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Hughes, G. Bernard. Small Antique Silverware. New York Bramhall House: 1957. A guide to an assortment of those small items which collectors find endlessly entertaining and buyable, such as wine labels, cream jugs, nutmeg graters, ladles, slices, beakers, inkstands, buttons, and so on. Hughes' signature light-yet-thorough style will convince you to start collecting at least half the objects in this book, so approach with care... One of our most popular silver books. Hardcover. 8"x10", 224 pages, 249 b/w illustrations, rubbed dj.

Inventory #: 9785
Price: $ 40.00       

Hughes, G. Bernard. Small Antique Silverware. New York Bramhall House: 1957. A guide to an assortment of those small items which collectors find endlessly entertaining and buyable, such as wine labels, cream jugs, nutmeg graters, ladles, slices, beakers, inkstands, buttons, and so on. Hughes' signature light-yet-thorough style will convince you to start collecting at least half the objects in this book, so approach with care... One of our most popular silver books. Hardcover. 8"x10", 224 pages, 249 b/w illustrations, rubbed and somewhat worn dj.

Inventory #: 9370
Price: $ 35.00       

Hughes, G. Bernard. Small Antique Silverware. New York Bramhall House: 1957. A guide to an assortment of those small items which collectors find endlessly entertaining and buyable, such as wine labels, cream jugs, nutmeg graters, ladles, slices, beakers, inkstands, buttons, and so on. Hughes' signature light-yet-thorough style will convince you to start collecting at least half the objects in this book, so approach with care... One of our most popular silver books. Hardcover. 8"x10", 224 pages, 249 b/w illustrations, rubbed dj.

Inventory #: 35933
Price: $ 25.00       

Kauffman, Henry J. American Copper & Brass. New York Thomas Nelson & Sons: 1968. A well illustrated study of copper and brass implements in America of the 18th and 19th centuries. Kauffman provides his usual thorough and detailed explanations of the craft of the metalsmiths and their wares. Includes kettles, pots, pans, stills, mugs, stencils, ladles, measures, funnels, basins, andirons, bells, door knockers, skillets, lancets, tomahawks, button, instruments, balances, sundials, lighting, locks, and much more! A standard reference. Hardcover. 7"x10", 288 pages, color frontispiece and numerous b/w illustrations. Light wear, edges sunned.

Inventory #: 8894
Price: $ 25.00       

Kindig, Paul E. Butter Prints and Molds. Atglen Schiffer Publishing: 1986. "This is the first and a most comprehensive work on wooden butter shapers, a subject of interest to many folk art authorities and collectors. While working as a Specialist in History for the Museum of Michigan State University, the author, Paul Kindig, examined and photographed all of the major museum collections in the United States and many private collections. The author has also visited numerous museums in Europe and compared their butter prints and molds with the American successors. Detailed chapters on hand-made, craftshop-made, and factory-made prints and molds help to identify the methods of construction and patterns associated with each type. The large and exquisitely illustrated center of the book is devoted to the design motifs found on these bearers of wonderful folk art designs. Beautiful color photographs show the tulips, hearts, plant forms, animals, symbols and monograms which can be seen as the American counterparts to coats of arms. Finally, a fascinating section on European collections presents many variations from Continental Europe and Great Britain, bringing the study around to confront its origins." Hardcover. 9"x12", 248 pages, black & white and some color illustrations, dust jacket. Fine, new condition.

Inventory #: 90309
Price: $ 45.00       

Levi, Jonathan. Treen for the Table. Wooden Objects Related to Eating and Drinking. Woodbridge Antique Collectors' Club: 1998. A beautifully-illustrated book, surveying the world of food- and kitchen-related treen made between 1600 and 1900, including drinking vessels, casters & muffineers, salt & spice containers, mortars, grinders, utensils, platters, trenchers & plates, nutcrackers, lemon squeezers, eggs cups, and many more types. There is also a very informative discussion of care, surfaces & patina, fakes, and repairs. Fully illustrated in color, with many outstanding examples. An important reference work. Hardcover. 8.5"x11", 214 pages, color illustrations, dj. Light wear, a nice copy.

