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iconnumber posted 07-22-2018 07:10 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for cbc58     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
Can anyone recommend the best book to have covering Southern Silver and the various makers? I know you can buy books that focus on various states, but is there one book considered the go-to guide for southern makers?

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iconnumber posted 07-22-2018 11:50 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for ahwt     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
I do not know any one book that covers the southern states.
Catherine Hollan, in her book Virginia Silversmiths, does cover the lives of silversmiths that started in Virginia and later moved to another southern state. If you are lucky the smith you are looking for will have started in Virginia. I say that because she has the best research that I know of so you will learn quite a bit about the smith you are looking for.

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iconnumber posted 07-23-2018 10:27 AM     Click Here to See the Profile for asheland     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
He's correct, Virginia Silversmiths is a great reference, but you'll need books for each state unfortunately. I'm working on finding new books all the time.

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iconnumber posted 07-23-2018 08:40 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for ahwt     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
The Book list that is on the forum is a good resource to see what books are available.
If you see a particular book ask about it and I think our members can say if they still recommend it.

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iconnumber posted 08-18-2018 12:21 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for cbc58     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
I have the Virginia Silversmiths book on order. Thank you for the info. and suggestions.

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iconnumber posted 10-28-2018 11:55 AM     Click Here to See the Profile for Tad Hale     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
Here is a list of Books that I use, I am sure I am missing some others on Coin Books:


Alabama-Made in Alabama:A State Legacy

Alabama-Mobile Silversmiths and Jewelers 1820-1867

Alabama-Silver Magazine, May/June 1978 Issue, Silversmiths of Alabama 1820-1880

Alabama-Alabama Silversmiths by James R Cormany. 1992 limited to 200 copies.

Alabama-Huntington Silversmiths 1763-1885 by William Johnston Hogan

Arkansas-Arkansas Made volume 1 by Swannee Bennett

California-Silver in the Golden State

Connecticut-Early Connecticut Silver, 1700-1840, by Peter Bohan and Philip Hammerslough

Connecticut-Early Silver of Connecticut and its Makers, by George Munson Curtis 1913

Connecticut-An Exhibition of Early Silver by New Haven Silversmiths

Connecticut-An Exhibition of New London Silver 1700-1835

Connecticut-A Directory of Connecticut Silversmiths and Watch and Clock Makers, by Fredyma

Connecticut-Abel Buell of Connecticut Silversmith Type Founder and Engraver

Delaware-Silversmiths of Delaware 1700-1850 and Old Church Silver in Delaware, by Jessie Harrington

Delaware-Delaware Silversmiths 1700-1850, by Ruthanna Hindes.

Delaware- Delaware History, volume XIX number 3, update from 1728-1880

Georgia-Silversmiths of Georgia: Together with watchmakers & Jewelers, 1733 to 1850,by George Barton Cutten

Illinois-Chicago Metalsmiths, by Sharon Darling

Indiana-Indiana Silversmiths, Clock Makers and Watchmakers, 1779-1900, by Jerome Redfearn

Kentucky-The Silversmiths of Kentucky, 1785-1850, by Noble and Lucy Hiatt

Kentucky-Silversmiths, Jewelers, Clock and Watchmakers 1785-1900, by Marquis Boultinghouse

Kentucky-Of The Best Quality, An Exhibition of Table Silver and Related Items by Silversmiths of Kentucky Country and River Towns, From Central and Northeastern Kentucky, 1790-1900

Louisiana-Crescent City Silver, by Mackie and Parrot

Maine-A Directory of Maine Silversmiths and Watch and Clock Makers, by James P Fredyma

Maryland-Maryland Silversmiths, 1715-1830, by Pleasants and Sill

Maryland-Eighteenth and Nineteenth Century Maryland Silver in the Collection of the Baltimore Museum of Art, by Goldsborough

Maryland-Silver in Maryland, by Goldsborough

Maryland-Maryland Clockmakers, by James Biser Whiskers

Massachusetts-Colonial Massachusetts Silversmiths and Jewelers, by Patricia E Kane

Massachusetts- A Directory of Massachusetts Silversmiths and their Marks (Boston Excluded), by Fredyma

Massachusetts-A Directory of Boston Silversmiths and Watch and Clock Makers, by Fredyma

Michigan-The Silversmiths of Old Detroit, by Walter Simmons (Thesis)

Mississippi-Nineteenth Century Natchez Made Silver, by Parrot

Mississippi-Mississippi Silver, by L.A. Smith III (Guest Curator)

Missouri-Missouri's Silver Age:Silversmiths of the Golden Age, by Norman Mack

Missouri-St. Louis Silversmiths, by Ruth Hunter Roach

Missouri-St Louis Silversmiths; Catalogue Essay and Silversmith Checklist, by Deborah J Binder

New Hampshire-A Directory of New Hampshire Silversmiths and Watch and Clock Makers, by Fredyma

