Bibliography of books about
SILVER & SILVERSMITHS
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Safford, Frances Gruber. Colonial Silver in the American Wing. New York; Metropolitan Museum of Art: 1983. A special issue of the Summer, 1983 Bulletin, devoted to the Met's grand collection of American silver. This is an overview of the collection, illustrated with selected examples rather than a catalog of any type. The photography is very good, if at times just a bit dark. Softcover. 8.5"x11", 56 pages, b/w illustrations.
Sage, Balthazar G. Arte de Ensayer Oro y Plata... Madrid; Joachin Ibarra:1785. A Spanish translation of Sage's work on the refining and assaying of gold and silver. The Spanish translator was Doctor D. Casimiro Gomez de Ortega. The engraved plates include details of a coin scale, the interior of a cast column, and a cut-away view of a furnace. 5.5"x7.5", 98 pages, 4 engraved plates.
[Salomon Collection] The Renowned Collection of Jewish Ritual Silver belonging to Mrs. Mira New York; Parke-Bernet Galleries: December 6th,1949. Sale 1104.At the time of the sale this was "the most important corpus of Jewish silvehensiveness, but it effectively presents itself in the whole as a distinctive adevotion characteristic of Jewish religious and family life throughout the ages". Softcover. 7"x10", 66 pages, 248 lots, b/w illustrations.
Salter, John. Sauce Labels, 1750-1950. Woodbridge; Antique Collectors' Club: 2002. Silver sauce labels first became popular in the 1750s, and quickly gained a place on any well-appointed dinner table. This is the first detailed work on the subject of silver labels to adorn cruets - soy, vinegar and pickle bottles in the frame. Profusely illustrated and well-documented, this careful study will enthuse the glass-lover, silver collector and student of dining history. Salter examines the labels and illustrates hundreds of them, but he also delves into the garnishes and foods they were used for and how they were used and presented at table. Packed with photos of labels as well as old illustrations from vintage cookbooks and housekeeping manuals, this is a reference that has enough spice for the most adventurous of palates. Hardcover. 8.5"x12", 179 pages, color and b/w illustrations, dj; annotated.
Salter, John. Wine Labels 1730-2003. A Worldwide History. Woodbridge; Antique Collector's Club: 2005. This is the first comprehensive study of wine labels to be published since 1947, and it will become the standard study of the subject for decades to come. Written with the help of members of the Wine Label Circle, who have contributed to the text in accordance with their own specialist expertise, it explores the history of the development of not only the labels themselves, but also of the great collections. It examines the makers, places of manufacture and styles, and covers all sorts of labels, including silver, silver plate, gold, china, pottery, paktong, enamel, bone, aluminum, celluloid, brass, tin, gilt, mother-of-pearl, tortoiseshell, fabric, and other types of labels. A large, heavily illustrated, simply superb study. Hardcover. 8.5"x11" 600 pages, color and b/w illustrations, dj.
Santos, Dr. Reynaldo dos & Irene Quilho. Les Tresors de l'Orfevrerie du Portugal. Musee des Arts Decoratifs: 1954. An exhibition of Portuguese (and a small amount of French) silver, ecclesiastical and secular, from the 12th-early 19th centuries. With short essays (in French) on Portuguese silver by Dr. Reynaldo Dos Santos and Portuguese hallmarks by Irene Quilho. Softcover. 6.25"x8.25", 96 pages + 193 b/w illustrations.
[Satra Corporation] Russian Works of Art...property of the Satra Corporation, and other sources. New York; Parke-Bernet Galleries: October 27-28th, 1970.An outstanding auction, featuring an unusually large selection of fine and rare porcelain and glass, silver, bronzes, commemorative medals, objets de vertu, enamels, and Faberge. Softcover. 7"x10", 349 pages, 721 lots, b/w illustrations.
[Saulcy, Louis Felicien Joseph Caignart de]. Souvenirs Numismatiques de la Revolution de 1848. Recueil Complet des Medailles, Monnaies et Jetons qui ont paru en France depuis le 22 Fevrier jusqu'au 20 Decembre 1848. Paris; Chez J. Rousseau: nd (1850). A well illustrated survey of medallions and medals struck in commemoration of the French Revolution of 1848. First issued in parts in 1848, this appears to be the second, 1850 issue. de Saulcy was a prolific author and traveller, and spent much of his time in the Middle East, recording archeological sites and the cultures of the Holy Land and writing numerous books on the subject. Hardcover. 8.5"x11", 111 pages plus 60 lithographed plates.
Sawyer, Charles H., et al. Sasanian Silver. Late Antique and Early Mediaeval Arts of Luxury from Iran. University of Michigan Museum of Art:1967. An exhibition of very fine and imaginative silverwork, with some glass and textile work as well. 7.5"x10", 158 pages, b&w illustrations, softcover.
Scheffler, Wolfgang. Goldschmiede Niedersachsens. Daten. Werke. Zeichen. Berlin; Walter de Gruyter & Co.: 1965. The ultimate survey of South German / Saxon silver and goldsmiths, covering Hamburg, Emden, Hannover, Gottingen, Oldenberg and surrounding towns. Organized by city, each section lists information on known goldsmiths and provides their marks. Hardcovers. 2 volumes. 7"x9.5", 1,258 pages, plus 12 b/w plates with 29 illustrations; folding map; marks.
Schild, Joan Lynn. Silversmiths of Rochester. Rochester Museum of Arts and Sciences: 1944. This fine small study, inspired when George Barton Cutten commented that what Rochester needed was not a good 5 cent cigar, but a book about its silversmiths, includes short biographies or listings of 42 silversmiths or firms, eight of which also have more extended biographies. Softcover. 6"x9", 32 pages, b/w illustrations; marks.
[Schmidt & Son] The Entire Contents of the Well-Known Fifth Avenue Store of A. Schmidt & Son. New York; Parke-Bernet Galleries; February 13-14th, 1948. Sale 932.The contents of the noted Fifth Avenue store of this silver retailer, stocked with fine Georgian silver & Sheffield plate, as well as some reproduction silver, fine porcelains, etc. Softcover. 6.5"x9.5", 78 pages, 414 lots, b/w illustrations.
Schnadig; Victor K. American Victorian Figural Napkin Rings. Des Moines; Wallace-Homestead Book Company: 1971. What Victorian-era dinner would be complete without a whimsical, charming or cute-as-a-button silver or silver-plate napkin ring to hold that fine linen napkin? This, the single authoritative book on the subject, has everything that Victorians or Victorian-wannabes need to complete their dining table in style- Cupids with arrows alive in their quivers; birds with worms, all set for their dinners; deer, sheep, and cows, cats and dogs (all aquiver), wagons pulled by storks (but -alas! no Ford flivver... Hardcover. 8.5"x11", 153 pages, b/w illustrations, dj.
Schroder, Timothy B. The Francis E. Fowler, Jr. Collection of Silver. Los Angeles; Fowler Museum of Cultural History: 1991. The Fowler collection was mainly English & Irish, with European and American examples as well. An elegant catalog with superb photographs. Softcover. 8.5"x9.5", 115 pages, color and b/w illustrations.
Schroder, Timothy B. The Art of the European Goldsmith. Silver from the Schroder Collection. New York; American Federation of Arts: 1983. "The Schroder silver collection, which in its entirety includes approximately ninety-five objects dating from the thirteenth into the nineteenth centuries, has been cited as being one of the finest and most comprehensive private collections of the art of the European goldsmith." Softcover. 7.5"x11", 208 pages, color and b/w illustrations, marks.
Schroder, Timothy B. The Gilbert Collection of Gold and Silver. Los Angeles County Museum of Art / Thames & Hudson: 1988.Philanthropists Rosalinde and Arthur Gilbert passionately amassed what was probably the finest private collection of goldsmiths' work in the world. Early on they concentrated on Georgian silver -in particular 18th and early 19th century works by English masters Paul de Lamerie and Paul Storr- and later broadened the collection to survey English and Continental goldsmith's work from the Renaissance to the Victorian era. This 1988 volume is from the Los Angeles County Museum of Art, where pieces from the Gilbert Collection were displayed before Arthur donated them to his native Britain. It catalogs 175 exquisite items, from a very rare Tudor silver-gilt casting bottle, with tiny dragons holding its chain handle, to an enormous cup with scenes and figures commemorating the life of Lafayette, presented to his son George Washington Lafayette after his father's death. Here too are a collection of elegant German tankards; a cup carved from a coconut to look like a somewhat pudgy hawk, with jewels and silver wings; and a 17th-century wager cup shaped like a maiden, which was later fitted with a clockwork mechanism under her skirt so she could roll along the table. Many are seen in color plates; all are shown in a large main view with smaller detail views of noteworthy features and the smith's marks, and their provenance and construction are thoroughly described. Hardcover. 9.5"x11", 688 pages, filled with b/w and color illustrations, dj.
Schroder, Timothy. The Dowty Collection of Silver by Paul de Lamerie. Cheltenham Art Gallery & Museums: 1983. The Dowty Collection of de Lamerie's work, one of the more important private collections, had just been placed on long-term loan with the Gallery. Softcover. 7"x9.5", 23 pages, b/w illustrations.
Schroder, Timothy. The National Trust Book of English Domestic Silver 1500-1900. London; Penguin Books / National Trust: 1988. A discussion of silver and its development over 400 years, but mainly a social history of how it was used and how social and economic factors affected the taste of its patrons. Softcover. 6"x9", 338 pages, many b/w illustrations.
Schwartz, Jeri. Tussie Mussies: Victorian Posey Holders. Hartsdale; self-published: 1987. A well-illustrated guide to Victorian (mostly silver) "posey holders", small, decorative flower containers used to hold nosegays. No snide comments -this is serious stuff! Softcover. 6"x9", 26 pages, b/w illustrations.
Schwartz, Marvin D. Collector's Guide to Antique American Silver. New York; Bonanza Books: 1982. A handy, quick survey of American silver and silversmiths from 1650 to 1940. Hardcover. 5.5"x8", 174 pages, b/w illustrations, dj.
Schwarz, Robert D. The Stephen Girard Collection. A Selective Catalog. Philadelphia; Girard College: 1980. A scholarly catalog of the furnishings and decorations amassed by Stephen Girard between 1780 and 1820. Girard, a successful Philadelphia businessman, patronized many Philadelphia cabinetmakers, silversmiths and other artisans, and his collection was preserved intact, along with many of the original invoices, bills and other notes. This all provides an "unusually complete record of household furnishings reflecting a variety of styles and periods". This catalog, carefully prepared by Robert D. Schwarz, includes furniture, silver, ceramics, and other decorations. A scarce catalog. Softcover. 7.5"x10", 44 pages, many b/w and color illustrations; bibliography. Light wear and soil.  $150.00
Scott, Kenneth. Counterfeiting in Colonial America. New York; Oxford University Press:1957. This study includes a number of silversmiths who just couldn't resist the temptation to make dies for faking coins or plates for printing fake currency; a certain number of these became former-silversmiths by having their necks officially realigned. 5.5"x8", 283 pages, b&w plates, dj.
