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Page, Ruth C. Colonel James Ward. Silversmith and Entrepreneur. [contained in] Bulletin of the Connecticut Historical Society. Volume 33, No.4., October, 1968. Col. Ward (1768-1856) was indeed a remarkable man. Softcover. 6"x9", 12 pages (article) 11 b/w illustrations, including marks.

[Paine Collection] Rare Old English Silver, Property of Richard C. Paine. Fine Decorative & Table Porcelain and other property from various owners. New York; Parke-Bernet Galleries: October 21st, 1948. Sale 995.A fine selection of early English silver, including a Cromwellian chased stem cup, Charles II snuffer tray and snuffers, Elizabethan engraved communion chalice and paten, Charles II repousse caudle cup, Charles I ajoure perfume burner, and so on. Softcover. 6.5"x9.5", 47 pages, 226 lots, b/w illustrations.

[Paine / et al Collections] English Furniture, Important Early English Silver, also Paintings, Porcelains, Rugs, Property of Richard C. Paine, Boston, a New York Estate, and other owners. New York; Parke-Bernet Galleries: April 15th, 1950. Sale 1151.Are we ready for some silver? One has to describe an auction that included a ca.1552 Edward VI tazza-form wine cup, a James I engraved gilded silver bell salt, a Cromwellian gilded silver two-handled cup with cover, a Charles II rosewater flagon, and a 18 k. gold and black enamel snuff box presented to Richard Brinsley Sheridan by Beau Brummel, a very nice auction, indeed... Softcover. 7.5"x10.5", 70 pages, b/w illustrations.

Painter, K.S. The Mildenhall Treasure. Roman Silver in East Anglia. London; British Museum Publications Limited: 1977. A fantastic hoard of 34 fourth-century Roman silver spoons, bowls, goblets and dishes was unearthed in 1942 in the Fens, near Mildenhall, Suffolk, by a farmer plowing a field. This catalog discusses, describes and illustrates the pieces. Softcover. 7.5"x10", 79 pages, b/w illustrations.

[Pairpoint Silver] A trade catalog of silver plated ware produced by the Pairpoint Corporation New Bedford, nd (ca 1920). 14"x10", unpaginated (about 400 pages), with some sheets inserted and removed as lines opened/closed. some sheets marked 'close out' in red.

Palustre, L. & X. Barbier de Montault. Le Tresor de Treves. Paris; A. Picard: nd (1880s). Ecclesiastical enamels and goldwork of the 10th-17th centuries. 10"x13", 60 pages plus 30 b&w plates with tissue guards.

[Parish-Watson] A Group of Important Georgian Silver, property of Parish-Watson & Co., Inc... New York; Parke-Bernet Galleries: May 16th, 1941. A nice selection of George II and III tablewares "to be sold consequent on the death of M. Parish-Watson, Esq.". Softcover. 7"x10.5", 22 pages, 31 lots, 19 lots illustrated in b/w.

Parisian Goldsmith's Catalogue of Ecclesiastical Silver and Other Work. Printed in Paris, ca.1870-80. A beautiful pattern book issued by a Parisian(?) goldsmithing firm, illustrating a variety of religious holloware, accessories, jewelry and accoutrements, including cruet sets with glass inserts, monstrances, bells, crosses, caskets (both in traditional forms and in the forms of cathedrals with glass sides), and jewelry, including crowns and flaming hearts. Many of the pieces of all types are noted as having enamel decoration, and many come with inlaid pearls or gems. All are tinted gold in the plates. Each page illustrates the (unidentified) manufacturer's mark, a square with a star above the initials ET. The only text given are the dimensions, item numbers, and notes about enamel, etc. The pages appear to have been assembled from two separate issues- one set of plates is just slightly smaller than the other and they have different printer's marks. There is a small inked note- "Mainz 1881" on the endpaper. A striking catalog. Hardcover. 17.5"x12", 29 colored lithographed and 1 colored manuscript plate, numbered 1-29 (1 bis plate).

Parkinson, Michael. Catalogue of Silver from the Assheton Bennett Collection. City of Manchester Art Gallery: 1965. The Assheton Bennet collection is interesting in that he actually used his silver -teapots, cutlery, goblets and bowls. Hence a collection slanted toward eating and drinking... oh, just so fine. Softcover. 53 pages plus a color frontispiece and 25 b/w plates.

Parks, Robert O. Early New England Silver Lent from the Mark Bortman Collection. Northampton; Smith College of Art: 1958. An elegant little catalog of choice pieces; the notes were written using Phillips and Buhler as guides, and are concise, informative and interesting. Scarce. Softcover. 6"x9", 24 pages, 7 b/w illustrations.

Parlimentary Acts. An Act to Prevent Counterfeiting and Clipping the Coin of this Kingdom. London; 1695. "Whereas it is Manifest that of late Years the Current Coin of this Kingdom hath been greatly Diminished by Clipping, Rounding, Filing, and Melting the same, and likewise many false and Counterfeit Coins have been Clipped for the better Disguising thereof..." -five hundred pound fines for clipping coins or forging assay marks on bars of silver. Further, in an effort to prevent coins being melted for their silver content, no silversmith may transport molten silver or have silver bars that are unmarked by the Company of Goldsmiths. There follow many provisions for enforcement, as well as payment of informers. 7"x11.5", 12 pages.

Parlimentary Act. An Act for Appointing Wardens and Assay-Masters, for Assaying Wrought Plate in the Cities of York, Exeter, Bristol, Chester and Norwich. London; 1701. The burgeoning silversmith's trade made it necessary to set up Companies of Goldsmiths in the mentioned cities, which had recently opened mint offices. This act authorizes those companies, describes their duties, officers, marks, requirements for plate workers, penalties for forging marks, etc. An important act. 7"x10.5", 9 pages.

