Bibliography of books about
SILVER & SILVERSMITHS
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Callahan, Ashley & Dale L. Couch. From Sideboard to Pulpit. Silver in Georgia. Georgia Museum of Art: 2006. An interesting catalog, not so much for the items exhibited of which only a few are illustrated, but for the accompanying essays, which include short pieces on 19th century Georgia silversmiths and firms, including Samuel K. Talmage, Frederick Marquand, Humphrey P. Horton, Cornelius H. Rikeman, Er Lawshe, and George Sharp, Jr., as well as a piece on agricultural fair premiums. Softcover. 8.5"x11", 36 pages, b/w illustrations.
Callmann, Ellen. Beyond Nobility. Art for the Private Citizen in the Early Renaissance. Allentown Art Museum: 1981. Ceramics, ivories, silver, furniture, metals, textiles and other arts illustrated and described in this exhibition which was designed top show that not all the fine crafts of the period were ecclesiastical. Softcover. 8.5x11, 126 pages, several color and many b/w illustrations.
Carducci, Carlo. Gold and Silver Treasures of Ancient Italy. Greenwich; New York Graphic Society:1963. A splendid pictorial romp through ancient gold and silver jewelry, cups and other items. Wonderfully photographed. 9.5"x12", xxxiii + 85 pages, profusely illustrated in color and b&w, dj.
Carlisle, Lilian Baker. Vermont Clock and Watchmakers, Silversmiths and Jewelers, 1778-1878. Burlington: 1970. Edition limited to 1000 copies. The only comprehensive guide to Vermont silversmiths. The Green Mountain state certainly had a bunch of 'em. 8.5"x11", 313 pages, b&w illustrations, dj.
Carlisle, Nicholas. A Concise Account of the Several Foreign Orders of Knig #65612890er marks of Honourable Distinction, especially of such as have been conferred upon British Subjects. Together with the Names and Achievements of those Gallant Men, who have been presented with Honorary Swords or Plate, by the Patriotic Fund Institution. London; John Hearne:1839. An interesting reference, listing foreign orders and medals conferred on English subjects, listing those subjects who were so honored, and describing the actions which brought them the honor. The section listing honorary plate is of special interest to silver historians, although it is only twelve pages long. 6.5"x10.5", 582 pages.
[Carlton Antique Silver] The Entire Stock of Carlton Antique Silver Inc. ...sold upon expiration of their lease at 14 East 55th Street, New York. New York; Parke-Bernet Galleries: January 30-31st, 1953.What did a well-stocked downtown New York silver shop sell in the 1950s? This is what. It must have been a very nice store... also includes Queen Alexandra's gold and enamel choker and some choice medals. Softcover. 6.5"x9.5", 83 pages, 444 lots, b/w illustrations.
Carpenter, Charles & Mary. Tiffany Silver. New York; Dodd, Mead and Company:1978. This has rapidly become the definitive reference work on Tiffany silver.%7.5"x10", 296 pages, b&w and color illustrations, softcover.
Carpenter, Charles H. Jr. Gorham Silver, 1831-1981. New York; Dodd, Mead & Company:1982. The definitive, highly sought-after study of this famous silver company and its works. 7.5"x10", 332 pages, b&w and color illustrations, dj.
Carpenter, Ralph E. The Arts & Crafts of Newport, Rhode Island 1640-1820. Preservation Society of Newport: 1954. The most important reference on Newport furniture and silver, this study was published to document the 1953 loan exhibition at the Nichols-Wanton-Hunter House which drew heavily on a number of private collections. The text describes the 1953 exhibition, includes an essay on "The Newport Cabinet and Chair Makers", along with biographical details on a number of them and a list of identified Newport cabinetmakers; biographical notes on identified Newport silversmiths; and of course, the descriptions of the pieces themselves. There are 79 pieces of furniture, and 26 pieces of 18th century silver by 15 silversmiths. The catalog also includes paintings by artists who spent some time in Newport, including Smibert, Feke, Stuart, Allston, Blackburn and others. A cornerstone reference. Hardcover. 8.5"x11", 271 pages, numerous b/w illustrations.
Carpenter, Ralph E. The Arts & Crafts of Newport, Rhode Island 1640-1820. Preservation Society of Newport:1954. Deluxe edition of 125 specially-bound, numbered copies; signed.
Carre, Louis. A Guide to Old French Plate. New York; Charles Scribner's Sons:1931. Basically a guide to the very confusing French hallmarking system. 5"x7.5", 270 pages, b&w illustrations.
Carrington, John B. & George R. Hughes. The Plate of the Worshipful Company of Goldsmiths. Oxford University Press:1926. The Goldsmiths' Company holds an outstanding and important collection of 16th-19th century English silver. A handsome, scholarly and well-illustrated catalog. 9"x12", 158 pages, plus 85 b&w plates.
Carroll, John M. (ed.). The Medal of Honor: Its History and Its Recipients for the Indian Wars. Mattituck; J.M. Carroll Co.: (1985). Limited to 300 copies. Includes a history of the Medal of Honor and a listing of its recipients during the Indian Wars, each entry including name, place and date of birth, rank, place of action, date of issue, the citation (which sometimes describes the action), and other remarks. Hardcover. 6"x9", 168 pages.
Carter, William Harry. North American Indian Trade Silver Volume 1 (&) Volume 2. Ontario; self-published: 1971. A quirky but interesting study of American and Canadian Indian trade silver, its forms, uses, and history. There are also some makers marks and an attempt to identify makers. Much of them material illustrated was from private collections -indeed, a certain amount of the material had recently been dug up out of old Native American gravesites... Softcover. 2 volumes. 5.5"x8.5", 148 & 168 +32 pages; b/w and line illustrations.
Carter, W.H. North American Indian Trade Silver. Lancaster; Hothem House: 1996. A reprint of the scarce original edition, with slightly muddy photos. Softcover. 5.5"x8.5", 218 pages.
Carver, Beth S. & Eileen M. Casey. Silver by Paul de Lamerie at the Sterling and Francine Clark Art Institute. Williamstown; Sterling and Francine Clark Art Institute: 1978.A fine catalog of this collection of de Lamerie silver. Softcover. 8"x10", 56 pages, b/w illustrations.
de Castres, Elizabeth. A Collector's Guide to Tea Silver, 1670-1900. London: Frederick Muller Ltd, 1977. 7"x10", 136 pages, plus 56 b&w illus, dj.
Castro, J Paul de. The Law and Practice of Hall-Marking Gold and Silver Wares... London: 1935.
Cederwall, Sandraline, Hal Riney & Barnaby Conrad. Spratling Silver. San Francisco; Chronicle Books: 2000. A revised, expanded edition of this oversize, wonderfully-illustrated book. A dramatic tribute to the works of William Spratling, a world-renowned artisan in silver. Spratling's designs for tableware, flatware, jewelry and other silver objects have left an indelible stamp on the history of 20th century silversmithing. Illustrated with more than 70 full-page plates. The marks for each piece are illustrated. Hardcover. 9.5"x12", 176 pages, many full-page color plates, dj.
Cellini, Benvenuto & John Addington Symonds. The Life of Benvenuto Cellini, written by himself... New York; Brentano's: 1906. A popular edition of the classic translation by John Addington Symonds, which also includes a biographical sketch of Cellini by Symonds and an original introduction by Royal Cortissoz. The work itself, in almost any edition, is a classic, much more than the simple memoir of a 16th century Florentine goldsmith. Cellini was observant, shrewd, witty, bawdy, and vain, and his work continues to shine and entertain centuries after he put pen to paper. 2 volumes. Hardcover. 6"x9.5", xx + 360 pages, vii + 387 pages; 40 b/w plates with tissue guards; bound in brown half-leather with raised bands and gilt decorations.
Cellini, Benvenuto & John Aldington Symonds. The Life of Benvenuto Cellini, written by himself. New York; Heritage Press: (1949). A popular edition of the classic translation by John Addington Symonds, first published by the Limited Editions Club. The work itself, in almost any edition, is a classic, much more than the simple memoir of a 16th century Florentine goldsmith. Cellini was observant, shrewd, witty, bawdy, and vain, and his work continues to shine and entertain centuries after he put pen to paper. Hardcover. 8"x11.5", 301 pages, line illustrations.
[Cellini, Benvenuto] The Treatises of Benvenuto Cellini on Goldsmithing and Sculpture. Translated from the Italian by C.R. Ashbee. New York; Dover Publications: 1967. A facsimile of the 1888 limited edition, which was a translation and reiteration of the 16th century Florentine goldsmiths writings. Cellini was observant, shrewd, witty, bawdy, and vain, and his work continues to shine and entertain centuries after he put pen to paper. Ashbee was somewhat less of a talented writer, but just as much of a talented goldsmith and artist. The combination of the two is not to be missed. Softcover. 6.5x9.5, 164+ pages; b/w plates.
Chaffers, William. Gilda Aurifabrorum. A History of English Goldsmiths and Plateworkers, and their marks stamped on plate... London; W.H. Allen & Co.:1883. 6"x10", 267 pages, marks.
