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American Silver: A History of Style, 1650-1900
American Silver A History of Style 1650-1900 Author:Graham Hood In this authoritative survey, Graham Hood, Director of Collections at Colonial Williamsburg, traces the history of style in American silver , from the lovely, simple seventeenth-century cups and beakers and the marvelously ornamental Baroque and Rococo pieces to the handsome, varied products of the nineteenth century. The successive trends in t... more »aste are carefully explored and documented with hundreds of examples, and the masterpieces of each period are discussed in detail, so that the reader quickly sharpens his sensitivity to the styles and his instinct for quality.
In an important introductory chapter, the author discusses the origins and practice of the craft, problems of dating, and techniques of manufacture.
For students and general readers. this extremely useful book provides an extensive and enlightening discussion of the successive style periods, for collectors, it also provides an invaluable assortment of comparative illustrations.« less