Scottish Gold and Silver Work

By: Finlay, Ian

Price: $15.00

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Book Condition: Very Good

First edition hardcover in medium blue cloth covered boards with gold title and an early gilt image of a 17th century mace on the backstrip and a gold early brooch image on frt board. No dj. Spine ends bumped, tips still sharp but lightly brushed with lower frt board tip just starting to show. No names, tears or soil in the 178 pp, profusely illustrated text that has 15 chapters, 2 indeces and 96 glossy full page plates with one or multiple b/w photos on each. Aside the book image below is the stunning Hunterston Brooch: 8th to 9th centuries (4 3/4" diameter). There are few crafts in which the Scots can claim seriously to have rivaled a foreign craftsmen, and it is strange that the craft in which a people so modest in numbers and in wealth excelled themselves should be the goldsmith's. Although hitherto there has been no book specifically on the history of Scottish gold and silver work, several writers have dealt fully with one aspect of it or another. Some account of the achievement of the Scots goldsmiths is, therefore, perhaps due. The span of time covered is long: from the Bronze Age to the early nineteenth century. To explain some of the later trends without the background of prehistoric and early Christian work would be difficult. But the first two chapters are intended merely as an introduction to what follows: and the chapters on Highland weapons, jewelery and ornaments are likewise not intended to be exhaustive, but merely to point a contrast with the state of contemporary goldsmiths' work in the towns. The author has attempted to indicate the social and economic setting of the craft as much as the products of the craftsman, and descriptions of individual pieces are often restricted or left to the illustrations to clarify. Again, in the matter of hallmarking and technical detail, while some new material is incorporated, especially in relation to the smaller burghs, only here and there is the material tabulated. It is hoped, therefore, that the book may hold some interest for readers outside the small company of collectors of Scottish silverware.

Title: Scottish Gold and Silver Work

Author Name: Finlay, Ian

Illustrator: Photographs


Edition: 1st Edition

Publisher: London, Chatto & Windus: 1956

Binding: Hardcover

Book Condition: Very Good

Jacket Condition: No Jacket

Type: Hardcover

Size: 4to - over 9

Seller Id: 46994