American Silversmiths and Their Marks by Stephen G. C. Ensko

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  • Title: American Silversmiths and Their Marks
  • Author: Stephen G. C. Ensko
  • Category: Crafts
  • Date: August 2012
  • Lenguage: English
  • Pages: unknown
  • ISBN: 9780486147048

 

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“So completely is the American ethos embodied within the works of American silversmiths that it has given to their product a typical identification and it by no means might be mistaken for that of another nation.” — Charles Messer Stow within the Introduction. Forsaking the prospers and ornamentation favored by their European contemporaries, early American gold- and silver smiths pioneered a brand new American aesthetic sensibility in creating for his or her well-heeled shoppers finely labored, luxurious metalware for the desk, which was marked by a simplicity and forthrightness of design. These completed artisans have left us not solely a shocking legacy of priceless silverware but additionally a chance to look at the tradition, life-style, and values — briefly, the creating ethos — of younger America. For social and cultural historians in addition to Americana buffs, the examine of silversmithing on this guide will present a singular perspective on a spirited new nation. For critical connoisseurs of American gold and silver ware, silver vendor Stephen G. C. Ensko’s American Silversmiths and Their Marks is a wealthy and definitive listing. Ensko has compiled an exhaustive listing of over 3,000 gold- and silversmiths working between the years 1650 and 1850. Biographical particulars and location of their retailers are given wherever attainable. Maps of the good metropolitan facilities of smithing (Boston, New York, and Philadelphia) with store places famous are appended. Over 200 of the best examples of the work of early American artisans are displayed in sharp, clear black-and-white images. Items embody tankards, cups, candlesticks, sugar containers, inkstands, tea units, porringers, plus a pitcher, sauce dish, teapot, and different works by well-known New England patriot Paul Revere. The usefulness of this work is maybe most obvious within the sensible itemizing of figuring out marks related to gold- and silversmiths. With over 3,000 entries, this function alone renders American Silversmiths and Their Marks indispensable to lovers all for monitoring down and figuring out vintage items

 

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