Parlimentary Act. An Act to Prevent the Inconveniences arising from Seducing Artificers in the Manufactures of Great Britain into Foreign Parts. London; 1719. "Whereas divers Ill-disposed Persons, as well foreigners as Subjects of the Kingdom, by Confederacy with Foreigners, have of late drawn away and transported and have also made many divers attempts to Entice, Draw away and Transport several Artificers and Manufacturers of and in Wooll, Iron, Steel, Brass and other Metals, Clock-makers, Watch-makers, and divers other Manufacturers of Great Britain, out of his Majesties Dominions, into Foreign Countries...and whereas there is great Danger that, by Means of these and such like Practices, many great and profitable branches of the Trades and Manufacturies of this Kingdom may be transported into Foreign Countries..." a 100 L fine for a first offence, and a year in jail for the second, and that was just for "enticing". For any British subject working in another country who ignores orders to return home, this imposes forfeiture of all lands and rights to property, as well as revoking their English citizenship. 8"x12", 4 pages.

Parlimentary Act. An Act for laying a Duty upon Wrought Plate... London; 1720. An tax and duty act which set a new standard for "sterling" silver, and laid a new duty on it, with complete instructions for carrying out the standards, marking rules, etc. The portion of this act relating to silver and gold plate is quite detailed, and goes on for twelve pages. The rest of the act concerned duties and annuities on various items. 8"x12", 28 pages.

Parlimentary Act. An Act for Repealing so much of an Act of the Thirty-first year of His Late Majesty, as inflicts Capital Punishment for Frauds and Abuses in the marking or stamping of Gold or Silver Plate; and for inflicting another Punishment for the said Offence. London; Charles Eyre and William Strahan: 1773. This Act describes at length the many fraudulent or misleading practices silversmiths could use in hallmarking plate, crimes which had previously carried the Death Penalty. This act changes those penalties to banishment "to some of His Majesty's Colonies or Plantations in America, for the Term of Fourteen Years." One might assume that this change was more one of economy than leniency, as almost anyone convicted in the Colonies of these offenses was speedily strung up, at Colonial expense. 7.5"x12.5", title page plus 4 pages.

Parsons, Charles. S. New Hampshire Silver. Adams-Brown: 1983. An impressive work of research and scholarship, even if the book design is not quite as elegant as that of many silver books. Charles Parsons spent 30 years researching New Hampshire artisans and produced books about New Hampshire clockmakers and the Dunlap family of cabinetmakers as well as this fine, detailed study. Softcover. 8.5"x11", 141 pages, b/w illustrations, marks.

[Parzinger Silver] English & French Furniture & Decorations, Silver, Gold and Enamel Watches, Porcelain, Textiles, Rugs, Property of Morton Stein and William Proctor of New York, and other owners, including Silver Designed by Tommi Parzinger. New York; Parke-Bernet Galleries: September 19-20th, 1941. Sale 296.This auction included 35 lots of modern sterling silver designed by Tommi Parzinger and crafted by Peter Reimes; seven of these lots are illustrated. Softcover; 6.5"x9.5", 74 pages, 412 lots, b/w illustrations.

[Paul Revere Liberty Bowl] The Glorious Ninety-Two members of the House of Representatives -Selections from the Journals of the Honourable House of Representatives of His Majesty's Province of the Massachusetts Bay in New England... Boston:1949. A commemorative publication to mark the return to Massachusetts of the Paul Revere Liberty Bowl. The bowl was made in 1768, commissioned by the Sons of Liberty as a tribute to 92 members of the legislature who had refused Royal orders to rescind a circular letter protesting new taxes. The large bowl was used at the Sons secret tavern meetings, which may explain certain subsequent events... 7.5"x10", 71 pages, 12 b&w plates.

Paulson, Paul E. Guide to Russian Silver Hallmarks. Self-published: 1976. One of the handiest and most popular guides to Russian silver hallmarks. Includes city marks for Moscow and St. Petersburg, and descriptions of city marks for other cities; also silversmiths marks. Hardcover. 6"x9", 34 pages, marks.

[Pelham Collection, et al] Important Old English Silver of the Tudor, Stuart & Georgian Periods, Early American & Continental Silver, Various Owners, including George F. Pelham II. New York; Parke-Bernet Galleries: January 27th, 1967. Includes the Pelham set of pre-Cromwellian apostle spoons, the Pelham Collection of Ancient English Silver Spoons (Medieval to Cromwell), and a magnificent Regency Garniture set by Paul Storr. Softcover. 7"x10", 80 pages, 197 lots, b/w illustrations.

Penzer, N.M. The Book of the Wine Label. London; Home & Van Thal:1947. This study remains a standard reference to silver and enamel wine labels. 7.5"x10", 143 pages, plus 28 b&w plates, dj.

Penzer, N.M. The Book of the Wine Label. London; White Lion Publishers: 1974. A reprint of the landmark 1947 study.  Hardcover. 7.5"x10", 143 pages, plus 28 b/w plates, dj.

Penzer, N.M. Paul Storr, The Last of the Goldsmiths. London; B.T. Batsford: 1954. This has remained the definitive standard study of the master English silversmith of the Regency period. Hardcover. 9.5"x12", 292 pages, 81 b/w plates.

Penzer, N.M. Paul Storr, 1771-1844. Silversmith and Goldsmith. London; Spring Books:1971. First published in 1954, this has remained the definitive standard study of the master English silversmith of the Regency period. 9"x12", 292 pages, 81 b&w plates.

Perez de Barradas, Dr. Jose. Orfebreria Prehispanica de Columbia. Madrid: 1954. 2 volumes.10"x12", 367 pages plus 300 b&w plates, 20 color plates and hundreds of b&w illustrations.

[Perry Collection] Rare Early English Silver Spoons, including a complete set of apostle spoons with the master spoon, property of the late Marsden J. Perry. New York; Anderson Galleries: April 4th, 1936. Softcover. 7"x10", 4 pages plus 2 b/w plates, including 1 folding plate.

Perry, Evan. Corkscrews and Bottle Openers. Shire Publications: 1985. Album #59. A concise, well-illustrated survey. Pleasingly peppy, with a hint of spice and a lingering aftertaste. Softcover. 6"x8", 32 pages, b/w illustrations.

Persson, Sigurd. Modern Swedish Silver. Stockholm; Lindquists: 1951. A very well illustrated survey of modern silver by Swedish silversmiths and some jewelry designers including Sigurd Persson, Erik Fleming, Sven-Arne Gillgren, Helge Lindgren, Wiwen Nilsson, and others. Hardcover. 5.75"x8.25", 79 pages, b/w illustrations.

