p4A Antiques Reference aka Antiques Reference – p4A

No need not wait for the Antiques Roadshow to come to town to get real market based information about antiques, artwork and family treasures.   Your patrons can use the p4A Antiques Reference database.  (Note: we call it Antiques Reference – p4A under Databases A-Z since no one can remember p4A.)

The p4A Antiques Reference database is used by most leading personal property appraisers throughout the United States (including many Antiques Roadshow appraisers), antiques dealers, museums, and agencies like the Internal Revenue Service to evaluate almost every kind of antique in today’s collections.

Unlike other reference tools, the p4A Antiques Reference database is focused on the American regional marketplace but also includes the top scale New York art and antiques markets.  This means library patrons using the database have a better opportunity to find the types of material seen locally and regionally at auction and retail outlets.  These antiques are organized into 1,280 different classifications on subjects including furniture, glass, pottery and porcelain, paintings, prints, clocks, toys, dolls, advertising collectibles, books, autographs, lamps, silver, firearms and historical documents.  Each record includes information on when and where the item was sold as well as the price realized. Pricing information ranges from $10 into the millions.

The p4A Antiques Reference database is also unique in having at least one color picture for every record and more are added every day.  Library patrons can actually see if the item they are researching closely matches the one described in the database.  In addition, each record carries a text description and many have extensive reference notes attached to provide background and context information to the user.

Of course, there are thousands of interesting objects in the database that many people may never know exist.  So, here’s a collection of some of the odd, unusual and fascinating things you could find in the p4A database!  To read more, just search by item number.

  • C240647 – Red Baron’s goggles
  • A012720 – Handgun from Roosevelt assassination attempt
  • D9840461 – Tyrannosaurus rex claw
  • D9914142 – James Dean’s t-shirt from Rebel Without a Cause
  • D9898466 – Superman, Action Comics #1
  • D9933344 – First-hand account of the death of Gen. “Stonewall” Jackson
  • D9847393 – Paul Revere engraving of the Boston Massacre
  • D9961963 – Sitting Bull’s revolver
  • D9961956 – Gen. George A. Custer’s folding camp chair
  • D9914131 – Elvis Presley’s first Sun recording
  • B107927 – leaf from Gutenberg Bible
  • D9840287 – taxidermied grizzly bear
  • D9840162 – largest Western Hemisphere gold nugget
  • D9955991 – 1917 Model T Ford sedan
  • D9926254 – pre-Columbian gold pendant
  • D9960046 – Room installation from a Kent estate
  • D9949279 – first edition of Moby Dick by Herman Melville
  • D9849127 – copy of the Magna Carta from 1297
  • D9840512 – a 4-carat Tiffany diamond solitaire
  • A055079 – an 1891 oil painting by Claude Monet

Be sure to tell your patrons about this unique resource.

To help with searching here’s a p4A Search Instructions you can use to explore the database.  If you are interested in a webinar for this database it is available, just contact me at stokesl@lvccld.org and I’ll be happy to set one up for you.


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