Scott, Kenneth. Counterfeiting in Colonial New York. New York; American Numismatic Society: 1955. The faking of coins and currency was a major problem in Colonial America -it has been estimated that more than 500 counterfeiters were operating in the colonies in the year 1768, and this may well be far too small a number. Silversmiths, blacksmiths, tinkers, engravers and other craftsmen who worked with metal and an engraver's tools were especially well suited to turn to the often-lucrative sideline of counterfeiting Colonial coins and currency, and although the bills said "Death to Counterfeit", the death penalty was rarely used in such cases. This scholarly study examines the counterfeits, and the men (and a few women) who created them in 17th and 18th century New York. Softcover. 6"x9", 222 pages, 13 b/w plates.
Scott, Kenneth. Counterfeiting in Colonial Pennsylvania. New York; American Numismatic Society: 1955. The faking of coins and currency was a major problem in Colonial America -it has been estimated that more than 500 counterfeiters were operating in the colonies in the year 1768, and this may well be far too small a number. Silversmiths, blacksmiths, tinkers, engravers and other craftsmen who worked with metal and an engraver's tools were especially well suited to turn to the often-lucrative sideline of counterfeiting Colonial coins and currency, and although the bills said "Death to Counterfeit", the death penalty was rarely used in such cases. This scholarly study examines the counterfeits, and the men (and a few women) who created them in 17th and 18th century Pennsylvania. Softcover. 6"x9", 168 pages, map.
Scott, Kenneth. Counterfeiting in Colonial Rhode Island. Providence; Rhode Island Historical Society: 1960. Silversmiths and others who just couldn't resist the temptation... Hardcover. 6"x9", 74 pages, plus 5 b/w plates.
Scott, Kenneth. Gideon Casey, Rhode Island Silversmith and Counterfeiter. [contained in] Rhode Island History: April, 1953. Rhode Island Historical Society. Softcover. 6"x9", pp.50-54 (article).
Scott, William. A Glance at the Historical Documents relating to the church of Saint Mark in Venice. Venice; Ferdinando Ongania: 1887. Bound with- "Le Tresor de la Basilique de Saint Marc a Venise" by Emile Molinier [Venice; Ferd, Ongania, Editeur: 1888], which includes mention of many silver reliquaries, candelabra, etc. Hardcover. 7.5"x10.5", 53 pages, and 106 pages; 2nd title with line illustrations; both volumes with their original softcovers bound in.
Seling, Helmut. Die Kunst der Augsburger Goldschmiede 1529-1868. Munchen: C H Beck, 1980. 3 vol.
Selz, Peter & Mildred Constantine (eds.). Art Nouveau. Art and Design at the Turn of the Century. New York; Museum of Modern Art/ Doubleday & Co.: 1959. An important catalog in the resurrection of Art Nouveau as a respected art movement. The exhibition kicked of at MoMA and then toured the Carnegie, the LA County Museum and the Baltimore Museum. The catalog included essays on graphic design, fine arts, decorative arts, architecture and a bibliography, as well as biographical notes on important figures and designers. 8.5"x10", 192 pages, loaded with b&w illustrations, dj.
Semon, Kurt, ed. A Treasury of Old Silver. New York: 1947.
[Senter Collection] Early American Historical Medals, Medals Presented to Indian Chiefs, Orders of Chivalry, Art Medals and Plaques, Collection of the Late Charles P. Senter, St. Louis, Mo. New York; American Art Association: October 27th, 1933. A very interesting collection including some nice Indian Peace Medals, many American 18th and 19th century medals of various types, also European orders and commemorative medals. 6."x9.5", 32 pages, 248 lots, 4 b&w plates illustrating 11 medals, including a 1795 Washington Peace Medal; softcover.
Sheffield Silver Plate Manufacturer's Trade Catalog. Sheffield; nd (ca.1790-1800). A superb example of a Sheffield plate maker's trade catalog issued, as was normal with these catalogs, anonymously. Many of the examples in this pattern book are illustrated life-size, and many feature the perspective peculiar to these types of catalogs, with the tops of candlesticks, for instance, curiously curved to show the pattern of the pan while the rest of the stick is seen side-on. This catalog features candlesticks in a variety of neo-classic styles, salt-cellars with pierced open work and ball and claw feet reminiscent of Chippendale chairs; goblets, plain and fancy; chambersticks; salvers; intricately pierced mustard pots, serving bowls and dishes; sturdy tankards for ale; some pierced-work desk sets; several fancy condiment sets with cut bottles; tea caddy spoons; a tea caddy; taper sticks; servers; a coffee urn; a grand covered pitcher; Adam-style tea pots and sugars; a plate of wine coasters and labels; a footed teapot and tea caddy; an elaborate food-warming frame; several beakers and Grecian-column-like candlesticks, and so on. Neo-classical styles predominate. Pattern numbers and sizes are noted for most of the items, and prices are written in in pen. 9.5"x14.5", 42 engraved plates, 2 of them folding plates; bound in original marbled wrappers.
Shepard, Lewis & David Paley. A Summary Catalogue of the Collection at the Mead Art Gallery, Amherst College. Middletown; Wesleyan University Press: 1978. Includes oils, watercolors and drawings as well as American furniture, silver, glass and other arts. Softcover. 10.5"x9", 252 pages, b/w and some color illustrations, softcover.
Sherman, Frederic Fairchild. Early Connecticut Artists & Craftsmen. New York; Privately Printed: 1925. Edition limited to 325 copies.Interesting as an early compilation of decorative arts craftsmen by a noted collector/author. It seem unlikely the reader will find new information here -most of the names were culled from other early sources. The silversmith listings, for instance, are based on Curtis' book, the artists come from French. But as a compilation it retains an interest and charm, especially as you look at the categories Sherman chose-architects, silversmiths, clockmakers, cabinetmakers, potters and pewterers are all here, but so are comb makers, painters of ship pictures, silhouette cutters and ship builders. The illustrations are also charming, and include a 17th century Hartford chest, and an 18th century "kissing mirror" with cut-out hearts. Sherman published many nicely-printed, extremely limited edition studies of art and artists, but he spent much more time writing about the fine arts than the decorative, and this was one of his only forays into this field. Hardcover. 5.25"x7.5", xiv + 78 pages, 10 b/w plates; slipcase.
Shure, David S. Hester Bateman, Queen of English Silversmiths. Garden City; Doubleday & Co.: 1959. Although she made little silver herself, Hester Bateman remains a shining name in the history of English silversmithing. Finding herself suddenly a widow at the age of 51, she took over her late-husband's modest silversmith shop and with a keen eye, firm hand and canny financial sense, turned it into a "gigantic" enterprise, employing her four sons and daughter-in-law, as well as others. Bateman silver is still regarded as fine stuff, and the name has acquired a mystique which survives to this day. This is the standard study of this remarkable Englishwoman, her family, and their work. Hardcover. 8.5"x11", 32 pages plus 87 b/w plates.
[Silver Spoons] A Sale of Fine Silver, Early Spoons, Old Sheffield Plate, & a Collection of Picture Back and Fancy Back Spoons. London; Phillips: January 31st, 1992. This sale featured a superb collection of 16th, 17th and 18th century English silver spoons. Softcover. 7"x9.5", 69 pages, 241 lots, many of the lots illustrated in b/w.
Simmons, William S. Cautantowwit's House. An Indian Burial Ground on the Island of Cananicut in Narragansett Bay. Providence: Brown University Press, 1970. 7"x8", 178 pages, b&w illustrations.
Singer, Paul. Early Chinese Gold & Silver. New York; China House Gallery: 1971. A loan exhibition of a wide range of articles, from the Shang through the Sung dynasties. Softcover. 8"x9", 72 pages, b/w illustrations.
Sizer, Theodore. John Marshall Phillips, 1905-1953. Reprinted from the 1953 Walpole Society Note Book. An exceedingly well-written and heartfelt tribute to the curator of the Garvan Collection at Yale, with a bibliography of his works. Phillips was a member of the Walpole Society and author of a number of articles on American silver and arts, as well as the catalogs for the "Early Connecticut Silver" (1935), "Masterpieces of New England Silver" (1939) and "The Smibert Tradition" (1949) exhibition catalogs. His one book, "American Silver" (1949) is a short treatise, but has been hailed as one of the best single (if concise) books on American silver. Softcover. 6"x9", 21 pages, 1 b/w plate.
Skerry, Janine E. Mechanization and Craft Structure in Nineteenth Century Silversmithing: The Laformes of Boston. University of Delaware (Winterthur): 1981. A master's thesis. Softcover. 6.5"x8", 72 pages, b/w illustrations.
Small Georgian Silver including Caddy Spoons, Vinaigrettes, Wine Labels, Skewers, Marrow Scoops and Miniature Silver. New York; Sotheby Parke Bernet: April 25th, 1972. Sale 3351. Softcover. 7"x10", 25 pages plus 11 b/w plates; 252 lots.
Smith, Georgiana Reynolds. Table Decoration. Yesterday, Today & Tomorrow. Rutland; Charles Tuttle Co.: 1968. A very popular and sweeping survey of the modes, fads and fancies of table decoration over the last four hundred years. The author's assignment to produce floral decorations for an 18th century table display set her on a quest for information- and resulted, hundreds of hours and much research later, in this sweeping, well illustrated survey of table decorations since the Middle Ages. Hardcover. 8"x10.5", 288 pages, 169 b/w and color illustrations, dj.
Smith, Helen Burr. Early American Silversmiths. A Collection of Articles Published by The New York Sun, Charles Messer Stow, Antiques Editor. np; nd: (self published, probably ca. 1941-2. Martha G. Fales writes in "Early American Silver" (p.310) - "Another source of information apt to be overlooked is the series of articles which appeared in the New York Sun from about 1938 to 1945. Written by Helen Burr Smith on a variety of subjects, these brief articles contain the results of her original research." This book was apparently assembled by Smith to give to friends. There are ten articles on colonial silversmiths, ranging in date from 1938 to 1941; the articles are mimeographed or otherwise copied from clippings of their newspaper appearances. The whole is neatly bound in dark blue cloth with gilt cover lettering. A somewhat crude but nonetheless very rare American silver book. Hardcover. 8.5"x11", 19 pages, b/w illustrations.
Smith, John Jay & John F. Watson. American Historical and Literary Curiosities; consisting of Fac-similes of original documents relating to the events of the Revolution, &c &c. with a variety of Reliques, Antiquities, and modern autographs. Philadelphia; W. Brotherhead:1861. 6th edition. In addition to reproductions of documents and letters there are also pictures of Washington on medals and a jug and Washington's engraved bookplate; many 18th century silhouettes; engraved paper money; title pages of books and reproductions of early newspapers; the Carver chair at Plymouth; and several pieces of silver including "the cream pot presented to Henry Hill by Dr. Franklin" and "William Penn's silver tea service" -very early illustrations of silver from American collections. 11.5"x14", 21 pages plus 69 lithographed plates.