Chaffers, William. Hall Marks on Gold and Silver Plate, Illustrated with Tables of Annual Date Letters employed in the Assay Offices of England, Scotland and Ireland, A Fac-smilie of a Copper-Plate of Makers' Marks at Goldsmiths' Hall, A Plate of French Standard and Assay Stamps, &c, &c. London; J. Davy & Sons: 1872. 4th edition. An early edition of this standard study; these early editions were more oriented toward giving a history and understanding of hallmarking laws and history than showing actual hallmarks, and are still useful for that reason. Hardcover. 7.5"x11.5", 112 pages, b/w illustrations.
Charles, James. Heritage of England, Silver through Ten Reigns. London; Asprey & Company: 1983. An interesting exhibition which chronologically illustrates the development of English silver from 1500 to 1730. The exhibition includes some very fine examples of early hollow ware, especially in the several 16th century examples. Hardcover. 7.5"x11", 125 pages, numerous b/w illustrations.
Chickering, Elenita C. & Sarah Morgan Ross. Arthur J. Stone 1847-1938. Designer and Silversmith. Boston; Boston Athenaeum: 1994. A definitive study of the life and work of this Arts & Crafts silversmith, with marks, clear photographs of silver, period photographs, and much more. Hardcover. 9.5"x12", 196 pages, color and b/w illustrations, dj.
Chickering, Elenita C. Arthur J. Stone. Handwrought Silver, 1901-1937. Boston; Library of the Boston Athenaeum: 1981. An early loan exhibition of Stone's work, with an essay by Chickering. Includes photographs of marks and an interesting bibliography. Softcover. 8.5"x11", 24 pages, b/w illustrations.
Christie, Ralph Aldrich. Silver Cups of Colonial Middletown. Middletown; Middlesex County Historical Society: 1937.%A rather scarce study of the Middletown Communion silver. Christie's charming and informative text wanders all around his subject, taking on, in turn, the life of the typical silversmith in a colonial Connecticut town, the churches, pastors and donors of the silver, and the silversmiths themselves, who included Joseph Kneeland and Jacob Hurd of Boston, Major Jonathan Otis of Middletown, and John Dixwell, Jr. of Middletown and Boston. Dixwell's father had, as Colonel John Dixwell, been among the judges who had signed Charles I death warrant and had fled England at the Restoration, ending up in Middletown. Such interesting anecdotes fill this book, which gives the reader insight into the role Communion silver played in Colonial America and how one town acquired it. Softcover. 6"x9.5", 26 pages plus 2 b/w plates.
Christofle & Co. Ch. Christofle & Cie. Manufactures a Paris... Orfevrerie Argentee et d'Argent. Paris; 1862. An elaborate trade catalog of silverwares from this noted Paris firm. The objects illustrated include silverware and servers, cloak pins, other serving utensils, mirrors, coasters, serving dishes, wine coolers, finials shaped like birds and flowers, caster sets, salt cellars, toothpick holders, eggs cups, bells, and other table accessories, trays, tea and coffee sets, creamers and sugars, teapots, candlesticks and candelabras, picnic sets, and even what appear to be Turkish water pipes. Victorian motifs mingle with "classic" styles in this charming and extensive catalog. 7"x10", half title, title, 2 tinted plates of the factories, a page of marks, vii + 157 pages plus 150 full-page plates.
[Chrysler Collection] Valuable Old English Silver, 1575-1815, Collected by Walter P. Chrysler, Jr. New York; Parke-Bernet Galleries: October 18th, 1956. Sale 1699.A nice collection (obviously). Softcover. 7"x10", 40 pages, 164 lots, b/w illustrations.
Citroen, Karel. Dutch Goldsmiths' and Silversmiths' Marks and Names Prior to 1812. A descriptive and critical repertory. Leiden; Primavera Press: 1993. A valuable reference, cross-indexed by initials, figures, city and date. Perhaps it would have been a bit more useful if they had included reproductions of the marks themselves, but you can't have everything... 7"x10", 283 pages.
Clark Art Institute. Robert Sterling Clark Art Institute presents an exhibition of Silver of the 17th, 18th and 19th Centuries. Williamstown; Clark Art Institute: 1952. The 2nd Clark exhibition, and, I believe, the first exhibition of their silver. The ten illustrated pieces are all very fine examples of 17th and early 18th century English silver. Softcover. 6.5"x9.5", 8 pages plus 10 b/w plates.
Clark Institute. Exhibit Twenty Two. Old Silver Acquisitions of 1962. Williamstown; Sterling and Francine Clark Art Institute: 1962.A brochure illustrating and describing 8 pieces, including a Revere teapot and porringer, a Jacob Boelen coffee pot, and English silver by de Lamerie. 6"x9" (folded size); a single sheet with 5 folded pages; 8 b/w illustrations.
Clark, Kenneth. The Gothic Revival. An Essay in the History of Taste. New York; Holt, Rinehart & Winston: 1962. 3rd edition. First published in 1928. One of the first modern books to carefully examine the revival of the Gothic aesthetic between 1720 and 1870, written at a time when English taste still largely condemned this most-English of design movements. Instead of condemning real threats to decency like suet pudding and wine made from parsnips, angry mobs of Englishmen apparently roved London's streets shouting "Down with Pugin!" Well, anyway... The text went through 3 editions over the course of some 40 years, and although it may not be the most thorough, it still bears reading. Hardcover. 6"x9", 236 pages, b/w plates, dj.
Clark, Robert Judson (ed.). The Arts and Crafts Movement in America 1876-1916. Princeton University Press: 1972. It is impossible to overemphasize the importance of this major exhibition. Conceived in 1970, it was literally THE pioneering exhibition of American Arts & Crafts decorative arts in America. It included essays on the Movement on the Eastern Seaboard by Clark, Chicago and the Midwest by David Hanks, the Pacific Coast (by Clark) and Art Pottery by Martin Eidelberg. The catalog is also a handsome piece of bookmaking -oversized, with large, clear illustrations. 10"x13.5", 190 pages, packed with b&w illustrations.
Clarke, Hermann F. John Coney, Silversmith 1655-1722. Boston; Houghton Mifflin:1932. Limited to 365 copies. Son of an immigrant silversmith from Lincolnshire, John Coney became one of the most prolific and gifted on the early New England silversmiths, and his output included almost all types of domestic silver. He also trained a number of important silversmiths, including Paul Revere Sr. In 1702 he engraved the plates for the printing of Massachusetts currency. 8"x10", 92 pages, plus 32 b&w plates.
Clarke, Hermann F. John Coney, Silversmith 1655-1722. New York; Da Capo Press: 1971. A reprint of the very limited 1932 edition. Hardcover. 8"x10", 92 pages, plus 32 b/w plates.
Clarke, Hermann F. John Hull, A Builder of the Bay Colony. Portland; Southworth Anthoesen Press: 1940. Limited to 500 copies.The fourth and final volume in a series of works on 17th century American silversmiths. John Hull, with his friend and partner Robert Sanderson, was the earliest documented silversmith working in the American colonies. Hull had emigrated from England in 1635 and settled in Boston, quickly becoming a noted artisan. In 1652 he was appointed to make new coins for Massachusetts to replace the old "clipped" coinage. Hardcover; slipcased. 8"x10", 221 pages, plus 16 b/w plates.
Clarke, Hermann F. John Hull, A Builder of the Bay Colony. Wolfeboro; A.W. Pollock & Co.:1993. A fine facsimile of the 1940 limited edition. Hardcover. 8"x10", 221 pages, plus 16 b/w plates.
Clarke, Hermann F. & Henry W. Foote. Jeremiah Dummer, Colonial Craftsman & Merchant, 1645-1718. Boston; Houghton-Mifflin Company: 1935. Limited to 225 copies.The second volume in what was eventually a series of four volumes on 17th century American silversmiths. Dummer was one of the earliest New-England born silversmiths, and apprenticed with John Hull. Clarke was able to locate and describe 108 pieces of Dummer's work, and also discusses Dummer's engraving of a plate for Connecticut currency in 1709. Henry Foote contributed the chapters concerning Dummer's possible work as a portrait painter. The list of 153 subscribers to the book also makes interesting reading, giving a quick look at who was interested in the subject of Colonial silver in 1935. The usual museums, libraries and leading collectors are all there, as well as Edsel Ford, and Boston silversmiths George Gebelein and Arthur Stone. Hardcover. 8"x10", 209 pages, plus 24 b/w plates.
Clarke, Hermann F. & Henry W. Foote. Jeremiah Dummer, Colonial Craftsman & Merchant, 1645-1718. New York; Da Capo Press: 1970. A reprint of the 1935 limited edition. Hardcover. 8"x10", 205 pages, plus 24 b/w plates.
Clayton, Michael. The Collector's Dictionary of the Silver and Gold of Great Britain and North America. London; Country Life: 1971. A very useful reference to terms, types, craftsmen and other information about gold and silver work and smiths, in dictionary format. Hardcover. 9.5"x12.5", 350 pages, filled with b/w and some color illustrations, dj.
