The whole point of collecting is the thrill of acquisition, which must be maximized, and maintained at all costs. John Baxter, A Pound of Paper: Confessions of a Book Addict

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HOW TO CHECK IF YOUR CHINA IS CRACKED.
Sometimes even the keenest eye cannot see the fine crack in a china vase, teapot or cup. The ear never lies. Simply hold the vase lightly, being careful not to drop it and tap on the side with your finger nail (gently). It should “ring true”, sounding crisp like crystal. If it sounds dull , then it is most likely cracked.

Our admiration of the antique is not admiration of the old, but of the natural. Ralph Waldo Emerson