Inventory #: 32144
Price: $ 375.00       

Marquardt, Klaus. Eight Centuries of European Knives, Forks and Spoons. An Art Collection. Arnoldsche Art Publishers: 1997. A magnificent catalog of the finest private collection of European knives, forks and spoons in existence. Ranging from the 13th Century to Art Nouveau, these utensils were used by "princes, peasants and burghers, or collected purely as objects of art". There are 438 color illustrations, as well as photographs of 400 marks. Mouth-watering. Hardcover. 9.5"x12.5", 257 pages, color and b/w illustrations, marks, dj. New.

Inventory #: 90264
Price: $ 95.00       

McNerney, Kathryn. Kitchen Antiques 1790-1940. Paducah Collector Books: 1991. Still useful as a survey of the great variety of things that may be collected in this category. Softcover. 8.5"x11", 222 pages, black & white illustrations. Light wear.

Inventory #: 34854
Price: $ 20.00       

Miles, Elizabeth. The English Silver Pocket Nutmeg Grater. A Collection of Fifty Examples from 1693 to 1816. Shaker Heights: 1966. The only study of these delightful diminutive objects. The absolute importance of nutmeg graters will be appreciated by anyone who has ever tasted the sawdust that is sold pre-ground in the spice section at the supermarket. Hardcover. 7"x9", 81 pages, b/w illustrations. A nice copy.

Inventory #: 31112
Price: $ 150.00       

[Myerson Collection] Oak, Country Furniture, Folk Art and Works of Art, Including The V. Myerson Collection of Cutlery. Christie's South Kensington: November 6, 1996. The VyVyan Myerson Collection of cutlery comprises the first 176 lots Softcover. 8"x10.5", 71 pages, 494 lots, color and b/w illustrations light wear, slight warbling to the lower corner of the pages.

Inventory #: 9043
Price: $ 65.00       

Norman-Wilcox, Gregor. English Silver Cream Jugs of the Eighteenth Century. A Collection of Fifty Examples Loaned to the Museum by Mrs. William Bennett Munro. Los Angeles County Museum: 1952. A scarce little catalog illustrating the vast stylistic and decorative differences possible amongst what might be thought of as a relatively homogeneous group of items. The text flows quickly and gracefully, providing the reader with a good lesson in 18th century silver design. Hardcover. 6.5"x8.5", 46 pages, all 50 examples illustrated in b/w. Light wear.

Inventory #: 9628
Price: $ 125.00       

Pepin, Jacques. The Apprentice. My Life in the Kitchen. Houghton Mifflin: 2003. "In this memoir, the man whom Julia Child called "the best chef in America" tells the story of his rise from a frightened apprentice in an Old World kitchen to an Emmy Award-winning personality who taught millions how to cook and helped shape America's tastes. Jacques Ppin recalls his youth in war-torn France, the hustle of working in his mother's caf, working his way up in a famous French restaurant, and becoming Charles de Gaulle's personal chef. When he came to America he fell in wita group of as-yet-unknown food lovers including Child and James Beard." Hardcover, 5.5"x8.5", 317 pages, b/w illustrations, dj. New.

Inventory #: 95091
Price: $ 12.00       

Petroski, Henry. The Toothpick. Technology and Culture. New York Alfred A. Knopf: 2007. "As he did in The Pencil, Henry Petroski here offers a history that is at once an entertaining, illustrated celebration of a humble device and also a window on human progress. As old as mankind and as universal as eating, the ubiquitous toothpick-whether made of grass, gold, quill, or wood-finally gets its due as Petroski ranges from ancient Rome, where Nero made a public entrance with a silver toothpick in his mouth, to 19th-century Boston, where toothpick mogul Charles Forster hired Harvard students to demand toothpicks in restaurants". Hardcover. 6"x9.5", 443 pages, black & white illustrations, dust jacket. New.

