on January 15, 2013
This book, along with the Replacements Ltd. online database, is a major source for identification of stainless tableware patterns. A substantial error in the book is that the authors have interpreted "Fraser's WMF" to mean "William Fraser." It doesn't. The WMF stands for the manufacturer, Württembergische Metallwarenfabrik AG, of Geislingen, Germany, founded in 1853 and one of the world's major manufacturers of tableware to this day. The Fraser in "Fraser's WMF" was Gorden Freeman Fraser (1914-2005), a successful Berkeley, California, retailer who at first worked with, then was gradually bought out by, WMF. Fraser's became a major distributor of WMF in Europe and the USA, and Gorden Fraser came to play a significant role at WMF in the design and marketing of its tableware. But the bottom line is: WMF does not stand for "William Fraser," nor is or was there anyone of that name associated with WMF. Sadly, thanks to being published in the "bible" of stainless identification, this error may never be stamped out.
on April 16, 2015
If you buy a lot of flatware, this is a great product. A little out dated, but most of what I sell is vintage, so it works great for me. You can access the same information online, but sometimes it helps to have the book format, especially when you have no clue to the manufacturer or name of the pattern.. Well worth the purchase price.