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American silver & pewter
Fennimore, Donald L.
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Publication Information:
New York : Black Dog & Leventhal Publishers : Distributed by Workman Pub. Co., [2000]

Physical Description:
478 pages : illustrations (some color) ; 22 cm.
General Note:
Rev. ed. of: Silver & pewter. c1984.
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NK7112 .F4 2000 Adult Non-Fiction Non-Fiction Area

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This visual antique reference guide has all the information readers need to identify and appraise American silver and pewter-from Colonial times to the present. Each piece-450 in all-is photographed in full color and accompanied by a detailed description of the piece, origin, date of manufacture, relationship to similar pieces and rarity, and hints for collectors, helping readers spot potentially valuable heirlooms stashed at home or at garage sales, consignment stores and flea markets.

Author Notes

Donald L. Fennimore is an expert in the field of American metal objects, in particular early nineteenth-century silver. His articles have appeared in Antiques, The American Art Journal, and other publications. Elizabeth von Habsburg is the president of Masterson-Gurr-Johns, Inc., an appraisal and fine arts consulting firm with offices in New York and London.

Table of Contents

Prefacep. 8
A Simple Way to Identify Silver, Silver Plate, and Pewterp. 9
How Silver, Silver Plate, and Pewter Are Madep. 10
Parts of Representative Objectsp. 14
Good, Better, and Best: Silver and Silver Platep. 16
Good, Better, and Best: Pewterp. 18
How to Use This Guidep. 20
Information-at-a-Glancep. 21
Visual Keyp. 22
Silver and Silver Plate
Plates, Trays, and Related Objectsp. 1
Spoons, Knives, Forks, and Related Flatwarep. 14
Table and Bar Accessoriesp. 37
Tureens, Vegetable Dishes, Sugar Bowls, and Related Objectsp. 79
Porringers, Bowls, Cake Baskets, and Related Objectsp. 95
Teapots, Coffeepots, Pitchers, and Related Objectsp. 118
Mugs, Cups, Chalices, and Beakersp. 151
Candlesticks, Lamps, and Related Objectsp. 180
Boxes and Other Containersp. 194
Sewing and Desk Accessories and Other Personal Objectsp. 210
Plates, Porringers, and Related Objectsp. 240
Spoons and Ladlesp. 260
Teapots, Coffeepots, Pitchers, and Related Objectsp. 266
Mugs, Chalices, Beakers, and Related Objectsp. 291
Candlesticks, Lamps, and Related Objectsp. 309
Household Objectsp. 323
Collecting Tools
Caring for Your Collectionp. 420
Flatware Patternsp. 422
Glossaryp. 425
Illustrated Guide to American Makers and Marksp. 430
Price Guidep. 450
Picture Creditsp. 465
Bibliographyp. 466
Indexp. 470