Inventory #: 90405
Price: $ 20.00       

Pos, Tania H. Buckrell. Tea & Taste. The Visual Language of Tea. Schiffer Publishing: 2004. "Never before has there been a book focusing on the theme of tea as it relates to both the fine and decorative arts. With over 330 beautiful color images, this book explores the history of tea with special attention to the impact its popularity has had on the development of porcelain, furniture, silver, and the other decorative objects employed in serving tea. Here are teapots, cups and saucers, kettle stands, tea caddies, silverware, and more, inspired both by the expense of the tea itself and the various social significances surrounding its consumption. The valued place of tea in society at all levels has also created a subject for the fine arts. From maritime paintings, to portraiture and still lifes, artists have captured the romance of tea through the works shown in this book. Images from top dealers, galleries, and collectors, representing some of the highest quality tea ware created, illustrate the fascinating and well researched text to please readers around the world". Hardcover. 8.5"x11", 192 pages, color and black & white illustrations, dust jacket. Fine.

Inventory #: 35756
Price: $ 35.00       

Rabinovitch, B. Seymour. Antique Silver Servers for the Dining Table. Concord Joslin Hall: 1991. A lavish and beautiful book with 400 crisp b&w photographs and a scholarly and readable text packed with information. It is the only study of broad-bladed silver servers used for fish and other foods in the 18th and 19th centuries. Also included is related material on food serving customs and their evolution, place settings, related articles, etc. The focus is on English examples, with American and European pieces also illustrated. Hardcover. 8.5"x11", 291 pages, 400 black & white illustrations, dust jacket. Light wear, signed.

Inventory #: 33264
Price: $ 65.00       

Salter, John. Sauce Labels, 1750-1950. Woodbridge Antique Collectors' Club: 2002. Silver sauce labels first became popular in the 1750s, and quickly gained a place on any well-appointed dinner table. This is the first detailed work on the subject of silver labels to adorn cruets - soy, vinegar and pickle bottles in the frame. Profusely illustrated and well-documented, this careful study will enthuse the glass-lover, silver collector and student of dining history. Salter examines the labels and illustrates hundreds of them, but he also delves into the garnishes and foods they were used for and how they were used and presented at table. Packed with photos of labels as well as old illustrations from vintage cookbooks and housekeeping manuals, this is a reference that has enough spice for the most adventurous of palates. Hardcover. 8.5"x12", 179 pages, color and b/w illustrations, dj annotated. New.

Inventory #: 90167
Price: $ 99.00       

Stieb, Ernst W. Drug Adulteration, Detection and Control in Nineteenth-Century Britain. Madison The University of Wisconsin Press: 1966. An excellent, invaluable study. Hardcover. 6.5"x9.5", 335 pages, several b/w plates, rubbed dj.

Inventory #: 2267
Price: $ 50.00       

Taylor, David A. Ginseng, the Divine Root. The Curious History of the Plant that Captivated the World. Chapel Hill Algonquin Books: 2006. "At the center of alternative medicine today, ginseng is believed to improve stamina, relieve stress, stimulate the immune system, and enhance mental clarity. In history, it launched the rise to power of China's last great dynasty inspired battles between France and England and sparked a boom in Minnesota comparable to the California Gold Rush. David Taylor tracks the path of this plant, from the forests east of the Mississippi to the bustling streets of Hong Kong and the remote corners of China, becoming immersed in a world full of wheelers and dealers, diggers and stealers, all with a common goal-to hunt down the elusive "Root of Life."" Hardcover. 5.5"x8.5", 308 pages, dust jacket. Fine.

Inventory #: 33899
Price: $ 12.00       

Trice, James E. Butter Molds. An Identification & Value Guide. Paducah Collector Books: 1980. A well-illustrated survey of mostly wooden molds, with some notes on motifs, history, etc. Softcover. 5.5"x8.5", 176 pages, b/w illustrations light wear.