Colby, Joy Hakanson, et al. Arts & Crafts in Detroit / 1906-1976. The Movement - The Society - The School. Detroit Institute of Arts: 1976. An important loan exhibition which featured pottery, glass, furniture, textiles, silver and other work. Also includes an essay on the Arts & Crafts Movement in Detroit and its important figures. Softcover. 7"x10", 296 pages, many b/w and several color illustrations.
Cole, R. Thorold. The Church Plate of the City of Bristol. Bristol and Gloucestershire Archaeological Society:1932.According to a penciled note on the endpaper, this was the only volume published. 5.5"x8.5", 72 pages plus 165 b&w illustrations; softcover.
A Collection of Early American Silver. New York; Tiffany & Co.: 1920. A very early and scarce collection catalog. The collection was comprised of 75 pieces which are listed here by silversmith; each entry provides a thumbnail description and short notes on marks or decoration. A number of the pieces had been exhibited at the Boston Museum of Fine Arts 1906 Exhibition, the Hudson-Fulton Exhibition, or mentioned in Bigelow's "Historic Silver of the Colonies". As for the reasons behind the formation of the collection, an introductory note explains- "Although the quantity of silverware used as ecclesiastical and secular plate [in the Colonial period] was relatively large, that which remains, compared to the increased population and wealth of the country at the present time, is infinitely small. Therefore, the making of any further comprehensive collection of Colonial Silver will very soon be plainly impossible, if indeed such is not already the case. Foreseeing this condition Tiffany & Co. began to acquire examples of Early American Silver on every favorable occasion, and purchased not only old pieces, but particularly such as seemed especially worthy of preservation because of their design or quality of workmanship". A tiny printer's notation at the bottom of the last page reading "500. 9.24.20" may indicate that this was printed on September 24, 1920 in an edition of 500 copies, but that is idle, though attractive, speculation. Hardcover. 3.75"x7.25", 34 pages.
Colt, Thomas C., Jr. The Lipton Collection -Antique English Silver designed for the serving of Tea. Portland Art Museum: 1954. A nice catalog of 103 items and sets of English silver related to the service of tea, made between 1700 and 1825. Sections include- Teapots, tea caddies, tea kettles and urns, tea spoons, covered cups, salvers, miscellaneous, tea services, and miniature tea services. A wonderfully illustrated catalog to enjoy in an easy chair with a cuppa' by your side... Softcover. 7.5"x7", [iv] [iii] 103 pages, 103+ b/w illustrations.
[Coney] A Silver Monteith by John Coney. Property of George C. Gebelein. New York; Anderson Galleries: April 3rd, 1937. The auction of a massive monteith made by Coney for the Colemans of Boston about 1705. The catalog states "The monteith described in this brochure may be considered unique for the reason that it surpasses in magnificence any other recorded piece of early American silver in existence". The auction was devoted to this piece only, was broadcast live to a nationwide radio audience, and realized $30,000, a record at the time for a single piece of American silver. The monteith is now part of the Garvan Collection at Yale. Softcover. 7"x10.5", 8 pages, 2 b/w plates.
Continuing Traditions in Silver. Presenting Contemporary California Silversmiths. Argentum Antiques Ltd.: 1983. An exhibition of the work of 11 silversmiths with artists' statements. Softcover. 8"x7", 12 pages, b/w illustrations; with the separate typed price list and the card of exhibited silversmith Dawn Nakanishi.
Cooper, A. & John Scott. Impressions of a Series of Animals, Birds, &c. Illustrative of British Field Sports: from a Set of Silver Buttons, drawn by A. Cooper, Esq. R.A., and engraved by Mr. John Scott. London; J.H. Burn:1821. An exceedingly elegant and unusual book. The engraved designs of English game animals such as a hare, mallard, hound, grouse, fox, stag, partridge, etc., possess a jewel-like quality, and it is possible that their detail and beauty are better shown here than they were on the buttons themselves. The text accompanying each engraving is taken from Bewick and Daniel . Unusual and scarce. 6"x9", engraved half title, title page and advertisement, plus 12 plates and a contents page.
Coppini & Co. Copinni & C. -Silversmith. Firenze: 1959. A wonderful trade catalog of antique (Renaissance and other styles) silver, jewelry and enamels manufactured by this very fine firm of Italian silversmiths. Flatware, hollow ware, and a vast array of jewelry designs were all made by this firm which began smithing silver in 1746. The illustrations not only serve to show examples of Italian revival-style silversmithing in the 20th century -they serve as a good guide to reproductions of antique styles as well! Softcover. 5.5"x8", 3 color folding plates of enamels and 27 folding b/w plates of silver and jewelry.
Corbeiller, Clare le. European and American Snuff Boxes, 1730-1830. New York; Viking Press: 1966. A magnificent, profusely illustrated study of this interesting form. Included are boxes of silver, gold, hardstone, porcelain, enamel, lacquer, tortoiseshell, horn, ivory, wood, and elusive and rare materials. The examples are drawn from both public and private collections.%Hardcover. 9"x12", 120 pages, color frontispiece and 703 b/w illustrations, dj; bibliography.
Corlette, Suzanne, et al. A Royal Province. New Jersey 1738-1776. Trenton; New Jersey State Museum: 1973. A wide-ranging loan exhibition which includes extensive sections on furniture and silver, as well as paintings & prints and printed materials, and a few examples of glass and ceramics. Many of the silver pieces include photos of their marks. Semowich 999. Softcover. 8"x8.5", 133 pages, b/w illustrations.
Cormany, James R. Alabama Silversmiths - Little Known Craftsmen from a Long Forgotten Era. Homewood; James R. Cormany: 1992. Limited to 200 copies. An important and scarce monograph focusing on antebellum Alabama silversmiths who were located outside Mobile. Spiral binding. 8.5"x11", 20 pages, 1 b/w illustration; bibliography.
[Cottin, et al, Collection] Judaica. Silver, Gold & Other Ritual Objects, Paintings, A Bronze Bust by Jacob Epstein, Belonging to Various Owners including Jack Cottin, New York. New York; Parke-Bernet Galleries: May 11th, 1960. Sale 1973.Primarily silver and other metal ceremonial pieces. Softcover. 6.5"x9.5", 47 pages, 203 lots, b/w illustrations.
Crighton, R.A. Cambridge Plate, An Exhibition of Silver, Silver-Gilt and Gold... Cambridge: 1975. Softcover.
Cripps, Wilfred J. College & Corporation Plate: A Handbook to the Reproductions of Silver Plate in the The South Kensington Museum from Celebrated English Collections. London; Chapman & Hall:1881. 5.5"x8", 155 pages, line illustrations.
Cripps, Wilfred Joseph. Old English Plate. Ecclesiastical, Decorative, and Domestic: Its Makers and Marks. London; 1899. 6th edition, revised and enlarged. It's instructive to read the introductions to late 19th and early 20th century silver collection and exhibition catalogs and see how many of their authors credit Cripps' "Old Plate" as an invaluable source of information. Even today Cripps' provides a good read for any silver enthusiast. The noted turn-of-the-century authority explores all aspects of the history and development of English plate, both in terms of periods and articles, in this very well illustrated book. Hardcover. 6.5"x9.5", 477 pages, gravure frontispiece and 122 b/w illustrations in the text.
Cripps, Wilfred Joseph, CB, SFA Old French Plate. Its Makers and Marks London: John Murray, 1893. 2nd edition. 6"x9", 113 pages.
Cripps, Wilfred. Old French Silver. Christchurch; The Dolphin Press:1972. Cripps discusses both hallmarks and marking law and stylistic developments in this time-tested lttle survey. A popular, handy reference. 5.5"x9", 101 pages plus 7 b&w plates, dj.
Crosby, Everett U The Spoon Primer; or, an easy and pleasant guide for determining the approximate dates of the making of old American silver spoons Nantucket: privately published, 1941. 6"x9", 35 pages, line illustrations.
Crosby, Everett U. Ninety Five Per Cent Perfect. Nantucket: 1953. (3rd edition). Includes Crosby's original "Ninety five percent perfect", a study of old Nantucket architecture, as well as "The Spoon Primer", Silversmiths of Old-Time Nantucket, "Nantucket's Underground Moon", and "Nantucket's Changing Prosperity, Future Probabilities". Author of a number of books on Nantucket arts and history, Crosby the "Nantucketer" never disappoints. A copy from the library of noted scholar and collector of American silver and Walpole Society member Alfred Coxe Prime, with his decorative bookplate and a presentation bookplate from his wife. Hardcover. 6"x9", 214 pages, b/w and line illustrations.
Crossman, Carl L. The China Trade, Export Paintings, Furniture, Silver and Other Objects. Princeton; Pyne Press: 1973. 2nd ptg. The original edition of this classic and important reference, which contains material not in the revised edition. "By the early 1800s, in the words of Samuel Eliot Morison, 'Boston was the Spain, Salem the Portugal, in the race for Oriental opulence'. The homes of the China Trade families, their friends and relatives along the Eastern Seaboard became the depositories of a wealth of finely crafted lacquerware, intricately carved ivory and horn, Western-style portraits, marine paintings, watercolor sketches and gouaches". This is the definitive study of all these other export arts other than ceramics, with many chapters on furniture, lacquerware, carvings, fans, silver & pewter, household goods, and paintings of various types, including ship & port paintings, portraits, genre, watercolors, paintings on glass, Chinnery, Spoilum, and more. Hardcover. 9.5"x11.5", 275 pages, profusely illustrated in b/w and color, dj.