Smith, Sidney Adair. Mobile Silversmiths and Jewelers 1820-1867. Historic Mobile Preservation Society: 1970. An interesting short essay on Mobile silversmiths and jewelers, drawing on material assembled by Mrs. Frances R. Summers, with many additions. Includes a 3-page listing of identified silversmiths & jewelers. An uncommon title. Softcover. 6.5"x9", 14 pages, b/w illustrations.
Smithurst, Peter. The Cutlery Industry. Shire Publications: 1987. Album #195. A concise, well-illustrated survey of the history, manufacturing processes, and working conditions of Britain's cutlery industry. Softcover. 6"x8", 32 pages, b/w illustrations.
Sniffin, Philip L. A Century of Silversmithing. Taunton: Reed & Barton, 1924. 6"x8.5", 45 pages, b&w illustrations.
Snodin, Michael. English Silver Spoons. Letts Collector's Guides. London; Charles Letts Books Ltd.:1982. Revised edition.This guide illustrates and discusses a wide variety of spoons. A good book for either the experienced flatware enthusiast or the novice collector. 7"x9", 80 pages, 60 color illustrations, dj.
Snowman, A. Kenneth, et al. Easter Eggs and Other Precious Objects by Carl Faberge. A Private Collection of Masterworks Made for the Imperial Russian Court. Washington; The Corcoran Gallery of Art: 1961. An exceptionally fine, if small, collection of Faberge articles, loaned anonymously to the Gallery. A. Kenneth Snowman supplied the notes on which the catalog entries are based and wrote the Foreword. The catalog itself, designed by Kurt Wiener, is elegant and quite lovely. 9"x8.5", 60 pages, color illustrations.
Snowman, A. Kenneth. The Art of Carl Faberge. Boston Book and Art Shop: nd (1962). 2nd, enlarged edition. "Carl Faberge, goldsmith and jeweler to the Imperial Court of Russia in the years before the First World War, was a consummate craftsman, a virtuoso artist in the design and production of exquisite objects. It was his good fortune and ours", comments the author of this magnificently illustrated study of his work, "that he was born into an age still able to afford him". A beautiful and comprehensive study, drawing on many public collections including those of the Kremlin and the British Royal Collection at Sandringham, and more interestingly, many fine private collections. A stunning pictorial survey with an informative, readable text. This is the 2nd edition, with additional color plates, and when working with Faberge, you really need those color plates... Hardcover. 7.5"x10", 186 pages, plus 84 color and 407 b/w illustrations, dj.
Snowman, A. Kenneth. Carl Faberge. Goldsmith to the Imperial Court of Russia. New York; Gramercy Books: 1998. One of the world's foremost authorities on the fabulous works of Carl Faberge explores his metals, enamels, hardstones, eggs, flowers and other creations. There is also a chapter on marks, and a discussion of fakes and forgeries. A reissue of the classic reference, first published in 1978. Hardcover. 8.5"x11", 160 pages, color and b/w illustrations, dj.
Snowman, A. Kenneth. Eighteenth Century Gold Boxes of Europe. Boston Book and Art Shop: 1966. A massive and well illustrated survey of fabulous boxes from France, England, Germany, Russia and Switzerland, with appendices, including "The Choiseul Boxes" by Watson, "A Note on Dutch Gold Boxes" by Citroen, and miscellaneous remarks by Sacheverell Sitwell. A massive, weighty book on delicate, diminutive, objects. Hardcover. 10"12.5", 192 pages, loaded with b/w and color illustrations; dj; bibliography.
Solis, Virgil. Drinking-Cups, Vases, Ewers, and Ornaments designed for the Use of Gold and Silversmiths. Twenty-one Fac-similes of Extremely Rare Etchings by Virgil Solis. London; James Rimmel: 1862. Virgil Solis [1514-1562] was a German engraver who created a number of designs for metalwork, ceramics, furniture and silver, as well as popular figure and costume prints, landscapes, portraits and such. He is known to have worked with Nuremburg goldsmith Wenzel Jamnitzer, and to have made engravings from some of Jamnitzer's drawings. Scarce- OCLC locates only 8 copies. Hardcover. 7.5"x11", ii pages + 21 etched plates.
Solis-Cohen, Lita (ed.) The Americana Chronicles. Maine Antique Digest -30 Years of Stories, Sales, Personalities, and Scandals. Philadelphia; Running Press: 2004. "Since 1973 the Maine Antique Digest has been the publication of record for the antiques market in America. Senior editor Lita Solis-Cohen opens the Digest's archives to present this vastly entertaining anthology of articles about the quirky personalities, amazing discoveries, major sales, auction dramas, and staggering scandals that have defined the $20 billion-a-year antiques industry. Here are landmark sales of silver, tramp art, pottery, paintings, and furniture, and accounts of famous frauds, forgeries, and crimes of passion. Learn about the fake Brewster chair that effectively fooled the trade and museum curators until the maker revealed his identity, the discovery in France of an 18th-century desk and bookcase that sold for over $8 million despite missing feet, and the fate of the con man who foiled the antique toy world". Softcover. 8.5"x11", 448 pages, b/w illustrations.
Solodkoff, Alexander von. Russian Gold and Silverwork, 17th-19th Century. New York; Rizzoli: 1981. A wonderfully illustrated history of 17th-early 20th century Russian silver and goldwork, with marks, biographies of silversmiths, and more! Hardcover. 10.5"x10", 238 pages, 245 color and b/w illustrations, dj.
Spalding, Jeffrey J. Silversmithing in Canadian History. Calgary; Glenbow-Alberta Institute: 1979. A wide-ranging exhibition based on the Henry K. Birks Collection. This includes 18th century silver from "New France", early Indian trade silver, English silversmithing in Canada, and 19th century & Victorian wares. There is also a useful bibliography. Softcover. 9"x9", 71 pages, 12 color and 34 b/w illustrations.
Spang III, John Peter. The Parker and Russell Silver Shop, Old Deerfield, Massachusetts. Woodstock; The Elm Tree Press: 1962. An interesting article on the restoration of a Deerfield house into a silver shop, such as existed there in the late 18th century. Parts were originally published in the Magazine Antiques and the Deerfield Academy Alumni Journal. Self-covers; 8.5"x11", 8 pages, b/w illustrations.
[Spanish Treasure] Treasure of the Spanish Main. Major treasures raised from the Spanish plate fleet of 1715. New York; Parke-Bernet Galleries: February 4th, 1967. The artifacts recovered from the wrecks of 10 Spanish treasure ships which sank off the Florida coast during a storm on the night of July 31st, 1715. The items included coins, porcelain and personal items, jewelry, gold and silver ingots, silver plate, and the other items of shipboard life. A very well illustrated catalog. Softcover. 7"x10", 97 pages, 315 lots, color frontispiece and many b/w illustrations.
Spokas, Anne E., et al. American Silver 1670-1830. The Cornelius C. Moore Collection at Providence College. Providence; Rhode Island Bicentennial Foundation & Providence College: 1980. Edition limited to 1000 numbered copies. An elegant catalog of 18th century silver, divided by state. The photographs are large and clear. There are essays by Anne Spokas, Karolyn Kras, Anne Skarzynski, Kimberley Kyle, and Emily Kean. Alice H.R. Hauk contributed the Introduction. Hardcover. 8.5"x11", 151 pages, b/w illustrations, dj.
[Spoons] A Sale of Early English Silver Spoons 1399-1901. London: Phillips Auctioneers, 9/6/1991. 7"x9.5", 70 pages, 25 b&w plates, softcover.
Stancliffe, Jane. Bottle Tickets. London; Victoria & Albert Museum, ca. 1980. A well illustrated and informative guide to silver, silver plate, enamel and other 18th and 19th century bottle tickets (fancy labels hung around the necks of decanters telling what was inside). Hardcover. 6"x8", 48 pages, color and b/w illustrations.
Stanhope, Hon. Berkeley S. & Harold C. Moffatt. The Church Plate of the County of Hereford... to which is added An Inventory of Church Goods in 6th & 7th Edward VI (1552-1553). Westminster; Archibald Constable & Co. Ltd.: 1903. In almost all diocesan collections of silver plate there exists a dramatic cut-off between 1536 and 1550, a clear cut like a California fault line or the Cretaceous boundary. 1536 marks the date of Henry VIII's dissolution of the monasteries and 1547 the confiscation of all remaining ecclesiastical valuables for the King's use. Of silver made before that little if nothing remains. This survey found two pre-Reformation chalices and patens, and what is almost as interesting, the inventory records taken by King Edward VI's Commissioners in 1552, as they searched for remaining valuables that were being cunningly concealed. The authors include an entertaining if short account of some of the goings-on between the Commissioners and the local populace, as well as the inventory itself. The items here include almost 2 dozen pieces of Elizabethan plate, as well as a nice selection of 17th and 18th century material. Hardcover. 9"x11.5", xv + 243 pages, plus 26 gravure plates.
Stephenson, Simon. Representations of the Embossed, Chased & Engraved Subjects and Inscriptions which decorate the Tobacco Box and Cases belonging to the Past Overseers Society, of the Parishes of St. Margaret and St. John the Evangelist, in the City of Westminster. London; J. Clark: 1824. A rather incredible production, this elaborate tobacco box was passed from overseer to overseer. The box was originally but a simple horn box for a pocket, and was purchased at a fair by Overseer Henry Monck. Upon leaving office in 1713 he presented it to the Society, and its members, out of "respect to the donor, ornamented it with a silver rim, on which his named was engraved". Thus began a tradition that each departing overseer would add some silver ornament to the box when leaving office. Having run out of room on the original box, an additional case was soon added, and then another, and then another, and then... and on and on through the 18th century and into the 19th. In addition, it was tradition that the new ornamentation or case would contain a pictorial or word record of significant events of the years since the last overseer. These scenes and ornaments were quite elaborate, not mere chased leaves. They included numerous interior scenes, portraits, architectural scenes, a depiction of the court scene when the box was held by a past overseer and the Society went to court to reclaim it, a full-blown scene of a British frigate defeating a French ship at sea, the Peace Proclamation of 1802, the China Fleet repulsing a French naval squadron, the Jubilee and Death of George III, the bombardment and capture of Algiers, a battlefield scene of the victory of Wellington at Waterloo, the interior of the House of Commons during the trial of Queen Caroline, and so on. The standard of engraving, both on the box and in this book, was quite high. A unique piece of commemorative silver, beautifully and elaborately documented. 10.5"x14.5", engraved pictorial title page plus 11 pages of text and 32 plates (numbered 1-34; two double-page plates numbered as 2 plates each); 2 page list of subscribers.
Stewart, Horace. History of the Worshipful Company of Gold and Silver Wyre-Drawers and of the Origin and Development of the Industry which the Company Represents. London; printed for the Company by The Leadenhall Press: 1891.The Company made gold and silver thread for use in embroidery and fine fashions. This history not only speaks of charters and dinners and Company officers, but of the history of the trade itself through English history. Hardcover. 8"x10.5", xvi + 140 pages, 3 plates, and many headpieces illustrating scenes from the history of the Company, as well as decorated initial letters.