Petchey, W.J. Armorial Bearings of the Sovereigns of England. London; Bedford Square Press: 1977. 2nd ed. Softcover. 6"x9.5", 31 pages, line illustrations.

Philbrick, Helen P Franklin Porter, Silversmith (1869-1935) in the Essex Institute Historical Collections -July, 1969. 6"x9", 70 pages, b&w illustrations; softcover.

Philip Ashberry & Sons. Pattern Book of Britannia Metal and Silver Plated on Britannia Metal Goods Manufactured by Philip Ashberry & Sons, Bowling Green Street, Sheffield...1886 (with the) 1886 Supplement. Also bound in is the smaller 1888 Supplement. Sheffield:1886 & 1888. Ah, the splendid diversity and extravagance of Victorian tablewares! This beautiful trade catalog illustrates a wide variety of Britannia and silver plated wares in a profusion of popular Victorian styles, including some Chinoiserie examples. There are hundreds of tea and coffee pots, many with fancy decorations; there is also a vast selection of tea and coffee accessories, tableware such as mustard pots, butter dishes, marmalades and jellies, sugar baskets, toast racks, pickle frames, egg frames, egg cups, caster sets, cruet frames (illustrated with a nice selection of the cut and pattern glass bottles and inserts), biscuit boxes, cake stands, waiters, cups and mugs, several earthenware jugs with silver plated mounts, jug stands, goblets, prize cups, hot water jugs, coffin plates, communion wares, salts, mustards and peppers, dram flasks, puff boxes, tobacco jars, inkstands, snuff and soap boxes, candlesticks, flower stands (including some with glass inserts illustrated), fruit stands, and several brilliantly colored plates illustrating table frames such as jellies, egg cup frames, mustards, etc., with ceramic inserts in blue on white (Meissen style), and willow patterned ware; there is another fantastic color plate illustrating silver-plate flower stands with peachblow inserts; the 1888 supplement includes two colored plates, one with flower stands with amberina or peachblow inserts and the other with night lamps with peachblow shades; the 1888 supplement also includes some b&w plates of fantastic epergnes, centerpieces and lamps, some with glass shades and inserts. 7.5"x11", 3 pages (index) +36 text pages describing 88 lithographed plates, 3 of them colored; plus the 1888 Supplement with 24 plates, 2 of them colored.

Phillips, John Marshall. Early Connecticut Silver. 1700-1830. New Haven; Gallery of Fine Arts, Yale University: 1935. Catalog of a loan exhibition which was part of the Connecticut Tercentenary festivities. The first exhibition devoted to Connecticut silver, this was largely based on the (then) recently acquired Garvan Collection, with substantial loans from other institutions, churches and private collectors. The work of some 70 silversmiths was represented, and although many of the pieces would be illustrated in other later catalogs, Phillips' introductory text is well worth reading. Softcover. 7.5"x10", 37 pages, b/w illustrations.

Phillips, John Marshall. Masterpieces of New England Silver 1650-1800. Yale University, Gallery of Fine Arts: 1939. An early loan exhibition which was catalogued and introduced by Phillips.The exhibition totaled 250 examples, including 24 examples of Colonial goldwork which are described but not illustrated. Also included were several portraits and miniatures of Paul Revere, Nathaniel Hurd and Edward Winslow. Softcover. 6.5"x9.5", 97 pages plus 16 b/w plates.

Phillips, John Marshall. The Magazine Antiques Presents the Hundred Masterpieces of American Silver. New York; The Magazine Antiques: 1949. A scarce compilation which reproduces material which appeared in the December, 1948 and February, April and July, 1949 issues of the Magazine Antiques, with additional introductory material based on Phillips' lecture at the Forum on Antiques and Decorations at Williamsburg in 1949. Softcover. 9.5"x12", 24 pages, b/w illustrations.

Phillips, John Marshall. American Silver. New York; Chanticleer Press: 1949. Although a short book, this is still acclaimed as one of the best histories of American silver ever written. A cornerstone work by a researcher who died before his other efforts were completed. Hardcover. 6.5"x9", 128 pages, color frontispiece and 32 b/w plates.

Phillips, John Marshall, Barbara N. Parker & Kathryn C. Buhler (eds.). The Waldron Phoenix Belknap, Jr. Collection of Portraits and Silver. With a Note on the Discoveries of Waldron Phoenix Belknap, Jr. Concerning the Influence of the English Mezzotint on Colonial Painting. Cambridge; Harvard University Press: 1955. This catalog was begun by John Marshall Phillips and completed after his death by Barbara Parker and Kathryn Buhler. The silver includes more than 35 pieces, of which 24 are illustrated, with their marks; the majority are by New York area silversmiths of the 18th century. In addition, the editors have transcribed a series of notes on New York silversmiths which Mr. Belknap made in his copy of Currier's "Marks of Early American Silversmiths". Hardcover. 8"x10.5", 177 pages, b/w plates, dj.

Phillips, John Marshall. Early American Silver Selected from the Mabel Brady Garvan Collection, Yale University. Yale University Art Gallery: 1960. John Marshall Phillips was one of the foremost experts on American silver in the mid-20th century, and was curator of the Mabel Brady Garvan Collection from 1935 until his untimely death in 1953. The Garvan Collection is thought by many to be the single finest collection of early American silver ever assembled, and it should, by rights, have been catalogued by its first scholarly custodian, but such was not to be. That is not to denigrate the exceptional and sympathetic work done by Graham Hood and Kathryn Buhler who did eventually catalog the collection in a very magnum opus, still a model of cataloging perfection. But still... one would like to know what Mr. Phillips would have created, given the opportunity. As a clue we have this, a reissue of an essay he wrote about the collection for The Connoisseur Yearbook in 1952, the year before he died, with additional illustrations. Phillips early death cut short his work as an author on the subject he loved and knew so well, but tantalizing exceptions remain, of which this is one. Softcover. 7"x7", 43 pages, b/w illustrations.

