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Yesterday's Silver for Today's Table: A Silver Collectors Guide to Elegant Dining

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In his newest book, silver expert Richard Osterberg guides readers on a colorful, yet practical tour of fine antique silver. The books first part deals with silver flatware made circa 1875-1885, with a broad representation of patterns and forms. Next, a myriad of serving pieces are displayed, with examples of each type and function. In the third part, place settings are covered in many different patterns, showing the wide variety of pieces that were used, from the common knives, forks, and spoons to more obscure ...
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Overview

In his newest book, silver expert Richard Osterberg guides readers on a colorful, yet practical tour of fine antique silver. The books first part deals with silver flatware made circa 1875-1885, with a broad representation of patterns and forms. Next, a myriad of serving pieces are displayed, with examples of each type and function. In the third part, place settings are covered in many different patterns, showing the wide variety of pieces that were used, from the common knives, forks, and spoons to more obscure forms like individual bird knives, bird forks, and cherry forks. Finally, individual place settings are shown, together with silver, china, linen, and crystal to suggest dining as a truly stimulating visual expereince. Throughout the text value ranges are given, making it easy to look up individual prices. Using this book can be both inspirational and educational. It is both a must for collectors wishing to identify pieces of old family silver and an essential aid to the modern host or hostess.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780764314209
  • Publisher: Schiffer Publishing, Ltd.
  • Publication date: 9/28/2001
  • Pages: 240
  • Sales rank: 1,183,901
  • Product dimensions: 8.76 (w) x 11.14 (h) x 1.08 (d)

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 1, 2003

    Elegant and Educational

    I was very pleased with this beautifully illustrated book, which I'm finding very helpful in starting a modest collection of 19th century sterling. However, It's important to note that the book's focus is on visuals; it's not a verbal history of the manufacture of American sterling silver flatware. The color illustrations really are outstanding. The pictures are large, clear, and wonderfully detailed. About two thirds of the book covers the myriad of serving pieces (some quite esoteric) used circa 1875 -1915 in a variety of elegant patterns. Items are grouped by serving pieces and place pieces and within these categories by subgroups such as jelly knifes, tomato servers, cream ladles, terrapin forks, teaspoons, dinner knives, salad forks etc. Each subgroup is illustrated in three to six patterns to give the reader an idea of the slight variety of shape and appearance created by different flatware manufacturers. Finally the last part of the book shows complete place settings in selected patterns laid out with complementary china, linen, and crystal. The idea is to show the modern host/hostess how to use yesterday's silverware in contemporary ways. There are some pricing guidelines, but they're spotty, and don't expect this to be an encyclopedia of 19th century patterns. This author has chosen quality over quantity. The book does a great job of showing the general variety of silver flatware implements in use around the turn of the century. I mean, did you ever see a beautiful but strange little fork or spoon in an antique store and think, "Whatever was this used for?" Well, this book will give you the answer. It also illustrates the creative geniius of American silversmiths in technique and design during that era. Highly recommended for those more interested in design rather than manufacturing history.

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