Storer, Malcolm. Numismatics of Massachusetts. Cambridge; printed by the Riverside Press for The Massachusetts Historical Society: 1923. An interesting listing and description of medals and tokens issued in Massachusetts in the 19th and early 20th centuries. This includes many trade tokens as well as city and association medals, and so on. No coins. Indexed by issuer. Hardcover. 7"x10", xi + 319 pages, plus 39 b/w plates.
Stutzenberger, Albert. American Historical Spoons, The American Story in Spoons. Rutland; Charles Tuttle:1971. 2nd edition. In some respects this is more of an American history book than a book on antiques, because it devotes more time to the history behind the scenes and personages on the spoons than the spoons themselves. Yet, presumably many spoon collectors would find this information interesting; hopefully others would also. 6.5"x9", 535 pages, 63 b&w plates, dj.
Stutzenberger, Albert. The American Story in Spoons. With An Historical Sketch of the Spoon Through the Ages. Springdale Springs; Bookmaster: 1953. In some respects this is more of an American history book than a book on antiques, because it devotes more time to the history behind the scenes and personages on the spoons than the spoons themselves. Many spoon collectors will find this information interesting; hopefully others will also. Hardcover. 6.5"x9", 535 pages, 63 b/w plates.
Sullivan, Audrey G. A History of Match Safes in the United States. Ft. Lauderdale; Riverside Press: 1978. An interesting study of antique match safes of silver, silver plate, tin, brass and other metals, featuring many photos as well as original patent drawings and period advertisements. Softcover. 5.5"x8.5", 175 pages, line and b/w illustrations; bibliography.
[Sussel Collection] Arts and Crafts of Pennsylvania and Other Notable Americana, the Collection of the Late Arthur J. Sussel, Philadelphia. Parts One, Two and Three. New York; Parke-Bernet Galleries: October 23-25th, 1958; January 23-24th, 1959; March 19-21st, 1959; Sales 1847, 1872 and 1888. A vast collection of furniture, silver, frakturs, pottery, glass, paintings, textiles, rugs, lighting and more. The three sales realized almost half a million dollars. 3 vols. Softcovers. 7"x10", 155 pages with 642 lots; 156 pages with 729 lots; 124 pages with 739 lots. B/w illustrations.
Svenskt Silver i Dag / Contemporary Swedish Silver / Modernes Schwedisches Silber. Copenhagen; Kunstindustrimuseet: 1976. An exhibition of contemporary Swedish silver, with many nice illustrations, short notes on the silversmiths, etc. Softcover. 8.5"x8", 35 pages, b/w illustrations.
[Swaythling Heirlooms] Catalogue of the Renowned Collection of Silversmith's Work formed by the Right Hon. Montagu, First Lord Swaythling, being part of the Swaythling Heirlooms. London; Christie, Manson & Woods: May 6-7, 1924. "The bulk of the collection has for many years been exhibited on loan at the Victoria and Albert Museum". An outstanding and select collection of early English silver work. Samuel Montagu (1832-1911), founded the banking firm Samuel Montagu and Company, and was a member of the Gold and Silver Commission, and Parliament, as well as being an active member of many Jewish charities and institutions. He was made a peer in 1907. Hardcover. 6.25"x10", 51 pages plus 20 photogravure plates; 134 lots; card covers.
Sympson, Samuel. A New Book of Cyphers, More Compleat and Regular than any yet Extant. Wherein The Whole Alphabet (Twice over) Consisting of Six Hundred Cyphers, Is variously Changed, Interwoven and Reversed. Being A Work very Entertaining to such as are Curious, and Useful to all sorts of Artificers in general. London; Samuel Sympson:1726. A very nice copy of a design treasury aimed at silversmiths and other engravers, containing 100 plates of cyphers and 2 of crowns and badges. The designs are complex and sinuous -almost all would be completely undecipherable without the aid of a book such as this. 4.5"x7", engraved allegorical half-title, title page, and two pages of text plus 102 engraved copper plates of cyphers.
Syndram, Dirk & Antje Scherner (eds.). Princely Splendour. The Dresden Court 1580-1620. Electa/ Metropolitan Museum of Art: 2004. "The Staatliche Kunstsammlungen Dresden is the artistic and cultural treasury of Saxony. This exhibit catalog features more than 150 major works of art from the museum-as well as from the world-renowned treasure chamber Grünes Gewölbe (Green Vault)-that illustrate the richness of one of the most spectacular princely collections of Europe from the turn of the 17th century, known as the Dresden Kunstkammer. During this period of unusual economic prosperity, the Electors of Saxony amassed exotic materials and precious stones mounted with gold and silver, along with ivory turnings, ebony furniture, clocks and clockwork figures, arms and armor, and bronze sculpture by important European artists. The book is illustrated with more than 175 color photographs, and gives the provenance of each piece and describes its importance in detail." Softcover. 10"x11", 319 pages, 175+ color illustrations. Bibliography. New.
Taber, Martha Van Hoesen. A History of the Cutlery Industry in the Connecticut Valley. Northampton; Department of History of Smith College: 1955.A scholarly study of the development and growth of the cutlery industry in the Connecticut River Valley, including the Ames Company, Russell Company, Lamson and Goodnow, and others. Van Hoesen also explores the development of the cutlery industry in America, and how methods and materials changed through the 19th century. Softcover. 6"x9", 1398 pages.
Taralon, Jean. Treasures of the Churches of France. New York; George Braziller:1966. This book highlights some of the treasures featured in the 1965 exhibition of French ecclesiastical work of the Middle Ages and Renaissance. It is heavily weighted towards silver, gold and enamels, although there are also textiles, ivories and other arts. 9"x12", 307 pages, hundreds of b&w and some color illustrations.
Tardy. International Hallmarks on Silver Collected by Tardy. Paris; 1981. The most popular pocket guide to foreign hallmarks from dozens of countries. Heavy on French, of course, but also includes all those persnickety little countries that nobody else seems to list. Limp cloth covers. 5"x6.5", 540 pages, a few b/w illustrations; marks.
Teahan, John, et al. Irish Silver from the Seventeenth to the Nineteenth Century. Washington; Smithsonian Institution: 1982. 1st Edition.17th, 18th and 19th century Irish silver from the collections of the National Museum of Ireland. There is an informative essay by John Teahan, and the catalog section itself is well illustrated and nicely set-up. Softcover. 8.5"x10", 65 pages, b/w illustrations.
Teahan, John. The Dr. Kurt Ticher Donation of Irish Silver to the National Museum of Ireland. National Museum of Ireland: nd (1980s). The collection of Kurt Ticher, author of several noted books on Irish silver. This catalog was skillfully compiled by John Teahan. Softcover. 8"x8", 95 pages, b/w illustrations.
Teahan, John. Irish Silver. A Guide to the Exhibition. Dublin; National Museum of Ireland: 1979. A nice exhibition catalog, organized by type of silver. Some marks are included. Decent but not spectacular b/w illustrations, designed by someone who appeared to think that bigger was better... Softcover. 7"x9.5", 77 pages, b/w illustrations.
Terme, M.G. L'Art Ancien au Pays de Liege. Orfevrerie - Dinanderie - Ivories. Liege; Comite Executif de l'Exposition Universelle de Liege: 1905.%The illustrated catalog to an exhibition of silver, pewter and ivory either made in Liege or, in the case of ecclesiastical ivory, silver and pewter, found in Liege's churches. Includes many candlesticks, chandeliers and other lighting devices, and table wares in pewter and silver, and ecclesiastical pieces, including many elaborate reliquaries. The ivories date from the 14th-17th centuries, the pewter dates from the 14th-18th centuries, the reliquaries from the 10th-14th centuries, and the other silver, such as tablewares, from the 17th and 18th centuries. The plate list includes a short description, date, and the name of the owner; the plates themselves are nicely shot and clearly reproduced. A companion album was devoted to furniture & sculpture. Hardcover. 7.5"x10.5", 11 pages with 2 b/w illustrations, plus 150 b/w plates.
Tessiers Exhibition 1978. London; Tessiers: 1978. An exhibition of silver smalls- Vinaigrettes, nutmeg graters and Danish hovedvandsaegs. Softcover. 8"x12", 16 pages, 6 b/w plates illustrating 125 items.
Theophilus. Theophile, Pretre et Moine. Essai sur Divers Arts, publie par le Cte Charles de l'Escalopier et precede d'une Introduction, par J. Marie Guichard. Leipzig; Brockhaus & Avenarius: 1843. An early French edition of this important medieval treatise on the techniques of art, probably written during the 12th century by a German author. Theophilis is the standard work on Northern European painting methods and materials in much the same way Cennini is the authority on Italian materials and techniques of the period. In addition to painting, the text includes a long section on preparing colored glass for stained glass windows, as well as working with silver and gold for niello and other crafts. In this edition the Latin text occupies the upper half of each page, with the French translation in two columns in the lower half; there is a 16 page preliminary note in French by Count L'Escalopier, the Conservateur Honoraire de la Bibliotheque de l'Arsenal, and a 56 page introduction, also in French, by J. Marie Guichard. There is also an index, and a glossary of sorts. Hardcover. 8.5"x10.5", lxxii + 314 + 1 pages, with one lithographic plate of a manuscript printed in colors.
Thorn, C Jordan. The Handbook of American Silver and Pewter Marks. New York: Tudor Publishing Co, 1949. Hardcover. 6.5"x9.5", 289 pages, b&w illustrations.
Thorpe, Mary & Charlotte. London Church Staves. With Some Notes on their Surroundings. London; Elliot Stock:1895. A fascinating survey of old silver and silver-gilt headed church staffs of the 17th, 18th and 19th centuries, with fantastic, decorative and unusual heads. These staffs are divided into three decorative categories -those with pear-shaped knobs, those with statuettes of buildings (including many "curious and artistic specimens") and those with medallions, crosses, miters, crowns, or other devices including saints, lions, etc. An offbeat subject for the silver enthusiast, dealt with in that turn of the century, old-style English rambling antiquarian manner. 9"x11.5", 76 pages with 50 line illustrations, plus 29 plates of line illustrations.
Thuile, Jean. L'Orfevrerie en Languedoc du XIIme au XVIIIme Siecle: Tome 1, Generalite de Montpellier & Tome 2, Generalite de Toulouse. Montpellier; Causse & Castelnau: 1966 & 1968. Each volume limited to 450 copies. 2 volumes, 9"x11", 353 & 535 pages, color and b&w illustrations. Volume 1 evidently a Library of Congress duplicate. These two volumes were the first part of a five volume study, these two and the last three volumes each a complete work in themselves.
Ticher, Kurt. Irish Silver in the Rococo Period. Shannon; Irish University Press: 1972. A well illustrated survey, with an historical introduction and comments on various types of objects, as well as good plate captions. Hardcover. 7.5"x9.5", 28 pages of text plus 105 b/w illustrations, dj.