Pickford, Ian. Jackson's Silver and Gold Marks of England, Scotland & Ireland. Woodbridge; Antique Collector's Club: 2002. Revised edition."Sir Charles Jackson's 'English Goldsmiths and Their Marks' has long been the classic reference book on British antique silver hallmarks. First written in 1905, it was a mammoth work which remained in print unchanged for many years. This major new edition has been compiled by a distinguished team of experts to take account of the vast store of information which has been unearthed as a result of much detailed and wide-ranging research over the last seventy years. The text has been extensively updated with over 10,000 corrections and an enormous amount of entirely new material. There are not many standard reference works which survive for eighty years without being displaced. This revision will reconfirm Jackson's status as the bible for all antique silver enthusiasts. Hardcover. 8.5"x11", 766 pages, 400 b/w illustrations and 15,000 marks, dj.

Pickman Silver. The Pickman Silver deposited with the Essex Institute, December, 1902. Reprinted from the Historical Collections of the Essex Institute, Vol. XXXIX, No.2, 1902. An offprint describing how two magnificent pieces of colonial silver -a two-handled covered presentation cup and a montieth, were returned to Massachusetts as part of a bequest. As is often the case with scholarly material of this period, great attention is given to the history of the Pickman family in Colonial times as well as the houses they lived in, and little attention is given to the silver itself. The cup is pictured on the frontispiece and the montieth in a small halftone in the text. Hardcover. 6.5"x9.5", 23 pages plus 6 b/w plates and one b/w illustration in the text.

Piers, Harry & Donald C. Mackay. Master Goldsmiths and Silversmiths of Nova Scotia and Their Marks. Halifax; The Antiquarian Club: 1948. A pioneering work, along with Traquair, on the history of Canadian silversmithing. The book is based on a paper Harry Piers read before the Nova Scotia Historical Society in 1939. After his death in 1940, Donald Mackay expanded and updated his notes with new material for the publication of this book. The text includes biographies of many smiths, and the illustrations include not only silver but also jewelry. Interestingly, an acknowledgment note thanks the future dean of scholars on Canadian silver, John Langdon, for his help. Hardcover. 6.5"x9.5", 161 pages, 60 b/w plates.

Pisanello to Soldani. Commemorative Medallions 1446-1710. London; Cyril Humphries: [1994]. A very nicely produced dealer's catalog with the feel of a museum exhibition catalog. 130 15th-18th century Italian commemorative medallions are illustrated and described. Softcover. 7.5"x10", 127 pages, b/w illustrations; near fine, with several small institutional stamps. Inserted price list.

Plass, Margaret W. African Miniatures. The Goldweights of the Ashanti. The cast-brass goldweights of the Ashanti are miniature artworks of great beauty, originality and often whimsy. This exensive pictorial study includes an explanatory and historical text, but it is the illustrations themselves which speak for the art of this craft. There are weights in the form of locusts, ships, charms, scorpions, fish and other animals, people doing various things, and many other forms. An intriguing book. London; Lund Humphries:1967. 7.5"x10", 26 pages of text plus 166 b&w illustrations, dj.

Pleasants, J. Hall & Howard Sill. Maryland Silversmiths 1715-1830. With Illustrations of Their Silver and Their Marks and with a Facsimile of the Design Book of William Farris. Baltimore; 1930. Printed by the Lord Baltimore Press in an edition of 300 copies. An important regional study, but more than that, because the authors' text delves into facets of silversmithing which were common to all Colonial and Federal silversmiths. Research into original records and histories provided an overview of the silversmiths' lives and work which should be read by any student of American silver. An important history as well as a handsome example of bookmaking. Hardcover. 9.5"x12.5", 324 pages, plus 67 b/w plates.

Pleasants, J. Hall & Howard Sill. Maryland Silversmiths 1715-1830. With Illustrations of Their Silver and Their Marks and with a Facsimile of the Design Book of William Farris. Harrison; Robert Alan Green: 1972. Edition limited to 1000 copies. A facsimile of the very limited 1930 edition, with a new introduction by Col. Green.  Hardcover. 8.5"x11", 324 pages, b/w illustrations, dj.

Poliakoff, Miranda. Silver Toys & Miniatures. London; Victoria & Albert Museum: nd (1980s). A nicely illustrated little survey of antique English and Dutch silver "toys" and miniatures, delicate and skillfully-made pint-sized replicas of teapots, cutlery, table wares, candlesticks, and furniture, made for dollhouse and other display. Hardcover. 6"x8", 48 pages, color and b/w illustrations.

Pollard, J.G. Matthew Boulton and J.-P. Droz (and) Matthew Boulton and the Reducing Machine in England (in) The Numismatic Chronicle, 7th series, Vol. 8 (1968) and 7th series, Vol.11 (1971). Two articles concerning the well-known silversmith/inventor/manufacturer's work with the English Mint. These yearbooks also contain many other interesting articles on antique and ancient coins. 2 volumes.

Pope-Hennessy, John, et al. Victorian Church Art. London; Victoria & Albert Museum: 1971. Much more than just an exhibition of ecclesiastical gew-ga's, this was an important examination of some of the finest examples of Victorian design, focusing largely on the Gothic and Medievalist revival styles. The objects, their creators and practitioners are all minutely examined and discussed in this scholarly catalog which is filled with illustrations. A blockbuster exhibition and catalog. Softcover. 8.5"x11.5", 184 pages, profusely illustrated in b/w.

Porny. The Elements of Heraldry... London; printed for Thomas Carnan:1787. 4th edition. A complete guide for the 18th century heraldry enthusiast, with plates illustrating different types of crests, arms, shields, decorative elements, and so on. There is also an historical outline of heraldry, an explanation of the various arms, blazons, figures, and ornaments, rules of heraldic design, lists of families with arms, and an extended dictionary of technical terms used in heraldry. 5.5"x8.5", 284 + (76) pages with engraved illustrations in the text, plus 25 plates.

Postnikova-Losseva, M.M., N.G. Platonova, & B.L. Ulianova. L'Orfevrerie et la Bijouterie au XV-XX ss. (Territoire de l'URSS). Moscow; Edition Nauka: 1983. A pretty well illustrated study of Russian gold and silver of the 15th-20th centuries. The text is Cyrillic, but as well over half the book is devoted to city and silversmiths' marks, this is not as large a problem as you might think... Also, the picture captions are given in French. Hardcover. 9"x12", 374 pages, b/w and color illustrations, dj.

