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Early Connecticut Silver, 1700–1840
Peter Bohan, Philip Hammerslough; Erin Eisenbarth, intro.

Garnet Books

2007 • 312 pp. 648 illus. 8 1/2 x 11"
Antiques & Collectibles / Decorative Arts & Material Culture

$19.95 Paperback, 978-0-8195-6848-9

“It is highly improbable that any subsequent work on the subject could surpass this book… Bohan and Hammerslough have covered the subject with unprecedented thoroughness.”—Choice

The preeminent study of Connecticut’s silvercraft, back in print with a new introduction

Early Connecticut Silver is a catalog of the most significant pieces of silver hollowware made by Connecticut silversmiths between the years 1700 and 1840, as well as representative flatware and other pieces such as swords and Masonic jewels. In all, it constitutes an exhibit that could never be mounted in a single museum, and one that proves the authors’ conviction that Connecticut silver is distinctive and worthy of comparison to the more sophisticated contemporary styles associated with the silversmiths of Boston and New York City. Wesleyan is proud to offer a new edition of this essential work, featuring an introduction by Erin Eisenbarth that brings the coverage up to date, incorporating the research done on this subject since the original publication. The book still includes an introductory essay that defines “the Connecticut school,” and an annotated index of silversmiths known to have worked in Connecticut and an index of the marks used by them.

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Reviews / Endorsements

“This book fills a significant niche in the literature on early American silver. Its importance for researchers has only grown since its original publication, and its comprehensiveness makes it an excellent title for scholars and students of the decorative arts.”—Donald L. Fennimore, curator emeritus, Winterthur Museum

“This is a unique and classic reference work whose reputation remains undiluted by time. As useful today as when it was first published, this book remains the largest single source of information on its subject.”—Jeannine Falino, former curator, Museum of Fine Arts, Boston

PETER BOHAN was professor emeritus of art history at the State University of New York at New Paltz and published several books on American silver and gold. PHILIP HAMMERSLOUGH was a private collector and silver enthusiast. ERIN EISENBARTH is the Marcia Brady Tucker Curatorial Fellow in American decorative arts at the Yale University Art Gallery.

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