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iconnumber posted 12-13-2004 11:14 AM     Click Here to See the Profile for argentelle     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
Hello - my first post. I would appreciate your buying recommendations for the best two or three reference books for English silver hallmarks. Thanks so much - Argentelle

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iconnumber posted 12-13-2004 11:46 AM     Click Here to See the Profile for adelapt     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
The "must have" is "Jackson's Silver & Gold Marks of England, Scotland & Ireland" edited by Ian Pickford. There are also pocket editions of this (if you have a large pocket), and they are much cheaper. Then you have "London Goldsmiths - Their Marks and Lives 1697-1837" by Arthur Grimwade, and "Directory of Gold and Silversmiths: Jewellers and Allied Trades 1837-1914" in two volumes, by John Culme. Both of the latter are quite expensive if you can find them, and deal with marks registered in London.

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iconnumber posted 12-13-2004 04:17 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for Clive E Taylor     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
I concure entirely with the recommendations by Adelapt but would like to expand on his post.
JACKSONS is very good on all assay marks, dateletters etc but does give a lot of prominance to the very early and obscure marks and regions . Which we can only dream of finding ! For makers marks he is the best single source for most of the non-London offices , but not good on London.

London makers you do really need Grimwade for the Georgian period and Culme fo the Victorian.
There is a very good book on Chester silversmiths marks recently published by the Antique Collectors Club which at Ł65 is well worthwhile as it is far superior to Jackson and does cover all the periods.


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iconnumber posted 12-13-2004 04:58 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for swarter     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
Grimwade's book, which is really indispensable, is based on records preserved at Goldsmint's Hall. It's coverage begins at 1697, as earlier record books have been lost, so coverage before that period is spotty, at best. Jackson contains a good many early marks, often unidentified. Other information is scattered among articles in various places, often hard to access or even know about, if one is not a specialist in the field.

A small soft-cover book, which is very helpful for the earlier period, is Timothy Arthur Kent's London Silver Spoonmakers 1500-1697, published by the Silver Society, London, in 1981 (56pp). It has brief biographies and photographs of marks.

Another small volume is Marks of London Goldsmiths and Silversmiths by John P. Fallon (1988). It treats only better known goldsmiths and silversmiths, but shown more marks for some than other sources which show one and only mention "similar marks"

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iconnumber posted 12-13-2004 10:50 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for argentelle     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
Thank you very much for the suggestions - they are greatly appreciated. Argentelle

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