[Tiffany] Presentation of the Bryant Vase... To William Cullen Bryant, at eighty years, from his friends and countrymen. New York; Scribner, Armstrong & Co:1876. The proceedings of the presentation of the Bryant Vase, designed and made by Tiffany & Co., and suitably Victorian. 6"x9", 64 pages, engraved frontispiece showing the vase.
Tilbrook, A.J. The Designs of Archibald Knox for Liberty & Co. London: 1976.
Torrey, Julia W. Old Sheffield Plate. Its Technique and History Illustrated in a Single Private Collection. Boston; Houghton Mifflin: 1918. Limited to 500 copies.%Julia Torrey and her husband began their collection of Sheffield plate with a dozen pieces handed down in the family, but then they moved to England and their eyes were opened to the full possibilities of collecting Sheffield wares. Soon they were haunting country auctions and dusty antique shops and ferreting out fine and rare plate, always culling and winnowing their collection and upgrading with better and better pieces. Torrey worked with Frederick Bradbury and other officials at Sheffield in preparing the historical and technical portion of the book, but the real interest here lies in the stories about the pieces, their history and how they were collected. The first generation of unearthing of long-forgotten Sheffield plate by the pioneering collectors is far behind us, but this book takes the reader back to those halcyon days. Hardcover. 7"x10", 90 pages plus 65 b/w plates.
Touching Gold and Silver. 500 Years of Hallmarks. London; Goldsmiths' Hall: 1978. An important loan exhibition highlighting the history and law of hallmarking in England. Illustrated with hallmarks, and pieces of silver with especially fine hallmarks. Great fun for the entire family. Softcover. 7"x9.5", 131 pages, b/w illustrations.
Towle Manufacturing Co. Standard Flatware Patterns... Loving Cups and Trophies, Hardwood Chests. Newburyport; Towle Silversmiths: nd (ca.1900). The most extensive catalog of Towle silver I have yet seen. In addition to the silver flatware patterns (Franklin, Colonial, Paul Revere, Newbury, Lafayette, Georgian, Old English, Rustic, Godroon, Empire, Canterbury, and Cordova) there is also an extensive selection of loving cups and trophies, as well as the line of decorative hardwood storage chests. 7"x11", about 300 pages, hundreds of b&w illustrations; several color illustrations of wood patterns.
Towle Silversmiths. Colonial History. Benjamin Franklin, La Fayette, Paul Revere, Colonial, Newbury, Georgian. Newburyport: Towle Silversmiths: 1905. 7"x11", about 300 pages, hundreds of line illustrations.
Townsend, Horace. A Touchstone for Silver. New York; The Gorham Company: 1917. A charming and interesting little essay built around William Boteler's classic and important 1677 treatise "A Touch-Stone for Gold and Silver Wares, or, A Manual for Goldsmiths". In the first section, Townsend describes the book and its history and importance; in the second section he is daydreaming at the Gorham office and is visited by Boteler himself, who he proceeds to take on a tour of the Gorham plant. Quirky, in that American Antiquarian 1920s sort of way... Hardcover. 5"x8", 41 pages, 8 b/w plates; publisher's gilt-stamped leather.
Tracy, Berry B. & William H. Gerdts. Classical America 1815-1845. Newark Museum: 1963. A "pioneering catalogue" (Ames & Ward) whose decorative arts section "focuses on high-style examples and the understanding of American work in a European context." This is appropriate because the Empire (or Grecian) style was, above all, a European creation, and "high-style" and dramatic in manner. Although there is much material here on furniture, there are also sections devoted to silver, ceramics, glass, wallpaper & textiles, and lamps, stoves & clocks; another section, by William Gerdts, focuses on the fine arts. Many of the objects illustrated and described were from private collections. Semowich 1424. Hardcover. 8.5"x10.5", 212 pages, b/w illustrations; a little light soil to the white covers.
Tramullas y Ferrera, Joseph. Promtuario, y Guia de Artifices Plateros, en que se dan Reglas para Ligar, Religar, Abonar, y Reducir Qualefquiera Cantidad de Oro, y Plata a la ley, y Quilate que su Magestad (que Dios Guarde) Manda en la Real Pragmatica de 28. Febrero de 1730. Madrid; 1734. As silver became scarcer in 18th century Spain, the government kept issuing new regulations for goldsmiths, one of which is described here for the benefit of the trade. 5"x8", 215 pages, several woodcut head and tailpieces as well as a woodcut illustration of a vase of flowers and an elaborate engraved frontispiece showing a helmeted woman holding a jewelers scale leaning on what appears to be a bookpress, in from of a harbor scene where a ship is being offloaded as a gentleman checks the cargo, all surmounted by the arms of Spain, being held aloft by four cherubs.
Traquair, Ramsay. The Old Silver of Quebec. Toronto; The Macmillan Company of Canada Limited: 1940. "Quebec, La Nouvelle France, is the most important of all the colonies of Old France. Here, during the seventeenth and eighteenth centuries, grew up a culture based upon that of the Mother Country, yet freed from the somewhat exacting standards of Versailles and the salons of Paris". Traquair delves into the subjects of Quebec silver not only under the French rule, but also under English rule in the late 18th century. He discusses Indian Trade silver, silversmiths, marks, spoons & forks, and also pewter. There are notes on items in some important collections in Quebec and Montreal, and a short bibliography. Hardcover. 6.5"x10", 169 pages, 16 b/w plates, dj.
Traquair, Ramsay. The Old Silver of Quebec. Toronto; Macmillan of Canada Limited: 1973. 2nd printing.A facsimile reprint of the 1940 edition. Hardcover. 6.5"x10", 168 pages, 16 b/w plates, dj.
Trigt, Jan Van. Cutlery. Fron Gothic to Art Deco. The J. Hollander Collection. Pandora: 2003. There are no words to adequately describe the 534 sets of antique cutlery illustrated and described here. I'm not sure how anyone could eat while holding such objects- you'd just sit there, staring at the intricate details and wonderful carving or enamel or engraved work. One might literally starve while attempting to dine. There are knives and forks with handles of carved bone and ivory, decorated porcelain, gleaming enamels, chased, gilt or engraved silver, handles of coral and agate and other semi-precious stones, traveling cutlery of brass or mother-of-pearl... there are heads, stags, flowers, scrolls, bears, priests, angels, buxom women and bearded sages. There may even be buxom sages, I've lost track. Published at the time of the exhibition of the Hollander Collection at the Design Museum of Ghent in 2003. Essential for the lover of silver, and cutlery. Essential even if you don't love cutlery. It's that good. Hardcover. 10"x12", 298 pages, color illustrations, dj; bibliography.
Trudel, Jean. Silver in New France. An exhibition of French Colonial silver and silversmiths in Canada. Ottawa; National Gallery of Canada: 1974. The French regime in Canada stretched from the founding of the colony in 1534 to Treaty of Paris in 1763. During this period silver was brought from France by immigrants and also crafted by silversmiths in New France itself. This important loan exhibition examines both types of silver, as the imported wares inevitably had an influence on the native ones. The focus is on pieces from the areas around the two large cities of the colony- Montreal and Quebec. The essays by Jean Trudel are excellent and informative, as are the catalog entries. 162 pieces are illustrated and described, and there is a bibliography and a list and index of silversmiths. An important catalog for further understanding this fine silver, and the men who made it. Softcover. 9"x10", 237 pages, profusely illustrated in b/w.
Truman, Charles. The Gilbert Collection of Gold Boxes. Los Angeles County Museum of Art: 1991. A superb catalog to one of the world's greatest collections of gold snuff boxes. Includes both historical and technical background concerning snuff and snuff and presentation boxes as well as a detailed catalog of more than 140 boxes in the collection. Hardcover. 9.5"x12", 431 pages, hundreds of color and some b/w illustrations, dj; bibliography.
Trupin, Bennett W. Elias Pelletreau 1726-1810. Goldsmith of Southampton, Long Island, New York. Smithtown; Exposition Press: 1984. A privately published work which brought together the disparate threads of information concerning the artisan's life and work which had been published here and there over the years; the illustrations are of uneven quality. Pelletreau made jewelry and tortoise-sell articles as well as silver. A good study -if only the pictures were better. Hardcover. 8"x11", 170 pages, b/w illustrations, dj.
Turner, Eric. English Silver from 1660. London; HMSO / V&A : 1985. From the V&A's popular guidebook series, a long-shot overview of the development of English silver, illustrated with nice color plates of the finest examples. Hardcover. 7.5"x10", 48 pages, many color illustrations.
Turner, Noel D. American Silver Flatware 1837-1910. South Brunswick: A S Barnes & Co, 1972. Hardcover. 8.5"x11", 473 pages, hundreds of b&w and line illustrations, marks, etc; dj.
Turner, Noel D. American Silver Flatware, 1837-1910. San Francisco; Alan Wolfsy Fine Arts: 1998. First published in 1972, this classic work immediately became indispensable to silver dealers and collectors. With an alphabetical listing of 3,000 Victorian-era silversmiths, 400 manufacturers and their trademarks, and illustrations of 2,000 sterling and electroplate patterns, this is simply the best book on the subject. Hardcover. 9"x11.5", 473 pages, b/w illustrations, marks, dj.
Ulehla, Karen Evans (ed.). The Society of Arts and Crafts, Boston. Exhibition Record, 1897-1927. Boston Public Library: 1981. An alphabetical index of craftsmen and companies from around the country who exhibited at the Society. Useful. 5.5"x8.5", 289 pages, softcover.
Unitt, Doris & Peter. Canadian Silver, Silver Plate, and Related Glass. Ontario; Clock House:1970. 2nd printing. A valuable guide to 19th century Canadian silver and silverplate manufacturers, with marks, reproductions of catalog pages, company histories, etc. 8.5"x11", 256 pages, b&w illustrations.
Untracht, Oppi. Metal Techniques for Craftsmen. A Basic Manual for Craftsmen on the Methods of Forming and Decorating Metals. New York; Doubleday & Company: 1975. An extraordinarily sweeping survey of how metals are formed and decorated by craftsmen. Confused about the difference between etching and engraving? Want to see how the lost-wax casting process works? Want to know more about silversmithing? Casting pewter? Inlaying metal in wood or horn? Metal-smithing tools? All the information is here in this encyclopedic work. Hardcover. 7.5"x10.5", 509 pages, 769 b/w illustrations; dj.
"Upon This Occasion" A Loan Exhibition of Important Presentation Silver from Colonial Times to Today. Newburyport; Gallery of the Towle Silversmiths: 1955. Sixteen pieces, mostly 18th century American examples, are illustrated, and several more are described. Softcover. 6"x8.5", 14 pages, b/w illustrations.
de Valle-Arizpe, Artemio. Notas de Plateria. Mexico; Editorial Polis:1941. A well illustrated history of Mexican silversmithing and silver, devoted mainly to 16th-19th century work. There is also a good bibliography. 8"x11", 644 pages, 126 b&w plates.
