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Starting To Collect Antique Silver Hardcover – January 25, 2007

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"This fascinating book describes, in an easy to read manner, the many problems and pitfalls which face the novice... It would be impossible for a beginner to read this book without learning" The Independent "An ideal book for the novice collector who wishes to avoid pitfalls and ill advised purchases" Antiques Info

About the Author

Ian Pickford is the editor of the Antique Collectors' Club's standard reference work Jackson's Silver & Gold Marks of England, Scotland & Ireland, and the author of Silver Flatware: English, Irish & Scottish. He lectures and broadcasts extensively. He is one of the key experts who appears regularly on the BBC Television programme Antiques Roadshow.
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Product Details

  • Hardcover: 192 pages
  • Publisher: Antique Collectors Club Dist (January 25, 2007)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1851494502
  • ISBN-13: 978-1851494507
  • Product Dimensions: 8.2 x 0.8 x 9.8 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 2 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (5 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #395,359 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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46 of 47 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on August 24, 2000
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Ian Pickford is my kind of writer! He approaches the stuffiest of subjects with a down-to-earth style that fascinates his reader with neat silver facts beginning on Page 1! For example, did you know that pure silver is self-sterilizing (bacteria cannot live on its surface) or that silver is so malleable that one Troy Ounce can be made into a wire 40 miles long? The book also contains a clear and concise explanation of hallmarking systems and how silver is made as well as good examples of the types of items a new collector is likely to encounter. Unlike some other books on the subject, his explanations are not limited to a specific piece but cover things to look for within a category, such as candlesticks, coffee pots, or cigarette boxes, to name just a few. Other chapters cover the subjects of silver plate, fakes & forgeries, and how to care for fine silver. This is my favorite book on facts about silver (not just the antique variety) and I'd highly recommend it to anyone interested in the subject.
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15 of 15 people found the following review helpful By Nathaniel R. Brown on April 20, 2005
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Pickford's Starting to Collect Antique Silver is splendidly innlustrated, clearly and entertainly, not to say gracefuly, written (with just a touch of irony in a few spots!), well laid-out, and very useful and informative.

Pickford includes short chapters on the history of silver and its production, the history of hallmarks, a discusion of how silveware is made, and one of the most useful and well-presented tables of date and place marks I have seen. There are generous color and B&W plates illustrating different kinds of silverware and the evolution of each type. Pickford gives valuable hints as to how to begin collecting (and what is collectable) as well as very useful information about the care and cleaning of old silver.

The book does not include a list of silversmiths and their marks, for which the interested reader must go elsewhere, but these are perhaps beyond the intended scope of the book. Make no mistake, this is a splendid achievement and a very valuable book, and no one with an interest in the subject should hesitate to buy it.

Highly recommended.
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By Bill Warren on May 15, 2013
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Great Book. It has a lot of nice color photo's which makes it great for seeing what the author is talking about.
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0 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Gary A Lewis on October 6, 2011
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NICE BOOK HAD WHAT I NEEDED THANKS FOR PROMPT SERVICE. NICE BOOK. HOPE TO FIND A FORTUNE IN STERLING BEFORE THE DOLLAR TANKS AND WE GO TO THE CAMPS.
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13 of 23 people found the following review helpful By daniela on June 13, 2000
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a fundamental guide to evaluate antique silver
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