Postnikova-Losseva, M.M. & N.G. Platonova & B.L. Ulianova. L'Orfevrerie et la Bijouterie au XV-XX ss. [Territoire de l'URSS]. Moscow; Edition "Unves Trio": 1995. A massive mark book. There is also an extensive text in Cyrillic, and picture captions in French. The most valuable thing about this book however, is the 200+ page section of silversmith's marks. 8.5"x12", 373+ pages, b/w illustrations and marks. Hardcover.

Prime, Alfred Coxe. The Arts & Crafts in Philadelphia, Maryland and South Carolina 1721-1785 [with] The Arts & Crafts in Philadelphia, Maryland and South Carolina 1786-1800. Series Two. The Walpole Society: 1929. Edition limited to 500 copies printed at the Wayside Press [and] 1932, edition limited to 400 copies. An important documentation of Colonial and Federal-era artisans and tradesmen, based on an extensive search of period newspaper advertisements and announcements. Topics include painters, miniaturists, engravers, maps, silversmiths, pewterers, ceramics, glassware, cabinetmakers, upholsterers, carvers & gilders, clock & watch makers, wall paper, architects, house painting & glazing, sign painting, stone cutters, composition, and stucco work. Hardcover. 2 volumes, 6.5"x9.5", xvi + 323 pages plus 43 b/w plates [and] xii + 331 pages, plus 28 b/w plates.

Prime, Alfred Coxe. The Arts & Crafts in Philadelphia, Maryland and South Carolina 1721-1785 (with) The Arts & Crafts in Philadelphia, Maryland and South Carolina 1786-1800. Series Two. New York; Da Capo Press: 1969. Facsimiles of the original 1929 and 1932 limited editions.  Hardcover. 2 volumes, 6.5"x9.5", xvi + 323 pages plus 43 b/w plates (and) xii + 331 pages, plus 28 b/w plates.

Prime, Mrs. Alfred C. Three Centuries of Historic Silver. Loan Exhibitions under the Auspices of the Pennsylvania Society of the Colonial Dames of America. Philadelphia: 1938. Edition limited to 1000 copies. A combined catalog of the work exhibited in the 1929 and 1937 loan exhibitions, which drew on many private and public collections. The short Foreword is by John Marshall Phillips. The two exhibitions spanned the centuries of Philadelphia silversmith's work, including 17th, 18th and 19th century examples, right into the early Victorian period, although the illustrations are confined to 17th and 18th centuries, and a few Federal period examples. The silversmiths represented include not only Philadelphia, but also other, makers, including several foreign examples. The main text of the catalog comprises an alphabetical listing of the silversmiths, with some biographical information and descriptions of the pieces by them which are included in the exhibitions; there is a brief mark section, based on Ensko. Hardcover. 6.5"x9.5", 191 pages, b/w illustrations.

Prime, Phoebe Phillips. Philadelphia Silver 1682-1800. Philadelphia Museum Bulletin: Spring, 1956. A major loan exhibition celebrating the arts of Philadelphia silversmiths. There are 55 silversmiths represented by 595 pieces of silver here; the size of the catalog prevents all but the briefest descriptions, but the 26 b/w plates help a bit. Prime's Prefatory Note is more enthusiastic than informative, but the importance of the exhibition remains. Softcover. 6.5"x9.5", 32 pages, 26 b/w illustrations.

[Princess Royal Collection] Important Old English Silver, The Property of Her Late Royal Highness The Princess Royal, and others. London; Christie's: July 6,l 1966. Includes a George I Ambassadorial table service (which was actually the property of Dorothy Killam). Softcover. 7"x9.5", 43 pages plus 22 b/w plates, 1 folding.

A Private Collection of English and Scottish Silver. New York; Sotheby's: April 23, 1993. A fine selection of Queen Anne and Georgian silver with a James I silver-gilt wine cup and an Elizabethan silver-mounted tigerware jug thrown in as well. Nice stuff. Softcover. 8"x10.5", 36+ pages, 90 lots (numbered 239 thru 329), b/w and some color illustrations.

Prucha, Francis Paul. Indian Peace Medals in American History. Lincoln & London; University of Nebraska Press: 1971. "Following the practice of the French, Spanish and British in the New World, the United States government presented Indian peace medals to important chiefs and warriors as symbols of attachment to the new nation... The use of the medals reflected American relations with the Indians, and the history of American Indian policy is written in the history of the medals. Designed by the best artists of the day, they comprise a gallery of the Presidents, for medals were struck with the portraits of Presidents from Washington to Benjamin Harrison The reverses of the medals with their symbolic representations of peace and friendship...are of great iconographic interest." Francis Paul Prucha was a professor of history at Marquette University and the author of more than ten books on American frontier and Indian history. 8.5"x10.5", 186 pages, b&w illustrations, dj.

Pugin, A Welby. Designs for Gold & Silversmiths. London: Ackermann & Co, 1836. 9.5"x11", 28 engraved plates.

Puig, Francis & Michael Conforti (eds.). The American Craftsman and the European Tradition, 1620-1820. Minneapolis Institute of Arts: 1989. An extremely important exhibition and series of essays. Most of the focus is on furniture, with essays by Robert Trent, Morrison Hecksher, Francis Puig, Donna Pierce, and Gregory Wiedman. In addition, Gary Nash and Barbara Ward contribute overviews of the main theme, and there are separate essays on silver by Barbara Ward and Gerald Ward, American glass by Arlene Palmer, and American china by Graham Hood. Hardcover. 9"x11", 295 pages, color and b/w illustrations, dj.

Puig, Francis J., et al. English and American Silver in the Collection of the Minneapolis Institute of Arts. Minneapolis Institute of Arts: 1989. Includes separate sections on the American, English, Provincial English, Scottish, Irish, and toy silver. The contributors included Gerald W.R. Ward, Judith Banister, and David McFadden. Softcover. 8.5"x11", 312 pages, b/w illustrations.