[Van Cortlandt / Van Winkle Collections] Fine Early American Silver, Jewelry and Other Heirlooms of the Van Cortlandt, Beck, Clinton and Caldwell Families from the Van Cortlandt Manor House, Croton-on-hudson, N.Y. ... Early American Glass, Property of William Mitchell Van Winkle. American Furniture & Decorations. New York; Parke-Bernet Galleries: February 6-8th, 1941. Sale 256.Important silver and furniture with ties to New York families; fine early American glass. Softcover. 6.5"x9.5", 122 pages, 594 lots, b/w illustrations.
Vanwittenbergh, Jacques. Orfevrerie au Poincon de Bruxelles. Brussels; la Ville de Bruxelles: 1979. A well illustrated, large catalog of antique silver made in Brussels, with many maker's marks illustrated. An extremely impressive catalog. Softcover. 9.5"x8.5", 339 pages, hundreds of b/w illustrations.
Veitch, H.N. Sheffield Plate. Its History, Manufacture and Art, with maker's names and marks, also a note on foreign Sheffield plate with illustrations. London; George Bell and Sons:1908. One of the oldest books on Sheffield plate but still amongst the best for the care the author took in examining all aspects of his subject. "There is something essentially English about Sheffield Plate" he declares, and then proceeds to disassemble the subject from manufacture on down. He describes the manufacturing and decorating processes in great detail (dividing the design history into two periods and treating both separately), supplies many illustrations of pieces from private collections as well as old catalog cuts, and then includes chapters on fakes and frauds, electroplating, marks, and makers. One of the most complete and informative books on the subject, despite its age. 8"x11", xiv, 359 pages, a few text illustrations, plus 75 b&w plates.
Venable, Charles L. Silver in America 1840-1940. A Century of Splendour. Dallas Museum of Art / Harry N. Abrams: 1995. "The first book to examine the dramatic development of the American silverware industry. In nine lavishly illustrated chapters the author examines the production, marketing, consumption, and design of silver luxury items... The greatest creations of (the) silversmiths are placed in the context of the sumptuous dining and gift-giving rituals of the nineteenth century... (then) Silver in the Arts & Crafts, colonial revival, and modernist styles dominated between 1900 and 1940... Extraordinary photographs of superb objects and original scholarship, as well as a bibliography, biographies of silversmiths, a glossary, and an index make this an essential volume". Hardcover. 9"x12", 365 pages, packed with color and b/w illustrations, dj.
Victorian Silverplated Hollowware. Princeton; The Pyne Press: 1972. Selections from the Rogers Brothers 1857 catalog, the Meriden Britannia 1867 catalog, and the Derby Silver Co. 1883 catalog. Hardcover. 8.5"x11", 156 pages, b/w illustrations, dj.
Vienne 1815-1848, un Nouvel Art de Vivre a l'Epoque Biedermeier. Paris; Atelier Phillippe Gentil: 1990. An exhibition of Biedermeier art, furniture, ceramics, silver and jewelry in Vienna, staged with the aid of the Bundesmobilien Verwaltung, the Osterreichisches Museum, the Vienna History Museum and the Vienna Kunsthistoriches Museum. Loaded with color and b/w photographs, not only of objects but interiors. French text. Softcover. 8.5"x10", 181+ pages; profusely illustrated in color and b/w.
[Vivaldi] Giuseppe Vivaldi, Silversmith. Florence; no date (c.1930). A trade catalog of jewelry, and decorative "smalls", issued by this Florentine silver manufacturer. The jewelry includes ear rings, rings, bracelets, pins & brooches, and necklaces, and the accessories include forks & spoons, pepper grinders, sugar shakers and the like. The styles are mostly Old Florentine, and were available in silver or German silver, with a variety of stones. An interesting glimpse of Italian export silverwork in the 1930s. Softcover. 6"x8.5", 35 pages, b/w illustrations.
Voet, Elias, Jr. Merken van Amsterdamsche Goud- en Zilversmeden. 'S-Gravenhage; Martinus Nijhoff:1966. A facsimile of the 1912 edition of this important mark reference to Amsterdam gold and silversmiths. Softcover. 6.5"x9.5", 170 pages, b/w illustrations.
Voet, Elias, Jr. Nederlandse Goud- en Zilvermerken. 'S-Gravenhage; Martinus Nijhoff: 1966. A handbook of city and date marks for Dutch silversmithing centers. Hardcover. 4.5"x8.5", 77 pages, b/w illustrations of marks, plus 3 b/w plates.
W., D.T. The Hall Marks on Gold & Silver Articles. London; J.M. Dent & Sons Ltd.: 1925. An early study of not only of English, Scottish & Irish city and date themselves, but of some of the history and rules behind them. Hardcover. 7"x9.5", 126 pages, marks, dj.
Wade, Barbara J. Cutlery From the Fort at Coteau-du-Lac, Quebec. Parks Canada, National Historic Parks & Sites Branch: 1982.A very scholarly study of the remains of knives, forks and spoons unearthed by archeological excavations at the site of the fort, which was active between 1779 and 1837. Softcover. 8.5"x11", 103 pages, b/w and line illustrations.
[Wagstaff Collection] The Sam Wagstaff Collection of American Silver. New York; Christie's: January 20th, 1989. A noted collection of a wide variety of American 19th century silver. Softcover. 8"x10", 135 pages, 239 lots, most lots illustrated in color or b/w.
Waldron, Peter. The Price Guide to Antique Silver. Woodbridge; Antique Collectors Club: 1982. 2nd edition.Forget the prices -this is a remarkable visual presentation of a stunning array of pictures and descriptions of antique silver - argyles, bells, bowls, boxes, brandy pans, butter shells & dishes, candlesticks, cruets, dinner services, dessert dishes, dinner plates, dish crosses, drinking vessels, goblets, mugs, porringers,... well, you get the idea. The list goes on and on. Hardcover. 8.5"x11", 365 pages, 1,100 b/w illustrations, dj.
Walter Drake Silver Exchange Sterling and Silverplate Flatware Pattern Identification Directory. Colorado Springs; no date: 1970s. A flatware dealer's guide book, with hundreds of patterns and also some manufacturer's marks. Softcover. 5.5"x8.5", 56 pages, b/w illustrations.
Ward, Barbara McLean & Gerald W.R. (eds.). Silver in American Life. Selections from the Mabel Brady Garvan and Other Collections at Yale University. New York; American Federation of Arts: 1979. A wonderful exhibition and exploration of American silver, based on the spectacular and important Garvan Collection. In addition to a catalog of the pieces, there are many essays concerning various aspects of American silver and how it has been made and used. Softcover. 8.5"x11", 193 pages, filled with b/w and color illustrations.
Ward, Barbara McLean. The Craftsman in a Changing Society: Boston Goldsmiths, 1690-1730. Boston University: 1983. A dissertation. Softcover. 6.5"x8", 402 pages, b/w photographs.
Wardle, Patricia. Victorian Silver and Silver-Plate. New York; Thomas Nelson & Sons: 1963. This is not a study of objects as such, as much as a study of how the evolving Victorian tastes and technologies affected silver design and production. Includes information on important exhibitions, societies, figures, technical developments, and so on. Part of a series published when Victorian was first becoming cool. Hardcover. 6"x9.5", 238 pages, 69 b/w illustrations, dj.
Wardwell, Allen. The Gold of Ancient America. Boston; Museum of Fine Arts:1968. A wide-ranging loan exhibition which features gold objects from Peru, Ecuador, Columbia, Panama, Costa Rica, and Mexico. 7"x9", 156 pages, illustrated throughout with b&w and color illustrations, softcover.
Wark, Robert R. British Silver in the Huntington Collection. San Marino; Huntington Library: 1978. A food-and-drink related collection, devoted to, as the table of contents (a bit inelegantly) puts it- drinking vessels, pouring vessels, containers for foodstuffs, cutlery, and candlesticks. Hardcover. 9"x11", 172 pages, b/w illustrations, dj.
Warren, David B. Bayou Bend. American Furniture, Paintings, and Silver from the Bayou Bend Collection. Museum of Fine Arts, Houston / New York Graphic Society: 1975.The catalog of furniture, silver and paintings from this important collection which was assembled by Ima Hogg, a collector of American arts during the first "Golden Age", from the 1920s through the 1950s. Her collection, along with the Bayou Bend mansion to house it, was given to the Houston Museum of Fine Arts. Semowich 1532. Hardcover. 9"x12", 192 pages, b/w and color illustrations, dj.
Warren, David B. Southern Silver. An Exhibition of Silver made in the South prior to 1860. Houston; Museum of Fine Arts: 1968. An important loan exhibition catalog with decent photographs. David Warren's Introduction touches on the stylistic development of Southern silver and its relative scarcity. This was the first comprehensive exhibition devoted to southern silver made prior to the Civil War; the majority of the items are from Virginia, Maryland, South Carolina and Kentucky; Georgia, Alabama, North Carolina, Louisiana and Texas are also represented. Softcover. 8.5"x11", 90 pages, 149 b/w illustrations; card covers.
Warren, David B., et al. Marks of Achievement. Four Centuries of American Presentation Silver. Houston Museum of Fine Arts/Harry N. Abrams: 1987. A lavishly-produced book, the first in-depth study of American presentation silver, from the Colonial period to the 20th century. Hardcover. 9.5"x12", 207 pages, color and b/w illustrations, bibliography; dj.
Watchmaker, Jeweller and Silversmith. Guide to Flatware compiled by The Watchmaker, Jeweller and Silversmith. Traditional & Contemporary Designs. London; Heywood & Company, Ltd.: 1955. A useful little guide to English flatware patterns, compiled mid century for silver retailers and jewelers. Softcover, 10"x6", about 100 pages, loaded with b/w illustrations.
Waterman, Thomas. By-Laws of St. Andrews Royal Arch Chapter, Boston, instituted A.D. 1769, together with Biographical Sketches of Distinguished Members. Boston; Press of the Freemasons Magazine: 1866. Paul Revere is famous as a patriot, silversmith, and Freemason, and among the biographical sketches of 18th and 19th century Boston-area Masons is that of this most Masonic of artisans. An interesting and offbeat Revere item; for Revolutionary-era historians, there is a biography of Joseph Warren as well. Hardcover. 5.25x7.75, 168 pages, marbled endpapers. Bound in full crimson leather with gilt rules and title, raised spine bands, as issued.
Waters, Deborah D. (ed.). Elegant Plate. Three Centuries of Precious Metals in New York City. Museum of the City of New York: 2000. A wonderful, massive reference work, both a catalog of the fine collection of the museum and a study of various aspects of silversmithing in the city over the past centuries. The essays include "Taste, Trade, and Industry: Making and Marketing New York Silver" by Deborah Dependahl Waters; "The LeRoux and Van Dyck Families: Life as a Silversmith in New York City before 1750" by Kristan H. McKinsey; and "Gratitude and Glory: Silver and Gold Presentation Pieces in New York City History" by Gerald W. R. Ward. The catalog includes photographs and detailed descriptions of 434 objects of silver and other precious metals, including hollowware, flatware, and jewelry, from the 17th century to the present. There are also biographies of the craftsmen. A beautifully produced, important catalog. 2 vols. Hardcover. 9"x11.5", 619 pages, 23 color and 357 b/w illustrations; slipcased.
