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Sterling Silver Flatware for Dining Elegance: With Revised Price Guide (A Schiffer Book for Collectors) Hardcover – October, 1999


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Product Details

  • Series: A Schiffer Book for Collectors
  • Hardcover: 204 pages
  • Publisher: Schiffer Pub Ltd; 2 Rev Exp edition (October 1999)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0764308904
  • ISBN-13: 978-0764308901
  • Product Dimensions: 1 x 8.5 x 11.2 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 3.1 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 3.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (8 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #147,502 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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About the Author

Richard Osterberg is a professor of education at California State University, Fresno. An avid collector, he has had an abiding love of sterling silver flatware since his own college days.

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18 of 19 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on September 11, 2001
Format: Hardcover
I could not be more pleased with this book. It is 204 pages of excellent photographs and descriptions of many patterns, along with a history of the unusual pieces and their original uses. The price guide is just *one* page in this book and is meant only to provide a range. Such a guide would be out of date as soon as published, and it is not realistic to expect it to be current or definitive. (It may have been better left out!) This is the finest book I have seen for a serious silver flatware collector.
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12 of 12 people found the following review helpful By Clydesdale on August 28, 2005
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This book is full of absolutely beautiful photos of (mostly old) American sterling place and serving pieces. Its strength is to help identify unusual pieces that people today don't have a clue about. Not very useful for identifying patterns, unless you happen to stumble across a photo of a pattern whose name you are seeking. Patterns are not indexed, but types of pieces are. The price guide (e.g., $30 to $85 for a teaspoon) is absolutely useless. Interesting form to photocopy to use to keep track of pieces you acquire.
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33 of 40 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on January 19, 2000
Format: Hardcover
Lovely pictures and good descriptions for use of various pieces of flatware.
The "Price Guide" is totally useless! Examples: "Dinner Forks $45-110" "Teaspoons $30-85" "Macaroni Servers $295-1250"
All pieces are priced and listed just this way. Listing such a dollar range with no patterns or manufacturers mentioned, makes the price guide of no value.
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10 of 12 people found the following review helpful By Phyllis B. on September 27, 2002
Format: Hardcover
I could not be more pleased with this book. It contains page after page of beautifully photographed flatware and contains the history of numerous popular patterns and the great number of pieces available in the various patterns, including the rare and unusual pieces.
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