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Happy New Year's From Nancy's Collectibles - January, 2002
Made In Japan
Prices - Marks - Condition


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Vol. 1 Issue 3

CONDITION

      Price guides can be a useful tool if you are considering 
  selling Made In Japan collectibles. But, the prices are not 
  set in stone.  Prices vary according to different parts of the 
  country, condition, age, rarity, and supply and demand.
             
      Condition should be a major consideration.  Alway purchase 
  the best example you can afford.  Cracks and breaks will always 
  be a crack or break and will definitely influence the value. What 
  might be a valuable piece undamaged will surely be worth nothing 
  if damaged.  If you are a collector, and not purchasing Made in 
  Japan pieces for selling; considering condition is important, but 
  sentimentality is also a factor.  Most Made in Japan pieces are 
  quite affordable.

DISPLAY & CARE

      Displaying your collection is the most rewarding 
  part of collecting.  There are numerous way  to dis-
  play: shelves, display cases, or what-not shelves.  
  If you use shelves, use a glass shelf; they tend to 
  show better. Display cases work well since they are 
  enclosed and does not collect dust as readily. What-not
  shelves are usually wood and are nice for display also. 

  All are fairly easy to find and not expensiive.  Usually 
  one can find shelves easily at garage or estate sales.  
  A lot of times dealers going out of business sell their 
  display cases in the local newspapers.

CARE OF YOUR COLLECTION

      If your collection is not enclosed in some type 
  of enclosed case or cabinet, it will probably be 
  necessary to clean them frequently. Something we all 
  dread! I have read that you can place them in your 
  diswasher on a "delicate" cycle for the sturdier pieces, 
  but I don't recommend it.  The glazes are quite fragile 
  and can be easily rubbed off.  Never use harsh detergents 
  or abrasive cleaners. Always use a mild liquid soap and 
  a soft cloth for pieces that are especially dirty with 
  grease or oils from the kitchen.  To get in between the 
  small spaces, you can use dental floss. For washing 

  pieces with a lustre glaze do not rub.  Instead, pat them 
  dry. Pieces that do not have a glaze are sturdier and can 
  be wiped dry with a soft cloth.  

       For pieces that are merely dusty, I would simply 
  leave them be!  But, if you  must clean them, I would  
  just rinse them with warm water and dry.

MARKS

        The Made in Japan marks greatly vary from size, 
  shape, color, and type. To view some examples of some 
  "Made in Japan" marks and a small explanation of how 
  to determine what the marks mean, go to Marks

         I hope this has helped you understand what "Made 
  in Japan" collectibles are and how to determine what is 
  old and what is new.

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