Cruger, George A. (ed.). Church Silver of Colonial Virginia. Richmond; The Virginia Museum: 1970. A lovely and elegant catalog of this important loan exhibition. The crisp b/w photographs illustrate details, decorations and inscriptions in some cases; the fine text includes introductions by Parke Rouse, Jr. and Kathryn Buhler. Softcover. 10"x8.5", 112 pages, b/w illustrations.
Cruz, Antonio, et al. Exposicao de Ourivesaria. Np:1964. An exhibition of Portuguese silver of the 16th, 17th and 18th centuries with complete descriptive notes (in Portuguese). 6"x9", 66 pages plus 44 b&w plates, softcover.
Cruz, Antonio. As Pratas Portuguesas na America do Norte. Porto; Publicacoes do Gremio dos Industriais...:1949. A highly curious piece, evidently a prospectus/catalog for a proposed(?) American traveling exhibition of Portuguese silver from American collections (the Hispanic Society and Met. collections). There is a long Portuguese text, followed by a Spanish summary and an interesting but rather incomprehensible English summary. The basic point seems to have been that American silver buyers (store buyers) needed to be exposed to the excellent tradition of Portuguese silversmithing in order for modern Portuguese silver to gain a commercial foothold here. 6.5"x8.5", 64 pages plus 18 b&w plates with no descriptions; softcover.
Culme, John, et al. The Colman Collection of Silver Mustard Pots. Norwich; Colman Foods: 1979. Now this is just plain fun -a collection of all sorts of mustard pots! Also a history of mustard and mustard puttering and potting, lots of great photos, and many cool antique (and some cool 20th century) mustard pots. It was Colonel Mustard, in the library, with the candlestick... Softcover. 6.5"x8", 143 pages, lots of b/w illustrations.
Culme, John, et al. English Silver Treasures from the Kremlin. A Loan Exhibition. London; Sotheby's: 1991. 1st Edition. A sumptuous catalog from a groundbreaking loan exhibition. The Czars collected much very fine 16th and 17th century English silver, and other pieces were presented as gifts. This catalog also features an exhibition of related Elizabethan and Stuart materials including art, furniture, weapons and other objects. Softcover. 8.5"x11", 198 pages, loaded with color and b/w illustrations.
Culme, John. Nineteenth-Century Silver. London; Country Life Books: 1977. "The silver trade in the nineteenth century was subject to more radical change within and more widespread influence from without than at any other period." A well illustrated, interesting exploration of the fast-changing, tumultuous world of silver design, manufacture and taste in the 19th century. Hardcover. 9"x12", 232 pages, color and b/w illustrations, dj; bibliography.
Cumming, V.J. Old Scottish Silver. Catalogue of Loan Collection in Scottish Historical Pavilion. Glasgow; The Scottish Committee Empire Exhibition: 1938.A pictorial catalog to the loan exhibition featuring the finest 17th and 18th century Scottish silver. Each item is described in thumbnail style. 7"x10", 24 pages of text plus 55 b&w plates.
Cummins, Genevieve. Antique Boxes -Inside and Out. For Eating, Drinking and Being Merry, Work, Play and the Boudoir. Woodbridge; Antique Collectors' Club: 2006. All right boxing fans, have we got a book for you! You really have to see this book to believe it. It's big, it's beautiful, and it's packed with fantastic antique boxes- boxes for eating, drinking, "being merry" (oh my), work boxes, alms boxes, boxes for play, hobbies, sewing, gaming, knives, tea, salt, betel boxes, cricket boxes, hat boxes, writing boxes, perfume boxes -if somebody put it in a box, the box is here. And Cummins is not only concerned with outward appearances- one of the most valuable aspects of this book is that most of the boxes are also shown opened- with their original, or nearly original, contents. "Boxes are beguiling," the jacket says, "because they can have the double delight of an enticing exterior and the anticipation and satisfaction of a fully fitted interior." There's a lot of satisfaction to be had from this book. Hardcover. 9.5"x12", 439 pages, packed with color and b/w illustrations, dj; bibliography.
Cunningham, Anna K. Schuyler Mansion -A Critical Catalogue of the Furnishings & Decorations. Albany; New York State Education Department: 1955. The fine and important collection of Colonial furniture and decorations in this Albany mansion. Although very strong in Federal-era examples, there is also a good representation of earlier colonial furniture. Mirrors, clocks, fireplace accessories and screens, and many more decorative accessories are included. The half-dozen pieces of family silver include a pair of English sauce boats and a cake basket, a Dutch teapot and some spoons; in addition, there is a George Washington hair locket. Not listed by Semowich. Hardcover. 8.5"x11", 141 pages, 115 b/w illustrations.
Curle, Alexander O. The Treasure of Traprain. A Scottish Hoard of Roman Silver Plate. Glasgow; Maclehose, Jackson and Co.:1923. A fantastic hoard of Roman silver, dating from the 5th century, found twenty miles east of Edinburgh. This is the story of its excavation, restoration, and an analysis of the pieces. 9"x12", 131 pages, plus 41 gravure plates and with 70 figures in the text.
Currier, Ernest M. Marks of Early American Silversmiths. With Notes on Silver, Spoon Types & List of New York City Silversmiths 1815-1841. Portland; The Southworth Anthoensen Press:1938. Edition limited to 750 copies. Currier's work stands as an important contribution to the literature of American silver marks because of the skill with which he executed his drawings. Currier, a working New York silversmith, died before he could complete the project, and it was completed by others, so not all the marks are of uniform quality. Still, this remains an important mark book, and one of the grandest achievements in the literature. 8"x11", 179 pages, b&w illustrations.
Currier, Ernest M. Marks of American Silversmiths. With Notes on Silver, Spoon Types & List of New York City Silversmiths 1815-1841. Harrison; Robert Alan Green: 1970. Edition limited to 1000 copies.A facsimile of the limited 1938 edition, with a new foreword by Col. Green. Hardcover. 8.5"x11", 180 pages, marks.
Currier, Ernest -related. An interesting group of contracts and other material related to the printing of Currier's "Marks of American Silversmiths". Portland, etc.:mostly 1938. A fascinating little cache of letters and copies of letters from the Southworth Anthoensen Press of Portland Maine, who printed and published Currier's book, to Kathryn Buhler, who prepared it for publication, and Mrs. Currier. It includes letters regarding the printing, lists of pre-publication subscribers, accounts of sales and expenditures, 2 copies of the Printing Contract, each signed by Fred Anthoensen, 2 copies of the Marketing Contract, also both signed by Anthoensen, and a July 1939 letter explaining the accounts to date. 9 items total, 8.5"x11", folded twice to fit into a business envelope. Envelope addressed to George F. Finn of New York (a Currier & Roby partner) from Mrs. Samuel Sargent (a card explains she is a "daughter by 1st marriage").
Currier, Ernest M. Marks of American Silversmiths -Prospectus. Portland; Southworth-Anthoensen Press:1938. The finely printed prospectus announcing the publication of Currier's famous mark book. A sample page is illustrated, along with a short biography of the author and a publisher's note. 8.5"x11", 4 pages, self covers.
Currier, Ernest M. A Word on Reproductions of Old Silver. [offprint from] The Jewelers' Circular: February 23rd, 1928.An interesting, well-illustrated article on modern silver replicas of antique silver of several periods. Currier is enthusiastic about the subject, feeling it gives collectors an affordable alternative to expensive originals. Self-covers; 4 pages, b/w illustrations; folded; some creasing, edges with slight tears and some chipping.  $25.00
Curtis, Dewey Lee, et al. An Exhibition of the Decorative Arts of Ireland, with an Essay by Dewey Lee Curtis. Morrisville [PA]; Pennsbury Manor: 1971. A loan exhibition primarily devoted to furniture and silver, with ceramics, glass and several paintings as well. The catalog entries, though short, do contain some interesting information, especially for the furniture. Some of the photographs are rather dark. Softcover. 8.5"x11", 23 pages, b/w illustrations.
Curtis, George M., et al. American Church Silver of the Seventeenth and Eighteenth Centuries. Boston; Museum of Fine Arts: 1911. The most quietly elegant of all the early exhibition catalogs, beautifully set-up, with beautifully crisp photographs protected by tissue guards. Contributors included Curtis, Francis Hill Bigelow and John H. Buck. The exhibition included secular plate as well. Hardcover. 7"x10", 163 pages, plus 38 b/w plates with tissue guards.