New Hampshire Silver 1775-1825, by Kathryn Ives Buhler

New Hampshire- New Hampshire Silver, by Charles S Parsons

New Jersey-Silversmiths of New Jersey, by Carl Williams

New Jersey-Silver in Newark:A Newark 300th Anniversary Study, J Stewart Johnson

New Jersey-With Elegance and Dispatch: Monmouth County Silversmiths 1775-1864, by Monmouth County Historical Association

New York-Marks of Early American Silversmiths, with Notes on Silver, Spoon Types, & List of New York Silversmiths 1815-1841, by Ernest Currier

New York-New York Silversmiths of the Seventeenth Century, by V Isabelle Miller

New York-Utica Silver, by Munson-Williams-Proctor Institute

New York-Albany Silver 1652-1825, by Norman S Rice

New York- The Silversmiths of Utica, with Illustrations of their Silver and their Marks, by George Barton Cutten

New York-Elegant Plate: Three Centuries of Precious Metals in New York City, by The Museum of the City of New York (2 Volumes)

New York-Silversmiths of New York City 1684-1850,by Paul Von Khrum

New York-New York State Silversmiths, by Darling Foundation

New York-The Silversmiths, Watchmakers and Jewelers of the State of New York, Outside of New York City, by George Barton Cutten

North Carolina-Silversmiths of North Carolina 1696-1860, by George Barton Cutten

Ohio-Early Ohio Silversmiths and Pewterers 1787-1847, by Rhea Knittle

Ohio-An in Depth Study of the Cincinnati Silversmiths, Jewelers, Watch and Clockmakers through 1850, by Elizabeth D Beckman

Ohio-Cincinnati Silversmiths, Jewelers, Watch, and Clockmakers, by Beckmann, Green and Macht

Pennsylvania-Silversmiths of Lancaster, Pennsylvania 1730-1850, by Vivian S Gerstell

Pennsylvania-Silversmiths and Clockmakers of Fulton County, Pennsylvania 1785-1900, by John H Nelson

Pennsylvania-Pennsylvania Clockmakers, Watchmakers and Allies Crafts, by James Biser Whiskers

Pennsylvania-Joseph Richardson and Family, Philadelphia Silversmiths, by Martha Gandy Fales

Pennsylvania-Jewelers to Philadelphia and the World: 125 Years on Chestnut Street, by Joseph Hugh Green

Pennsylvania-Indian Ornaments Made by Philadelphia Silversmiths, by Harrold Edgar Gillingham

Pennsylvania-List of Philadelphia Silversmiths and Allied Artificers from 1682-1850, by Maurice Brix

Pennsylvania-The Arts and Crafts of Philadelphia, Maryland and South Carolina 1721-1785, 1786-1800 Parts I and II

Pennsylvania-Philadelphia Silversmiths and Related Artisans to 1862, by Catherine B Hollan

Rhode Island-A Directory of Rhode Island Silversmiths and their Marks, by Fredyma

South Carolina-South Carolina Silversmiths 1690-1860, by E Milby Burton and Warren Ripley 1991

Tennessee-Tennessee Silversmiths, by Benjamin Hubbard Caldwell

Tennessee-A View of Tennessee Silversmiths, by Derita Coleman Williams

Tennessee-Magazine Antiques September 1971 Tennessee Issue

Vermont-A Directory of Vermont Silversmiths, Watch and Clock Makers, by Fredyma

Vermont-Vermont Clock and Watchmakers, Silversmiths and Jewelers 1778-1878, by Lillian Baker Carlisle

Virginia-Silversmiths of Virginia 2694-1850, by George Barton Cutten

Virginia-Virginia Silversmiths, Jewelers, Clock and Watchmakers 1607-1860, Their Lives and Marks, by Catherine B Hollan

Virginia-In the Neatest Most Fashionable Manner, Three Centuries of Alexandria Silver, by Catherine B Hollan

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iconnumber posted 10-28-2018 12:02 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for Tad Hale     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
Since I put this list together I have added the Philadelphia book by Catherine Hollan, also her newest book on Virginia silversmiths , her West Virginia silversmiths book and her eagle marks book.
I have also added a new book on Cincinnati silversmiths , I can’t remember the authors name.

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iconnumber posted 10-29-2018 11:55 AM     Click Here to See the Profile for asheland     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
Tad Hale, That's a seriously impressive library!

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iconnumber posted 10-30-2018 12:33 AM     Click Here to See the Profile for Tad Hale     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
Thanks, these are the city and state books I use. There are many other books that I use as well. I have been collecting these books for over 40 years. There is much more information in these books than you can find on the internet. Over the years these books have more than paid for themselves.

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iconnumber posted 10-30-2018 09:30 AM     Click Here to See the Profile for asheland     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
I agree! I have a hand full of those titles and desire more as I find them. They indeed pay for themselves over time!

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