Waters, Deborah Dependahl. Delaware Collections in the Museum of the Historical Society of Delaware. Wilmington; Historical Society of Delaware: 1984. A nicely illustrated catalog to the collections of furniture, silver and paintings. With a foreword by Charles T. Lyle. Softcover. 8.5"x11", 152 pages, filled with b/w illustrations.
Watin, M. L'Art du Peintre, Doreur, Vernisseur, ouvrage utile aux artistes & aux amateurs qui veulent entreprendre de peindre, dorer & vernir toutes sortes de sujets et batiments, meubles, bijous, equipages, &c... Paris; Chez Durand: 1776. 3rd edition. "The Art of the Painter, Gilder and Varnisher". A popular 18th century work that went through several editions, this important text was also translated into German. Important and interesting as the techniques and formulas in the main text are, the supplemental material is every bit as interesting. It includes an essay on Chinese Varnishes, as well as price lists of goods offered for sale by Watin. These included a large variety of prints illustrating interior, furniture, silver and jewelry designs; and painter's, gilder's and varnisher's supplies, colors and ingredients. 5"x8", xxviii + 371 pages.
Watney, Bernard & Homer D. Babbidge. Corkscrews for Collectors. London; Sotheby Parke Bernet: 1981. The first comprehensive history of corkscrews. Fortunately it's a good book, with plenty of illustrations and an interesting text. You will want to raise a glass to this book. Hardcover. 7.5"x10", 160 pages, 21 color and 164 b/w illustrations.
Watts, W.W. Catalogue of English Silversmiths' Work (with Scottish and Irish) Civil and Domestic. Victoria and Albert Museum - Department of Metalwork. London; HMSO: 1920. A scholarly catalog of some representative pieces of English silver in the V&A's collection. Hardcover. 7.5"x10", 75 pages plus 64 b/w plates.
Watts, W.W. Catalogue of a Loan Exhibition of Silver Plate Belonging to the Colleges of the University of Oxford. Oxford; At The Clarendon Press:1928. 1st Edition. An exhibition launched in November, 1928. G.R. Hughes of the Goldsmiths' Company, Andrew Shirley of the Ashmolean and W.W. Watts of the V&A chose the examples of plate, and Watts catalogued them. The fine catalog is divided into four sections: ecclesiastical plate; secular plate, twentieth-century plate; and foreign plate. There is also an index of makers. Hardcover. 7"x9", xii + 80 pages, plus 73 b/w illustrations.
Watts, W.W. Old English Silver. London; Ernest Benn, Ltd.: 1924. Special limited, signed edition of 40 copies printed on papier cheval chinois and bound in full leather. Many decades after it was written, Watts' work retains its usefulness as a guide to the development of English silver. He took a chronological approach, treating separately the Anglo-Saxon and Medieval periods, the 16th century, the 17th century to the end of the Commonwealth and then the 17th century of the Restoration, the 18th century to the end of the reign of George II, and then the Reigns of Georges III and IV. He also includes three chapters on ecclesiastical plate. As Watts notes, he tried to "set out in an orderly manner the history of the art of the silversmith in this country and its developments... how all the productions of the silversmith were part and parcel of the life of the people... (and) the origin of the various styles of form and ornament". W.W. Watts was Keeper of the Department of Metalwork at the Victoria & Albert Museum and author of numerous books and catalogs on antique silver. Hardcover. 9.5"x13", xxx + 149 pages of text plus 134 b/w plates.
Watts, William W. Works of Art in Silver and other Metals, belonging to Viscount and Viscountess Lee of Fareham. Privately printed: 1936. Edition limited to 150 copies, signed by Watts.A handsome catalog of a collection of spectacular works by English and German silversmiths of the 13th-18th centuries, including pieces incorporating pottery and glass, ostrich egg with silver gilt mounts, and some early bronze statues. Hardcover. 9.5"x12", unpaginated, (about 250 pages) 118 items described, most illustrated in b/w with descriptions on the facing page.
Weaks, Mabel C. Captain Elias Pelletreau, Long Island Silversmith. An Account of his Life & Times, his Office, and his Craft. Southampton; Yankee Peddler Book Company: 1966. An offprint of an article which appeared in the Magazine Antiques. Softcover. 6"x9", 10 pages, plus 13 b/w illustrations.
Webster, John, et al. Burghley House Silver Exhibition 1984. Burghley House: 1984. A very nicely produced exhibition catalog showcasing the silver held at this private manor house- an excellent example of the type of silver collected at manor houses over the centuries- i.e., many dramatic table pieces and entertaining-related items. Softcover. 8"x10", 57 pages, color and b/w illustrations.
Wees, Beth Carver. English, Irish & Scottish Silver at the Sterling and Francine Clark Art Institute. New York; Hudson Hills Press: 1997. "The Clark Institute in Williamstown, Massachusetts, holds one of the largest and finest collections of English silver outside of England, including many masterpieces. It was begun in the 1910s by Singer sewing machine heir Robert Sterling Clark, who bought both luxury items by prominent makers and domestic wares, many of which had been owned by the most celebrated patrons of the 18th and 19th centuries. This substantive volume, with more than 1200 duotone illustrations and 19 color plates, catalogs every object in the collection, including 76 pieces by Paul de Lamerie and many more by other great Huguenot silversmiths. Detailed entries about some 850 objects provide marks, inscriptions, heraldry, construction notes, comments, provenance, and exhibition and publication history." Hardcover. 9.5"x12", 595 pages, 19 color plates and 1,222 b/w illustrations, dj. Bibliography.
Welz, Stephan. Cape Silver & Silversmiths. The work of silversmiths at the Cape of Good Hope from late 17th to mid 19th century. Early problems, training, output, marking, quality, with a definitive list of smiths and their marks. Cape Town; A.A. Balkema:1976. 8"x11", 172 pages, b&w illustrations, marks.
Wenham, Edward. Domestic Silver of Great Britain and Ireland. New York; Oxford University Press: 1931. An excellent overview of the development of English silver by one of the ablest writers on the subject of the early 20th century. Wenham first discusses the evolution of English silver styles and divides his study into periods- Anglo-Saxon and Gothic (500-1525); Renaissance to Enforced High Standard (1525-1720); Georgian (1725-1830); Victorian and after (1840-onward). He then tackles types of silver -spoons, other cutlery, salts, ewers & basins, drinking vessels, tasters, skillets, sauce vessels... the list goes on for a while. There are separate chapters devoted to Scottish silver and Irish silver, Sheffield plate, and forgeries. Always opinionated, Wenham makes an interesting and informative read, even after 70-some years. The illustrations for the book were drawn from pieces that had "come on the market" in 1929 and 1930. Hardcover. 6.5"x10", 186 pages plus 96 b/w plates.
Wenham, Edward. Old Silver for Modern Settings. London; Spring Books:1964. A general guide to styles and forms for the beginning collector. 6"x.5", 195 pages, 28 b&w plates and 90 line illustrations, dj.
Wenham, Edward. The Practical Book of American Silver. Philadelphia; J.B. Lippincott Company: 1949. A stylistic survey which examines individual types of articles, by period. Wenham devotes individual sections to the 17th Century, the "High Standard Period" (1697-1720); the Rococo Period (1725-1770); and the "Classic Period" (1765-1825). Within each section he discusses popular forms such as beakers, tankards, teapots, and so on, and illustrates his points with clear line drawings which are unfortunately gathered at the end of the book instead of being integrated with the text. He also devotes sections to spoons and forks and miscellaneous items such as argyles, buckles, coasters, standishes and patch boxes. Although his bibliography is somewhat perfunctory, in his Acknowledgments Mr. Wenham thanks just about every expert on American silver it would have been possible for him to have met, and the introduction provides a very interesting and informative overview of the collecting of American silver and the history of its literature. Hardcover. 6"x9", 275 pages, 197 line illustrations and 16 b/w plates.
Werlich, Robert. Orders and Decorations of all Nations. Ancient and Modern. Civil and Military. Washington; Quaker Press: 1965. A very thorough and stunning compilation of medals and decorations from around the world with very, very few exceptions. An exceptionally comprehensive and useful reference, providing hours and hours of (mostly) harmless fun. Hardcover. 8.5"x11", 328+ pages, 5 color plates and hundreds of b/w illustrations.
Westropp, M.S.D. National Museum of Science and Art, Dublin. General Guide to the Art Collections Part VI - Metal Work; Chapter IV- Sheffield Plated Ware and Pewter. Dublin; HMSO: 1920. Includes 18th century Sheffield plate and some earlier pewter. A representative collection, with a good text by Westropp, whose work is usually worth reading. Softcover. 5.5"x8.5", 48 pages plus 7 b/w plates.
Wheatley, Henry B. & Philip H. Delamotte. Art Work in Gold and Silver -Modern. New York; Charles Scribner's Sons: 1882. The second of two handbooks on silverwork, the first having been devoted to Medieval work, while this one covers the 16th-18th centuries, and includes a final chapter on Victorian-era pieces. From the 'Handbook of Practical Art' series. Hardcover. 6"x9", 59+ pages (paginated 65-124); chromolithographed frontispiece and many line illustrations and plates.
[White Collection] Important Early American Silver, American, English and Irish Glass, Porcelains & Pottery, Furniture & Decorations, Collection of Mrs. Miles White Jr. New York; American Art Association / Anderson Galleries: December 3-5th, 1936. Sale 4281. A superb and important collection of early American silver with examples by more noted silversmiths than you could shake a cann at. All the examples auctioned here had been exhibited at the Baltimore Museum of Art, and some had also been lent to the Cooper Union and Van Cortlandt Park Museums. Of special note was lot 468, a 1731 tankard by Christopher Robert which sold for $5,900. This tankard had been given by George Washington to his friend, Dr. Elisha Cullen Dick, who would be present at Washington's deathbed. Softcover. 6.5"x9.5", 105 pages, 548 lots, b/w illustrations.
White, Margaret E. The Decorative Arts of Early New Jersey. Princeton; D. Van Nostrand Company: 1964. Part of a series published to commemorate the 300th Anniversary of New Jersey. Margaret White, who also wrote a catalog solely devoted to New Jersey furniture, covers glass, pottery, weaving, silversmiths and clockmakers, and furniture in this short but informative book. Hardcover. 5.5"x8.5", 137 pages, b/w illustrations, dj.
White, Margaret E. An Introduction to Silver. Catalogue of an Exhibition. The Newark Museum: 1953. The catalog of a loan exhibition of 235 pieces, American, European and English, organized by type. Biographical notes are included. Softcover. 8.5"x11", 57 pages plus 25 b/w illustrations.
Whiteman, G.W. Halls and Treasures of the City Companies. London; Ward Lock Limited: 1970. Illustrations of the halls, silver and other "treasures" of 14 of the London companies, including the Goldsmiths, Vintners, Mercers, Grocers, Drapers, Clothworkers, Fishmongers, Armourers, Saddlers, and Apothecaries. Hardcover. 7.5"x10", 160 pages, color frontispiece, b/w illustrations; dj.
