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Piers, Harry & Donald C. Mackay.
Master Goldsmiths and Silversmiths of Nova Scotia and Their Marks.

Halifax The Antiquarian Club: 1948.

A pioneering work, along with Traquair, on the history of Canadian silversmithing. The book is based on a paper Harry Piers read before the Nova Scotia Historical Society in 1939. After his death in 1940, Donald Mackay expanded and updated his notes with new material for the publication of this book. The text includes biographies of many smiths, and the illustrations include not only silver but also jewelry. Interestingly, an acknowledgment note thanks the future dean of scholars on Canadian silver, John Langdon, for his help.

Hardcover. 6.5"x9.5", 161 pages, 60 b/w plates light soil, some wear, just a bit shaken bookplate.

Inventory #: 4374
Price: $ 250.00      

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