Curtis, George M. Early Silversmiths of Connecticut. Meriden; January, 1911. A fascinating and rare little booklet listing known Connecticut silversmiths. It predates by 2 years Curtis' book on Connecticut silversmiths, which was the first regional study of American silver. A prefatory note states- "This list of early Connecticut silversmiths has been gathered from various sources, chiefly advertisements in newspapers of the period, Probate Court records, town histories, and also traditions subsequently verified by tangible evidence of the silversmiths' work. It is not supposed that the list is a complete one: some of the more important of these pioneers in this early industrial art never advertised, and it may well be that others of equal importance have eluded the search that has been made. If any one who chances to scan these pages knows the name of a Connecticut silversmith not included, it is hoped that the facts will be at once sent to the compiler of this list". And so it started Not mentioned by Montgomery. No limitation is stated, but it seems doubtful that Curtis would have had more than 100 or so copies printed. Very scarce. Softcover. 4.75"x6.25", 18 pages, stitched binding. Light soil, small spine label. With a 5-page carbon of a typescript list which appears to be the same material, with a penned note "Made by Mr. George M. Curtis, Meriden".
Curtis, George Munson. Early Silver of Connecticut and Its Makers. Meriden; International Silver Company: 1913. A very important work because it was the first regional study of American silver -the publication was sponsored by the International Silver Company (headquartered in Meriden). Curtis searched old town and church records and makes the first real attempt to identify silversmiths and facts about their work and lives. By contrast, the groundbreaking Walpole Society book by Hollis French, the first real mark book on American silversmiths, was not published until 1917.
[Curtis Collection] The George M. Curtis Collection of Early American Furniture and Silver. New York; Parke-Bernet Galleries: May 14th and 15th, 1948. Sale 971.The sale of the estate of the noted antiquarian, silver collector, and Walpole Society member. Softcover. 7.5"x10.5", 313 lots, 87 pages, b/w illustrations.
Cutten, George Barton. The Silversmiths of Utica. Hamilton: 1936. Limited to 257 signed copies. The story of Utica silversmiths is primarily a story of spoon-makers, but George Barton Cutten researches it with his usual thoroughness and tells it with his usual flair. Hardcover. 6"x10", 67 pages, 5 tipped-in b/w plates.
Cutten, George Barton. The Silversmith, Watchmakers and Jewelers of the State of New York, Outside New York City. Hamilton; privately printed: 1939. One of Cutten's earlier projects. A checklist, by city and town, with birth and/or death dates, if known, or the date when an advertisement by the smith was noted to have been published. Softcover. 6"x9", 47 pages.
Cutten, George Barton. The Ten Eyck Silversmiths. Reprinted from the December, 1942 issue of The Magazine Antiques.An important piece of research which unraveled the "tangled web" of the 17th and 18th century Ten Eyck silversmiths. This offprint also includes "More Ten Eyck Silversmiths", from the April, 1944 issue of Antiques. A scarcer Cutten offprint. Softcover. 6"x10", 18 pages, b/w illustrations.
Cutten, George Barton & Amy Pearce Ver Nooy. The Silversmiths of Poughkeepsie, New York. Reprinted from Dutchess County Historical Society Year Book, 1945. Brief (and some longer) biographies or listings for 55 smiths and firms. A scarcer Cutten item. Softcover. 6"x9", 23 pages, 1 b/w plate of marks.
Cutten, George Barton. Ten Silversmith Families of New York State. Reprinted from New York History, January, 1946. Brief biographies of 79 individuals or partnerships of silversmiths from the Adriance, Burr, DeRiemer, Fellows, Langworthy, Morgan, Munger, Stanton, Stiles and Stores families of New York state. A scarcer Cuttem offprint. Softcover. 6"x9", 13 pages.
Cutten, George Barton. Silversmithing in the Present Era. Savannah; The Pigeonhole Press: 1958. A short promotional circular for Savannah silversmith Maria Reigner, with several paragraphs about women silversmiths. Elegantly printed by the Pigeonhole Press in Savannah.Softcover. 5.5"x8.5", 1 sheet, folded; 3 b/w illustrations.
Cutten, George Barton. The Silversmiths of Georgia, together with watchmakers & jewelers - 1733 to 1850. Savannah; The Pigeonhole Press: 1958. Limited to 500 copies.One of Cutten's more ambitious works, and for many years also one of his scarcest books. It has been reissued, but this, the limited first edition, remains extremely difficult to locate. Softcover. 6"x9", 154 pages, b/w illustrations.
Cutten, George Barton. The Silversmiths of Georgia, together with watchmakers & jewelers - 1733 to 1850. Savannah; The Oglethorpe Press: 1998. First published in a limited edition in 1958, this was one of Cutten's more ambitious works, and for many years also one of his scarcest books. The smiths are listed by locality, and the names are then listed alphabetically in the Index. This new edition has new material in the form of Katharine Farnham & Callie Efird's 1971 Magazine Antiques article "Early Silversmiths and the Silver Trade in Georgia", and previously unpublished marks. Hardcover. 6"x9.5", 166 pages, b/w illustration, some marks.
Cutten, George Barton & E. Milby Burton. South Carolina Silversmiths and Silversmiths of North Carolina. Savannah; The Oglethorpe Press: 1998. This valuable reference reissues two important books on Southern silver. Burton's 'South Carolina Silversmiths 1690-1860' was first published in 1942, and was a primary, and one of the first, studies of Southern silver. Burton identifies and includes information on 320 silversmiths, arranged by community. Much of the information was drawn from old newspaper advertisements and notices, census records, and similar sources; Burton provides a complete listing of his sources, and the text is annotated. There is a short section of Negro silversmiths in 18th and early 19th century Charleston, with a discussion of slave craftsmen and brief notes on 4 who were identified. Cutten's "North Carolina Silversmiths" remains a cornerstone study of these craftsmen. Hardcover. 6"x9.5", 429 pages, b/w illustrations.
Cutten, George Barton. The Silversmiths of North Carolina. Raleigh; State Department of Archives and History: 1948.The first edition of this pioneering study which identified a number of silversmiths and firms where little had been known before. George Barton Cutten, long an enthusiast and researcher of New York area silversmiths, retired from his post as President of Colgate University in 1942 and moved to Chapel Hill. He also wrote histories of silversmithing in Georgia and Virginia. Softcover. 6"x9", 93 pages, b/w illustrations and marks.
Cutten, George Barton. The Silversmiths of North Carolina. Raleigh; State Department of Archives and History: 1973. 2nd edition.First published in 1948, this pioneering study which identified a number of silversmiths and firms where little had been known before. George Barton Cutten, long an enthusiast and researcher of New York area silversmiths, retired from his post as President of Colgate University in 1942 and moved to Chapel Hill. He also wrote histories of silversmithing in Georgia and Virginia. Cutten's work was revised and updated by Mary Reynolds Peacock, who added much new material to this edition. Hardcover. 6"x9", 140 pages, b/w illustrations and marks.
Cutten, George Barton. The Silversmiths of North Carolina, 1696-1860. Raleigh; North Carolina Department of Cultural Resources: 1984. 2nd revised edition. First published in 1948, this pioneering study which identified a number of silversmiths and firms where little had been known before. George Barton Cutten, long an enthusiast and researcher of New York area silversmiths, retired from his post as President of Colgate University in 1942 and moved to Chapel Hill. He also wrote histories of silversmithing in Georgia and Virginia. Cutten's work was revised and updated by Mary Reynolds Peacock, who added much new material to this edition. Softcover. 6"x9", 301 pages, b/w illustrations and marks.
Cutten, George Barton. Silversmiths of Virginia (together with Watchmakers and Jewelers) from 1694 to 1850. Richmond; The Dietz Press: 1952. An alphabetical biographical dictionary (with many lengthy entries) of more than 450 Virginia craftsmen. Cutten also includes an extensive historical introduction. Many marks and pieces of silver are illustrated. Hardcover. 6.25"x9.5", 259 pages, b/w illustrations, dj; marks.
Cuzner, Bernard. A Silversmith's Manual. Treating of the Designing and Making of the Simpler Pieces of Domestic Silver Ware. London; N.A.G. Press: 1949. 2nd ed. A very useful study, written by the Head of the Department of Metal-Work at the Birmingham College of Art, a Freeman of the Worshipful Company of Goldsmiths of London. Even if you are a collector who never intends to make a piece of silver yourself, it is still interesting and useful to know how a piece is constructed by a silversmith. Hardcover. 5.5"x8.5", 192 pages, b/w and line illustrations.
Dalton, O.M. The Treasure of the Oxus with other examples of Early Oriental Metal-Work. London; The Trustees of the British Museum: 1964. 3rd. edition.The first edition of this important work was published in 1905, and featured the "Oxus Treasure", a horde of ancient Achaemenid silver and gold which had been discovered in the 1870s. The second, expanded edition, published in 1926 added a substantial quantity of early Iranian, mostly Sassanian, gold and silverwork from the Museum's collections, which was all carefully described. That edition also featured Dalton's "masterly" introductory essay placing the collection into the context of Achaemenid art and history. This third edition retains Dalton's text, with a few minor additions and corrections, but features a completely new set of photographs, making it the preferred and definitive edition of the catalog. Hardcover. 8.5"x11", lxxvi + 75 pages, plus 41 b/w plates; dj; bibliography.
