Gilda Aurifabrorum: A History of English Goldsmiths and Plateworkers, and Their Marks Stamped on Plate, Copied in Facsimile from Celebrated Examples; and the Earliest Records Preserved at Goldsmith's Hall, London, with Their Names, Addresses, and Dates of Entry, 2500 Illustrations, Also Historical Accounts of the Goldsmiths' Company and Their Hall Marks; Their Regalia; the Mint; Closing of the Exchequer; Goldsmith-bankers; Shop Signs; a Copious Index, &c. &c., Preceded by an Introductory Essay on the Goldsmiths' Art
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Must Have for Appraisers Jewelers,& Metalsmiths
If you make jewellery or art jewelry,or any metalsmithing or if you are an appraiser you should have this title on your reference shelf. It is a great basis for referencing makers marks & hallmarks of UK based retail sellers and smiths working before the turn of the 20th century. While it contains very little actual technical instruction, one can glean techniques from the descriptions of tooling,or work habits that often meant the demise of the goldsmith ( or silversmith)! The index may be helpful if you have low RAM yet want to narrow the book into info most valuable to an individual reader.For ex.; if you won't entertain a pesky client's repeated requests to find out who made the silver tray reported ( through family legend ) to have been bestowed upon them from some noble, (most commonly Queen Mary or Marie Antoinette) because your time is valuable to you skip downloading maker's mark's,etc. entirely. First,you know provenance is highly refutable( for one thing,Queen Mary having freely given anything to a 'peasant' is most unlikely,& M.Antoinette would have furnished most of the New World's 'old families' with silver!).Nonetheless,its an important work ,free.