Inventory #: 9118
Price: $ 40.00       

Trigt, Jan Van. Cutlery. Fron Gothic to Art Deco. The J. Hollander Collection. Pandora: 2003. There are no words to adequately describe the 534 sets of antique cutlery illustrated and described here. I'm not sure how anyone could eat while holding such objects- you'd just sit there, staring at the intricate details and wonderful carving or enamel or engraved work. One might literally starve while attempting to dine. There are knives and forks with handles of carved bone and ivory, decorated porcelain, gleaming enamels, chased, gilt or engraved silver, handles of coral and agate and other semi-precious stones, traveling cutlery of brass or mother-of-pearl... there are heads, stags, flowers, scrolls, bears, priests, angels, buxom women and bearded sages. There may even be buxom sages, I've lost track. Published at the time of the exhibition of the Hollander Collection at the Design Museum of Ghent in 2003. Essential for the lover of silver, and cutlery. Essential even if you don't love cutlery. It's that good. Hardcover. 10"x12", 298 pages, color illustrations, dj bibliography. New.

Inventory #: 90168
Price: $ 75.00       

Wade, Barbara J. Cutlery From the Fort at Coteau-du-Lac, Quebec. Parks Canada, National Historic Parks & Sites Branch: 1982. A very scholarly study of the remains of knives, forks and spoons unearthed by archeological excavations at the site of the fort, which was active between 1779 and 1837. Softcover. 8.5"x11", 103 pages, b/w and line illustrations light wear. Bibliography.

Inventory #: 35695
Price: $ 75.00       

Ward, Jessica Bemis. Food to Die For. A Book of Funeral Food, Tips and Tales. Lynchburg Old City Cemetery/Southern Memorial Association: 2004. A cookbook and photographic tour of Lynchburg's historic Old City Cemetery, all in one book! "The act of taking food to the bereaved when someone has died is a way of giving expression to sentiments that cannot always be put into words. Practically and psychologically, the edible offering provides sustenance and comfort. It is the main object of this book to gather the recipes that people present as Funeral food. This unique cookbook includes more than 100 great recipes for Central Virginia's favorite comfort foods, including Jane's Corn Pudding, Cheese Straws, Mur's Peas, Bookstore Punch, and Sweet Briar Cookies as well as lighthearted looks at funeral customs, old and new, practical advice for writing obituaries and condolence notes, and useful terminology like 'funeral tsar' and 'dying order'. The cookbook contains 180 pages of recipes, etiquette, and anecdotes". Established in 1806, the Old City Cemetery in Lynchburg, Virginia is the state's oldest continuously-operated public cemetery. This book contains not only funeral lore and recipes, but many photographs of the beautiful and historic grounds and buildings. A unique cookbook. Spiralbound. 7.5"x9", 180 pages, b/w illustrations. New.

Inventory #: 90223
Price: $ 25.00       

Wark, Robert R. British Silver in the Huntington Collection. San Marino Huntington Library: 1978. A food-and-drink related collection, devoted to, as the table of contents (a bit inelegantly) puts it- drinking vessels, pouring vessels, containers for foodstuffs, cutlery, and candlesticks. Hardcover. 9"x11", 172 pages, b/w illustrations, dj light wear.

Inventory #: 30240
Price: $ 50.00       

Wilson, C. Anne. Eating with the Victorians. Gloucestershire Sutton Publishing: 2004. "Breakfast-lunch-dinner might seem the only sane way to structure one's daily intake of food, but this was not always the accepted pattern. The idea of luncheon came in with Queen Victoria, and was initially a way of showing off one's high position in society. Each of the three basic meals has been considered superfluous at some point in history, and the appropriate time of day for each has also changed considerably. Eating with the Victorians features essays on the meals arranged in the order you would eat them, with tea time included, plus additional information on the early days of the cookbook, and Russian and French influences on the English supper are explained. The vastly different menus and eating habits of the upper classes and working poor are contrasted here as well. The always-amusing world of the Victorians is seen here in 32 pages of black and white photos and period illustrations". Softcover. 5"x7.5", 174 pages, black & white illustrations. New condition.

Inventory #: 95114
Price: $ 10.00       

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