The Book of Old Silver: English. American.Foreign
A history and guide to Old Silver and Old Sheffield Plate, with the most comprehensive table of hallmarks ever published in one book. Here is the fascinating story of the great silversmiths and their art. All the factors of interest to the amateur, collector or connoisseur of Old Silver and Old Sheffield Plate are authoritatively covered:The development of design in tea services, flatware, candlesticks, trays, cups. Values and scarcity. How to collect. How to detect frauds. Reproductions. And most important, this book permits the exact and indisputable identification of Old Silver by means of the Hallmark tables (more than 20,000 hallmarks Profusely illustrated.