The Marketplace: Not to Buy An Early American Dry Sink

Though Americans delight in newness, their interest in antiques continues to grow. One indication is that attendance at Manhattan's blue-ribbon, ten-day 1967 Winter Antiques Show, which opened last week, has doubled in the past decade and is expected to reach 30,000 this year. Another sign is inflation; prices in the past year have commonly risen 5% even greater if more people felt confident that they could distinguish fine pieces from fakes. Unfortunately, the amateur shopping at a seaside "gifte shoppe" is all too likely to wind up paying $50 for a $10 copy of...

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