"In the first decorating book from America's favorite colonial restoration, the Colonial Williamsburg Foundation and bestselling author Tricia Foley give hundreds of ideas for bringing the glories of 18th-century design into today's homes. 200 color photos." (Catalog summary)
"...examines objects that were once found in homes from Maryland to the Carolina Low Country. No other book contains so much fine and diverse furniture, such rich documentation, and such a coherent overview of the regional styles of the Old South.Incorporating both urban and rural, high-style and plain pieces, Southern Furniture 1680-1830 explores the economic and cultural diversity of the region, and provides the most recent information about the South's little-known but extensive furniture-making traditions." (Catalog summary)
"Furniture of Williamsburg and Eastern Virginia, 1710–1790, originally published in 1979 by the Virginia Museum, has been considered a milestone in southern furniture research." (Colonial Williamsburg Foundation)
"With more than seventeen hundred superb drawings, this authoritative book offers a unique visual system for identifying the style of virtually any piece of American antique furniture." (Catalog summary)
"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)
Libraries are my passion in life. Before I became mayor, I used to sneak out here during lunch time...and I'd go to a corner and take a book -- any book almost -- and read it for a while, and then feel rejuvenated.