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"Hazel Forsyth, the curator, spent years studying letters, stock lists and rent books as well as the objects themselves. Her patient scholarship has unearthed plenty of dubious behaviour, much of it chronicled in her excellent book, London's Lost Jewels."-The Economist, 11th October 2013 "Forsyth has revealed the social context of these jewels in a new book, itself a treasure trove of expertise and a rich visual experience in its own right."-Geoffrey Munn, World of Interiors, November 2013

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Hazel Forsyth is the Senior Curator of Medieval and Post-Medieval Collections at the Museum of London, UK. She is a Fellow of the Society of Antiquaries; a Fellow of the Royal Society of Arts; a Freeman of the City of London; a Freeman of the Worshipful Company of Goldsmiths; and a Liveryman of the Worshipful Company of Pewterers. She has worked on numerous exhibitions and has published widely on a range of subjects.
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  • Paperback: 150 pages
  • Publisher: Philip Wilson Publishers (November 26, 2013)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1781300208
  • ISBN-13: 978-1781300206
  • Product Dimensions: 7.7 x 0.8 x 9.8 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 2.2 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (21 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #670,433 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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This book was produced to accompany a recent exhibition of the Cheapside Hoard, a cache of Elizabethan/Jacobean jewellery discovered in 1912, at the Museum of London. It includes an introduction, five chapters of text, notes, indices and suggestions for further reading.

Pros:
- A very readable text.
- The unedifying story of how the Hoard was discovered and acquired for the museums that hold it today.
- A great deal of contextual information on jewellers, their business practices and their customers in sixteenth- and seventeenth-century England.
- Insight into what jewellery meant to people in that era.
- High-quality pictures of various items from the hoard.
- Reproductions of period artworks demonstrating how jewellery was worn.
- Insert texts with more detailed information on particular features of the Hoard (e.g. individual items or particular types of gemstones).

Cons:
- No maps.
- No glossary.
- A cheap cover that marks quite easily.
- No real sense of how the items pictured in the book fit into the Hoard overall. Are they the best items, a representative sample, only a small percentage?
- An occasional lack of background information that would have made some of the narratives more comprehensible; e.g. in the chapter "A World Encompassed", more legal context would have been helpful. Also, following narratives through completely would have been better; e.g. If someone was "sentenced to hang"' were they actually executed, or is that as far as specific knowledge goes?
- I would have preferred more information on the technical process of jewellery-making.
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Interesting book with a fair number of good quality pictures of the Hoard. Note that this is NOT a catalog of the exhibit (although numbers of the items are given with the pictures). If you are looking for a comprehensive study of the Hoard, this book will leave you wanting more information. It's somewhere between a nice coffee table book and the type of detailed analysis presented in the most recent books on the Merry Rose.
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I bought this book because I love beautiful jewelry and a book full of lovely pictures was a good thing. What I didn't expect to find was a history of jewelry crafting in Britain and how the people who made jewelry built and repaired pieces. What was especially interesting was the descriptions of how they cheated by using inferior stones, gems, and metal. Also included are the laws and regulation to which the artisans were subject. I enjoyed this book and keep it where the cover with photograph of an exquisite jeweled lizard can be seen.
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This book is based on the Museum of London's temporary exhibit, which closes 4/27/2014, on an incredible cache of jewels found in London which, for still unknown reasons, had been hidden away several hundred years previously. The jewels are incredible, and the background story leaves much to the imagination since the factual circumstances are still unknown. This book includes pictures of the jewels and some of the context and conjecture, and helped reinforce my museum visit, which was almost too much to absorb in an afternoon pass-through.
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I love the photos in this book. They enlarge several of the hordes peices so you can really see the detail and craftmanship. The pages covering the hordes items and their explaining what they're made of are wonderful. Most of the book though is about the history of the goldsmiths guild, with detailed photographs of the hordes items taking up pages every so often. Also portraits and town drawings take up the rest of the book. Its a pretty book, and its become one of my favorite photo books. It's just not what I thought I'd be getting.
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Fabulous book, beautiful Photos, engaging text. If you are interested in Elizabethan and Stuart life and jewelry this is a wonderful book.
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A very rare glimpse to some of the oldest gems of this part of the world. Beautifully written and photograph. Wish had larger format photos. Still a great buy for jewelry lovers and history buffs.
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This is a well researched book that gives me even more information than I thought I would get when ordering it. That is a good thing here. This book sets the stage for what they found when tearing down an old building from after the Great Fire of London. It paints a vivid picture of the world from which the hoard originated.
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