Pulos, Arthur J. & Marvin D. Schwartz. Elias Pelletreau. Long Island Silversmith and His Sources of Design. Brooklyn Museum: 1959. A loan exhibition which showed Pelletreau's work and its' relationship to other 18th century silver design. Arthur Pulos gives an overview of 18th century silversmithing techniques in the first essay, and Marvin Schwartz discusses Pelletrau's life and sources of design in the second and third essays. There were 82 pieces of Pelletrau silver in the exhibition, 26 of which are illustrated. Softcover. 6"x9", 40 pages, 29 b/w illustrations.

Pulsky, Charles, Eugene Radisics & Emile Molinier. Chefs-d'Oeuvre d'Orfevrerie ayant figure a l'Exposition de Budapest. Paris; A. Levy: nd (ca.1880). A very beautiful, impressive and massive catalog illustrating the 16th, 17th and 18th century gold and silverwork, enamels, jewelry, and other vertu such as rock crystal set in gold and silver mounts, exhibited at the Budapest Exhibition. The majority of the work is German, although there is also Hungarian, French, Italian and Spanish work represented. Each piece is illustrated on a full-page plate, the plates consisting of a mix of etchings, chromolithographs and photogravures, mounted on stubs. The text is well printed, featuring fantastical decorative initials and reproductions of the marks. The plates themselves are exquisite, as are the objects they illustrate, which include a wide variety of secular and ecclesiastical objects, from the useful and handsome to the fantastic and totally-over-the-top. A wonderful set for the silver enthusiast. 2 volumes; 12"x16"; Vol. 1- 160 pages plus 80 plates; Vol. 2- 137 + 10 pages plus 70 plates.

Quimby, Ian M.G. & Dianne Johnson. American Silver at Winterthur. Winterthur / University Press of Virginia: 1995. A treat for silver lovers. The crystal-clear photographs display the beauty and elegance of this wonderful silver to its fullest advantage. There are essays on style, use and scientific analysis, and the creation of the collection at Winterthur. The catalog itself is arranged by region, and each piece is beautifully photographed and meticulously described, with information on size, weight, physical properties, fabrication methods, engraving, stamps, history, exhibitions, provenance, and spectrographic analysis. There is extensive biographical information on 162 silversmiths. A model catalog of an important collection. Hardcover. 9.5"x11.5", 490 pages, color frontispiece and hundreds of b/w illustrations; dj.

Quimby, Maureen O'Brien, et al, et al. Technological Innovation and the Decorative Arts. Hagley Museum / Winterthur: 1973. Catalog which accompanied an exhibition exploring how the transition from handwork to machine work affected the furniture, wallpaper, gun, clock, iron, glass, silver, and textile printing industries. Softcover. 8"x8.5", 80 pages, b/w illustrations.

R., B.W. Bottle-Tickets. London; HMSO: 1958. 1st Edition. One of those charming picture books the V&A put out, featuring their collections. This one includes a short essay and 26 b/w plates, illustrating (mostly) silver, ceramics, and exotic examples from the collection formed by P.J. Cropper. Softcover. 7"x5", 5 pages plus 26 b/w plates.

Rabinovitch, Benton Seymour. Contemporary Silver. Commissioning. Designing. Collecting. London; Merrell Publishers: 2000. A sumptuous feast of a book for the silver lover, filled with gorgeous photographs of unique and surprising fantasies on the theme of the broad-bladed silver server. Rabinovitch, author of a book on antique broad-bladed silver servers, commissioned more than 60 new servers from a variety of working silver craftsmen, and the results are stunning and provocative. The text describes each server and the silversmiths' ideas in creating it, and also explores the relationship between artist and patron, and even how to become a patron, on a large or small scale, yourself. A fun book which silver lovers will spend hours going through again and again. Hardcover. 9.5"x10", 160 pages, color illustrations, dj.

Rabinovitch, 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 in on English examples, with American and European pieces also illustrated. 8.5"x11", 291 pages, 400 b&w illustrations, dj.

Rainwater, Dorothy. American Silver Manufacturers. Their Marks, Trademarks and History. Hanover: Everybody's Press, 1966. 6.5"x9", 223 pages.

Rainwater, Dorothy. (ed.). Sterling Silver Hollowware. Des Moines; Wallace-Homestead: 1973. Reproductions of pages from the trade catalogs of Samuel Kirk (1849, 51 and 68); Gorham (1888); Gorham Martele (1900); and Unger Bros. (1904). Softcover. 8.5"x11", about 200 pages, b/w illustrations.

Rainwater, Dorothy & Donna Felger. American Spoons, Souvenir and Historical. Camden: Thomas Nelson, 1972, 2nd ptg, 7"x10", 416 pages, several color and hundreds of b&w illus, dj.

Rainwater, Dorothy T. & Donna H. Felger. A Collector's Guide to Spoons Around the World. Hanover; Everybody's Press: 1976. The Bible for souvenir spoon collectors, with more than 2,000 spoons illustrated and described. Hardcover. 7"x10", 406 pages, loaded with b/w illustrations, dj.

Randall, Richard H., Jr. The Decorative Arts of New Hampshire, 1725-1825. Manchester; Currier Gallery of Art: 1964. An important loan exhibition which included furniture, silver, paintings, clocks, etc. Softcover. 7.5"x10", 73 pages, 106 b&w illustrations.

Ransome-Wallis, Rosemary. Matthew Boulton and the Toymakers. Silver from the Birmingham Assay Office. London: 1982. Catalog of an exhibition at Goldsmiths' Hall. This collection features an outstanding selection of Birmingham silver of the late 18th century and Regency periods. Softcover. 8.5"x12", 96 pages, profusely illustrated in b/w.

Rea Collection. Catalogue of Silver presented to the Pennsylvania Museum by Samuel Rea, Esq. Philadelphia; The Pennsylvania Museum:1926. A collection of fine early English, Scottish and Irish silver. Samuel Woodhouse Jr. wrote the foreword. 5.25"x8", 19 pages plus 2 b&w plates; several line illustrations of spoon forms in the text.

Redman, William. Illustrated Hand Book of Information on Money Currency & Precious Metals; Monetary Systems of the Principal Countries of the World. Hall-Marks and Date-Letters from 1509 to 1920 on Ecclesiastical and Domestic Plate: Stocks of Money in the World; Wealth of Nations, and per Capita; and other useful and interesting iformation in connection with the Banks, the Mints, and the Assay Offies of England, Ireland, Scotland. Bradford; W. Redmond:1920. Redman contains much interesting historical information on silver and gold in England and other countries, and is a valuable source for the researcher. Many pieces of antique plate are illustrated, and we should remember that the stylistic development, construction, forms and especially survival of silver and gold plate was very much influenced by many of the other factors discussed here. 6"x9", 208 pages, b&w illustrations.