Darling Foundation. New York State Silversmiths. Eggertsville; The Darling Foundation: 1964. Edition limited to 500 copies.The standard, comprehensive listing of New York state silversmiths, with many photographs of marks. This was one of the first mark books to make extensive use of photographs to illustrate the marks. Hardcover. 6"x9", 228 pages, b/w illustrations.
Darling, Sharon S. Chicago Metalsmiths. Chicago Historical Society:1977. An important study of the Arts & Crafts and Victorian silver work and workers in this influential and dynamic silversmithing community, as well as including the work of modern crafters who continue to work there. The text includes much biographical information, and is fully illustrated with crisp b&w photographs, including many marks. 9"x9", 141 pages, 155 b&w illustrations.
Darmstadt, Jo. Craftsmen and Artists of Norwich. An exhibition of furniture, paintings, clocks, silver, pewter and pottery, at the Slater Museum. Norwich; Society of the Founders of Norwich: 1965. A loan exhibition; in addition to the catalog entries, there are essays on the cabinetmakers by Houghton Bulkeley, the clockmakers by Ada R. Chase, and the seafarers by Raymond B. Chase. Softcover. 6"x9", 67 pages, b/w illustrations.
Dauterman, Carl C. Checklist of American Silversmiths' Work, 1650-1850, in the Museums in the New York Metropolitan Area. New York; MMA: 1968. This project was initiated in Dauterman's class on decorative arts. An interesting reference. Softcover. 5.5"x8.5", 78 pages.
Dauterman, Carl C. A Magnificent Gift of Lamerie Silver. [contained in the] Metropolitan Museum of Art Bulletin: March, 1958.An entire banqueting service, with plates, serving pieces, candlesticks, centerpieces, etc., by Paul de Lamerie is given to the Museum by Mrs. Widener Dixon and George D. Widener. Softcover. 7.5"x10", pp.193-203 (article), b/w illustrations.
Dauterman, Carl Christian, et al. Antique English Silver Coffee Pots. The Folger Coffee Company Collection. Portland; Portland Art Museum: 1961. A very fine collection, not actually limited to coffee pots, but also including accessories such as urns, sugar bowls and cream jugs, epergnes, cake baskets, spoons and salvers. Softcover. 8"x10", 84 pages, many b/w illustrations.
Dauterman, Carl Christian, et al. Antique Silver Coffee Pots. The Folger Coffee Company Collection. Lawrence; University of Kansas Museum of Art: 1965. A very fine collection, not actually limited to coffee pots, but also including accessories such as urns, sugar bowls and cream jugs, epergnes, cake baskets, spoons and salvers. Softcover. 8"x10", 102 pages, many b/w illustrations.
Dauterman, Carl Christian, et al. The Folger Coffee Company Collection of Antique Silver Coffee Pots. Colorado Springs Fine Arts Center: 1966. A very fine collection, not actually limited to coffee pots, but also including accessories such as urns, sugar bowls and cream jugs, epergnes, cake baskets, spoons and salvers. A traveling exhibition; the catalog was published in several different cities. Softcover. 8"x10", 102 pages, many b/w illustrations.
[Davidowitz Collection] Jewish Ritual Silver and Other Hebraica, property of Mrs. Rebecca Davidowitz. New York; Parke-Bernet Galleries: March 31st-April 1st, 1954. Sale 1506.An important and wide-ranging collection, including silver, textiles, jewelry, and much more. Softcover. 7"x10", 66 pages, 402 lots, b/w illustrations.
[Davidowitz Collection] Valuable Judaica from the Collection of Herman Davidowitz. New York; Parke-Bernet Galleries: March 16th, 1967. Sale 2530.An extraordinary collection, including Hannukah lamps, silver and gold ritual objects, ketubahs, tallits, and an 1832 Polish decorated cut-paper mizrah which was smuggled through the Nazi death camps by being sewn inside a piece of clothing. Softcover. 7"x10", 51 pages, 190 lots, b/w illustrations.
Davidson, Marshall B. & Elizabeth Stillinger. The American Wing at The Metropolitan Museum of Art. New York; MMA/Alfred A. Knopf: 1985. A stunning visual and textual survey of one of the most important Americana collections in the country. The bulk of the book is, of course, devoted to furniture, but there are also extensive chapters devoted to silver, ceramics, glass, paintings & prints, and sculpture. Hardcover. 9.5"x12", 352 pages, loaded with color and b/w illustrations.
Davidson, Marshall. Two New York Tankards. [in the] Bulletin of the Metropolitan Museum of Art, Vol.XXX, No.11; November, 1935. A short article on tankards by Bartholomew Schaats and Samuel Tingley. Softcover, 6.5"x9.5", pp.221-222, 2 b/w illustrations (article).
[Davies Collection] Early American Furniture, Georgian and Other Silver, Old English China, Table Porcelain, Property of Marion Davies, Removed from Her Beach House (in) Santa Monica, Calif. New York; Parke-Bernet Galleries: December 7-8th, 1945. Sale 716.The sale of the furnishings of the fabulous beachfront palace built by William Randolph Hearst for the famous movie star and Hearst companion, Marion Davies. Includes formidably fine American and English furniture and some stunning English antique silver including a George II Irish wine fount, and a George III Sheffield plate piecrust table (is that a furniture or silver item?) Softcover. 7"x10", 169 pages, 429 lots, b/w illustrations.
Davis, Frank. French Silver 1450-1825. New York; Praeger Publishers:1970. A good history of the stylistic development of French silver, with many illustrations. 6.5"x9.5", 104 pages plus 183 b&w illustrations.
Davis, John D. English Silver at Williamsburg. Charlottesville; University Press of Virginia: 1976. The collection at Williamsburg is designed to illustrate forms used in the city in Colonial times, and combines the exceedingly rare (a 17th century silver chandelier) with the completely typical, as well as the odd and unusual (silver cock spurs in their original case, with the trade card of their maker). Davis' text includes both a description and discussion of the individual objects, and also of the forms in general. Pieces are fully illustrated and described, with hallmarks and engraving details. The catalog is divided by use, with chapters on- "Lighting Equipment and Accessories; Vessels and Accessories for Alcoholic Beverages; Vessels and Accessories for Tea, coffee and chocolate; Articles and Accessories for Dining; Miscellaneous Domestic Objects; and Fused Silverplate. This thorough catalog thus includes a wide variety of objects that repay attention by the student of American silver" (Ames & Ward). An excellent, interesting and important survey for those interested in either English or American silver forms. Hardcover. 8.5"x11.5", 254 pages, hundreds of b&w illustrations, marks.
Davis, John D. Silver Nutmeg Graters. Hanover; University Press of New England: 2002. The production of silver graters for nutmeg, the most stylish of spices, began in the late seventeenth century. An elegant nutmeg grater quickly became an essential part of "the punch equipage", the key to genteelly preparing and serving this ubiquitous tipple. This catalog of the Dr. Robert Green Collection of nutmeg graters features a stunning assortment of fashionable English graters from seventeenth century London and eighteenth and nineteenth century Birmingham, handsome twentieth century American graters designed by Gorham and Tiffany & Co., and more -100 in all.Softcover. 8"x8", 80 pages, 45 b/w illustrations.
Dawson, Nelson. Goldsmiths' and Silversmiths' Work. New York; G.P. Putnam's Sons:1907. An exceedingly charming work which examines the breadth of silverwork as it has developed from ancient times, including Greek and Roman silver, Anglo-Saxon, Irish, Norman, Mediaeval and Renaissance work, and later work. The text also explores silver by type of object, starting with mazers and chalices and working through candlesticks, cups, porringers, salts, salvers, and on and on and on. An early popular study, and still extremely interesting. 7"x10.5", 267 pages, 127 b&w illustrations.
[de Lamerie] An Exhibition of Silver by Paul De Lamerie. Williamstown; Robert Sterling Clark Art Institute: 1953.An early Clark catalog, featuring the fine early 18th century work of this master silversmith. Softcover. 6.5"x10" 2 pages of text plus 31 b/w plates.
[de Lamerie] Highly Important English Silver by Paul de Lamerie and other Makers, English Miniature Silver, Vertu, from a Distinguished New York Private Collection. New York; Sotheby Parke Bernet: June 4, 1974. An auction of very fine silver by de Lamerie, Storr and others. Softcover. 8.5"x9", 65 pages, 88 lots, 1 color and many b/w illustrations.
Delamer, Ida. Irish Silver 1630-1820. An exhibition of Irish Silver from 1630-1820 at Trinity College Dublin. Dublin; Trinity College: 1971. The well illustrated catalog of a loan exhibition. Softcover. 8"x9.5", 56 pages, b/w illustrations.
Delamer, Ida. Irish Silver. An Exhibition of Irish Silver from 1630-1820 at Trinity College. 1971. A well illustrated exhibition catalog. 8"x9.5", 56 pages, b&w illustrations, softcover.
Delieb Antiques. Bi-monthly Bulletin. London; Delieb Antiques. February, 1961. Vol.2, No.1. The illustrated catalog of this noted London silver dealer. A short bulletin issued while Delieb was busy settling on a new, more informative "style" for his catalogs. Very short articles on Regimental relics, American Colonial styles, Stuart engraving, etc. Softcover. 8.5"x11", 8 pages, 5 b/w plates, one additional loose b/w plate.
