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Real or Fake: Studies in Authentication

Joe Nickell


This book reveals the secret to detecting artifacts items. Detailing how the pros determine whether an Abraham Lincoln signature is forged or if a photograph of Emily Dickinson is genuine, the book provides the essential tools necessary to identify counterfeits. In this general introduction to the principles of authentication, the book provides readers with step-by-step explanations of the science used to detect falsified documents, photographs, and other objects. Illustrating methods used on hit shows such as Antiques Roadshow and History Detectives, the book recommends that aspiring investig ... More

Keywords: artifacts, counterfeits, authentication, material composition, scientific analysis, historical investigation, reproductions, forgery

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2009 Print ISBN-13: 9780813125343
Published to Kentucky Scholarship Online: September 2011 DOI:10.5810/kentucky/9780813125343.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Joe Nickell, author