Reed & Barton Co. Catalogue No. 38, 1911-12. New York; Reed & Barton:1911. A catalog of flatware, table wares, dresser sets, tea and coffee sets, some jewelry, watches, lamps, etc., all sold at the New York store. The frontispieces show the Reed & Barton Building and an interior of the store, and another plate shows the factory at Taunton. 5"x7", 139 pages, illustrated throughout in b&w.

(Reed & Barton) Silver Blossoms. Taunton; Reed & Barton:nd (ca.1903). A small but nicely illustrated catalog of the Silver Blossom line of sterling dishes, each shaped like a different flower blossom. Quite nice. 3.5"x5.25", 216 pages, b&w illustrations, softcover.

(Reed & Barton) Silverware -the Autocrat of Every Table. Taunton: Reed & Barton, 1926. 6"x9", 44 pgs, b&w illus of individual pieces and table settings. In original cardboard shipping case.

Reed, Helen S., et al. Church Silver of Colonial Virginia. The Virginia Museum:1970. A loan exhibition of 18th century English silver used in Colonial Virginia. 10"x8.5", 112 pages, b&w illustrations, softcover.

Report of the Director of the Mint upon the Production of the Precious Metals in the United States during the Calendar Year 1885. Washington; GPO:1886. A complete picture of silver and gold production, including a statistical rundown state-by-state for the silver and gold-producing states; in some cases the listings are by county, and even by individual mine, making this a treasure trove for the researcher. There is also much material included regarding the costs of the various aspects of mining, refining, etc. 6"x9", 317 pages; covers soiled and stained, some interior staining; a working copy. With- the reports for 1886 (cover stains); 1887 (spine label); 1889 (spine label). Also with- Daily Highest and Lowest Prices of Gold at New York for the Four Years from Jan. 1, 1862 to Jan. 1, 1866. And Movements of Treasure at New York for the last seven years. New York; Commercial and Financial Chronicle:nd (1866). 6"x9", 16 pages, softcover.

Reutlinger, Dagmar E. The Colonial Epoch in America. Worcester Art Museum: 1976. The Worcester museum's Bicentennial exhibition, focusing on Colonial fine and decorative arts, including silver, furniture, textiles, glass, etc. Softcover. 7"x9",79 pages, many b/w illustrations.

Rheinische Goldschmiedekunst der Renaissance - und Barockzeit. Rheinisches Landesmuseum, 1975. 6"x8", 195 pages plus 199 b&w illus and 4 plates of marks, softcover.

[Rice Collection] The Important Collection of English Silver belonging to Mrs. A Hamilton Rice. NY: Parke-Bernet, May 6, 1965. 7.5"x10.5", 65 pages, 246 lots, b&w illus, softcover.

Rice, Norman S. Albany Silver, 1652-1825. Albany Institute of Art: 1964. The catalog of a loan exhibition, with contributions by Laurence McKinney and Kathryn Buhler. Biographies of silversmiths and firms are provided, as are marks and an extensive, if specialized, bibliography. Softcover. 8"x10", 81 pages, 155+ b/w illustrations.

Rich, Daniel C., et al. From Colony to Nation. An Exhibition of American Painting, Silver and Architecture from 1650 to the War of 1812. Art Institute of Chicago: 1949. A very important early Americana exhibition, with essays on American painting by Hans Huth and Frederick A. Sweet, American silver by Meyric Rogers, and architecture by Turpin C. Bannister. Softcover. 7.5"x10", 140 pages, many b/w illustrations.

Ricketts, Howard. Antique Gold and Enamelware in Color. Garden City; Doubleday: 1971. A beautifully illustrated survey of 18th, 19th, and 20th century enamels, including snuff and patch boxes, cups, scent bottles, frames and numerous other types of small, precious "objets de vertu". The color plates are large and detailed. An enjoyable book. Hardcover. 9"x12", 124 pages, profusely illustrated in color; dj; bibliography.

Rivet, P. & H. Arsandaux. La Metallurgie en Amerique Precolombienne. Paris; Institut d'Tehnologie:1946. 7.5"x11", 254 pages, several b&w illustrations.

Roach, Ruth Hunter. St. Louis Silversmiths. np; privately published: 1967. Extensive notes regarding 18 identified craftsmen and firms, as well as listings for many others about whom less was known. With interesting information on trade silver, inventories, etc. Hardcover. 7"x10.5", 107 pages, 53 b/w illustrations.

Robertson, R.A. Old Sheffield Plate. London; Ernest Benn Ltd.:1957. A "practical illustrated handbook" with historical background, marks, many b&w plates, etc. 5.5"x8", 190 pages, 25 b&w plates.

Rosenbaum, Jeanette W. Myer Myers, Goldsmith. 1723-1795. Philadelphia; The Jewish Publication Society of America: 1954. A very good study of the life and work of this very talented and successful New York silversmith. Hardcover. 8"x11", 141 pages, 12 b/w illustrations plus 30 b/w plates, many illustrating multiple pieces.

Rosenberg, Marc. Der Goldschmiede Merkzeichen. Frankfurt; Frankfurter Verlags Anstalt A.G.: 1922. The definitive reference to German silversmiths marks. The first three volumes contain smith and city hallmarks from the German states, by city. Volume 4 covers the rest of Europe, by country. Hardcover. 4 volumes. 6"x8.5", 338; 405; 429; 821 pages; b/w illustrations; marks; djs.

Ross, Marvin C. The Art of Karl Faberge and His Contemporaries, Russian Imperial Portraits and Mementoes, Imperial Decorations and Watches -The Collections of Marjorie Merriweather Post. Norman; University of Oklahoma Press: 1965. "The collections of Marjorie Merriweather Post are among the most important ever assembled. This book deals mainly with Karl Faberge and his contemporary goldsmiths and silversmiths. Also represented are Russian imperial mementoes and portraits, and decorations and watches. Mrs. Post acquired her first Faberge object in 1927, and in 1931 her daughter gave her Faberge's imperial "Pink Egg" made in 1914. Her great interest in and systematic study of these art objects were given full expression during an extended stay in Russia, from 1936 to 1938". An important catalog for the Faberge lover, and a small but fierce book. Hardcover. 6.5"x9.5", 238 pages, color and b/w illustrations, dj.

