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Comment: NOTE: NEW UPDATED 2014 VERSION WITH NEW TITLE: "Native American and Southwestern Silver Hallmarks" IF YOU ORDER FROM US, YOU WILL BE RECEIVING THIS NEW UPDATED EDITION. Color of new cover is pale-yellow. 2014 Copyright Date, 463 pages, 7 x 10 in size, Paperback. Book is Unused. Title as listed on first page within book: Native American and Southwestern Silver Hallmarks. Silversmiths, Designers, Guilds and Traders. "The book lists a total of 3,425 individual entries for silversmiths, designers, guilds, trading posts and other retail shops. There are over 4,000 photographs or hand-drawn images of marks, including over 500 new images of marks. It features the marks of past masters such as Kenneth Begay, Charles Loloma, Preston Monongye, Joe H. Quintana, Ambrose Roanhorse and those of contemporary artists...and, some mysteries have been solved! The entries cover all Southwest tribes, but also include many non-Native Americans working in the 'Southwestern style.' The book is comprehensive and user-friendly --- fully cross-referenced and indexed for rapid and efficient searching. This book is a must have for collectors, dealers, appraisers and fans of Southwestern sterling silver jewelry and silver crafts."
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The Little Book of Marks on Southwestern Silver: Silversmiths, Designers, Guilds & Traders Paperback – 2011


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Product Details

  • Paperback: 459 pages
  • Publisher: TBR International (2011)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0971120226
  • ISBN-13: 978-0971120228
  • Product Dimensions: 8.8 x 5.7 x 1.2 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.6 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 4.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (30 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #690,754 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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I buy a ton of silver and this book is a must have.
Keloid
Very helpful - has information that I haven't been able to find in other sources.
Carolyn L. Anderson
Wonderful reference - fills in where my other books left off.
Lori B Strunk

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10 of 10 people found the following review helpful By rkfatheree on February 24, 2012
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I just sat down with this book and I am so excited! With over 3200 entries most with photos, I will be able to find the names behind the pictorial marks that have vexed me for so long. The separate sections for initials, names and symbols help to narrow down the options, which is helpful with such a huge book (in scope, not size).

I love Mr. Hougart's book on Mexican silver and use it on a daily basis. I know Southwestern Silver will become my new constant companion as I try to identify the jewelry I collect.

If you collect silver, you MUST have this book in your collection!
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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful By Nancy Pena on August 28, 2011
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Excellent resource book for both beginners like myself and those who have been collecting longer. Years of research compiled for us in one place presented in an easy search format. This book is as important for Southwestern Silver fans as his book on Mexican hallmarks is to those of us who collect vintage Mexican silver.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By Robert Warren on December 14, 2011
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This book is all inclusive and has photos and information on all native american silversmiths.
Presented in an easy find format. Highly recommended to me by a well known southwestern jewelry dealer.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By bluegems on November 11, 2012
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I needed to know more about individual hallmarks. This book filled in some of the gaps. I still need my other books to find some things. It can be a little hard to find them & get a name with the hallmark if you don't know the name first. I have already started adding book markers to help me move through it. But all in all I was very pleased & this book hit the mark. I would love to see someone publish a CURRENT book of Native American Hallmarks though. There's still alot out there we can't find any information.
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6 of 7 people found the following review helpful By kay on November 22, 2011
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We received this book in a timely matter. The ease in using this book is great. We recomend this book to anyone looking for silvrr jewelry markings.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By gtr85 on October 18, 2012
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very comprehensive -so many artists identified- a fabulous book for collectors and sellers! easy to find what you are looking for...
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Scooter on January 21, 2013
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Billie Hougart provides a valuable service to those who buy collect or sell Native American jewelry. Identifying the artists is a constant challenge and the author's work is exhaustive. Sure, there are some mistakes but I've found hallmarks there I couldn't find elsewhere. Now that the other author of a book like this is deceased and cannot update his book, it's great to see someone else carrying on this difficult enterprise. Thank you!
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Americo S. Ventura on December 18, 2012
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I consider this book invaluable if you are buying or selling Native American jewelry. It has every mark and very easy to use. I have only owned a few weeks and have consulted it several times a day! I now, could not do without it!

It is also easier to use than Hallmarks of The Southwest.
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Bille Hougart was born in Copenhagen, Denmark, and grew up in the Washington, DC area. His professional career in national science policy included service in the Legislative and Executive branches, as well as the private sector. His reference books are considered indispensible resources by collectors and fans of silver jewelry and silver objects.

His education and career in science instilled the curiosity and discipline necessary to write hallmark reference books. As one reader noted about the 2006 edition of "The Little Book of Mexican Silver Trade and Hallmarks"....."I can't imagine the time that took to research the material. This book is a MUST!"

His book on Native American hallmarks, "The Little Book of Marks on Southwestern Silver: Silversmiths, Designers, Guilds and Traders" was portable, comprehensive, user friendly, fully cross-referenced and indexed. It included over 3200 entries, plus thousands of photographs, images and symbols dedicated to helping users identify who made their silver treasure from the American Southwest. Published in 2011, after more than six years of research, the book was touted as the "go-to" book in its field.

"Native American and Southwestern Silver Hallmarks" (464 pages) is the expanded update to "The Little Book of Marks on Southwestern Silver." It features 225 new silversmiths entries and 500+ more images of hallmarks. Published in 2014, this new book has been re-configured to a larger size (7" x 10") to accommodate the new information.






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