[JHRB News] Special price on a Massachusetts Silver book
Joslin Hall Rare Books, ABAA
office at joslinhall.com
Fri Nov 17 08:13:27 EST 2006
>From our brand new
BOOKS ON AMERICAN SILVER & SILVERSMITHS catalog-
a great book at a great price...
Kane, Patricia E. COLONIAL MASSACHUSETTS SILVERSMITHS AND JEWELERS. A
biographical dictionary based on the notes of Francis Hill Bigelow & John
New Haven; Yale University Art Gallery: 1998.
A book almost a hundred years in the making, and quite simply the most
important book on American silversmiths since Beldens study of the
Ineson-Bissell Collection at Winterthur. Pioneering collector and scholar
Francis Hill Bigelow died before his notes, for a proposed Magnum Opus on
Massachusetts silversmiths, could be completed and made into book form.
John Marshall Phillips, Curator of the Garvan Collection at Yale, took
over the project and added to the research, but his untimely early death
once again stopped the study in its tracks. Finally, in the 1980s,
Patricia Kane and her colleagues, working from the original notes,
embarked on a project to complete this ultimate reference, now published
here in all its massive glory.
There are biographies of 296 silversmiths and jewelers who worked in
Massachusetts before the American Revolution, along with 93 craftsmen in
allied trades. Kanes preface chronicles the ninety-two years of research
and scholarship that went into the book, and her essay focuses on the
creative ferment in Boston. Barbara McLean Wards essay describes the
tools of the trade. Gerald W. R. Ward discusses the differences between
metropolitan and rural silversmiths.
The New York Silver Society Newsletter called this a masterful
and a source book that will well serve the next
generations of gold, silver, and jewelry historians. Our Book Elves at
Joslin Hall simply describe the book as damned heavy.
Hardcover. 8.5x11.5, 1,241 pages; marks, dj. New. 
This book was published at $150.00 and was a bargain at that price, but
for a limited time we have a carton or two of Publisher's Overstock copies
to sell for only $75.00 each!
BOOKS ON AMERICAN SILVER & SILVERSMITHS-
JOSLIN HALL RARE BOOKS, ABAA
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