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Lest We Forget: Masterpieces of Patriotic Jewelry and Military Decorations Hardcover – November 11, 2011

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My grandfather was so proud of his military service that even after his presidency he preferred to be called General Eisenhower. (Anne Eisenhower)

Judith Price...has produced a unique and fascinating book that catalogues and beautifully illustrates the finest of these works. One cannot read it without pondering the tragic losses and the heroism of the human beings for which many of these works are memorials, and the best of these works reflect in their art the greatness of the valor and sacrifice of their recipients. (John Lehman, former Secretary of the Navy)

I genuinely believe that the men and women in uniform for today's American armed forces are the best in history. (Pete Dawkins, Ret'd. Brigadier General, USA Heisman Trophy Winner)

[This] book that illustrates with iconic objects the history of the military is an impressive tribute to the service and valor shown in the past by millions of Americans. As one who had the honor of serving in the military, I can look back upon it as an invaluable learning experience, one that introduced to me to fellow citizens I would otherwise have not met, and my respect for these people I shall retain forever. Lest We Forget celebrates the high esteem that citizens rightly realize after agreeing to serve in the interest of others. (Gay Talese, author of A Writer's Life)

Whether you are a student of military history or jewelry design, you’ll find the time spent with this book worthwhile. (Antique Trader Magazine)

The book tells the story of our military history since the revolution and features 150 iconic objects from the world's leading military museums and private collections. To date, no such book has ever been published. (Collector's News)

Lest We Forget is an ideal coffee table pick, highly recommended. (Midwest Book Review)

Lest We Forget reminds the reader of the gratitude we owe our gallant men and women who have served in the military. (Steven Wayne Yvaska)

About the Author

Judith Price is President of the National Jewelry Institute and author of three other books on antique jewelry. She lives in New York City.
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Product Details

  • Hardcover: 160 pages
  • Publisher: Taylor Trade Publishing (November 11, 2011)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1589796861
  • ISBN-13: 978-1589796867
  • Product Dimensions: 11.5 x 0.7 x 11.4 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 2.7 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (7 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,686,183 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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By david l. poremba VINE VOICE on July 30, 2012
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In this profusely illustrated book (all in color), Judith Price has assembled for exhibit one of the most diverse collections of military medals and decorations and commemorative jewelry ever seen in a book. Beginning with the headdress of Queen Pu-Abi of UR in 2650BCE to a Victory Bell cast from the metallic remains of a German aircraft in World War II, there are hundreds of illustrations of Indian Peace Medals, Field Marshall's batons, inlaid Napoleonic era snuffboxes and sweetheart jewelry from World War II.
Divided into four chapters entitled: War, Valor, Memories and Peace, one cannot but recall both the sacrifices made by soldier and civilian alike represented and commemorated by these medals and patriotic jewelry. Supplementing the text are interviews with experts from British, French and various American institutions which highlight some specific pieces or collections. Of especial interest are the Corps Badges developed during the American Civil War, with some of them elaborately engraved with the soldier's names and units and all are from the collections of the American Numismatic Society. Every page here reveals a miniature masterpiece of devotion, service and art. This is an excellent coffee table book on the subject.
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I purchased this book for a friend who collects military items. He was absolutely thrilled with it! It is very comprehensive with beautiful photos and clearly written commentary. A perfect gift for any military collectors!
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This book has stunning pictures and amazing insight on the history of our country. My children enjoyed looking through and reading about the past through the eyes of these artifacts. Though I would not consider it useful for jewelry makers and/or artisans (except from an historical perspective), it's a must have for any military family or history buff or teacher.
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The book was a gift for my sister, age 93, who served as a Navy officer during World War II. She loves it, which of course makes me and my wife, who learned of the book, very happy.
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