This page is meant to point you in the direction of some real hand tools that may be valuable in your research, for online tools, check out the Specialty Search Engines page.
Binoculars – Necessary for seeing things in the distance with greater ease.
Magnifiying Glass – Essential for finding marks or inspecting condition.
Loupe – A must have if you are researching any type of jewelry or any other small, intricate items.
Black Light – Great for finding tiny cracks or other damage on items, especially porcelain or pottery.
Inspection Telescoping Mirror – Great for peeking under items that cannot be picked up or moved, including furniture and other large items.