Delieb Antiques. Bi-monthly Bulletin. London; Delieb Antiques. April/May, 1961. Vol.2, No.2. The illustrated catalog of this noted London silver dealer. The "bulletin" continues to develop, with a longer article "Further Research on Caddy-Spoons", and a list of Caddy-spoon makers. Softcover. 8.5"x11", 12 pages, 5 b/w illustrations.
Delieb Antiques. Bi-monthly Bulletin. London; Delieb Antiques. June/July, 1961. Vol.2, No.3. The illustrated catalog of this noted London silver dealer. Articles on unmarked pieces of English silver, and Cast Top and Other Vinaigrettes. Softcover. 8.5"x11", 12 pages, 8 b/w illustrations.
Delieb Antiques. Bi-monthly Bulletin. London; Delieb Antiques. December, 1961/January, 1962. Vol.2, No.5. The illustrated catalog of this noted London silver dealer. An article on the Masonic Jewel. Softcover. 8.5"x11", 15 pages, 8 b/w illustrations.
Delieb Antiques. Bi-monthly Bulletin. Combined Issue. London; Delieb Antiques. August/September and October/November, 1961. Vol.2, No.4. The illustrated catalog of this noted London silver dealer. An article on 20th century silversmith Omar Ramsden, as well as a few articles of his silver. Softcover. 8.5"x11", 16 pages, 10 b/w illustrations.
Delieb Antiques. Illustrated Bulletin. London; Delieb Antiques. November, 1964. Vol.4 No.1. The illustrated catalog of this noted London silver dealer. An extensive article on an Irish snuffbox containing a lock of Charles I's hair. Another article on a silver-clasped prayer book belonging to "Gurdon Saltonstall" of New London, Connecticut; a short article on American pseudo-hallmarks. Softcover. 8.5"x11", 35 pages, 14 b/w illustrations.
Delieb Antiques. Quarterly Bulletin. London; Delieb Antiques. January, 1963. Vol.3, No.2. The illustrated catalog of this noted London silver dealer. An article by John H. Gooden on Basting and Marrow spoons; an extensive article by Delieb on Caddy spoons. Softcover. 8.5"x11", 21 pages, 10 b/w illustrations.
Delieb Antiques. Quarterly Bulletin. London; Delieb Antiques. September, 1962. Vol.3, No.1. The illustrated catalog of this noted London silver dealer. Short articles on spurs, Australian silver and the 'Alfred Jewel'. Softcover. 8.5"x11", 19 pages, 11 b/w illustrations.
Delieb Antiques. Quarterly Bulletin. Combined issue. London; Delieb Antiques. April-December, 1963. Vol.3, No.3&4.The illustrated catalog of this noted London silver dealer. An extensive article on silver nutmeg graters; another on bosun's whistles. Softcover. 8.5"x11", 26 pages, 10 b/w illustrations.
Delieb, Eric & Michael Roberts. Matthew Boulton, Master Silversmith, 1760-1790. New York; Clarkson Potter: 1971. A very popular study of the life and work of this important innovator and silversmith. "Not only the definitive study of a major British silver factory during its finest period, with a valuable analysis of the works produced, but an absorbing account of its master and the men he employed, and his partner, John Fothergill". Hardcover. 9.5"x10", 144 pages, b/w and color illustrations.
Delieb, Eric. Investing in Silver. New York; Clarkson Potter: 1967. An excellent study, treating the subject by form and type of object, and offering much good "nuts and bolts" information and advice. The illustrations are large and excellent. Hardcover. 8.5"x12", 152 pages, profusely illustrated in b/w and color, dj.
Delieb, Eric. Silver Boxes. New York; Clarkson Potter: 1968. This well illustrated survey features hundreds of 16th-19th century boxes, some dignified, some fanciful, some strange, some clever, many beautiful. There are chapters on special purpose boxes, Royal association boxes, applied ornament on boxes, and the Birmingham Boxmakers. A thoroughly enjoyable and informative study. Hardcover. 9"x12", 119 pages, color illustrations, dj.
Delieb, Eric. Silver Boxes. London; Ferndale Editions: 1979. This well illustrated survey features hundreds of 16th-19th century boxes, some dignified, some fanciful, some strange, some clever, many beautiful. There are chapters on special purpose boxes, Royal association boxes, applied ornament on boxes, and the Birmingham Boxmakers. A thoroughly enjoyable and informative study. Hardcover. 9"x12", 119 pages, color illustrations, dj.
Delieb, Eric. The Society of Caddy Spoon Collectors present a Loan Exhibition of Tea-Caddy Spoons at Goldsmiths' Hall, London. London; 1965. A loan exhibition drawn from various sources, both public and private, including the Lewer Collection. Softcover. 7"x9", v + 23 pages, plus 7 b/w plates.
Dennis, Faith. Three Centuries of French Domestic Silver. Its Makers and its Marks. New York; Metropolitan Museum of Art: 1960. This exhibition had its genesis in 1938 when the Wentworth Collection of 17th-19th century French silver, an important and comprehensive collection assembled during Mrs. Wentworth's years in France, was exhibited at the Met. The subsequent donation of the collection to the Museum, along with a sizable endowment, made possible the creation of this stunning and beautifully produced catalog. Each piece is carefully photographed (some several times) and described; a full set of marks for each is included in Volume Two. A superbly crafted documentation of the art of the French silversmiths of both Paris and the Provincial regions. Hardcover. 2 volumes, 9"x11", 367 + 201 pages, 585 pieces of silver are illustrated, some in several views, in Volume One; in Volume Two the complete set of marks for each piece is illustrated; slipcased.
Dennison, Walter. A Gold Treasure of the Late Roman Period. New York; Macmillan Company: 1918. Part II of Volume XII of the University of Michigan Series "Studies in East Christian and Roman Art. It is a study of 36 pieces of incredible gold jewelry of the late Roman period which were unearthed in Egypt. Each object is illustrated in a full-page b/w plate. Hardcover, 8.5"x11", 86 pages (paginated 89-175, as reflects this being part of Volume XII, but complete in and of itself on the "Gold Treasure") plus 54 b/w plates; there are also 57 b/w illustrations in the text.
Dent, Herbert C. Pique: A Beautiful Minor Art. London; The Connoisseur:1923. 1st Edition. Pique was a French invention of the early 18th century; thin strips of gold or silver were carefully inlaid onto boxes of tortoiseshell or other similar substances, often combined with mother-of-pearl. The craftsmanship exhibited in these small pieces is of the best quality, and they have been avidly collected since they were first introduced. Pique work continued in France and England into the early 19th century, when the increasing cost of hand-labor doomed this complicated and time-intensive art. A scarce monograph. Hardcover. 8.5"x11", 25 pages of text plus 36 b&w plates.
Dent, Herbert C. Wine, Spirit and Sauce Labels of the 18th & 19th Centuries. Norwich; H.W. Hunt: 1933. Edition limited to 250 signed and numbered copies. A book of almost legendary renown within silver circles for its sheer scarcity. Dent accumulated an extensive collection of these bottle tickets, and although his book is slim to the point of anorexia, it contains the collector's assumptions, discoveries and musings in the best English antiquarian style. 8.5"11.25", 15 pages of text plus a color frontispiece and 6 b&w plates.
Der Thrakische Silberschatz aus Rogozen Bulgarien. (Sofia: 1989). An extremely well-illustrated catalog featuring the Rogozen treasure, an ancient Thracian silver horde, unearthed in Bulgaria. There are essays (in German) by R. Katintscharov, A. Fol, I. Marazov, B. Nikolov, and D. Gergova. Softcover. 9"x8.5", about 200 pages, filled with color and b/w illustrations.
A Descriptive Catalogue of Various Pieces of Silver Plate Forming the Collection of the New York Farmers. New York; Privately printed: 1932. Edition limited to 85 numbered copies, printed At the Sign of the Golden Head for the New York Farmers. A fine example of one of the scarcest American silver collection books, published to showcase the fine small collection of the New York Farmers benevolent club on the occasion of their 50th Anniversary. The idea to form a silver collection came at a club dinner in 1918, and a pair of candelabra, a tray and loving cup were subsequently purchased for $2,500. Club members were so pleased that they then voted to forgo flowers and table decorations at future dinners, and to put the unused $100 per dinner aside in a fund to pay for the silver. Additional pieces were donated from time to time, and by 1932 the Farmers had 16 fine pieces or sets, a mix of new and antique, including the pair of new candelabra by Dominck and Haff, a 1793 London flagon, a 1748 London tankard, an 1833 London waiter, an 1809 tureen by William Eley, several 19th century loving cups, a 1780 Newcastle goblet, and a set of 66 dinner plates made in London in 1773, 1800 and 1801. The story of the dinner plates is especially interesting- 48 of them were placed at the table for a December 20th, 1927 dinner, and it was announced that these plates had been presented by the King of England to the House of Commons in 1801. The estate of the Speaker of the House at that time had come up for sale and the plates were purchased in memory of former members of the Farmers, now deceased, and each plate would be inscribed in memory of a member, to be donated and paid for by a current member. Eighteen additional plates were later purchased and also donated. This finely printed catalog has fine full-page gravure plates, with each item given a thumbnail description and a note of its inscription. Interestingly, the new pieces of silver they bought were American, and all the antique pieces English. Hardcover. 8.5"x11", 2   pages of text, plus 19 b/w plates with 25 pages of descriptive text, ; bound in coarse linen, as issued, with a red leather cover label and spine label, gilt titles. Title page with the Farmer's engraved emblem.
