CHOOSE FROM 3 RESEARCH SERVICES - you can sign-up for one or two or all three:
- marks4ceramics - Ceramics
makers' marks on porcelain, pottery, chinaware, stoneware, clayware, bisque
- marks4silver - Metalware makers'
marks & hallmarks on jewelry, silver, silverplate, pewter, fashion accessories
- values4antiques -
Appraisal guide with millions of priced results and photos for ALL types of items of any age
HELP GUARANTEED - If you cannot find your marks or have doubts, as a member you can contact our specialists for free and at no additional cost. We are on stand-by to share our knowledge - see some examples of research answers to our members on Ceramics marks and Jewelry & Silver marks.
JOIN US - Membership access is available on a subscription basis and at a very low flat rate. Your membership fee will NEVER change and there are no other costs or fees and nothing to buy. Our services are dedicated to research only and therefore totally unbiased.
EXPERT ADVICE - Our specialists are trained accredited professional appraisers with many years of experience. All of our staff are passionate collectors or antiques dealers and also understand the business side of antiques. We know the importance of fast and accurate information and we are here to help you when researching your items.
ANY PLACE - ANY TIME - On the road, at the office or in the comfort of your own home, our entire content is available as a normal website that can be viewed on any Internet device. You can use a computer, laptop, smart phone, tablet and any other device connected to the web. There is no need to download any software or special programs and no technical knowledge is required - it is even easier and faster than using books. Access is instant and always available.
UNLIMITED ACCESS - You may use our services at any time and as frequently as you wish.
VISUAL SEARCH - All services are totally illustrated with clear images and full of useful information. Identifying or valuing your treasures is instant and efficient without having to send photos or descriptions. There is no need to join a Forum or Message Board and wait for answers.
CONSTANTLY UPDATED - Our reference guides are accurate, informative and always up-to-date. We check and double-check our information for accuracy and always add new facts as we find them. No need to keep buying the latest editions of specialized and expensive books or pay for new software or App updates.
MARK IDs AT YOUR FINGERTIPS - Our marks identification reference guides (see: Ceramics marks guides and Jewelry & Silver marks guides) will help you in deciphering marks, backstamps, markings, hallmarks and other signs or trademarks that reveal who the maker is and when/where your items were made. All marks images in our extensive reference database are displayed in special photo albums that are divided in Shape or Letter Categories to locate them easily and quickly. Special features include advanced research tools such as a NAME SEARCH and an INITIALS SEARCH that can instantly locate your marks in our visual library for any company or studio or by the initials of a Silversmith or Jeweler. Maker's marks & hallmarks are from around the world and span all times or periods and for any decorative or artistic style.
KNOW WHAT YOU HAVE - Learn how to tell a recent reproduction from an authentic antique or vintage item - Our identification guides include recent fake and forged marks to help you determine if your item is genuine or a reproduction. We add more such marks all the time and you can view them side-by-side to the real ones so that you can tell the difference instantly and easily.
EVALUATE YOUR TREASURES & COLLECTIONS - Our appraisal pricing guide (see: values research) uses a sophisticated proprietary program to find auction results that are accurate and timely. View relevant sales records instantly displayed with photos, descriptions, prices, place and date sold. Covers ALL categories of items of all ages, including ordinary & important decoratives or objets de vertu, silver & jewelry, ceramics, artwork or fine art of all types & photography, glass & crystal, furniture & rugs, old & new Asian antiques, scientific instruments & maps, toys or dolls & trains, militaria & collectible firearms, maritime & hunting valuables, memorabilia, and of course antiques of any kind or style and a huge variety of interesting contemporary and vintage collectibles. You can print the results for your records or use as part of a formal appraisal.