History Books

Emyl Jenkins' Appraisal Book: Identifying, Understanding, and Valuing Your Treasures

By Emyl Jenkins

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Has a guide to making personal inventories and appraisals, as well as stating where to find additional information on appraising.

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A Dictionary of Marks: Metalwork, Furniture, Ceramics; the Identification Handbook for Antique Collectors

By Margaret Macdonald-Taylor

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"Including the marks of American and British metalwork, this book also includes coverage of ceramics and furniture. The ceramics include English and European marks, as well as Japanese date marks and Chinese reign marks. English, French and European furniture and tapestry marks are also included." (Pickabook Books)

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The Bulfinch Anatomy of Antique China & Silver: An Illustrated Guide to Tableware, Identifying Period, Detail, and Design

By Tim Forrest

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Includes a picture timeline of the evolution of tableware and eating customs from the 16th century to the Retro period. Articles focus on the changes in customs over time.

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The Book of Old Silver: English, American, Foreign

By Seymour B. Wyler

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"Here is the fascinating story of the great silversmiths and their art. All the factors of interest to the amateur, collector or connoisseur of Old Silver and Old Sheffield Plate are authoritatively covered:The development of design in tea services, flatware, candlesticks, trays, cups. Values and scarcity. Where to buy. How to collect. How to detect frauds. Reproductions. And most important, this book permits the exact and indisputable identification of Old Silver by means of the Hallmark tables. These are conveniently and simply arranged so that anyone may trace in a few moments any hallmarked piece of silver of American, English, Sheffield, French, German or other European origin.The splendid pictures are from photographs of authentic pieces from the foremost dealers in Antique Silver." (Inside flap)

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Building Early American Furniture

By Joseph W. Daniele

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From the Early American Society series.  Another volume owed by the CRRL is Building Colonial Furnishings, Miniatures, and Folk Art.

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The Antiques Book: Outstanding, Authoritative Articles on Ceramics, Furniture, Glass, Silver, Pewter, Architecture, Prints and Other Collecting Interests

By Alice Winchester and the staff of the magazine Antiques

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Includes illustrations of over 200 items. Each chapter originally appeared as an article in Antiques magazine.

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Antique Garden Ornament: Two Centuries of American Taste

By Barbara Israel

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A collector's guide to some 300 individual decorative objects from American gardens from 1740 to 1940. 400 photos, 100 in full color. 12 line drawings.

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The Shenandoah and Rappahannock Rivers Guide

By Bruce Ingram

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"This book reveals the best angling spots, every rapid and access point, and where the best wildlife and scenery are found. Every chapter begins with an historical anecdote chronicling the fascinating past of the Shenandoah and Rappahannock. Heroes of the Revolutionary and Civil Wars come alive in the tangible setting of these rivers. The Shenandoah and Rappahannock Rivers Guide will help create your own history on the river with all the information you need to plan and enjoy your trip."

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