and follow?
Are things easy to find (table of contents/index)?
Comments: Nicely done here in this area
TOTAL AVERAGE SCORE 8
Is this a must have book? YES and NO
Overall Comments: A very interesting Book.
If you are going to use this books section on dating with Signatures and Signature variations, You will be wasting your money. In all 495 pages there are only “3" example pictures dedicated to marks on pieces of jewelry. The book directs you to Appendix A: which are 11 pages of Approx. dates and descriptions of marks not pictures.
For all of you Patent Number and Magazine Advertisement junkie’s, you are just going to LOVE
this book. There are 1000's of patent numbers, some with patent pictures. 100's of pictures of Advertisements though out the book. The most I have seen in any book.
For Coro and Trifari collectors, the book has 200 pages dedicated to them.
Overall the book is a great value and price, and would make a great addition to your library.
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