Roth, H. Ling. Oriental Silverwork: Malay and Chinese. A Handbook for Connoisseurs, Collectors, Students and Silversmiths. London; Truslove & Hanson Ltd.: 1910. H. Ling Roth was Curator at the Bankfield Museum in Halifax, and was able to locate a large private collection of Malay silver which he made the focus of an exhibition at the museum several years before he wrote this book. This book is a loving tribute to the art of the Malay silversmith, illustrated with examples from the collections of Cecil Wray, W.A. Luning, Leonard Wray and Dr. Chas. Hose. Roth was an eager student and keen observer, and includes a very perceptive and enthusiastic introduction in which he explains the techniques employed by the smiths of the Malay peninsula, and the place silver has in the lives of its owners there. The catalog of pieces features clear photographs and descriptions which run from thumbnail length to extensive, with Roth's deep knowledge of, and appreciation for, the Malay work very evident. Hardcover. 9"x11.5", 300 pages, 170 b/w illustrations.

Roth, H. Ling. Oriental Silverwork: Malay and Chinese. Kuala Lampur; University of Malaya Press:1966. A reprint of the 1910 edition. Hardcover. 8.5"x11", 300 pages, 170 b&w and line illustrations, dj.

Roupert, Louis. A suite of engraved Baroque designs for goldsmiths and metalworkers. Paris; Mariette: (1668). An imaginative suite of engraved designs for metalworkers by master goldsmith Louis Roupert of Metz, "dessinateur d'ornements et orfevre de la seconde moitie du XVIIe siecle, ne a Metz, mort a Paris. Les Musees de Berlin, de Paris et de Vienne possedent des dessins de cet artiste" (Benezit). The plates were engraved by Louis Coquin, signed as "Cossin", (1627-1686). This interesting engraver signed his plates variously as Cossin, Coquin, Cossinus, and Cauquin -"Parait avoir travaille en Hollande. Il a grave d'apres Raphael, Poussin, Lebrun, etc. Il vecut surtout a Paris" (ibid). Coquin was especially noted for his portraits, and engraved work for other designers, including Gedeon and Gilles L'Egare (Hind). The first plate in this interesting suite is an engraving after a portrait of Roupert by Pierre Rabon (1619-1684). The portrait features the goldsmith, garbed in flowing robes, his long hair draped carelessly across his shoulders, holding a plate of his own designs, standing beside a table on which are arranged his goldsmith's tools. A glass vase on the table holds flowers... but wait, those aren't flowers, they are engraved scrollworks! This spirit of whimsy pervades the entire suite of plates as cherubs carry oversized scrolls like tree limbs, light verse puns the illustrations, and an artist sits under a tree sketching Arabic ornaments which hang in the air above his head. Naturalistic in feel, the designs are light and breezy, but intricate and the work of a master. An imaginative and lighthearted set of designs which would have been used by gold and silversmiths as well as ironworkers. The Berlin Catalogue records this work, and OCLC lists 3 sets of the suite in US libraries and 2 in France. Berlin Cat.833. 12.5"x8", 7 leaves, disbound but enclosed in a new folding cloth case.

Rowe, Robert. Adam Silver, 1765-1795. New York; Taplinger Publishing: 1965. The American edition of this Faber title. Neo-classic architectural concepts as applied to silver, for better or worse... Hardcover. 6.5"x10", 94 pages plus a color frontispiece and 96 b/w plates, dj.

Rupert, Charles G. Apostle Spoons. Their Evolution from Earlier Types, and the Emblems Used by the Silversmiths for the Apostles. London; Oxford University Press:1929. A 16th and early 17th century form, the Apostle spoon featured a figure of one of the Saints, something of a carry-over from paintings of the time. This charming study still has value today. 6.5"x10", xi + 36 pages plus 23 b&w plates.

Russell, John. A Complete and Useful Book of Cyphers wherein The various Combinations of the Alphabet are Ornamentally disposed In the Present Taste; Beautifully Engraved on Twenty-four Copper Plates by John Russell. Also a Print of the Emperor Charlemagne's Crown. London; Robert Sayer:nd (ca.1794). A design book of interwoven initials; each plate illustrates a large set, surrounded by 24 smaller examples. The large examples are very finely engraved and feature restrained florals, leaves, chains, and so on; very elegant. 11"x9", engraved title page plus 24 plates.

Russian Niello Art. 1972. A study of 14th-20th century Russian niello-decorated silver, very well illustrated, which is good, because most of the text is in Cyrillic. There is, thank God, a 1 page English summary, as well as English plate captions. Niello work is a difficult subject, and I don't know of any other study on Russian work of this type. 9"x12", 141 pages, 112 b&w and colored illustrations; pictorial boards.

(Russian silver) Russian Silver Wares of the XVIIth - the Beginning of the XXth Century in the State Hermitage Collection. Leningrad:1977. A massive pictorial survey, with short English captions and an English introductory text, as well as Russian, German and French text. 10"x12", 286 pages, 190 illustrations, mostly color.

Rybakov, B.A. Russian Applied Art of Tenth-Thirteenth Centuries. Leningrad; Aurora Art Publishers:1971. An extensively illustrated study of textiles, gold, silver and other metalwork, and enamels. The text includes an English translation. 9.5"x11", 128 pages, 161 b&w and color illustrations.

Ryland, Arthur. The Assay of Gold and Silver Wares: An Account of the Laws Relating to the Standards and Marks, and of the Existing Assay Offices. London; Smith, Elder and Co.: 1852. The first modern treatise on English assay and hallmark laws and their history. Ryland was the solicitor to the Birmingham Assay Office, and so was well situated to write on the subject. He also includes short chapters on Ireland and Scotland. Hardcover. 5.5"x8", xi + 212 pages, plus a 16-page catalog of other Smith, Elder titles.


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