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Build This Antique Testing Kit
for the Field

This page updated July 16, 2017.

testing When you're in the field, whether garage sale hunting, at auction, or browsing the stalls at a mall, there are a few tools you should have in your kit that will build your confidence and may prevent making serious mistakes.

As an Amazon affiliate, I have included links to products I recommend, but there are many brands and prices available at Amazon and other retailers.

The point is these products are inexpensive and provide information in the field (or at home) that you need for properly evaluating and testing antiques.

The complete kit will also contain a small notebook, pen, soft lead pencil and tissue paper (for obtaining rubbings of marks), a tape measure, and a camera or smartphone.


Retrieval And Metal Testing Magnet. Dimensions are: 3/4" (19mm) diameter x 7/8" (22mm) tall head, 2 1/2" (64mm) overall length, 3/8" (10mm) diameter handle, 1/2" (13mm) diameter heavy-duty stainless steel split ring. Small and very powerful.

It is useful for testing metals to determine if the base metal of an item is ferrous or not. [It's also handy for retrieving dropped screws, etc.]


No testing kit is complete without a -

  • Pocket magnifying glass with 3 progressively stronger magnification: 10X, 20X and 30X
  • Built-in LED Lights and UV Blacklight | Lens Diameter: 10X (25mm), 20X (12mm), 30X (8mm)
  • Powerful zoom combined with a sharp distortion-free view
  • Compact and lightweight | weighs only 1.6 oz
  • Convenient and Portable | Fit in any purse, shirt and pants pocket (Leather travel sleeve included)


This UV light is particularly useful for spotting counterfeit paper ephemera, stamp overlays, ceramic repair, fabric staining, and much more.

✔ Adjustable & Portable → zoomed in or out to adjust the brightness, small size of blacklights with a clip can be put into the pocket easily..

  • ✔ Rechargeable with 3 Modes → powered by 1 x 14500 battery(rechargeable) or 1 x AA battery. (Battery not included), energy and money saving. 3 modes: brighter, less brighter and SOS mode.
  • ✔ Durable & Premium Quality → high quality aluminum alloy, hard-Anodized finish, scratch free and the color won't fade.             


    This little pocket scale has received numerous high recommendations. The only drawback is its' 50 gram capacity. If you deal in gem stones or jewelry, an accurate scale such as this one is a must have.

    Accurate Digital Milligram Scale - Weighs up to 50 grams in 0.001 gram increments.

  • Back Light Display- LCD screen Will display readings in G, OZ, OZT, DWT, CT and GN.
  • Tare Range - Precision Tare Button calculates the net weight of your ingredients (automatically subtracts the weight of any bowl or container).
  • Multi Functions and Widely Used - This Digital scale can be used as a Jewelry scale, Lab scale, diamond scale and Carat Scale. The PCS function gives you an accurate count and the hold function will lock weight readings.
  • Includings - 2 x AAA batteries, 1 x Tweezers, 1 x Calibration Weight, 1 x Weighing Pan

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