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The Book of Old Silver: English, American, Foreign with All Available Hallmarks including Sheffield Plate Marks Hardcover – December 13, 2008


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Product Details

  • Hardcover: 416 pages
  • Publisher: Crown Publishers (December 13, 2008)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 051700089X
  • ISBN-13: 978-0517000892
  • Product Dimensions: 9.8 x 7.8 x 1.7 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 2.8 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 3.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (11 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #167,776 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Customer Reviews

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This book is a must have if you collect antique English silver.
Phillip Pessar
Indexes are not particularly useful, as you have to search through for an alphabetical mark you may not be able to see that well on an older piece.
Jazz
Easy to read and far more comprehensive in information than its competitors.
kim stucker

Most Helpful Customer Reviews

17 of 18 people found the following review helpful By Phillip Pessar on March 24, 2001
Format: Hardcover
This book is a must have if you collect antique English silver. If you only want one book on the subject this is it. If you collect American or European silver, this book would not be my first choice. You can't get more info on antique English silver including hallmarks, history, and the different pieces of flatware and holloware that were made with any other Silver book I have ever read.
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22 of 26 people found the following review helpful By kim stucker on April 21, 2000
Format: Hardcover
An excellent reference book for all your silver identification. Easy to read and far more comprehensive in information than its competitors. Highly recommended to identify your silver pieces.
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4 of 6 people found the following review helpful By merrymousies on November 24, 2003
Format: Hardcover
I bought this one, along withe another (Sterling Flatware Identification & Value Guide) for my mom and she uses it a lot. I think she uses the other one more but she always has both on hand. It has a lot of good info on how to id a piece, great pictures of hallmarks etc.
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2 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Bluestocking on November 26, 2006
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The photography in this book is minimal, black and white and grainy. Extensive and interesting background information, though (126 pages worth). VERY extensive coverage of maker's marks for all countries. Some marks are so small as to need a magnifying glass, however. (Hence the four stars)
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This book was probably quite useful for its time, but it lacks the excellent photos you would find in a newer book.
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The print for the hallmarks was super small and difficult to find. good for historical research tho.
Good luck with this one.
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