Whitmore, William H. The Elements of Heraldry: containing an explanation of the principles of the science and a glossary of the technical terms employed, with an Essay Upon the Use of Coat-Armor in the United States. Boston; Lee and Shepard:1866. 6.5"x10", 106 pages, line illustrations.
Whitworth, E.W. Wine Labels. London; Cassell:1966. Collector's Pieces series. A handy little booklet, well illustrated. It includes silver, battersea, mother-of-pearl and other types of labels, as well as other interesting information. 5"x7.5", 63 pages, a color plate and many b&w illustrations, dj.
Wilcox Silver Plate Co. Catalog. West Meriden; nd (ca. 1880?). An interesting catalog (see faults below) which illustrates Perfection Granite Ironware; silverplate coffee and teapots; Britannia pots, caster frames, spoons and candlesticks; buffed tin pots; casters; hotel ware and fancy bar goods; patent non- dripping syrup casters; tinned iron utensils. 11"x14.5", 117 pages.
Wild, Glennys, et al. Birmingham Gold and Silver 1773-1973. An exhibition celebrating the Bicentenary of the Assay Office. City Museum and Art Gallery: 1973. An important loan exhibition. The first section of the catalog is given over, obviously, to Matthew Boulton, followed by the Toymen, Gothic silver, High Victorian silver, Functionalism, Arts & Crafts, Art Nouveau, 1919-1939, and 1950s-60s silver. Softcover. 8"x8", about 250 pages, loaded with b/w illustrations.
Wild, Glennys. A. Edward Jones. Metalcraftsman. Birmingham Museum and Art Gallery: 1980. A. Edward Jones came form a metalworking family, and worked in silver, copper and other metals during the Arts & Crafts movement and after. This exhibition catalog features his work and biograhical tidbits. Softcover. 8"x8", 34 pages, b/w illustrations.
Wilkinson, Wynyard R.T. Indian Colonial Silver. European Silversmiths in India (1790-1860) and Their Marks. London; Argent Press:1973. Edition limited to 1000 copies. A standard, well-illustrated study. 8.5"x12", 171 pages, b&w illustrations, dj.
Williams, Carl M. Silversmiths of New Jersey 1700-1825. With Some Notice of Clockmakers Who Were Also Silversmiths. Philadelphia; George S. MacManus Company: 1949. A detailed study, based on an exhaustive search of New Jersey town archives. In addition to being a thorough researcher Williams was a somewhat colorful character, and was featured prominently in one of Charles Hamilton's books about autographs, in connection with various original documents that had disappeared from various New Jersey archives he had visited. Hardcover. 7"x10", 164 pages, b&w illustrations.
[Wine Labels] Silver and Gold Boxes and Miscellaneous Collectors' Items, including a large Collection of Wine Labels. London; Phillips: October 10th, 1980. 7"x9.5", 224 lots, 45 pages plus 29 b&w plates, including 12 of wine labels; softcover.
Wit-Klinkhamer, Th. M. Duyvene de. & M.H. Gans. Dutch Silver. London; Faber and Faber: 1966. A well illustrated survey of antique Dutch silver, with a text explaining the history of the craft in the Netherlands in general. Hardcover. 6.5"x9.5", 97 pages, 144 b/w plates, line illustrations in the text; dj.
Wit-Klinkhamer, Th. M. Duyvene de. & M.H. Gans. Geschiedenis van het Nederlandse Zilver. Amsterdam; J.H. de Bussy: 1965. A well illustrated survey of antique Netherlands silver, with a text explaining the history of the craft in Holland in general. Hardcover. 6.5"x9.5", 267 pages, 153 b/w plates, dj.
[Wohl Collection] Select Early American Furniture & Silver...from the Collection of Stanley S. Wohl. New York; Parke-Bernet Galleries: April 30-May 1st, 1954.Some fine furniture and silver from the collection of this Annapolis collector. Softcover. 7"x10", 89 pages, 404 lots, b/w illustrations.
Woodhouse, Samuel W. Jr. Catalogue of a Loan Exhibition of Silver. Philadelphia; The Pennsylvania Museum Bulletin, No. 68; June, 1921. Special Silver Catalogue. A loan exhibition featuring 291 examples of American Colonial silver and a further 148 pieces of European and English silver. This was the first exhibition to focus on Philadelphia and southern silver, and Woodhouse notes that New England examples were to a large part excluded, having already been the focus of several exhibitions in Boston and New York in the past few years. Woodhouse thanks Hollis French, Alfred Prime and Maurice Brix for their pioneering work in the field which he used in the preparation of this catalog. Almost without exception, the examples were drawn from private collections, including those of Brix, Gillingham, Biddle, Cadwalader, as well as many others. 7"x10", 58 pages plus 8 b&w plates; softcover.
Woodhouse, Samuel W. Jr., et al. The Pennsylvania Museum Bulletin -Special Silver Catalogue / Workbook of original silver photographs for the exhibition. Philadelphia: 1921. A very curious item -I wish we could identify who assembled it. This custom-bound book begins with a copy of the catalog to the 1921 Pennsylvania Museum loan exhibition of American colonial silver. This is followed by a number of original photographic prints of pieces of silver included in the exhibition, identified by number, as well as two photos of marks. Who assembled this and why? It seems to have been someone connected with the exhibition who had access to the pieces, as the photos do not duplicate those in the catalog, but are original views. Unfortunately there are no further notes that provide any sort of clue. The initials BRP appear at the bottom of the last page of the catalog, but cannot be related to my lists of anyone involved in the exhibition, and may simply be a stray note on a silversmith's mark. An intriguing mystery, and certainly unique... Hardcover. 7"x10", 58 pages with b/w illustrations, plus 2 photographic prints of marks and 49 photographic prints of individual pieces of colonial silver, mounted on 36 cardstock pages. Bound ca. 1921 in quarter leather and green cloth; marbled endpapers, sewn-in silk bookmark; ribbed spine, gilt titles.
Woods Cutlery Co. Woods' Hot Water Proof Table Cutlery. Antrim, N.H.:1873. A small brochure listing the types of cutlery available with prices. 3"x5.5" (folded), 6 pages, steel cut illustration of a knife and fork.
Woodward, Roland H. & David B. Warren. Bancroft Woodcock, Silversmith. Wilmington; Historical Society of Delaware: 1976. The excellent, well-illustrated catalog to the first comprehensive exhibition of the gifted 18th century Delaware silversmith's work. Woodward wrote an essay on Woodcock silver in the Historical Society's collections, and Warren contributed a study of Woodcock the silversmith, landowner and individual. Softcover. 8"x8", 38 pages, 51 b/w illustrations.
Work of the South American Silversmith. [in the] Pan American Miscellany, No.11. Washington; The Pan American Union: 1928. An offprint from the March, 1928 issue. A general article meant to foster an appreciation for South American colonial-era silver work. Softcover. 6"x9", 10 pages, 10 b/w illustrations.
Wroth, Lawrence C. Abel Buell of Connecticut. Silversmith, Type Founder & Engraver. New Haven; printed for The Acorn Club: 1926. Edition limited to 102 copies. A nice copy of one of the rarest of all American silver titles. The 1958 Wesleyan reprint is common enough, but the original edition is scarce at best. Who the heck was Buell anyway? Abel Buell was trained and worked as a silversmith, but he was also an engraver (as many silversmiths were), a type-founder, engineer, armourer, inventor, auctioneer, ship owner and mill operator... Wroth, an eminent and indefatigable antiquarian, spent three years researching Buell for this study, which was printed for the Acorn Club by Carl Purlington Rollins of the Yale University Press. Softcover. 6.25"x9.5", 86 pages, 7 plates, 2 folding.
Wroth, Lawrence C. Abel Buell of Connecticut. Silversmith, Type Founder & Engraver. Middletown; Wesleyan University Press:1958; revised and enlarged second edition. Hardcover. 6.5"x9.5", 102 pages, b&w and folding plates, dj.
Wurfbain, M.L., et al. Leids Zilver. Leiden; Stedelijk Museum de Lakenhal: 1977. A loan exhibition of antique silver made in Leiden, with some silversmith biographies. Softcover. 9"x10.5", 171 pages, many b/w illustrations.
Wyler, Seymour B. The Book of Sheffield Plate, including Victorian Plate. New York; Crown Publishers: 1949. First edition. A fine, well illustrated study. This volume includes Victorian plate, a subject largely ignored by earlier writers, including a very interesting section of marks on Victorian plate. Hardcover. 7"x10", 188 pages, numerous b/w illustrations and marks, dj.
Wyllie, Bertie. Sheffield Plate. London; B.T. Batsford:nd (1913. 2nd edition.) A general study with many interesting illustrations. 6"x9", 117 pages, 121 b&w plates.
Yates, Raymond F. Antique Fakes and Their Detection. New York; Harper and Brothers: 1950. A concise guide for unearthing frauds in furniture, glass, silver, ceramics, jewelry, pewter, clocks, lamps, silhouettes, metalware, etc. Hardcover. 5.5"x8", 229 pages, several b/w and line illustrations, dj.
[Zagayski, et al] Important Judaica of the XVII-XVIII Century, Including Silver, Gold, Pewter, Brass and Other Objects of Historic Interest, Paintings & Drawings, Selections from the Collection of Michael M. Zagayski. New York; Parke-Bernet Galleries: November 23rd, 1955. Sale 1627.Michael Zagayski, a Polish industrialist, built one of the world's finest private collections of Judaica, only to see it lost to the Nazis in 1940. Zagayski was in New York as Polish Consul at the time, and after the war he built another collection, which was also one of the finest private collections in existence. His second collection was dispersed in four sales, of which this was the first. Softcover. 7"x10", 58 pages, 235 lots, b/w illustrations.
[Zagayski Collection] The Michael M. Zagayski Collection of Rare Judaica. New York; Parke-Bernet Galleries: March 18-19th, 1964. Sale 2264.Michael Zagayski, a Polish industrialist, built one of the world's finest private collections of Judaica, only to see it lost to the Nazis in 1940. Zagayski was in New York as Polish Consul at the time, and after the war he built another collection, which was also one of the finest private collections in existence. His second collection was dispersed in four sales- the first sale, in 1955, contained primarily duplicate material; the major part of the collection (this catalog) was dispersed in 1964, after having been on view at the Jueish Museum. Residual pieces were sold in 1968, and his books were sold in 1970. Softcover. 7.5"x10.5", 107 pages, 360 lots, b/w illustrations.
[Zagayski Collection] Judaica. Torah Crowns, Torah Finials & Other Ritual Objects, Various Owners, including the estate of the late Michael Zagayski. New York; Parke-Bernet Galleries: March 13th, 1968. Sale 2665.Includes material from the famous collection of Michael Zagayski, as well as much other material. Softcover. 6"x9.5", 87 pages, 317 lots, b/w illustrations.
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