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    By Leslie Walker
    Washington Post Staff Writer
    March 26, 1999

     
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    Antique dealers have been slow to move online, and the Web has few quality supersites. Collectors would do well to search Encyclopedia Britannica's guide to antiques online for their area of interest – furniture, say, or porcelain – before browsing the general sites listed here.

    BEST ANTIQUES & COLLECTIBLES SITE ON THE WEB
    http://computrends.com/antiquering.html
    This is the front door to a Web "ring" that links hundreds of antiques sites, allowing enthusiasts to click from one dealer's site to the next. It creates a mall-like environment among dealers whose sites have no financial relationship.

    ANTIQUES ROADSHOW
    http://www.pbs.org/wgbh/pages/roadshow/
    This is the online face of the PBS television program, Antiques Roadshow, in which auction experts tour the country giving free appraisals of people's treasures. The Web site posts tour details, solicits submissions and sponsors appraisal contests.

    LEARN ABOUT ANTIQUES & COLLECTIBLES
    http://www.internet-connections.net/web/antiques/
    An educational tool, this site is aimed at people who want to learn how to recognize and appreciate antiques. Its index offers photographs and historical information on many antiques.

    INTERACTIVE COLLECTOR
    http://www.icollector.com
    A sprawling auction hub based in London, Interactive Collector links several hundred auction catalogues and electronic auctions from around the world. It links to many art and collectible items for sale, offers show schedules and background articles, and invites dealers and collectors to swap information on message boards.

    EHAMMER
    http://www.ehammer.com
    A specialized version of the online auction giant eBay, eHammer is a Web auction founded by antique dealers who would rather not have their customers wade through the more general inventory sold on eBay. Dealers can sell individual antiques or set up gallery-like areas featuring entire collections.

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