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iconnumber posted 11-16-2004 11:47 AM     Click Here to See the Profile for Scott Martin     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
Books: questions, mentions and reviews.

The following are some of the links to SSF threads/posts that include mentions, questions, comments and reviews about silver reference books. There may be other SSF threads/posts that are not included. If you discover something that belongs on the list please let us know.

Please note, that the link could be to a long thread who's subject doesn't appear to be about a silver reference book. Keep reading the thread because somewhere in it there is a mention of a silver reference which you might find helpful.

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  • Subject: The value of research.
    "English and American Silver in the Collection of the Minneapolis Institute of Arts"

  • Subject: book
    "The Standard Encyclopedia of American Silverplate Flatware and Hollow Ware"

  • Subject: Book help needed
    "Karl Berthold. Ein deutscher Goldschmied" by Adolf Feulner

  • Subject: French Silversmiths
    "Argenterie Art Nouveau et Art Deco" by Annelies Krekel-AAlberse
    "Marks and Monograms of the Modern Movement 1875-30" by Malcolm Haslam

  • Subject: is it coin or is it sterling?
    American Silver Marks by the Kovels.
    The Book of Old Silver by Seymour Wyler
    "The Fredyma Directories" by Paul & Marie-Louise Fredyma
    American Silversmiths And Their Marks by Stephen Ensko
    Marks of American Silversmiths in the Ineson-Bissell Collection by Louise Conway Belden
    The Heritage Foundation Collection of Silver by Flynt and Fales
    Maryland Silver by Jennifer Faulds Goldsborough

  • Subject: Nomenclature
    American Silver in the Ineson-Bissel Collection by Louise Conway Belden

  • Subject: Metal analysis
    Catalog of American Silver: the Cleveland Museum of Art by Richard M. Johnston

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iconnumber posted 01-29-2005 11:56 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for swarter     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
  • Subject: Best Reference Books (British/Irish Silver Forum):
    Jackson's Silver and Gold Marks of England, Scotland and Ireland edited by Ian Pickford.
    London Goldsmiths Their Marks and Lives 1697-1837 by Arthur Grimwade.
    Directory of Gold and Silversnmiths Jewellers and Allied Trades 1837-1914 by Anthony Culme.
    London Silver Spoonmakers 1500-1697 by Timothy Kent.
    Marks of London Goldsmiths and Silversmiths by John P. Fallon (1988).

  • Subject:Ancient silver
    Strong, D.E. Greek and Roman Gold and Silver Plate, Metheun & Co., Ltd., London, 1966
    Oliver, A. Jr. & Luckner, K.T. Silver for the Gods, 800 Years of Greek and Roman Silver, The Toledo Museum of Art, 1977. This is an exhibition catalog.

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As early Irish silver is my primary area of interest, I originally invested a lot of time and energy trying to track down names of references. I have come to learn that there are very few. In case there is someone else out there with the same interest, perhaps this list will save them a little research and they can spend the time trying to find the books. AND if there is someone out there who knows of other specific reference books pertaining to Irish silver, please let me know!

Anyone serious about collecting early Irish silver would be well served to invest in at least one of the Douglas Bennett books. Be forewarned these books have been out of print for a while and apparently were not originally printed in huge numbers; therefore, they are not always readily available and are always extremely expensive! While Jackson's does have a section on Irish silver hallmarks, it is greatly lacking the detail and information of Bennett's books.

The Ticher book is difficult to locate, as well, but not nearly as costly. It does not give the hallmarking information that the Bennett books offer, but focuses primarily on the style of the period and its decoration.

The fourth book is relatively new and can still be purchased rather easily. Although originally printed to serve as a catalog for the Airgead�ir (silversmith) exhibition last summer in Co. Cork, it is far more than a catalog. There are wonderful photos of the exhibition pieces, chapters pertaining to various aspects of Irish provincial silver and hallmark photos and references for the provincial makers.(available in HB & PB)

  • "Irish Georgian Silver" by Douglas Bennett published 1972, Cassell & Company, Ltd. ISBN 0 304 29028 9

  • "Collecting Irish Silver" by Douglas Bennett published 1984, Souvenir Press ISBN 0 285 62622 1

  • "Irish Silver in the Rococo Period" by Kurt Ticher, published 1972, Irish University Press, ISBN 0 7165 0039 6

  • "Cork Silver and Gold" by John R. Bowen and Conor O'Brien, published 2005, The Collins Press, ISBN 1 903 464 95 1

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A few more titles:
  • The Dr.Kurt Ticher Donation of Irish Silver, National Museum of Ireland (apparently no publishing year given)
  • Robert Wyse Jackson: Irish Silver, Cork and Dublin 1972
  • John Teahan:The Company of Goldsmiths,published on the occasion of an Exhibition presented by the National Museum of Ireland to mark the 350th year of The Company of Goldsmiths of Dublin, 1987
  • Irish Silver from the Seventeenth to the nineteenth Century, organized by the Smithsonian Institution Traveling Exhibition Service from the collection of the National Museum of Ireland, 1982
  • Beth Carver Wees: English, Irish and Scottish Silver at the Sterling and Francine Clark Art Institute , New York 1997 (now on special - I think - for 29.95 at the museum bookstore)
    and a very important article in the (English)Silver Society Journal, No.11, Autumn 1999, page 158
  • Ida Delamer and Conor O'Brien: Dublin hallmarks - A reappraisal of date letter used 1638 - 1756
    In the end notes various other books on Irish silver, as for instance Tony Sweeny:Irish Stuart Silver, Dublin 1995 and Douglas Bennett: The Silver Collection, Trinity College Dublin, Dublin 1988.

Dorothea Burstyn

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iconnumber posted 08-14-2006 09:32 AM     Click Here to See the Profile for ahwt     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
Another catalog is entitled "The Genius of Irish Silver - A Texas Private Collection", by John D. Davis.

This catalog and the Dr. Kurt Ticher Donation of Irish Silver catalog both show stork nips. The Genius of Irish Silver catalog shows nips by John West ca. 1790 while the Ticher catalog shows a pair marked JT, the harp crowned, the king's head and with the date letter Q for 1812. It is attributed to John Teare and identified as an umbilical cord clamp or forceps. Both appear very similar and both have a new born baby in swaddling clothes hidden within the body of the stork and visible when the forceps or nips are open. Perhaps the earlier one was also for this purpose.

Another catalog is "Irish Silver - A Guide to the Exhibition" by John Teahan, published by the Stationery Office and showing objects in the National Museum of Ireland. This was published in 1979.

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