Dexel, Walter. Hausgerat das Nicht Veraltet. Ravensburg; Otto Maier Verlag: 1938. The famous designer and Bauhaus member surveys good design in tablewares- glass, metals, silver and ceramic, through the ages with an emphasis on 20th century design. Hardcover. 8.5"x11.5", 72 pages, 169 b/w illustrations, dj.
[Diamonds] Manuscript transcript concerning Diamonds. No Place. ca. 1850. Two transcriptions of information about diamonds. The first is identified as having appeared in the New York Weekly Tribune on December 26th, 1853, and concerns experiments to produce diamonds from charcoal. The second sheet addresses the same issue on the first side, and contains recipes for Chinese Silver, waterproofing boots, and imitating gold on the reverse. These are identified as coming from Scientific American at various dates between 1848 and 1850. Both sheets are light blue notepaper, written in a fairly clear hand in brown ink; the first sheet contains the embossed mark of lions rampant in the upper left corner; the second sheet also has an embossed mark, but it is somewhat unclear. 2 sheets, 7.5"x10", 8"x12.5".
Dickinson, H.W. Matthew Boulton. Cambridge; at the University Press:1936. The period of the late 18th-early 19th centuries was one of unparalleled innovation and change in the industries and trades, and in England the two names that come instantly to mind as leaders of this great revolution are Josiah Wedgwood and Matthew Boulton. Boulton is perhaps best known to the world at large for his work with James Watt in the development of the steam engine and its application to industry. Boulton is however, best known in the trades world for his innovative work with silver and Sheffield plate, cut steel jewelry and decorations, buckles and buttons, and the minting of coins. This book was the first study of Boulton which did not also focus on Watt. 6.5"x9.5", xiv + 218 pages, 6 figures in the text and 15 b&w plates.
Diderot. Batteur D'Or. Paris: ca. 1770. A small but elegant section from the "Encyclopedie" dealing with the craft of the goldbeater, who created exceedingly thin sheets of gold-leaf for frames, furniture, and other gilding. A complete workshop is illustrated, as well as the presses, rollers, hammers and other tools of the goldbeater's craft. 10"x16", 1 page of text plus 2 engraved plates.
A Directory of Sheffield, Including the Manufacturers of the Adjacent Villages, With the Several Marks of the Cutlers, Scissor & Filesmiths, Edgetool, & Sickle Makers. New York; Da Capo Press:1969. A facsimile of a rare and informative 1787 directory published in London.%5"x8.5", 85 pages, b&w frontispiece.
Divis, Jan. Guide to Silver Marks of the World. London; Promotional Reprint Company: 1992. This guide is of great utility because instead of listing marks by country, it lists them by letters or symbols, so if you have an eagle or a castle, you begin there instead of trying to guess what country it might be first. Originally published in Prague in 1976. Hardcover. 5"x7.5", 246 pages, dj.
Dobie, Kirkpatrick H. Dumfries Silversmiths. Privately published: (1970s). An interesting little research project into regional Scottish silver. Marks are illustrated and there are silversmith biographies. Softcover. 6"x8.5", 31 pages, b/w illustrations.
Dodd, Erica C. Byzantine Silver Stamps. Washington; Dumbarton Oaks Research Library and Collection:1961.A study of Byzantine silver marks, what we know of the marking process and regulations, and the silver objects themselves. An intriguing study of 6th and 7th century silver.8.5"x11.5", 283 pages, b&w and line illustrations.
Doty, Robert M. (ed.). Henry Petzal / Silversmith. Manchester; Currier Gallery of Art: 1987. Henry Petzal discovered silversmithing in 1957, and makes superbly crafted, wonderfully modern pieces which draw on classical motifs and designs. This exhibition of his work drew on both private and public collections. Softcover. 60 pages, many b/w illustrations.
[Doutchitch / Turnovsky] Continental Silver of the XVII-XVIII Century, Important Tapestries, Georgian Silver, Paintings, Oriental Rugs, French & other Furniture... New York; Parke-Bernet: April 14-15th, 1944. Sale 555. Property of Yovan Doutchitch, sometime Yugoslavian Royal Minister and Ambassador; Gertrude & Emil Turnovsky and S.L. Elzas of New York. Fine Continental silver as well as seven fine Gothic, 17th & 18th century tapestries. Softcover. 6.5"x9.5", 103 pages, 425 lots, b/w illustrations.
Dow, George Francis. The Arts & Crafts in New England 1704-1775. Topsfield; The Wayside Press: 1927. One of 97 copies on rag paper, specially bound in batik-patterned boards. "Gleanings from Boston newspapers relating to painting, engraving, silversmiths, pewterers, clockmakers, furniture, pottery, old houses, costume, trades and occupations". As part of the research being carried out in the first decades of the 20th century on early American craftsmen, several members of the Walpole Society spent hundreds of hours scouring colonial newspaper files and other sources for notices regarding craftsmen. George Francis Dow, an Americanist-Extraordinaire and enthusiastic collector and author on many things New England, undertook this exhaustive study, which remains today as an important resource. Semowich 911. Hardcover. 7"x10", 326 pages, b/w plates.
Dow, George Francis. The Arts & Crafts in New England 1704-1775. Topsfield; The Wayside Press: 1927. Hardcover. 7"x10", 326 pages, b/w plates, dj.
Dow, George Francis. The Arts & Crafts in New England 1704-1775. New York; Da Capo Press: 1967. Hardcover. 6"x9", 326 pages, b/w plates.
Downs, Joseph & John Marshall Phillips. The Prentis Collection of Colonial New England Furnishings. New York Historical Society: 1951. A short description of the three furnished rooms and some of their paintings and silver, donated to the NYHS. The period at hand was the late 17th and early 18th century; Downs describes the rooms and their furnishings, and John Marshall Phillps describes the portraits and a few outstanding pieces of silver. Softcover. 6.5"x9.5", 32 pages, 4 color plates and 12 b/w illustrations.
Downs, Joseph. The Greek Revival in the United States. A Special Loan Exhibition. New York; Metropolitan Museum of Art: 1943. A pleasing loan exhibition catalog. The illustrated items range from architectural interiors and exteriors and paintings to an obligatory photo of Hiram Powers' "The Greek Slave", and really extraordinary silver and furniture. Downs' brief introductory note puts the designs into historical context. An interesting exhibition, perhaps a bit before its' time, and one which would have been tremendously fun to see. Softcover. 7.5"x10", 2 pages of text plus 67 b/w illustrations.] $40.00
Draper, James David. The Arts Under Napoleon. New York; Metropolitan Museum of Art: 1978. The first exhibition in New York devoted to the arts of the Napoleonic era. Objects and art were drawn from the Museum's collections as well as from other collectors and institutions, including an important collection of Empire silver from the collection of C. Ruxton Love, Jr., which is introduced and cataloged by Clare Le Corbeiller. Softcover. 8.5"x11", 68 pages, b/w illustrations.
Dresser. Dr. Christopher Dresser. Including Ceramics, Metalwork, Glass, Books. London; Dan Klein, Ltd.: 1981. An odd but charming little catalog of items offered for sale by this gallery. Basic, but nice. An offbeat item for the Dresser enthusiast. Softcover. 6"x8", 18 pages, 28 items illustrated.
Duerdin, Marilyn. Sheffield Silver 1773-1973. An Exhibition to Mark the Bicentenary of the Sheffield Assay Office. Sheffield City Museum:1973. 8"x8", 107 pages, 126 b&w illustrations, softcover.
Dutch Silver. Catalogus van Goud en Zilverwerken. Amsterdam; Rijksmuseum: 1952. A catalog of 16th-18th century Dutch silver in the famed Rijksmuseum, with some English notes. 6"x9", 178 pages plus 55 b&w illustrations, softcover.
Dyson, B. Ronald. A Glossary of Words and Dialect Formerly used in the Sheffield Trades. Part 1. Society for the Preservation of Old Sheffield Tools: 1936. Although the title page says Part 1, this volume contains the entire alphabet, and we can find no record of a Part 2 ever having been published. Not only does this study preserve the dialect and long-forgotten jargon of the Sheffield workmen, it also provides a glimpse of their lives. For instance, "Bull Week" was the week before Christmas, when cutlers "bulled" or made an extra effort, working overtime to make up for the wages they would miss during the holiday itself. "No wages were paid on the Saturday before Xmas Day; the earnings from the previous Saturday right up to Xmas Eve were handed over on the Eve, the period between these two days being the Bull Week". A rare item; OCLC only locates a single copy of the 1979 reprint. Softcover. 5.5"x9", 51 pages, several b/w illustrations.
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